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  • Smoking Ban Hearing (Dec 15)

    (from rnicosa)

    5:30 p.m., Monday, December 15
    The Cambridge City Council will consider and probably vote on prohibiting: Smoking in all Cambridge public parks and in all seating areas adjacent to restaurants

    These restrictions don’t promote health, they only punish smokers, many of whom are poor or mentally disabled. This is class warfare. Please attend this public meeting where anyone can speak and help us oppose smoker apartheid!

    Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
    Henrietta S. Attles Meeting Room
    459 Broadway, Cambridge

    (Update: the date of the hearing was changed from Dec 8th to Dec 15th).


    PLANET By my friend Carol Wolman, MD in USA. PLEASE take the time to do

    Sheila Parks, Ed.D.
    Convener, On Behalf of Planet Earth
    Watertown, MA

    11/24 PACK THE COURT – JURY TRIAL STARTS – Drop Anti-Union Frame-Up Charges


    Stop Veolia/City Escalating War on USW 8751 Boston School Bus Union

    Drop Outrageous Union Busting Frame-up Charges filed by Boston Police Department (BPD) against Steve Kirschbaum, Chair of the Grievance Committee and a founder of the Local.

    All out for start of jury trial, Monday, Nov 24, 9:00 A.M. Dorchester District Court 510 Washington St Dorchester, MA

    Facebook event page:

    Sign on to the Community/Labor Statement!

    National call-in to drop the charges – Call Suffolk County DA Daniel Conley, 617-619-4000 fax 617-619-4210. Tell him to drop the frame-up, anti-union felony charges against USW 8751 union leader Steve Kirschbaum. Then connect to the call-in day event page at and add a comment describing the response you get.

    Help mobilize, phone bank, distribute! Sun 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. IBEW 2222, 1137 Washington St, Lower Mills (Dorchester), MA 02124

    To volunteer, email schoolbus5(AT)

    download poster/flier:

    Sign on to the Community/Labor Statement!

    Join and donate to the crowdsourcing campaign to support the four fired leaders

    Video of 11/15 demo at Veolia Headquarters in Times Square, NYC:

    Boston School Bus Drivers Union USW 8751 Will Win!

    SATURDAY: Rally: No New U.S. War in Iraq & Syria!


    Join us Saturday Nov 15th

    On Friday, Nov. 7, President Obama doubled down on the war in Iraq and Syria, ordering 1500 more troops on the ground in Iraq and requesting over $5 billion in funding.

    Saturday, Nov 15, 1:00 pm
    Park Street Station, Boston

    Rally and march to Downtown Crossing with a mock drone and die-in

    • Stop the Bombing in Syria and Iraq
    • Bring the troops home now
    • Stop sending weapons into the region which are leading to so much bloodshed
    • Support humanitarian aid, through neutral institutions, for victims of the conflict
    • Support self-determination and the demilitarization of the area

    It appears that Congress is about to give the President authorization to carry out an ever-expanding war in Iraq and Syria.

    Our leaders say that these new wars will last for years. But over the past 13 years, this country has already spent one trillion, five hundred billion dollars for wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and other parts of the Middle East and South Asia.

    These military actions have brought hundreds of thousands of deaths, but neither peace nor security. Meanwhile, these hundreds of billions of dollars could have been used instead to provide for jobs, human needs and renewable energy.

    The current campaign to sell this war has nothing to do with protecting us or the people of the area. Instead, it is intended to secure control of the area by repressive governments and sectarian militias allied (for the time being) with Washington.

    The current bombing campaign is a violation of the U.N. Charter and the U.S. Constitution. In its sweep through Syria and Iraq, ISIS is using modern U.S. weapons that were previously sent into the region in order to stabilize a corrupt and brutal regime in Baghdad and to overthrow Syria’s government.

    Is bombing an answer to these sectarian conflicts? Do these actions reflect the interests of working people in the U.S. or the peoples of the Middle East?

    We should not be involved militarily in a sectarian conflict that our war in Iraq set off. Rather, we should support a policy of non-intervention and self-determination. Any real and lasting solution to the problems in the region must come from the peoples of that region themselves, not from the Pentagon.

    Call Congress toll-free at 877-429-0678 and say:

    I want you to speak out strongly and to vote against against proposals that authorize use of military force and support for armed groups in Syria and Iraq.

    Save the date for an educational forum on Syria and Iraq featuring Prof. Elaine Hagopian, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 7pm.

    For more info or to help organize: United for Justice with Peace, 617-383-4857,

    Friday 11/14 8 PM: Stop Insomnia’s Union-Busting, Homophobia, Sexual Harassment!


    IWW Organizer and Insomnia Cookies employee Colin complained of homophobic slurs, sexual harassment of a co-worker, and denial of break time by his manager.* The next day he was confronted by the boss, who asked “So it’s a problem for you when I say the word f*gg*t?” and told him to quit if he didn’t like the conditions. Colin was later fired on flimsy pretexts. No action was taken by the company against the manager. Join members of the Industrial Workers of the World as we picket to demand Colin be reinstated with full back-pay!

    We’ll meet at Insomnia Cookies’ Boston location, 708 Comm Ave (BU East stop on the MBTA’s Green Line B train), starting at 8 pm. The Facebook event is here:

    *This is the email protest originally sent by Colin to Insomnia’s Regional Manager (warning: the boss’ comments are very offensive):

    Dear Patrick,

    I work at the Harvard location of Insomnia and am appalled by Josh’s behavior. He pops handfuls of [Vicodin] where employees and customers can see…This has led to…comments which are VERY inappropriate for work…

    If a driver is listening to to headphones and cannot hear he’ll say “You’re gay” or “Don’t speak if your the gayest man in the world” as [if] that is a joke, and looks to the others to laugh.

    He said once “When you’re not sucking dick 90% of the time you’re swallowing loads”

    Last [Wednesday] when I came in at 6 pm, he spent 20 minutes talking about rectal examinations of chickens to inspect eggs and called Billy (a driver there) a “chicken fucker” I then noticed two orders that were due at 5:30pm. He then interrogated Jahnay as to why they were late.

    He told a female worker to “pretend you’re flirting with the customer.”

    He is also [threatening] to fire everyone and trying to instill fear in everyone and has denied me a 30min unpaid break when I work for 9 HOURS. NINE HOURS.

    I wish to be kept anonymous so as to not face retaliation, but also want Insomnia to be a good workplace that is not hostile or homophobic.

    Thank You,

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