Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus

Thursday, June 4, 6-8pm
First Parish, 1446 Mass Ave, corner of Church St.
Harvard Square

Join SpeakOUT Boston and BAGLY for a reception and book signing with photographer Rachelle Lee Smith for her inspiring book Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus. Smith’s book is a photographic essay that explores a wide spectrum of experiences of youth aged 14-24 who identify as queer. She’ll discuss her process and books will be available for sale. This is a multi-generational event so please bring your kids, your spouses, your friends, and elders! We’ll have a youth photo booth open to create personal statements in your own photo. Light food and refreshments.

For more info, contact Ellyn(AT)speakoutboston.org.

FTP – ‘Films 2 The People’ Short Film Festival Friday at the Omni!

Optik Allusions is so pleased to announce their very first Short Film Festival! Come discover our out-of-the-ordinary line up of intersectional short films from all over Oakland and all over the world! The event will also be a fundraiser for our video collective to keep thriving: Optik Allusions provides equipment for video production and post production, organizes workshops… We share skills and resources to make films expressing points of view that are usually silenced, and tell stories that might otherwise remain untold. The fundraiser will also help pay our rent … Continued

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Chelsea Manning protest on 5-year anniversary of her incarceration

Boston – Park Street Station, Weekly Vigil – May 30th
Five Years In Jail Is Enough, More Than Enough
President Obama Pardon Chelsea Manning Now!

Boston vigil details:

1:00-2:00 PM Saturday, May 30, 2015
Park Street Station Entrance on the Boston Common

Chelsea Manning’s Five Years Of Confinement

Taken into Army MP custody on May 27, 2010 and later held for months under torturous conditions at the Quantico Marine Base in Virginia, Chelsea Manning was tried and sentenced in a military court-martial at Fort Meade in Maryland to 35 years in August 2013 for releasing many military secrets through WikiLeaks about U.S. crimes in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan among other revelations. If this sentence stands she will be out in 2045.

We cannot let this happen — we have to get her out!

Join us on May 30th and encourage others to attend.

Sign the on-line petition for a presidential pardon from President Barack Obama at the Chelsea Manning Support Network website- http://www.chelseamanning.org.

We will not leave our sister behind.

March Against Monsanto | Rally for World Food Justice

SAT May 23
1-2 p March route TBA (gather at State House 12:30)
2-4 pm Rally at Copley Square
Speakers, Teach-In Picnics & Artists:
http://foodjustice.activistcalendar.org/speakers-teach-ins-and-artists/

Free Food courtesy of Food Not Bombs, Haley House and Suja

For the third year in a row, over 400 cities worldwide, from Seattle to Johannesburg, are organizing local events for the March Against Monsanto, and many expect to receive thousands in attendance. Our Boston event is in solidarity with this worldwide movement, and it is the second year we also host the Rally For World Food Justice on the same day. There were 1000 people in attendance at the 2014 March & Rally, and we hope to reach at least this same number in 2015.

The Boston organizing team is a small ad hoc group of activists from various groups and individuals coming together. We are seeking funding from individual community members through a crowdsourcing Indiegogo campaignand sponsorships from local businesses and organizations that align with our working definition of Food Justice (attached).

Locally in Boston, our goal is to incorporate a broad Food Justice mission into this event, highlighting its connection to economic, climate and racial justice and committing to prioritizing and putting front and center the voices and stories of our local communities, specifically those systemically affected by limited or no access, while maintaining an international perspective and solidarity. The Rally will feature teach-ins from community leaders, public speakers from across these movements, as well as local community musicians, and artists.

As in previous years, we plan for this to be a permitted family-friendly event.

Our Working Definition of Food Justice that details our mission: http://foodjustice.activistcalendar.org/what-is-food-justice/

Official Website: foodjustice.activistcalendar.org

Our Facebook event is https://www.facebook.com/events/797217667032767

Social media hashtags: #MAMBoston #FoodJustice #MAM

And finally, we’d greatly appreciate any help you can provide in spreading the word about this event.

In solidarity!

Loreto and the rest of the organizers

Mass Action Against Police Brutality / Boston May Day Actions

(Source: Mass Global Action)

Baltimore Solidarity Rally

Roxbury, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 6:00 PM
1 Schroeder Plaza, Boston, MA 02120

This message is forwarded from Mass Action Against Police Violence.

Stand in solidarity with the protesters and people of Baltimore!

The government, the media, and other naysayers would put the onus of the destruction of property and violence on the backs of the protesters when in fact what has caused this disturbance is the years and decades of brutality and neglect against the people of this region. Until the government does something to address the wanton violence and impunity by the hands of the police against the people of this region what is happening Baltimore today is inevitable.

What is happening in Baltimore could happen anywhere. Justice denied is an act of war against the population and now the people have had enough and they are standing up and fighting back. Every lover of democracy and freedom must join this call. Join us in solidarity with Baltimore in front of the Boston Police headquarters for a rally and speak out as we demand:

  • Indict the police that killed Freddie Gray now!
  • Release the jailed protesters now!
  • Drop the charges against the protesters now!
  • End the state of emergency and curfew now!

From the Boston May Day Committee

Friday, May 1, 2015

After the march to Haymarket, join the BMDC & get on the #111 bus to Chelsea!

We hope to see you out in the trenches on May Day and please pass this along to friends as well!

Use the Facebook event page to spread the word by inviting your friends.