Category Archives: Events

Detailed announcements or other information on Boston DSA or allied group events.

Join DSA at the 12-12 Climate Rally!

When:   between 12:30 and 12:45, Saturday 12/12/15
Where: on the Public Garden side of Tremont St across from Avery St (between Park and Boylston Green Line Stations)

Climate Rally

Climate Rally

From November 29 to December 12, world leaders will meet in Paris to negotiate a new global climate treaty.  On December 12, people will come together from every corner of New England to call for bold climate solutions that create secure union jobs, strengthen community power and help build a more resilient future. 

Meet up with other DSAers before the rally so we can get to know one another, and attend as a group.

For more information on the rally, see:
http://www.jobsjusticeclimate.org/

DSA will meet between 12:30 and 12:45 on the Public Garden side of Tremont St across from Avery St (between Park and Boylston Green Line Stations).  The rally begins at the Bandstand at 1:00 pm and is scheduled to run to 3:00.

Taking Back What We Already Own

 A Forum On Social Ownership

Featuring:
Marjorie Kelly
Senior Fellow,
The Democracy Collaborative

Author of Owning our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution and The Divine Right of Capital

with Nancy Goldner
Co-Chair, Hub Public Bank

and Julie Matthaei
Co-Coordinator of Boston Area Solidarity Economy Network (BASEN)

September 25
6:30-9 PM (doors open at 6)

Encuentro 5
9A Hamilton Place (near Park Street Station T Stop)

Break Out groups and time for discussion

Sponsored by:

Hub Public Banking, BASEN, Boston Chapter, Democratic Socialists of America, the Democracy Collaborative, Massachusetts Global Action, Alliance for Democracy

Download PDF Flyer HERE.

Fast Food & Beyond: Labor’s Fight Against Inequality

low_wage_jobsApril DSA Forum:

WHEN: NEW DATE Thursday, May 14, 2015

WHERE: 9 Hamilton Place, Boston (Encuentro 5)—across the street from Park St. T stop

SPEAKERS: Gillian Mason—Jobs with Justice; Carl Nilsson—Fight For 15

According to the anti-poverty charity Oxfam, the top 1% will soon own more wealth than most of the rest of the world combined. Senator Bernie Sanders notes that the six heirs to the Wal- Mart fortune are richer than the bottom 40% of the American people. Meanwhile U.S. wages have been stagnating since the 1970s, and the standard of living for much of the working and middle class has actually declined. And now economic inequality has become so difficult to ignore even Republicans have taken notice.

 So what to do about it? Proposals range from Obama’s mildly progressive tax reforms and expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit, to doubling down on the same neo-liberal economic policies that helped bring about this decline in the first place—like Obama’s proposed new trade agreement. (A partisan of “bi-partisanship,” the President seems to have a foot in each camp.)

 But one party often ignored in these political and policy debates has more of an interest in fighting inequality and more capacity to do so than anyone else: the labor movement. Our speakers will assess union struggles here and abroad, and in particular the current efforts of local fast food workers to organize for a living wage against Big Food.

 Gillian Mason is development coordinator for the Student Debt Campaign at Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, a leading advocate for social justice since 1987, and has also led JWJ efforts in health care and higher education. Previously Gillian worked with MoveOn.Org’s Boston Council and the Jamaica Plain Forum, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies.

 Carl Nilsson works on the Fight For 15 campaign to raise the wages of low income workers; last year he was a key leader of Raise Up Massachusetts, which helped pass the paid sick leave referendum. Carl has also been a stand-up comic, an organizer with MA Neighbor to Neighbor, Barack Obama’s 2008 MA field director, and has held similar positions with the campaigns of Governor Patrick in 2010 and Senator Ed Markey in 2013.

Download a PDF flyer HERE.

Bernie Sanders—2016?

Democratic Socialists of America November Forum

Bernie Sanders—2016?

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WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 13, 7:30 pm

WHERE: 9 Hamilton Place, Boston
SPEAKERS: J. Michael Gilbreath, Progressive Democrats of America; Paul Garver, Democratic Socialists of America

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has joined the list of candidates considering a Presidential run in 2016, asking his supporters throughout the country whether it should be in the Democratic primaries or as an independent in November. Both Progressive Democrats of America and DSA are on record urging the former course, but others disagree. In any case, the prospect of a Sanders presidential campaign has excited many on the left as an alternative to Hillary Clinton, but also raises many questions—so let’s talk about it.

J. Michael Gilbreath is a leader in the MA chapter of Progressive Democrats of America. PDA was founded in 2004 out of the losing presidential campaigns of Dennis Kucinich and Howard Dean, and works to transform the Democratic Party on issues like voting rights, full employment, national health care and protecting Social Security.

Paul Garver is a retired international labor organizer who worked for many years in the food and beverages department of the IUF, a global federation of trade unions based in Geneva, Switzerland.  He serves on DSA’s National Political Committee, and co-edits Talking Union, DSA’s labor blog.

Preceding the forum at 6:30 pm there will be a meeting of the Boston DSA Exec Board, open to all members.

Download PDF FLYER HERE.

6/8/14 Honoring Jake Schlitt and Cecily McMIllan

Boston DSA Debs-Thomas-Bernstein Awards Reception

Date: Sunday, June 8
Time: Social 3 PM; Program 4 PM
Place: Workmen’s Circle, 1762 Beacon Street, Brookline
More Information: 617-982-3033

Join us at Boston DSA’s annual awards reception, this year honoring two activists separated by six decades but united in the cause of social justice — Jacob Schlitt and Cecily McMillan

Jacob Schlitt

Jacob Schlitt

JACOB SCHLITT has been a labor, civil rights, Jewish community and democratic socialist activist since the 1940s.  He has been an organizer for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, a staffer for the Jewish Labor Committee, and a volunteer with the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters for the historic 1963 March on Washington.  In 1973 Jake participated in the founding convention of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee, which later evolved into DSA.

Cecily McMillan

Cecily McMillan

CECILY McMILLAN also began her activism early on, mobilizing her Atlanta high school classmates against the Iraq war. In 2011, Cecily participated in the uprising against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s anti-union policies, and joined DSA. After moving to NYC she was one of the initiators of Occupy Wall Street.  Cecily has recently been convicted of an alleged assault on policeman during a 2012 NYC Occupy rally; if she’s unable to attend the reception, heraward will be accepted by her defense committee (http://www.justiceforcecily.com).

For Democratic Socialists of America’s statement on the conviction of Cecily McMillan, go to http://www.dsausa.org/justice_denied_for_cecily_mcmillan.

Admission to the reception is $35 ($15 for low income, or whatever you can afford), which includes hors d’oeurves and an open bar.

Download a PDF FLYER with more details, including information on program book greetings and sponsorships HERE.

Honorary Chairs for DSA Awards Reception

FORMER CONGRESSMAN BARNEY FRANK; REP. RUTH BALSER; SEN. PATRICIA JEHLEN; DICK BAUER—Co-Chair, New England Jewish Labor Committee; ARTHUR BERNSTEIN—former YPSL, brother of Julius; JULES BERNSTEIN—labor attorney; SHEILA DECTER—Director, Jewish Alliance for Social Action; ELLEN FEINGOLD—former Director, Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly; MICHAEL FELSEN—past president, Workmen’s Circle;SHELAGH FOREMAN—Director, Massachusetts Peace Action; DAVID HARRIS—Managing Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard Law School; GEORGIA HOLLISTER ISMAN—Director, Mass Alliance; JOHN McDONOUGH—Director, Center for Public Health Leadership, Harvard School of Public Health; RABBI BARBARA PENZER—Co-Chair, New England Jewish Labor Committee; STEVEN TOLMAN, President, Massachusetts AFL-CIO; RAND WILSON—Communications and Policy Director, SEIU Local 888

 *affiliation given for identification purposes only

Congressman Joe Moakley and El Salvador at 4/10 Boston DSA meeting

photo of book cover

Joe Moakley’s Journey

Rescheduled from our 2/13 meeting, which was cancelled because of a winter storm.

DSA member Mark Schneider will discuss his latest book, Joe Moakley’s Journey: From South Boston to El Salvador,  the first biography of South Boston’s popular, long serving congressman, Joe Moakley. 

The book focuses on the personal and political awakening Moakley experienced when he was tasked with investigating the brutal murders of six Jesuit priests and their housekeepers in 1989 in El Salvador – a massacre the Bush administration was eager to blame on the leftist rebels.   Moakley discovered otherwise, and from that day on the people of El Salvador never had a better friend in the U.S. than the South Boston Congressman.   Issues of Central American justice, peace, and economic development became Joe Moakley’s cause from that day until his death in 2001.

“Mark Robert Schneider’s new book, Joe Moakley’s Journey, is a fine account of Congressman John Joseph Moakley’s personal and political journey progression from “meat and potatoes” neighborhood politician to human rights crusader. It is basically a political story, and the strength of Schneider’s account comes in its skillful balancing of Moakley’s local loyalties with his international interests.”—the Boston Globe

You can find more information on the book at the publisher’s web site: http://www.upne.com/1555538071.html

We will also hear a report from Carol Pryor on behalf of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES).

The talk is cosponsored by the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) and Massachusetts Peace Action.

2nd Thursday of (almost) every month.
7:00 to 7:30 pm Business meeting (Exec. Brd mtg – members welcome)
7:30 to 9:00 pm Activist meeting & Book Talk

at 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

The Hub Public Bank – An Alternative Democratic Economic Vision (March 13 Activist Mtg)

Grinning Piggy Bank

Why Bank With Pigs?

The City of Boston has $1.2 billion on deposit with the nefarious Bank of America, US Trust (a subsidiary of  Bank of America) and Citizens Bank, a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Scotland.  Why should  “too big to fail banks”  who brought about the economic collapse of 2008  continue to be depositories for our public money?  There is an alternative  –  depositing our public money in a public bank owned by the people of Boston. 



The Speaker
  DSA member Nancy Goldner will introduce the concept of a public bank as a transformative pathway toward a more democratic, accountable  and community oriented use of our public money. She is also a member of the Pubic Bank Working Group whose mission it is to establish the Hub Public Bank.

Meeting times (March 13, 2014):
7:00 to 8:00 pm Business meeting (Exec. Brd mtg – members welcome)
8:00 to 9:00 pm Activist meeting (with presentation – open to the public)

Location:
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

Congressman Joe Moakley and El Salvador at 2/13 Boston DSA meeting – POSTPONED

photo of book cover

Joe Moakley’s Journey

DSA member Mark Schneider will discuss his latest book, Joe Moakley’s Journey: From South Boston to El Salvador,  the first biography of South Boston’s popular, long serving congressman, Joe Moakley. 

The book focuses on the personal and political awakening Moakley experienced when he was tasked with investigating the brutal murders of six Jesuit priests and their housekeepers in 1989 in El Salvador – a massacre the Bush administration was eager to blame on the leftist rebels.   Moakley discovered otherwise, and from that day on the people of El Salvador never had a better friend in the U.S. than the South Boston Congressman.   Issues of Central American justice, peace, and economic development became Joe Moakley’s cause from that day until his death in 2001.

“Mark Robert Schneider’s new book, Joe Moakley’s Journey, is a fine account of Congressman John Joseph Moakley’s personal and political journey progression from “meat and potatoes” neighborhood politician to human rights crusader. It is basically a political story, and the strength of Schneider’s account comes in its skillful balancing of Moakley’s local loyalties with his international interests.”—the Boston Globe

You can find more information on the book at the publisher’s web site: http://www.upne.com/1555538071.html

We will also hear a report from Carol Pryor on behalf of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES).

The talk is cosponsored by the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) and Massachusetts Peace Action.

2nd Thursday of (almost) every month.
7:00 to 7:30 pm Business meeting (Exec. Brd mtg – members welcome)
7:30 to 9:00 pm Activist meeting & Book Talk

at 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

Lisette Le of Right to the City at 1/9 DSA Activist Meeting

Lisette Le of Right to the City will be talking to us about her work at our January Activist meeting.

Right to the City is a national alliance of racial, economic and environmental justice organizations that emerged in 2007 as a unified response to gentrification and a call to halt the displacement of low-income people, people of color, marginalized LGBTQ communities, and youths of color from their historic urban neighborhoods.  Right to the City works on many issues, including: Land for People vs. Land for Speculation, Economic Justice, Indigenous Justice, Environmental Justice, Freedom from Police & State Harassment, Immigrant Justice, and Democracy and Participation.

Lisette Le
is Right to the City’s Boston Region Coordinator. Lisette joined Right to the City in November 2010.  Prior to joining Right to the City, she was the Civic Action Coordinator at the Chinese Progressive Association-Boston, where she was responsible for supporting CPA’s civic engagement and land use programming.   A 1.5th generation Vietnamese American, Lisette grew up in Akron, Ohio and studied American Studies at Tufts University, with a focus on Asian American studies. Her first engagement in activism was fighting for ethnic studies on campus.

More info at… http://www.righttothecity.org/

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

at 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

Join the Budget for All Coalition for a Briefing on the Federal Budget

As homeless families pour into shelters, Yacht owners keep their tax breaks!

The Federal budget crisis

What’s happening? What’s at stake? Who’s winning? Who’s losing? And what can we do about it?

Over the next 3 months there will be major budget decisions being made in Washington that could seriously impact our country for years to come. First we have to understand what’s happening and then we have to act if we want to protect jobs, save vital public services, end tax breaks for the richest companies on earth, reduce the Pentagon budget and bring all our troops home from Afghanistan.

The Budget for All Campaign invites you
to this important educational update with

Jo Comerford, Director, National Priorities Project

The Sequester. Continuing Resolutions. Conference Committees. New deadlines. Threats of new shutdowns and defaults. Who can understand it all? Jo Comerford will help us make sense of it all so we can act effectively

Carolyn Federoff, Vice President, Mass. AFL-CIO; Vice President, AFGE Local 3258

Carolyn will outline for us the key decisions that will be made over the next few months and the impact these decisions will have on all of us. She will turn the present budget discussion on its head so we can see what a sensible budget would look like.

 Tuesday, December 17
7:00 pm
UNITE-HERE union hall
33 Harrison Ave, Chinatown, Boston
Red Line or Orange Line

 Budget for All!
Stop the Cuts · Invest in Jobs · Fair Taxes · End the Wars

11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138
www.budget4allmass.org – 617-354-2169 – info@budget4allmass.org
Boston Democratic Socialists of America is a member of the Budget for All Coalition.