First Night Against The Wars

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First Night Against the Wars!
Meeting first at 565 Boylston community church of Boston and then
walking on over to our set up location
on the steps of the Boston Public Library (cnr. of Boylston &
Dartmouth
starting at Noon till six after the parade
We’ll have free hot chocolate and snacks for passersby who stop to pick up your literature. We’re
also going to have a bright sticker that has broad appeal and that everyone opposed to these
wars can wear.
We’re organizing an educational action that reaches the 100,000s of people who will be in Boston
to celebrate First Night. We want to welcome them. We want to celebrate.
But we also want everyone to be fully conscious of the many wars:

Wall Street and Government’s War on Us!

The wars on women.

The wars on people of color and immigrants.

The wars on working people.

The wars in Africa and Middle East.

The war on the environment.
These are all connected!
Help make this happen!
To help with the planning and organizing, please call me, Dan the Bagel Man at 857-272-6743.
Daniel.Kontoff@yahoo.com

Dialogue on Newtown

Hand grenade for Hello Kitty.
Niche market for ammunition
Assault weapons swept in on tide of fortune.

Truth rubbing a lie,
“Guns don’t kill, people do.”
The gun turns and addresses its owner,

“A gun is a product.
A gun embodies the labor of the people who produced it.
The sale of a gun creates profit.”

In my minds eye I see the ancient Greeks battling it out.
Bare skinned under an honest sun.
It’s when they started talking that things got bad.

Passmass Press Release

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MEDIA ALERT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 9, 2013

PRESS RELEASE FOR THE “PASSMASSAMENDMENT BALLOT INITIATIVE”

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

The PassMassAmendment Ballot Initiative (www.PassMassAmendment.org), is a 3+ year process to ask Massachusetts voters to amend (clarify) the state Constitution to declare:

“Corporations Are Not People, Money Is Not Speech”

Late last year, we began the formal ballot initiative process with a meeting at the Attorney General’s office of the Commonwealth. On August 7, 2013, we filed our formal petition. Over the summer PassMassAmendment organized petition teams and allies to engage the public to gather 68,911 valid signatures this September 18th through November 20th.

Hundreds of PassMassAmendment petitioners have been gathering signatures around the state since September 18th, on street corners, in parking lots, in churches, and in meeting halls. Today, PassMassAmendment launches its “print-sign-mail” petition campaign to draw in voters! People who want to sign the petition can print, sign and mail the petition form to town clerks around the state for their signatures to count!

Once enough signatures are gathered, the Amendment will need 25% of two consecutive Legislative Sessions voting in favor, for it to be on the 2016 Ballot. The proposed amendment already has more than 20% of that support in the Legislature.

The formal language, and the legal discussion can be found at: www.PassMassAmendment.org.

Over the last century and more, the people have been losing their influence over our democratic process. We believe that the root of this issue is the corrupting influence of corporations and money on our political process. We have asked our legislators to rectify this. The “Clean Elections Law” passed in 1998 by a 2 to 1 majority by ballot initiative. But our legislators refused to fund it and ended it by voice vote. We have passed resolutions around the state asking our legislators to act to amend the US Constitution to rectify this.

They have not acted. As a result, we believe that it’s time for citizens to act. Absent of action by our legislators, we intend to amend (clarify) the Massachusetts Constitution ourselves.

Endorsed by:
U. S. Congressman Jim McGovern, State Reps: Cory Atkins, Ellen Story, Denise Provost, Timothy J. Toomey Jr, Sean Garballey, Jennifer Benson, Carl Sciortino, Jason Lewis, Harold Naughton, State Senators:Katherine Clark, Barry Finegold, Karen E. Spilka (Majority Whip) Other (in order of appearance): Noam Chomsky, Ironworkers Local 7, Occupy Winchester, Greater-Boston Chapter of the Green-Rainbow Party, The Somist Institute (led by Dr Carmine Gorga), Bill McKibben (Founder of 350.org), Cape Cod Move to Amend, Assabet River Valley Chapter of the Green Rainbow Party, Occupy Falmouth, Cathedral Church of St. Paul (Boston),
North Shore Move to Amend.

PRESS CONTACT: Terra Friedrichs 978 808 7173 terraf “at” compuserve dot.com

GA Summary – 3 September 2013

Most of tonight’s GA focused on revisiting (and amending) the disbursement proposal from July 9th.

We decided to liquidate Occupy Boston’s remaining credit union funds. Assuming we got the math right, this breaks down as follows:

  • $4294 for the street medics
  • $908 for strike debt
  • $2000 for Mesob’s food truck (see minutes)
  • $1000 for Bobbi’s Urban Pioneer proposal (see minutes)
  • $492 for Food Not Bombs
  • $492 for E5

GA Minutes: http://wiki.occupyboston.org/wiki/GA_Minutes_Tue_Sep_03_2013.