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.  ( 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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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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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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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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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

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

'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 détente 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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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:
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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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:

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

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.