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“Juan Gonzalez: A Message From the Council of Maya Elders”with an introduction by Mahtowin Munro

When: Sunday, November 26, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

“It’s the big internationals that go and take from us,” Gonzalez declared. “They take our land, kill our people, and destroy the environment. ” Gonzalez talked about the United Fruit Company’s hold on Guatemala, and the suffering of indigenous Mayan people there. “The way of life of the Mayan nation and all ancestral nations was devastated,” he said. “One thing however remains unchanged: we are suffering a racist genocide. We continue to be oppressed by greed.”  Excerpt from P.R.I., Day of Mourning 2014.

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“What is Progressive Islam” with Ani Zonneveld

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

The talk “What is Progressive Islam” will define the alternative and traditional interpretations of Islam in contrast to the current belief system. The issue of Sharia law, women, LGBT rights, apostasy, music, hijab, women imam and all the hot topics will be covered. Ani’s talk will cover the problems, the solutions and the work she’s doing in the U.S., the U.N. and globally. Ani Zonneveld is Founder and President of Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV). She has organized numerous interfaith arts and music festivals and is a strong supporter of women and LGBTQ rights.

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“The Journey to Social Justice-Then and Now” with Mimi Jones

When: Sunday, November 12, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

Mimi Jones will share her perspective and personal experience in the Movement for social justice as a youth in Southwest Georgia
in the 60's and current day engagement.

Long time Roxbury resident and community activist, Mimi Jones, was on the front line as a “foot soldier” in the Civil Rights Movement as a youth in her native Albany (Southwest), Georgia.  As a teenager during the height of the Movement in the 1960’s, she pursued and engaged in direct action to confront and challenge racism, segregation and discrimination with extraordinary valor and unwavering commitment.

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Make a UU Turn! with Rev. Edmund Robinson & Jacqueline Schwab

When: Sunday, October 29, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

Halloween is based on the old Celtic New Year celebration of Samhain, when it was said that the veil between this world and the realm of the fairy folk is thinnest. It is a time for turning, as the leaves change and our thoughts turn to winter. What does this have to do with UUs and how we make changes in our lives?

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Courageous Women of Resistance

When: Monday, October 23, 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

Courageous Women of Resistance with guest speakers:
Tribal Liason Lakota People’s Law Project, Madonna Thunder Hawk
and Advocacy Coordinator Grassroots Jerusalem, Fayrouz Sharqawi

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“Abortion Care as a Social Good" with Dr. Valerie Tarico

When: Sunday, October 15, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

“Abortion Care as a Social Good-
Four Steps to Permanently Change the Conversation”
with Dr. Valerie Tarico

 

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Authors Talk: Growing up in an American Communist Family

When: Sunday, October 8, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

Dan Lynn Watts and Tim Wheeler will discuss their books and what it was like growing up in an era of political repression and in an anti-communist environment.

History Lessons traces civil rights and antiwar activist Dan Lynn Watt's journey through childhood in New York during the McCarthy era. He marched on May Day with his war hero father and activist mother. He takes you inside family struggles against racism and political repression.

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"Hope's Alive" with Frida Berrigan

When: Sunday, September 24, 2017, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

Where is our hope? How do we find it, feed it, share it? I'm finding hope in sanctuaries of silence and the eyes of friends. I'm feeding hope in the streets crowded with people shouting "Black Lives Matter," "No Justice, No Peace" and "Love Trumps Hate." I'm sharing hope by not shirking away from hard truths and hard work. I'm rescued from hopelessness by my children's laughter and their relentless appetite for life despite its contradictions, challenges and conflict. 

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"Hope's Alive" with Frida Berrigan

When: Sunday, September 24, 2017, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

Where is our hope? How do we find it, feed it, share it? I'm finding hope in sanctuaries of silence and the eyes of friends. I'm feeding hope in the streets crowded with people shouting "Black Lives Matter," "No Justice, No Peace" and "Love Trumps Hate." I'm sharing hope by not shirking away from hard truths and hard work. I'm rescued from hopelessness by my children's laughter and their relentless appetite for life despite its contradictions, challenges and conflict. 

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Rally to Unite Against Hate and Oppression

When: Saturday, August 19, 2017, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Massachusetts State House • Boston

On August 19th, several white supremacists, nationalists and neo-fascist groups will be assembling in the Boston Commons as part of recent national campaign for "free speech". We must show up in solidarity against hate and show that Boston is not a place that tolerates hate.

State House, Boston

12 noon to 4 PM

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Miko Peled: "Trump/Netanyahu Era: The Prospects for Peace"

When: Monday, August 28, 2017, 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

We are VERY honored to have the opportunity to host Miko Peled at our humble Community Church of Boston forum. This is one of our generation's most eloquent voices against the Apartheid Israeli Colonial Enterprise. Miko has become a much sought after speaker and lecturer on the subject of Palestine/Israel. His Youtube video lectures garner gazillions of views. His activist work on behalf of the Palestinian people is extraordinary.

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DAVID Rovics: Don't Kill The Landlord Tour!!

When: Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • 02116 • Boston

"If the great Phil Ochs were to rise from the dead today, he would probably be hailed as the new David Rovics."
-Andy Kershaw, BBC

"Absolutely brilliant. David Rovics says exactly what needs to be said."
-Ian McMillan, BBC

"David Rovics is a freaking genius."
-Eric Spitznagel, MTV

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DAVID Rovics: Don't Kill The Landlord Tour!!

When: Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • 02116 • Boston

"If the great Phil Ochs were to rise from the dead today, he would probably be hailed as the new David Rovics."
-Andy Kershaw, BBC

"Absolutely brilliant. David Rovics says exactly what needs to be said."
-Ian McMillan, BBC

"David Rovics is a freaking genius."
-Eric Spitznagel, MTV

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Playing For The Planet: World Music Against Climate Change

When: Saturday, June 10, 2017, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • 02116 • Boston

On Saturday, June 10, the fifteenth “Playing For The Planet” benefit concert will showcase master musicians from three different musical traditions in a rare and joyful pan-cultural evening, with all proceeds going to benefit the environmental advocacy group 350MA.org. The performers include the joyful Latin American perspectives of Sol y Canto, the enthralling North Indian vocal music of Aditya Rohit Shah, and the Rev. Fred Small’s compelling songs of struggle and justice.

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A Discussion on "The influence of Africa on Traditional Folk Culture in Cuba & U.S." with Afro Cuban Artist and Activist Mirna Padrón Dickson

When: Friday, June 9, 2017, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • 02116 • Boston

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