Get out and VOTE!

This election year Massachusetts residents are now able to vote before November 8th!

Use the link bellow to find the nearest early walk-in voting location near you.

https://gttp.votinginfoproject.org/

For those of you with mail-in ballots, remember to turn those in before Nov. 8!

October 19 – A Chomsky Legacy Event

Extinction or Internationalism

A Landmark Lecture by the World’s Most Important Living Intellectual

Noam Chomsky

WHEN: Wednesday, October 19th at 7 PM

Where: Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street, Boston MA 02116

FREE

Community Works 4/11-4/18

Community Works member organizations are continuously working for equity and social justice in Boston and surrounding areas.

Check out their programming for the week starting Monday April 11th, 2016.

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1. American Civil Liberties Union of MassachusettsScreening and discussion of TRAPPED

Date: Wednesday, April 13th 2016.

Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm

Location: Kendall Square Cinema, 355 Binney Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

U.S. reproductive health clinics are fighting to remain open. Since 2010, 288 TRAP (Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) laws have been passed by conservative state legislatures. Unable to comply with these far-reaching and medically unnecessary measures, clinics have taken their fight to the courts. As the U.S. Supreme Court decides in 2016 whether individual states may essentially outlaw abortion (Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt), TRAPPED follows the struggles of the clinic workers and lawyers who are on the front lines of a battle to keep abortion safe and legal for millions of American women.

Staff attorney Jessie Rossman will lead a Q&A after the screening of this film.

Purchase general admission tickets here.

This event is sponsored by Young Friends of Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund’s Leadership and Advocacy Team.

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2. Alternatives for Community and Environmental Justice: Action Up Roxbury!

Date: Thursday, April 14th 2016

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Location: 2201 Washington Street,
Suite 302 (rear entrance off Ruggles St.)
Roxbury, MA. 02119

Do you believe in community control and our right to remain? Join Alternatives for Community and Environmental Justice (ACE) to confront local development that doesn’t serve our community. Come and take action to move forward on the Roxbury Right to Remain Campaign on the issue of gentrification in the neighborhood. When we fight, we win!

Please contact Tyree@ace-ej.org for more information.

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3. The Welcome Project: 7th Annual YUM- A Taste of Immigrant City

Date: Thursday, April 14th 2016.

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Location: Somerville Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143

Explore food from around the world at the 7th Annual YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City on Thursday, April 14 from 7pm-9pm. Enjoy delicious dishes from eight immigrant-owned restaurants, including cuisine from Mexico, Ethiopia, India, and more. The evening will include a silent auction and raffle and the event will honor the work of Rep. Denise Provost and Elena Letona for their work in the community. All proceeds support the work of The Welcome Project, an organization that builds the collective power of Somerville immigrants to participate in and shape community decisions.

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4. Asian American Resource Workshop: April Member Meeting 

Date: Sunday, April 17th 2016.

Time: 11:00am-1:00pm

Location: Viet-AID, 42 Charles St, Ste E, Boston, MA 02122

AARW invites you to brunch for this month’s member meeting. Volunteers from the Sticky Rice Project (SRP) will be previewing curriculum from the Fighting Anti-Black Racism working group. Come to support the working group, engage in activities from the anti-racism curriculum, eat wonderful food, and build relationships with other AARW community members.

Food will be provided, but feel free to bring any food or drink if you are able!

Please email uma@aarw.org with any questions or concerns.

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Community Works Events: 4/4-4/11

Community Works member organizations are continuously working for equity and social justice in Boston and surrounding areas.

Check out their programming for the week starting Monday April 4th, 2016.

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1. Asian American Resource WorkshopA Little Peace

Date: Saturday, April 9th 2016.

Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm

Location: Viet-AID, 42 Charles St, Ste E, Boston, MA 02122

Please join AARW for a night of appetizers and desserts to celebrate and show appreciation for their former Executive Direct0r and to welcome the incoming director!

Childcare will be available. Contact carolyn@aarw.org for more information.

If you would like to contribute baked goods, please sign using this form.

 

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2. Alternatives for Community and Environmental Justice: Volunteer Nights

Date: Wednesday, April 6th 2016 (and every first and third Wednesday of the month)

Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm

Location: 2201 Washington Street,
Suite 302 (rear entrance off Ruggles St.)
Roxbury, MA. 02119

ACE builds the power of communities of color and low-income communities in Massachusetts to eradicate environmental racism and classism, create healthy, sustainable communities, and achieve environmental justice. ACE needs your help on different projects that help move us toward our mission. Food will be provided. Childcare & interpretation available upon request.

For more information and to sign up to volunteer, visit the Facebook event page.

 

 

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3.Haley HouseThe House Slam- LAST CHANCE SLAM!

Date: Friday , April 8th 2016.

Time: 6:30pm-10:30pm

Location: Haley House Bakery Café, 12 Dade Street, Boston, MA 02119

“The House Slam” at the Haley House Café is Boston’s New Poetry Slam venue located in the heart of Dudley Square. The venue offers awesome food, an open mic, a featured poet and a poetry slam every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. Admission is free of charge and open to all (18+).

There will be NO open mic this week! Instead, we are hosting our very first Last Chance Slam!

The Last Chance Slam is an opportunity for a poet to literally “sneak” their way into House Slam Team Finals. Meaning, any poet who hasn’t already qualified, can slam on April 8th for the chance to compete in our Finals/Team Selection Slam on April 22, 2016. The last team to be selected for The House Slam went on to win the National Poetry Slam in 2015!

Don’t know what a slam is? Check out the description at:
www.houseslamboston.org

Visit the Facebook event page for further details on how to participate in the Last Chance Slam.

 

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Community Works Events: 3/28-4/3

Community Works member organizations are continuously working for equity and social justice in Boston and surrounding areas.

Check out their programming for the week starting Monday March 28th, 2016.

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1. ACLU of Massachusetts: Community Town Hall Forum on Police Decertification in Massachusetts

Date: Monday, March 28th 2016

Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm

Location: Media Arts Auditorium, Roxbury Community College,  1234 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury Crossing 02120

Massachusetts is one of only six states without revocation authority. The others are California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island.

Many professionals are licensed, and if found guilty of wrongdoing, they can lose their license to practice. Lawyers, doctors, plumbers, electricians, accountants, taxi drivers, teachers, real estate brokers, architects, psychologists and barbers are all subject to losing their license or being decertified. Even your personal driver’s license can be revoked for serious infractions.

Why not police?

This panel discussion will be moderated by Prof. Roger L. Goldman, Callis Family Professor of Law Emeritus at Saint Louis University School of Law. Don’t miss out on a thought-provoking discussion very relevant to our time.

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2.  Boston Women’s Fund: When Race Meets Gender

Description: You are invited to a discussion with Teresa Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women. Younger has been on the front lines of some of the most important battles for women’s health, safety and economic security. She is a tireless advocate and well-respected feminist leader, with a proven track record in nonprofit management and fundraising. She most recently served as the executive director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW), where she has spearheaded successful campaigns for women’s health, safety and economic empowerment.

Date: Tuesday, March 29th 2016.

Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm

Location: Semel Theater, Emerson College, 10 Boylston Place, Boston, MA 02116

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Description: This course is intended for anyone working with families affected by domestic violence. The course meets BIP group leader training requirements in Massachusetts and in many other states. Over the past 6 years, over 1000 people from 45 states and 15 nations have taken this course.  

Dates: Wednesday, May 18th-Friday, May 20th 2016

Location: First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
630 Massachusetts Ave.
Arlington, MA 02476

Tuition: $250 for the first person and $175 for each additional person from an agency.

For more information and to register, visit the website.

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4. Greater Four Corners Action Coalition: Call to Action- Save our Parks!

Boston Park Advocates is part of a coalition that is working to get the Community Preservation Act (CPA) adopted in Boston this year.

The CPA is a state program that would allow Boston to raise $20 million/year for parks and recreation, historic preservation, and affordable housing, by adding a 1% surcharge to property tax bills. Almost half of the cities and towns in Massachusetts have already adopted the CPA and have collectively generated a total of $1.4 billion to address community needs.  During last year alone, CPA enabled Massachusetts communities to undertake over 300 land acquisition, open space, and recreation projects. Take a look at the project database.

Our city councilors need to hear from us that we want CPA to be on the ballot for this fall.  The time to let them know is now.  There are two ways to send the message:

A. City Hall Hearing

Date: Tuesday, March 29th 2016.

Time: 1:00pm

Location: Christopher Iannella Chamber 5th floor, 1 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02108.

B. Contact your Councilors
Communicate to your district city councilor and the four at-large city councilors that you support the CPA.  See below for sample message and contact information. We encourage you to personalize the message, i.e. why is it important to you for Boston to preserve open space, improve parks, and enhance recreational amenities? Please copy mail@bostonparks.org on the e-mail to your district councilor or let us know what response you receive.

For further information on how you can participate, visit the campaign website.

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5. Paige Academy: Spring Has Sprung! Party 

Description: Parents for Paige (P4P) will hold a school-wide party for Paige Academy parents, students and staff. There will be snacks and activities– cookie decorating, face painting, jewelry making– and a dance party for all. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Date: Friday, April 1st 2016

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Location: Umoja Room, Paige Academy, 26/28 Highland Ave., Roxbury, MA 02119.

 

 

 

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Community Works Welcomes YWCA Cambridge!

YWCA Cambridge is the latest institution to become a Community Works member, but the organization is no newcomer to social justice work. Founded in 1891, the YWCA has established extensive programming and facilities with the aim of empowering women and upholding human rights.

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YWCA Cambridge is working towards racial and economic equity using a variety of different initiatives and platforms for community engagement. The organization’s commitment to social justice manifests itself in programs such as Cambridge GOLD (Girls Only Leadership Development). GOLD is a collaboration between YWCA and other community partners that runs monthly workshops for 8th grade girls on life and leadership skills. The thirty participants interact with a diverse group of local female leaders as they learn about relevant topics including high school and college preparation, career development, and interpersonal and networking skills. In addition, the YWCA is organizing a string of events under the theme, “Stand Against Racism,” a national campaign tackling systemic racism in the U.S. The theme for this year’s campaign is “On a Mission for Girls of Color,” expressing the objective of centering the discussion of the effects of racism on girls of color. The YWCA also serves as a host for various fitness, dance, martial arts and other recreational programs.

The provision of safe and affordable housing is another element that is central to the YWCA’s mission. The Tanner Residence is the largest women’s residence in the Cambridge and provides housing options for women who are survivors of physical, emotional and financial hardship. At present, 103 women from various ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds live in the residence.

Community Works is thrilled to welcome YWCA Cambridge as a member! For more updates about upcoming YWCA events and projects, follow their page on Facebook.

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Community Works Events: 3/14- 3/20

Community Works member organizations are continuously working for equity and social justice in Boston and surrounding areas.

Check out their programming for the week starting Monday March 14th, 2016.

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1. ACLU of Massachusetts: Panel Discussion on Criminal Justice Reform

Date: Sunday, March 16th 2016

Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Location: First Parish Church, 7 Harrington Road, Lexington, MA 02421

Journalist Jesse Wegman, on the editorial board of The New York Times, will lead a panel to examine the current broken justice system and focus on necessary changes. Panelists include State Sen. Will Brownsberger, Senate chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary; Margaret Burnham, founder of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern School of Law; attorney Adam J. Foss, assistant district attorney in the juvenile division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office; attorney Rahsaan D. Hall, director of the Racial Justice Program for the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and Vincent Schiraldi, director of the program on criminal justice policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

Accompanying the forum will be an exhibit of small quilts titled “Black Lives Matter: A Journey Toward Justice.” A reception will follow.

The Elizabeth Howe Lecture is free; parking is available in the First Parish Lot; enter off Harrington Road. First Parish is handicapped-accessible.

Cosponsored by the Mass Incarceration Working Group of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington. For information: 781-862-8200; fplex.org.

 

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2. Alternatives for Community and Environmental Justice: Volunteer Nights

Date: Wednesday, March 16th 2016 (and every first and third Wednesday of the month)

Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm

Location: 2201 Washington Street,
Suite 302 (rear entrance off Ruggles St.)
Roxbury, MA. 02119

ACE builds the power of communities of color and low-income communities in Massachusetts to eradicate environmental racism and classism, create healthy, sustainable communities, and achieve environmental justice. ACE needs your help on different projects that help move us toward our mission. Food will be provided. Childcare & interpretation available upon request.

For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

 

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3. Asian American Resource WorkshopAARW March Member Meeting

Date: Sunday, March 20th 2016.

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Viet-AID, 42 Charles St, Ste E, Boston, MA 02122

Please join AARW for the March member meeting! The meeting will be held in the new office space at Viet-AID. AARW’s new membership structure will be up for discussion. Please join and help shape the direction of membership in the organization.
You do not have to be a member to attend–anyone is welcome! Don’t miss out on delicious food and opportunities for community building.

Please email uma@aarw.org or carolyn@aarw.org for further information.

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4. Boston Tenant CoalitionJust Cause Eviction Hearing

Date: Monday, March 14th 2016.

Time: 4:00pm

Location: City Hall Plaza-5th Floor Iannella Chamber, 1 City Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02201

Boston is an epicenter of gentrification and displacement, but communities throughout the city are coming together to win #JustCause Eviction Protections that would stop developers and landlords from evicting thousands of tenants, prevent massive rent increases and put power in the hands of organized tenant associations to reclaim and remain in their homes! Come join us to advocate for Boston’s tenant rights!

For more information please contact kadineyse@bostontenant.org or darnell@righttothecity.org

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5. Haley House: Art is Life Itself!

Date: Thursday, March 17th 2016.

Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm

Location: Haley House Bakery Café, 12 Dade Street, Roxbury 02119

Celebrate Womens Herstory Month with Beatrice Greene, an accomplished composer who also plays the piano and trumpet. Come early for a seat and dinner and stay for the fun!

 

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Know Your Voting Rights 2016

voting rightsThe Voting Rights Act was signed into law in 1965 to ban discriminatory voting practices that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote. Despite this pivotal moment in U.S. history, there remain institutional obstacles today that disenfranchise voters, primarily people of color. In certain states, stringent voter ID laws result in those without government-issued photo ID being restricted from participating in elections. Those affected by such regulations are usually low income, people of color. Gerrymandering is another contributing factor to the disenfranchisement of certain voters. This practice involves the re-drawing of district lines that can sometimes lead to an unequal re-distribution of Democratic and Republican voters. In anticipation of this year’s national elections, here are some of the rights Massachusetts voters should be aware of.

  • Any U.S. citizen who lives in Massachusetts, 18 years old on or before election day may register to vote.
  • First time voters must prove they are a resident in this state by using a government-issued ID or utility bill OR bank statement OR pay check OR government document with their name and current address.
  • You have the right to vote if you cannot read or write, or cannot read or write in English.
  • You have the right to vote if you are disabled. The polling place must be accessible, and there must be an accessible voting booth.
  • You are ONLY required to show personal identification at the polling place if: you are an inactive voter, are voting at a new polling place or if your vote is being challenged.

Community Works associate member organization, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts has compiled a list of resources and voting regulations to help people register to vote, locate necessary resources such as polling centers, and report any abuse of their rights. Information is also available in Spanish. Visit their website to learn more. The MassVote website also lists resources and information to encourage political participation and to help voters understand the electoral process.

(Image Source: http://www.gazettenet.com/Articles/2016/03/From-Archives/MASSVOTE-HG-030216)

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Community Works Events: 3/7-3/14

Community Works member organizations are continuously working for equity and social justice in Boston and surrounding areas.

Check out their programming for the week starting Monday March 7th, 2016.

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1. Boston Tenant CoalitionJust Cause Eviction Hearing

Date: Monday, March 14th 2016.

Time: 4:00pm

Location: City Hall Plaza-5th Floor Iannella Chamber, 1 City Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02201

Boston is an epicenter of gentrification and displacement, but communities throughout the city are coming together to win #JustCause Eviction Protections that would stop developers and landlords from evicting thousands of tenants, prevent massive rent increases and put power in the hands of organized tenant associations to reclaim and remain in their homes! Come join us to advocate for Boston’s tenant rights!

For more information please contact kadineyse@bostontenant.org or darnell@righttothecity.org

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2.  Greater Four Corners Action Coalition: #BOSTONSHINES2016

Greater Four Corners Action Coalition and neighbors will be participating in #‎BOSTONSHINES‬ 2016 neighborhood clean up campaign! Want to join the Four Corners Clean Up Crew?

Email greater4cornersactioncoalition@gmail.com and type “Boston Shines” in the subject line. In the message, include your name and contact information and we will add you to the list of loving neighbors who care about the community.

Sign up TODAY!!!

 

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3. Haley House: Summer Internship Application

Deadline: Tuesday, March 8th 2016 at 5pm

Haley House, a 50-year-old nonprofit in Boston, operates a soup kitchen, food pantry, community garden, and housing program in the South End and a Bakery Café in Dudley Square. Haley House is seeking three interns for its summer internship program this year. Internships are unpaid, though room and board are provided. Priority will be given to applicants who have the potential to extend their summer internship into a longer-term commitment (2-year minimum) to Haley House’s Live-In Community, a group of residential volunteers who co-manage Haley House’s direct services, and express this in their application. It is a unique opportunity for people who wish to work and build relationships with soup kitchen guests and fellow volunteers, while living in an intentional community.

For more information on the internship program and application guidelines, visit the Haley House website.

 

 

 

 

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