Sunday, February 19, 2017

Next DPP Meeting


Monday, March 13, 2017: 6:30-8:30pm, at the Vietnamese Center/42 Charles St., Fields Corner, Dorchester. AGENDA to be announced.


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Monday, March 6
Jim Brooks Stabilization Act (JBSA) / Just Cause Eviction – City Council Hearing
10:00, City Hall (Arrive at 9:00 for a seat!)
On Monday morning March 6 the City Council will hold its long-delayed hearing on the Jim Brooks Stabilization Act... and Dorchester city councilor Frank Baker still hasn't said where he stands.
Sign up here for next week's Dorchester Week of Action: art making, visual stand-outs and door knocking in Baker’s district to win the protections we need in our community.
Pack Monday's hearing and PASS the Jim Brooks Stabilization Act.  (https://www.facebook.com/events/146448825872328/). The hearing starts at 10 am; advocates are assembling at 9 to make sure we, not predatory landlords and developers.

Current fact sheets - 

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STANDING ROCK LIVES ON AS A MODEL FOR PEACEFUL RESISTANCE
Police have now taken full control of the Oceti Sakowin Camp, following an hours-long siege today at Standing Rock. A number of Water Protectors were forced to flee en masse across the Cannonball River to escape a running advance by heavily armed police. It is unclear at this time how many Water Protectors have been arrested. Today's raid came on the heels of additional forced evacuations yesterday in Standing Rock. Around 150 police from several states mobilized against the Water Protectors yesterday on Highway 1806 in South Dakota and forced a large number of people to evacuate from Standing Rock, using the threat of force…  With the fervent attacks on the Water Protection movement led by Indigenous peoples from around the world (but especially individuals from the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations) also comes a model for peaceful yet powerful resistance we must all learn to utilize. I refer to the remarkable degrees of respect, responsibility, persistence, courage and wolokolkiciapi (a love-based sense of internal and external peacefulness) taught by Indigenous people and quickly emulated by their non-Indigenous allies.  More

We Have to Keep Fighting: Water Protectors Vow Continued Resistance as Main Camp Is Evicted
The court cases that are coming up, I think there are more than just one on the 27th. There are others that are coming up. Right now, they are just trying to, as again, make them follow the law, to do a complete EIS—Environmental impact statement. nd to stop the construction, to sit down and talk. We understand that no matter what we do or say at this moment in time, we must stand by what the legal people are doing. You know, I always tell people, we are doing our best to follow the law, but we are also doing our best to stand up against injustice. And because they did the evictions, they thought they would stop the movement. All they have done is enhanced us. All they have done is made us understand what kind of limits they would go to. We know that when you are on the right side of justice, you continue to stand in prayer and nonviolent resistance, you will win.   More

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IT’S NOT OVER!

DPPer Emmy Rainwalker writes:
There are 17 banks identified as the funding source for the pipeline in North Dakota.

Bank Exits are actions that are happening all over the world, where someone closes an account as a protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline with lots of people supporting and sending a message to the bank that funding fossil fuels is no longer a good or attractive thing to be doing!

There will be an action on Saturday, February 25 from 11 am to 1 pm outside Bank of America in Harvard Square.  Your support would be welcome! 
Please look for our exciting summary of the event we hosted last Thursday about Standing Rock with actions we can take together. We are researching some interesting ones.  Coming to your inbox in the next few days!
Warm regards and Peace

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BATTLING TRUMP  –  AND RECLAIMING THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY
DPPers have discussed on various occasions the desirability of getting involved in local politics.  In our state, with an all Democratic Congressional delegation, that means practically-speaking the Democratic Party. Now, in the wake of the Bernie campaign and the Trump presidency, our members are taking a new interest in the movement to transform the Democratic Party back to its New Deal roots as the party of working people and social progress. Many of us have committed to attending the local Democratic Caucuses, which are happening in the next months, either to become Ward Committee members or delegates to the June Democratic state issues convention.   Bernie supporters are aiming to push for a more progressive Democratic state platform.

Here’s a schedule of the upcoming Dorchester Caucuses:

(To find out your Ward if you don’t know, check out this zoomable map or go to Where Do I Vote?)
Boston Ward 12          2/25/2017        10:00:00 AM   Twelfth Baptist Church           150 Warren St
Boston Ward 14          3/4/2017          1:00:00 PM     Perkins Community Center    155 Talbot Ave           
Boston Ward 15          2/11/2017        9:00:00 AM     Savin Hill Senior Apartments  130 Auckland Street  
Boston Ward 16          3/25/2017        11:00:00 AM   John P. McKeon Post 4 Hilltop Street, Dorchester
Boston Ward 17          3/28/2017        7:00:00 PM     Sheet Metal Workers Local 17           1157 Adams St.         
Boston Ward 18          2/11/2017        10:00:00 AM   Hyde Park Community Center           1179 River Street       
Boston Ward 19          3/11/2017        10:15:00 AM   Farnsworth House      90 South Street Jamaica Plain
There is now a tentative date of March 18 for Ward 13, but no location. (Ward 13 extends from UMass and Savin Hill, across Dorchester Ave. and Pleasant St. to Jones Hill.)
Other caucus dates and locations here:

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WARS ABROAD, WARS AT HOME

To Survive, the Democratic Party Needs to Stand Up to Wall Street and Global Corporations
If Democrats want to retake government, they will need to do more than be the party that isn’t as bad as Trump, starting with closing the wealth gap…  For years, the Democratic Party chose to overlook these tough realities: Wages are low and stagnant. Jobs are outsourced. Drug prices and insurance premiums rise, and students take on a lifetime of debt just to have a shot at a decent job. Wall Street banks get bailed out when risky bets fail, and millions of ordinary Americans are punished with job losses and foreclosures for a financial crisis they didn’t cause. Meanwhile, virtually all the wealth generated by a recovering economy goes to the top 1 percent. The severe inequality that results from these lopsided policies fuels frustration and the nihilism that led to the election of Donald Trump.  The Democratic Party has fallen short by not taking on the structural causes of this crisis: an economy that favors big corporations and global capitalism. The party also has failed to step up to the climate crisis, which requires a radically different sort of economic recovery, and to the crisis of racial exclusion.  More

WILL KEITH ELLISON MOVE THE DEMOCRATS LEFT?
Ellison is co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the putative left-wing answer to the brinksmen of the Freedom Caucus on the right, and he was an early and fervent supporter of Sanders’s Presidential campaign. Like Sanders, he consistently opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal sought by the Obama White House in its final two years which was attacked by populists in both parties. (President Donald Trump recently withdrew the U.S. from the T.P.P.) Ellison announced his candidacy for the D.N.C. chairmanship six days after the Presidential election. Sanders and Senator Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts, predictably endorsed him—but so did establishment figures, such as Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, and his predecessor, Harry Reid…   Meanwhile, the turmoil of Trump’s first month as President has alternately panicked and emboldened the Democratic base. The activist surge on the left, most spectacularly demonstrated at the Women’s March, in Washington, D.C., and in other major cities, and during protests at nearly a dozen airports after the executive order to temporarily ban people from seven majority-Muslim countries, has stoked a conviction that the Party must be more forceful in combatting Trump. Democrats in the Senate have been conspicuously more strident in their opposition to his Cabinet nominees in the days since the airport protests.   More  

In Trump’s White House, It’s the Billionaires vs. the Bombardiers
How do we make sense of the apparent chaos in the Trump White House, with the president saying something one day and his top officials insisting otherwise the very next? There is, of course, the unstable personality of the president himself, and the fact that he has yet to install a complete cadre of senior policy-makers. But I believe there’s a deeper, more structural explanation for the chaos. Swirling around Trump and fighting 
for supremacy are two powerful factions: the billionaires, who seek maximum opportunity for elite enrichment, and the bombardiers—political ideologues who seek to bring down the existing world order and establish a new one in their preferred image. So long as these two competing factions continue to enjoy Trump’s patronage, we can expect continuing reversals in the weeks and months to come… The bombardiers may share some illiberal values with the billionaire class, but they have a fundamentally different worldview. For them, economic enrichment is less important than prevailing in what they view as an epic struggle between the “Judeo-Christian West” and the non-Western (especially Islamic) world—a “clash of civilizations,” as the late political scientist Samuel Huntington put it. This group includes senior White House strategist Steve Bannon, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, and immigration and security adviser Sebastian Gorka. For the bombardiers, capitalism has been corrupted by global elites who put multinationalism and free trade above national sovereignty and the struggle against Islam.   More

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NEW WARS / OLD WARS – What Could Possibly Go Wrong

The Misuse of American Military Power and The Middle East in Chaos
The standard triumphalist version of the last 100 or so years of our history might go something like this: in the twentieth century, the United States repeatedly intervened, just in the nick of time, to save the feeble Old World from militarism, fascism, and then, in the Cold War, communism.  It did indeed save the day in three global wars and might have lived happily ever after as the world’s “sole superpower” if not for the sudden emergence of a new menace.  Seemingly out of nowhere, “Islamo-fascists” shattered American complacence with a sneak attack reminiscent of Pearl Harbor.  Collectively the people asked: Why do they hate us?  Of course, there was no time to really reflect, so the government simply got to work, taking the fight to our new “medieval” enemies on their own turf.  It’s admittedly been a long, hard slog, but what choice did our leaders have?  Better, after all, to fight them in Baghdad than Brooklyn.  What if, however, this foundational narrative is not just flawed but little short of delusional? Alternative accounts lead to wholly divergent conclusions and are more likely to inform prudent policy in the Middle East.  More

Poll: Majority Of Americans Are Worried About War
Thirty-six percent of Americans, according to the poll, would say they are “very worried” that the United States will become engaged in a major war in the next four years. Thirty percent were somewhat worried, 25 percent were not too worried, 8 percent were not at all worried and 2 percent had no answer… NBC News noted, in a write-up of poll results, some interesting splits in friendliness toward Russia: Republicans and Republican-leaning respondents were split on their stance (50 percent call it an ally/friendly, 49 percent say unfriendly/enemy) while their Democratic and Democratic-leaning counterparts thought overwhelmingly – 75 percent – that it was unfriendly/enemy. Finally, Americans are split on the military’s effectiveness in fighting terrorism: 47 percent of respondents said “using overwhelming military force is the best way to defeat terrorism.” Forty-nine percent said “relying too much on military force creates hatred that leads to more terrorism.” Four percent had no answerMore

SIGN PETITION SUPPORTING
'Stop Arming Terrorists Act' H.R. 608
United for Peace and Justice has joined with the U.S. Peace Council, Veterans for Peace and several other national peace organizations to initiate a public campaign in support of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s (D-Hawaii) STOP ARMING TERRORISTS ACT (H.R. 608), which she originally introduced to the Congress on December 8, 2016.
H.R. 608 is a bipartisan bill, which has been co-sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-California), Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky), Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vermont), Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-North Carolina), and Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Florida).
The Stop Arming Terrorists Act (H.R.6504) has only 5 co-sponsors, none from Massachusetts

The West’s Moral Hypocrisy on Yemen
Only a few months ago, interventionists were demanding a militant response by Washington to what George Soros branded “a humanitarian catastrophe of historic proportions” — the killing of “hundreds of people” by Russian and Syrian government bombing of rebel-held neighborhoods in the city of Aleppo.  Leon Wieseltier, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and former New Republic editor, was denouncing the Obama administration as “a bystander to the greatest atrocity of our time,” asserting that its failure to “act against evil in Aleppo” was like tolerating “the evil in Auschwitz.”  How strange, then, that so many of the same “humanitarian” voices have been so quiet of late about the continued killing of many more innocent people in Yemen, where tens of thousands of civilians have died and 12 million people face famine. More than a thousand children die each week from preventable diseases related to malnutrition and systematic attacks on the country’s food infrastructure by a Saudi-led military coalition, which aims to impose a regime friendly to Riyadh over the whole country.  More

Russia and the West: A NEW COLD WAR?
Not since the days of Ronald Reagan has Russia played such a prominent role in US political life. After Donald Trump’s shock victory – greeted in the Russian parliament with cheers and champagne – came accusations of Russian meddling in the US electoral process, followed in January by the leak of a dossier claiming that the Russian authorities had accumulated (even more) compromising information on Trump. More recently there have been alarms over the Kremlin’s connections with and possible influence on the incoming secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, and Trump’s now ex-national security adviser, Michael Flynn. The rhetoric emanating from US politicians and media commentators too seems to be drawn from another era…  All this makes it hard to shake the feeling that we are living through a deranged re-run of the Cold War. Of course, the idea of a reprise of the superpower stand-off that dominated the 20th century has been in the air more or less since the actual Cold War ended, the stuff of countless think-tank briefings and film plots. But it has gained particular force over the last decade or so, supplying a readymade framework for understanding the mounting tensions between Russia and the West.  More

Why We Must Oppose the Kremlin-Baiting Against Trump
The bipartisan, nearly full-political-spectrum tsunami of factually unverified allegations that President Trump has been sedi-
tiously “compromised” by the Kremlin, with scarcely any nonpartisan pushback from influential political or media sources, is deeply alarming. Begun by the Clinton campaign in mid-2016, and exemplified now by New York Times columnists (who write of a “Trump-Putin regime” in Washington), strident MSNBC hosts, and unbalanced CNN commentators, the practice is growing into a latter-day McCarthyite hysteria. Such politically malignant practices should be deplored wherever they appear, whether on the part of conservatives, liberals, or progressives…  The allegations are driven by political forces with various agendas: the Hillary Clinton wing of the Democratic Party, which wants to maintain its grip on the party by insisting that she didn’t lose the election but that it was stolen by Russian President Vladimir Putin for Trump; by enemies of Trump’s proposed d├ętente with Russia, who want to discredit both him and Putin; and by Republicans and Democrats stunned that Trump essentially ran and won without either party, thereby threatening the established two-party system.   More

Donald Trump’s Remarks Signal He Could Start a New Nuclear Arms Race
Donald Trump’s declaration on Thursday that “if countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack,” flew in the face of decades of U.S. efforts to negotiate cautious, mutual reductions in nuclear arsenals around the world.  Trump’s comments to Reuters essentially invited other nuclear powers to escalate their capabilities, and has the potential to set off a new nuclear arms race…  The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which Congress ratified in 1970, requires the U.S. to pursue the “cessation” of a nuclear arms race between superpowers, and to take steps towards mutual disarmament. The whole idea was to end the nuclear arms race forever… “The US has certainly not ‘fallen behind on nuclear weapon capability,” wrote Hans Kristensen, a nuclear expert at the Federation of American Scientists, in an email to The Intercept. “It is already ‘at the top of the pack’ and has the most capable nuclear forces in the world backed up by overwhelming conventional forces.”  More

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ISRAEL, PALESTINE, GAZA. . . and the US

The Middle East 'peace process' was a myth. Donald Trump ended it
For decades, Israeli governments, pursuing the colonization of the entirety of “Eretz Israel,” have systematically destroyed the prerequisites for a solution involving a contiguous, sustainable, sovereign Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. Nevertheless, the myth that a real Palestinian state is on offer, and that there actually is a genuine “peace process,” endures as one of the greatest examples of magical thinking in
modern times… The final interment of the already moribund “two-state solution” would force all concerned to face what is obvious to any honest observer. For decades, an imposed reality of one-state – the only sovereign entity enjoying total security control – has existed between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean. This one state is Israel. Irrespective of the label one uses for it, this is the only outcome that this Israeli government will accept, whatever subaltern, or helot, or “autonomous” status it deigns to allow the Palestinians.  More

Elor Azaria verdict: 'No justice for Palestinians'
Human rights groups and Palestinian leaders have condemned what they called the "extremely lenient" punishment of Elor Azaria, the Israeli army medic who was filmed executing a severely wounded Palestinian in Hebron last year. On Tuesday, a military tribunal sentenced the soldier to 18 months in jail and a demotion, nearly a year after he shot a bullet from close range into the head of 21-year-old Abdel al-Fattah al-Sharif… The sentence was much lower than the three to five years demanded by the prosecution, and far below the maximum tariff of 20 years. One of the three judges dissented, recommending two and a half to five years…   During the trial, it emerged that Azaria, 20, held extreme anti-Arab views, which he expressed regularly on social media. In one Facebook post during the 2014 war on Gaza, he called for the massacre of every Palestinian in the small coastal enclave. He also admitted to spending a great deal of time in Hebron with the followers of the late Meir Kahane, a rabbi whose virulently anti-Arab Kach party was outlawed in 1994 after a supporter, Baruch Goldstein, shot 29 Palestinians in Hebron's Ibrahimi mosqueNone of that damaged Azaria's popularity with a large swath of the Israeli Jewish public. The Israeli media designated him as "everyone's son".  More

69% of Israelis back pardon for Hebron shooter
A large majority of Israelis are in favor of granting a pardon to IDF soldier Elor Azaria, according to a Panels Research poll taken for Wednesday’s Maariv, the Hebrew sister newspaper of The Jerusalem Post… Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely on Wednesday formally asked President Reuven Rivlin to pardon Azaria, writing that his crime took place at a volatile location during a wave of terrorism and that there was backing for a pardon on the Right and the Left.  “The large public scandal that accompanied the trial expresses the public’s desire to maintain unity in the army and its legitimacy to struggle against terrorism and defend peace and security in Israel,” she wrote. Sixty-nine percent said they support a pardon for Azaria, 24% said they oppose a pardon, and 7% said they do not know.  More
Israel Lobby Files anti-BDS Bill:
OUR FREE SPEECH IS UNDER ATTACK!
State Senator Creem of Newton and Representative Paul McMurtry of Dedham have filed a legislation that would attack free speech and nonviolent protest - the exact last thing we need in the Trump era. Creem and McMurtry's bills, SD.922 and HD.779, are framed as anti-discrimination legislation. But in reality they would penalize supporters of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement for justice, as well as other social movements that employ time-honored tactics of nonviolent economic pressure. If Creem and McMurtry had introduced this bill in 1975, it would have made activism against South African Apartheid substantially more difficult.


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OTHER EVENTS

Friday, February 24: DENNIS KUCINICH: US Foreign Policy in the Trump Era,  @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Harvard Kennedy School, Wiener Auditorium. Join Dennis Kucinich on Friday, February 24 (6:00pm-7:30pm) for a discussion on “US Foreign Policy in the Trump Era” at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Kucinich is a renowned progressive advocate, eight-term US Congressman, two-time candidate in the Democratic Presidential Primary (2004/08), and staunch opponent of the Iraq War.  This event is hosted by the HKS Progressive Caucus (a student group at Harvard Kennedy School). Admission is free and all are welcome. If you can attend, please RSVP here: https://tinyurl.com/kucinichforeignpolicy

Saturday, Feb. 25: Come Watch & Discuss: "Merchants of Doubt" Film Screening & Discussion in Roslindale,  6:30PM, Roslindale Congregational Church, 25 Cummins Hwy.  Join us for this must-see documentary that exposes the forces behind organized denial of climate change. Following the film, we will have a brief presentation and discussion about Community Choice Aggregation, an initiative that could dramatically accelerate Boston's path to full renewable energy. Please RSVP here!

Thursday, March 2: Palestinians in Cambridge: Stories from the Diaspora, Opening Reception - , 6-8 PM        
Gutman Library, Harvard University, 6 Appian Way (2 blocks from Harvard Square).   An exhibit of photographic portraits and excerpts from interviews with Palestinians living, studying or working in Cambridge  about life and identity in the Diaspora. The portraits are complemented with context about the Palestinian diaspora.    Exhibit runs through March 28, 2017  Gutman Hours:  Monday- Thursday  8 AM-11 PM, Friday: 8 AM-7 PM, Saturday– 9 AM-7 PM, Sunday 12-9 PM.   Interviewees include Salma Abu Ayyash and Giacomo Milia, Sari Abuljubein, Jamal and Mushoor Abu-Rubieh,  Nidal Al-Azraq, Amahl Bishara, Leila Farsakh, Randa Ghattas, Sami Herbawi, Layla Hijab-Cable, Asma Jaber, Walid Masoud,   Layla Hijab-Cable with a family photograph, Rania Matar, Dana Sajdi and Maysoun Shomali and Jamal Saeh.

Thursday, March 2: Join Our “T.Party”: Mingle & Plan with Transit Advocates, 5:30PM, Boston City Hall, 5th Floor Curley Room.  Over the last 5 months, the City Council has been hosting an innovative transportation policy briefing series to advise us on transit equity and sustainable mobility. Immediately following the final briefing (on Parking Management), join us for a post-briefing "Boston T(ransit) Party" with appetizers and refreshments to thank all presenters and the larger sustainable transit community. You can RSVP here for the briefing and here for the T.Party. Finally, I'm working on a Boston guide to civic engagement with suggestions and concrete steps to influence policy-making and community action. Please send along any groups, programs, or ideas that I could include and highlight!

 Thursday, March ​2: DORCHESTER HISTORY PROJECT: Genevieve Peterson:" Historic Preservation in Virginia-Monadnock: Why Not?  3:30pm,  Upham's Corner Crossing Community Room, 530 Columbia Road.  The Hancock Street Civic Association and the Jones Hill Civic Association have collaborated to host a presentation on the history of the Virginia Monadnock area:

Wednesday, March 15: Matthew Clark: "Abdication of Responsibility at the Lee School;" Taylor Finch: "The People First: An Era of Community Activism in Dorchester 1969-1975."   6:30 p.m., First Parish Church, 10 Parish Street.  Meeting House Hill Civic Association will host two presentations focusing on two very different forms of community activism in the early 1970s: In the late 1960s the Boston School Committee hoped to comply with the 1965 Racial Imbalance Act by attracting people from black and white communities to state-of-the-art "magnet schools" such as the Joseph Lee on Talbot Avenue. Failure to desegregate the Lee in 1971 was the pivotal event leading to the Federal Court's desegregation order three years later and the resulting busing crisis. Consulting published works and original City archives Matthew Clark looks back on the state of Boston Public Schools in the 1960s, possible solutions the City explored, the planning of the Lee School, and why the Lee school ultimately failed to achieve its mission;  Also in the late 1960s, a group of young political activists, disillusioned with the anarchistic militancy that pervaded much of the student left, sought practical ways to connect with working class people in the community.  Consulting published works, the original editions of Dorchester Community News, and the memories of the activists themselves, Taylor Finch explores the roots of progressive political activism in Dorchester, and rediscovers "THE PEOPLE FIRST", an organization of student activists and long-time residents who worked together to fight hunger, poverty, racism, judicial corruption and the Vietnam war and its impact on the community.

Friday, March 3: UNIVERSITIES AND SLAVERY: Bound by History, 9 AM–5 PM, Cambridge.  This daylong conference explores the connections between universities and the institution of slavery—across Harvard, the United States, and around the world—and examines what the relationship means for the present and the future.  The journalist and National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates will deliver the keynote address and then join in conversation with Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust.  We invite you to watch the live webcast in March or register now to attend in person.  The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Learn more about the people and programs of the Radcliffe Institute at www.radcliffe.harvard.edu.

Saturday, March 4:  Music for Peace: Masterworks for Piano Quartet, @ 7:30 pm, Harvard-Epworth Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA United States + Google Map Masterworks for Piano QuartetMarch 4th, 2017Victor Rosenbaum, pianoEunae Koh, violinMaria Lambros, violaHyun-Ji Kwon, celloMozart piano quartet in E-flat Major.  K. 493Schumann piano quartet in E-flat Major. Opus 47In the second concert of our 2016- 2017 Music for Peace series Eunae Koh (violin), Maria Lambros (viola), Hyun-Ji Kwon (cello) and Victor Rosenbaum (piano) perform piano quartets composed by Mozart and Schumann.Benefits Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund; part of the Music for Peace Series. Single concert: seats $25 in advance for Mass. Peace Action members,…  Find out more »

Wednesday, March 8: CHINESE PROGRESSIVE ASSOCIATION: International Women's Day Celebration, 5:30-7:30,  SEIU 32BJ, 26 West Street (downtown Boston).  MANY PEOPLE, ONE HEART: to celebrate 30 years of organizing immigrant women workers!


Wednesday, March 8: PLAN: Glover's Corner Open House Scheduled, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM, IBEW Local 103, 256 Freeport Street #1. Dorchester.  In partnership with the community, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is launching PLAN: Glover’s Corner, Dorchester. Through the lenses of “preserve, enhance, and grow,” the planning study will explore opportunities and needs in the area centered on the intersection of Dorchester Avenue and Freeport Street. Residents, property owners, business owners, community/civic groups, people who work in the area and visit there are invited to an open house to learn more about the study, the area, and how to get involved.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

DPP STANDING ROCK/ DAPL EVENT A BIG SUCCESS


Hayat writes:

In spite of a short organizing time-frame, and poor weather conditions, 126 people showed up at a solidarity event for the Standing Rock Resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) on February 16, 2017. And everyone left feeling enriched and uplifted because the speakers were pretty incredible! The situation at Standing Rock has reached a crisis point so the event was extremely timely, and people passionately wanted to hear the latest updates, especially from people who had been there.

The Reminder: The event started with a moving video update from Native leader from the Lakota Law Project, Chase Iron yes, reminding us that the struggle has only just begun. Much will depend now on challenges in the court system. They are counting on our backing and support. You can see the VIDEO here.

The Speakers: Wyze Love, urban Native activist, reminded us why we were all there, the importance of water, the contribution this movement by Native people is making for all Americans, and how they are providing a gift to all humanity. Jude Glaubman, member of Water Protector Legal Collective, explained the various legal needs they provide and what a wall of State oppression and legal barriers people onsite are facing, and will continue to face, with impending prison sentences. The Reverend Mariama White-Hammond spoke about the spiritual foundation of the Standing Rock movement and our moral, human responsibility to look after the earth, water and all its creatures. We have to start to think in a
new way if we are to survive disastrous climate change, fostered by fossil fuels, of which the pipeline is an integral part. Dan Luker, gave a moving account of his journey as a Vietnam Veteran, joining thousands of other veterans, who, inspite of political differences, still hold to the truth that they are committed to protecting Americans from foreign and domestic enemies. Gunning down people with rubber bullets and hosing down women and children is not okay with them. Emmy Rainwalker, a member of Dorchester People for Peace, and a specialist in supporting people who have experienced trauma, spoke alongside her husband Dan Luker. She has been a stalwart support system for Dan, and others at Standing Rock, providing listening, counseling and resources.

NEXT STEPS: At the end of discussions, various ideas for action emerged:

• Defunding of DAPL
• Adopting a "Prisoner of conscience at Standing Rock"
• Working for an Indigenous Day instead of Columbus Day in Massachusetts (this could also combine with changing the Massachusetts Seal, which is pretty racist right now)
• Preparing to march on Washington on March 10
• Funding Veterans for Peace who are helping people who have sacrificed a lot to be at Standing Rock; we raised $800 from passing the hat.
• Next step for DPP could be to add our individual contributions so we can raise this amount to an even $1000! Those who didn't get a chance to contribute last night, please contact Emmy.
We will connect with those who have given us their emails on these ideas, and other ideas. Send yours in!

Please send us your ideas too!

If you want to donate to the Veterans Fund, please make out a check to:
Veterans for Peace (put Standing Rock in memo line)
c/o Emmy Rainwalker
8 Carruth St.
Dorchester, MA 02124

Resources and Actions:

http://lastrealindians.com
https://risewithstandingrock.com/home
http://www.nodapl.life
https://tinyurl.com/BosDivest
https://www.facebook.com/WaterProtectorLegal/
https://www.facebook.com/Standing-Rock-Sioux-Tribe-402298239798452/
https://www.facebook.com/Indigenousrisingmedia/
http://www.unicornriot.ninja/

Livestreams and videos:

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheYoungTurks/search?query=Standing+rock
https://www.facebook.com/VeteransRespond/?pnref=story.unseen-section
https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=digital%20smoke%20signals

Events
Indigenous People’s March in Washington DC, March 10
http://theindigenouspeoples.com/2017/02/05/biggest-march-planned-in-washington-d-c-for-standing-rock-on-march-10th/

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How Will Native Tribes Fight the Dakota Access Pipeline in Court?
On Feb. 8 the US Army Corps of Engineers reversed course and issued an easement allowing the installation of the Dakota Access Pipeline under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. That decision followed a presidential memorandum indicating that construction and operation of the pipeline would be in the "national interest," and set the stage for a final showdown over the pipeline's fate. In response, two Indian tribes, the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux, filed new motions to halt the pipeline's construction and operation. After an initial hearing on those motions, the federal judge on the case allowed construction to proceed but will be considering the tribes' claims before oil will pass through the pipeline under Lake Oahe. That means, unlike the voices of thousands who joined the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in protest against the pipeline, the next chapter of this fight will be argued by a few lawyers in the pin drop silence of a federal courtroom. More



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WARS ABROAD, WARS AT HOME
With all the manufactured hyperventilating over alleged “Russian interference” in our elections, Israel, the country that has actually intervened in our politics on a regular basis remains unmentioned in our media.

Israel interferes in our politics all the time, and it’s never a scandal
Israel tried to interfere in that 2012 election, as Chris Matthews sensibly reminded his audience recently: Benjamin Netanyahu tried to help Mitt Romney beat Obama. Sheldon Adelson held a fundraiser in Jerusalem for Romney.  Netanyahu didn’t stop there. After Romney lost, Netanyahu came to Congress to tell the Congress to reject President Obama’s nuclear deal. That was an unprecedented interference of a foreign leader in our policy-making, enabled by the Israel lobby; but there were never any investigations about that. Subsequently Chuck Schumer said he was torn between a Jewish interest and the American interest, before voting against the president, and he paid no political/reputational price for it; while President Obama said that it would be an “abrogation” of his constitutional duty if he considered Israel’s interest ahead of the U.S.; for which Obama was called an anti-semite… The Israeli interference in our politics is the conspiracy in plain sight that no one in the media talks about because they’re too implicated themselves.  More

A DEVIL WE KNOW
Donald Trump’s victory has become an occasion for soul-searching and fierce debate among liberals, leftists, and their allies. But lost in the mix of all the recriminations and arguments is a clear-eyed attempt to imagine what life for Americans will actually look like under Trump—and then, what we want it to be after he is out of office. If we are to look beyond the next four years, we must create a movement that is not simply anti-Trump, but that presents left politics as a compelling alternative. In preparing to fight the anti-labor, anti-immigrant, racist, and misogynist policies of a Trump administration, history can help us understand how activists and radicals in previous eras of social turmoil fought for a better future…  Today, as terrifying as it is to confront, the left needs to consider that white nationalism, misogyny, and xenophobia always lurks underneath the veneer of modern politics. Donald Trump has simply revealed to us the nation that, in more pessimistic moments, many of us knew existed. But rather than succumb to the despair of “this is not the America I know,” we must instead say, “I will fight for the America I want.”   More

Resisting Trump: The Great American Awakening
“As the nightmare reality of Donald Trump sinks in, we need to put our resistance in a larger perspective,” Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman wrote recently, describing Trump as “our imperial vulture come home to roost.”  The context in which most Trumpnews is delivered is miniscule: more or less beginning and ending with the man himself — his campaign, his businesses, his appointees, his ego, his endless scandals (“what did he know and when did he know it?”) — which maintains the news at the level of entertainment, and surrounds it with the fantasy context of a United States that used to be an open, fair and peace-loving democracy, respectful of all humanity. In other words, Trump is the problem, and if he goes away, we can get back to what we used to be… But the time has come to face the totality of who we are and reach for real change.  I believe this is what we are seeing in the streets right now. Americans — indeed, people across the planet — are ceasing to be spectators in the creation of the future. The protests we’re witnessing aren’t so much anti-Trump as pro-humanity and pro-Planet Earth.  More

Flynn’s Departure is a Win for Peace
Flynn was dangerous not because he was a political flake but because he combined his troubling worldview with serious military credentials that earned him Trump’s respect. He wrote what is practically a guide book on fighting a global religious war, titled The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies. Flynn has also tweeted that “fear of Muslims is RATIONAL” (his emphasis) and has said that “Islam is a political ideology” and “a cancer” that “hides behind being a religion.” And he was a purveyor of the ridiculous notion that “Shariah law” is spreading in the United States…  If you had to bet where Flynn might have helped take Trump into war, your best bet would be Iran. Flynn has argued that Iran is the “linchpin” in the war against “radical Islam.” In a recent White House press briefing, he asserted that Iran’s ballistic missile test violated the Iran nuclear agreement, which it did not. Flynn went on to say, “as of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice,” hinting that another missile test from Iran could lead the United States to take military action.   More

America's spies anonymously took down Michael Flynn. That is deeply worrying.
The United States is much better off without Michael Flynn serving as national security adviser. But no one should be cheering the way he was brought down.  The whole episode is evidence of the precipitous and ongoing collapse of America's democratic institutions — not a sign of their resiliency. Flynn's ouster was a soft coup (or political assassination) engineered by anonymous intelligence community bureaucrats. The results might be salutary, but this isn't the way a liberal democracy is supposed to function…  Members of the unelected, unaccountable intelligence community are not the right someone, especially when they target a senior aide to the president by leaking anonymously to newspapers the content of classified phone intercepts, where the unverified, unsubstantiated information can inflict politically fatal damage almost instantaneously.    More

STEPHEN WALT: Five Ways Donald Trump Is Wrong About Islam
Donald Trump took up so bandwidth during the 2016 election cycle that we all paid insufficient attention to the people lurking within his campaign operation who have now moved into key policymaking positions…  What unites these people — and seems to drive Bannon in particular — is a belief that the United States, and, indeed, the entire Judeo-Christian West, is under siege from an insidious and powerful foe: “radical Islam.” See this article here, or this one. For the most extreme of them (that is, Gaffney), there’s no real distinction between jihadi terrorists and the entire Muslim religion. In this view, a hardened Islamic State killer is no different from that nice Muslim family who lives downstairs, next door, or across the street…  There’s only one thing wrong with this view as a template for U.S. foreign policy: It’s completely at odds with reality. Specifically, it ignores the true balance of power, overlooks the deep divisions within Islam itself, exaggerates the danger of terrorism and relies on assorted myths Islamophobes have been ceaselessly spouting for decades.   More

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NEW WARS / OLD WARS – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

A VERY PERSONAL CALL FOR PEACE IN SYRIA
I’m talking to Tima Kurdi [Alan Kurdi’s aunt] around the same time as the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, releases a new report on the battle for Aleppo. The Atlantic Council has long called for regime change in Syria. This report comes out just when new ceasefires have been negotiated and when parts of the armed rebels have decided to hold talks with the Syrian government. The only real fighting groups amongst the rebels that remain of consequence are ISIS and the al-Qaeda portmanteau group Tahrir al-Sham, as I reported a few weeks ago. None of this mattered to the Atlantic Council.  The Council calls for three strategies to undercut the peace initiatives afoot in Syria. First, to provide ‘robust support for local allies on the ground’, namely the elusive ‘moderate opposition.’ As Tima Kurdi said to me, ‘there are no moderate rebels in Syria.’ Those days are long gone. Second, for ‘direct kinetic action’ which is military jargon for armed action by the United States. Third, for the creation of safe zones within Syria, which is precisely what a ceasefire initiative and peace process would create. Point one and two are anathema to Tima Kurdi, who urges support for the peace process to ‘stop the war in Syria.’   More
Alan Kurdi lies dead on a beach inTurkey
SIGN PETITION SUPPORTING
'Stop Arming Terrorists Act' H.R. 608
United for Peace and Justice has joined with the U.S. Peace Council, Veterans for Peace and several other national peace organizations to initiate a public campaign in support of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard’s (D-Hawaii) STOP ARMING TERRORISTS ACT (H.R. 608), which she originally introduced to the Congress on December 8, 2016.
H.R. 608 is a bipartisan bill, which has been co-sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-California), Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky), Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vermont), Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-North Carolina), and Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Florida).
The Stop Arming Terrorists Act (H.R.6504) has only 5 co-sponsors, none from Massachusetts

PATRICK COCKBURN: 'Donald Trump will spark a war with Iran'
Given the high decibel level of the Trump administrations threats and warnings, it is impossible to distinguish bellicose rhetoric from real operational planning. A confrontation with Iran will probably not come soon; but in a year or two, when previous policies conceived under Obama have run their course, Trump may well feel that he has to show how much tougher and more effective he is than his predecessor, whom he has denounced as weak and incompetent.  This administration is so heavily loaded with crackpots, fanatics and amateurs, that it would be optimistic to imagine that they will pass safely through the political swamplands of the Middle East without detonating a crisis with which they cannot cope.   More

Yemen: In the Shadow of Death -- George Capaccio
Some critics are calling the January 30 raid in Yemen a botched affair. Insufficient or incorrect intelligence and poor planning, they argue, are responsible for the chaos that erupted when the Navy Seals launched their raid and ended up causing excessive “collateral damage.” Sean Spicer, Trump’s adversarial press secretary, lashed out at anyone — including Arizona Senator John McCain — who calls the raid a failure. In Spicer’s view, such malcontents and naysayers owe an apology to Ryan Owens, the soldier who was killed in the raid: “It's absolutely a success, and I think anyone that would suggest [the raid is] not a success does a disservice to the life of Chief Ryan Owens."  What about the life of Nawar al-Awlaki and the lives of the other women and children whom the soldiers ended up killing? Don’t they deserve an apology? Better than an apology, don’t their families deserve some form of compensation for the loss of their loved ones?  More

Lessons and Propaganda From the Botched Raid on Yemen
The Trump administration’s first “kinetic” military action, last weekend’s raid on Yemen that killed a Navy SEAL as well as fifteen women and children, was an operational failure. Aggravating that failure has been the aggressive propaganda spin applied by the White House. According to White House spokesman Sean Spicer, the operation was a major success… Nearly everything went wrong in the Yemen raid. Surprise wasn’t achieved. US troops were killed and wounded. Far too many non-combatants (innocent civilians) were killed, including an eight-year-old girl. A $75 million Osprey malfunctioned and had to be destroyed. To hazard a guess, this raid probably cost the US in the neighborhood of $250 million while failing to achieve its main objective. Meanwhile, the enemy put up fierce resistance with weaponry, mainly small arms and explosives, that probably cost less than $100,000. In brief, the US raid on Yemen was prodigal in cost, profligate in resources, and unproductive in results.  More

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ISRAEL, PALESTINE, GAZA. . . and the US
There has been a lot of hand-wringing over Trump’s mention of a “one state” possibility in
Israel/Palestine.  Of course, without some truly drastic change in the political equation, “two-states” remains a fig leaf that allows continued Israeli colonization without any real movement toward a sovereign Palestinian state.  In fact, it has been the policy of every Israeli government – left, right or center – to talk about two states while ensuring that there will never be a truly sovereign Palestinian homeland.  Netanyahu made this clear in his conditions for “non-conditional” negotiations: Israeli security control of the entire land from the Jordan River to the Sea – in effect leaving open only the possibility of Israel sovereignty over all the territory, with perhaps a Palestinian Indian Reservation somewhere within it.

Farewell to Doublespeak: Israel’s Terrifying Vision for the Future
The passing of the ‘Regularization Bill‘ on February 6 is all we need to imagine the Israeli-envisaged future. The new law allows the Israeli government to retroactively recognize Jewish outposts built without official permission on privately-owned Palestinian land… Undoubtedly, the law is the ‘last nail in the coffin of the two-state solution‘, but that is not important. It never mattered to Israel, anyway. The talk of a solution was mere smoke and mirrors as far as Israel was concerned. All the ‘peace talks’ and the entirety of ‘peace process’, even when it was in its zenith, rarely slowed down the Israeli bulldozers, slowed down the construction of more ‘Jewish homes’ or ended the unceasing ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians… The guardians of the grand charade of the two-state solution, who shrewdly crafted the ‘peace process’ and danced to every Israeli tune are now bewildered. They have been outed by Israel’s dreadful plans that shot their ‘solution’ right between the eyes, leaving Palestinians to choose between subjugation, humiliation or imprisonment.    More

Jewish lawmakers rip Trump over two-state walkback
Jewish lawmakers in Congress ripped into President Donald Trump on Feb. 15 for abandoning the United States' longstanding commitment to a Palestinian state, warning that doing so would have dire consequences for Israel.   Trump floated other options to the decadeslong conflict at a White House news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The US president wasn't advocating for an alternative course of action, indicating instead that he was keeping an open mind on the issue. "I’m looking at two-state and one-state,” Trump said. “I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like. I can live with either one.”  More

After others refuse to be 'goodwill ambassadors'
Only five NFL players show up for Israel trip
What was supposed to be a high-profile image-buffing visit by a delegation of 13 NFL players to Israel ended up failing to draw enough players to field a team.  In the end, only five of the players originally slated on the seven-day trip designed to make them “ambassadors of good will” for Israel ended up arriving to tour the Holy Land and seeing the sights, after a public relations fumble caused the majority to pull out… The decision of the other participants not to come on the trip took place after the visit was publicized by Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy Minister Gilad Erdan on February 5, with a press release describing the trip as being part of an “intensive fight against the delegitimization and BDS campaigns against Israel, and part of this struggle includes hosting influencers and opinion-formers of international standing in different fields.” More

Israel Lobby Files anti-BDS Bill:
OUR FREE SPEECH IS UNDER ATTACK!
State Senator Creem of Newton and Representative Paul McMurtry of Dedham have filed a legislation that would attack free speech and nonviolent protest - the exact last thing we need in the Trump era. Creem and McMurtry's bills, SD.922 and HD.779, are framed as anti-discrimination legislation. But in reality they would penalize supporters of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement for justice, as well as other social movements that employ time-honored tactics of nonviolent economic pressure. If Creem and McMurtry had introduced this bill in 1975, it would have made activism against South African Apartheid substantially more difficult.

Unpacking anti-Arab racism in Israel
This rubbing out of Arabic — and above all Muslim — culture, language and memory in the Israeli public space is as much part of the assault on Palestinian history and presence as home demolitions, expulsions, occupation, and siege. It may be the quieter arm of the enterprise, but it works just as effectively to undermine the foundations of Palestinian society.  The effort to dismantle Palestinian national identity and memory takes various forms. At the government level, alongside recurring attempts to pass some version of the “muezzin law,” initiatives seeking to demote Arabic from its status as an official language of Israel surface every year or two. The so-called “Nakba Law” gives the state authority to reduce its funding for any institution that treats Israel’s Independence Day as a day of mourning. Culture Minister Miri Regev has threatened to pull funding for institutions that she deems to be giving a “platform” to Palestinian narratives.  More


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OTHER EVENTS

Sunday, February 19: DORCHESTER HISTORY INITIATIVE, @ 2:00 p.m. Dorchester Historical Society (195 Boston Street), The "Dorchester History Initiative"​ presentations get under way with a kick-off at the 2017 Two UMass Boston graduate history students will open windows onto two strikingly different scenes of Dorchester's religious past. This event is the first of a series of presentations by UMass Boston graduate students who have volunteered to share with the community their research findings on various aspects of Dorchester's rich history. Dorchester natives, residents and anyone interested are welcome to attend the seminars and participate with questions and discussion on each paper. We'll continue to keep you informed of all these events as arrangements are finalized. In the meanwhile we hope you will inform your membership of the event at the Historical Society and that you can join us on the 19th.

 Thursday, March ​2: Genevieve Peterson:" Historic Preservation in Virginia-Monadnock: Why Not?"  6:30pm,  Upham's Corner Crossing Community Room, 530 Columbia Road.  The Hancock Street Civic Association and the Jones Hill Civic Association have collaborated to host a presentation on the history of the Virginia Monadnock area:

Wednesday, March 15: Matthew Clark: "Abdication of Responsibility at the Lee School;" Taylor Finch: "The People First: An Era of Community Activism in Dorchester 1969-1975."   6:30 p.m., First Parish Church, 10 Parish Street.  Meeting House Hill Civic Association will host two presentations focusing on two very different forms of community activism in the early 1970s: In the late 1960s the Boston School Committee hoped to comply with the 1965 Racial Imbalance Act by attracting people from black and white communities to state-of-the-art "magnet schools" such as the Joseph Lee on Talbot Avenue. Failure to desegregate the Lee in 1971 was the pivotal event leading to the Federal Court's desegregation order three years later and the resulting busing crisis. Consulting published works and original City archives Matthew Clark looks back on the state of Boston Public Schools in the 1960s, possible solutions the City explored, the planning of the Lee School, and why the Lee school ultimately failed to achieve its mission;  Also in the late 1960s, a group of young political activists, disillusioned with the anarchistic militancy that pervaded much of the student left, sought practical ways to connect with working class people in the community.  Consulting published works, the original editions of Dorchester Community News, and the memories of the activists themselves, Taylor Finch explores the roots of progressive political activism in Dorchester, and rediscovers "THE PEOPLE FIRST", an organization of student activists and long-time residents who worked together to fight hunger, poverty, racism, judicial corruption and the Vietnam war and its impact on the community.
Monday, February 20: Documentary Film Screening: “13th” with Bethel AME, at 11:00 a.m -2:00 p.m. Bethel AME, 38 Walk Hill Street, Jamaica Plain.  Please RSVP here. The film is titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which outlawed slavery (unless as punishment for a crime). DuVernay's documentary opens with the idea that 25 percent of the people in the world who are incarcerated are incarcerated in the U.S. and argues that slavery is being effectively perpetuated in the U.S. through mass incarceration.

Tuesday, February 21: GARETH PORTER: Taking Control of the Permanent War State, 7pm. First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, U.C.C.  Gareth Porter is an independent investigative journalist and historian and the winner of the 2012 Gellhorn Prize for journalism, named after the highly respected 20th century American foreign correspondent Martha Gellhorn. From 2004 until 2015, Porter covered U.S. military policy and intelligence operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and Syria as well as the drone wars in Pakistan and Yemen.

Wednesday, February 22: GARETH PORTER: Is Trump threatening War with Iran?, 7-9PM, First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, U.C.C, 11 Garden St, Cambridge.  Gareth Porter is an independent investigative journalist and historian and the winner of the 2012 Gellhorn Prize for journalism, named after the highly respected 20th century American foreign correspondent Martha Gellhorn. From 2004 until 2015, Porter covered U.S. military policy and intelligence operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and Syria as well as the drone wars in Pakistan and Yemen for Inter Press Service, Truthout, Consortium News, The Nation, Truthdig and Middle East Eye. He has also been published in Foreign Policy, the National Interest and other journals and websites. He has been interviewed frequently on al Jazeera English, RT, Democracy Now and the Real News Network.

Saturday, Feb. 25: Come Watch & Discuss: "Merchants of Doubt" Film Screening & Discussion in Roslindale,  6:30PM, Roslindale Congregational Church, 25 Cummins Hwy.  Join us for this must-see documentary that exposes the forces behind organized denial of climate change. Following the film, we will have a brief presentation and discussion about Community Choice Aggregation, an initiative that could dramatically accelerate Boston's path to full renewable energy. Please RSVP here!

Thursday, March 2: Palestinians in Cambridge: Stories from the Diaspora, Opening Reception - , 6-8 PM        
Gutman Library, Harvard University, 6 Appian Way (2 blocks from Harvard Square).   An exhibit of photographic portraits and excerpts from interviews with Palestinians living, studying or working in Cambridge  about life and identity in the Diaspora. The portraits are complemented with context about the Palestinian diaspora.    Exhibit runs through March 28, 2017  Gutman Hours:  Monday- Thursday  8 AM-11 PM, Friday: 8 AM-7 PM, Saturday– 9 AM-7 PM, Sunday 12-9 PM.   Interviewees include Salma Abu Ayyash and Giacomo Milia, Sari Abuljubein, Jamal and Mushoor Abu-Rubieh,  Nidal Al-Azraq, Amahl Bishara, Leila Farsakh, Randa Ghattas, Sami Herbawi, Layla Hijab-Cable, Asma Jaber, Walid Masoud,   Layla Hijab-Cable with a family photograph, Rania Matar, Dana Sajdi and Maysoun Shomali and Jamal Saeh.

Thursday, March 2: Join Our “T.Party”: Mingle & Plan with Transit Advocates, 5:30PM, Boston City Hall, 5th Floor Curley Room.  Over the last 5 months, the City Council has been hosting an innovative transportation policy briefing series to advise us on transit equity and sustainable mobility. Immediately following the final briefing (on Parking Management), join us for a post-briefing "Boston T(ransit) Party" with appetizers and refreshments to thank all presenters and the larger sustainable transit community. You can RSVP here for the briefing and here for the T.Party. Finally, I'm working on a Boston guide to civic engagement with suggestions and concrete steps to influence policy-making and community action. Please send along any groups, programs, or ideas that I could include and highlight!

Friday, March 3: UNIVERSITIES AND SLAVERY: Bound by History, 9 AM–5 PM, Cambridge.  This daylong conference explores the connections between universities and the institution of slavery—across Harvard, the United States, and around the world—and examines what the relationship means for the present and the future.  The journalist and National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates will deliver the keynote address and then join in conversation with Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust.  We invite you to watch the live webcast in March or register now to attend in person.  The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Learn more about the people and programs of the Radcliffe Institute at www.radcliffe.harvard.edu.

Saturday, March 4:  Music for Peace: Masterworks for Piano Quartet, @ 7:30 pm, Harvard-Epworth Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA United States + Google Map Masterworks for Piano QuartetMarch 4th, 2017Victor Rosenbaum, pianoEunae Koh, violinMaria Lambros, violaHyun-Ji Kwon, celloMozart piano quartet in E-flat Major.  K. 493Schumann piano quartet in E-flat Major. Opus 47In the second concert of our 2016- 2017 Music for Peace series Eunae Koh (violin), Maria Lambros (viola), Hyun-Ji Kwon (cello) and Victor Rosenbaum (piano) perform piano quartets composed by Mozart and Schumann.Benefits Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund; part of the Music for Peace Series. Single concert: seats $25 in advance for Mass. Peace Action members,…  Find out more »