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565 Boylston Street, Copley
"A Radical Pulpit In Action"
The Community Church is located at 565 Boylston Street in Copley Square, between Dartmouth and Clarendon Streets. By public transportation, the closest stops are Copley on the Green Line and Back Bay on the Orange Line.
Public parking is available on Sunday mornings at the Back Bay Garage. Entrances are on Clarendon Street and St. James Ave. A red coupon is available at the church for discounted parking ($3 until 1:30 p.m.).
There is space for children's activities, as well as arts and crafts supplies for children. Church volunteers can provide childcare supervision when needed -- please call the church office, in advance if possible, to let us know the names and ages of your children (617) 266-6710.
** Sunday Speaker Platform Series for Winter 2004 **
Mar., 14 2004 10:45 a.m.
address in the "Corporation Nation" Series:
"On Being a Gangster for Capitalism"
Music by Patrick Keaney & Jonathan Dorsett
week: March 21 Sharon Kennedy, "The Strike
for Bread & Roses: Lawrence, 1912"
Activist On Trial:
Housing organizer Camilo Viveiros, a former Boston resident who currently works in Southeastern Massachusetts, was arrested while protesting the Republican National Convention on August 1, 2000. Roughly 400 people were arrested in these protests, and Camilo was hit with particularly serious charges due to the involvement of the police commissioner that could carry a sentence of 15 to 40 years if he's convicted. John Timoney, the Philadelphia police commissioner at the time, has used his handling of the RNC protestors to build his own career.
Camilo is a long-term dedicated organizer. He works in the community where he grew up and understands the interconnectedness of different issues. If he is sent to prison, it will be a huge loss for the community. Furthermore, if Camilo is sent to prison, it will send a chilling message to everyone who values the right to protest against injustice. In the current post-9/11 climate, protecting this right is more important than ever. Huge protests against the FTAA are planned for early November in Miami, where John Timoney is currently police chief. A conviction in Camilo's case could lead to more repressive measures there.
COMMUNITY CHURCH OF BOSTON is an independent -minded, radical religious community, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.
Puerto Rican poet and author Frank Morales
from the Lower East Side of New York City and Gan Golan one of the first F.T.A.A. (Free
Trade Area of the Americas) protesters to go to trial, for the politics
and poetry of resistance to repression.
John Timoney was the police commissioner of
Philadelphia during the Republican National Convention in 2000. Timoney
is directly responsible for Camilo's charges. Timoney went on to
coordinate police repression in Miami. John Timoney's law enforcement
practices threaten not only Camilo's freedom but also all of our
liberties. We will discuss the implications Camilo's case has for the
upcoming protests during the Republican National
Convention in New York.
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003 - Protest Against the War!
in front of the Military Recruiting Center on
* Bring the Troops Home Now!
* End the Occupation of Iraq!
Money for Jobs, Education Housing & Healthcare
Military Recruiters out of Our Schools and
31 Germania St.
Forum: How Best to Help the Homeless this Year
Tuesday Dec. 2, 2003 5-7:30 p.m.
Cambridge Senior Center, Central
makes a program work successfully with the homeless? With severe state
and federal budget cuts, how can we best donate to homeless service
organizations. Since 40% of homeless work full or part-time, how can we
abolish homelessness? Sponsored by Cambridge Action Fund, Inc., a 501 c3
where all operating costs are donated so 100% of donations go to help
the homeless. For more information
To donate, send tax deductible contributions to CAF, 1657 Cambridge St. #3, Cambridge MA 02138-4316. CAF, Inc. is a collaborative of businesses and citizens committed to sharing a portion of our income to improve the quality of life for ALL, especially the homeless. Simple refreshments provided.
In commemoration of the day the Berlin Wall was torn down, and pursuant to worldwide calls from the Palestinian Environmental NGO Network and the UN Palestine NGO Task Force for an International week of Protest against the Wall being constructed by Israel in the Occupied West Bank, the Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights, in collaboration with Grassroots International, United for Justice with Peace (Israel/Palestine Task Force), Visions of Peace with Justice in Israel/Palestine, and Jewish Women for Peace and Justice will launch a week of protests from November 9 to November 16.
Speakers at the Sunday November 9th event in Copley Square (noon to 2 p.m.) will include:
Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner
Rev. Robert Tobin, Rector, Christ Church Cambridge
Ms. Amal Jadou Nancy Murray, ACLU of MASS
Alice Rothchild Leila Farsakh
Charlene Hauptley-Pierce, Rachel Corrie's cousin
Renae Grant Martin Federman
Ridgely Fuller Tom Wallace
Friday September 19, 2003
Keynote Speaker, MA Peace Action Awards dinner - starts at 6:00p.m. - First Church Congregational, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge MA. Tickets $46 to mark 46 years of peace and justice work! www.masspeaceaction.org
Recorded by I.B.I.S. Available for a small donation - firstname.lastname@example.org for details
Tuesday September 23, 2003
Democracy, Freedom and Action Tour - 11:45a.m. - Copley Square, Boston, MA
Recorded by I.B.I.S. Available for a small donation - email@example.com for details
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"I'm writing to tell you about an upcoming event you might be interested in. Dick Cheney will be in Hopkinton (the town where the Boston Marathon starting line is) on Mo5nday, June 23, for a big Republican fundraising dinner at the home of Richard Egan. Egan is the founder of EMC Corporation and was Bush's ambassador to Ireland from 2001 until December 2002. Metrowest Partners for a Just & Peaceful World is organizing a protest in Hopkinton during Cheney's visit. I attended the planning meeting for this at the Peace Abbey last weekend. The demonstration is tentatively titled the "We The People's reception for Dick Cheney". It will probably be in the late afternoon/early evening on Monday, June 23. Metrowest Partners are hoping they will get a lot of people to come out to demonstrate. There might be a lot of media coverage. It would be great if you and/or other people you know would be able to come. Let me know if you are interested, and I will keep you updated on the logistics."
TUESDAY MAY 20th, 2003, 3:30pm (in Boston,MA)
A procession march for Rachel Corrie, (FYI, this link contains graphic photos of Rachel Corrie, the day she died) Human Rights Workers, Journalists and Palestinians targeted by the Israeli Military.
PROCESSION AND VIGIL
3:30 p.m. - Meet at Park Street Station (Red/Green Line stop)
4:00 p.m. - Silent March Past the Israeli Consulate (20 Park Plaza, near Arlington Station on the Green Line)
5:30 p.m. - Vigil in Copley Square
Organized by Boston-to-Palestine (b2p) : www.bcpr.org/b2p and sponsored by United for Justice with Peace, Boston Committee for Palestinian Rights, Visions of Peace with Justice in Israel/Palestine, and Jewish Women for Justice in Israel and Palestine.
MIT Western Hemisphere Project presents: "Human Rights & the U.S. State Department"
Wednesday May 7, 2003 at 7:00p.m. - MIT 10-250 (directions)
John Shattuck, former US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor will address: (1) the US government's historical role in the universal fight for human rights: how the Executive and Legislative branches perceive the role of human rights in US domestic & foreign policy; (2) the battles within the US government bureaucracy when it comes to documenting human-rights abuses in "friendly" countries; & (3) human-rights challenges in the next decade, both in the US & elsewhere. He will also discuss the case of MIT student Lori Berenson, who is now serving a 20-year sentence in Peru on terrorism-related charges.
Saturday March 29, 2003
Thousands Rally for and Against Iraq War
By MATT PITTA, Associated Press Writer
MASHPEE, Mass. - Massachusetts rallies both for and against the war with Iraq (news - web sites) included a "die-in" at Boston Common and patriotic songs near a military reservation Saturday in two of many demonstrations across the nation.
American flags, patriotic songs and chants of "U-S-A!" filled the air in Mashpee, down the road from a military reservation that is home to Air National Guard troops deployed to Iraq.
About 60 miles north at Boston Common, a police-estimated crowd of 25,000 protested the war. Nuns, veterans and students listened to speakers and musical acts before marching to Boylston Street for a "die in," during which they collapsed on the streets to dramatize war deaths.
Eric Weltman, (communications director CPPAX) one of the protest organizers, said it was intended to show opposition not only to the Iraq war but to potential U.S. military action elsewhere.
Wednesday March 19, 2003 (for those of you in the Boston area)
Thirty-six anti-war protesters arrested in Boston
By Mark Pratt, Associated Press, 3/19/2003 16:58
BOSTON (AP) Thirty-six anti-war protesters were arrested Wednesday at various demonstration sites around Boston, including the city's financial district and near City Hall, police said.
Ten of them, who were arrested near the Boston Stock Exchange, were arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on charges of unlawful assembly and disorderly conduct. They all pleaded innocent and were released on personal recognizance.
MOURNING -- DAY OF ACTION
Dear Peace People--
Dear Peace People--
A day long gathering (8:30 am to midnight) is planned for this Wednesday, March 19th, at the JFK Federal Building, corner of Cambridge and Sudbury, very near Government Center.
Share this moment of sadness with others as we bear witness to the horror our government is planning to inflict on the people of Iraq. We'll have photos of Iraqi children and families mounted on black for you to hold. There will be photos of victims of war in the US as well, including gulf war veterans. Everyone come! students, labor, religious groups, peace activists, community groups and all citizens who sense that this is a terrible, immoral act, done by our government in our name.
Bring your instruments-- Bring your friends, Come and chant, Come and sing, Drumming welcome-- Join us as soon as you can, for as long as you can. Candle light vigil after dark. Civil disobedience for those who want to do this.
Pre-action meeting to be held at Church of the Covenant, 67 Newbury, at 7:30pm Tuesday evening for scenario updates, affinity group formation, Civil Disobedience information and community building. If it turns out that the Day of/Day After rally is called for Wednesday night we will move from the JFK building to Government Center at 5:00 to participate in the rally there.
Sponsored by United for Justice with Peace and others.
Peace, Paula and Amy, Coordinators email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday March 16, 2003
Activists call for US and worldwide candlelight peace vigils this evening at 7:00p.m. Eastern.
For details: http://www.moveon.org/vigil/
Photos of some of
the hundreds of people who
Newton Dialogues on Peace &
in Newton, MA taken by David Goodman
Saturday March 15, 2003
"From Lexington to Boston, MA, thousands rally against war along Massachusetts Avenue."
Weekend protests spurred by the approach of conflict with Iraq
By Theo Emery, Associated
Press, 3/15/2003 17:37
BOSTON (AP) Nuns and parents, veterans and
politicians hoisted anti-war signs and rallied for peace in Massachusetts
on Saturday, as demonstrations in cities throughout the state and the
world made a last-ditch effort to halt military action against Iraq.
Sister Fran Repka, 60, a Sister of Mercy from
Cincinnati, Ohio, stood in a crowd of about 200 demonstrators on the
Cambridge Common, singing with fellow nuns and holding a sign that read on
one side ''No war with Iraq,'' and on the other side, ''Peace.''
''I feel for generations to come that this will
have dire consequences for all of us. We will not be safer because of this
war,'' she said. ''It's very sad, and it's very upsetting, and very
angering that our leaders cannot find alternatives.''
BOSTON (AP) Nuns and parents, veterans and politicians hoisted anti-war signs and rallied for peace in Massachusetts on Saturday, as demonstrations in cities throughout the state and the world made a last-ditch effort to halt military action against Iraq.
Sister Fran Repka, 60, a Sister of Mercy from Cincinnati, Ohio, stood in a crowd of about 200 demonstrators on the Cambridge Common, singing with fellow nuns and holding a sign that read on one side ''No war with Iraq,'' and on the other side, ''Peace.''
''I feel for generations to come that this will have dire consequences for all of us. We will not be safer because of this war,'' she said. ''It's very sad, and it's very upsetting, and very angering that our leaders cannot find alternatives.''
Photos of protesters in Central
by Charlie Rosenberg. Thanks!
In Washington D.C., thousands of people surrounded the White House; beating drums, chanting, and carrying anti-war signs. One of the most clever read: "Stop Mad Cowboy Disease" above a picture of President Bush.