8/16/14 March on Boston Cop Headquarters, Standing with Ferguson Against Police Brutality and Murder

A spirited march took over the streets of Boston on Saturday to demand justice for Mike Brown and protest the oppression inflicted on communities of color, in Missouri and all over the country. As the forces of the State (racist local cops, Highway Patrol, National Guard) attempt to snuff out the movement against cop brutality and summary executions, local activists showed their solidarity with the working class warriors of Ferguson. This was the second action in less than a week, and brought out a big crowd that included several IWW members (one of us Wobblies had an injured neck, but she marched the entire way with an ice bag on her shoulder). The murder of Mike Brown, and the sickening attempt by Ferguson’s lily-white police force to smear the young man after shooting him down in the street, has enraged and radicalized broad layers of workers and youth. Passers-by smiled, waved, and shouted their support as we approached the Boston Police Headquarters, where a fiery speak-out capped the day’s events.

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Boston Rallies Against Police Murders and Brutality

Hundreds of people gathered on the Boston Common on August 14 to voice rage against the murder of Mike Brown and racist, militarized policing. We assembled in the context of cops in Ferguson Missouri driving armored assault vehicles, using devices that inflict deafening noise on protesters, pointing M4 combat rifles at them, gassing them with tear gas and shooting them with rubber-coated metal pellets (that can maim or kill). Attendees memorialized those claimed by police killings, including Mike Brown, Eric Garner (choked to death for selling loose cigarettes by NY cops), Danroy “DJ” Henry, a Pace University student from Easton who was shot to death by police in 2010, and going back to Emmet Till. Local IWW members (including several Branch Delegates) participated in the protest, and we’ll be out again this coming Saturday when a larger event promises to rock the city. AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL!

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Sunday 8/10, Boston IWW Meets! 2 pm @ 9A Hamilton Place, Boston

On Sunday August 10, at 2pm the Boston Industrial Workers of the World will
hold our monthly meeting, and you’re invited. 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 fighting to win
better conditions today and build a world with economic democracy
tomorrow. Local IWW’s (also known as Wobblies) are actively engaged in
solidarity campaigns, supporting other workers in struggle like Boston’s
embattled school bus drivers. We’ve hit the streets repeatedly against the
assault on Gaza by the Israeli state. We are training Wobbly organizers and
building our capacity to launch more IWW union drives, concentrating on
super-exploited service sector workers. All members of the working class
(including the unemployed and those who labor unpaid at home) are eligible
to join the IWW. If you’re sick of inequality, workplace injustice and an
inhumane, profit-driven economic system, come check out the One Big Union!
We meet at Encuentro 5, 9A Hamilton Place, steps from the Park
St. T and two blocks from Downtown Crossing.

Have questions? Please email iww.boston@riseup.netbranchmtg

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Seeking support for Sacco & Vanzetti march/rally 8/23/2014

 

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Dear friends and comrades,

The Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society (SVCS) is a small organization that has been taking the case of the two Italian anarchists killed by the Commonwealth in 1927 to the streets of Boston since 2006. Since 2007 we have secured an annual proclamation by the City of Boston designating August 23rd. as Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Day. In recent years our comrades from the IWW have co-sponsored the event directly (we hope they will this year as well) and also in the past many socialist, anarchist and community organizations have endorsed our event.

This year we outright need your support to make this happen.

We are asking people to save the date, Saturday, August 23 to gather at 2pm in front of the Boston Common Visitor Center and march to the Paul Revere Mall in the North End as we have done for many years. But, this will not be successful if you don’t help us. Our group has been shrinking with the years, yet we still have the resolve to continue with this cause because it is a just cause.

Please consider endorsing and supporting the event and organizing for the event as an individual or as an organization.

Please contact us as soon as possible so that this struggle will continue!

For the SVCS,

Sergio Reyes
Email: info@saccoandvanzetti.org
Phone: 617-290-5614
Web page: http://www.saccoandvanzetti.org
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/groups/saccoandvanzetti/

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30th Annual Bread and Roses Heritage Festival

 

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Enjoy an electric day of musical, dance, and theatrical performances from a diverse range of cultures from American Folk, Salsa, Blues, Celtic, Hip Hop, and more!

Hungry? Stroll down the walkway of food vendors to choose BBQ, Dominican, Turkish, Vietnamese, Mexican, and other international treats!

Have Children? The Kidz Zone will surely put a smile on children young and old! With pony rides, face painting, hula hooping, a juggler, and even story telling!

Social justice? Our row of information vendors brings together community groups and non-profits from around the area to have discussions with visitors on the many issues we face, provide resources for those who need help, and opportunities for those wanting to get involved further.

Like to learn? Lawrence History Live and the workshop tents are the spot for you. Not only will you get historical mentions and reenactments on the main stage, but these tents provide a deeper look into past events, such as the Bread & Roses Strike of 1912, immigration history of the area, present day labor and social efforts, as well as introductory classes on traditional and new organizing models.

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Solidarity Unionism by Alexis Buss on Monday, August 11 at 7:00 pm at Encuentro 5 : 9A Hamilton Place

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The Boston IWW is presenting a talk on “Solidarity Unionism” by Alexis Buss
on Monday, August 11 at 7:00 pm at the new Encuentro 5 location in Boston:
9A Hamilton Place. Free and open to the public.

Solidarity Unionism
A talk with Alexis Buss

Solidarity Unionism is a concept first articulated by Staughton Lynd.
When he coined the term in the late 1980s, the mainstream labor
movement was in freefall, as “give-back” concessionary bargaining had
become the norm after the Reagan administration’s assault on union
collective bargaining rights. In this moment, many thinkers were
looking at this immediate threat and waxing poetic about the “good old
days” of unionism right after the passage of the Wagner Act in 1935.

But Lynd offered us a deeper critique, and instead of celebrating the
law that so many attributed to a boom in union membership, he showed
that union bureaucrats did profound damage to the labor movement with
top-down structures, exclusive bargaining rights, no-strike clauses,
and dues checkoff.

Join us for a discussion with Alexis Buss, who will review these
critiques and discuss old and new models of worker organizing which
have built worker’s power regardless of the law. You’ll leave with
some examples you can even try in your own workplace!

Alexis served six terms as General Secretary-Treasurer of the IWW, and
wrote a column on Solidarity Unionism for the Industrial Worker for
seven years. She is the author of “The Union on Our Own Terms” and
was a principal organizer for the Philadelphia IWW’s South Street
Workers Union campaign.

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IWW’s & Allies Support 7/19/14 Die-In Protesting Israel’s Massacre in Gaza

This Saturday hundreds of activists held a die-in at Boston’s central Park Street MBTA Station to protest the Isreali state’s cruel assault on Palestine. Participants held signs memorializing the names of recent victims of Isreal’s attacks, many of them children, and what they were doing when they were killed by Israel, which of course is funded and supported by the US government. Wobs took a break from our successful union organizing training to support the action. When right-wing pro-Israel counter-demonstrators (who were likely paid provocateurs) tried to shut down the speeches, IWW’s and others physically prevented them from intimidating speakers, moving between them and their intended targets.

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