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  • Join us May 7th to Continue Organizing for #JobsNotJails

    You are invited to a special Jobs NOT Jails Statewide Strategy Meeting on Saturday, May 7 from 12:00-2:30 at 150 Mt. Vernon Street, second Floor Dorchester, MA 02125

    The meeting will focus on:

    1. Both celebrating and learning from the March 30th signing into law of the repeal of the $500 fine and up to 5 year waiting period for people to regain their driver’s licenses.

    2. What we can still accomplish between now and the Legislature adjourning on July 31: Several bills, especially one to raise the threshold for what’s considered a felony for theft from $250 to $1500, have passed the Senate and are pending in the House. We are trying to win $2 Million in initial funding for a program for job training for ex-prisoners and court involved youth via a budget amendment to really put an emphasis on the jobs part of Jobs Not Jails.

    3. The BIG, BIG chance this fall for major criminal justice reform through the CSG Justice Center Justice Reinvestment Initiative that could greatly lessen numbers of people incarcerated and increase jobs. The Governor, House Speaker, and Senate President will jointly decide how much or how little to propose in terms of criminal justice reform legislation for the next legislative session by this December. We will talk about strategy to impact what they decide. Learn more about this initiative here.

    Food will be provided. We hope to see you there!
    Find directions here.

    Killer Drones: an evening of info and response – May 5

    Whistle blower Christopher Aaron will speak about his experiences as an analyst for the drone assassination program in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2006 to 2009 and excerpts from the film “Drone” will be shown Thursday, May 5 at 6:45 at the Central Square Library, 45 Pearl St, Cambridge.

    Aaron is a former counter-terrorism officer for the CIA and the DoD. He resigned in 2009 due to ethical objections with the trajectories of the wars. After the presentation, there will be plenty of time for questions as well as suggestions for what citizens can do to stop the drone assassination program.

    Sponsored by the Eastern Massachusetts Anti-Drones Network and the Boston Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). For more information, call (617) 776-6524.

    Worker’s Memorial Day

    Date: Thu, 04/28/2016 – 12:00pm – 1:15pm

    Location: In Front of State House

    Address: Beacon St, Boston

    At this Workers Memorial Commemoration, we will remember and honor workers who lost their lives or suffered from a work-related injury or illness.

    Details: http://www.massaflcio.org/node/208066

    Flyer: workers_memorial_day_flyer_4-28-16_family_eng_flyer.pdf

    Boston Socialist Unity Project Annual Conference

    roseclaspApril 30 | Old South Church in Boston,
    645 Boylston Street, 9 am – 4 pm
    “Building Socialism. Building Our Movements”
    register at bostonsocialistunity.org
    Bringing together a broad range of socialists and social movement activists from the Boston area to increase our engagement with socialist ideas and the many struggles around our city, country and the world.

    Featured Speakers:
     Vijay Prashad, Trinity College CT, on US imperialism
     Cynthia Peters, Left Roots, organizing in the US
     Jorge Marin, Venezuela Solidarity Committee, on the Bolivarian Revolution and current situation in Venezuela
     Patricia Montes, Centro Presente, on immigrant rights
     Yamila Hussein, Boston Teacher Residency, on Palestine solidarity
      and others

    12 Workshops including:
    – Socialism and the Elections (Rand Wilson, Labor for Bernie and Howie Hawkins, NY Green Party)
    – ABC’s of Socialism, Nicole Aschoff, Jacobin magazine
    – Radical Organizing (Steve Meacham, City Life)
    – Health Care, Sandy Eaton (Mass Nurses Association)
    – EcoSocialism, Chris Williams (System Change, not Climate Change)
    – Labor Notes, Red Black and Queer, Socialism and Feminism
    – and others

    Boston Socialist Unity Project, Sponsors and Endorsers: Boston Solidarity, Center for Marxist Education, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism*, Communist Party, Democratic Socialists of America, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, International Socialist Organization, Massachusetts Campaign to Abolish Poverty, Massachusetts Global Action, Socialism and Democracy Journal, Socialist Alternative
    *Thanks to CCDS for the version of the announcement that we “swiped” to create this post.

    Boston Democratic Socialists of America
    P.O. Box 51356, Boston MA 02205
    (617) 354-5078 http://dsaboston.org

    1000 arrests at #DemocracySpring

    Bil reports that “#democracyspring has exceeded 1000 arrests with our final big day. Each day we had a focus. Pretty much every problem we face is directly related to a very small number of very rich people bribing our elected officials. Which is also why the media, which is owned by them, isn’t covering the largest civil disobedience at the capitol in history.”

    We note that The Boston Globe found a random man cooking a hamburger deserved its attention, but not the largest civil disobedience action in a decade in our nation’s capitol did not!

    Crowd shot from Democracy Spring

    Veterans for Peace at Democracy Spring

    Student day at Democracy Spring

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