Elias was humbled and excited to be a guest on the excellent Feminist Killjoys, PhD podcast for their 51st episode on Radical Politics 101! He talked with Raechel and Melody about anarchist theory and practice in 2017, and is looking forward to hearing their next installement of RP101 featuring an intro to socialism and communism. Check out Ep 51 of FKJPhD here!
PS – Communique 010 was recorded and will be posted ASAP! Thank you for your patience, comrades.
HAPPY MAY DAY! Elias and Athena bring you a brief history of May Day in Massachusetts and beyond, and discuss state efforts to subvert the holiday, the Janarchists of Fyre Festival, prank calling ICE, gay frog week, another awful beverage ad, and more!
Talking points: Untouched by an angel; that little guy? I wouldn’t worry about that little guy; a-Maying grace; moderation is involved; open yr fresh can; Athena doesn’t like it; the Duke of Fuck-You vs Lord I-Do-What-I-Want; feedin’ the cedar meter; Puritans HATE him–click to see why!; the storied Malorkus’s of Braintree; the “Haymarket thing;” 1919: Boston PD become Hot Cops; kill Mayor Whitey; gargling foie gras; the Albert Parsons Project (oy); Loyalty Day, Law Day, and Labor Day; it’s okay if you keep laboring thaaanks; live every week like it’s #gayfrogweek; Rise of the Janarchists, climb in a megafauna and sautee a mouse in yr pee; spam on ICE; somebody’s Heiney is crowding my nice talks; Family Double Dare in a warehouse with alcohol and racists; literally “hold my beer;” painting Chase Bank on fire is not a crime; elaborate heist maps; Dali the chrono-terrorist; M’aidez Rhonda.
3:00-4:30 p.m. – We March On: Continuing the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jrat the Parkman Bandstand (50 Chestnut Street) in Boston. I”n 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.”
4:00 p.m. – Next CBA subcommittee meeting (to discuss CBA proposal w/ USNC working group) at Community Action Agency of Somerville (66 Union Square)
6:00-7:15 p.m. – A public address by Dr. Moncef Marzouki (Former President of Tunisia, 2011-2014) at the John F. Kennedy, Jr. forum (79 JFK Street) in Cambridge. Moderated by Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations. Middle East Initiative Faculty Affiliate, Harvard Kennedy School
7:00-9:00 p.m. – 350 (Boston Node) Meeting at First Church on Eliot Street in Jamaica Plain.
Wednesday, April 5th
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. – Immigrants Advocacy day at the Statehouse. The day will start with a speaking program from 10:00-11:00 a.m., followed by the lobbying visits to legislators. “We (DSA’s contingent) will meet at 10:00 at the bottom of the steps opposite the State House in Boston Common (corner of Beacon St. and Park St.), marked on the map below. We will be there from 10:00-11:00 a.m. for the speaking program, and then move into the State House to visit legislators.)
6:00-8:00 p.m. – Help welcome new Bikes Not Bombs Executive Director, Elijah Evans, at 5 Alveston Street in Jamaica Plain
7:00-8:30 p.m. – Commission on Energy use and Sustainability at 167 Holland St in Somerville.
7:00-9:00 p.m. – Boston Food Not Bombs has its weekly planning meeting during this time at Encuentro 5 (9 Hamilton Pl Suite 2a) in Boston. This is, of course, the long-running, non-sectarian, but definitely radical free food organizations that’s been serving in MA for decades now.
7:00-9:00 p.m. Black & Pink has weekly volunteer drop-in hours on Wednesdays, as well. They’re at First Baptist Church (633 Centre St) in Jamaica Plain. “Bring a laptop, if you can. If not, you can help write birthday cards!”
Thursday, April 6th
5:30-8:30 p.m. – Union United Monthly Meeting at 246 Washington Street in Somerville. “Union United is a coalition of stakeholders in Somerville…working together to create a community benefits agreement – a contract we can sign with the master developer and the City that will create a diverse, sustainable, and equitable Union Square.”
6:00-7:00 p.m. – Zoning meeting at Somerville City Hall where folks will be protesting the waiver of affordability inclusion at Assembly Square.
6:30-8:30 p.m. – Cambridge Democratic City Committee meeting at Attles Auditorium (85 Bishop Allen Drive)
7:00-9:00 p.m. YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City presented by the Welcome Project at the Somerville Armory. “Mayor Curtatone will be the keynote speaker and speak to the 30-year history of Somerville’s status as a Sanctuary City.”
Friday, April 7th
10:00 a.m.-Saturday, April 8th at 10:00 a.m. – The 24-Hour Boston Hassle Telethon at SCATV to benefit the Boston Hassle and BRAIN Arts Org. BRAIN is a local org dedicated to bringing news about art and culture events to folks in the Greater Boston Area. They have a monthly paper (The Compass), they book shows (as The Hassle), they co-produce Black Market, etc etc. Show your support–tune in and donate!
6:00-9:30 p.m. – Feminist Fiber Art Craft Fair at the Democracy Center (45 Mount Auburn Street) in Cambridge. Come check out some spooky art, make some art, and drink some tea with us! This small exhibit focuses on witchcraft. There will be spooky art on display, witchy pins, patches, and stickers for sale, and tables set up for you to make art with us!
Saturday, April 8th
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Food Not Bombs cooks for its Saturday Central Square Meal in Cambridge. E-mail us for details.
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. – City Live/Vida Urbana volunteer canvassing. http://www.clvu.org/volunteer?page=26
12:00-3:00 p.m. – Black & Pink holds drop-in volunteer hours at this time each week at Swissbakers (168 Western Ave) in Allston.
12:30-4:00 p.m. – Food Not Bombs’ Central Square Meal is served at this time each week.
5:00-8:00 p.m. – A Night of Music and Solidarity: Show Up for the ACLU at Aeronaut Brewing (14 Tyler Street) in Somerville. Show Up invites you to an evening of music, beer, and unity to help raise money to support the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The event will feature: live music provided by: Erica Leigh, Nwasoul, and Miss Fairchild, hourly raffles of items donated by local businesses, a mailbox and postcard table to write to your local officials about what’s important to you, an art sale featuring the donated work of local artists, a Solidarity Photo and Video Project sharing with the world what you Show Up for, and booths featuring local organizations where you can get more information about how to get involved in making change in your own community.
6:00-11:00 p.m. – Food Not Bombs’ Haymarket Produce Rescue happens during these hours each Saturday. Volunteers meet up near Faneuil Hall at Haymarket (corner of Blackstone and North, across the street from a Hard Rock Cafe) to rescue and sort produce destined for the compost heap or landfill and deliver it, by car, to shelters in the Boston/Cambridge area to stock them with food. Volunteers with cars are especially needed.
12:00-1:30 p.m – Boston Homeless Solidarity Committee weekly meeting at Encuentro 5 (9A Hamilton Pl in Boston). All are welcome, including people who are currently experiencing or have experienced homelessness. For an idea of what will be discussed, including the proposed agenda, or to be added to their mailing list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elias interviews Matt, Kathryn, and Maddie, three local activists who have organized their friends into groups working toward positive change in their community and beyond. We touch on theory vs praxis, unionizing, the division of labor, public services, and more.
Talking points: the frozen Grapes Leap Forward of Wrath, ABHCAB, Semi-Aquatic Tent Theory, pizza de resistance, remember remember, public helipads for all!, 3 lbs of rigatoni, riding in your zeppelin.