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    Fri 4/18, 5 PM, Defend Johany Pilar! Picket Plus Phone & Email Zap

    Dear All,

    HUCTW* member & activist Johany Pilar sued Harvard for sexual harassment, gender bias and retaliation when she was repeatedly grabbed by a co-worker and disciplined for reporting it. She was promoted 3 salary grades, and the discipline was rescinded, after a campaign which featured picketing and public pressure . Recently HUMS** managers have renewed their retaliation against Johany, yelling at her that she is a “trouble-maker,” physically holding the door to prevent her from leaving a closed room, and hassling her about doctors’ appointments. Let’s stand up for Johany!

    Supporters will gather in front of the Smith Campus Center (formerly Holyoke Ctr) at 1350 Mass. Ave. Cambridge(very close to the Harvard Square Red Line MBTA stop and next to Au Bon Pain), starting at 5 pm, this Friday, 4/18. You’re invited to join us! The Facebook event is here.

    Please phone and email Harvard’s Director of Labor and Employee Relations, William Murphy, at (617) 496-9193, bill_murphy@harvard.edu. Suggested message: “It is reprehensible that HUMS management continues to harass HUCTW member Johany Pilar. I demand you use your influence to arrange a transfer for Johany into an at least comparable position. End the culture of victim-blaming and retaliation at Harvard!”

    In Solidarity,

    Geoff Carens, Union Rep, HUCTW

    Delegate, Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

    * Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers / AFSCME Local 3650

    ** Harvard University Mail Services

    Jobs not Jails Rally – April 26th, 1pm

    jobs not jails flyer Jobs not Jails Rally   April 26th, 1pm

    May 16th – Stop the Cuts

    Submitted by Carolyn

    We’re paying our taxes…
    Why are our services being cut, and
    Why is the President proposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare ?

    Budget cutters in Washington have already slashed Meals on Wheels, Head Start, Housing, Education, Fuel Assistance, Unemployment, Health Programs, AIDS Housing, and family violence prevention. Many people’s jobs are threatened. Now the President wants to cut even more vital programs.

    But there is an alternative.

    1. End Corporate Tax Breaks!

    Very high income people and giant corporations get hundreds of billions of dollars a year in tax breaks through loopholes and offshore tax shelters. The CEOs of Bank of America, Citigroup, and Verizon are key members of Fix the Debt, a corporate group pushing for big cuts in critical public programs and even lower corporate taxes.

    2. Redirect Pentagon Spending to Jobs and Vital Programs for People

    The US war budget is greater than the military spending of the next 10 largest military powers combined. Much of it funds destructive wars like Iraq, wasteful weapons systems like the F-35, and keeping us in Afghanistan for years to come.

    Join us on Thursday, May 16, to say Stop the Cuts!

    When: 12 noon

    Where: Tip O’Neill Federal Building, 10 Causeway Street, Boston – North Station (Green Line) Regional Headquarters for the Social Security Administration and Housing & Urban Development

    We’ll also visit tax dodgers Verizon, Citibank, and Bank of America at 6 Bowdoin Square, Boston.

    Sponsoring organizations: Budget for All Coalition; Mass. AFL-CIO; Mass. Jobs with Justice; AFGE Locals 3258 and 1164; SEIU Locals 615 and 888; Mass. Alliance of HUD Tenants; Mass. American Friends Service Committee; Mass. Peace Action; Disability Policy Consortium; Boston Workers Alliance; ACTUP/Boston; Veterans for Peace; Dorchester People for Peace; United for Justice with Peace; Boston Coalition to Fund Our Communities-Cut Military Spending 25%; Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom; Human Rights City Boston & Beyond; Survivors Inc.; SEIU Local 509 Lavender Caucus; Brookline PAX; Worcester Unemployment Action Group (list in formation)

    Budget for All!
    11 Garden Street, Cambridge MA 02138
    www.budget4allmass.org 617-354-2169

    Last November Massachusetts voted 3 to 1 for the Budget for All referendum to: Create jobs, Save vital services, Place Fair Taxes on rich individuals and corporations, End the war and Redirect Pentagon Spending

    Occupy Love film screening, 4/18/13, 7pm, Democracy Center in Cambridge

    Occupy Love3 Occupy Love film screening, 4/18/13, 7pm, Democracy Center in Cambridge

    You’re invited! Occupy Love film screening, Thursday, 4/18/13, at the Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, 7 pm.

    Facebook event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/331393493650707/

    PRESS RELEASE: You Are Not A Loan

    By Occupy Boston Strike Debt

    Saturday April 6th, 2013 2-5pm Upstairs at The Middle East, 472 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA, Central Square.

    FREE ADMISSION and Refreshments provided.

    Debt is a tie that binds the 99%. Occupy Boston Strike Debt present an afternoon of music, food, serious discussion and strategic resistance around the growing student debt bubble. New York Strike Debt spearheaded The Rolling Jubilee and so far has bought and paid off over $1 million in medical debt as a new tactic for emancipation of citizens from debt peonage. Boston Strike Debt joins New York Strike Debt and Oakland Strike Debt to actualize realistic approaches to fighting and eliminating debt.

    Rick Berlin and A Few Nickels and Dimes and Licious featuring Kelsey Brown will provide entertainment along with DJ Ultratumba.

    Professor Dan Clawson of the University of Massachusetts Sociology Dept and co-author of The Future of Higher Education will present on the growing student debt crisis. Join us for activism, music, community collaboration and solid solutions to student loan debt. Together we can break the shackles of debt. You Are Not A Loan.

    If you would like more information about this event or to schedule an interview please contact strikedebt@occupyboston.org.

    Contact us

    Occupy Boston Media <Media@occupyboston.org> • <Info@occupyboston.org> • @Occupy_Boston