Reunion Organizativa/ Organizing Meeting

Cordialmente invitados todos;

Llamado a Organizaciones y activistas individuales a participar de la reunion organizativa de Ocupemos el Barrio. La reunion se efectuara en East Boston YMCA 215 Bremen Street, East Boston (cerca de la estacion de Airport, Linea azul), la misma esta programada para el Sabado 14 de Abril a las 1:00-3:00pm.


Boston March for Trayvon Martin

On April 7, people will be marching in Sanford and Washington, DC. And in Boston, we will be marching too.



On February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin was shot dead by George Zimmerman, the self-appointed head of a neighborhood watch program in a gated community in Sanford, Florida. The 911 calls reveal that Zimmerman was racially profiling Trayvon—he told the dispatcher 
that, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something.” Before he shot him, Zimmerman made sure to say that Trayvon “looks black”. Trayvon is dead today because he was a young black man walking where someone thought he shouldn’t be. His death proves that racism in America is alive and well. 

Trayvon Martin’s death is not an isolated event. This is the daily reality for what it means to be black in America. From the hundreds of thousands of Black and Brown incarcerated, to the millions who are denied the right to the equal education, affordable housing, quality healthcare and other social services, and to those who suffer the daily insults of racist bigotry—-people have had enough!

His brutal murder, like that of Emmett Till a generation before, has become a rallying point for millions fed up with a racist society. It has motivated people to turn anger and outrage into protest and come out in the streets and demand justice not only for his murder but against all the aspects of racism in this society that caused his tragic death. 

On April 7, people will be marching in Sanford and Washington, DC. And in Boston, we will be marching too.

We will be marching from RUGGLES to DUDLEY, ending in front of the Police Station, with a speak out near the old B2 barracks grounds.

JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN! 

Our next organizing meeting will be Tuesday, April 3rd. Location TBA.

Boston March for Trayvon Martin

On April 7, people will be marching in Sanford and Washington, DC. And in Boston, we will be marching too.

On February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin was shot dead by George Zimmerman, the self-appointed head of a neighborhood watch program in a gated community in Sanford, Florida. The 911 calls reveal that Zimmerman was racially profiling Trayvon—he told the dispatcher
that, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something.” Before he shot him, Zimmerman made sure to say that Trayvon “looks black”. Trayvon is dead today because he was a young black man walking where someone thought he shouldn’t be. His death proves that racism in America is alive and well.

Trayvon Martin’s death is not an isolated event. This is the daily reality for what it means to be black in America. From the hundreds of thousands of Black and Brown incarcerated, to the millions who are denied the right to the equal education, affordable housing, quality healthcare and other social services, and to those who suffer the daily insults of racist bigotry—-people have had enough!

His brutal murder, like that of Emmett Till a generation before, has become a rallying point for millions fed up with a racist society. It has motivated people to turn anger and outrage into protest and come out in the streets and demand justice not only for his murder but against all the aspects of racism in this society that caused his tragic death.

On April 7, people will be marching in Sanford and Washington, DC. And in Boston, we will be marching too.

We will be marching from RUGGLES to DUDLEY, ending in front of the Police Station, with a speak out near the old B2 barracks grounds.

JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN!

Our next organizing meeting will be Tuesday, April 3rd. Location TBA.

(Source: facebook.com)

TOWN HALL FORUMJUSTICE FOR TRAYVON"The Attack on Black Men & Boys"
Stop S. Bill 661 H. Bill 1568Friday, April 6th 6-8PM @Hibernian HallFor More InfoBlackstonian.com617-297-7721

TOWN HALL FORUM
JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON
"The Attack on Black Men & Boys"


Stop S. Bill 661 H. Bill 1568
Friday, April 6th 6-8PM 
@Hibernian Hall

For More Info
Blackstonian.com
617-297-7721

Trayvon Martin Story [4 Min Tribute Film]

Stand Up! Fight Back!!!!

Join the Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition

Join the Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition and hundreds of Boston Youth in solidarity to fight against the proposed MBTA Fare Hikes and Service Cuts. On Thursday, March 29th, the people of Boston will GATHER at the Park Street T-Stop at 3:00pm, MARCH to the Transportation building, around the Boston Common and arrive at the State House to RALLY. Join us in letting the MassDOT Board, Deval Patrick, Speaker of the House Robert De Leo, President of the Senate Therese Murray and the state legislature know that we will NOT be punished for the Big Dig Debt, we will NOT be held responsible for the failed forward funding policy— but we WILL fight back. 

Is the Bus coming?

Tags: occupy the T

Stop All Deportation in MA!!!!

Stop All Deportation in MA!!!! 

End all state cooperation with “ Secure Communities” 


On February 28 of this year, the Massachusetts Senate had its first hearing on the anti-immigrant bill, known as the S.2061. This bill, similar to the anti-immigrant bill approved in Arizona and Alabama, would deny basic services, such as housing, health and education, and would allow the detention by police or immigration agents of any person under suspicion of being undocumented. Undoubtedly, this profiling would make a suspect of any person appearing to be an immigrant and would allow the harassment, detention and jailing of any citizens or non-citizens caught without proper documentation at the time of detention.

These anti-immigrant campaigns take place in the context of the current economic crisis, which immigrants in general, and Latino immigrants in particular, have been blamed for as its cause and reason. The crisis, however, can only be the responsibility of the one percent who controls the economy. As workers, we generate all the wealth in society and all the wealth that the one percent accumulates. In fact, immigrants contribute the most, because generally, we work for the lowest wages, under the worst conditions, and if we happened to be undocumented we have no rights and no recourse against below-minimum wages, of being cheated out of those miserable wages or if we are fired without reason. Those corporations and banks responsible for the current crisis can rest easy when they see white workers blaming blacks and Latinos for the crisis and all of them blaming undocumented workers.  

But the purpose of all these anti-immigrant campaigns is not only to confuse and divide workers. These corporations and banks responsible for the current crisis can also profit from promoting the criminalization of immigrant, undocumented workers, and then invest heavily in the construction of private jails. An example amongst many: In 2006, as soon as Bush changed the 1995 legislation to make the use of phony social security cards a major crime, Wall Street recommended to invest in the industry of private jails. Then-vice president Cheney, promptly invested in Vanguard, owned by people well connected to the industry.

        

For all these reasons, it’s key and essential that all class conscious and working people express their solidarity with immigrant and undocumented workers and, if at all possible, to get involved actively opposing all these anti-immigrant, anti-labor and racist legislations.



Come to our forum: “Massachusettsis not Arizona”

 3:00 pm - Marzo 31, 2012 @ East Boston Social Center


Detengan Las Deportaciones!!!!

Detengan Las Deportaciones!!!! 

  No al programa de “Comunidades Seguras”!!!!

El 28 de Febrero de este año, la Legislatura de Massachusetts tuvo su primera audiencia para discutir la propuesta de ley anti-inmigrante, conocida como la SB 2061. Esta propuesta de ley, es en esencia parecida a la ley que ya se aprobó en Arizona en Alabama, la ley restringe el acceso a servicios básicos que ofrece el estado, como programas de vivienda, salud y educación, ademas le da el derecho a la policía y agentes de migración de detener a cualquier persona bajo sospecha de carecer de documentos. Este estatuto convertiría en sospechoso a todos aquellos que no sean de descendencia caucásica y permitiría el acoso, detención y excarcelación de ciudadanos que no tengan consigo documentación en el momento de su detención. 

La campañas anti-inmigrante en Massachusetts se dan en el contexto de la peor crisis económica en Estado Unido, en la que los inmigrantes en general, y latinos en particular, nos hemos convertidos en chivos expiatorio para el 1% de la población rica en USA, que nos culpables de crear esta crisis. La crisis, sin embargo, sólo es responsabilidad del 1 por ciento que maneja la economía. Los trabajadores solo somos los  brazos que generamos con nuestro sudor, toda la riqueza de la sociedad, y toda la riqueza que usurpan el 1 por ciento que domina la economía. De hecho, los inmigrantes contribuimos aun más, ya que trabajamos por los salarios mas bajos, y nos niegan nuestros derecho humano de reclamar cuando nos pagan salarios de hambre, o nos pagan, o nos despiden injustamente. El 1% de la población rica en Estados Unido  necesita perseguir y acusar a los inmigrantes de causar esta crisis por que seria mas obvio que ellos son los causantes de la crisis.        

Pero las campañas anti-inmigrante no sólo tienen el propósito de confundir y dividir a los trabajadores. Las corporaciones y bancos que causaron la crisis y controlan la economía hacen negocio encarcelando  inmigrantes, promoviendo la criminalización de indocumentados e invirtiendo fuertemente en las cárceles privadas. En el 2006, por ejemplo, luego de que el Ex-Presidente George W.Bush cambió la legislación del 1995, para criminalizar a los trabajadores indocumentados, Wall Street recomendó comprar acciones en la industria carcelaría privadas. El Vice Presidente de entonces Dick Cheney, fue uno de aquellos q invirtió fuertemente en Vanguard, y se enriqueció encarcelando inmigrantes.  

 

La nueva ley propuesta en Massachusetts SB 2061, es un intento mas para culpar a los inmigrantes de los males de esta social y contribuir con el enriquecimiento de aquellos que hacen negocios destruyendo las familias inmigrantes y persiguiendo a nuestro pueblo trabajador. Por esta y otras razones ayudanos la implementación de esta ley racista en Massachusetts.


Participa de nuestro foro: “MassachusettsNo es Arizona”

 3:00 pm  -  Marzo 31, 2012 @ East Boston Social Center

"BOSTON FOR JUSTICE" has been launched!!!!

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Mar. 30 racist comedian John Valby to perform Wilbur Theatre

On March 30th “comedian” John Valby aka “Dr. Dirty”, is scheduled to perform at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston’s theater district. Valby’s career has spanned decades and is famous for his brand of “humor” and its racist, sexist, anti-semetic, homophobic, obscene and vulgar content. He has rewritten famous songs like “Strangers In The Night” remaking it to “Niggers In The Night” and is well known for his own original improvisational nigger jokes. He frequently uses terms like nigger, coon, spook, jigaboo, to sold out crowds received with roars of laughter and applause. The only way in which Valby does not discriminate is in the fact that his racist attacks have something to offend all. He targets African Americans, Latinos, Asians, Jews, Muslims/Middle Easterners, Italians, Irish, Polish as well as the LGBT community. Valby consistently and viciously attacks race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality and gender.

Many elected officials in Boston have worked hard to move away from Boston’s turbulent and racially charged past. Many of these elected officials, from the State House to the City Council and the Mayor have touted “a new Boston”, one that highlights its diversity and promotes Boston as a cosmopolitan city welcoming all. The demographics of Boston have changed making it a majority so-called “minority” city and we have a wide range of people from every corner of the globe who work, raise families and attend universities in our city. It is unconscionable that in 2012, the Wilbur Theatre, in the heart of the theater district, a hub of Boston tourism, would find it appropriate to book an “artist” of Valby’s ilk. His “humor” is Archie Bunker-esque and is a throwback to the Boston of a not so distant yesterday that no right thinking person wants to return to.

Imagine this: A couple visiting Boston from Europe, Japan or Africa, visiting the theater district as tourists in our city, who, while looking for something to do one evening stumbles into the Wilbur Theatre for John Valby’s show, which has no publicized disclaimer or rating that would make you aware of the vicious hate speech that they would be subjected to if they attend. Is this the image of Boston we would want a visitor to take away?

Many proponents of free speech will rightly exclaim that John Valby has the right to say whatever he wants. Having the right to say something does not make what you’re saying right. In a free market society businesses have a right to choose whom they do business with and the public has a right to choose where they spend their dollars. Patronage of the Wilbur Theatre is a privilege bestowed by the public in good faith. The Wilbur Theatre should book acts responsibly and stay away from performers whose speech in any other setting could be constituted as hate speech and/or violates State discrimination laws.

We call upon the Wilbur Theatre to reconsider their decision. We call upon the Mayor of the City of Boston, Boston City Council and the Department of Arts and Tourism to publically condemn Valby’s scheduled performance. His brand of “comedy” has no place in the “new Boston”. As we are moving forward, Valby’s performance seeks to set us back to times best forgotten.

*JOHN VALBY BIO ——————————–

John Valby (born November 22, 1944 in Staten Island and raised in Rochester, New York) is a musician and comedian who plays in barrooms and college campuses up and down the East Coast. He has recorded over 40 albums. Using an old-fashioned piano, he creates comedic, obscene parodies of classic songs. He can always be found performing in his classic white tailcoat and black derby hat.
Valby lives up to his nickname “Dr. Dirty”. His songs and shows focus mainly on sex and racial slurs, with a mix of current and historic people and events.

* VALBY’S WORK INCLUDES ——————————–
Niggers In The Night (parody of Strangers in the Night)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hbbc2Vb7r5E

Leroy the Big Lipped Nigger (parody of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6XMoP_Ligs

and more…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYRnf6gAfeg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qi14-r6jX8w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66B8F77OIfs

* JOHN VALBY OFFICIAL SITE ——————————–
http://www.johnvalbynation.com/

* WILBUR THEATRE PRESS RELEASE ON JOHN VALBY —————————
http://thewilburtheatre.com/content/press-release-john-valby-wilbur-theatre

Vigil Against the Anti-Immigrant Bill SB2061: “Don’t Let Massachusetts Becomes the Next Arizona”
SB 2061 is a bill currently under review in the Massachusetts State House that seeks to criminalize and deny essential Services to Immigrants families. The bill lead Sponsor, Senator Richard Moore an “Act to Enhance Community Safety”. The Bill will:1-Legalize racial Profiling and encourage community division2-Undermine Community safety3-Criminalize Immigrants Workers 4- Ban families from accessing public housing5-Deny equal access to higher educationThe bill ischeduled to stay in the Judiciary Committee until March 21st waiting for member of the panel to make their recommendations and to endorse it. Mass Hope 2012 is asking the immigrant community of Massachusetts and Allies to show opposition to this racist bill on March 20 outside the MA Senate and participate with us of a night of resistance.

Vigil Against the Anti-Immigrant Bill SB2061: “Don’t Let Massachusetts Becomes the Next Arizona”

SB 2061 is a bill currently under review in the Massachusetts State House that seeks to criminalize and deny essential Services to Immigrants families. The bill lead Sponsor, Senator Richard Moore an “Act to Enhance Community Safety”. 

The Bill will:
1-Legalize racial Profiling and encourage community division
2-Undermine Community safety
3-Criminalize Immigrants Workers 
4- Ban families from accessing public housing
5-Deny equal access to higher education

The bill ischeduled to stay in the Judiciary Committee until March 21st waiting for member of the panel to make their recommendations and to endorse it. Mass Hope 2012 is asking the immigrant community of Massachusetts and Allies to show opposition to this racist bill on March 20 outside the MA Senate and participate with us of a night of resistance.

MESA AMPLIA NACIONAL ESTUDIANTIL DE COLOMBIA (MANE)

Colombia has been a country mired for decades in the dynamics of violent conflicts, more recently promoted by the regime of President Alvaro Uribe. Paramilitary death squads allied with the government have conducted thousands of assassinations and disappearances in recent years against trade unionists and farmers as a way to contain social advancement. Despite the bloodyassault on human rights, Colombia has seen an ascending level of mass mobilization of the social sectors such as the recent general strike and marches that brought to the streets millions of Colombians called by MANE. As a result the government was forced to withdraw its draft to the Higher Education Reform Act (Act 30 of 1992) designed by Washington. Today’s mass movement has opened up the possibility of a successful campaign by civil society against the rightist legislative agendaagainst NAFTA, and overcome thepolitical framework of rampant administrative corruption, gross social inequality, and bring a political solution to the legacy of violence and impunity.

For more information: zdario182@hotmail.com 

You are invited to forum: 
"Colombia and the Student SocialMovement for Peace and Democracy”

Where:
Encuentro 5
33 Harrison Ave, 5th floor
Boston MA. 02111

Date: Tuesday March 27
Time: 6:30 PM


GUEST PANELISTS:
SERGIO FERNANDEZ: National University of Political Science Of Colombia.
Graduate in philosophy from the Pontific UniversidadJaveriana in Colombia. Representative to the Academic Student Council of the National University of Colombiafor the periods 2009-2011 and 2011-2013. CurrentlySpeaker of the Student National Organization of theOCE, Speaker of the Student National Table MANE.

CARLOS GONZALES: Has Worked at the Universidad del Valle Colombia since 1979Chairman of the Unionof University Workers of Colombia [SINTRAUNICOL], and Sociologist at the University of Valle Colombia. Graduate Studies in “Psychosocial Processes for Organizational Effectiveness”, “Community Development”, “Governanceand CitizenshipResearch: Missing in Cali 1990-1995." “Workers and Organizational Forms in its own History”has written numerous essays and articles.

Meet March 14th at 12:30 PM at the Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, BostonAs the Massachusetts Department of Transportation meets to discuss the fate of the MBTA, we’ll be rallying outside and inside the meeting to demand:
No service cuts
No fare hikes
No layoffs
No privatization of our treasured public transit system.
A comprehensive state-wide plan for affordable and sustainable transportation that works for the 99%.
For years, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has failed to fund public transportation adequately, and forced the MBTA to borrow exorbitant sums.  Now the MBTA is trying to balance its books on the backs of those who can afford it the least.  Drastic fare hikes, service cuts, and layoffs will devastate students, seniors, low-income communities, people of color, workers and everyone who must rely on the T.  The MBTA’s proposals will also force between 55,000 and 92,000 more cars on the road each day, creating traffic nightmares, and 50,000 tons of additional carbon dioxide emissions per year.
For weeks, outraged T riders have packed public hearings to say no to MBTA’s ill-conceived and damaging proposals.  It is critical that we keep the pressure on as the Board meets for the first time after the hearings.
Join Occupy the MBTA, along with other advocates for seniors, low income communities, workers, and the environment, on March 14th! For more information visit http://occupymbta.org/
Save the Date: April 4th – People’s Hearing on Transportation in the State House3 pm Hearing and 5pm Rally Come after Work! (Think Wisconsin)
As the MBTA’s Public Hearings come to an end, the MassDOT boards are meeting to decide how to squeeze more money out of the T-riding 99%, while the banks’ profits keep flowing. Tell the MBTA and state legislators we want real solutions, and we won’t accept higher fares, less service, layoffs, or more pollution! We need a transportation plan for the whole state that works for the 99%.  Join us as we take our message to the State House as part of the National Call to Action on Transportation.

Download flyers in:

Meet March 14th at 12:30 PM at the Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Boston
As the Massachusetts Department of Transportation meets to discuss the fate of the MBTA, we’ll be rallying outside and inside the meeting to demand:

  • No service cuts
  • No fare hikes
  • No layoffs
  • No privatization of our treasured public transit system.

A comprehensive state-wide plan for affordable and sustainable transportation that works for the 99%.

For years, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has failed to fund public transportation adequately, and forced the MBTA to borrow exorbitant sums.  Now the MBTA is trying to balance its books on the backs of those who can afford it the least.  Drastic fare hikes, service cuts, and layoffs will devastate students, seniors, low-income communities, people of color, workers and everyone who must rely on the T.  The MBTA’s proposals will also force between 55,000 and 92,000 more cars on the road each day, creating traffic nightmares, and 50,000 tons of additional carbon dioxide emissions per year.

For weeks, outraged T riders have packed public hearings to say no to MBTA’s ill-conceived and damaging proposals.  It is critical that we keep the pressure on as the Board meets for the first time after the hearings.

Join Occupy the MBTA, along with other advocates for seniors, low income communities, workers, and the environment, on March 14th! For more information visit http://occupymbta.org/

Save the Date: April 4th – People’s Hearing on Transportation in the State House
3 pm Hearing and 5pm Rally Come after Work! (Think Wisconsin)

As the MBTA’s Public Hearings come to an end, the MassDOT boards are meeting to decide how to squeeze more money out of the T-riding 99%, while the banks’ profits keep flowing. Tell the MBTA and state legislators we want real solutions, and we won’t accept higher fares, less service, layoffs, or more pollution! We need a transportation plan for the whole state that works for the 99%.  Join us as we take our message to the State House as part of the National Call to Action on Transportation.
Download flyers in:
Ocupemos el Barrio
is calling the Immigrant Community of East Boston to participate in our informative forum about the New Anti-Immigrant Law that Massachusetts Senate is Currently Discussing. On March 31, different organization of the community will gathering together to offer information regarding to the Anti-immigrant Bill SB2061 and discuss next actions to stop this racist bill.

Ocupemos el Barrio

is calling the Immigrant Community of East Boston to participate in our informative forum about the New Anti-Immigrant Law that Massachusetts Senate is Currently Discussing. On March 31, different organization of the community will gathering together to offer information regarding to the Anti-immigrant Bill SB2061 and discuss next actions to stop this racist bill.

Ocupemos el Barrio
Llama a la comunidad immigrante de East Boston a participar de nuestro foro informativo sobre la Nueva Ley Anti-Inmigrante SB 2061 que el Senado de Massachusetts ACTUALMENTE DISCUTE. En este dia diversas organizaciones de la comunidad estaran brindando informacion sobre la campana encontra de la ley anti-imigrante SB2061, ven informate y participa. 

Ocupemos el Barrio

Llama a la comunidad immigrante de East Boston a participar de nuestro foro informativo sobre la Nueva Ley Anti-Inmigrante SB 2061 que el Senado de Massachusetts ACTUALMENTE DISCUTE. En este dia diversas organizaciones de la comunidad estaran brindando informacion sobre la campana encontra de la ley anti-imigrante SB2061, ven informate y participa.