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White Nationalism, Community Response and the Rule of Law

When: Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Arts at the Armory • 191 Highland Avenue • Somerville

In response to the horrific acts of violence committed recently by white nationalists - the murders of African Americans at Emanuel AME church in Charleston SC, the White Nationalist march in Charlottesville VA, the bloodshed at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh PA, and the massacres at Al Noor and Linwood Mosques in Christchurch New Zealand, we present a forum on white nationalism, how communities can respond to them and support the rule of law.

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FILM: Life Is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara

When: Friday, April 26, 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston
A new film from director Iara Lee examines the tensions between the Sahrawi people and the Moroccan armed forces as it chronicles the everyday violence of life under occupation of Africa's last colony in the Western Sahara, giving voice to the aspirations of a desert people for whom 
colonialism has never ended. 
 
For more information and to watch the trailer: 
https://culturesofresistancefilms.com/western-sahara
 
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Pete Seeger turns 100! All Hands on Deck to Sing the Highlander Center Back!

When: Friday, May 3, 2019, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston
Pete Seeger turns 100! 
All Hands on Deck to Sing the 
Highlander Center Back!
 
Community Sing with Special Guests!
Friday May 3, 7:30 PM
Suggested Donation: $20+  
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“Social Movements and Activism in the New Media Landscape” with Mike Elk

When: Sunday, May 26, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston
There is an urgent need for social movements to embrace building a new media infrastructure and creative movements underway to do so. Mike Elk will speak on the role of the media in amplifying and helping to drive organizing. His talk will touch on the resurgence of the labor beat and the role this has played in helping to propel the teachers’ strike, the digital media unionization, and the Fight for $15.
 
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“Six Hour Day For Eight Hours Pay-The Shorter Work Day/Week” with John Proctor

When: Sunday, May 5, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston
Learn what we can do to reduce the forty-hour work week - There is a necessity for a shorter workday (six hours instead of eight). This “New Deal” is a demand to push a 30 Hour week to the Federal Government who would subsidize employment if market forces cannot. By self-initiating a mass movement towards achieving this goal, it will relieve overworked Americans who have no affiliation with identity politics to afford a better life at home and in their community.
 
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“Voices from the Border: A Cry for Justice & Liberation” with Jeanne Gallo and Sunny Robinson

When: Sunday, April 21, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston
The presentation will address the current mass migration from Central America: Why are so many people seeking asylum? What is our government’s response and why? What are the U.S. peoples’ responses to their pursuit of liberation from violence, poverty, and militarism in their homelands?
 
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“Climate Change: Think Global, Act Local” with Loie Hayes and Dawn Tesorero

When: Sunday, April 7, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

“Climate Change: Think Global, Act Local”

with Loie Hayes and Dawn Tesorero
(Boston Climate Action Network)

 

Meeting the challenge of climate change takes determined action of the personal as well as political levels of our lives.
We will share stories of successes and challenges in local climate activism.

 Loie Hayes is active in Boston Climate Action Network and Dawn Tesorero is active in Mass. Interfaith Power and Light.

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To Heal Humankind: The Right to Health in History

When: Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Harvard Medical School • 240 Longwood Avenue • Building C, Cannon Room 114 • Boston

A new “battle ready” bill (HR 1384) was introduced in February 2019 with
over 100 congressional supporters, an historic moment in the struggle for
universal health care. Doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, and patients
are in a unique position to drive healthcare reform to prioritize patients

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Film & Discussion: "Where The Guns Go" with Maria Termini

When: Monday, March 25, 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

The so-called Drug War serves to make legal the killing and repression of people: the United States provides the weapons, while Mexico provides the people killed and disappeared. This documentary brings together the testimonies of human rights activists, journalists, and people in Mexico directly affected by the violence carried by both government forces and organized crime in Mexico, with U.S. support.

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"Parole in Massachusetts: Why We Need More Second Chances" with Jean Trounstine

When: Sunday, March 31, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

The longer we keep people behind bars, the more we continue to fuel the engine of mass incarceration. Why then, is Massachusetts not paroling more people and supporting them to stay out of prison? What are the ways we could improve our ailing parole system? We must demand that more men and women serve the remainder of time in their communities?

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“Stop the Next War Now: Speaking Truth About Power in a Permanent Warfare State” with Kathy Kelly

When: Sunday, March 24, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

“Stop the Next War Now:
Speaking Truth About Power in a Permanent Warfare State”

with Kathy Kelly

Drawing from experiences living alongside Afghans in the Afghan Peace Volunteer community and from recent studies regarding U.S. complicity with human rights violations and war in Yemen, Kathy will assert that one way to stop a “next” war is to continue telling the truth about wars the U.S. is already waging.

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"Boston As I See It" with Sarah-Ann Shaw

When: Sunday, March 17, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

In 1968 • Sarah-Ann Shaw made her first television appearance on Say Brother (now known as Basic Black), a public affairs broadcast by Ray Richardson. After numerous appearances on the show, she was hired the following year by WBZ-TV as Boston’s first female African American reporter. A community activist for most of her life, Shaw worked on stories which provided positive images of urban life of Black, Asian, Latino and other communities of color in Massachusetts.

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“International Working Women’s Day” with Cindy Sheehan

When: Sunday, March 10, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston
This year’s Sacco/Vanzetti awardee. • Cindy Sheehan is a peace and social justice activist who garnered international attention after her son Casey died in the USA’s illegal and immoral war in Iraq in 2004. In August of 2005, Cindy set up a peace camp just yards from then president George Bush’s Crawford ranch to ask him, “for what noble cause” people were dying in Iraq and Afghanistan. She never got her answer, but thousands came to Crawford to join her and tens of thousands did solidarity actions all over the world.
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“Long Way Out - A Psychological Journey” with Nicole Waybright

When: Sunday, March 3, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston
“Long Way Out - A Psychological Journey” 
with Nicole Waybright
 
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“The Demise of the Evangelical Christian Church and the need for Multiracial Solidarity” with Edward Carson

When: Sunday, February 24, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston
The church — both the Negro church and the white church cannot fully reconcile their racial differences because at the heart of their differences exist capitalism. It was capitalism that transformed the Negro church after 1970 from an agent seeking radical change to one procuring materialism. And because churches love capitalism, they continue to fall short of being revolutionary change agents. Capitalism promotes racism and divides the Black and white working class from an achievable world. The white church fails at transforming the weak, poor, and oppressed in their space.
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