Video-Photos: Indigenous Peoples Day rally-Boston Oct. 5, 2016

(from Michael B.)

Boston, Mass. 10/5/2016: Indigenous people and their supporters rallied in front of Boston city hall to get the mayor and city council to change the Columbus Day holiday Oct. 12 to “Indigenous Peoples Day”-in protest against the genocide of Native peoples in the Americas that Columbus started.Michael BorksonBoston, Mass.

Links to video and photos I took–VIDEO:



From the organizers website–

Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizes and celebrates the heritage of Native Americans and the history of their Nations. Honoring Columbus Day celebrates a legacy of genocide and perpetuates ongoing racism and neocolonialism towards Indigenous peoples. Columbus did not discover the Americas; you can’t “discover” lands that are already inhabited. The historical record needs to be set straight in order to respect the culture, language and traditional lifestyles of the Indigenous ancestors who existed long before Columbus’ voyage.

Many American cities and states have already legally abolished Columbus Day and recognized Indigenous Peoples’ Day in its place. Enacting an officially recognized Indigenous Peoples’ Day would shed light on the disproportionately higher rates of poverty, unemployment, and incarceration experienced by Native Americans, as well as the lack of sufficient federal funding for education and health care on reservations. The various cultures and histories of Indigenous people within the United States are often reduced to harmful stereotypes, offensive mascots, or virtual erasure. A national holiday can be an opportunity for both education and celebration.

Massachusetts has long considered itself a beacon of progress for the United States as a whole, and needs to stop clinging to the concept of Columbus as a hero. For Massachusetts to become a truly progressive, inclusive, diverse and equitable state, Columbus Day needs to be abolished and replaced by Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Oct 7th – Rock against the TPP!


The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement — aka “NAFTA on Steroids” — is a corporate power grab that would be a disaster for the environment, workers’ rights, our health, and more. Which is why so many activists like you have worked so hard to defeat it!

But corporate lobbyists are at it again, trying to quietly rush the TPP through Congress this fall. We won’t let that happen! This time, some incredible musicians are drawing attention to the issue with a free series of concerts: the Rock Against the TPP tour.

But it doesn’t end there — we’ll be keeping the momentum going with a teach-in on the TPP on Saturday!

TOMORROW NIGHT, Rock Against the TPP in Boston!

Rock Against the TPP Concert

Featuring: Mirah, Debo Band, Foundation Movement, and more!

Fri, October 7th, 2016, 6pm – 10pm

@ Spontaneous Celebrations,

45 Danforth Street, Jamaica Plain, MA

All ages.

The show is FREE, but an RSVP is required — click here to get your ticket!

If you pitch in at the event as a volunteer, we’ll get you backstage to meet the bands – sign up here

SATURDAY, learn more!

How to Fight the TPP Teach-In

Saturday, October 8, 1pm – 3pm

@ Spontaneous Celebrations

45 Danforth St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Local organizers and experts will give a debrief on what the TPP is and how we’re going to fight back.

NEXT TUESDAY, take action!

Tell Rep. Kennedy: No TPP!

Tuesday, October 11, 12pm

Rep. Kennedy’s Newton Office

29 Crafts St, Newton, MA 02458(Meet outside)

While the Obama administration has made the passage of the TPP a top priority, presidential nominees of both major parties oppose the agreement. Join us to remind Rep Joe Kennedy that we need him to join his colleagues in opposing the TPP during the lame duck session.

PassMassAmendment: pressuring the Legislature to get BIG MONEY OUT of our elections…Signature drive til 11/23

We the Corporations (not people)

(from Terra)

Hi folks…

If you can get a few signatures this fall to help us get BIG MONEY OUT, please let us know!

We’re working towards amending the Massachusetts Constitution, based on “Corporations Are Not People, Money Is Not Speech”.

The Legislature talks the big talk about getting money out, but they did not progress our two bills (S53/H933), so we’re at it again! Every signature helps us build pressure!

More info:

If you want someone to petition with, or want pre-printed forms, let us know! And if you want to just print and get started, here’s the link:

Hopefully CTTP will sponsor a couple of petitioning events this fall. With this petition in hand, we can hand out flyers and where T-shirts/buttons for our issues, our favorite candidates, etc, and of course, SIGN PEOPLE UP to join CTTP!

We’ve been getting 50% more/year…hopefully we can keep that pace up again!

HONK! Fest Eleven w/ 26 bands (!) confirmed — October 7-9, 2016




October 7 through 9, 2016

a wide variety of musical/socio-political events planned in Somerville, Cambridge, & Boston


For eleven years now, the HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands has been altering the outdoor musicscape of Somerville and surrounding areas, by celebrating the sound and spectacle of brass and percussion in the service of participatory culture and social justice.

The energy surrounding the HONK! Festival has been positively infectious, so much so that HONK!, which originated in Somerville, has spawned related festivals in Providence, New York City, Seattle, Eugene, Austin, Pittsburgh, and Detroit, not to mention Wollongong, Australia, and Rio de Janeiro. Participants, including the audience, have reported peak musical moments and life-changing experiences. There is even a Somerville-based School of HONK that carries on the spirit of the Festival all year round. Needless to say, it is thrilling that HONK! has generated the creative energy and unbridled enthusiasm that propels the original HONK! into its second decade of playing music that matters.

There will indeed be more than enough music to please everyone, with over two dozen bands performing this year. Some will be the usual suspects, from all over the US and Canada, who may be familiar, but who always sound fresh. In addition, HONK! has made arrangements to present two new bands from France, La Fanfare Invisible from Paris and Le Pompier Poney Club from Marseille. And as part of HONK!’s continuing commitment to pay tribute to the music and culture of New Orleans, HONK! has invited back by popular demand the The Original Pinettes Brass Band.

This year, the 26 participatory bands, travelling from far and near, are: aNova Brazil (Somerville, MA); Boycott (Somerville, MA); Brass Messengers (Minneapolis, MN); The Brass Balagan (Burlington, VT); The Bread and Puppet Circus Band (Glover, VT); Caka!ak Thunder (Greensboro, NC); Chaotic Insurrection Ensemble (Montreal, QC); Detroit Party Marching Band (Detroit, MI); Dirty Water Brass Band (Boston, MA); Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band (Somerville, MA); Environmental Encroachment (Chicago, IL); Expandable Brass Band (Northampton, MA); Extraordinary Rendition Band (Providence, RI); La Fanfare Invisible (Paris, France); Forward! Marching Band (Madison, WI); Hartford Hot Several (Hartford, CT); Leftist Marching Band (Portsmouth, NH); Mayday Marching Band (Pittsburgh, PA); The Original Pinettes Brass Band (New Orleans); The Party Band (Lowell, MA); Le Pompier Poney Club (Marseille, France); Rude Mechanical Orchestra (New York City, NY); School of HONK (Somerville, MA); Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band (Somerville, MA); What Cheer? Brigade (Providence, RI); and Yes Ma’am Brass Band (Austin, TX). Further information on each band can be found at

The Festival will include all the HONK! traditional features that have compelled thousands of participants to return year after year, with family-friendly Lantern Parades through the neighborhoods of Somerville; nine hours of continuous free performances by dozens of HONK! bands in Davis Square; the massive and overwhelming energetic HONK! Parade that makes its way down Massachusetts Avenue to “Reclaim the Streets for Horns, Bikes and Feet,” followed by a full afternoon of HONK! performances at Oktoberfest in Harvard Square. HONK! organizers are planning to expand the HONK! Day of Action to incorporate more political themes and performances throughout the Festival, while never losing sight of pairing those undertakings with irresistible music, outrageous costumes, and dancing in the streets. Updates for the Festival will be posted at

For complete information and continuous updates on the HONK! Festival, visit,, and

Basic information:

HONK! Festival
Festival of activist street bands.
October 7-9, 2016
Various neighborhoods throughout Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston.
Rain or shine; free and open to all.
For further information:
617-383-HONK (4665).

End Repression of Demonstrators in Charlotte

S O L I D A R I T Y C E N T E R 9/29/2016


We demand an immediate end to repression of demonstrators in Charlotte!

Call/Email CMPD, Mecklenburg County Sheriff, Mayor Roberts, Attorney
General Roy Cooper, & Governor Pat McCrory

Jail Liaison – Karla Gary
Office phone: 980-314-5550

Public Information Manager – Anjanette Flowers Grube
Office phone: 980-314-5170
Cell phone: 704-634-5072

Mayor Jennifer Roberts
Phone: 704-336-2241

Governor Pat McCrory
Phone: 919-814-2000
Phone: 919-733-4240

Attorney General Roy Cooper
Phone: 919-716-6400

Since demonstrations began against the police murder of Keith Lamont Scott, police in Charlotte have been mass arresting protesters & legal observers, using chemical weapons, and violating their most basic rights.

Jamil Gill (aka King Mills), who many around the country and the world know for his on the ground livestreams from the first nights of protest, has been a particular target of police repression ever since the protests began. He was arrested and issued an outrageous bond of $320,000, which the movement fought and reduced to a still obscene amount of $162,000.

He was bonded out early in the day on September 28, and subsequently REARRESTED by police as he ate lunch! This is a clear attempt to intimidate and harass Gill, and an attempt by the state to silence and have a chilling effect on the rest of the movement.

During demonstrations on September 21, police attacked the protests and killed 26-year-old Black man Justin Carr. Continuing their targeting Black and Brown people and a total lack of transparency by the CMPD, they are falsely accusing Raquan Borum for Justin’s death.

The police have continued to violate arrestees’ legal rights by:

  • Instructing the National Guard and police to blockade the jail (at least three times since the uprising began) to prevent the release of arrestees whose bond was paid
  • Using bogus excuses like fire drills, ‘suspicious packages,’ and even characterizing our jail solidarity team gathering at the jail as a ‘protest’ to lock down the jail for hours
  • Intentionally delaying the release of arrestees
  • Not published arrestees’ names online, impeding our ability to provide them legal support

We need you to call and email the jail, Charlotte and state officials and demand that they stop violating arrestees’ rights!

Script for call or email:

Hello _______________.

My name is _______________ and I am a resident of __________________. Can I speak to (See list above)

I am calling to demand that you stop the repression of demonstrators in Charlotte.

  • We demand an end to the attacks on Jamil Gill! Stop the arrests of all protesters!
  • We demand that an independent investigation of the killing of Keith L. Scott and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Dept!
  • We demand that you stop purposefully obstructing the release of arrestees!
  • We demand that all the charges against those who have been arrested are dropped!

Hands off #CharlotteUprising!

The whole world is watching, and we won’t stop until our demands are met and the people get justice!