TONIGHT! Pass Mass Amendment Co-Sponsors the CHRIS HEDGES lecture at JP Forum!

Today at 7:00pm – 8:30pm
First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist
6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130

See more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/799158853526466/

The Jamaica Plain Forum welcomes back Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges, as he discusses what it takes to be a rebel in modern times.

Popular uprisings in the United States and around the world are inevitable in the face of environmental destruction and wealth polarization.

From South African activists who dedicated their lives to ending apartheid, to contemporary anti-fracking protests in Alberta, Canada, to whistleblowers in pursuit of transparency, Wages of Rebellion shows the cost of a life committed to speaking the truth and demanding justice. Hedges has penned an indispensable guide to rebellion.

Revolutions come in waves and cycles. We are again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity in Greece to the Occupy movement. In Wages of Rebellion, Chris Hedges—who has chronicled the malaise and sickness of a society in terminal moral decline in his books Empire of Illusion and Death of the Liberal Class—investigates what social and psychological factors cause revolution, rebellion, and resistance. Drawing on an ambitious overview of prominent philosophers, historians, and literary figures he shows not only the harbingers of a coming crisis but also the nascent seeds of rebellion.

Chris Hedges is a columnist for Truthdig. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, he spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans, with fifteen years at the New York Times. He is the author of numerous bestselling books, including Empire of Illusion; Death of the Liberal Class; War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning; and Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt.

Next Break the Chains queer dance party is June 6th!

Break the Chains is a semi-monthly all ages, all gender, all genre dance party that features nationally touring queer and trans performers.

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/794035580716547

Saturday, June 6th will be a very special Break the Chains, and you are all invited! We’ll be raising funds for the Break the Chains TOUR, which will take Taina Asili and I across Europe with our kids to spread radical queer music to the world.

Featuring live performances from:
LIZZY PITCH
MYRIAM ORTIZ
KELLY DOGTOOTH
EVAN GREER

Then your favorite DJ’s spin dance music while we get down!

Saturday, June 6th
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Make Shift Boston
549 Columbus Ave, Boston
Near Mass Ave & Symphony MBTA stops

This space is wheelchair accessible and has a wheelchair accessible bathroom.

$10 – 20 sliding scale suggested donation. $5 youth / low income. No one turned away!

Learn more about Break the Chains in Dig Boston

PLEASE: Come to this party and have fun but respect the space! We are trying to stay friends with our neighbors so please DO NOT hang out outside AT ALL during the night. Thanks!!!

Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus

Thursday, June 4, 6-8pm
First Parish, 1446 Mass Ave, corner of Church St.
Harvard Square

Join SpeakOUT Boston and BAGLY for a reception and book signing with photographer Rachelle Lee Smith for her inspiring book Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus. Smith’s book is a photographic essay that explores a wide spectrum of experiences of youth aged 14-24 who identify as queer. She’ll discuss her process and books will be available for sale. This is a multi-generational event so please bring your kids, your spouses, your friends, and elders! We’ll have a youth photo booth open to create personal statements in your own photo. Light food and refreshments.

For more info, contact Ellyn(AT)speakoutboston.org.

Chelsea Manning protest on 5-year anniversary of her incarceration

Boston – Park Street Station, Weekly Vigil – May 30th
Five Years In Jail Is Enough, More Than Enough
President Obama Pardon Chelsea Manning Now!

Boston vigil details:

1:00-2:00 PM Saturday, May 30, 2015
Park Street Station Entrance on the Boston Common

Chelsea Manning’s Five Years Of Confinement

Taken into Army MP custody on May 27, 2010 and later held for months under torturous conditions at the Quantico Marine Base in Virginia, Chelsea Manning was tried and sentenced in a military court-martial at Fort Meade in Maryland to 35 years in August 2013 for releasing many military secrets through WikiLeaks about U.S. crimes in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan among other revelations. If this sentence stands she will be out in 2045.

We cannot let this happen — we have to get her out!

Join us on May 30th and encourage others to attend.

Sign the on-line petition for a presidential pardon from President Barack Obama at the Chelsea Manning Support Network website- http://www.chelseamanning.org.

We will not leave our sister behind.

March Against Monsanto | Rally for World Food Justice

SAT May 23
1-2 p March route TBA (gather at State House 12:30)
2-4 pm Rally at Copley Square
Speakers, Teach-In Picnics & Artists:
http://foodjustice.activistcalendar.org/speakers-teach-ins-and-artists/

Free Food courtesy of Food Not Bombs, Haley House and Suja

For the third year in a row, over 400 cities worldwide, from Seattle to Johannesburg, are organizing local events for the March Against Monsanto, and many expect to receive thousands in attendance. Our Boston event is in solidarity with this worldwide movement, and it is the second year we also host the Rally For World Food Justice on the same day. There were 1000 people in attendance at the 2014 March & Rally, and we hope to reach at least this same number in 2015.

The Boston organizing team is a small ad hoc group of activists from various groups and individuals coming together. We are seeking funding from individual community members through a crowdsourcing Indiegogo campaignand sponsorships from local businesses and organizations that align with our working definition of Food Justice (attached).

Locally in Boston, our goal is to incorporate a broad Food Justice mission into this event, highlighting its connection to economic, climate and racial justice and committing to prioritizing and putting front and center the voices and stories of our local communities, specifically those systemically affected by limited or no access, while maintaining an international perspective and solidarity. The Rally will feature teach-ins from community leaders, public speakers from across these movements, as well as local community musicians, and artists.

As in previous years, we plan for this to be a permitted family-friendly event.

Our Working Definition of Food Justice that details our mission: http://foodjustice.activistcalendar.org/what-is-food-justice/

Official Website: foodjustice.activistcalendar.org

Our Facebook event is https://www.facebook.com/events/797217667032767

Social media hashtags: #MAMBoston #FoodJustice #MAM

And finally, we’d greatly appreciate any help you can provide in spreading the word about this event.

In solidarity!

Loreto and the rest of the organizers