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April 26, 2017: Black Liberation, Racial Justice, and the Struggle Against Gentrification

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 16:31
REGISTER HERE! Join Right To The City and Homes For All for a discussion about the historic and disportionate ways that black communities have been impacted by gentrification and the need for anti-gentrification/anti-displacement struggles to center black resistance, leadership and liberation at the heart of our movements. Speakers: * Robbie Clark, Black Priorities Project Organizer of Causa Justa::Just Cause * Brandon King of Cooperation Jackson * Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson of Highlander Research & Education Center —- Únete a Right to the City (Derecho a la Ciudad) y Homes For All (Hogares para Todxs) en una conversación sobre las maneras históricas y desproporcionadas en que las comunidades negras han sido impactadas por el aburguesamiento, y la necesidad de luchas anti-aburguesamiento y anti-deslizamiento para poner la resistencia, liderazgo y liberación negra al centro de nuestros movimientos. Presentadorxs: * Robbie Clark, Organizador del Black Priorities Project (Proyecto de Prioridades para Negrxs) de Causa Justa::Just Cause * Brandon King de Cooperation Jackson (Cooperación Jackson) * Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson del Highlander Research & Education Center (Centro de Investigación y Educación Highlander)

April 27, 2017: State Resources, Easthampton Schools: Fixing the Funding System

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 16:21
State Resources, Easthampton Schools: Fixing the Funding System Thursday, April 27 at 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Easthampton High 70 Williston Ave, Easthampton, Massachusetts 01027 The state’s funding formula (referred to as Foundation Budget) was developed in 1993 and remains unchanged, even as the past 2 and 1/2 decades have brough extroardinary changes to the public education landscape, including MCAS requirements, new state curriculum frameworks, budget losses to charter schools, the rise of expensive modern digital technologies, and increased expenses associated with addressing students’ complex social and emotional needs. In the absence of appropriate state funding, districts must either cut services or place a disproportionate burden on their local taxpayers. Featured Speakers: Tracy Novick, Field Director for Massachusetts Association of School Committees Marissa Carrere, Easthampton School Committee Registration and Refreshments at 5:30 Program 6:00-7:00 Children welcome!

April 27, 2017: Community Release for ‘State of the Dream 2017: Mourning in America’

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 16:18
Join United for a Fair Economy to honor the legacy of Coretta Scott King (on what would’ve been her 90th birthday) & hold a popular-education style Community Release of our new report, ‘State of the Dream 2017: Mourning in America’. This is a free event including poetry, music, and activities for all people. Refreshments, beer and wine provided. Spanish Interpretation available. Thursday, April 27th From 6pm to 7:30pm At SEIU 1199 108 Myrtle Street, Quincy, Ma 02171 (near North Quincy stop on Red Line) More Info: www.faireconomy.org/events Contact: Mike Leyba, mleyba@faireconomy.org

April 27, 2017: Immigrant Rights, Worker Rights, and the Fight for Social Justice at UMass Boston

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 16:07
Immigrant Rights, Worker Rights, and the Fight for Social Justice A Panel Discussion April 27th, 4:00pm-5:30pm Labor Resource Center, Wheatley Hall, 4th Floor, Room 151. Light Refreshments will be served *This event is part of the semester-long teach-in: Not My Normal: Resisting Systemic Oppression* Speakers: Aviva Chomsky, Professor of History, Salem State University, and author of They Take Our Jobs!: And Twenty Other Myths About Immigration Adrián Ventura, Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores (New Bedford), Gladys Vega, Chelsea Collaborative. Heloísa Galvao and Lidia Ferreira, Brazilian Women’s Group

Your Guide to May Day in Massachusetts!

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 15:00
May 1st is International Worker’s Day, the day we join in solidarity with our brothers, sisters, and cousins around the globe to demand justice for all workers! Here in Massachusetts, we’ll keep up the tradition of celebrating May Day with actions to support immigrant workers across the commonwealth. In a time when immigrant communities are facing vicious attacks from all sides, it has never been more important to take to the streets! Check out the list below to find an event near you. If you’re involved in a May Day action you don’t see on our list, email the info to calendar@massjwj.net. ***   Boston   12pm Rally at steps of Massachusetts State House in support of Safe Communities Act 5pm Rally at Boston Common, followed by March to Copley Square Facebook event here.   For more information, contact: Dorotea Manuela, 617-922-5744 info@bostonmayday.org *** 12pm “Say No to Trumpism & Yes to Saving UMB” Lunch Out at Umass Boston (On the plaza, next to the ironworker statue)   For more information, contact: Wally Soper Wally.Soper@umb.edu *** 3pm Student Walkout and Rally at MassArt Facebook event here.     Brockton   4pm March and Rally starting at 940 South Main Street [...]

April 28, 2017: Worker’s Memorial Day at The State House

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 02:10
Workers’ Memorial Day is observed every year on April 28. It is a day to honor those workers who have died on the job, to acknowledge the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities, and to recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces for all workers. When: Friday, Apr 28, 2017, 12:00pm – 1:15pm Where: State House Steps 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133 Check back here for more information about speakers and event specifics soon.

April 29, 2017: Boston People’s Climate March

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 02:00
On April 29, the People’s #ClimateMarch will bring together hundreds of thousands of people from across the country to demand JOBS, JUSTICE, and REAL CLIMATE SOLUTIONS. Here in Boston, we’ll have a full day of workshops and activities to build and grow our movement, starting with an energizing rally at 12pm on Boston Common. Join us! *Schedule for Boston PCM on April 29* >>12:00-1:00pm – RALLY for jobs, justice and bold action on climate on Boston Common >>1:00-3:30pm – ACTION TABLES, activities, and art-making on Boston Common – TEACH-INS on the connections between the climate fight and other struggles for justice–including racial justice, immigrant justice, worker justice, and more–at SEIU 32BJ (26 West St, Boston, next to the Common) *Other Marches to Support* On May 1, just two days later, immigrants, workers and supporters across the country, including in Boston, will be marching and striking for dignity and respect. Instead of hosting a separate march on April 29, we’ll be asking the Boston climate movement to show up in force and take to the streets on May 1. Join us as we mobilize alongside our brothers and sisters in the immigrants’ rights and labor movements. More details soon! And for [...]

April 29, 2017: Springfield People’s Climate March

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 02:00
Western MA and beyond! Join the Springfield Climate Justice Coalition on April 29 as Western Mass marches for Climate, Jobs and Justice. We will be part of the People’s Climate March happening around the country that day. Springfield, MA Gathering Rally: 3 pm Federal Courthouse, 300 State St. March begins: 3:30 Rally: 4:30-5:30 City Hall, 36 Court Street Family friendly. Full info here: http://climateactionnowma.org/climatemarch/ WHY WE ARE MARCHING: On the 100th Day of the Trump Administration, we will be in the streets of Springfield, Washington D.C. and in other cities across the nation to show the world and our leaders that we will resist attacks on our people, our communities and our planet. We will come together from across the United States to strengthen our movement. We will demonstrate our power and resistance at the gates of the White House. We will bring our solutions to the climate crisis and the problems that affect our communities to our leaders in Congress to demand action. We invite you to join the Peoples Climate Movement on Saturday, April 29th as we march to: Advance solutions to the climate crisis [that are] rooted in racial, social and economic justice and committed to protecting [...]

April 30: B VOCAL Choir Rehearsals

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 01:50
B VOCAL Boston Voices of Community and Labor Because we need music at every picket line and rally… “It was the first strike I ever saw that sang. I shall not forget the strange sudden fire of the mingled nationalities at the strike meetings when they broke into the universal language of song.” — Newspaper account of 1912 textile strike, Lawrence, MA (Bread and Roses strike) B VOCAL is for every union member, every community activist, everyone who is ready to raise your voice for justice/para todo miembro de unión, todo activista comunitario, todos los que están listos para levantar sus voces por la justicia. REHEARSALS/ENSAYOS THURSDAYS 7-9pm AND SUNDAYS 4-6pm April 9, 20 and 30; May 11 and 21; June 1, 11 and 22 2201 Washington Street, Roxbury (BEST Hospitality Training Center in Dudley Square) All are welcome! Drop in anytime, but come ready to sing! Like us on facebook.com/BVocalChorus For more information contact Lisa Gallatin: lgallatin@massaflcio.org or 617-877-9115

May 1, 2017: INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ DAY! Events Across Massachusetts!

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 01:40
May Day events are happening all over Massachusetts! Check out the full list here. Are you involved with a May Day event that isn’t on our list yet? Email the information to calendar@massjwj.net! We’ll update the slate of events every day!

May 4, 2017: Springfield Community Forum for the Schools Our Students Deserve

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 01:30
Would you like to be a part of developing a vision for the schools our students deserve? Parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, students, and caregivers in the Springfield Public Schools -current, former, or future- please join us! Community Forum for the Schools Our Students Deserve May 4 5:30 to 7:30 Springfield Educational Association 1000 Wilbraham Rd., Springfield More info here.

May 6, 2017: Raise Up Massachusetts Progress as Resistance Conference

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 01:20
RAISE UP MASSACHUSETTS: PROGRESS AS RESISTANCE CONFERENCE SATURDAY, MAY 6TH, 2017, 1:00PM – 4:30PM UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON, UNIVERSITY HALL Join us for a statewide organizing conference to move forward a progressive agenda in Massachusetts! Come together with members of the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition and activists from across the Commonwealth as we use resistance to make progress on economic, racial, and immigrant justice at home. This event will feature a briefing on how activists can engage in our campaigns and other allied progressive issues against the Trump agenda. Don’t miss this event — sign up to join us today! RSVP ONLINE AT bit.ly/raiseup2017

May 7, 2017: Workers Defense Project Meet and Greet

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 01:10
Workers Defense Project along with Henry Allen, Sharon Block, Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, Rebecca Gutman, Chung-Wha Hong, Tom Kochan, Darlene Lombos, Brinton Lykes, Eva Millona, Catherine Mooney, Amelie Ratliff, Palak Shah, Steve Tolman, Pavel Uranga, Dr. David Weil, and John Stewart Invite you to meet Jose P. Garza, WDP Executive Director, and a Worker Member from the Front Line We ask you to stand with immigrant workers and their families who are facing ever-increasing attacks. For more than 10 years, Workers Defense Project has been on the frontlines securing greater economic and social justice for working families in a deep red state. Join us for an afternoon to celebrate victories in the face of incredible obstacles and re-commit to even more tenacious and resilient organizing. Sunday, May 7 4:00-6:00 PM at the home of Amelie Ratliff 65 Burroughs Street Jamaica Plain RSVP to Julia@workersdefense.org Questions day of the event, call Amelie at 617-529-6894 Substantial hors d’oeuvres will be served. We welcome donations at the event; alternatively, we can accept contributions online at http://www.workersdefense.org Workers Defense Project (WDP) is a membership-based organization that empowers low-income workers to achieve fair employment through education, direct services, organizing and strategic partnerships. WDP is a worker center [...]

May 8, 2017: Immigration and Labor Market Precarity in the 21st Century US

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Tue, 2017-04-25 01:00
  Immigration and Labor Market Precarity in the 21st Century US A talk with Ruth Milkman, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and the Joseph F. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies Monday May 8th 2017, 3:30 – 5pm UMB Labor Resource Center Wheatley Building, 4th Floor, Room 151 About the Talk: The 25 million immigrant workers in the U.S. today make up 16 percent of the U.S. workforce. About a third of them are unauthorized migrants from Mexico, Central America, Asia and Africa, typically employed in low-wage precarious jobs at the bottom of the labor market, and disproportionately vulnerable to wage theft and other violations of labor and employment law. The predicament of these workers is inextricably intertwined with rising inequality and the increasing precarity of the workforce as a whole, and to the broader transformation of the U.S political economy in the past four decades. This lecture will analyze the challenges currently facing low-wage immigrant workers, recent efforts to organize them and advocate on their behalf, and offer a critique of narratives that blame undocumented immigrants for the plight of U.S. born workers. Sponsored by the UMass Boston Labor Resource Center and Sociology [...]

May 17 & 18: Phone Bank for Public Education

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-04-24 20:00
On May 20, thousands of parents, educators, and students are uniting to demand: Full funding for public education, Pre-K through college Debt-free public higher education Less testing, more learning Equitable access to quality education for all students Rally for Public Education Saturday, May 20 2-5 PM Boston Common @ Beacon & Charles St RSVP and find a ride from locations around the state here! Share with your friends on Facebook here.   Right now, we need your help getting the word out to everyone we can! We’ll be making phone calls from our office to let folks know about the rally for the next two weeks. The more people we can mobilize, the clearer our message that Massachusetts is willing to stand up for public education. Can you spend an hour or two of your time making sure that we have everyone in our network with us on the 20th? Please sign up below for a shift that works with your schedule. All phone banks will take place from 4-6 PM at our new headquarters at 375 Centre St. in Jamaica Plain. Tuesday, May 9 Wednesday, May 10 Thursday, May 11 Tuesday, May 16 Wednesday, May 17 Thursday, May 18 [...]

May 10, 2017: Organize Boston Against Hate

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-04-24 18:51
Boston organizing meeting to plan a mass mobilziation in response to Alt-Right initiated hate rally on May 13. Hate has no place in Boston! On May 13th, Alt-Right forces have called a rally and march in Boston that they are billing as a “Free Speech” rally. However, the call on this website invites neo-Nazi’s to the demonstration, advising their side to dress like “normies”: http://www.thegoldwater.com/news/2407-Boston-Free-Speech-Rally-MaY-13th-EDITION Their plan is to rally and march on the Freedom Trail, but their claim for freedom and free speech are entirely hypocritical when what they want to do is instigate violence and attack the rights of oppressed people. Their rally will create a climate of hate in our city and we don’t want people to live in fear of being Muslim, immigrant, Black, Brown, Asian, LGBTQ or any number of other people who are threatened. Recent racist attacks at a Red Sox game against African-American Orioles player Adam Jones are the latest example of an escalation of threats against our side in the city of Boston. We think these neo-Nazis and reactionaries should be publicly opposed with a non-violent mass mobilization on the same date and time as their rally. If they are allowed to [...]

May 11, 2017: Picket Kennametal!

Massachusetts Jobs with Justice - Mon, 2017-04-24 18:50
Stand with UE 274 to picket the Kennametal corporation! Two years ago, the employees pulled together to bring this company back from significant hardship. Now the company is repaying them with a $6 per week wage and major cuts to their healthcare, including: • Employee healthcare contributions will rise by $102 per week • Employees will pay an additional $500 copay, which was previously covered by the company • Employees will pay full prescription costs, which were previously reimbursed by the company • Employees will have no healthcare while on disability from being sick or injured Fight back! Stop corporate greed! Join UE 274 and Jobs with Justice on Thurs May 11 at 2pm at 34 Sanderson Street in Greenfield. Facebook event here.
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