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Another bullshit week in suck city with Elias and Athena.
Talking Points: Starting on time is weird; maker space? I barely even know her space!; DIY stab vests; Athena enlists in the Pride military; the top of my nose; disingenuity; LAN party politics; Mother-Daughter Forklift Race 2017; National Mamas Bailout Day; FRIT ain’t SHIT; Wake Up the Earth; Reportback: Rally Boston to Stand Against Hate; the human tater tots of the alt-right; Comey sent homey; Spicer beats around the bush; once, twice, three times *totally not* under investigation; comrade Trump?!; community engagement; Rate! That! Praxis!; interesting reads; the return of Hoagy Carmichael.
Black Lives Matter is bailing out women for Mother’s Day (Brandon E. Patterson, Mother Jones)
Somerville Got Astroturfed (Matt Lavallee, Medium)
A free speech clash on the Common (Drinking From the Cup of Fascist Tears: Boston Report Back (It’s Going Down)
After James Comey’s Firing, Who Will Stop Trump’s Tinpot Dictatorship? (Mehdi Hasan, The Intercept)
After Trump fired Comey, White House staff scrambled to explain why (Jenna Johnson, The Washington Post)
Trump to send arms to Kurdish YPG in Syria (Al Jazeera)
Richard Spencer Was My High-School Classmate (Graeme Wood. The Atlantic)
French workers protest by ‘booby-trapping’ plant (Al Jazeera)
Due to “Patriot’s Day” in Massachusetts, the radio station was closed last week, but we’ll be live again tonight with Communique 008 on BostonFreeRadio.com and will archive the resulting episode on iTunes and SoundCloud, (find the links here!)
Wednesday, March 1st
- 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, March 2nd
- 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Black Lives Matter vigil (with speakers from Cosecha who will be talking about immigrant organizing under the current administration) at First Baptist Church (633 Centre Street) in Jamaica Plain.
- 5:30-8:30 p.m. – Union United, which is a coalition of Somerville stakeholders based in the Union Square area, is meeting. I’ll find out whether that’s a public meeting, or if there’s a better time for interested folks to wade into the discussion and post that info ASAP.
- 6:00-8:00 p.m. – Meeting for a marijuana dispensary on Broadway at Somerville City Hall (93 Highland Ave).
- 6:00-8:00 p.m. – Opening for Palestinians in Cambridge: Stories from the Diaspora at the Gutman Library at Harvard (6 Appian Way, about 2 blocks from Harvard Square). The photo portrait exhibit will be up through March 28th. Check out the Gutman’s hours.
- 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Join the Cambridge Forum for the Feminist Discussion of Masculinities to discuss the ways masculinities affect the body image of men and people of other genders. This discussion will take place at the YMCA in Cambridge, in the library on the 2nd floor. This location is accessible for folks with mobility concerns, and the event is free and open to people of all genders. You can find more info in their Facebook group.
- 7:00-9:00 p.m. – An Impeach Trump! Event, featuring speaker John Bonifaz, the co-founder and President of Free Speech For People is happening directly after the BLM vigil mentioned above. I don’t know FSFP, and can’t speak to their politics, so you’ll have to do your own homework on that.
Friday, March 3rd
- XFest Begins! This is three days of improvisational sound, movement and video, including both workshops and performance. Kind of a DIY weirdo’s dream. Friday-Sunday at Holyoke City Hall (in the ballroom)- 536 Dwight Street Holyoke Massachusetts. Times, lineups, more info on workshops is at http://www.xfestma.com
Saturday, March 4th
- 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.
- 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. – Getting Ready to Run is an introductory workshop presented at the Boston Teachers Union (180 Mount Vernon Street) by Mass Alliance and intended to prepare “prospective candidates” for local elections. While the NEU does not have faith in the electoral system, this might be of use for understanding how candidates campaign, and building one’s organizing skill set. Of course, unlike the radical events we tend to post, this costs money and you must register for it in advance.
- 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – MassCare is holding a rally at the bandstand on Boston Common to protest proposed funding cuts to Planned Parenthood.
- 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.
- 4:00-5:00 p.m. – For those interested in local elections, Jesse Clingan, a progressive candidate for Somerville’s Ward 4 Alderman seat, has a campaign kickoff at Casey’s Grille (173 Broadway in Somerville). He is an activist for prevention and treatment of addiction, paid sick leave, and the use of union labor in local construction projects. If he is able to help push Mayor Curtatone on some important development issues, helping him get elected might be a good strategic move.
- 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.
Sunday, March 5th
- 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. – Local Environmental Action Conference at the Curry Student Center of Northeastern (360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115), hosted by MCAN and Toxics Action Center. Community leaders, environmental advocates and activists from across New England will be on hand for skills training, networking, and inspiration at this annual event. Newcomers welcome. (Note: while it appears to be organized by progressive orgs, it is unclear as to whether this conference will address radical direct action as a tactic in environmental defense.)
- 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 email@example.com.
- 12:00-3:00 p.m. – RISE UP! With Trans and Queer Students rally and march, starting at Boston Common. This is organized by Mass Trans Political Coalition and will feature speakers from across MA. These are the same folks that organized the last-minute rally in response to 45’s revoking of federal protections for trans and queer students.
Monday, March 6th (Early Warning!)
- 9:00 a.m. – SURJ Boston is requesting that folks PACK the hearing to PASS the Jim Brooks Community Stabilization Act at Boston City Hall on the 5th Floor. Ahead of time, they need folks to make calls to City Councilors to support the Act and vote YES for affordable housing and for reigning in developers looking to flip buildings in neighborhoods with vulnerable low-income populations. Arrive right at 9 to be sure that you get seats and help to fill the chamber and the rest of City Hall. Phone numbers, etc, are on their Facebook event page.