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  • 9/05 Bread & Roses Heritage Festival – Labor Day

    This year, we are making an effort to strongly feature local and regional performers from the New England and New York areas, including the rising youth talent. As Lawrence once again electrifies with civic engagement and social innovation, expressions of creativity in the performing arts burst forward.

    We are pleased to bring you just a small taste of the talented youth, and young adults sharing the stage with established acts.

    Enjoy performances from a wide range of genres, including American Folk, Jazz, Blues, Latin Rock, Merengue, Salsa, Celtic, Klezmer, Honk, Hip-Hop, Spoken Word, and much more.

    Campagnone Common, Lawrence, MA:

    11:30 to 4 PM

    NLG statement calling out the illegal treatment of the Standing Rock Sioux

    (from amberpaw)

    The NLG’s statement, calling out the illegal treatment of the Standing Rock Sioux, now occuring in the Dakotas:

    Massachusetts, Wall Street, and Charter Schools

    Hearing Tomorrow Tues 8/16: Municipal Mediation

    From MAAPL

    Time to Turn Out! Municipal Mediation bill hearing at the State House tomorrow morning, Tuesday the 16th!

    10:00am-1:00pm Tuesday, August 16th Room B-2 Massachusetts State House

    MAAPL’s late-file, legislative bill permitting towns and cities to run their own Municipal Mediation and other foreclosure-related safety programs is scheduled for a hearing. We need you to come and testify how this legislation helps your town or city!

    Legislation Specifics:
    Bill H.4553 An Act to minimize foreclosures and their harm
    By Mr. Tosado of Springfield, a petition of Jose F. Tosado and others relative to foreclosures and vacant properties.
    Sponsors: Jose F. Tosado


    Except where explicitly denied by the General Laws, municipalities shall have authority to enact laws for the purpose of ensuring the safety and security of residents by minimizing foreclosures and ensuring the upkeep of vacant properties and those in foreclosure.

    8/09 Mike Brown Unity March Against Police Terror

    Ferguson 2 Fields Corner: Mike Brown Unity March Against Police Terror

    Tuesday, August 9 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

    Fields Corner, Doherty-Gibson Playground, Corner of Dorchester Ave and Park St , MA

    On August 9, 2014, a movement was born when a community rose up in protest of the killing of Black teenager Michael Brown in the Canfield Apartment complex of Ferguson, MO by police officer Darren Wilson. Since that moment, the awareness of the all too pervasive and frequent deadly use of force by police officers, especially against Black people has dominated the public discourse. In protest after protest, killing after killing, in city after city, this conflict has been raging.

    On July 5th 2016 Alton Sterling was pinned down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by two white police officers, Blaine Salamoni and Howie Lake, and shot to death. Less than 48 hours later in Falcon Heights, Minnesota another Black man, Philando Castile was shot by police officer Jeronimo Yanez 4 times during a traffic stop in front of his girlfriend Lavish Reynolds and her 4 year old daughter. And on July 20, 2016, police officer Jonathan Aledda shot behavior therapist Charles Kinsey while he was taking care of autistic patient in his care.

    The world has seen yet again what the police in the U.S. do as routine to Black people: they murder them in cold blood. Since 2014 a little over 3,000 people have been killed by the police and less than 1% of these officers get indicted, let alone convicted and sent to jail for their crimes.

    On July 13, Mass Action Against Police Brutality called a Unity March Against Police Terror to protest these most recent killings and highlight many of Boston’s and Massachusetts’ own victims of police violence. This march of 4,000 was diverse, disciplined, loud, but peaceful, resulting in no arrests. It started at the Boston Police HQ and marched through neighborhoods in Roxbury to an enthusiastic response.

    In a follow-up meeting of about 200 people, recognizing the need to amplify our voices, Mass Action Against Police Brutality has called another unity march this August 9 on the 2nd anniversary of the killing of Mike Brown.

    This is an appeal for your solidarity and participation in a major mobilization on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016. This will be another important step in building a broad movement of all walks of life to demand the end of racist police abuse and murder from our society as well as racism in our courts that allow these murderers to go free. We hope you will be among the many that will stand up and be counted during this moment of truth.

    Contact maapb.617(AT) or 617-858-0104 for more info.

    Sponsored by
    Mass Action Against Police Brutality

    A campaign to prosecute the police and jail those who are guilty; open all past cases of police brutality; end the harassment of victims and witnesses

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