Ⓐctivate Calendar 

Social Justice – Activism – Politics



Your event can be listed here by sending an invite on facebook to the ‘occupied nation’ page. We reserve the right to remove any posting for any reason. Making sure to include all the pertinent information and maps on your event page makes it easier for people to get to your event. It is our hope that this brings communities together across all divides.

Mental Health in the Black Community: A Community Conversation @ Roxbury Innovation Center
Feb 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Major depression, ADHD, suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are common mental health disorders among Black Americans. According to the Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, Black Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population. Although the prevalence of these disorders is higher in the black population, only about 25% of Black Americans seek treatment. Some of these reasons include: lack of information on mental health, faith, inaccessible mental health services and care inequality.

Join us for a community conversation to discuss stigma of mental health in the black community, how to break down these barriers and encourage the community to make their mental health a priority. We will be partnering with many organizations that include: MA Department of Mental Health, Bringing Back Boston, What’s on Your Mind, iGotchaPsyched and the Black Men’s Collective!

Free admission and refreshments will be served. For questions, please contact the event organizer Olivia Umoren at olivia.umoren@mgh.harvard.edu.

This event is sponsored by the MGH Department of Medicine and the MGH Cancer Center.


Professional Wrestling in Malden, MA @ Malden Irish American Club
Feb 20 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

MALDEN IRISH AMERICAN: 177 West Street, Malden, Ma
Wednesday FEBRUARY 20, 2019 (February Vacation)

Doors Open at 6pm & Belltime at 7pm

$15 at the door! Front row seats are first come first serve.

El Mundo Boston Championship
Mike McCarthy vs Slyck Wagner Brown

Todo Loco vs Channing Thomas

Dan DeMan vs Vern Vicallo

El Mundo Boston Tag Team Championship
Alec Price & Edgardo Montoya vs Big Bear & Bugsy Stone

Test of Strength Wrestling Championship
Bobby Ocean vs Dan Terry

Beau Douglas & Jason rumble vs Middlesex Express
and many more!

(PHOTOS by Travis Alex, TICKETS by Dante Luna)


Third Thursdays: Artist Takeover @ Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Feb 21 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Selected from our Neighborhood Salon Luminary program, we invite the best of Boston’s artists and culture-makers to take over the Museum. Featuring dancers, playwrights, photographers, community organizers, and graffiti writers, this creative social circle captures the spirit of Isabella’s “salons” to give you a fresh look at the historic collection.


Emergency Noise Demo to Support the #BostonPrisonStrike @ Suffolk County House of Correction
Feb 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for this emergency noise demonstration to support the ICE detainees who are on hunger strike at the Suffolk County House of Correction in Boston, Massachusetts.

Since Friday, February 15th, 72 ICE detainees in Unit 8-2 have been refusing to eat food provided by the prison. Detainees are demanding better conditions and an end to inhumane treatment from prison staff.

Correctional Officers and lieutenants have retaliated by sending hunger strikers into solitary confinement, cutting off phone privileges, and, in at least one confirmed instance, destroying the personal belongings of one hunger striker.

More updates on this demonstration will be coming soon, but please take a moment to invite your friends to this event.


Read the full list of grievances sent from the detainees at Suffolk County here: http://thefangcollective.org/suffolkletter

You can pledge to take action with FANG and the AMOR RI Community Response Team here: http://bit.ly/ShutDownICE

#ShutDownICE #AbolishICE #BostonPrisonStrike


Mass Incarceration : A Youth Film Screening and Community Conver @ Transformative Culture Project
Feb 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a youth film screening and community conversation about mass incarceration in the state of Massachusetts. Joining us is the Emancipation Initiative – Against Life Without Parole , who will be conducting their “Struggle Sessions”.

Programming includes:

Two youth produced short films/ documentaries

A panel conversation on mass incarceration and its impacts.

Resources on incarceration in MA, citizen rights and anti-incarceration organizations

*Light Refreshments provided!*

This is a youth centered event but open to all ages! We want to foster inter-generational community conversation.


Media Matchmakers for a New World @ The People's Forum
Feb 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

“Our task is to make thinkers out of fighters and fighters out of thinkers.”
—General Gordon Baker, revolutionary educator

True stories of social change movements are essential for us to move forward as a united people. But these stories will not be told in mainstream media: they are either ignored, truncated or distorted. At the same time media makers and visual storytellers find it harder and harder to use our skills and resources to make serious social contributions. We are rich in skills, resources and will, so what is holding us back?

MEDIA MATCHMAKERS FOR A NEW WORLD will be an ongoing effort to develop and cultivate relationships between socially conscious media makers and communicators of all stripes, with local leaders and activists in a vibrant social movement, the NYS Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Using screenings, discussions and a collaborative media project the workshop will present and explore potential partnerships between activists and media makers. We will identify obstacles that may prevent us from working well together, and by getting to know and trust one another we will try to bridge those gulfs. Workshop facilitators will ensure that the workshop contains a mix of media makers/digital communicators and social activists. We welcome local leaders and activists as well as all types of media workers.

In this first session we will meet one another, learn a little bit about the Poor People’s Campaign, watch selected short films, and talk together about the problems facing us as media makers and social activists. After the first two sessions there will be the exciting possibility for some of the workshop participants to develop and produce a media project with the Poor People’s Campaign in the beginning of April.

>> RSVP here: https://peoplesforum.org/event/media-matchmakers-for-a-new-world/


3rdThursdays @ Haley House Bakery Cafe
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

coming soon…


Fundraiser to Support Erica Scott-Pacheco for Mayor
Feb 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Erica Scott-Pacheco has been a long time friend, and she is currently running for Mayor of Fall River to represent working families and elders. Help support her election! She is a longtime community advocate who works in nonprofit fundraising and financial management at the nonprofit Legal Services in Fall River. Let’s help get her elected!

Fall River is 50 miles south of Boston, near Providence, RI. The 10th largest city in MA, Fall River has NEVER had a woman mayor. Erica will be the first!

This is a fundraiser for her election held in the private home of Ed Rocha and Brian Holliday in Malden. Please make your donation directly to her website www.erica4fallriver.com or bring a personal check (no corporate checks, please).

This is invite only, so please contact Ed at rocha.edward@gmail.com if you have someone who would like to make a donation and attend the event.

Donation levels:
Student – $25
Activist – $50
Donor – $125
Super Supporter – $500-$1000

There will be wine, cheese, and light refreshments.


Afterglow at Oberon: Desiree Burch • Unf*ckable @ OBERON
Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Recounting anecdotes from her past as a virgin professional dominatrix in NYC with unashamed detail and intelligent commentary that centers on race, sex and capitalism, virtuoso storyteller and comedian Desiree Burch lays out a roadmap for escaping the cycle of silence and self-loathing that comes from always being taken for a ride. From dealing with sex in the workplace, to adventures in sex work, Desiree investigates the drives women have to stop sex from becoming work.

Called “a comedian deservedly on the rise” by The Guardian, Burch is the winner of the 2015 Funny Women Stage Award and host of the upcoming Netflix gameshow “Flinch.”

7:30PM Doors
8PM Show

Part of the 2018/19 Afterglow @ OBERON series which also includes: Tori Scott, Dan Fishback, Taja Lindley, The Bearded Ladies, and Sven Ratzke

Desiree Burch is a comedian, writer, solo performer, actor and NY-to-London transplant. She has been seen on ‘Frankie Boyle’s American Autopsy’ (BBC), ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ (Channel 4) and ‘Before the Morning After’ (NBC/SeeSo). She’s been heard as the voice of Pamela Winchell on #1 international hit podcast ‘Welcome to Night Vale’, as well as on podcasts like ‘The Guilty Feminist’, ‘Made of Human’, ‘Dumb White Guy’, ‘Friends Like Us’ and ‘Writing Excuses’.

Desiree was the 2015 Funny Women Stage Award-winner. Her solo show “Tar Baby” was the winner of a 2015 Scotsman’s Fringe First Award, a 2016 Vault Festival Pick-of-the-Week and was Shortlisted (High-Commendation) for the 2015 Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. Other solo shows (’52 Man Pickup’ & ‘This is Evolution’) have toured internationally and received widespread critical acclaim.

Desiree was a founding member of the New York Neo-Futurists, writing and performing regularly in ‘Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind’ over its 13-year run in NYC. She and has worked with renowned American theatre artists as Young Jean Lee, Alex Timbers, Wu Tsang and Anna Deavere Smith. She is a recipient of the 2014 Franklin Furnace Fund, an arts educator and public speaker (TEDx, NerdCon: Stories) and holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies from Yale University.


Golf Weapons, Muddler, Abraham @ Club Bohemia
Feb 21 @ 8:00 pm – Feb 22 @ 12:00 am

Doors 8pm // Music 8:30pm // 21+ // Cash Only

~ Abraham
~ Muddler
~ Golf Weapons

Club Bohemia
738 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139


WorthenAttic-(Rock)LevnEdn&EmptyCntyBnd,Drk Rts,Imedt.Thret @ The Worthen Attic
Feb 22 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

$10 at Door 21+
Empty County Band 11:00
Leaving Eden 10:00
Immediate Threat 9:15 http://www.reverbnation.com/open_graph/artist/6101501
Dark Roots 8:30 http:www.reverbnation.com/open_graph/artist/222675


The Gala / Bad Larrys / Gold Velvet Sofa @ Opus Underground
Feb 22 @ 9:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 12:00 am

The Gala – US

Bad Larrys

Gold Velvet Sofa

8pm 21+


90s Dance Night w/ DJ Rugged One @ ZuZu
Feb 22 @ 10:30 pm – Feb 23 @ 1:30 am

$ 5.00 / Age 21 And Up

21 w/Valid I.D. NO I.D.=NO ADMISSION
Additional Info:
90s Dance Night w/ DJ Rugged One- 21+, $5, 10:30 pm doors


East Boston Contra Los Nazis~East Boston Against the Nazis @ Maverick Square
Feb 23 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

El 14 de febrero, conocidos supremacistas blancos Tylar Larsen, Christopher Hood y Matthew Wolf llenaron nuestro vecindario con volantes de supremacía blanca con el mensaje racista “Keep America American. Hay que denunciar a todos y cada uno de los extranjeros ilegales. No son inmigrantes. Son criminales.” Los residentes se pasaron horas quitando los volantes. Más tarde, un grupo de siete nazis enmascarados y armados regresó al vecindario buscando intimidar y atacar a los residentes. Tylar Larsen, Christopher Hood y Matthew Wolf atacaron a oficiales de policía y fueron acusados de posesión de armas peligrosas y de asalto y agresión a un oficial de policía.

Los residentes de East Boston no tolerarán que los nazis se organicen en nuestro vecindario. No dejaremos esta muestra abierta de intolerancia y odio racista y anti-inmigrante en nuestra comunidad. Estamos junto a los inmigrantes que son el corazón de nuestras comunidades.

Hacemos un llamado a los que están de nuestro lado para que participen en una manifestación de unidad en defensa de nuestra comunidad. Únete a nosotros para un rally el 23 de febrero al mediodía!


On February 14th, known white supremacists Tylar Larsen, Christopher Hood, and Matthew Wolf plastered our East Boston neighborhood with white supremacist flyers reading “Keep America American. Report any and all illegal aliens. They are not immigrants. They are criminals.” Residents spent hours pulling down the flyers. Later, a group of seven masked and armed Nazis came back to the neighborhood looking to intimidate and attack residents. Tylar Larsen, Christopher Hood, and Matthew Wolf attacked police officers and were charged with possession of dangerous weapons and assault and battery on a police officer.

Residents of East Boston will not tolerate Nazis organizing in our neighborhood. We will not tolerate this open display of bigotry and attempt to spread racist, anti-immigrant hate in our community. We stand with the immigrants who are the heart of our communities.

We are calling for those who stand with us to come out to a unity rally in defense of our community. Join us for a rally and speak out on February 23rd at noon in Maverick Square!


No War on Venezuela! @ MBTA Park Street Stop
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

US Hands Off Venezuela! Rally

Saturday, February 23, 1-3pm

Park Street Station, Boston Common

Join us as we support Venezuelan sovereignty and oppose US meddling in Venezuelan affairs, through sanction and military threats.

We support Venezuela’s right to chart its own course, without interference from the US or other imperialist powers.

This rally is sponsored by the Boston Venezuela Solidarity Committee, the Committee for Peace and Human Rights, the International Action Center (IAC), Workers World Party, United American Indians of New England (UAINE), United for Justice with Peace (UJP), United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) Mass. Peace Action (MAPA), the March On The Pentagon/Boston, USW Local 8751 Boston School Bus Union, Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment, Cambridge United for Justice with Peace, Fight For Immigrants and Refugees Everywhere (FIRE), Puerto Rico Me Llama, Greater Boston Chapter of the Green-Rainbow Party, the July 26th Coalition, Witness for Peace, the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), ANSWER Coalition, the Committee In Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), Greater Boston Communists, and Boston May Day Coalition.

Individual sponsors include Puerto Rican activist Dorotea Manuela and The Most Reverend Bishop Filipe Teixeira.

Rallies will be held on Feb 23, ‘19 all over the US, Canada and other countries on the month anniversary of the US recognition of the president of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the interim president of Venezuela.

To see the statement below in other languages, go to: https://www.NoWarOnVenezuela.org


We cannot be silent in the face of the latest U.S. aggression against the Venezuelan people. Nicolás Maduro is the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, chosen twice by the people as part of an internationally observed electoral process. Since the 1998 election of Hugo Chávez, the United States has been relentless in its pursuit of regime change in Venezuela. With Donald Trump in the White House, these efforts have escalated to threats of all-out military violence, the plundering of billions of dollars in wealth from the Venezuelan people and pushing a multitude of outrageous lies in the global media.

For hundreds of years, the U.S. has waged war against the people of the world through coups, invasions and economic warfare. Juan Guaidó is a U.S. puppet. He is not a representative of the Venezuelan masses. The idea that a person can swear themselves in as president at a rally in the interest of “defending democracy” is laughable. The right wing in Venezuela claim the Bolivarian elections are rigged because they refuse to participate in them. Instead they engage in voter intimidation using violence reminiscent of Jim Crow terrorism against African-Americans in the Deep U.S. South.

U.S.-led sanctions and currency manipulation are responsible for the suffering in Venezuela. Marco Rubio and right-wing media guide the Venezuelan opposition from Miami. The U.S. cannot stand for any country on the planet to enjoy its natural wealth or the fruits of its labor independent of Wall Street and the Pentagon. Venezuela has the largest proven oil reserves in the world and is rich in gold and other mineral wealth. Iraq war architect John Bolton said that regime change in Venezuela would be a tremendous opportunity to gain more profits for Wall Street. We believe him.

Since the Bolivarian Revolution in 1998, massive strides have been taken to uplift the working class, Afro-Venezuelans and Indigenous populations in Venezuela. The working poor have made tremendous gains because the government implemented policies and passed laws to fight racism, sexism, homophobia and economic inequality. Despite sanctions and sabotage, Venezuela has maintained a transparent and democratic system through many elections. Venezuela provides aid to struggling people worldwide through subsidized fuel and by leading the way with progressive labor laws. Their gains are part of the global struggle waged by workers and the oppressed against the wealthiest and most powerful capitalists on the planet.

Therefore, we demand:

1. The U.S. immediately cease all hostile actions against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela — lift all sanctions, stop backing a coup, cease efforts to destroy the Venezuelan economy and respect the right of the Venezuelan people to self-determination.
2. All countries involved in the plunder of Venezuelan wealth immediately return what they have stolen to the democratically elected government of Venezuela and its people.
3. Wall Street must immediately pay reparations to the Venezuelan people for their suffering under genocidal sanctions and currency manipulation.
In the internationalist and liberatory spirit of Simón Bolívar, we pledge to mobilize and fight on the side of Venezuela’s right to sovereignty, understanding that the gains won under the Bolivarian Revolution are gains for all the world’s workers and oppressed.


Boston – All Diamonds are Blood Diamonds! @ First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist
Feb 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This event is a call to action for white people to return diamonds and other stolen resources back to African people as a form of reparations. All Diamonds are Blood Diamonds is a national speaking tour by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party.

Long revered as rare, benign gems symbolizing the ideals of beauty and everlasting love, diamonds are the desired gift for engagements, anniversaries, graduations, or simply as an expression of love. Diamonds are thought to be the makings of heirlooms, something to pass down from generation to generation with ever appreciating value.

These myths about the diamond trade, however, couldn’t be further from the truth. This is a look into the reality of diamonds and the real price of this seemingly innocent stone for millions of African people and others who live on the other end of the equation.

Keynote: YEJIDE ORUNMILA, President of the African National Women’s Organization of the African People’s Socialist Party
Featured: HALLEY MURRAY, North Regional Coordinator of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement; Chair of USM Boston

REGISTER AT: BloodDiamondsBoston.eventbrite.com

Contact information:

Purchase the “All Diamonds are Blood Diamonds” pamphlet ($5) at planetuhuru.com

Saturday February 23rd, 3-5pm
@ First Church in Jamaica Plain
6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain MA
Wheelchair Accessible

Hosted by the Boston chapter of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, white people in solidarity with Black Power.

*** Are you interested in volunteering at this event? Come to our open chapter meetings! Monday nights 6:30-8pm at the Newsfeed Cafe (Boston Public Library @ Coply Sq.)


Cultivation Classes with Elevate
Feb 23 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Are you interested in pursuing a career as a master cultivator, or to someday own a commercial cultivation business?

Or, do you want to be the best, most efficient grower you can be for personal reasons?

Enroll today in ELEVATE Northeast’s Winter 2019 5-Week Cultivation class! Upon course completion and certification, students will have a deeper understanding of the cultivation process and how to maximize yield, and have the confidence to pursue employment as a commercial cultivator, pursue their own cultivation license in Massachusetts, or simply be the best grower they can be at home!

Learn more about our legendary faculty and enroll here: https://www.elevatene.org/winter-2019-cultivation-ed-program


MadeinTYO “Sincerely Tokyo Tour” @ Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

$ 20.00 – $60.00 / All Ages


The Machine performs Pink Floyd: 30th Anniversary Tour @ Academy of Music Theatre
Feb 23 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

DSP Shows Presents:

The Machine performs Pink Floyd: 30th Anniversary Tour
Saturday, February 23rd
8pm showtime
Academy of Music Theatre | Northampton, MA

Celebrate 30 years of America’s pre-eminent Pink Floyd tribute band, with a special anniversary presentation of three classic albums, played in their entirety: Wish You Were Here, Animals, and Dark Side Of The Moon plus an extended encore. Featuring the Interstellar Lights. Lasers by Lightwave International on selected dates.

THE MACHINE performs Pink Floyd, America’s top Pink Floyd show, has forged a 30-year reputation for extending the legacy of Pink Floyd, selling out theaters, premier showcase rooms and casinos across North America, Europe and Asia, performing at renowned music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Riverbend, and Gathering of the Vibes, and sharing the stage with full symphony orchestras, including the Atlanta, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville and San Diego Symphonies, as well as the Buffalo Philharmonic.

The New York-based quartet performs a diverse mix of The Floyd’s extensive 16-album repertoire, complete with faithful renditions of popular hits as well as obscure gems. With stellar musicianship and passionate delivery, The Machine explores collective improvisation rivaling that of an early 1970’s Pink Floyd. Their use of expanded theatrical elements and elaborate stage displays and lighting continues in the spirit of the later Floyd of the 1980’s. The band is also known for recreating entire albums as a part of their show, accepting requests from fans, and for taking an A to Z approach in which one song is played for every letter of the alphabet. Special shows include lasers by the same company that provides classic Pink Floyd laser effects for Roger Waters and David Gilmour tours.

The members of The Machine include founding members Joe Pascarell (guitar, vocals) and Tahrah Cohen (drums), and long time band mates Stephen Bard (bass, vocals) and Scott Chasolen (keys, vocals).

“They duplicate the sound and hits of Pink Floyd with chilling accuracy, and they play for a hell of a long time.”
– Matt Diehl – Rolling Stone

“These guys are great!”
– Bob Ezrin – Co-Producer, Pink Floyd’s The Wall

“The Machine look nothing like Pink Floyd, but that doesn’t matter – they sound exactly like Pink Floyd, and that’s what counts.”
– Matthew Webber Spin Magazine


Radical Wellness Fair: Rediscovering Your Self in Community @ The Meeting Point
Feb 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Let’s be honest, folks. February in Boston is terrible…why is it still winter?!

But don’t despair! We’d like to invite you to brave the weather and join The Meeting Point community for adventures and (re)discovery in wellness and wholeness!

We will be offering:

– chair massages

– meditation

– crafts (button-making + DIY salves, scrubs, and balms)

– yoga

– acupuncture

– reiki

– blood pressure checks

– information on forest therapy, sexual wellness, and more!!

We look forward to seeing you for this radical approach to winter survival.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP with a free ticket, which gives us an idea of how many folks to expect for the fair.

* Disclaimer: There will be no yoga bunnies. That picture was just to get your attention


Blackalicious @ Sonia
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

$ 20.00 – $22.00 / Age All Ages

All Ages — Valid I.D. Required To Drink
Additional Info:
Leedz Edutainmentpresents:Blackalicious – All Ages, $20 Advance / $22Day Of Show,7:00 PM Doors


Legislative Demands Delivery News Conference and Rally
Feb 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival on February 25th at 1pm for our news conference, rally, and demand delivery. Massachusetts will join with states around the country and Washington DC to put our legislatures on notice.

We won’t be silent as the policies enacted by our elected officials continue to directly impact the poor and disenfranchised people of Massachusetts.

Date: February 25th, 2018
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Location: Massachusetts State House Steps
Address: 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133

We stand united with folks across the country as they too deliver the Moral Agenda to legislative leaders at their state capitals when their legislators return to session. Together we are bringing attention to the impact of policies which promote systemic racism, poverty and inequality, the war economy and militarism, environmental devastation, and the corrupt moral narrative.

Join us February 25th at 1pm!

For more information, contact the MA campaign email: massachusetts@poorpeoplescampaign.org

Don’t forget to RSVP using the ticket link above.


Le Butcherettes with special guests Elsewhere @ Brighton Music Hall
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

This event is all ages. Doors are at 7:00 pm. Show begins at 8:00 pm.

Sale Dates and Times:

Public Onsale : Fri, 30 Nov 2018 at 10:00 AM


Unsung Heroes of Black History @ First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for a Black History Month study where we will look at the contributions of queer and LGBTQ African Americans on black history.

We will watch the documentary “Brother Outsider” to learn of one of least talked about heroes of the Civil Rights Movement


Hearing on city investments, social responsibility
Feb 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

How are we currently investing city funds and our public employees’ retirement accounts? How should we be investing these funds? Councilors Lydia Edwards, Michelle Wu and Matt O’Malley have called a hearing on pension fund disclosure, socially responsible investment and reinvestment.

February 28, 2019
Ianella Chamber, 5th floor, Boston City Hall

NOTICE: The Boston City Council may have a quorum in attendance due to standing committees of the City Council consisting of both voting and non-voting members. However, members attending this duly posted meeting are participating and deliberating only in conjunction with the business of the standing committee.

Members of the public are cordially invited to attend and testify. If you have not testified at a Council hearing before, please arrive five (5) minutes before the call of the hearing to sign up and become familiar with the hearing format, testimony locations, and sound system. Please bring fifteen (15) copies of any written documentation you wish to present at the hearing.

Written comments may be made part of the record and available to all Councilors by sending them by email, fax or mail to arrive before the hearing. Please use the information below.

Mail Address: Docket #0136, City Council, City Hall, 5th Floor, Boston MA 02201

Fax Number: 617-635-4562 Attn: Cora Montrond, Docket #0136


Kissinger out of MIT and Boston! @ MIT Kresge Auditorium
Feb 28 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

“THE ILLEGAL WE DO IMMEDIATELY. THE UNCONSTITUTIONAL TAKES A LITTLE LONGER.” – Henry Kissinger, in a meeting with Turkish foreign minister Melih Esenbel in Ankara, Turkey. March 10, 1975

We condemn the invitation of the genocidal war criminal Henry Kissinger to MIT to present as a part of the opening of the Schwarzman School of Computing. Throughout his many years in the US foreign policy establishment (most prominently as Secretary of State to Presidents Nixon and Ford) Kissinger has proven to be a resolute enemy of the people. The imperialist crimes he has planned and promoted should disqualify him from speaking at any public event, but especially not this one, where he has the opportunity to influence the minds of students of government. MIT should not afford Kissinger any such platform. Doing so implies that his legacy is normal, acceptable, and expresses a program that deserves an equal place in public discussion. But this is NOT just another point of view in a casual “conversation,” or a conversation about “AI and ethics”, as the MIT event name suggests.

In the early 2000s, Kissinger regularly consulted the Bush administration on the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Kissinger also criticized the Bush administration for dedicating too few troops to a war that caused the death, displacement, and destruction of millions of Iraqi civilians.

In 1972 and 1973, Kissinger advised the CIA as it sought to overthrow the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende in Chile. After electoral attempts to depose Allende failed, a military coup replaced him with the dictator Augusto Pinochet, a Chilean general. Backed by the US and in communication with the CIA, the Pinochet government killed, tortured, and jailed tens of thousands of Chilean citizens.The actions of the US during Kissinger’s tenure were flagrant violations of Chilean sovereignty that forced the nation into years of rule by a right-wing military dictatorship.

Kissinger was closely involved in the secret bombings of Cambodia during the Vietnam War, which he himself believes to have caused nearly 50,000 civilian casualties. In a conversation with Thai foreign minister Chatchai Chunhawan in November of 1975, Kissinger said, “You should tell the Cambodians that we will be friends with them. They are murderous thugs, but we won’t let that stand in the way. We are prepared to improve relations with them. Tell them the latter part, but don’t tell them what I said before.”

War criminal Henry Kissinger is responsible for the death and exploitation of millions of colonized and formerly colonized people across the globe, and WE REFUSE to give this white supremacist and imperialist a platform to speak.


Climate Change in Winthrop @ Winthrop Public Library
Feb 28 @ 5:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Coastal flooding, winter storms & climate change in Winthrop: What to expect, and what we can do.
Join in the discussion of how flooding & other climate impacts will affect the people of Winthrop. Come to discuss and learn what can be done at both the individual and the community level to prepare. Be Informed. Free program.
Presented by Mothers Out Front, Winthrop Medical Reserve Corps and Communities responding to extreme weather (CREW).

Light Refreshments will be served.


Amy Helm w/s/g Brothers McCann @ Sonia
Feb 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Middle East & Secret Sessions Boston present:

Amy Helm

with special guest Brothers McCann

All Ages / 7PM Doors
$20 Advance / $25 Day Of Show



Lisa Bello l Marcela Cruz l Shareef Keyes and the Groove @ ONCE Somerville
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm – Mar 1 @ 12:00 am

Xperience Creative presents Xperience Sessions featuring:

Lisa Bello
Marcela Cruz
Shareef Keyes & The Groove

ONCE Somerville
156 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA
8PM doors
TIX: $12 ADV I $15 DOS


The Monochrome Set, The Very and The Milling Gowns at ONCE @ ONCE Somerville
Mar 1 @ 8:30 pm – Mar 2 @ 11:30 pm

Porter Productions presents The Monochrome Set
THE MONOCHROME SET consist of, original Monochrome Set members, Bid (Guitar/Vocals) and Andy Warren (bass) with John Paul Moran (keyboards) and Mike Urban, who was previously in the band in the early 90s, on drums, The Monochrome Set formed in 1978, and were heavily influential in the ‘post-punk’ scene that evolved after the initial scorched earth of punk. The band’s early releases were on the legendary Rough Trade Label before signing with Virgin offshoot Din Disc. They also released several albums on the Cherry Red label, making a notable appearance on that label’s well known ‘Pillows and Prayers’ compilation. Though The Monochrome Set split in 1985 the next decade saw several reunions for both live gigs and further studio recordings, their album release count now being well into double figures. After a hiatus of over a decade the band reformed full time in 2010 and have since toured all over the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA, whilst also releasing five new, critically acclaimed, studio albums, the most recent, ‘Maisieworld’, on the German ‘Tapete’ label in February 2018. 2018 also sees the 40th year since the band formed and they will be gigging worldwide to celebrate this.

Opening the show will be Boston based band The Very
and The Milling Gowns.


A.C.C.F.T.R. featuring ARTHUR NASSON! @ 91.5 WMFO
Mar 2 @ 1:00 am – 4:00 am

A Crash Course For The Ravers show streams to everyone LIVE Saturdays 1pm to 4pm at http://www.wmfo.org/popout_player.php?bitrate=256 and transmits on 91.5FM Medford. This week we have ARTHUR NASSON and his sons in to rock the joint!


Prommunism Dance Party & Fundraiser @ Arts at the Armory
Mar 2 @ 4:30 pm – 10:30 pm


On March 2, Boston DSA storms the Somerville Armory for a dance revolution. Rock out to favorites by our own Red Scare cover band, and dance the night away with your comrades to high school throwbacks by our DJ. There’ll be bread (pizza & cupcakes) and roses (make-your-own corsages) for all. Seize the means of celebration and join the party!

***PLEASE RESERVE YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE! There may not be any available at the door, as the venue is keeping us to a strict headcount. We don’t want to have to turn people away, so get your tix ASAP! ❤️***

TICKETS // $20 suggested donation or pay what you can. Proceeds go to cover the cost of the event and support our organizing campaigns in greater Boston, including #TakeBackTheGrid and #Medicare4All.

CASH BAR // Cider, wine, beer, and seltzer will be served by Armory bartenders. Bring cash, and remember to tip well!

VOLUNTEER // We need your help to build the party, comrade! Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/wFDwv85CErw1BJlW2

ACCESSIBILITY // The Armory is fully wheelchair accessible (including bathrooms), and free on-site parking is readily available. Email treasurer@bostondsa.org with any additional questions or requests.

BIG LOUD PARTIES NOT YOUR SCENE? // Join us earlier in the afternoon for our alcohol- and dancing-free March New Member Orientation & Social! It’ll be the same location and the same friendly comrades, just with chill, low-key vibes. Kids are welcome, and child watch and kid-friendly activities will be provided.


Jetpac Fellowship Banquet 2019 @ The Connors Center
Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join Jetpac for our 2019 Fellowship Banquet at the Connors Center in Dover, MA on the evening of March 2nd.

We cordially invite you to this inspiring event as we celebrate the success of 2018, highlight new graduates of our Public Service Fellowship, and introduce a new cohort of leaders ready to take on the challenge of representing their communities.

On the heels of a record-breaking year for American Muslim political candidates, we’ll be celebrating Jetpac’s work and you’ll have the opportunity to hear from civic leaders who are helping to change the face of American politics. Jetpac’s co-founders Nadeem Mazen and Shaun Kennedy will share their vision for American Muslim civic organizing through 2020 and will introduce the newest cohort of Jetpac’s Fellows who are ready to play a major role in the changing political landscape.

This is a buffet-style dinner, and formal attire is recommended. Childcare will be provided. Parking is available.

Price per ticket:

$45 adults (16+)
$25 children (3–15)

Jetpac is a 501(c)(3) registered charity. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation if you are unable to attend.

For event sponsorship options, please go to: https://jetp.ac/fellowshipbanquet


The Legacy of W. E. B. Du Bois @ Memorial Church of Harvard University
Mar 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

W. E. B. Du Bois was a historian, sociologist, activist, and titan in American history. While at Harvard, the Glee Club turned him away, an experience that he never forgot. 150 years after his birth, we are holding a concert to honor the man and the movement—the struggle for African American equality that is older than America itself.

• Repertoire of black spirituals, highlighted by Du Bois himself, and classical European songs in conversation with one another.
• Readings by faculty, students from Harvard and beyond.
• World premiere of “To Love,” an historic, student-written choral interpretation of The Souls of Black Folk (1904).
• Audience participation in several songs.
• Special guest: renowned artist and activist Tesfa Wondemagegnehu

The concert will be free and open to the public


The Alloy Orchestra @ Somerville Theatre
Mar 3 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Fritz Langs iconic sci fi masterpiece, Metropolis, was Alloy Orchestras first silent movie score, making the group world famous in 1991. This is the most recent restoration of the film you would have seen in 1925, complete, coherent, and with the original English subtitles. Alloys expanded score, with its signature junk percussion and soaring melodies, captures the classic films power and beauty.

Sale Dates and Times:

Public Onsale : Mon, 3 Dec 2018 at 10:00 AM


Immigrants’ Day at the State House 2019 @ Massachusetts State House
Mar 4 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

For the 23rd year in a row, we’re making our voices heard at the State House! Join us for Immigrants’ Day, the biggest lobbying day of the year for immigrants, refugees and allies. Let’s fill those halls with new Americans and allies ready to share our stories and tell legislators why 2019-2020 is such a crucial session!

Top on our agenda is the Safe Communities Act, which is essential to restoring community trust in law enforcement, ensuring that ALL Massachusetts residents feel safe calling 911, and protecting everyone’s civil rights. We will also be supporting legislation to make driver’s licenses available to ALL qualified drivers in our Commonwealth, and to ensure that ALL kids have the health care coverage they need.

And as always, we’ll be stressing the importance of key investments in immigrant integration, especially English classes for adults, specialized job training to enable immigrant workers to fully realize their economic potential, and support for citizenship programs. New U.S. citizens, English classes and refugee groups especially welcome!

We’ll post details on the speaking program (11am-noon) shortly, but our TOP PRIORITY by far is to schedule legislator visits and group meetings! We’re organizing some group visits, too, by region and by topic (e.g. Safe Communities Act, driver’s licenses, higher ed) so email Joel at jrivera@miracoalition.org if you want to coordinate!

Please register on Eventbrite so we know we can count on you, especially if you’d like to cosponsor, lead a group, or more actively participate in planning and promotion!

We are so excited to be joined by 50+ cosponsors: ACLU Massachusetts ADL New England American Friends Service Committee Agencia ALPHA Amplify Latinx Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence Association of Haitian Women in Boston, Black Teachers Matter, Boston Public Schools, Boston International Newcomers Academy (BINcA) Brazilian Women’s Group – Grupo Mulher Brasileira BARCC Coalition for Social Justice Dominican Development Center English for New Bostonians Episcopal City Mission Haitian American Chamber of Commerce Health and Law Immigrant Solidarity Network Health Care For All Jane Doe Inc. The Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action Health Law Advocates Holyoke Community College Immigrants’ Assistance Center, Inc. Indivisible Acton Area International Institute of New England Jewish Community Relations Council, La Comunidad, Inc. MAPA Translations & Language Solutions Massachusetts Voter Table Mwls REACH Beyond Domestic Violence Roca New American Center Youth Program Nauset Regional High School Progressive Massachusetts Whittier Street Ascentria Care Alliance MGH Harvard ISAL – International School of Advanced Learning UU Mass Action YMCA of Greater Boston

If you would like to join as an organizational cosponsor, email lryan@miracoalition.org


22nd Annual Boston Area International Women’s Day Breakfast @ Simmons University
Mar 5 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Join Boston area leaders in women’s advocacy for a morning of robust discussion on state of immigration in America.

This year’s event is titled “Feminists Take on Immigration: Addressing Root Causes, Urgent Needs, and Long-Term Solutions

Karen Holmes Ward from City Line—Channel 5 – moderator
Daniela Bravo-Terkia, community activist and recipient of the 2017 Latino 30 under 30 El Mundo award
Eva Millona, Executive Director, MIRA: Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition
Jeannette Huezo, United for a Fair Economy

Planning Committee: Massachusetts Commission on the Status, Cambridge Women’s Commission, Girl’s LEAP, Mass NOW, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, YWCA Cambridge, Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, Simmons University, Women Suffrage Celebration Coalition of Massachusetts, Boston Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement, Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, NARAL Pro-choice Mass, Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund

Partner Agencies: Transition House, EMPath, REACH Beyond Domestic Violence., League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, Neighbor To Neighbor Massachusetts Education Fund, On The Rise, ADL New England, Amplify Latinx, Office of Economic Empowerment, Massachusetts State Treasury, Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers, Dominican Development Center Nina Selvaggio Consulting


The Cowboys, Nice Guys, Boston Cream @ Deep Thoughts JP
Mar 5 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Kids Like You & Me (KLYAM) Presents…

THE COWBOYS (IN) – HoZac Records



All Ages. $5-10 sliding scale donation. 8:30 PM.

all in-stores “start” at 8:30 and ask a $5-$10 donation for performers

every Friday – Grateful Dead Family Night

Sunday 2/3 – Charmaine Lee, Victoria Shen, trngs, Negation

Tuesday 3/5 – The Cowboys, Nice Guys, Boston Cream

Wednesday 3/20 – Forced Into Femininity, Blue Ray, Jazz Massagers

Saturday 3/23 – Future Punx, Joey Agresta (fka Joey Pizza Slice), Kremlin Bats

Saturday 3/30 Russian Tsarlag, Dan Talbot, Baby;Baby


Michael Lighty on Medicare for All: “Nothing Less!” @ Church of the Covenant
Mar 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Medicare for All is gaining momentum — today, 70% of Americans support the single-payer policy. But in order to win it, we’re going to have to overcome the powerful private interests that want to defeat it. Already, establishment Democrats are cowing to private insurers and pharmaceutical manufacturers by attempting to replace Medicare for All with lookalike legislation. As the new Democratic House majority begins to hold hearings and cohere around a healthcare policy, we need an uncompromising mass movement that demands nothing less than a universal, comprehensive, free-at-use Medicare for All.

Join Michael Lighty, long-time single-payer champion and Sanders Institute Fellow, as he stops in Boston on his tour of the East Coast to discuss the urgency of the moment.

The event is free and open to the public.


Queers Against Winter 3: cozy party and board game night @ Bella Luna Restaurant and Milky Way Lounge
Mar 7 @ 8:00 pm – Mar 8 @ 12:00 am

Back by popular demand… AGAIN!!! It turns out queers *really* like board games, and *REALLY* don’t like winter. Come out to the next party Thursday, March 7th. These are turning out to be really special events to meet new friends and bask in the glow of our community. Plus it’s FREE!

Let’s face it. Winter is clearly a hetero-patriarchal conspiracy designed to keep queers from having fun. It’s time to fight back. So brush the icicles off your bow-tie, pull on your best fleece lined sequin tights, and come down to Milky Way / Bella Luna for a FREE cozy and chill party / social hang / game night thing.

Conceived by Break the Chains queer dance party and Evan Greer, expect good music and good people. We’ll have board and card games available or bring your own. Bring a friend or come alone and meet new friends. Together we will defeat winter.