Major mobilization for Harvard dining hall workers on strike!

Major mobilization for Harvard dining hall workers on strike!

Saturday October 22, 3pm

Cambridge Common

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Striking Harvard Workers Take their Fight to Harvard Fellows:

Striking Harvard Workers Take their Fight to Harvard Fellows

Workers and alumni demand action from Harvard’s real decision makers //as administrators fail to end strike after a week

Harvard dining hall workers who are on their 9th day of a strike for annual incomes of at least $35,000 a year and to stop the administration’s demand that they pay more for basic medical services are reaching out to Harvard’s real decision makers.

On Thursday, UNITE HERE local affiliates and Harvard alumni will protest outside the offices of Harvard Corporation fellows in New York City, DC, Chicago, Berkeley, Menlo Park, Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts. They are demanding that the Harvard Corporation— comprised of 13 fellows and Harvard University President Drew Faust—intervene to help food service workers reach an agreement.

Harvard dining hall workers have been on strike since October 5th . Workers began negotiations with Harvard administrators May 20th and have held more than 20 sessions. The strike has gained national attention and the support of undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, Harvard employees and faculty. Workers, students and staff have picketed, marched and rallied all over Harvard University campus and Harvard Square for eight days but the administration has yet to resolve this issue.

“It is clear to us that all this time we’ve been bargaining with people who are not actually able to make decisions for Harvard University,” said UNITE HERE Local 26 President Brian Lang. “We call on the decision makers of Harvard University to step forward to meet with us so we can come to a just agreement.”

The Harvard Corporation “exercises fiduciary responsibility with regard to the University’s academic, financial, physical resources and overall well-being.” The Corporation is made up of 13 fellows, the President and the Treasurer.

The corporation’s fellows include: Joseph O’Donnell, chairman of the board of Centerplate, Karen Gordon Mills, president of private equity group MMP Group, Laurence Bacow, former president of Tufts University, Shirley M. Tilghman, former president of Princeton University and director for Google Inc, Nannerl O. Keohane, former president of Duke University and Wellesley College, Kenneth I. Chenault, Chairman and CEO of the American Express Company, Susan L. Graham, James Breyer, William F. Lee, Jessica Tuchman Mathews, Theodore V. Wells, Jr., and Paul Finnegan.

Day in Solidarity With African People, 10/24

Mother of black teen drowned by police to speak at solidarity event

Day in Solidarity With African People
October 24th, 7-9pm
@ the Community Church of Boston
565 Boylston st, Boston MA 02116
(Coply on the green line)
Contact: usmboston(AT)

A local activist group advocating reparations to the black community will host a “A Day in Solidarity with African People” event on October 24th, 2016 to address the role of white people in ending the rampant police violence targeting black people in the United States.

The Day in Solidarity is part of a nationwide campaign sponsored by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement.

The event will build national support for the black-led Uhuru Movement’s quest for justice for the murder of three African teenaged women by Florida sheriff’s deputies earlier this year.

On March 31st, 2016, the deputies chased Dominique Battle, Ashaunti Butler and La’Niyah Miller into a cemetery and rammed their car into a pond where they drowned.

Kunde Mwamvita, the mother of Dominique and a courageous fighter for the black community, will be traveling from Florida to speak at the event.

“What’s done in the dark will come to the light,” says Mwamvita, referring to the sheriff’s and media cover-up of the murder of daughter. “The whole world is watching now and we’re coming.”

Yejide Orunmila will deliver the keynote address. Orunmila is president of the African People’s Socialist Party Women’s Commission and president of the African National Women’s Organization. She has written extensively on African Internationalism, the political theory of the Uhuru (‘freedom’) Movement.

The Uhuru Movement for African Liberation is organizing to bring together African people into a global movement for black liberation and self-determination.

Also speaking will be Penny Hess, Chair of the African People’s Solidarity Committee, the organization of white people working under the Uhuru Movement’s leadership to build “white solidarity with Black Power” since its founding in 1976. Hess will speak to white audiences on their role and responsibility in the black freedom struggle.

This is a free event and will have a question-and-answer session at the end. Register here:

For questions call/text 617-682-2824 or email usmboston (AT) Social media:

Panel & Discussion: From Boston to Charlotte – Justice for All Victims of Police Brutality

Panel & Discussion: From Boston to Charlotte – Justice for All Victims of Police Brutality

From Boston to Charlotte:
Justice for All Victims of Police Brutality -Panel & Discussion-
Saturday 10/15 3-5pm
@Greater Love Tabernacle
101 Nightingale Street,
Dorchester Center, MA 02124

In the past three months we have witnessed the continued onslaught of the people by the hands of the police. From Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA to Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, MN to Korryn Gaines in Randallstown, MD to Terrance Crutcher in Tulsa, OK to Tyre King in Columbus, OH to Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, NC. Just in the past two weeks at least 8 more Black men have been killed by the police.

  1. Alfred Olango, 30, El Cajon, California September 27
  2. Christopher Sowell, 32, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania September 28
  3. Jacquarius M. Robinson, 20. Columbus, Ohio September 30
  4. George Richards-Meyers, 18, Newark, NJ September 30
  5. Najier Salaam, 18, Newark, NJ September 30
  6. Reginald Thomas, 36, Pasadena, Cali September 30
  7. Douglas Marrickus Rainey, 32, Gowensville, SC October 1
  8. Carnell Snell Jr., 18 Los Angeles, CA October 1

We have witnessed the the attempted cover ups by the police and the refusal of the courts to indict. The one exception is the indictment of Tulsa officer Betty Shelby coming directly on the heels of militant protests in Charlotte. The National Guard was mobilized, a curfew imposed and a state of emergency declared by the North Carolina governor to quell the protests. During one night of demonstrations, protestor Justin Carr was shot and killed.

In Boston and New England we have the same pattern of police killings and cover-ups. Join an important community discussion on how we can build a mass movement of millions to win justice for the victims of police brutality and their families.


FAMILY MEMBER OF USAAMAH RAHIM, killed by the Joint Terrorist Task Force in Roslindale, MA June 2, 2015

MARY HOLMES, Roxbury resident who was assaulted at Dudley station by MBTA police officer Jennifer Amyot Garvey on March 6, 2014. Holmes has filed a civil suit against Garvey, her partner Alfred Trinh, and the MBTA. On January 13, 2016, officer Garvey was charged with felony assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, misdemeanor assault and battery, filing false police reports and violating Holmes’ civil rights.

WAYNE DOZIER, grandfather of DANROY ‘DJ’ HENRY of Easton, MA, killed by Pleasantville, NY police officer Aaron Hess in 2010

TAHIA BELL-SYKES, organizer for Mass Action Against Police Brutality

(PLUS VIA TELECONFERENCE)BARRY MORRIS, Charlotte Justice League, group has been part of the street protests in Charlotte, NC, now is carrying out nightly livestreamed protest outside the Charlotte Police Department

MODERATED BY BROCK SATTER, organizer for Mass Action Against Police Brutality

Join Mass Action Against Police Brutality

You can help build community awareness with our grassroots campaign:

Mass Action Against Police Brutality

617-858-0104 (call/text)


Facebook/Twitter/Instagram MAAPB617


ResisDance Against Colonialism!

ResisDance Against Colonialism!

A fundraiser open-air dance party to support Boston’s Day in Solidarity with African People event

October 15th, 3-7pm
at Union Square, Somerville MA
(Outside the SCA TV building)

Uhuru! ResisDance is back, but this time during the day and outside! Come join us in Union Square outside the Somerville Community Access TV Station to dance and raise funds for Boston’s Day In Solidarity With African People, a FREE powerful mobilizing and speaking event taking place on October 24th at the Community Church in Boston. Organized by Uhuru Solidarity Movement, an organization of white people working under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party. We are seeking funds to help pay for flights, housing, and honorariums for the 3 speakers featured at this event.

At the dance party we will be selling baked goods, hot coffee & cider, and Black Power newspapers on this beautiful fall day as we dance to the musical stylings of some of Boston’s best DJs:

  • Alfredo
  • Jesse Kaminsky
  • FKA Sus
  • Lychee
  • pink0

At 5:30, we will be airing a speech by one of the speakers, Kunde Mwamvita, whose daughter Dominique Battle was one of the 3 African girls drowned by the Pinellas County Sheriffs Dept. in March of this year.

If you can’t make it, this event will be LIVESTREAMED at, with a link where you can donate.

For more information you can contact us at usmboston(AT) and on facebook at

Join us TOMORROW (10/7) for the Two Year Long Island Closure Day of Action & Observance!

Join us tomorrow (Oct 7th) to demand housing NOT warehousing, and increased harm reduction and treatment beds!

Long Island Bridge Closure Two Year Anniversary

Day of Action & Observance tomorrow!

This Saturday marks two years since Mayor Walsh and the Boston Public Health Commission condemned the bridge leading to Long Island, hastily shuttering the city’s largest homeless shelter and several vital stabilization and recovery programs for those seeking treatment for substance use disorders. Since then, little has been done in the way of meaningful action from the City of Boston to remedy the harm they caused in closing the Island in such a haphazard manor. A new men ‘s shelter was erected on Southampton Street, but still does not meet the demand. Woods Mullen has been transitioned into a female-only shelter, and also does not meet the demand for beds and it’s conditions are less than adequate. We are in the midst of a worsening opioid epidemic, which has been deemed a State of Emergency in MA since March of 2014, yet the City of Boston and State of MA haven’t taken significant enough action to reduce the number of opioid related deaths.

Please join us TOMORROW (Oct 7th) to acknowledge the continued harm and hardship caused by the closure of Long Island, the lives of those individuals who were impacted and demand swift action from the city of Boston and the state of MA.

9:00AM Rally & Speak Out at Recovery Road at the corner of Melnea Cass Blvd. & Mass Ave.

Speakers Include:

People who are currently experiencing or have experienced homelessness or are in or seeking recovery from opioid addiction and have been negatively impacted by the closure of Long Island; representatives from Boston Homeless Solidarity Committee, Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants and more TBA.


-Housing NOT Warehousing!
People’s stay in emergency shelters should only be for a brief period of time, during which they are treated with dignity and respect. Shelters must improve facilities and implement dignified and trauma informed treatment and clear processes. Moreover, shelter services need to be increased to meet the demand for emergency beds, as Boston shelters are regularly over capacity and we expect an articulated and meaningful “winter plan” to accommodate the increased need for shelter during inclement weather, not simply shuttling people to sleep on the floor of partner service providers. People experiencing homelessness need meaningful avenues to permanent housing including a City Funded Housing Voucher Program.

-Increase Treatment Beds NOW!
Since the closure of Long Island there has been no meaningful increase in the number of stabilization and long-term recovery beds for people in active opioid use seeking sobriety. People in active use need treatment on demand! Increased stabilization beds must be sited and made available immediately and long-term recovery beds can be sited immediately in the empty facilities that have been kept up on Long Island using ferry transport and emergency boats as needed.

-Increase Harm Reduction Services NOW!
People in active opioid use, especially those experiencing homelessness, are in need of increased harm reduction services to minimize the negative impacts associated with use and allow them to live long enough to get into recovery. Legal Supervised Injection Sites, and access to existing harm reduction on demand are needed immediately to save lives.

Food will be provided during the rally. We will reconvene outside the State House at Noon.

12:00PM Rally & Speak Out at the State House steps

Speakers Include:
People who are in or seeking recovery from opioid use, family members & friends who have been impacted by a loved one’s opioid use disorder, representatives from the Boston Homeless Solidarity Committee, Boston City Mission, The Poor People’s United Fund and more TBA.

Following speakers we will invite folks to take part in a family-friendly nonviolent action to impress upon Governor Baker and Secretary Sudders the need for treatments beds and harm reduction NOW!

In 2015, 1,531 individuals lost their lives to unintentional opioid overdoses in MA. This is an 18% increase from 2014, when 1,294 individuals lives were lost. This number is continuing to increase; drastic action is needed to save lives NOW!

-Housing NOT Warehousing!
The state of MA funds much of the operations costs of emergency shelters and the works in partnership with the city to fund and create winter plans to meet the need for increased shelter capacity as well. As such, the State needs to be held accountable for the overcrowded, unsanitary and unsafe shelters operated by the city of Boston and previous years’ unsatisfactory winter plans. We demand the state require the city of Boston improve shelter conditions, increase capacity and come up with an articulated and meaningful winter plan.

-Increase Treatment Beds NOW!
Statewide there has been no meaningful increase in the number of stabilization and long-term recovery beds for people in active opioid use seeking sobriety. People in active use need treatment on demand! Increased stabilization and recovery beds should be sited immediately in state owned facilities to save lives NOW!

-Increase Harm Reduction Services NOW!
People in active opioid use, especially those experiencing homelessness, are in need of increased harm reduction services to minimize the negative impacts associated with use and allow them to live long enough to get into recovery. Supervised Injection Sites must be legalized and opened, and access to existing harm reduction on demand is immediately needed to save lives.

For more information:

Also, please take a moment to read this update from WBUR on what has and hasn’t happened since the closure of Long Island and why Mayor Walsh believes shelters continue to be overcrowded.

An excerpt from the piece and our thoughts:
“The city opened a new homeless shelter for men on Southampton Street in January of 2015. It converted the Woods-Mullen Shelter from co-ed to women-only. Of the detox and addiction treatment beds that were on Long Island, a majority have been replaced at various locations in the city. But the several dozen remaining ones won’t come online until next year…Despite all of the progress, the emergency shelters are still full. Walsh says that is partly due to the opiate addiction crisis and partly because Boston has become a draw due to its good support system.”

Mayor Walsh continues to defend the city’s overcrowded shelters by claiming that this is due to opioid use and an unfair burden of people seeking shelter from across the state. Yet he has not facilitated the replacement of all lost recovery service from Long Island two years later, hasn’t providing funding for increased treatment or harm reduction services, and receives state funding to operate the city shelters so has no excuse to not meet the needs of those seeking dignified, safe, sanitary and secure emergency shelter. Instead he has allowed people experiencing homelessness to rely on shelters that are unsafe, unsanitary and regularly over capacity, sending people elsewhere, or to seek refuge on their own with no meaningful avenues to permanent housing, and people in active substance use to pace “methadone mile” with no meaningful avenues to long term recovery. Mayor Walsh needs to prioritize the needs of people experiencing homelessness and those seeking recovery from
substance use disorders.

#RacialJusticeNow #RealAffordableHousing
Lastly, please support our allies Keep it 100% for Egleston in their struggle to prevent further displacement and create truly affordable housing in Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and Egleston.

Please sign their petition to demand a plan for the Jamaica Plain/Roxbury/Egleston area that protects existing residents and businesses, and builds new housing that is truly affordable to the City’s growing population. We want a plan that reflects the true community need:

  • 70% of new housing should be affordable
  • Include real affordable housing at a range of income levels, with an average of $35,000 a year or “40% area median income” (40% at $25,000/yr, 10% at $35,000/yr, 10% at $50,000/yr, and 10% at $70,000/yr)