BOSTON/Downtown Crossing - A photo essay of a candlelight vigil called by labor and community organizations on 11/11/09 in support of 100 housekeepers fired from 3 area Hyatt hotels in August after being forced to train their replacements from a subcontracting company. The event was attended by fired workers and their families, members of UNITEHERE Local 26, the Greater Boston Labor Council, and supporters from several religious, community, and labor organizations.
On October 24, Bostonians went down to Christopher Columbus Park on the waterfront to participate in mass street theater on the theme of "Boston Under Water." The idea of the event - being held in cities around the world - was to draw attention to the fact that unless we can keep CO2 levels at or below 350 parts per million, then global warming will accelerate and sea levels will rise.
On Saturday, September 19th from 12pm-5pm, over 500 Black Boston-area undergraduate and graduate students will gather at MIT’s Johnson Athletic Center for the 7th annual HollaDay. HollaDay, hosted by the Boston Black Student Network, Inc. (BBSN), is a networking extravaganza that provides an arena for area Black college students to connect and realize the professional, community, and political opportunities in the Boston area.
BOSTON/Jamaica Plain - On the third floor of Building L at the Brewery Complex in Jamaica Plain, staffers with the Institute for Policy Studies, the Forum Organizing Project, and the Jamaica Plain Forum, are laboring over a critical question for our times: how to pull people out of the quicksand that is the U.S. economy.
Andree Zaleska, Director of the Forum Organizing Project and Chuck Collins, Institute for Policy Studies Senior Scholar, and their partners with the Grassroots Policy Project and On The Commons, think they have a pretty good answer: "common security clubs."
Cambridge, MA - The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) is expecting 1,000 men and women to participate in its 4th Annual Walk for Change on Sunday, April 5. Survivors, friends, families, community members and local agencies will walk to increase community awareness and involvement in preventing sexual violence and to raise much-needed funds for BARCC. The goal for the 2009 Walk is $100,000.
Cambridge, MA - Prof. Pardis Sabeti of the Center for Systems Biology and the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University gave a fascinating lecture on Evolution in the Post-Genomic Age on February 26, 2009, at the Geological Lecture Hall at the Harvard University Museum of Natural History in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the United States to a full house of over 150 people. The event was part of Harvard University's celebration of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth.
Cambridge, MA - Dr. Andrew Berry, research associate at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, was amusing and informative in the role of Charles Darwin, in "An Afternoon with Charles Darwin" on Sunday at the Geological Lecture Hall at the Harvard University Museum of Natural History. The performance was part of Harvard University's celebration of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth. Over 150 people of all ages were in attendance.
At the end of January, progressive forces from around the globe will gather in Belem, Brazil at the 8th World Social Forum. As usual it will be a point for reflection and platform for organizing on many fronts - from Gaza to the Amazon, from DC to Soweto, from the deserts of Rajasthan to the Bolivian highlands, from Athenian streets through Paris' "banlieues" to Oakland on the Pacific coast ... the Forum will embrace a diversity of oppositional forces.
Thanksgiving's over, the dishes are clean, Black Friday shopping is complete and Weird Uncle Jim is on his way back to Florida. Now you've got three weeks to prepare your Winter holiday dinner. Why not pardon the pig and cook a vegetarian meal? It's better for you and the environment, and even Uncle Jim will enjoy it.
Cambridge, MA - On Sunday, over 200 people attended the 2008 Cambridge Peace and Justice Awards at the Dante Alighieri Cultural Center. The event was organized by the Cambridge Peace Commission - a department of the City of Cambridge dedicated to promoting peace and social justice within the city and within the wider world, and one of only a handful of city-level governmental bodies focusing on peace in the United States. This year's theme was "Peace Begins at Home: Honoring the Peacemakers in Our Midst."