4 Mile March Against Police Violence

(from UJP)

When: Monday, January 19, 2015, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Old State House Boston, State Street & Washington St., Boston

4 Mile March to protest police repression of black community and related issues. 1 pm on Monday, January 19 at Old State House (Boston)

One demand calls for end of US interventions/imperialism abroad.

The group is responding to a national call named after the time (4 1/2 hours) Michael Brown’s body lay in the street. There was a long discussion of demands.

The group agreed with the following national demands for the march:

  1. civilian oversight committee to review incidents of police brutality;
  2. fear is not sufficient reason to use deadly force;
  3. body cameras for all uniformed officers;
  4. special independent prosecutors of police crimes;
  5. extend federal ban of racial profiling to local law enforcement;
  6. end prison industries that profit off prison labor;
  7. police always choose life over death, capture suspects alive for judicial proceedings;
  8. police must report illegal actions of other police;
  9. police have communications and diversity trainings appropriate to precinct;
  10. study sentencing based on race, gender and sexual orientation and set standards; skewed sentences to be reviewed.

The group agreed to the following locals demands for the march:

  1. jail killer cops;
  2. enact a living wage;
  3. defund prisons, fund communities;
  4. end mass incarceration;
  5. no to Boston Olympics, use money to fund communities;
  6. end US intervention around world, stop US imperialism

Activists Stop Commuter Rail before AFC Playoff Game

PRESS RELEASE — Activists Stop Commuter Rail before AFC Playoff Game

Contact Saif Rahman at (860) 966-2473 for more information and interviews

January 10, 2015

Dedham, MA — Activists from across New England delayed an MBTA commuter rail train at the Dedham, MA station traveling to the New England Patriots game in order to interrupt “recreation as usual.” This peaceful demonstration was organized to continue lifting up the message of the Black Lives Matter movement and in honor of the “2015 Year of Resistance.”

Organized by a diverse group of white, non-black people of color, and black activists, the action was meant to highlight white complicity that allows police and state violence to be carried out against Black people.

“As white allies, we are taking direct action to challenge white supremacy and amplify the demands for an end to the war on Black communities across the county,” said one of the organizers, Mallory Hanora of Boston, MA.

“As non-Black people of color, we know that the struggle for our autonomy starts with the liberation of Black people in the United States,” said Sherrie’ Anne André of Providence, RI.

The train was delayed for four and half minutes to represent the four and half hours Michael Brown’s body was left lying in the street; this span of time has become symbolic within the movement. Protestors quietly replicated the sound of a beating heart during that time.

“As a black woman, I agree that these actions are important, they demonstrate solidarity with our liberation and challenges white complacency with this racist system,” said Seneca Joyner of Boston, MA.

In Boston, Black people experience racial disparities at every point of the justice system, from unnecessary and unconstitutional stops by police, to overrepresentation in prisons, to the murder of unarmed Black people. The ACLU of Massachusetts released a report in October that found 63 percent of Boston police-civilian encounters from 2007 to 2010 targeted Blacks, even though Black people make up less than 25 percent of the city population. Even after controlling for crime, the study showed that police officers were more likely to initiate police encounters with Black people. Police gave no justification for 75 percent of these stops.

While white New Englanders celebrate our region as one grounded in principles of freedom and liberty, in reality white supremacy continues to impede the safety and well-being of Black people and their families. New Englanders continue to live under intense segregation and violent policing. At this game many white fans will cheer and celebrate Black athletes in the stadium while ignoring the racism Black people face in daily life. The AFC Division Playoff Game required us to insist that Black lives matter all the time, everywhere, on and off the field.

#Floodboston MEETING: Jan 11th 1:30-4pm @ MIT

(from Noah)

It is with great pleasure that I write to annonce the next Flood Boston open organizing meeting. It will be held at MIT Building 4, First Floor, Room 149 (See map below for detailed directions) from 1:30-4pm.

Agenda: From 1:30 to 2 there will be refreshments and networking. Members of the affinity group that organized the recent Stop Spectra Action at State Street Headquarters will alos share some of their experiences and lessons. At 2, we will jump into an affinity group training before we get into action planning in break out groups for the remainder.

Be advised that the convening committee is hoping to transition to a spokescouncil model at the next meeting in early February. For this to work, it is important that people organize themselves into affinity groups. Please don’t be intimidated if this sounds unfamiliar or exclusive. We are committed to continuing to provide support for folks looking to join or form an AG of their own, as well as ways for individuals to participate in the spokescouncil.

If you are interested in helping to plan and facilitate Floodboston meetings and/or helping to develop our spokescouncil model, you are welcome to join the convening committee at our meeting immediately following the organizing meeting on January 11th. We are also meeting on Tuesday January 6th at the Lucy Parsons Center in Jamiaca Plain at 7 pm.

I am truly excited for a year of unprecedented resistance and solidarity!

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the convening committe

Directions to MIT 4-149

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Guantanamo demo at Park Street: Saturday, Jan. 10, 1pm

(from jslives)

Please spread the word far and wide about using this coming Saturday’s vigil and speak-out–every week, same time, same place; but different topics, against war and for social justice–to demand again that Gitmo be closed. The Saturday “regulars” have, like Witness Against Torture (which goes to DC every January), spoken out on this topic regularly.

Obama promised as a candidate and then at his first inauguration that he would close it down, even signed enabling legislation within his first two years. He continues to blame Republicans (for everything), but as Medea Benjamin said during one of his SOTU addresses–and as we’d all already said–he has the power, as commander-in-chief, to shut it down any time he chooses. Fourteen years of torture, solitary confinement, media blackouts on hunger strikes by those detained in the name of the “war on terror”? Too damn long.

Close it down! Add your voice to those of human-rights activists worldwide, next week.

(from Susan McLucas)

Next Sunday is the 14th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo. Those of us at the vigil yesterday decided that we will use our vigil next week to mark this occasion and push to close it down, once and for all! In Washington, Witness Against Torture is doing their annual demonstration in front of the White House and all around town. We will amplify their message and add our voices to the chorus of calls to close Guantanamo. We can be slightly happy that at least some people have been released recently but, of course, they all need to be let go, or else tried (though I don’t have much hope for a fair trial.)

We’ll have jumpsuits and plenty of handouts and will operate an open mic on the subject of closing Guantanamo.

We hope you can join us Sat, January 10 at 1pm (Park Street Station) . Please spread the word.

Adbusters, Friday, Copley, 5 pm, 1/2/15

This weekend, the rebel economists at Adbusters will head to the American
Economic Association conference in Boston to challenge the dead-end
economic ideas of the 1%. As the largest annual gathering of economists in
the U.S., and a magnet for media attention, the AEA conference is the
perfect location to challenge the theories that fuel the financial
instability, climate chaos and market mayhem that are plaguing our
societies. From the workshops to the hallways, we’ll shake things up and
challenge the status-quo with the subversive memes and mind-bombs of a new
pluralist economics for the 21st century.

For our kick off demonstration at Copley Place on Friday evening at 5PM, we
need a few good radicals to gather with us and show solidarity with our
action. To pull the action off, we will have volunteer needs to be filled
starting in the early afternoon to early evening. Please contact us for
more details!

keith (AT) adbusters (DOT) org