Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train

Howard Zinn

“It remains to be seen how many people in our time will make that journey from war to non-violent action against war.
It is the great challenge of our time – how to achieve justice with struggle but without war.” -Howard Zinn (1922 – 2010).

On Monday, November 25th, the Quequechan Peace Alliance will show “Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train“, a biographical film of the activist, playwright and historian. Please join us Monday at 7 PM in the Fall River Public Library Ryan Room (enter by the Elm St. entrance).

The Quequechan Peace Alliance is a newly formed alliance of local peace and justice groups. The program is free and all are welcome.

Fall Convergence for a New National Agenda

SEIU Local 32BJ, Boston – Sunday, November 24th, 1 – 5:30 pm

If you are concerned about: responding to climate change… closing vast income gaps… creating a full employment, green economy… reclaiming Democracy… preventing war and reducing military spending… safeguarding worker rights… ending poverty and hunger… ridding the world of nuclear weapons… providing sufficient affordable housing…

REGISTER NOW: http://bit.ly/convergence-2013

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With: SEIU state political director Harris Gruman
     Peace, GLBT and justice organizer Leslie Cagan
          BU professor of political science Neta Crawford
               climate activist Ben Thompson
                    … AND YOU!

Where: SEIU Local 32BJ District 615 • 26 West St, 2nd floor • Park St T • Boston

Many agree that we need to forge a more democratic nation based on social justice, sustainability, employment, and peace. Our groups share many values, aspirations, and goals. We are working to avert climate catastrophe, to raise the minimum wage, to prevent new U.S. wars, to protect vital public programs, and to organize around dozens of other important issues. But to turn things around we need a vision of a new economy, a just society, and a new foreign policy that connects the issues — a vision that can mobilize a social movement toward a society that works for everyone.  We need a message that points more clearly to the future we seek.

How do we work together?  How can we connect with the millions of people who agree with us but are not yet involved?

The format will emphasize discussion—sharing ideas, listening to each other.

Outcomes we hope for:

  • A clearer vision of the society we are working to achieve
  • A message that communicates that vision to more people
  • Stronger connections within the activist community
  • New ideas for outreach
  • A commitment to follow-up

RegisterButton300The great ballplayer/philosopher Yogi Berra once said: “You’ve got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going ‘cause you might not get there”. We hope this convergence will lead to a clearer sense of where we’re going and how to get there while there’s still time. Please join us.  Register online: http://bit.ly/convergence-2013

Sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action, Democratic Socialists of America, Progressive Democrats of America, American Friends Service Committee, and 350 Massachusetts.

Endorsers: United for Justice with Peace (list in formation).

Contact: info@masspeaceaction.org, 617-354-2169

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Shutdown the Shutdown!

Cease & Desist!

Outraged about the shutdown? Worried about the outbreaks of salmonella, down EBT system, closed national parks, veterans benefit delays and other consequences of the government worker furlough?

 Please join us on this National Day of Action for an emergency protest, Fall River Govt Ctr Tuesday 10/15 at 5:15 PM.

Tell the GOP: Cease and Desist! Stop the #GOPShutdown and pay our nation’s bills!
 
NOT AROUND Fall River? GO TO HTTP://CEASEANDDESIST.US TO FIND AN EVENT NEAR YOU! OR JOIN BUDGET FOR ALL PROTESTS IN BOSTON AND NORTHAMPTON.
What you can do:
  • • Join us on 10/15 Tuesday @ 5:15 PM for a protest at Government Center, Fall River.
  • • Can’t make it? Call Congress TOLL FREE: 888-811-7024 to end the shutdown and pay our bills!
    • Join the Thunderclap: http://thndr.it/1e9udmf to spread the word across social media
    • Spread the word! 
Tell the GOP: Cease and Desist. Stop the #GOPShutdown and pay our nation’s bills. HELP STOP HOUSE EXTREMISTS FROM DERAILING THE GOVERNMENT, WRECKING THE ECONOMY AND DESTROYING THE LIVELIHOODS OF WORKING FAMILIES ALL BECAUSE THEY HATE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT/OBAMACARE SO VISCERALLY. A U.S. DEFAULT WOULD HURT TOO MANY PEOPLE – PEOPLE OF ALL POLITICAL STRIPES ARE ALARMED AS IT WOULD BE A SERIOUS BLOW TO THE NATIONAL AND WORLD ECONOMIES.
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DID WE MENTION YOU CAN CALL Speaker Boehner?? TOLL FREE: 888-811-7024
SPONSORS: USACTION.ORGMOVEON.ORG, AFGE, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, SEIU, BOLDPROGRESSIVES.ORG, DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA, HEALTH CARE FOR AMERICA NOW!, CAMPAIGN FOR COMMUNITY CHANGE, ALLIANCEFORRETIREDAMERICANS.ORG

 

Energy Exodus Kickoff in Fall River: March from Coal to Cape Wind!

Coal to Cape Wind

Energy Exodus Kickoff!

Day 1 of the Energy Exodus: Kick Off Rally to March from Coal to Cape Wind:

Where: Kennedy Park Overlook Section 1-36 Broadway Fall River, MA 02721

When: August 28, 2013 9-10:30AM

The rally will kick off a six 66 mile march when scores of citizens from all over New England will march from the Brayton Point coal and gas plant outside Fall River to Barnstable on Cape Cod, the future site of Cape Wind, the nation’s first offshore wind project.

Come hear local and national voices in the climate movement along with Energy Exodus marchers all committed to ending the dangerous climate and health impacts of the Brayton Point coal and gas plant. We call on Governor Patrick to use his authority under the Global Warming Solutions Act to end coal use in Massachusetts and replace it with renewable energy. We can no longer live with the devastating environmental costs to our communities from Brayton Point and our fossil fuel-dominated energy system.

Meet us at the Kennedy Park Overlook Section 1-36 Broadway in Fall River from 9-10:30AM on Wednesday, August 28th! Speakers will include community organizer Camilo Viveiros of the George Wiley Center in Pawtucket, RI; Reverend Jim Antal, President of the Massachusetts Conference of United Church of Christ; Craig Altemose, Executive Director of the Better Future Project; Varshini Prakash, UMass Amherst student and 350.org Fossil Free Fellow; and Iowa State Senator Robert Hogg, author of “America’s Climate Century”.

Later, join us in New Bedford at Smith Mills Christian Congregational Church for dinner (6 – 7 PM) followed by festivities and speakers.
Confirmed: Shea Reister, Campus Divestment Organizer, Better Future Project; Siggy Meilus, Bus Riders United, Community Economic Development Center

The U.S. must transition from fossil fuel energy to clean renewable power like that from the Cape Wind project. Join the Energy Exodus as we build political momentum and hasten the transition to renewable energy in Massachusetts. We deserve healthy communities! We can and must thwart the severest costs of global climate change!

Pull The Pork from the Pentagon!

Sequestration (see-kwi-stray-shun)

noun: the action of making a general cut in government spending

WE NEED JOBS, EDUCATION, CHILD CARE… not PENTAGON PORK!

 



This Wednesday, February 27th join us for USAction’s National Day of Action to Pull the Pork – Protect our Priorities! In Providence at the RI State House at 3:30; at the Worcester City Hall at noon; in Boston @ 4:30 pm at Park Street Station, Tremont & Park Streets. Go to pullthepork.org to find an event near you or go to the AFSC event page for more info and resources.

On March 1st, automatic federal budget cuts a.k.a. sequestration will take effect unless Congress intervenes. States beleaguered by FY2011 spending caps stand to lose millions more. For Massachusetts that means $13.9 million in public education funding, 1,100 Head Start slots, millions in environmental protection funds and more than $500,000 meant for nutrition assistance to seniors – just for starters. Yet the Pentagon budget will retain hundreds of billions of dollars for outdated weaponry, boondoggle projects plagued by cost overruns like the $1.5 Trillion F-35 “plane that can’t fly”, plus nuclear weapons and hundreds of European bases that are relics of last century’s Cold War.

Rather than protect us, Pentagon pork enriches defense contractor CEOs and siphons money away from community health, a well-trained workforce, public infrastructure and investment in our children’s educational future.

Washington needs to hear from us. Join us on the 27th. Additionally, call or write your Congressional delegation. They sure hear from military contractors – now it’s time they hear from us! It’s time to Pull the Pork from the Pentagon not our Services!

And finally (in MA), sign the Budget for All petition – to have a federal budget that works for all of us!

Have a Heart, No More Cuts! Tax the 1%! Bring our Troops Home Now!

Jobs Not Cuts!

“Have A Heart” rally to encourage Kennedy to endorse the Budget for All.

About 15 people from all around the district gathered Saturday morning to stand in downtown Attleboro as it snowed to promote the Budget for All. These representatives of the Mass Alliance of HUD tenants, Occupy Fall River, Occupy Newton, Fund Our Communities Not War-MA, and several other groups later met with Joe Kennedy to ask him to endorse this proposal, a progressive budget developed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus – of which he is a member. The “Budget for All” would preserve and protect our vital public services now on the chopping block. It proposes over a trillion dollars over the next decade towards job and community investment that can straightforwardly be funded by increasing taxes on the wealthiest earners, eliminating loopholes for corporate tax dodgers and cutting Pentagon pork like:

  • the F-35 jet fighter, the “plane that cannot fly”
  • closing European military bases and retire outmoded cold war era weaponry
  • eliminating nuclear weapons
  • ending the war now and bringing the troops home safely

You can view the  video of the office meeting with Kennedy here. Suffice it to say that our talking points are not his talking points – he spoke of the costs of healthcare that fuel the deficit, he talked of investing in our future by investing in basic research (as has been requested by DoD contract recipients MIT, Rensselaer Polytech and Texas Instruments). But we did not hear him agree with the military cuts or our other points.

The March 1 sequester is bearing down on us and our vital public services are imperiled. We have lots of work to do.

More Flickr images here.

Valentine’s week events 2013

Occupy Fall River continues its work in the New Year.

• STRIKE | DANCE | RISE

One Billion Rising!

This Thursday, join the global movement to end violence against women and girls as we help sponsor the local One Billion Rising: RISE UP and SPEAK UP event at Government Center, Fall River. This event is free and open to all ages as we dance and speak up together against sexual abuse, domestic violence, sexual harassment, rape, incest and all forms of physical and emotional violence against women and children. SIGN UP HERE!

• Have a Heart! No More Cuts!

Sign up for the MoveOn event

Stop the Cuts! Invest in Jobs and our Communities!

Then on Saturday, February 16th join us in downtown Attleboro – one of 15 such events across the country – to rally for the Budget for All and against federal budget austerity: “Have a Heart! No More Cuts!” We will encourage our newly elected Representative Joe Kennedy to endorse the Budget for All, a progressive budget that is supported by a supermajority of Massachusetts voters. We will give him gigantic Budget for All Valentine on behalf of the 600,000 in Massachusetts who want Congress and the President to STOP THE CUTS | TAX THE 1% AND CORPORATIONS | CUT THE PENTAGON BUDGET AND END THE WARS NOW | INVEST IN JOBS AND OUR COMMUNITIES. SIGN UP HERE TODAY!

 

Walmart PVD: Demand Respect for Walmart Workers Everywhere!


[To see originally posted video – audio problem persists – try this: http://bambuser.com/v/3244780]

Streaming from today’s 2pm action. Here’s the event description from FB:

Demand Respect for All Walmart Workers
Remember the 112 garment workers who died in Bangladesh
Saturday, December 22nd at 2pm
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Join us as we deliver a letter to Walmart in support of workers’ rights and hear from a Walmart Associate of 12 years, sing adapted holiday carols with a Santa who believes in workplace justice, and remember workers who lost their lives making clothes for Walmart. Walmart, the 25th largest economy in the world, was unwilling to pay for their factories to be safe.

After denials from Walmart that the factory produced their products, it has come to light that Walmart representatives had pressured the factories not to make needed improvements that could have prevented the fatal fire. “Specifically to the issue of any corrections on electrical and fire safety, in most cases very extensive and costly modifications would need to be undertaken. It is not financially feasible to make such investments.” – Walmart executive in Bangladesh in 2011

Stand up against those who put profits over workers’ welfare. Defend Workers’ Rights. Together we can make a difference and help to raise the bar for low-wage workers everywhere!

Always Low Wages? Do you have a story about working a low-paying retail job, about trying to make ends meet? Have you or anyone you know worked at Walmart? In this fight for fairness, your personal struggle matters, let us know if you want to share your story about why the fight for fair wages at Walmart is so important to you. For more information contact Camilo: 401-338-1665 camilo@activism2organizing.org