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    Hi Everyone:

    Hoping Spring is happening (weather wise) for all of you… And that it’s happy and filled with green and growing things




    This year, I’d like you to consider a day of Activism for a livable future. A twofer of possibilities to change the world as you begin your morning with mothers in West Roxbury to stop a dangerous fracked gas pipeline and then on to our worldwide food supply as we March Against Monsanto once again in the afternoon in Copley Square.

    The first event is Mother’s Out Front A Day of Action at the WRL fracked gas pipeline which is a 5.1 mile 750 pounds per square inch of fracked gas that is being built with much opposition from neighborhoods in Dedham to environmental groups to the City Council and Mayor of Boston and Selectmen of Dedham. In fact, Mike Butler Chair of the Dedham Select Board was the first to be arrested in June protesting the pipeline outside Legacy Place.

    So far about 55 people form all over New England have chosen to commit peaceful acts of Civil Disobedience to protest this pipeline. They have extensive training and
    have chosen to be arrested because of the dangers of this pipeline positioned within feet of 30,00 plus visitors to malls up and down route 1, under a children’s soccer field, in densely populated neighborhoods, next to school, houses of worship and a nursing home and a Quarry that blasts dynamite two times a week!

    The company building it, Spectra has repeatedly mislead town and city and state elected officials and threatened eminent domain and had a few accidents as they rushed to build the pipeline as well as the large explosion on another pipeline just two weeks ago in Pennsylvania. I’ve been involved in this effort in meetings and hearings following the great leading by large coalitions like Mass Power Forward and Toxics Action and 350 Mass and so many tens of thousands of others including smaller and yet more vibrant local groups like SWRL and so many others who are having this put in their front yards. Some of the hearings etc I have attended include from Conservation Commission to FERC hearings to federal court to the Supreme Judicial Court, meetings with aides for councilors, reps, mayors and staff for Warren and Markey when my health allows. Sadly, it’s out of all of their hands because the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission thus far, has had the final say. We are changing this narrative on the ground in W. Roxbury and in the State House and Supreme Court.

    Imagine for a second what it’s like to have a large fracked gas pipeline in your front yard that is controlled by a metering and regulating station located next to a blasting quarry. Sadly, what we learned form the explosion in New Salem, PA a few weeks ago, when accidents happen along these pipelines and they are with greater frequency, upwards of 40 acres or 30 city blocks will be in the incineration zone

    This pipeline is not approved by neighborhoods surrounding it, nor by Dedham and Boston or their elected officials. There have been years of valiant efforts to stop
    it through court cases and hundreds of meetings. To learn more about it and events surrounding the protests and rallies see 350 Massachusetts .

    This will be a great day to join Mother’s Out Front to show our solidarity with our friends and neighbors in Dedham, Westwood and West Roxbury.

    Thanks and a Happy and Active-ism filled Spring to you all,

    E. F.

    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
    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

    The Panama Papers: What is To Be Done?


    But we knew that, now didn’t we? We knew that the rich and powerful use the complexity of the tax code to protect and enhance their privilege. The real question is “What is it about Title 26 that–on a deeper level–let’s them get away with it?”

    The hidden agenda of the Federal Tax Code is to make us all feel powerless. Most people–but especially those without college degrees–must pay an expert to figure out what they owe the government for services they may or may not want. It’s like going to a restaurant and paying someone to read a menu written in a nonverbal language, ordering without understanding what you’ve heard and then paying that same expert to figure out the tab. If you feel like someone is twisting your arm when you file your taxes you have it right: the current system is a coerced bargain between those who have information and power and those who do not. The Panama Papers are a case in point.

    The Appropriate Tax—Power to the People

    Take a minute to contrast the piece of crap we have now to the proposed Automated Payment Transaction (APT) tax and you’ll see what I mean. The APT is a tiny tax paid by buyers and sellers on all transactions that includes no credits or exemptions. It would replace all other federal taxes (see links below for details.)

    Don’t want to pay taxes?–buy less stuff. You have the power. The choice is yours.

    If the system were APT then the rich–including the Flash Boys who buy and sell so much invisible stuff–would pay more because they uniformly spend more than people with less money. The APT system is automated so overhead is minimal. Like landlines, answering machines and horse drawn buggies filing a tax return would become a thing of the past.

    Yes! Filing your taxes—our annual sacrifice to the gods of nonsense, the excruciating attempt to wring meaning or at least direction out of mountain of words laid down like sediment one rainy Congressional season after another–could be a thing of the past. And instead of trying to micromanage us and the economy with the tax code the government could use fees, regulations and forethought. Off shore tax havens are not in the picture.

    The only downside to the APT tax is that it would put many low income individuals who work interpreting the tax code out of business. Ditto for almost everyone who works at the IRS. It would also decimate the humongous well-heeled “cheat on your taxes” industry so aptly described in The Panama Papers. And that would be a very good thing indeed. Low and moderate income individuals whose livelihoods are destroyed by instituting the APT should be compensated by the government. Upper income CPAs, tax attorneys etc. can go jump in a lake.

    In the weird world of word coincidences the fact that the acronym for the Automated Payment Transaction Tax (APT) means “suited to the purpose or occasion, appropriate” takes the cake. Even better is the fact that it takes the cake away from the 1%.
    Please support the Automated Payment Transaction tax by frequenting their website and Facebook page. If you can actually volunteer real time to make the tax system more apt more power to you.


    Tax Revolution – Replace All Taxes On Few with One Tiny Tax on All Transactions Including Stock and Currency Trades



    Spring is not too far away and the specter of the West Roxbury fracked gas pipeline resuming construction awaits April 15.

    They’ll be starting. We’ll be stopping.

    An open invitation to all to join us for our first of many Civil Disobedience (CD) trainings to stop the West Roxbury Pipeline.

    The first training of the spring will be on:

    Saturday March 5, 3:00-5:30pm
    Theodore Parker Church, 1859 Centre St, West Roxbury, MA

    The training will cover:

    – A background on the resistance to a 750 pounds per sq inch pipeline coming into W. Roxbury passing by an active blasting quarry. Opposed by community residents, city councilors, mayor Walsh and YOU.

    -Information/experiential practice about CD and supporting others to do CD.

    -Legal and practical information about CD

    – Forming action/affinity groups with CD and support people

    -Input into the spring strategy for actions

    Come help draw the line on fracked gas and neighborhood safety.

    More trainings and sessions to follow.

    To sign up or for more information go to


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