Ⓐctivate Calendar! 

Currently, your event can be listed here by sending an invite on facebook to the ‘occupied nation’ page. We reserve the right to remove any posting for any reason. Making sure to include all the pertinent information and maps on your event page makes it easier for people to get to your event. It is our hope that this brings communities together across geographic divides. 

Mar
24
Fri
2017
International Working Women & Trans Women’s Celebration @ Women's Fightback Network
Mar 24 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Every Day is International Working Women’s Day!
Every Issue is a Women’s Issue! Globalize Women’s Solidarity!

You’re invited to a Workers World Party & Women’s Fightback Network Forum:

Together We Rise: Global Women’s Fight Back Against Trumpism

Featured Speaker: Mahtowin Munro, Co-leader, United American Indians of New England and Lead Organizer for Indigenous People’s Day, MA

Followed by a panel of fierce community women activists and organizers and an Open Mic

Some topics we will focus on during the event include:

– Globalizing Women’s Solidarity vs. Trumpism and all forms of capitalist exploitation including racism, sexism, anti-LBGTQ bigotry, ICE Terror against immigrants, Islamophobia, layoffs and cuts to vital social services
– Smashing the patriarchy’s hold on working class women
– Defending Standing Rock and Indigenous Sovereignty
– Black and Trans Lives Matter!!! Feminism that does NOT erase race and puts it front and center
– Organizing for Global General Strike on May Day 2017
– No to ICE Terror, Raids, Detentions and Deportations. Solidarity with Immigrant Workers and Refugees Under Attack! Fight for $15 and a UNION
– Defending Health care and Full Reproductive Rights for Women
– Ending Mass Incarceration, the racist school to prison pipeline and prisons for profit
– Building a multinational, multigenerational, international movement against women’s oppression that is part of a worldwide struggle against imperialism and war

This event is wheelchair accessible
Refreshments and Dinner provided

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We are dedicating this evening to celebrating the resistance of our sisters globally and to supporting and uplifting the national and local struggles of women in our commUNITY facing the daily challenges of life under Trumpism and Capitalism at a Dead End.

The focus of this IWWD event is not to establish a day, month or evening of just speeches and floral bouquets – it is to bring poor, working-class women of ALL ages and nationalities into the class struggle as leaders and organizers of the struggles impacting our daily lives.

Our goal is to create a multinational, multigenerational space where EVERY woman of EVERY orientation is given a voice. We FULLY support women who have been marginalized and silenced by decades of neoliberalism directed towards poor and working women, women of color, Native women, disabled women, immigrant women, Muslim women, lesbian, queer and trans women. We want to empower women as freedom-fighters in their own circles and communities.

There will be plenty of time to eat, drink, and rejuvenate with kindred spirits. We encourage audience participation – anyone can share as they feel inspired. We look forward to celebrating with you!
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The Women’s Fightback Network is a grassroots alliance of poor and working women, immigrants, disabled activists, students, elders and youth, lesbian, bisexual, trans kinfolk — all standing together to end racism, sexism, anti-LGBTQ and anti-muslim bigotry, and for workers and immigrant rights. Our solidarity is a powerful weapon against Trump’s anti-people agenda.

From affordable housing to opposing Imperialist wars to dismantling the prison industrial complex, women are on the Frontlines fighting for our collective liberation at home and around the world.

Leaders of the Womens’ Fightback Network Chapters include WOMEN, specifically TRANS WOMEN, GENDER NON-CONFORMING FOLKS, AND ALL THOSE WHO ARE IMPACTED BY PATRIARCHY.

For info: 617-522-6626
www.workers.org

https://www.facebook.com/events/497230270666195/

Bilingual StorySlam – Immigrant Stories of Work & Labor @ The Urbano Project
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join local storytellers for narratives of work and labor. This program is bilingual and participatory, welcoming stories from all guests. The event is hosted by One Square World in celebration of Suzanne Skees’ book ‘My Job: Real People at Work Around the World’. All author royalties support job creation programs worldwide.

Acompañanos para escuchar a narradores locales contar historias verdaderas sobre el trabajo y el labor. Este programa es bilingüe y participativo, acogiendo historias de todos los invitados. El evento es organizado por One Square World en celebración del libro de Suzanne Skees ‘Mi Trabajo: Gente real trabajando alrededor del mundo’.

Todas las regalías de autor apoyan programas de creación de empleo.

https://www.facebook.com/events/388330331533217/

Funder for All Dorchester Sports League
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/1826213904322739/

DMP/Graviton/Problem With Dragons/Titans Of Industry/Chiburi @ The Wreck Room
Mar 24 @ 8:00 pm – Mar 25 @ 1:00 am

Metal New England presents……

DMP (N.Y. Doom)
https://www.facebook.com/deathmetalpope/

Graviton (MA Thrash)
https://www.facebook.com/gravitonmetal/

Problem With Dragons (MA Imperial Doom)
https://www.facebook.com/problemwithdragons/

Titans of Industry(MA Rocking Progressive Metal)
https://www.facebook.com/titansofindustry/

Chiburi
https://www.facebook.com/chiburimusic/

16+
$10.00
PIZZA BUFFET $5

Doors 7:30
Music starts at 8pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/1699775090337537/

The Digs, When Particles Collide, Ray’s Occult, The Hose @ Fury's Publick House
Mar 24 @ 8:00 pm – 11:59 pm

#KineticTour2017
The Digs w/ When Particles Collide, Ray’s Occult, The Hose

https://www.facebook.com/events/1284687274929260/

Soulshine Band at Daddy’s Beach Club @ Daddy's Beach Club
Mar 24 @ 9:00 pm – Mar 25 @ 12:30 am

We’ve been there since it was the Drydock and we’re still rockin’ the place!!!! Come join Jack Leo, Tim “Foxx” Gibson< Paul Izzo and Jack Arpano for some old school Rock. R&B and Funky dance music!!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1330994380310871/

Mar
25
Sat
2017
Grassroots Campaign Training @ Greater Boston (exact location TBA)
Mar 25 @ 9:00 am – Mar 26 @ 5:30 pm

This intensive two-day training introduces future campaign leaders, activists, and candidates to the theory and practice behind successful grassroots campaigning. Campaign workers with all levels of experience and potential candidates for any level of government and at any stage in the process (from curious to ready to take the plunge) are welcome.

Attendees will learn from some of the best progressive campaign operatives in Massachusetts. Sessions will include field organizing, message development, working with the press, and other time-tested tactics for winning campaigns.

The workshop is great training for full-time paid work on campaigns, people wanting to volunteer for campaigns, leaders thinking of running for office, or issue and neighborhood activists who are hoping to enhance their understanding of how to influence the outcome of campaigns.

To apply for this training, please visit www.massalliance.org/training.html and download the registration form.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1390166334328963/

Arduino Workshop @ Lowell Makes
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

This workshop is for anyone who has never played around with Arduino before and those who have played around a little bit but aren’t entirely sure about how the basics work. It’s easier than you think!

We will put together basic single component electrical circuits, learn about analog and digital, input and output, basic programming concepts, practice very basic Serial communication, and briefly cover basic virtual prototyping.

In case you haven’t noticed the key word here is “basic.”

Students will create three simple circuits highlighting analog and digital forms of input and output. Get started with the Arduino programming environment; briefly discuss programming and virtual prototyping.

Concepts that will be covered include:

Using a breadboard
Ohm’s Law
Digital and Analog
Input and Output
Arduino programming environment basics
Serial Monitor usage with text, variables and pin states

Instructor: Sajin George

Members of Lowell Makes are entitled to a 20% discount on the class price.

https://www.facebook.com/events/713733905453528/

Violence In Boston Community Town Hall @ Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Finally after seeking a location we will be having our Community Town Hall for the Mattapan/ Hyde Park Community.

•Their have been at least 24 Shootings in Mattapan and 3 in Hyde Park between 2016-2017.
•7 have been Homicides.

The Crime plaguing the City of Boston is everyone’s issue. Crime affects:

Immigrants, Elderly, Youth and our Communities collectively. When a Hatian Immigrant mother who came to this country for a better life is walking down the street and is murdered that is a Community problem! So please show up to support our most vulnerable communities and receive solution based information while we hold those that represent us accountable while simultaneously holding ourselves accountable.

http://www.fox25boston.com/news/community-members-help-support-family-of-hatian-immigrant-killed-in-dorchester/463371052

Sponsored by:
MAMLEO (Mass Assoc. Minority Law Enforcement Officers
L.O.C Local Organizing Committee

Questions or concerns: violenceinboston@gmail.com
Or 617-652-0151
Facebook: Violence In Boston
Instagram: violenceinboston
Twitter: ViolenceNBoston

Look forward to your attendance!✌

https://www.facebook.com/events/1905506023018619/

Zinneken’s Pop Up @ Dorchester Brewing Company
Mar 25 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Enjoy an afternoon of Belgian Waffles paired perfectly with our Belgian Beers on tap: Lamb’s Dam Dubbel (Belgian Dubbel), Three Hills (Belgian Tripel) and Strict Observance (Belgian Quad).

http://www.dorchesterbrewing.com/events/event/zinnekens-belgian-waffle-pop/

https://www.facebook.com/events/404744416550020/

Break the Chains feat Amor Prohibido @ Make Shift Boston
Mar 25 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Break the Chains is a semi-monthly all-ages, all gender, radical dance party featuring nationally touring queer and trans performers. Hosted by Boston’s own queer riot-folker Evan Greer.

This month featuring: AMOR PROHIBIDO, queer punk rock Selena tribute band from Brooklyn!

Check them out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pPg68RYc2E

Plus special guests:

DJ LADY SPINDRIFT – boston’s turntable legend! https://www.facebook.com/pg/LadySpindrift/

LUNAMARIPOSA – dance your soul out into another dimension https://soundcloud.com/user-707503041/lady-b-luv

ABSINTHE ROSE – feminist folk for liberation http://www.absintherose.org/

$10 – 20 sliding scale suggested donation to support touring queer artists. No one turned away. Wheelchair accessible.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1829814017273588/

Bucky Harris / The Digs / Brand New Lungs @ Barfly
Mar 25 @ 9:00 pm – Mar 26 @ 12:00 am

Fireworks Collective Presents:

Bucky Harris
After a month without a show, the boys of Bucky are itching to tear up the stage.

The Digs
Fellow Ocelot Records punk/rock/whatever band from Boston, MA.

Brand New Lungs
MTL pop-punk outfit who have a new album coming in ’17.

$7
@ Barfly
4062 Boul St-Laurent
Montréal, QC

https://www.facebook.com/events/287893911627730/

Mar
26
Sun
2017
David Concepcion Preaching Sunday March 26
Mar 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Revisiting an old sermon “God is a Verb”. Here’s your chance to hear it live if you haven’t before (with some minor chnages for those who have heard it). Come to the UU Church of Medford to check it out.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford is an historic, welcoming community for all people of free faith. This is a congregation that gathers in faith. Not faith in one religion or one god or any one way. We gather in faith of the power of diversity, the power of love, and the hope of a world transformed by our care. We gather in faith in ourselves and those around us. Faith that we will help one another to rise and to try again and again.

https://www.facebook.com/events/172662146575346/

No Peace without Justice; No Justice without Sharing @ The Community Church of Boston
Mar 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

It is said that periodically throughout history, teachers and prophets appear, to guide humanity through difficult times. As the world struggles with deepening crises on every front, a group of such teachers stands ready to offer practical solutions to our most urgent global problems, and point the way into a “Golden Age of Justice and Peace.”

A panel discussion with David Mynott, Cindy Bruder, and Lenny Shames.

David Mynott is an artist and environmentalist who’s been a student of esoteric science for nearly 35 years, & the Ageless Wisdom Teaching for 14 years. He has lectured and presented on the subject of the Emergence of Maitreya & the Masters of Wisdom, & practiced Transmission Meditation since 2001.

Cindy Bruder is an avid student of the Ageless Wisdom teachings, a volunteer with the Share International foundation and a meditator for many years.

Lenny Shames has been on a spiritual journey for over 30 years, and feels the information on the Masters of Wisdom and the World Teacher ring true with him.

Join us for a friendly lunch after the program.

For more information contact: info@communitychurchofboston.org or www.communitychurchofboston.org

All Programs are held on the second floor in the Lothrop Auditorium.
Handicap accessible. CCB is located near the Orange line-Back Bay or the Green line-Copley T Stops. On Street Parking and at Back Bay Parking Garage, 500 Boylston Street.

https://www.facebook.com/events/632159060307480/

Women in Leadership Panel @ Phillips Brooks House Parlor Room
Mar 26 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join Jetpac and Harvard Islamic Society for morning tea and a powerful discussion on women in leadership! Panelists include Rashida Tlaib and special guests.

Here’s a map of Harvard Yard with the event location highlighted:
http://bit.ly/2lAqnx0

This event is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/117527375437575/

Garment District Showcase with LHK9! @ Garment District
Mar 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

*Please note applications need to be submitted online at our website prior to the event if you wish to put a deposit on a dog.* Come on by our event in Cambridge on Sunday March 26th, hosted by our wonderful partners at the Garment District! We will have several adoptable dogs there to meet you, all available for deposits! We are located up the stairs and on the right, over by the flannel shirts 🙂

– ALL kids under 5 will need to be in strollers or held for safety. We are happy to bring a dog you would like to meet out of the event space so there is more space to meet them. –

All dogs attending events are available for deposits, which will hold the dog for up to two weeks while an application is processed. The deposit is non-refundable, but does come off of the adoption fee if the dog is adopted. We post a list of the dogs attending by Thursday before the event and keep it up to date until the event.

For more information about adopting, fostering, or volunteering, visit our website at www.lasthopek9.org

https://www.facebook.com/events/1863267513954841/

A Women’s Tea @ First Church of Roxbury
Mar 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A space for Black Women to discuss the issues plaguing them and their community. A safe space to grow, organize, and mobilize to create a better future for Black Women.

https://www.facebook.com/events/678795745634364/

In The Living Room – Stand-up Comedy Showcase @ The Lucky Dog
Mar 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This month we are in Kelly’s 2nd home, The Lucky Dog in Beverly! Kelly is treating us to snacks starting at 1pm and then comedy kicks off at 2pm. Join us for laughs this Sunday Afternoon!

Our line-up includes
Host: Kelly Mastin
Featuring:
Erin Feely
Sarah Francis
Zachary Lennon-Simon
Laura Merli
Jenny Oswald
and more!

In The Living Room is a fun low-key comedy series hosted by fledgling comics in Boston in intimate spaces. And you never know who will show up to help guide the new comics!
Hosting this week is Kelly Mastin!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1011383885672034/

Rock ‘n’ Lowell Fest @ UnchARTed
Mar 26 @ 2:30 pm – 10:30 pm

It’s back! Same concept, new lineup. Like last time, we’re gathering a bunch of bands from Lowell and a bunch of bands from some other places to create one day of awesome.

Doors @ 2:30

3:00 – 3:30 – Giant in the Lighthouse (Lowell)

3:45 – 4:15 – Backhand (Hudson)

4:30 – 5:00 – Boagrius (Lowell)

5:15 – 5:45 – Lawn Gnomes (Worcester)

6:00 – 6:30 – The Pickup (Lowell)

6:45 – 7:15 – The Digs (Boston)

7:30 – 8:00 – SUPERTEEN (Salem)

8:15 – 8:45 – Horse Mode (Lowell)

9:00 – 9:30 – When Particles Collide (Bangor, ME)

9:45 – 10:15 – Pray for Sound (Boston)

ALL AGES
21+ to drink with I.D.
Suggested Door $5 – 7

https://www.facebook.com/events/2216670301890761/

Free Community Chamber Concert @ Hibernian Hall
Mar 26 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Si-Jing Huang & Victor Romanul, violins
Michael Zaretsky, viola
Oliver Aldort, cello

PISTON Duo for Viola and Cello
BEETHOVEN String Quartet No. 7 in F. Op. 59, No. 1

Community Chamber Concerts build personal connections to the BSO and orchestral music, allowing community members to become more deeply engaged with the BSO over time. Each concert program lasts approximately one hour and is followed by a coffee and dessert reception for the audience and musicians.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1858342194386133/

Mar
27
Mon
2017
Hour of Spiritual Unity 3.27 – Anywhere @ Global – Make Your Connection Anywhere You Are (no physical event)
Mar 27 @ 3:00 am – 11:59 pm

What if people all over the world, from all religions and no religion, united for one hour?

How much Light would be revealed? How would the world change?

On Monday, March 27th, participate however you choose to in this movement of global unification. Details:
• WHAT: Engage in a conscious activity that awakens your spirit. It can be reading from a holy scripture, meditation, contemplation, yoga,– anything of your choosing.
• WHEN: Any hour in the evening that suits you. Your evening, wherever you are in the world.
• HOW: There’s no set physical event to attend, this is a global unification of our individual energy. Connect by yourself, with a group, or by attending a consciousness-based event or gathering. You can be a part of the evening just by connecting.
• WHY: To infuse the Aries New Moon, which is the lunar New Year, with the energy of oneness as the seed level of the coming 365 days.

It has been my dream that one day, barriers will be removed between people, and that we will find respect for each other’s spiritual practices and beliefs. For holy books from different traditions may contain different words but the message remains the same: To love each other, to love ourselves, and to grow our love and awe for the Infinite Force that is all around us and gives us life. Indeed, unity can be the foundation of our differences.

This year, the New Moon of Aries begins on the evening of Monday, March 27th. The kabbalists teach that this is the lunar New Year, the seed level of the coming 365 days, the start of a new cycle. What better time to use the technology available in our generation to do what has never been done before— to join together, regardless of our individual paths, to infuse the seed with unity and respect, to create a year that is the Tree of Life from which all the world can be nurtured.

With this in mind, I extend a personal invitation to you to participate in an Hour of Spiritual Unity. On the evening of March 27th, during the hour of your choosing and from wherever in the world you are, I invite you to engage in a conscious activity that awakens your spirit. It can be reading from a holy scripture — be it the Zohar, the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Quran, the Yogi Sutras, the Bhagavad-Gita, the Pali Canon, even poetry. Or if you prefer, you can meditate, contemplate, practice yoga, dance, sing…it is your choice and your individual connection. My hope is that together, our individual connections will generate a collective, global shift in consciousness.

Here’s how you can participate:
1. Select Going or Interested & Share this event with friends
2. Update your profile pic with our graphic https://kabbalah.com/hourofspiritualunity#profilepic
3. Share your 1 hour pledge using #HourOfSpiritualUnity
4. On 3/27, post your participation using #HourOfSpiritualUnity

This is the beauty of social media, as it brings everyone together like never before in history, with no boundary of geography, language, or other such barriers. Let us create a wave of energy that will ripple throughout the digital landscape, and around the globe. Let us inspire the choice of spiritual unity.

For many people in the world, these are dark times. Yet, we know that when you turn on the Light, the darkness disappears. May the Light that emanates from our unified efforts during this hour, shine so bright that it illuminates even the darkest corners of the world.

This is my most heartfelt desire, and I pray that you will join me.

God speed.

Karen Berg
Spiritual Director of The Kabbalah Centre

https://www.facebook.com/events/423251844687344/

Student Town Hall on the BPS Strategic Implementation Plan @ Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building
Mar 27 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Boston Public Schools Strategic Implementation Plan, “Stronger Schools, Stronger Boston, A Plan to Foster Equity, Coherence and Innovation,” is the on-going topic of conversation for students, parents and community stakeholders. This plan provides a five-year road map for the BPS vision and opportunities.

We want to hear student reaction and feedback to revisions in the plan and topics most important to you.

Join Superintendent Dr. Tommy Chang and Dr. Donna Muncey, Deputy Superintendent of Strategy, on Monday, March 27th 4-6pm at the BPS Bolling Building to learn and provide valuable feedback on the plan.

The goals for the town hall are the following:
– To learn how the district is transforming and how the SIP is informing district decisions
– To inform town hall participants of the current status and timeline for the SIP
– To collect student feedback that will be considered as suggestions to the SIP

RSVP here or contact Maria Ortiz, BSAC coordinator (mortiz@bostonpublicschools.org).

https://www.facebook.com/events/875683605907014/

DOWNBEAT MONDAYS are back at The Sinclair @ The Sinclair
Mar 27 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 28 @ 1:00 am

Monday March 27 DOWNBEAT MONDAYS return to The Sinclair Cambridge, MA after a 5 week break while Matthew Stubbs on on tour in Europe. We are going full on this week and bringing you brand new Psychedelic projects, some new tunes and very very special guest Tyler-James Kelly from THE SILKS will be joining us on some guitar & vocals. Grab some friends and head down to The Sinclair. As always NO COVER, 10pm 21+

https://www.facebook.com/events/417282311997316/

Positive Money NYC MeetUp
Mar 27 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 28 @ 1:00 am

Want to earn some (debt) free money!?! Join us online for a Facebook Live broadcast on the current state of Monetary Reform in Europe with environmentalist turned monetary reformer and executive director of Positive Money Fran Boait. Join us online or at Spain Resturant for drinks and Tappas after her presentation if you want to help us start a Positive Money NYC chapter to force our congress to give us our sovereign currency!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1429667247084788/

Mar
28
Tue
2017
Exploring Housing Demand in Cambridge & Greater Boston with MAPC
Mar 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

RESCHEDULED AFTER SNOW STORM CANCELLATION:

After years of stagnation or decline, population in the Greater Boston region is growing and is expected to continue to grow for years to come. YIMBYs including A Better Cambridge believe that housing production is critical to provide affordable housing opportunities to families and renters across the income spectrum…but just how much new housing is needed to make an impact?

Join ABC for our March general meeting as we hear from Tim Reardon, Data Services Director at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) who has studied these questions. Tim will present MAPC’s housing projections for Cambridge and Greater Boston to help us better understand the critical role that housing production plays as we seek to build a more diverse, affordable and sustainable city and region.

Please feel free to share this invitation and to invite people who might be interested! Everyone is welcome at ABC general meetings.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1753822411613383/

Let’s Talk About It: Social Action in Boston
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Come join us for a conversation with local organizers from ACLU Massachusetts (American Civil Liberties Union), Mass Trans Political Coalition (MTPC), Empowering People for Inclusive Communities (EPIC), Boston Knapsack Anti-Racism Group, and Resource Generation.

This panel will take place on March 28th from 7pm – 8:30pm.

Food from Haley House Bakery Cafe will be served!

https://www.facebook.com/events/219432008531158/

Organizing Meeting @ Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/1012326245534549/

Mar
29
Wed
2017
Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality @ Lucy Parsons Center Bookstore
Mar 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

How can we fight back in this moment? What is the role for people with privilege in liberation movements? A conversation with Black & Pink founder Rev. Jason M. Lydon and journalist and organizer Jordan Flaherty, author of the new AK Press book “No More Heroes: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality”.

BIOS:
Rev. Jason M. Lydon is a Unitarian Universalist community minister and the National Director of Black and Pink. Jason founded Black and Pink in 2005, after his own incarceration. Black and Pink has since has grown to become the largest ever network of LGBTQ/HIV+ prisoners. Jason has been organizing in Boston since 2003 with grassroots efforts while simultaneously organizing in national campaigns.

Jordan Flaherty is an award-winning journalist, producer, and author. His print journalism has been featured in publications from the New York Times to Colorlines, as well as in seven anthologies. He has been a guest on shows from Anderson Cooper 360 to Democracy Now, and he has produced television documentaries and news reports for Al Jazeera America, Al Jazeera English, and The Laura Flanders Show. He was the first journalist to bring the case of the Jena Six to a national audience, he played himself on HBO’s television series Treme, and he was a target of the New York City Police Department’s spying programs. He is the author of Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six and the new book No More Heroes: Grassroots Responses to the Savior Mentality. You can see more of his work at jordanflaherty.org.

MORE ABOUT NO MORE HEROES:
From the Crusades to Black Lives Matter, No More Heroes is a grassroots history of resistance to the savior mentality. This book weaves the stories of teachers, international volunteers, sex workers, FBI informants, indigenous organizers, and prison abolitionists into a narrative of revolutionary change that travels from Alaska to Palestine, from Karl Marx to Muhammad Ali, and from KONY 2012 to the Red Cross.

No More Heroes brings us real life stories of life-or-death conflict: Riad Hamad, a Lebanese middle school teacher in Texas betrayed by FBI informant Brandon Darby. Monica Jones, a Black transgender sex work activist arrested for “walking while trans” in Phoenix, Arizona. Haidar Eid, a professor resisting colonialism and liberalism in his daily life and work in Gaza City. Sophie Lucido Johnson, a recent college graduate who finds her youthful idealism channeled by others to displace unionized African American teachers in New Orleans.

No More Heroes explores the growing response to these dynamics: grassroots and street-based uprisings like the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, and Black Lives Matter, creating accountable movements focused on real, systemic change.

“No More Heroes exposes the savior complex for what it really is: imperialism camouflaged as a rescue operation. A perfect gift for the age of Trump.”
-Robin D. G. Kelley, Author, Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

“From systemic racism to climate change, there are no easy fixes to the deep- rooted crises of our time. In this marvelous, enormously instructive book, Jordan Flaherty explores how we too often allow the struggle for change to be undermined by would-be saviors—and how today’s grassroots social movements, led by communities on the frontlines of crisis, are charting a far more powerful path forward.”
– Naomi Klein, Author, This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine

“Buy this book if you believe a better world is possible and want to know how to get there. From Jordan Flaherty, the journalist that broke the story of The Jena Six, comes this thrilling people’s history of current movements for revolutionary change. A powerful, engaging, exciting book for anyone concerned about the state of the world.”
-Cynthia McKinney, 2008 Green Party Presidential Candidate; former Georgia Congresswoman

See more at jordanflaherty.org/saviors.

https://www.facebook.com/events/210467419430657/

Mar
30
Thu
2017
Multiply & Mobilize! How to Resist Divide & Conquer Tactics @ Webinar
Mar 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Three sessions designed to support organizers, activists, facilitators, and movement-builders in deepening their analysis of the current political moment and gaining strategies for strengthening our movements from local to national levels.
Register right away: http://aorta.coop/webinar-series

Hosted by the AORTA : Anti-Oppression Resource and Training Alliance
With Manju Rajendran, Lydia Pelot-Hobbs, Marc Mascarenhas-Swan, Autumn Brown, and some seriously amazing guest speakers.

***If you expect to miss any of the webinars, you can still register for the full course, and receive recordings of the webinars. We encourage participants to plan to attend all three webinars, but this is not a requirement.***

First Session:
Thursday March 30th
10:00am – 11:30 pm Pacific
11:00am – 12:30 pm Mountain
12:00pm – 1:30 pm Central
1:00pm – 2:30 pm Eastern

Second Session:
Thursday April 27th
10:00am – 11:30 pm Pacific
11:00am – 12:30 pm Mountain
12:00pm – 1:30 pm Central
1:00pm – 2:30 pm Eastern

Third Session:
Thursday May 25th
10:00am – 11:30 pm Pacific
11:00am – 12:30 pm Mountain
12:00pm – 1:30 pm Central
1:00pm – 2:30 pm Eastern

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/d8fc130937deb4cdcde7dc3c8da9331e
Then make a sliding scale payment ($0-$100) here: http://aorta.coop/webinar-contribution

Do you feel as though the ground is shifting beneath your feet?

Does it seem as though the issues we are facing regionally, nationally and globally are unprecedented?

You are not alone. Many organizers and activists across the US are looking for imaginative approaches to the repressive and degrading politics of the new administration, while holding the undeniable reality that this administration is merely a byproduct of decades of neoliberal economic policy against the historical backdrop of white supremacy, colonization, and genocide.

How do we react strategically to the urgent concerns of the current political moment, while holding a broader movement building timeline in view?

How do we build cross-racial alliances at a time when geographic segregation and racist narratives undermine our sense of common cause?

How do we build collective power and shared leadership during a time when it is increasingly urgent to get progressives elected to local, regional, and national office?

Join us for a 3-part online training, Multiply & Mobilize, that encourages us to look back to go forward, exploring our rich movement history for strategies and stories that work.

*What you will get*

A framework for understanding this political moment, including historical analysis of how systems of white supremacy and capitalism reorganize themselves in response to movement wins, and a working definition of right-wing populist movements.

Definition and identification of the divide & conquer strategy, and stories from movement history of how organizers have worked cross-racially to resist divide and conquer tactics.

A toolbox for developing narratives and organizing strategies that effectively build cross-racial movements both locally and nationally.

Community support from activists and organizers who are similarly impacted by this movement moment, and are asking critical questions about how our strategies need to adapt and shift
Wisdom and stories from organizers and movement veterans.

*How the program works*

Each month we will host a 90 minute webinar on the Multiply & Mobilize theme, which will explore movement history through our losses and our wins, the reorganization of the state and the systems of white supremacy, patriarchy, and capitalism in response to movement building, and the strategies, narratives, and tactics that work to sustain movements and build the world we wish to see.

In partnership with these 90 minute webinars, participants will receive a packet of readings and resources that will help you prepare for and reflect on the webinars, as well as host local discussions around the content of the webinars.

Additionally, all participants will be added to a private Facebook group designed to encourage supported conversations amongst activists and organizers who are working on these issues in a variety of geographic, economic, and racial contexts. Each month we will host live Q&As to workshop questions related to specific campaigns and organizing methods.

We strongly encourage you to sign up with a buddy or a group of other folks you organize with, so that you can take these conversations offline and into your everyday organizing work.

Post-Webinar resources will include discussion guides for you to use in locally organized events.

How do I sign up? Go here: http://aorta.coop/webinar-series

We encourage you to join at one of the following levels, knowing that the more you can pay, the more you are supporting the attendance of others who may not have the personal or organizational resources.

***If you expect to miss any of the webinars, you can still register for the full course, and receive recordings of the webinars. We encourage participants to plan to attend all three webinars, but this is not a requirement.***

We suggest the following amounts to cover all three webinars:
Solidarity – $0
Support – $10
Sustain – $25
Full Cost – $50
Movement Supporter – $75
Nourish – $100
Other amount: $___

We are making this program available to any organizer who wishes to attend, and inviting you to pay what you are able.

“This is a time to develop political clarity, to learn from each other, to build unity. It’s a time to cultivate a culture of imagination and resistance. To build resilience. To become more and more able to listen deeply to people with whom we disagree, so we can hear the core of what drives them, offer bigger and more hopeful possibilities and win them to us.” -Aurora Levins Morales

https://www.facebook.com/events/668655853313338/

YDMA Black Caucus Inaugural Meeting
Mar 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Come to the inaugural meeting of the Young Democrats of Massachusetts Black Caucus! Get involved and take leadership on issues that young Black Democrats are passionate about.

RSVP to BlackCaucus@ydma.org

https://www.facebook.com/events/1189040731212470/

Mar
31
Fri
2017
Spring Performance for Ethan K’s Morningside Ensembles @ Artlounge Arlington
Mar 31 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Morningside Music Studio faculty member Ethan K leads his student jazz combos this evening.
$5 cover
beer, wine, and snacks are available for purchase

https://www.facebook.com/events/1902910543272978/

Apr
1
Sat
2017
NAICOB & UMass Boston Pow Wow @ Campus Center at UMass Boston
Apr 1 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Host: The North American Indian Center of Boston & UMass Boston Institute for New England Native American Studies

Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: UMass Boston Campus Center Ballrooms

Arena Director: Jim Peters
Emcee: Justin Beatty
Head Man Dancer: Leroy Araujo
Head Lady Dancer: Cassandra Averett
Host Drum: Iron River Singers
Invited Drum: Urban Thunder
Special Guest: Mohegan Color Guard

Vendors: Be sure to get your applications in by Friday, March 24th! Download the application here: http://bit.ly/2m07e7Q

For more details, please contact:
Cedric Woods at cedric.woods@umb.edu
Jamie Morrison (NAICOB Board President) at jamie.morrison@umb.edu

Stay tuned for more information! Parking directions and campus maps will be posted here.

https://www.facebook.com/events/473883739402850/

Apr
3
Mon
2017
Join the party! Support your local restaurant workers! @ Finz Seafood and Grill
Apr 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Come join a night of fun and show your support for the local restaurant workers! Great music, great food, cash bar! All for just $20 donation at the door! Tell all your restaurant friends! Helping each other and your community couldn’t be more fun and easy!

https://www.facebook.com/events/629571063909616/

Apr
4
Tue
2017
We March On: Continuing the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Apr 4 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

On April 4th, 1968, civil rights and social justice leader Martin Luther King was assassinated while in Memphis to support black sanitation workers who were on strike. On April 4th, the anniversary of his death, we will march on the Boston Common in his memory. Join us as we call on elected officials to recognize the struggle of people of color in Boston by supporting a progressive minimum wage of $15 for all workers.

In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King led a march that ended at the Boston Common Parkman Bandstand. We will carry his legacy for social justice forward by hearing from movement leaders and workers demanding a livable wage at 3:00PM at the bandstand. At 4:00 PM, we will march to the State House to call on elected officials to support our movement.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1799888070338360/

Inaugural Dorchester Young Professionals Gathering @ Tavolo Ristorante
Apr 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Come meet fellow Dorchester residents under 40, share information, and learn about ways to get involved in the community. Light appetizers and cash bar.

Hosted by: Dorchester Young Professionals, Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets, Fields Corner Main Streets District, Boston, Greater Ashmont Main Street, & Greater Grove Hall Main Streets, with support, as always, from Boston Main Streets.

Host Committee (in formation): Erica Mattison, Bryan Bryson, Joel, Sylvia Broude, Joseph Peter Falinski, Alessandra Pollina, Helen Silver, and Mardi Fuller.

To join the Host Committee, contact ericahmattison@gmail.com.

Ticket price: $10. Advance purchase encouraged to help us know how much food to order.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1853657281517285/

Apr
5
Wed
2017
Immigrants’ Day at the State House @ MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
Apr 5 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Now is the time to make your voice heard! Come join us at the State House to talk to our legislators and let them know that immigrants are a valuable part of our commonwealth and deserve to have the same rights as everyone else. Before you come register here and make an appointment with your legislator!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1459740267411210/

Apr
6
Thu
2017
Progressive Massachusetts Breakfast Fundraiser
Apr 6 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

We want to celebrate the hard work of our volunteers, the contributions of our members, and the passion for activism and justice that continues to move our work forward. So join us for a Breakfast Fundraiser featuring guest speakers Massachusetts Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni and State Senator Jamie Eldridge.

https://www.facebook.com/events/811746758974113/

Drop the MIC: Confronting Militarism In Our Communities
Apr 6 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

DROP the MIC! Confronting Militarism In Our Communities
Connect our Movements, Reclaim our Resources
Iraq Veterans Against the War and Black Lives Matter Boston

Purchase Tickets:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drop-the-mic-confronting-militarism-tickets-32892515399

Speakers:
Maggie Martin and Matt Howard, Iraq Veterans Against the War
Karlene Griffiths Sekou, Black Lives Matter Boston
Mike Prokosch, Dorchester People for Peace

Doors open at 6:30pm for refreshments and viewing IVAW’s People’s History Art Portfolio, Program starts at 7pm

Iraq Veterans Against the War, has initiated conversations across the country through our Drop the MIC campaign that have focused on the root cause that underlines both the occupations by U.S. military abroad and the violence perpetrated in our communities by police right here at home: militarism. Drop the MIC aims to make visible the many ways, both obvious and hidden, that the military industrial complex intersects our lives and our ability to care for ourselves and our communities.*

The Movement for Black Lives policy platform outlines the need and the strategy to divest in the structures that are robbing black people of their lives and invest in what communities need to thrive. “While this platform is focused on domestic policies, we know that patriarchy, exploitative capitalism, militarism, and white supremacy know no borders.”

Let’s talk together about the real effects of militarism on our local communities, our society and abroad.

You can DONATE if you cannot attend the event.
www.ivaw.org/donate

Donations will be divided between Iraq Veterans Against the War and Black Lives Matter Boston
IMPORTANT: Please note BOSTON in the “Designate this gift for a specific purpose / Designation Code” field

Endorsed by: Dorchester People for Peace, American Friends Service Committee, Veterans For Peace – Boston, Smedley D. Butler Brigade, Massachusetts Peace Action, Jewish Voice for Peace Boston, Make GE Pay

*We want to connect with organizations who are working on issues at the intersections of militarism, such as how militarism is expanding in our communities in areas like policing and schools, or folks working on environmental issues with an analysis of how militarism props up extraction in places overseas as well as places like Standing Rock. If you or your organization are working on the intersections of militarism consider sponsoring this event and connecting with us.

Contact Maggie Martin via email at maggiemartin@ivaw.org or cell:912-596-8484.

https://www.facebook.com/events/646171448916158/

Apr
8
Sat
2017
Women’s Empowerment Breakfast @ Mothers for Justice and Equality
Apr 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Mother’s for Justice and Equality would like to officially announce our Annual Women’s Empowerment Breakfast.

This year our Breakfast discussion will focus on a conversation with women of color leading change in the city of Boston.

We would like you to join us for our spring event where we will get to h ear how these women join politics and are making the difference for so many families. Our hope is that you will be inspired by their stories.

When: April 8th 2017

Time :
April 8th 2017
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Breakfast will be served from 9:00 am-10:00am

Location: Faith Christian Church
301 Harvard Street
Dorchester Center, MA 02124

https://www.facebook.com/events/387370714975463/

e5’s Next Decade – Honoring Charles Yancey @ SEIU 32BJ Meeting Hall
Apr 8 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A pillar of Boston’s progressive community, encuentro5 is the dream of solidarity made true… – Junot Díaz
encuentro5 launches its second decade! We’ve hosted lthousands s of meetings, workshops, speakouts, & teachins. We’ve been a platform for pro-immigrant, anti-racist, pro-worker, #occupy, and anti-war organizing – right in the heart of Boston!
Yes, resistance and revolution have an address!
Every year our resident organizations raise tens of thousands of dollars to keep the doors open. But year-on-year, we’ve had to absorb several $10,000 rent increases – 2014, 2015, and 2016. We have never increased our monthly fees! The doors stay open!
You can help us launch another decade by coming to our dinner!
Bring a friend, bring your organization, advertise your cause in the program book. Details online.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1950080385220015/