Protest Rally: Stop Bombing Syria & Iraq Now!

(from act-ma)

When: Saturday, February 21, 2015, 1:00 pm
Where: Park Street Station * Park & Tremont Streets * Boston

Co-sponsored by United For Justice With Peace www.justicewithpeace.org and Committee For Peace And Human Rights Boston (sat. weekly peace vigil at Park St.) www.stopallwars.com

  • We can’t fight terror with terror
  • Political, not military solutions, are urgently needed in Syria & Iraq
  • Stop training rebel armies
  • Stop sending weapons into the region – they are causing more bloodshed
  • Support humanitarian aid, through neutral institutions, for victims of the conflict
  • Tell Congress not to approve a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) which would allow endless war. Call (877) 429-0678

President Obama has asked Congress for authorization to carry out an ever-expanding war in Iraq and Syria – and to spread that war to neighboring countries.

Our leaders say that these new wars will last for years. But over the past 13 years, this country has already spent one trillion, five hundred billion dollars for wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and other parts of the Middle East and South Asia.

That much money could build schools, fix our infrastructure, jumpstart jobs and a green economy, and alleviate poverty and hunger worldwide!

These military actions have brought hundreds of thousands of deaths, but neither peace nor security.

The current campaign to sell this war has nothing to do with protecting us or the people of the area. Instead, it is intended to secure control of the area by repressive governments and sectarian militias allied (for the time being) with Washington.

The current bombing campaign is a violation of the U.N. Charter and the U.S. Constitution.

Is bombing an answer to these sectarian conflicts? Do these actions reflect the interests of the people of the U.S. or the peoples of the Middle East?

We should not be involved militarily in a sectarian conflict that our war in Iraq set off. Any real and lasting solution to the problems in the region must come from the peoples of that region themselves, not from the Pentagon.

Call Congress toll-free at (877) 429-0678 and say: “I want you to speak out strongly and to vote against against proposals that authorize use of military force and support for armed groups in Syria and Iraq.”

Snow and the MBTA’s Chance to Get It Right

The state shouldsee Snowmaggedon as an opportunity to set up peer to peer ridesharing networks and to prepare for the advent of driverless cars. There is no good reason the state could not ask citizens to help each other out via a publically owned ridesharing application similar to those used by Uberx, Lyft, Sidecar, ect. We all take risks and at this point I’d rather rely on the kindness of strangers than the dryness of the sidewalk.

And while sinking a lot of money into new transportation infrastructure sounds like a good idea,the state needs to seriously consider whether buses and trains will soon be made obsolete by a fleet of perpetually in motion driveless cars with pin point accuracy. Why get on a half empty bus that will drop you blocks from your destination when you could flag down a car full of people going pretty close to where you’re going anyway?

Think before you spend, Charlie.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/could-driverless-cars-render-public-transit-obsolete/

United Story: Boston Beyond Today (Anti-racist docu-art events 2/10 and 2/28)

Wonderful Floodbostonians,

Congrats on what I gather was a very successful event yesterday. Sorry I couldn’t make it. I want to draw your collective attention to something I’ve been helping to put together, that I think it would be great if Flood Boston folks could help promote and show up to. I’ve mentioned it to some of you already.

It’s called “United Story: Boston Beyond Today.” There will be two gatherings, on February 10 at the Boston Center for the Arts, and February 28 at First Church Somerville. At these gatherings, there will be a gallery of visual art and poetry, and a performance of new devised and documentary theatre, film, music and poetry, responding to police brutality and systemic racism, and exploring the Black Lives Matter movement, in Boston, Ferguson, and beyond. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1571572093087256. The team behind these gatherings is a coalition of people of color and white allies/accomplices with backgrounds in theatre, social art-ivism, community organizing, and event planning, responding to a call that came from Black leadership in St. Louis and Seattle.

Also attaching our flyer, and including some more info below.

If there are other organizations / groups you’re involved with that should know about this, please spread the word, and/or let me know so I can be in touch. (Also let me know if you have good media contacts.)

If you plan on coming, please email bostonbeyondtoday(AT)gmail.com to RSVP (and specify which date, or both).

Many thanks! In solidarity,

Danny

Boston Beyond Today (Anti-racist docu-art events 2/10 and 2/28)

1st FloodBoston Spokes-Council Sunday 3pm at E5

Dear FloodBoston network,

We have an exciting meeting coming up this Sunday, Feb. 1st at 3PM at Encuentro 5. It will be our very first spokes-council. While our meetings so far have focused on the structure and formation of affinity groups (AG’s), the spokes-council will focus on coordinating many AG’s around planned actions of resistance/support. We will now be a network of AG’s who can coordinate efforts (and actions) to create larger, more disruptive rifts in the status quo.

We are hoping to bring in AG’s that are focused on the environment, human justice, and all things left/progressive. FloodBoston believes that we are all fighting one fight, and so the coordination of many diverse groups is our goal.

If you are coming to be a spoke for your AG, please fill out this form If you have an action planned or brainstormed and want to be included in the agenda it is especially important to fill out the form by Friday at midnight. This meeting is a space to hear about upcoming actions and to facilitate collaboration.

If you do not have an AG to affiliate with, please come because we will have time to facilitate affinity group formations.

The meeting will be held at Encuentro 5
9 Hamilton Pl, Suite 2a, Boston, MA 02108
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/zEeft
We will start promptly @ 3:00-5:00 on Sunday, February 1st

In Solidarity and With Love,

FloodBoston Convening Committee

Jan 21st is the Fifth Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United Ruling

1/21/15 is the fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that opened the floodgate$$$$. Just a reminder, and possibly a good day to send a message to those who agree that “Corporations are not People. Money is not Speech.” That Occupiers are growing louder and more visible as our struggle continues. We have taken on a variety of issues and partnered with many groups that aim to foster the common good. We are still the 99%, in all our diverse forms, as we continue our work.

  • We, The People of the Commonwealth, are taking action on issues related to the influence of corporate money as speech, and making steady progress.
  • More and more voters are seeing the results of Big Money’s shadow in our Nation’s policy decisions and our recent State elections.
  • An increasing number of Massachusetts voters are looking for a way to put the brakes on the corrupting influence of the Mega-Donors in government.

Many volunteers from Occupy joined the effort with PassMassAmendment [PMA] to collect voter signatures during the Fall of 2013 and 2014. Now, with the added momentum of the MA House and Senate filing bills this legislative session, based on the language of PMA, our voices have been amplified.

PassMassAmendment [PMA] will be organizing this Spring to ask volunteers to take up their pens and pledge to petition the voters of Massachusetts this Fall, to get statewide support for a binding ballot initiative declaring that “Corporations are not People and may be regulated. Money is not Speech and it may be regulated.”

Once again, volunteers for PMA will be petitioning voters all over the State, calling for a clarification to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Will you pledge to collect 50 -100 voter signatures with PMA this Fall?

PMA is looking for volunteers from every County in MA… and Middlesex County is very big…. so I am asking you and the friends you know to commit to several hours of petitioning, now; enabling PMA to launch a successful Petitioning Drive in September of 2015.

Are you in?

https://www.facebook.com/PassMassAmendment
http://passmassamendment.wikispaces.com