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  • #Floodboston MEETING: Jan 11th 1:30-4pm @ MIT

    (from Noah)

    It is with great pleasure that I write to annonce the next Flood Boston open organizing meeting. It will be held at MIT Building 4, First Floor, Room 149 (See map below for detailed directions) from 1:30-4pm.

    Agenda: From 1:30 to 2 there will be refreshments and networking. Members of the affinity group that organized the recent Stop Spectra Action at State Street Headquarters will alos share some of their experiences and lessons. At 2, we will jump into an affinity group training before we get into action planning in break out groups for the remainder.

    Be advised that the convening committee is hoping to transition to a spokescouncil model at the next meeting in early February. For this to work, it is important that people organize themselves into affinity groups. Please don’t be intimidated if this sounds unfamiliar or exclusive. We are committed to continuing to provide support for folks looking to join or form an AG of their own, as well as ways for individuals to participate in the spokescouncil.

    If you are interested in helping to plan and facilitate Floodboston meetings and/or helping to develop our spokescouncil model, you are welcome to join the convening committee at our meeting immediately following the organizing meeting on January 11th. We are also meeting on Tuesday January 6th at the Lucy Parsons Center in Jamiaca Plain at 7 pm.

    I am truly excited for a year of unprecedented resistance and solidarity!

    Respectfully submitted on behalf of the convening committe

    Directions to MIT 4-149

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    Guantanamo demo at Park Street: Saturday, Jan. 10, 1pm

    (from jslives)

    Please spread the word far and wide about using this coming Saturday’s vigil and speak-out–every week, same time, same place; but different topics, against war and for social justice–to demand again that Gitmo be closed. The Saturday “regulars” have, like Witness Against Torture (which goes to DC every January), spoken out on this topic regularly.

    Obama promised as a candidate and then at his first inauguration that he would close it down, even signed enabling legislation within his first two years. He continues to blame Republicans (for everything), but as Medea Benjamin said during one of his SOTU addresses–and as we’d all already said–he has the power, as commander-in-chief, to shut it down any time he chooses. Fourteen years of torture, solitary confinement, media blackouts on hunger strikes by those detained in the name of the “war on terror”? Too damn long.

    Close it down! Add your voice to those of human-rights activists worldwide, next week.

    (from Susan McLucas)

    Next Sunday is the 14th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo. Those of us at the vigil yesterday decided that we will use our vigil next week to mark this occasion and push to close it down, once and for all! In Washington, Witness Against Torture is doing their annual demonstration in front of the White House and all around town. We will amplify their message and add our voices to the chorus of calls to close Guantanamo. We can be slightly happy that at least some people have been released recently but, of course, they all need to be let go, or else tried (though I don’t have much hope for a fair trial.)

    We’ll have jumpsuits and plenty of handouts and will operate an open mic on the subject of closing Guantanamo.

    We hope you can join us Sat, January 10 at 1pm (Park Street Station) . Please spread the word.

    Adbusters, Friday, Copley, 5 pm, 1/2/15

    This weekend, the rebel economists at Adbusters will head to the American
    Economic Association conference in Boston to challenge the dead-end
    economic ideas of the 1%. As the largest annual gathering of economists in
    the U.S., and a magnet for media attention, the AEA conference is the
    perfect location to challenge the theories that fuel the financial
    instability, climate chaos and market mayhem that are plaguing our
    societies. From the workshops to the hallways, we’ll shake things up and
    challenge the status-quo with the subversive memes and mind-bombs of a new
    pluralist economics for the 21st century.

    For our kick off demonstration at Copley Place on Friday evening at 5PM, we
    need a few good radicals to gather with us and show solidarity with our
    action. To pull the action off, we will have volunteer needs to be filled
    starting in the early afternoon to early evening. Please contact us for
    more details!

    keith (AT) adbusters (DOT) org

    First Night Against the Wars

    (source: act-ma)

    Stop Bombing Syria & Iraq

    Ring in the new year — with a spirited rally against a new war!

    Our war in Iraq destroyed that country and triggered the creation of ISIS.

    Who knows what death and calamities our government’s bombing of Syria and Iraq might lead to — unless we stop it!

    President Obama is seeking Congressional authorization to bomb ISIS not only in Iraq and Syria – but anywhere he wants.

    Join us on New Year’s Eve 2014 for a First Night peace rally
    anytime noon to 6pm Copley Square, Boston
    Dartmouth street side of Boston Public Library

    Bring your signs or help hold our banners

    After 6pm we will join in the First Night Parade with banners & signs

    Multi-School Divest Fund Launches TODAY

    (from bobbywego)

    Hi Folks,

    We are pleased to let you know that TODAY, 12/23, we launch the Multi-School Fossil Fuel Divestment Fund:!

    We now have 13 schools participating and the website is live. You can donate here:! We also have a twitter handle (@DivestFund) and are using the hashtag #DivestFund.

    Here’s our press release:

    Universities Across the Country Launch a Multi-School Fossil Free Divestment

    Main Contact: Sarah Vukelich, Williams,, 619-609-3458

    Secondary: Becky Romatoski, MIT,, 651-587-7172;
    Bobby Wengronowitz, BC,, 630-464-5875


    Cambridge, MA — Alumni, parents, and students from universities across the country have launched a bold new Multi-School Fossil Free Divestment Fund. The Fund facilitates tax-deductible donations for those who would like to give to an educational institution but are hesitant because the institution invests in the environmentally, financially, and morally hazardous fossil fuel industry. The Fund will hold and invest donations until a school’s endowment:

    1. Immediately freezes any new investment in fossil fuel companies and
    2. Divests within five years from current holdings of fossil fuel companies.

    For participating schools unable to stand up to fossil fuel companies by the end of 2017, their funds will go to participating schools that have divested. Morgan Curtis, a Dartmouth student, explains the timeline: “Back in 2011, the IEA [International Energy Agency], hardly a radical organization, found that 2017 was the cutoff for building any new fossil fuel infrastructure if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change. We haven’t even hit 1° C yet, and it’s already been disastrous and lethal, especially for those least responsible.”

    The Fund allows parents, alumni, faculty, staff, students, and others to leverage their donations to help universities do the right thing. As Brandeis alumnus Naveh Halperin explains, “I want to give to Brandeis because I had an amazing experience there, but I can’t donate knowing they’re investing in morally unjust industries that undercut their mission to strive for social justice.” Since donations will go to other universities if a given university has not divested, the Fund creates a friendly competition to push for action at a level commensurate with the urgency and magnitude of the deepening climate crisis. “Money donated acts as a financial carrot, but if universities continue to support the rogue fossil fuel industry, those donations turn into a stick” says Chris Nidel, an MIT alumnus.

    While financial contributions are important, the number of donors is equally powerful. College rankings are important for many institutions. Five percent of those rankings are derived from alumni giving, meaning even small donations matter. Boston College student David Corbie says he is “working on getting others to use their ‘senior gift’ as a way to encourage our school to stand up for climate justice.”

    Fossil fuel divestment campaigns have been underway for years. Their aim is to stigmatize the fossil fuel industry and loosen the iron grip they have on our political and economic system. Hundreds of institutions–from schools and churches to public pensions and philanthropic foundations–participate in divestment. Many have already divested . The Fund, carefully designed over 18 months, adds one more arrow to the quiver in the fight for climate justice.


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