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June 7 – Honoring Jennifer Doe, Shelagh Foreman & Andi Mullin

Democratic Socialists of America 2013 Awards Reception

DATE: Friday, June 7: 6:00 pm Social, 7:00 pm Program
PLACE: 58 Berkeley Street, Somerville
MORE INFORMATION: 617-354-5078

Boston DSA is proud to honor three of Boston’s best activists:
» Jennifer Doe retiring from Jobs with Justice
» Shelagh Foreman Program Director of Massachusetts Peace Action
» Andi Mullin, Director of the Campaign for Our Communities

Honorary Event Chairs:
Brian Corr, Cambridge Peace Commission*
Harris Gruman, SEIU*
Rep. Denise Provost
Rand Wilson, SEIU Local 888*
*affiliation given for identification purposes only.

Jennifer Doe has spent the last 10 years as an organizer for Jobs With Justice, primarily responsible for worker organizing and labor support. Prior to that she monitored and recovered workers’ back wages in Worcester County for the Foundation for Fair Contracting, organized Community and Political Outreach for the Pioneer Valley Building Trades, and headed Research and Strategic Campaigns for the Laborers’ Union Eastern Region.

Shelagh Foreman is Program Director of Massachusetts Peace Action (MAPA) and a core member of 20/20 Action, an Amherst based peace and environmental group. Shelagh has worked for more than three decades on nuclear disarmament, represents Peace Action on the Political Committee of Mass Alliance, and is chair of MAPA’s Iran Task Force. She is also a painter and print maker who has studied art or taught art history at the Cooper Union, Columbia University and the Museum School.

Andi Mullin, Director of the Campaign for Our Communities, has led the struggle to fund our state’s essential public services through progressive taxation. From 2007–2011 Andi was Director of Legislation and Governmental Affairs for the Massachusetts Nurses Association, and before that served as Legislative Agent for AFSCME Council 93. She has also been in the leadership of other progressive groups ranging from Mass Alliance and NOW to the Committee for Boston Public Housing and RESPOND, which provides services to battered women and their children.

The awards our honorees will be given are named after DSA Founding Chair Michael Harrington and A. Philip Randolph, or Gene Debs, Norman Thomas and Julius Bernstein—all democratic socialist leaders of the last century active in the labor, civil rights and peace movements of their time who embody the values DSA seeks to carry on today. These awards have been given since 1977 to honor deserving activists; past recipients include Rand Wilson, Matt Taibbi and Sen. Patricia Jehlen. Admission is $35 ($15 low income), which includes hors d’oeurves and an open bar. So join us on June 7!

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5/11 Tell Gap: End Deathtrap Factories!

Saturday, May 11, 2013 – 12:00pm GAP, 200 State St. (Faneuil Hall GAP – Map) Boston, MA Many of the 5000 garment factories in Bangladesh fail to meet basic safety standards. Workers in these deathtrap factories are at risk every day they go to work. The Gap and its subsidiaries are among the largest producers in Bangladesh. Since 2005, close to 1,400 Bangladeshi workers have died in entirely preventable factory fires and building collapses. Gap is a major producer in Bangladesh and factory workers and their unions are urging Gap to sign on to the legally-binding Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Agreement. This agreement would hold Gap accountable to the workers who make their apparel as well as their relatives who fear for the lives of their family members on a daily basis. Join us on Saturday to call on the Gap to sign on to the Agreement and show respect to the factory workers who produce its apparel! Sign the petition and learn more at

Thursday 5/9 “Jobs for All” discussion at Boston DSA Activist meeting

Thursday 5/9/2013 Boston DSA Executive Board & Activist Meeting 2nd Thursday of (almost) every month. 7:00 to 8:00 pm Business meeting (Exec. Brd mtg – members welcome) 8:00 to 9:00 pm Activist meeting (all are welcome)

Presentation at activist meeting (8:00) Marguerite Rosenthal on Jobs for All


Jobs for All – the Struggle Continues

The UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, December 10, 1948 states, in part that “Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment…, to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself [sic] and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.” The struggle in the U.S. for a full employment economy has been a long one, hampered by policy “trade-offs” that accept high unemployment as an antidote to inflation, and that privilege the profits of the few over the well-being of the many.    One of the current battlefields in the struggle center around US Representative John Conyers’ office in relation to his bill, HR 1000, the Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act. (So far,  Jim McGovern is the only member of the Mass. Congressional delegation to endorse the bill.) At our May 2013 meeting, Marguerite Rosenthal will discuss the current state of joblessness in the US, how the bill would help, and what can be done about it. Marguerite Rosenthal retired from teaching and chairing the social policy curriculum at Salem State University’s Masters of Social Work program in 2008.  She is a long-term member of DSA and is on the Executive Committee of the National Jobs for All Coalition ( Encuentro 5/TecsChange 9B Hamilton Place, Ste 2A Boston MA 02108 (map) Park St T Stop – Hamilton place is the alley with the Orpheum Theatre at the end of it – one block toward Govt. Ctr beyond Winter St. 2nd buzzer from the bottom

It’s time for the Gap to end their deadly negligence!

Vigil & Picket

For over 300 Bangladeshi workers killed in the April 25th Rana factory collapse

4:00: Vigil at Harvard Sq. T Station (Pit) 4:30: Picket outside Gap store (15 Brattle St. Cambridge)

Justice for Bangladeshi Workers!

What happened:  Over 300 garment workers were killed and 2,000 impacted by a building collapse in Bangladesh last week, after being forced to work in a condemned building. Since 2006, 900 apparel workers have died in preventable factory fires. What can be done here:  Gap, Walmart and other major brands produce clothes in Bangladesh factories knowing these factories are death traps.  PVH/Tommy Hilfiger and German retailer Tchibo have signed a legally-binding fire safety agreement that calls for independent fire inspections of all Bangladesh factories they use, requires them to pay for safety measures, and gives workers a say in how to accomplish it. Gap and Walmart refuse to join that agreement. It’s time for Gap and Walmart to address their history of deadly negligence. Sponsored by MassCOSH.  Boston Democratic Socialists of America has endorsed this event.