Post-War Sri Lanka — a Journalist’s Impression

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Meera Srinivasan

Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia Presents

Post-War Sri Lanka – a journalist’s impression
Saturday, Feb 13, 2PM.
MIT Room 4-253.

Sri Lanka witnessed a historic election in January 2015. Mahinda Rajapaksa was defeated in this election after being in power for nearly a decade. What were the circumstances that led to this change and what is its significance in the region? Meera Srinivasan, reporting for The Hindu from Sri Lanka at that time, will address the issues involved including post-war development in Sri Lanka, the government’s economic vision for the war-torn north and the overall climate for ethnic and religious minorities. In her reporting career of nearly 10 years, Meera Srinivasan has covered public education, urban affairs and development in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, and reconstruction and human rights in post-war Sri Lanka.

Free and Open to Public

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IWW Meets, 2/14 @ 2 pm!

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Sunday February 14, starting at 2 pm, the Boston Industrial Workers of the World meets! The IWW is a member-run union for all workers, a union dedicated to organizing on the job, in our industries and in our communities. IWW members are organizing to win better conditions today and build a world with economic democracy tomorrow. We want our workplaces run for the benefit of workers and communities rather than for a handful of bosses and executives. In Boston we have been supporting workers in struggle, like those fighting for their jobs at the Museum of Fine Arts! We have been writing cards for prisoners and helping build a union for incarcerated workers.

The IWW is committed to the emancipation of the working class. The working class is diverse and as a union we recognize that oppression is many layered. As such, we strive to keep our common places free from oppressive action, behavior, and language.These oppressive actions and words include but are not limited to: racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and any expression of disrespect and/or intolerance of size, gender identity, sexual identity/expression, (dis)ability, age, educational level, and cultural background.

If this all sounds good, please consider joining us on Sunday 2/14, starting at 2 pm at 9A Hamilton Place, Boston (Park St T, next to the Orpheum Theatre and 2 blocks from Downtown Crossing).

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IWW’s & friends help distribute hundreds of flyers for MISU

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On 1/30/16, IWW’s made what has become an almost weekly trip to the Museum of Fine Arts to assist our good friends in the Museum Independent Security Union (MISU). We distributed hundreds of flyers about the ongoing contract struggle at the elite institution, where hard-working employees are facing a cold and harsh approach from management. Long-serving staff members have been forced from their jobs by impossible scheduling in the face of an interminable hiring freeze. We helped John from MISU hand out hundreds of flyers to museum attendees, who had a very open and sympathetic response. The public pressure will continue until MISU gets a good contract! Wobs were joined in our supportive action by students from Berklee School of Music and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

 

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Wobs Provide Court Support for I93 Blockaders

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For at least the fourth time, IWW members returned to Quincy District Court on 1/28/16 to show support for Black Lives Matter allies. The BLM allies blocked Interstate 93 on Martin Luther King Day in 2015 “in response to a call to action from local and national black leadership…to raise awareness about the loss of black lives to police violence and to confront the widespread complacency that allows this to continue,” as they posted on Facebook. In a skillful and well-planned direct action on MLK Day ’15, these brave BLM allies seized international attention, and brightened the spotlight on the issues of civil rights and police brutality, in particular as Boston’s large BLM marches never succeeded in blocking any highways (although they disrupted traffic in downtown Boston for countless hours). IWW’s were proud to be among the big crowd that packed the court and undoubtedly influenced the proceedings. It appears as though the courageous I93 blockaders may avoid jail time, which we devoutly hope! Wobblies salute the blockaders and their principled, courageous and successful protest. Direct action gets the goods!

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Wobs “instrumental” in getting worker’s job back

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Pictured are MISU’s John P (recently reinstated), Evan and John M, as well as Genevieve, Geoff, Max and Jon from the Boston IWW.

IWW members returned to aid our friends and fellow workers in the Museum Independent Security Union on 1/23/16. Despite freezing temperatures, our hearts were warmed by a message from John M of MISU, who conveyed his belief that IWW support was “instrumental” in getting unfairly-fired MISU member John P re-hired with no discipline and with back pay. John P was fired by Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts merely for fulfilling his responsibilities as a parent. The outcry that followed (which Boston wobs are proud have helped with) compelled the museum to take John back. The MFA has been forcing working parents out of their jobs and taking a hard line in contract negotiations with MISU, and the battle is not over yet. Please join the Boston IWW and MISU for pickets at the Museum of Fine Arts, Saturdays from 12-2 pm.

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Sunday 1/10, 2 pm, Boston IWW Meets!

You’re invited to the monthly meeting of Boston’s Industrial Workers of the World, Sunday January 10 at 2 pm. We’ll meet at 9A Hamilton Place, Boston (Park St T, 2 blocks from Downtown Crossing). Come check out the One Big Union!
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The IWW is a member-run union for all workers, a union dedicated to organizing on the job, in our industries and in our communities. IWW members are organizing to win better conditions today and build a world with economic democracy tomorrow. We want our workplaces run for the benefit of workers and communities rather than for a handful of bosses and executives.

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IWW’s Turn Out Again For Our Fellow Workers in MISU

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IWW members in attendance included FW’s Genevieve, Alice, Ryan, Jon and Geoff

Boston Wobblies returned to the picket line on December 20 to stand up for our friends in the Museum Independent Security Union (MISU), engaged in a bitter contract fight with Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. Museum patrons and passers-by reacted with friendly curiosity to the picketers, who have been demonstrating every weekend for several weeks. IWW’s have returned to the protests faithfully and during the 12/20 picket we enjoyed singing a version of “Feliz Navidad,” with the chorus changed to “Please save our jobs!” Lots of security guards participated in the action today, and the signs are that all the public pressure is having a good effect in this important struggle. Students from Boston’s Museum School, affiliated to the MFA, have also joined workers on the picket line and helped publicize MISU’s fight for fair scheduling, a good contract, decent raises and an end to the museum’s hiring freeze.

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