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  • 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

    Mass Action Against Police Brutality / Boston May Day Actions

    (Source: Mass Global Action)

    Baltimore Solidarity Rally

    Roxbury, Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 6:00 PM
    1 Schroeder Plaza, Boston, MA 02120

    This message is forwarded from Mass Action Against Police Violence.

    Stand in solidarity with the protesters and people of Baltimore!

    The government, the media, and other naysayers would put the onus of the destruction of property and violence on the backs of the protesters when in fact what has caused this disturbance is the years and decades of brutality and neglect against the people of this region. Until the government does something to address the wanton violence and impunity by the hands of the police against the people of this region what is happening Baltimore today is inevitable.

    What is happening in Baltimore could happen anywhere. Justice denied is an act of war against the population and now the people have had enough and they are standing up and fighting back. Every lover of democracy and freedom must join this call. Join us in solidarity with Baltimore in front of the Boston Police headquarters for a rally and speak out as we demand:

    • Indict the police that killed Freddie Gray now!
    • Release the jailed protesters now!
    • Drop the charges against the protesters now!
    • End the state of emergency and curfew now!

    From the Boston May Day Committee

    Friday, May 1, 2015

    After the march to Haymarket, join the BMDC & get on the #111 bus to Chelsea!

    We hope to see you out in the trenches on May Day and please pass this along to friends as well!

    Use the Facebook event page to spread the word by inviting your friends.

    Don’t Miss The UNAC Conference – Time To Register!

    This historic conference, sponsored by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), brings together antiwar and social justice activists to challenge U.S. imperial wars abroad and poverty, racism and repression here at home.

    It’s time for a massive, united and independent response!

    STOP THE WARS AT HOME & ABROAD
    Friday, May 8 – Sunday, May 10
    Empire Meadows (Clarion) Hotel, Secaucus, NJ (30 min. from NYC)

    Highlights:

    • Palestinians & Black Lives Matter activists expose U.S.-sponsored systemic racism and state violence in the Middle East and Ferguson.
    • The Cuban Five, free at last, greet us by Skype directly from Cuba.
    • Current & former political prisoners and their defenders speak out — Lynne Stewart, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Kathy Kelly, Ed Kinane, Aafia Siddiqui, Muslim pre-emptive prisoners, Project SALAM.
    • A Tribunal denouncing U.S. criminal acts and the militarization of the police — Hear testimony from family members of victims of police killings, a teacher suspended for allowing students to write to Mumia, Ferguson leaders, victims of attacks on Muslims, and more.
    • Hear presenters covering countries where the U.S. wages its endless wars – Ukraine, Honduras, Bolivia, Philippines, Palestine, Syria, Haiti, Iran, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Congo, Venezuela, Yemen, Mali, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia…..
    • Five panels, 30 workshops, cultural performances, and action resolutions.

    Go to the conference website – www.UNACconference2015.org – to register and to see more details. Share/find rides & housing/ask questions on the UNAC Conference Exchange Board. Please give an additional donation to help subsidize young activists attending the conference.

    Songs of Liberation

    Songs of Liberation is a monthly round-robin gathering during which we raise our voices together (or solo if you wish) chiming forth old and new songs for liberating mother earth, labor, women, and all people from racism and other oppressions. We meet at various locations in the metro-Boston area. For more information contact songs of liberation at 1-617-731-8725. Rise Again, the songbook sequel to Rise Up Singing by Peter Blood and Annie Patterson is being published this year. To pre-order go to www.riseupandsing.org.

    Supporters of “Corporations are NOT People: Money is NOT Speech”

    Supporters of “Corporations are NOT People: Money is NOT Speech”

    House Bill no. H-933, one of the two Bills for a legislative Amendment to the MA Constitution, will be heard by the Joint Judiciary Committee THIS coming Wednesday, at 11 AM; Room B-2

    Together, BOTH the MA HOUSE and the MA SENATE bills have 36 co-signers. If your legislator is a co-signer of either of these legislative amendments, please call or write to her/him, asking them to support these bills by attending the hearings.

    Bill No H-933 is being heard by the Judiciary Committee this coming Wednesday, April 15th, at the State House Room B-2.

    Hearing details: https://malegislature.gov/Events/EventDetail?eventId=1071&eventDataSource=Hearings

    Listing of the Bill to be heard: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/189/House/H933

    Composition of the Committee: https://malegislature.gov/Committees/Joint/J19

    PassMassAmendment.org ASKS YOU & constituents of the Judiciary Committee Members to contact your legislators, and voice citizen support for the H-933.

    SIGN-ON – Write – CALL

    IF you can attend Wednesday’s Hearing, FABULOUS!
    Please contact passmassamendmentpsa(AT)gmail.com subject: Wednesday Hearing

    Senate Docket No SD 1311 is TBA (will be scheduled for a Public Hearing sometime in April) and will be heard by the Elections Committee. Constituents of the Elections Committee Members are encouraged to contact their legislators, and voice citizen support for the Senate Bill – yet to be given a Bill number.

    Composition of the Committee: https://malegislature.gov/Committees/Joint/J15

    YOU and other constituents who can be present at this yet-to-be-scheduled Hearing, please contact passmassamendmentpsa(AT)gmail.com subject: TBA Hearing

    If you are unable to attend the hearings but would like to help out, you can do the following:

    1. Sign on to our “Statement of Support of H933″ (see below). Just send your full name and town/city to passmassamendmentpsa(AT)gmail.com before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, 4/14.
    2. Send an email and/or call your state representative and senator and ask them to do what they can to support H_933 in the next couple of days. Go to https://malegislature.gov to look up your legislators’ names, email addresses and/or phone numbers.
    3. Sample Email and/or Phone Call Script to State Representatives and/or Senators re. H933: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cTcmANJ61uS4jamwaOA27fKYhKv3exCWeKrI86ZvV1s/edit?usp=sharing.

    Supporters planning to speak in favor of the bill or hand in a written statement of support, please contact: passmassamendmentpsa(AT)gmail.com to get on the list of speakers/writers.

    Please plan to be at the State House by 10:15 AM if you want to give a brief public statement.

    Thank you for taking action to get BIG $$$$$$ OUT of Our Electoral Politics,

    PMA State House Co-ordinator
    passmassamendmentpsa (at) gmail.com
    http://passmassamendment.wikispaces.com
    https://www.facebook.com/PassMassAmendment
    @PassMassAmend


    Statement of Support for H 933

    We the undersigned are writing to communicate our strong support for H 933, “Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution to declare that corporations are not people, money is not speech.” proposed by Representatives Dave Rogers & Paul Mark. Thank you for your consideration.

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