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    2015 US Social Forum

    Registration for the 2015 US Social Forum is open! The event will take place in three locations: Philadelphia PA, Jackson MS, and San Jose CA.

    In its nearly a decade of existence, the US Social Forum (USSF) has been one of this country’s largest and most successful movement building processes: a space for people to come together to develop solutions to the 
economic and ecological crisis and continue building a powerful multi-racial, multi-sectoral, inter-generational, diverse, inclusive, internationalist movement that transforms this country and
 changes history.

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    Snow and the MBTA’s Chance to Get It Right

     The state shouldsee Snowmaggedon as an opportunity to set up peer to peer  ridesharing networks and to prepare for the advent of driverless cars. There is no  good reason the state could not ask citizens to help each other out via a publically  owned ridesharing application similar to those used by Uberx, Lyft, Sidecar, ect.    We all take risks and at this point I’d rather rely on the kindness of strangers than  the dryness of the sidewalk.

    And while sinking a lot of money into new transportation infrastructure sounds like a good idea,the state needs to seriously consider whether buses and trains will soon be made obsolete by a fleet of perpetually in motion driveless cars with pin point accuracy. Why get on a half empty bus that will drop you blocks from your destination when you could flag down a car full of people going pretty close to where you’re going anyway?

    Think before you spend, Charlie.

    Jan 21st is the Fifth Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United Ruling

    1/21/15 is the fifth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that opened the floodgate$$$$. Just a reminder, and possibly a good day to send a message to those who agree that “Corporations are not People. Money is not Speech.” That Occupiers are growing louder and more visible as our struggle continues. We have taken on a variety of issues and partnered with many groups that aim to foster the common good. We are still the 99%, in all our diverse forms, as we continue our work.

    • We, The People of the Commonwealth, are taking action on issues related to the influence of corporate money as speech, and making steady progress.
    • More and more voters are seeing the results of Big Money’s shadow in our Nation’s policy decisions and our recent State elections.
    • An increasing number of Massachusetts voters are looking for a way to put the brakes on the corrupting influence of the Mega-Donors in government.

    Many volunteers from Occupy joined the effort with PassMassAmendment [PMA] to collect voter signatures during the Fall of 2013 and 2014. Now, with the added momentum of the MA House and Senate filing bills this legislative session, based on the language of PMA, our voices have been amplified.

    PassMassAmendment [PMA] will be organizing this Spring to ask volunteers to take up their pens and pledge to petition the voters of Massachusetts this Fall, to get statewide support for a binding ballot initiative declaring that “Corporations are not People and may be regulated. Money is not Speech and it may be regulated.”

    Once again, volunteers for PMA will be petitioning voters all over the State, calling for a clarification to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

    Will you pledge to collect 50 -100 voter signatures with PMA this Fall?

    PMA is looking for volunteers from every County in MA… and Middlesex County is very big…. so I am asking you and the friends you know to commit to several hours of petitioning, now; enabling PMA to launch a successful Petitioning Drive in September of 2015.

    Are you in?

    Activists Shut Down Interstate Highway 93 North and South During Morning Rush Hour Traffic into Boston


    PRESS RELEASE: Activists Shut Down Interstate Highway 93 North and South During Morning Rush Hour Traffic into Boston

    January 15, 2015

    Contact Megan Collins at (617) 942-1867 or email for more information, interviews, and photographs.

    Somerville/Milton/Boston Massachusetts — Activists have shut down Interstate 93 Southbound and Northbound during morning rush hour commute into Boston to “disrupt business as usual” and protest police and state violence against Black people.

    Two different groups of activists linked their bodies together across the highway in coordinated actions north and south of Boston. This action was in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. This diverse non-Black group of Pan-Asians, Latinos, and white people, some of whom are queer and transgender, took this action to confront white complacency in the systemic oppression of Black people in Boston.

    “Today, our nonviolent direct action is meant to expose the reality that Boston is a city where white commuters and students use the city and leave, while Black and Brown communities are targeted by police, exploited, and displaced,” said Korean-American activist Katie Seitz.

    In the past 15 years, law enforcement officers in Boston have killed Remis M. Andrews, Darryl Dookhran, Denis Reynoso, Ross Baptista, Burrell “Bo” Ramsey-White, Mark Joseph McMullen, Manuel “Junior” DaVeiga, Marquis Barker, Stanley Seney, Luis Gonzalez, Bert W. Bowen, Eveline Barros-Cepeda, Daniel Furtado, LaVeta Jackson, Nelson Santiago, Willie L. Murray Jr., Rene Romain, Jose Pineda, Ricky Bodden, Carlos M. Garcia, and many more people of color. We mourn and honor all these lives.

    “We must remember, Ferguson is not a faraway Southern city. Black men, women, and gender-nonconforming people face disproportionately higher risk of profiling, unjust incarceration, and death. Police violence is everywhere in the United States,” said another protester Nguyen Thi Minh Thu.

    The two groups of activists organized these actions to use their collective voices to resist and disrupt the overarching system that oppresses Black people and to expressly accept the responsibility of white and non-Black people of color to organize and act to end racial profiling, unjust incarceration, and murder of Black people in the United States and beyond. Black lives matter, today and always.

    Quotes from Participants in the Action

    “As an Afro-Indigenous woman I feel the affects of white supremacy on my people. Being involved in this action has shown me where the participant’s hearts are at in the movement. Without collaboration of all people, no one can be free.” – Camille

    “As Pan-Asian people in the United States, we refuse to perpetuate anti-Black racism. We will not allow our communities to serve as a wedge to divide us and jeopardize our struggle to end racism and achieve our collective liberation,” said Nguyen Thi Minh Thu.

    “As non-Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer people in the United States, we refuse to allow increasing acceptance of our sexuality and several marriage equality victories to end our commitment to advancing social justice. We recognize that this movement has been spearheaded by Black queer women and gender-nonconforming people.” said Monica Majewski.

    “As white people in the United States, we refuse to align ourselves with a state that carries out violence against Black people. We are taking direct action to challenge white complicity and amplify the demands for an end to the war on Black communities,” said Katie Martin Selcraig.

    “As a white person, my only options are to act against white supremacy or to be complicit in it. I’m here today because I refuse to be complicit” said Emily O.

    “As a white man, I know I benefit and am protected by a racist society. I am participating today because it is necessary for those who are the least vulnerable to step up and put our bodies on the line if we ever want to build a just world,” said Eli C.

    “As a white feminist, I take part in this action because anyone who claims commitment to equality must take action to dismantle intersectional oppression. Idling is a privilege afforded only to those who genuinely do not care,” said Nelli.

    “As non-Black undocumented immigrants in the United States, we refuse to perpetuate the erroneous idea of earned citizenship. We honor the path set before us by Harriet Tubman by advancing civil and human rights for everyone regardless of legal status,” said a protester involved in the action.

    “As non-Black women, including transgender and gender-nonconforming folks in the United States, we refuse to allow our commitment to gender justice to distract us from racial justice. We understand that gender and racial justice are intertwined,” said one of the organizers of the action.

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    4 Mile March Against Police Violence

    (from UJP)

    When: Monday, January 19, 2015, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Where: Old State House Boston, State Street & Washington St., Boston

    4 Mile March to protest police repression of black community and related issues. 1 pm on Monday, January 19 at Old State House (Boston)

    One demand calls for end of US interventions/imperialism abroad.

    The group is responding to a national call named after the time (4 1/2 hours) Michael Brown’s body lay in the street. There was a long discussion of demands.

    The group agreed with the following national demands for the march:

    1. civilian oversight committee to review incidents of police brutality;
    2. fear is not sufficient reason to use deadly force;
    3. body cameras for all uniformed officers;
    4. special independent prosecutors of police crimes;
    5. extend federal ban of racial profiling to local law enforcement;
    6. end prison industries that profit off prison labor;
    7. police always choose life over death, capture suspects alive for judicial proceedings;
    8. police must report illegal actions of other police;
    9. police have communications and diversity trainings appropriate to precinct;
    10. study sentencing based on race, gender and sexual orientation and set standards; skewed sentences to be reviewed.

    The group agreed to the following locals demands for the march:

    1. jail killer cops;
    2. enact a living wage;
    3. defund prisons, fund communities;
    4. end mass incarceration;
    5. no to Boston Olympics, use money to fund communities;
    6. end US intervention around world, stop US imperialism

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