Protester health and safety training

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.

30th Annual Bread and Roses Heritage Festival

(from act-ma)

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.

Contact:
978-794-1655
info@breadandrosesheritage.org
http://breadandrosesheritage.org/welcome.html

Make a donation:
Bread & Roses Heritage
Committee, Inc
P.O. Box 1137
Lawrence, MA 01842

Roped Off in Ferguson

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.

 

http://interoccupy.net/occupystrategy/2013/10/occupy-strategy-groups-top-10-recommended-strategic-objectives/

 

And, for the record the demands of the Black Panthers are here:

http://www.blackpanther.org/TenPoint.htm

 

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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Together We Rose! Occupy’s Third National Gathering
Last week in Sacramento, the Occupy movement came together for reflection, learning, planning, sharing—and yes, marching! Despite drought and heat of 100°+, Occupiers from up and down the West Coast, as well as other areas of the country (and a few from elsewhere on the globe) shared 5 days of activism and discussion.
Tonight is the DeBrief call where we discuss what worked well this year, what didn’t, and what could be done better next time Occupy does something like this.
Register for the call here.
Here is some of the exciting news to come out of the GAs and other interactions at NatGat2014:
2014 OCCUPY NATIONAL GATHERING STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINE PRESS RELEASE
OCCUPY NATIONAL GATHERING STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINE
D’andre Teeter, stopmassincarceration, brought a proposal for NatGat attendees to endorse the Month of Non-Violent Resistance Against Mass incarceration, which was passed July 31.
“Occupy has distinguished itself as being one of the great moments in recent history of the United States when people came together from all walks of life, different races, different creeds, different political positions and all came together around something that was absolutely urgent and necessary.
In that spirit, I am really calling on people to take up this month of mass resistance vs. mass inc that can bring together many many people –a big tent, a big occupy tent, where occupy can actually rejuvenate its energy and reach out to many people in the press community that we have not reached out to before.”
D’andre Teeter.
THE 2014 OCCUPY NATIONAL GATHERING ENDORSES A MONTH [OCTOBER] OF NON-VIOLENT RESISTANCE AGAINST MASS INCARCERATION
A CALL FOR A MONTH OF RESISTANCE TO MASS INCARCERATION, POLICE TERROR, REPRESSION AND THE CRIMINALIZATION OF A GENERATION!
For 2 generations, Black and Latina/Latino youth in the U.S. have been shipped off to prison in numbers never before seen anywhere in the world at any time. More than 2 million people, of all nationalities languish in prison — ten times the number 50 years ago. The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prison population! More than 60% of those in U.S. prisons are Black or Latina/o. 32% of Black men between the ages of 20 and 29 are in prison or on parole or probation on any given day. More than 80,000 people in prison are held in solitary confinement.
The Stop Mass Incarceration Network
A working group of folks from around the country has continued the work started by the 2011 Demands and Objectives survey results of Occupy LA, to help solidify our unity, declare our non-violence, summarize what we want, and grow our movement. Please stay tuned for upcoming conference calls if you would like to be involved in this work.
Please help advance this proposal and work by signing the Petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/voice-to-the-voiceless-solidarity-declaration
VOICE TO THE VOICELESS SOLIDARITY DECLARATION
Voice to the Voiceless Solidarity Declaration Discussion on Loomio
Katherine Dawn, visiting from Australia, and advocating for an International Gathering in counterpoint to the G20 meeting in Brisbane, Australia, in November 2014, wrote a piece on her reflections:
AN AUSSIE’S REFLECTIONS ON OCCUPY NATGAT 2014 AND WHERE TO FROM HERE
We have been doing a lot of organizing and having lots of discussions on Loomio this year; Loomio.org was created by members of Occupy New Zealand and shares many conceptual similarities: how to include the 99 percent in decision-making. Here is the link to our organizing group there: https://www.loomio.org/g/FbxnmrQ2/occupy-national-gathering-organizing-group
The Occupy National Gathering was planned using InterOccupy tools and services. InterOccupy seeks to foster communication between individuals, Working Groups and local General Assemblies, across the movement. We do this in the spirit of the Occupy Movement and general assemblies which use direct democratic and horizontal decision-making processes in service to the interests of the 99%.
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Ferguson Murder Demo, TOMORROW, 8/16, Copley

STOP POLICE VIOLENCE

COPLEY, TOMORROW, 2PM

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The Ferguson Murder is part of the militarization of US that starts with one-on-one racism between police and the poor and ends with locking people up to make a buck. Occupy Nat Gat 2014 has called for

 

 

“A MONTH OF RESISTANCE TO MASS INCARCERATION, POLICE TERROR, REPRESSION AND THE CRIMINALIZATION OF A GENERATION!

 

For 2 generations, Black and Latina/Latino youth in the U.S. have been shipped off to prison in numbers never before seen anywhere in the world at any time. More than 2 million people, of all nationalities languish in prison — ten times the number 50 years ago. The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population but 25% of the world’s prison population! More than 60% of those in U.S. prisons are Black or Latina/o. 32% of Black men between the ages of 20 and 29 are in prison or on parole or probation on any given day. More than 80,000 people in prison are held in solitary confinement.

The Stop Mass Incarceration Network

http://www.stopmassincarceration.net/

 

 

In 1967 the Black Panthers called for the release of all imprisoned Black Men as part of their 10 Point Plan. Now it’s your turn.

 

DEMAND THE RELEASE OF ALL THOSE CONVICTED OF VICTIMLESS CRIMES.

 

Long live Treyvon Martin,

 

Aria Littlhous

 

DEMO DETAILS

 

As many of you have heard, teenager Michael Brown was killed August 9th in Ferguson, MO – shot multiple times by a police officer despite eye-witness accounts that he was unarmed and had his hands up in surrender. The police reaction? Refusing to interview the main eye witness, confiscating phones with videos of the incident, and declining to publicize the autopsy report or the name of the involved officer. As protests in Missouri heat up on both sides with protestor and police violence escalating, support from cities across our country is vital!

This peaceful protest is for Boston to show its solidarity with Ferguson and say that racialized police brutality is an American CRISIS that needs to be addressed. The slaughter of unarmed children cannot continue – every American citizen has the right to due process, and to be treated with dignity and respect.

Come to Copley Square this Saturday the 16th to make our voices HEARD! There will be plenty of signs, and I need YOU GUYS to help carry them all!

Please please share and invite. Michael Brown’s family deserves justice!

http://www.occupy.com/article/black-man-killed-us-every-28-hours-police

http://jezebel.com/this-is-why-were-mad-about-the-shooting-of-mike-brown-1619522935?utm_content=buffer98760&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

http://gawker.com/anonymous-vows-action-over-shooting-death-of-unarmed-te-1619233440

http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/12/opinion/baez-police-garner-michael-brown-chokehold/