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    Six years later, we’re still here, still fighting the good fight. Activate Media! Social Justice – Activism – Politics. Why we do what we do: To decrease human suffering and to promote human values of equality and justice.

    Who the heck is Activate Media?

    From its beginnings as a working group in Dewey Square, Occupy Boston Radio has been one of the longest functioning parts of the Occupy Movement. Occupy Boston started officially on September 30th, 2011 through a series of Twitter conversations that resulted in an encampment in the heart of the financial district of Boston, Massachusetts.

    It was December 10th, 2011 that Occupy Boston Radio began broadcasting. We had no expertise, nor did any of us have the benefit of an education in broadcasting. What we did have, was a belief that a better world is possible. So we began broadcasting a very diversified lineup of programming that we thought would fill a void that has been a vacuum in our society, a free and independent press. Alongside our comrades at ‘the Boston Occupier’, and with partial funding through Occupy Boston, we forged a studio space at encuentro 5. In the past almost three years, OBR.fm (Occupy Boston Radio), has been broadcasting original programming by and for the 99%, with focus upon the voices of those marginalized in our society. We have broadcast directly from Occupy protests, held public forums, broadcast election coverage, and helped put together some decadent parties. We have participated in community events and stayed true to the principles of the Occupy Movement.

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    As the crowds diminished at GA’s, and the social media buzz was waning around Occupy, we continued broadcasting. Through countless hours of learning and then doing, we have spent enormous amounts of time and personal resources to continue. Along with the help of many members of the community, we have been able to survive though we face many challenges in doing so.

    Some of us found something at Dewey Square. It wasn’t the drum circles, or the meals served to around a thousand people a day, or even the amazement on peoples faces as they experienced the oppression by our camp derelict. What we found was a dream and the ingenuity, or perhaps insanity to believe that we could accomplish this endeavor of building a viable independent radio station. Though our road has not been easy, we persevere to continue to build an independent media resource for all people. To build a resource that is centered around teaching, as well as expanding the voice of oppressed and marginalized people, and building our community. We envision an organization that will help others create their own media based organizations, and a media creation branch to support the success of those organizations. We also would like to become a larger resource for our own community, in helping our local worker and social justice organizations reach their own potential. We found our dreams of a better world in Dewey Square, and we found the many invisible people to our society. We also found forms of oppression that many of us didn’t even know existed. These dreams are what press us forward to to the realization that in fact, a better world is inevitable.

    With our deep admiration, respect and solidarity for all Occupies across the globe, as well as the many organizations that have been, and are supportive of our efforts, we will realize the fruition of our efforts through the community that we strive to build. This will be accomplished through the cooperation and collaboration of many different groups and peoples.Through innovative funding, and the wisdom in our community, and just plain old elbow grease, OBR.fm will become an actual entity with Activate Radio. Much like the phoenix that rises out of the ashes, Activate Radio is the direct transition of OBR.fm. In order to accomplish this task, we need two things, the expertise of our comrades, and the support of our community to realize our goals.

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    Stand-Out-Free Heroic Russian Investigation Whistle-Blower Reality Leigh Winner

    Whistle-Blower Reality Leigh Winner Stand-Out October 26

    Harvard Square, Cambridge, Ma Stand-Out-Free Heroic Russian Investigation Whistle-Blower Reality Leigh Winner

    5 PM – 6 PM Thursday October 26, 2017

    We Will Not Leave Our Sister Behind-Don’t Prosecute The Canary

    Winner, a recent Air Force veteran, has been charged under the Espionage Act, a 100-year-old statute originally designed for spies and saboteurs, for allegedly giving a document vital to the public’s understanding of potential Russian interference in U.S. election systems to a news organization. She faces up ten years and a $250,000 fine. She is now scheduled for trial in Augusta, Georgia in March, 2018.

    The charge against Winner is grossly disproportionate to her alleged offense, and is designed to create a chilling effect on investigative journalism by dissuading sources from sharing information that is critical to the public interest. We are dedicated to raising public awareness of Winner’s case especially since the federal judge down in Augusta denied her bail-again- and in light of the U.S. government’s persistent abuse of the Espionage Act to silence its critics and stifle journalism.

    For more information-Goggle Stand With Reality or Courage To Resist (the same organization that led the fight to free Wiki-leaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning)

    Protest of Harvard University’s treatment of Wiki-leaks whistle-blower Chelsea Manning! Hand off NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden!

    In Harvard Square Cambridge, Ma October 26 from 5 PM to 6 PM we will have our second stand-out in defense of whistle-blower Reality Leigh Winner

    The Committee For International Labor Defense
    Veterans for Peace (labor donated)

    NatGrid BOSTON PIPELINE – VIGIL Monday 10/16, HEARING Thurs 10/19

    From our friends in the Back Bay:

    Action Alert everyone! National Grid’s public hearing about approval for construction of Back Bay/South End Pipeline will be held by City of Boston’s Public Improvement Commission (PIC), which is part of City of Boston Public Works Department, on Thurs. Oct. 19 at 10 am in Room 714 City Hall. Public will have a chance for comments apparently. We need to pack the room, so spread the word widely.

    Action Alert 2. Boston Clean Energy Coalition (BCEC) met this morning and decided to hold our first

    Stop the Pipeline Awareness Vigil
    Monday, Oct. 16 at 1 pm
    on sidewalk of Boston Public Library
    (corner Dartmouth & Boylston St)
    Please wear any green t-shirt you have

    Kathryn R. Eiseman
    Director, Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network
    President, Pipe Line Awareness Network for the Northeast, Inc.
    www.plan-ne.org

    MAAPB October Calendar

    (from Mass Action Against Police Brutality)

    COURT SUPPORT- In the Trial of David Wright
    https://www.facebook.com/events/427092564381525
    Free David Wright! Drop the Charges! Pack the Courtroom!

    Wednesday-Friday 10/11-13 9am-1pm
    US Courthouse
    1 Courthouse Way
    Boston, MA
    (nearest MBTA stations: South Station-Silver Line, Red Line; Aquarium-Blue Line)

    The government has rested as they have completed calling their list of witnesses. Now David’s Defense team is has their turn. Trial proceedings continue this week, Wednesday-Friday, 9am-1pm, 5th floor, room 18.

    David Wright has been held in solitary confinement since June 2, 2015 when his home in Everett was raided by the Joint Terrorism Task Force and he was arrested under obstruction and conspiracy charges. The alleged conspiracy – plotting with Isis to behead a police officer.

    Wright’s uncle, Usaamah Rahim, was also an alleged co-conspirator. He was shot earlier that day by the same JTTF in Roslindale, MA and died from his wounds. His blood was the only blood spilt in this alleged conspiracy.

    Wright has maintained his innocence and now his trial will finally begin September 18. Mass Action Against Police Brutality stands with the family of David Wright and encourages its supporters and all lovers of democratic rights to pack the courtroom.

    This trial shines a spotlight on the questionable practices of the FBI and the Boston Police Department collaborating as the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Already the prosecutors have relied heavily on paid government informants whose testimony is unreliable to try to prove existence of a conspiracy.

    This trial sheds further light on the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of Usaamah Rahim. MAAPB continues to demand that the case of Usaamah Rahim be reopened by a special prosecutor and that his killers be prosecuted.

    FREEDOM FORUM:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/1598384003547140
    From Boston to St Louis: Jail the Guilty Cops!

    Thursday 10/12 7-9pm
    391 Dudley Street
    Roxbury, MA 02119
    (nearest MBTA stations: Dudley Square-Silver Line & Bus station; Roxbury Crossing-Orange Line)

    On September 15, Circuit Court Judge Timothy Wilson announced a verdict of not guilty in a jury waived trial of St Louis police officer Jason Stockley for the 2011 murder of Anthony Lamar Smith. Recorded audio captured Stockley saying ‘I’m gonna kill this m—–f—er’ during a car chase of Smith. Stockley then used his personal weapon to shoot Smith. Stockley claimed Smith had a gun but only Stockley’s DNA was found on the gun allegedly in Smith’s possession. This highly watched case many in the area were calling ‘Ferguson 2.0’ has indeed set off another wave of sustained protest now going into its fourth straight week.

    Police have again shown their draconian hand, arresting protestors, bystanders, reporters, clergy, elderly, politicians, and children indiscriminately. Hundreds have been arrested from the various demonstrations.

    Many questions are being posed in St. Louis that are relevant throughout the country. What will it take for there to be justice and consequences for police trampling the rights and taking the lives of the people?

    In Boston hear an update on local fights for justice including the trial of David Wright for conspiracy to behead a cop that is currently taking place in Federal district court, to the fight for justice for Terrence Coleman killed by Boston PD last October 30, 2016.

    Discuss next steps in building a nationwide movement against police brutality and racism.

    We will hear from Toni Taylor, mother of Cary Ball, Jr. who was killed by St Louis PD in 2013 about the situation unfolding in St Louis right now.

    RALLY & MARCH: Boston Takes a Knee For Justice
    https://www.facebook.com/events/683570111837094

    Sunday, October 29, 1pm
    Gathering Point:
    Massachusetts State House
    24 Beacon Street
    Boston, MA 02108
    (nearest MBTA Stations: Park Street- Green & Red Line; Downtown
    Crossing-Orange line)

    The silent protest started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to kneel during the national anthem in protest to the scourge of police violence and brutality disproportionately meted out to Black people has continued to spread. It has brought a backlash against those who have joined the protest whose right to voice their views in this manner has been challenged. Kaepernick’s protest itself was in response to the tens of thousands who have been taking to the streets demanding justice throughout the country since the police murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO in 2014.

    When President Trump weighed in on the debate he simply added fuel to the fire. The message has become lost somewhat as a debate over the right to protest itself. But this was always a protest against police brutality and racism.

    On the one year anniversary of the deadly police shooting of Terrence Coleman in Boston, MA we call on all supporters of this righteous protest to join with us as we stand up to the backlash and bring the focus back to the victims of police brutality and their families.

    We are calling on the State Attorney Maura Healy to reopen the cases of police involved shootings of Terrence Coleman, Usaamah Rahim, Burrell Ramsey-White, Ross Batista, Denis Reynoso, Eurie Stamps, and all other victims of police brutality in the state of Massachusetts. We also protest in solidarity with the people of St Louis who have been taking to the streets since the acquittal of officer Jason Stockley for the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith in September.

    Immediately appoint a special prosecutor to reopen all past cases of police brutality!

    Jail all killer cops!

    Central Square Cambridge, Ma Stand-Out for Whistle-Blower Reality Leigh Winner

    Central Square Cambridge, Ma Stand-Out-Free Heroic Russian Investigation Whistle-Blower Reality Leigh Winner

    5 PM – 6 PM Wednesday October 4, 2017

    We Will Not Leave Our Sister Behind-Don’t Prosecute The Canary

    Winner, a recent Air Force veteran, has been charged under the Espionage Act, a 100-year-old statute originally designed for spies and saboteurs, for allegedly giving a document vital to the public’s understanding of potential Russian interference in U.S. election systems to a news organization. She faces up ten years and a $250,000 fine. She is now scheduled for trial in Augusta, Georgia in March, 2018.

    The charge against Winner is grossly disproportionate to her alleged offense, and is designed to create a chilling effect on investigative journalism by dissuading sources from sharing information that is critical to the public interest. We are dedicated to raising public awareness of Winner’s case, as well as the U.S. government’s persistent abuse of the Espionage Act to silence its critics and stifle journalism.

    For more information-Goggle Stand With Reality or Courage To Resist (the same organization that led the fight to free Wiki-leaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning)

    Protest of Harvard University’s treatment of Wiki-leaks whistle-blower Chelsea Manning!

    Hand off NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden!

    In Central Square Cambridge, Ma (the same site as we had many of our Chelsea Manning Support stand-outs) on October 4, 2017 from 5 PM to 6 PM we will have our first stand-out in defense of whistle-blower Reality Leigh Winner-The Committee For International Labor Defense (labor donated)

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