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FIGHTING FOR OUR FUTURE: STRUGGLES FOR DEMOCRACY & HIGH-QUALITY EDUCATION FOR ALL

SUNDAY, NOV. 20, 4-6 p.m.
MIT ROOM 35-225
127 MASSACHUSETTS AVE., CAMBRIDGE, MA

As the inspiring fight around Question 2 in Massachusetts, the Chicago teachers strike of 2012 and the recent wave of adjunct and graduate student organizing around the country have shown, education is an increasingly important site of struggle against privatization and corporatization, and for democracy and equality. Teachers, students and the communities that support them are ramping up efforts to create an educational system that serves the needs of all rather than those of corporate education “reformers” and the business elite they represent.

In this panel, we will discuss the current state of organizing to put the brakes on capitalism run amok in our education system, as well as visions of what an alternative, genuinely democratic system of education would look like. Panelists will talk about struggles in Massachusetts, across the country and abroad in Mexico.

PANELISTS:

Barbara Madeloni is president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association.

Megan Erickson is an editor at Jacobin and is the author of Class War: The Privatization of Childhood.

Ellen David Friedman is an organizer with the United Caucuses of Rank and File Educators.

Dan La Botz teaches labor history at the City University of New York and has written extensively on teachers’ struggles in Mexico.

Open a PDF flyer at THIS LINK.

CALL FOR THE PEOPLE’S SUMMIT: BUILDING THE POLITICAL REVOLUTION

People's Summit Banner

Fri June 17 – June 19
10:00 am Fri special  DSA program; conf. ends shortly after lunch Sunday

McCormick Place, 2301 S Martin Luther King Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60616

Register:  http://www.dsausa.org/peoplessummit  or http://www.thepeoplessummit.org/
Note: If you are a DSA person, it is better to register through DSA. Thanks.

In a time of turmoil and opportunity, we invite you to participate in a historic convening of organizations and individuals committed to social, racial and economic justice.  On June 17-19, in Chicago, after the party primary season and before the party conventions, we seek to bring together activists committed to a different kind of agenda: a People’s Agenda that can enhance and expand issue campaigns and hold all elected officials accountable to popular demands for justice, equality and freedom.

The Summit will further deepen the relationship between participating organizations, develop  community leaders, and begin strategic organizing to build power.  It will include plenary and workshop sessions devoted to key issues such as the Fight for 15, mass incarceration and criminal justice reform, voting rights and expanding democratic participation, a tax on Wall Street speculation to fund human needs and jobs, climate justice toward a sustainable economy, improved Medicare for All, the fight for free and debt-free higher education, secure retirement through expanding social security, ending HIV/AIDS, achieving Constitutional pay equity for women, and ending deportations and support for DREAMers, among others.

We will take action in Chicago against the big money system of politics that expands the power of the wealthy and corporations at the expense of the people. We will also celebrate with music and a “festival of joyous rebellion.” And we will plan how to move our People’s Agenda nationally and locally to help build the broad movement for people and the planet.

We hope to see you in Chicago, June 17-19, at McCormick Place.

Partner organizations include:

National Nurses United; Reclaim Chicago; National People’s Action; The People For Bernie Sanders 2016; Progressive Democrats of America;  People Demanding Action;  United Students Against Sweatshops; Food & Water Watch;  Democratic Socialists of America

If you are from New England, going to the Summit, and interested in doing some networking before hand, email webmaster@dsaboston.org

Re-Organizing Boston DSA

WHEN:   Saturday, January 23, 2016
PLACE: 111 Perkins Street, Jamaica Plain, Apt. #200, 20th Floor*
TIME: 1-3 pm

Thanks to the Sanders campaign, thousands of Americans are becoming interested in Democratic Socialism—and Greater Boston is no exception. Throughout the country, DSA members old and new have been taking advantage of this upsurge to build new DSA locals, and rejuvenate old ones.

Would you like to see a more active and effective Boston local of Democratic Socialists of America? Most importantly, ARE YOU WILLING TO HELP?

Join us to help figure out What Is To Be Done… and how we can do it.

All DSA members or potential members are welcome.

*111 Perkins Street is also known as the Jamaicaway Tower apartment building, located near the intersection of Perkins St. and Jamaica Way. Park in the Tower parking lot or adjacent streets; mass transit access not far away (S. Huntington)

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.

Autumn Convergence for a New National Agenda

With:
SEIU state political director Harris Gruman
Peace, GLBT and justice organizer Leslie Cagan
BU professor of political science Neta Crawford
climate activist Ben Thompson
… AND YOU!

Sunday, November 24, 1:00 – 5:30 pm
SEIU Local 32BJ District 615, 26 West St, 2nd floor, Boston

near Park Street MBTA Station

Register nowbit.ly/convergence-2013

Many agree that we need to forge a more democratic nation based on social justice, sustainability, employment, and peace. Our groups share many values, aspirations, and goals. We are working to avert climate catastrophe, to raise the minimum wage, to prevent new U.S. wars, to protect vital public programs, and to organize around dozens of other important issues. But to turn things around we need a vision of a new economy, a just society, and a new foreign policy that connects the issues — a vision that can mobilize a social movement toward a society that works for everyone.  We need a message that points more clearly to the future we seek. 

How do we work together?  How can we connect with the millions of people who agree with us but are not yet involved? 

This convergence is for people who are concerned about:

  • Responding to climate change
  • Closing vast income gaps
  • Creating a full employment, green economy
  • Reclaiming Democracy
  • Protecting vital public services
  • Preventing war and reducing military spending
  • Safeguarding worker rights
  • Ending poverty and hunger
  • Ridding the world of nuclear weapons
  • Providing sufficient affordable housing
The format will emphasize discussion—sharing ideas, listening to each other.

Outcomes we hope for:

  • A clearer vision of the society we are working to achieve
  • A message that communicates that vision to more people
  • Stronger connections within the activist community
  • New ideas for outreach
  • A commitment to follow-up

The great ballplayer/philosopher Yogi Berra once said: “You’ve got to be careful if you don’t know where you’re going ‘cause you might not get there”. We hope this convergence will lead to a clearer sense of where we’re going and how to get there while there’s still time. Please join us. 

Sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action, Democratic Socialists of America, Progressive Democrats of America, American Friends Service Committee, and 350 Massachusetts.  Endorsed by United for Justice with Peace.  Contact: info@masspeaceaction.org, 617-354-2169