Major mobilizations are an important tool in political movements, a chance to stand together and demand the attention of those in power. However, convergences can also be hectic and stressful environments and protesters may be exposed to physical hazards such as poor weather conditions and militarized police crowd control tactics. In order to sustain our movements in the face of these obstacles, it is important to know how to keep yourself and other safe an healthy.
In preparation for the Peoples Climate March, the Boston Street Medics will hold a Protester Health and Safety training on Sunday, September 7th from 2-4pm at the Bikes Not Bombs Hub, 284 Amory St. in the Brewery Complex in Jamaica Plain. The space is mobility accessible, near Stony Brook Station on the orange line, and there is on- and off-street parking.
This session will cover the basics of buddy and affinity group safety, weather-related illness, police/arrest safety and advocacy, special needs and chronic illness awareness, and post-action emotional self-care. The focus of this training is on injury and illness prevention, staying safe in the streets, and knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do. There is no cost to attend the session, but please RSVP by Thursday, September 4th at http://tinyurl.com/PCMBosHS. Please email bostonstreetmedics(AT)riseup.net with any questions.
The 30th Annual Bread and Roses Heritage Festival will be held, as always, on Labor Day. This year on Monday, September 1st, 2014!
It is a FREE, open air, labor and social justice event, on the Lawrence Common, from noon to 5:00 PM
Enjoy an electric day of musical, dance, and theatrical performances from a diverse range of cultures from American Folk, Salsa, Blues, Celtic, Hip Hop, and more!
Hungry? Stroll down the walkway of food vendors to choose BBQ, Dominican, Turkish, Vietnamese, Mexican, and other international treats!
Have Children? The Kidz Zone will surely put a smile on children young and old! With pony rides, face painting, hula hooping, a juggler, and even story telling!
Social justice? Our row of information vendors brings together community groups and non-profits from around the area to have discussions with visitors on the many issues we face, provide resources for those who need help, and opportunities for those wanting to get involved further.
Like to learn? Lawrence History Live and the workshop tents are the spot for you. Not only will you get historical mentions and reenactments on the main stage, but these tents provide a deeper look into past events, such as the Bread & Roses Strike of 1912, immigration history of the area, present day labor and social efforts, as well as introductory classes on traditional and new organizing models.
Make a donation:
Bread & Roses Heritage
P.O. Box 1137
Lawrence, MA 01842
The question is not whether the mayhem in Ferguson was caused by a “small” group of discontents, or whether the other protestors are sincere in their wish for a peaceful solution. The question is why such discontent is no longer staying within the usual boundaries of home, bottle, and pipe. Why are the most desperate among us taking every opportunity to voice their discontent as often and as violently as possible?
The party is over. The well fed minority that have put this country into the hopper must back away from the trough. Address poverty and racism or bear the consequences; the violence that is endemic among the dispossessed survivors of eat-your-own capitalism will be in all our streets, all our homes, all our neighborhoods.
The time for halfway solutions is past. To break the cycle of drop out-to-gang-to-convict-to-criminal:
Extend Public Education Through College
End the Reign of the Golden School
Free All Prisoners Convicted of Victimless Crimes.
Nationalize the Healthcare Industry.
And to pay for it? Well, in the past the privileges of the minority came from the sale of human beings (now it comes from privatized prisons, the Judge is extra).
There is a better way:
Replace All Entitlements with a Basic Income Guarantee and Healthcare.
And who is Occupy or anyone to be making that kind of “demand.” To which this editorialist says “There is no power like stating the truth: it’s time to share the wealth.”
Replace All Entitlements with a Basic Income Guarantee and Healthcare
was one of the 10 Objectives offered by the InterOccupy Strategy Group.
And, for the record the demands of the Black Panthers are here:
Michael Brown is dead. So is Eric Garner. And Treyvon Martin. Stopping more such murders means trying a little harder than replacing a police chief.
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