The Tea Party so wanted five conservative judges to find the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional but as you know, that was not the decision. [float=right] Boston Tea Party rally in Columbus Park.
Photo by Chris Faraone.
This summer Unreliable Narrator in association with the Pluto Tapes presents a tour of 2010: Our Hideous Future: The Musical!, an original cyberpunk musical comedy. Tickets for all shows are available for $10 are available through http://www.2010tour.net. Dates are as follows:
Wed., July 11: 95 Empire in Providence, RI
Sat., July 21: Griffen Theatre in Salem, MA
Fri. and Sat., Aug. 3 and 4: Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, NY
It’s the way far distant future, AD 2010, and it’s a bad time to be human. Lonely human freedom fighter Kate Brick plans a last stand against the oppressive Artas, artificial life forms who control humankind through torture, brainwashing, and Foursquare. But judging by the apathy of her lover Dehnise Compuserve and of her fellow humans, it may be too late.
2010 is a synthpop-infused, queer-friendly musical comedy homage to the great dystopian classics of the 1980s and '90s. Playwright Carl Danielson brilliantly riffs on classics like Blade Runner, Max Headroom, The Matrix, and Snow Crash. Meanwhile, local songwriter/audio producer Andy Hicks (of The Pluto Tapes) provides delightfully twisted tunes like "Near Futuristic Dystopia!" and "Bangor Boogie.”
FREEDOM RALLY THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 8!
To Be Held in at the corner of Park and Beacon Streets, across from the statehouse 11:30am - 1:30pm
In Parallel with an Anti-Abortion Rally Demanding That the Obama Administration Provide Full Contraceptive Coverage Exemption from the 2010 Affordable Care Act
This Friday, June 8, anti-abortion groups will be rallying in cities across the country to protest the contraceptive coverage mandate of the 2010 Affordable Care Act and demand that religious groups, under the guise of "Religious Freedom", be granted a full exemption from the mandate.
In Massachusetts, these rallies will be held in Boston, on Cape Cod, in Leominster, West Roxbury, and Worcester, All rallies are at 11:30 a.m.
Americans United is planning a counter-rally in parallel to let them know that we support the First Amendment and demand that religious organizations be held to the same standards of following the law as every other US institution.
Paul Craney is a movement conservative who created a "non-partisan" "non-profit" lobbying organization and appointed himself director. He drinks a lot of coffee with potential secret donors, and tells people on twitter about it when he's driving to and from meetings. He also tweets about the Governor's calendar.
Ai-Jen Poo, a gifted community organizer recently honored by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, will speak at the Greater Boston Care Congress on June 16th. The Congress will launch the Massachusetts Caring Across Generations Campaign, part of a national movement to unite care workers, seniors, members of the disability community, and allies in order to create jobs, win affordable care services, and transform the care industry. The Massachusetts Domestic Worker’s Alliance will convene in the morning at the same location to draft legislation for a Massachusetts Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights.
Poo is a daughter of pro-democracy immigrants from Chiang Kai-shek’s Taiwan who has been active for decades in worker-led groups. She was influential in New York’s recent passage of a historic Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights and is providing leadership for the new national campaign, Caring Across Generations.
Caring Across Generations is the movement-building campaign of a national coalition of several hundred organizations representing care workers and care consumers. The Massachusetts Caring Across Generations Campaign is led by a steering committee of local organizations including 1199/SEIU, Mass Senior Action Council, Massachusetts Coalition of Domestic Workers, and Massachusetts Jobs With Justice.
Ever wonder how busy people get sooo much done? Secrets revealed! Join Socializing for Justice for a Productivity Tech Tips Skillshare on June 4, 6:00 - 8:30 PM.
SoJust hosts events that draw progressives of all stripes who share common values but may work on different issues. We host monthly socials that allow for the possibility of cross-issue connections and run a monthly Skillshare Series, hosted by The NonProfit Center*, which increases our individual capacity for movement building.
6:00-6:30 Socializing - bring your own dinner
6:30-8:30 Training and Q&A
Productivity Tech Tips
The tech world can be an overwhelming place. You know that there are 1001 great (and free) tools you can be using to live a more productive life, but you don't know where to start. Let us help you out! At this skillshare we will go in depth to demonstrate many great tools you should be using everyday, including Rapportive (social media Gmail integration), Google docs and forms, Google voice, Jing (video captures), Dropbox and much more. Have a favorite productivity tech tool? Email it to robbie AT sojust DOT org.
Meet like-minded progressives and get connected to great social justice organizations in Boston. Haven't been to a Socializing for Justice event? It’s time to meet the friendly faces of the group that’s grown to over 2000 members, hosted 115+ events and fostered hundreds of connections since our founding 5 1/2 years ago.
Join us if you are ready to go BEYOND ALLIES and build a CROSS-ISSUE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT.
Cost: $5-$20 collected at the door. Newcomers always welcomed!
(every $10 includes raffle ticket for a $25 iTune's gift card)
Complimentary appetizers will be provided.
THIS IS NOT A MEETING - IT'S A FUN NETWORKING SOCIAL!
No Program. No Speaker. Just Us. For Justice.
As always we'll help you meet people - so no worries if you're new to SoJust, plus we'll have "I'M LOOKING FOR" and "ASK ME ABOUT" tags, a CATALYST CORNER staffed by our amazing STARZ (regular attendees), our wildly popular JOBS BOARD and ACTION STATIONS to make it even more likely you'll find the right connections.
WANT TO CROSS-PROMOTE YOUR EVENTS AND CAMPAIGNS? Looking for like-minded progressives to hang out with in Boston? Are you new to the area and looking for groups to get involved in? Are you psyched about building strong cross-issue coalitions? Join us!
GLADHour, a happy hour for fans of equal justice for all! Enjoy great food and drinks in a relaxed and fun atmosphere while networking with fellow supporters of LGBTQ equality.
Join us to hear from Vickie Henry, GLAD Senior Staff Attorney, about how GLAD aims to broaden and deepen its work to generate systemic change that builds a just, inclusive, and affirming environment for all LGBTQ youth and the children of LGBT parents.
May 30, 6-8:30pm at The Middle East, 480 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
Do you often get stuck in conversations? Not know how to approach people at networking events? Join Socializing for Justice for a fast-paced, fun & interactive Skillshare on the Art of the Schmooze on May 14, 6:00 - 8:30 PM at the NonProfit Center*, 89 South St, Boston.
SoJust hosts events that draw progressives of all stripes that share common values but may work on different issues. We create social spaces that allow for the possibility of cross-issue connections and run a Skillshare Series, hosted by The NonProfit Center, which builds our individual capacity to make a difference in the world.
6:00-6:30 Socializing - bring your own dinner
8:00-8:30 Q & A and more socializing
Event fee: $10-$20 cash at the door.
SoJust's Co-Founder, Robbie Samuels, who is well known for his schmoozing skills, is this month's facilitator.
In a recent 60 Minutes expose, Aerosmith: Livin' on the Edge, Lara Logan coaxed out some harsh criticism of Steven Tyler from his band mates Tom Hamilton, Brad Whitford and Joey Kramer. She then used the criticism to question Steven Tyler who was taken aback and at first a bit defense, then he returned the favor.
Justin Locke spent 18 years playing bass with the Boston Pops (as well
as playing in the Boston Opera, and Ballet orchestras). He worked
with such conductors as Arthur Fiedler, Henry Mancini, John Willams,
and Leonard Bernstein. Justin is now an author and speaker. In his
presentation (taken from his book “Real Men Don’t Rehearse”), he will
share a first hand (and generally hysterical) look at what it’s really
like to be a professional musician. Stories will include cannon
mishaps on the Esplanade, kiddie concerts gone horribly wrong, and of
Oftentimes, community leaders* are sought out for support in times of crisis and are the first to become aware that someone is considering killing themselves. Attend this training to gain the skills to handle the "suicide question" and become knowledgeable about local resources for you and your community.
Due to limited seating, this 2-hour training is being offered on Monday, March 19 and Tuesday, May 8 - select your preferred date when registering.
QPR - Question, Persuade, Refer is modeled after the success of the CPR medical intervention and is based on the following concepts:
Those who most need help in a suicidal crisis are the least likely to ask for it.
Prior to making a suicide attempt, a person typically sends warning signs.
Asking "Are you thinking about killing yourself?" is a key step to preventing suicide.
This training will address:
The anxiety we feel when we are talking to someone who is suicidal.
How to specifically ask "the question".
How to persuade someone to seek help.
How to make sure they get the referral they need.
*For the purpose of this training, a community leader is anyone who regularly convenes groups of people.
[float=right][/float]In the last 3 days in Boston, 10 people have been shot and 2 have died from gun shot wounds. In all likelihood, all of these crimes were committed with illegal guns.
www.MayorsAgainstIllegalGuns.org has proposed Federal legislation that would help get illegal guns off the streets. Ask your Congressman, Senators and neighbors if they support it.
The NRA is one of the most powerful lobbies in the USA so we have a lot of work to do to get this passed. Scott Brown says he opposes Federal legislation on this issue because "it is a local issue." Mayors Tom Menino and Mike Bloomberg and mayors from 625 cities in the USA disagree with Scott Brown.
Need a break from the stress of work, the economy, and everyday life? Looking for something to do that is fun, free, and progressive? Join us for Games for Justice at Andala Cafe! Arrive by yourself or bring a friend.
Scrabble, Boggle, Apples to Apples, Scattegories - what's your favorite board game? Bring it!
Look no further if you're seeking like-minded folks to game with, want to cross-promote your events and campaigns while you Boggle, or are new to the area and looking for groups to get involved in. If you want to build a strong cross-issue social justice movement, SoJust is for you!
Join us if you want to cross-promote your events and campaigns while enjoying great cocktails, are new to the area and looking for groups to get involved in, or you've been looking for like-minded progressive to hang with in Boston. Newcomers always welcomed!
The Mayor's new $2.4-Billion budget increases real estate tax 2.5% - the maximum if I'm not mistaken - even as wages for many Bostonians remain flat on the heels of the Great Recession. In addition, the MBTA has announced record increases in fares which will cost some commuters thousands more per year.
Please comment in the thread below and post links to other articles about the Mayor's budget. My questions about the City of Boston's finances and services are are follows: