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    Thank you, OB Legal Team!

    On Friday, May 11, members of Occupy Boston attended the gala of the National Lawyers Guild, to see the OB legal team honored alongside other local leaders in legal justice.

    Thank you, National Lawyers Guild, for your generosity and wisdom and guidance! We are grateful to the NLG members who took time from their busy schedules (working towards social justice 24/7 as it is) in order to volunteer as legal observers at protest actions and at encampments — often at an hour’s notice! We are also grateful to those who represented us in the courts — we were proud to have you stand by our side. Mic Check! We love you!!!

    NLG Gala 768x1024 Thank you, OB Legal Team!As they don their neon-green legal observer hats, the Occupy Boston Legal Working Group received the Legal Worker Award at the NLG Gala.

    Friday 11am: Protest against Secure Communities!

    Our friends at Centro Presente, the Boston May Day Committee, and many others are taking action to oppose the federal imposition of the anti-immigrant and racist “Secure” Communities program on Massachusetts — despite the express opposition of most communities, the Boston mayor and the governor!

    More information, from boston.com. And – see this blog post from the Mass ACLU.

    When: Friday, May 11th at t 11:00 a.m.

    Where: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

    John F. Kennedy Federal Building

    Government Center, Room E-160

    Boston, MA 02203.
    *URGENT ACTION!
    Say NO! to S-Comm in Massachusetts! *
    *For the reunification of immigrant families!*
    *Not more criminalization of immigrant families!*

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    From Ocupemos el Barrio:

    Manifestacion encontra de las comunidades segura

    Saludos Companeros,

    El departamento de Homeland Security decidio implementar unilateral el programa de Comunidades Seguras en MA, aunque el governador se ha opuesto al programa. Esta noticia salio a la luz dos dias atras atravez de un articulo en el Boston Globe que le incluyo abajo, ayer Centro Presente llamo a una reunion de emergencia para responder ha esta realidad. En esa reunion que yo participe, se decidio tener una protesta el dia de manana viernes 11 @ 11am-1pm en las oficinas de ICE donde nosotros tuvimos nuestra protesta en el pasado, el dia 15 de Mayo @ 11am- 1pm (dia en que la ley entra en vigencia) se esta llamando a una manifestacion en las afuera de las oficinas principales de la campana de reelecion de Obama.

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    At 4pm, join us for another rally:

    Justice for Janitors: Union Busting is Disgusting!

    Where: 31 St. James St (Arlington St. T station)

    Why: this union of janitors is being unilaterally fired from their jobs, to be replaced by an irresponsible private contractor that pays low wages and little to no benefits. Last time we came out 50 people strong, and protested alongside SEIU 615 (and giant puppets!) — join us for what’s next!!

    Monday Night Gathering: Teach-in and Debrief!

    It’s time for another Community Gathering!

    Meet us at 6pm at St. Paul’s Church, 138 Tremont Street (Park St. T station) for:

    6 -7 pm Climate Action, Sustainability, and Economic Justice (CASEJ) Working Group hosts a teach-in on carbon fee and dividend by Gary Rucinski of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby. Join Free School University and CASEJ to learn about this important environmental issue. Visit CASEJ’s wikipage or learn more here. CASEJ will also facilitate a discussion on Occupy, community, and the environment.

    7-8:30pm Debrief on Camp Charlie and May 1 actions. Whether you came for an hour or organized an event, come debrief with the rest of the Occupy Boston community! This is a time to reflect on what we did well, what we can do better, and to learn about upcoming actions.

    Flash Mob 12:30pm at the Transportation Building!

    Join us to protest MBTA service cuts and fare hikes at the public meeting of MassDOT with the MBTA Board of Directors! 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116.

    At this meeting, the MBTA Board of Directors will discuss their final solution for covering the MBTA’s $161 million deficit. This will almost certainly include fare hikes, service cuts, and layoffs, all unacceptable ways of forcing working people to pay for a problem that they didn’t create. Join with Mass Senior action to denounce these short-sighted and damaging proposals.

    More info on the meeting here: http://www.mbta.com/about_the_mbta/public_meetings/?id=23169

    12:30-1:30 – lunch break flash-mob / Street theater ‘Traffic Jam’ outside the hearing

    3 pm – Visit your state representative to hand over demands

    5 pm – Occupy the commute, flyering, mic-checking, and singing on the MBTA/commuter rails

     

    The Harvard Library Occupation

    The New Harvard Library Working Group led an autonomous action on Sunday Feb. 12, occupying Lamont Library during the last hour of the Students Occupy Summit. The New Library Occupation then connected with the Student Summit via livestream, to the enthusiastic support of the Summit participants, who marched to the library and chanted outside its windows.

    For the next few days, the Occupation held Think Tanks that attracted students, library employees, and university officials. Think Tank discussions ranged from “What is a library?” and “Power and the University” to “Strategies for the Occupy [Harvard] Movement.” All were recorded and are available on Occupy Harvard’s website. Numerous actions were brainstormed in those discussions, including an initiative to document and archive library workers’ experience in the library. One of the think tanks was attended by a member of the Harvard Library Innovation Laboratory (an independent project of the Law Library) — he suggested a collaboration between students, library employees and the Innovation Lab to envision a restructuring of the library system that draws on the experience of employees and library users, instead of on (three!) outside consulting agencies.

    OCCUPY The Harvard Library Occupation

    The Occupation’s program also included skill shares and knowledge shares, a teach-in on challenging institutional hegemony, and a nonviolence training workshop. At night, Occupiers watched silent films, welcoming late-night library patrons to stop by and share food and films. The occasional Absurd Theater Workshop with university police was also a special treat. The Occupation was watched by as many as four city policemen and university guards at any given time,prompting some nonviolent resistance against spontaneous rules on sleeping “equipment.”

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    The Occupy Harvard Pink Bloc

    While they occupied, students at times struggled to keep up with their demanding workload. Similarly, supportive university employees were concerned that they might jeopardize their position by visibly participating in the Occupy. Although the police presence was oppressive, many at the libraries recalled successful protests in Harvard’s history. In 1929, Corliss Lamont (who endowed the occupied library in his name) interfered on behalf of 19 scrubwomen who were fired by the Harvard Administration for demanding to be paid the Massachusetts Minimum Wage. On March 6, 1971 the International Women’s Day marchers occupied a building on the Harvard campus to turn it into the Harvard Women’s Center. Others also recall the Living Wage Campaign in Harvard’s recent history, as well as the numerous successful actions of the Student Labor Action Movement of Harvard.
    This Valentine’s Day, to thank the Occupiers for their support, members of the Clerical Workers’ Union and non-unionzed employees presented them with a Valentine’s Day card.
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    Library employees present Occupy Harvard protesters a Valentine's Day card

    On Thursday, workers, students, and alumni rallied to protest the university’s top-down, secretive approach to the restructuring of the library. Cambridge City Councillor Leland Cheung spoke at the rally, letting the protesters know that the City of Cambridge stood with them. Protesters decried Harvard’s plan to indiscriminately buy out long-time, older workers, calling against layoffs in Harvard’s libraries.

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    Rally against indiscriminate layoffs and lack of transparency at Harvard

    This targeted occupation ends tonight, Friday, at 10pm. Before it leaves the library, Occupy Harvard is holding a phone-in to contact university donors and inform them about how their funds are being used by the Administration. The Occupy is also offering two Think Tanks, a nonviolence training, and a Library Assembly. Future actions are in the planning stages. To learn about what comes next, follow Occupy Harvard on their social media channels and see www.occupyharvard.net.

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