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Perspectives on Guantanamo—9 Years Later

When: Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 2:30 pm
Where: The Plymouth Church in Framingham • 87 Edgell Rd • Framingham

Presented by:  The Center for Constitutional Rights of NYC

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National Lawyers Guild 2011 Northeast Regional Conference

When: Friday, April 1, 2011, 6:00 pm to Sunday, April 3, 2011, 9:00 am
Where: Roger Williams University School of Law • 10 Metacom Avenue • Bristol, RI

National Lawyers Guild


Ready, Represent, Radicalize! Demystifying the Dominant Ideology for Activists

Friday, April 1– Sunday, April 3, 2011

Roger Williams University School of Law

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Volunteers Wanted: Participate in Bread & Puppet Theater's Dance Production

When: Saturday, February 19, 2011, 5:00 am to Monday, February 21, 2011, 4:00 pm
Where: MIT Campus • 20 Ames St • The Cube in the Wiesner Building (E15-001) • Cambridge

VOLUNTEERS WANTED--Bread and Puppet "Manning" Project at MIT Performance Workshop Opportunity for the Boston/Cambridge Community! (no experience necessary...)


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Thank and Encourage Spain to Prosecute Bush Officials

When: Monday, February 14, 2011, 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Where: Consulate General of Spain • 31 St. James Ave. Suite 905 • Arlington St T • Boston

If you've wanted to be part of a powerful effort to bring Bush-era officials to justice for their crimes, now is your chance. We've joined a national effort to reach out to the people of Spain, whose courts are considering prosecuting six of Bush's lawyers under international law. Our campaign includes an open letter and ads in prominent Spanish newspapers and billboards. 

Contact Susan Serpa,

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Stop & Search: Know Your Rights Training!

When: Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 6:30 am to 9:30 am
Where: Boston University School of Law • 765 Commonwealth Ave. • Room 920B - Green Line "B", BU Central Stop • Boston

Learn how to teach others what to do/say when stopped by the police! This is a great training for your personal knowledge and for your ability to inform others. Once you are trained, the NLG hosts community events where you can put your skills to use and teach others about their rights.

VEGAN (and NON-VEGAN) pizza will be served!

Sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild, Boston University chapter


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Memories of Racial Justice Battles in the Forties and Fifties

When: Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 7:00 am to 8:30 am
Where: Harvard University • 12 Quincy St • Barker Center, Thompson Room • Cambridge

W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research

Harvard University

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At the River I Stand (film)

When: Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 3:00 pm
Where: Curry College • Student Center Large Meeting Room (141) • Milton

Milton For Peace believes that the movie At the River I Stand may be of interest.

The movie is being sponsored by the Curry College Committee for Social & Environmental Justice.  Here's a blurb on the film:

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National Conference for Media Reform

When: Friday, April 8, 2011, 6:00 am to Sunday, April 10, 2011, 11:00 am
Where: Seaport World Trade Center of Boston • 1 Seaport Lane • Silver Line T - World Trade Center stop • Boston

The National Conference for Media Reform is the biggest and best conference devoted to media, technology and democracy. Thousands of activists, media makers, educators, journalists, policymakers and people from across the country are coming to Boston for the fifth NCMR on April 8-10, 2011. 

Together we will explore the future of journalism and public media, consider how technology is changing the world, look at the policies and politics shaping our media, and discuss strategies to build the movement for better media.

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Chuck Turner Sentencing Hearing

When: Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 9:00 am
Where: Moakley Federal Court House • 1 Courthouse Way • Boston

Chuck Stands with Us - We Stand with Chuck!

The US Attorney and FBI set him up, and the City Council expelled him.  Now they want to send Chuck to jail.  We say NO!

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Party to Help Chuck Turner Pay Off the Debt!

When: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Encuentro 5 • 33 Harrison Ave, 5th Floor • Chinatown T • Boston

Pot luck dinner (kid-friendly!) and dancing featuring DJ Carlos Rosales!
Chuck’s done so much for us -
let’s be there for him Saturday!
Chuck’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 25, so come give Chuck some last minute support!

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Protesters Demand Freedom for Bradley Manning

Our sixth day of activities to end indefinite detention, Monday, January 17, focused on Bradley Manning, the alleged source of many of the materials WikiLeaks has been releasing to the press about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We started the day with a protest at the FBI building, where we had a few of us in jump suits holding banners and a larger group o f about 100 activists, many with signs saying “I am Bradley Manning” and with masks that they could hold up to their faces. So we had a sea of Bradley Mannings.

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Meeting to Establish Boston Stop FBI Repression Network

When: Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: ACLU Office • 211 Congress St (corner of High) 3d Floor • South Station or Downtown Crossing T • Boston

The December 17 event, "The Growing Menace of FBI Repression" was sponsored by Boston UNAC and had 18 endorsing organizations. Over 135 people attended and we raised over $1,000. There was a strong sense of solidarity at the standing-room only event.

Unfortunately, the FBI expanded its repressive attacks with 4 new subpoenas against Chicago political activists on Tuesday Dec 21, including one against Maureen Murphy, the managing editor of the Palestine information website Electronic Intifada.

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Guantanamo Protestors Lobby Sen. Scott Brown's office

The fourth day of our activities in Washington to close Guantanamo, Friday, January 14, began with a vigil outside the White House, followed by lobbying. We joined the Catholic Workers at noon on Fridays in a vigil which has been going on for years. In the afternoon, we visited Congress. I joined a group of 6 others from Massachusetts, mostly western MA, at a meeting with two staffers from Senator Scott Brown’s office. Neither Senator Kerry’s nor Rep Michael Capuano’s staffers who dealt with those issues were available today, but we did drop off some materials for Senator Kerry.

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Pro-Wikileaks Rally

When: Saturday, January 15, 2011, 6:00 am to 9:00 am
Where: Copley Square • Boston

Join us for the first global pro-Wikileaks rally in defense of freedom of speech and expression. Planned events include speeches from local free speech activists and letter writing to Massachusetts Senators and Representatives. 

It's time to organize our defenses. We can't let our government criminalize dissent.

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Report from Guantanamo Protests in DC

January 12, the second day of our actions in DC to close Guantanamo started with a panel discussion of the situation at Guantanamo and prospects for improving it. The speakers were Andy Worthington, who directed the movie Outside the Law: Stories from Guantanamo, Juan Mendez, the UN rapporteur on torture and Leili Kashani, a lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights. The panel began with an excerpt from the film Outside the Law and then Andy Worthington spoke.

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