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Announcement :: Education
Community Church of Boston: May Sunday Forums
29 Apr 2009
A list of upcoming Sunday forums at the Community Church of Boston...
COMMUNITY CHURCH OF BOSTON
"A Peace & Justice Congregation since 1920"

MAY 2009 SUNDAY FORUMS

May 3rd -- International Workers Day (part 2)
RISING TIDE BOSTON
“Giving Voice to Immigrant Workers”

Legal Sea Foods and the Cheesecake Factory are exploiting immigrant workers! We will be joined by three workers who will tell their stories of working under a contractor who withholds wages and writes bad checks while providing no benefits. These workers have teamed up with Centro Presente and the Chelsea Collaborative to gain wages back and develop a campaign that both empowers immigrant communities to fight back and forces employers to do right by their workers.

Established in 1981, Centro Presente is a member-driven, state-wide Latin American immigrant organization dedicated to the self-determination and self-sufficiency of the Latin American immigrant community of Massachusetts. Operated and led primarily by Central American immigrants, Centro Presente struggles for immigrant rights and for economic and social justice. Through the integration of community organizing, leadership development and basic services, Centro Presente strives to give our members voice and build community power.


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May 10th -- Mothers' Day
AUDREY COULTER
"A Journey toward Political Consciousness"

Church member Audrey Coulter, mother of four, will speak on "her" day about the many lives she's lived: hippie wanderer, wealthy New Orleans matron and impoverished divorcee. Abused by the court system and attorneys, she became homeless, lived in a shelter and subsidized housing, ultimately graduating university at 53!

Hers is a mother's story of survival, courage and determination in the face of a society dedicated to putting up barriers to success. As Audrey says, "If it weren't for my children, I don't know what story I'd be telling now. They were, and are, my inspiration to keep fighting and show them that one does not simply have to accept a culture that tries to crush you spiritually and physically."

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May 17th -- SHAHID BUTTAR
"New Threat to the Constitution: Domestic Intelligence Collection"

Shahid Buttar is a civil rights lawyer, non-profit leader, independent columnist, community organizer, hip-hop m.c., singer and poet. He is the new executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, based in Northampton and dedicated to promoting, organizing & supporting a national grassroots movement to restore and protect civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights--especially those which have been compromised by "War on Terror" policies.

The recent massive rise in police surveillance is emerging as one of the biggest threats to civil liberties and human rights in our country. As local law-enforcement officers have been given the power to perform immigration law-enforcement functions, the number of federal officers surveilling our communities has in effect grown exponentially. Buttar will discuss the problem and offer suggestions for organizing against this expansion of federal powers.

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May 24th -- CISPES
"Change Comes to El Salvador"

On Sunday March 15, Salvadorans headed en masse to the polls to cast their ballots for the future president; by 9:30 pm Mauricio Funes, presidential candidate of the Farabundo Mart' National Liberation Front (FMLN), pronounced himself president-elect of El Salvador -- the very first leftist head of state in the country's history. This was unlike any other election since the end of the civil war in 1992: never before had the FMLN maintained such a steady lead in the opinion polls, and never before had the US government so thoroughly sought to remove its influence from Salvadoran internal politics. We will take time to celebrate the victory and also talk about the challenges ahead, for instance, Funes has said he will not immediately oppose CAFTA or end the "dollarization" of Salvadoran currency.

CISPES is a nationally networked grassroots organization dedicated to supporting the Salvadoran people’s struggle for self-determination and social and economic justice.

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May 31st -- Prof. JOHN MILLER
"Recession, Depression, Repression: What's in a Name?"

The global economy is mired in its worst crisis since "The Great Depression". How bad is it? What should we call it? And how do we get out of it?

John Miller has taught at Wheaton College for 30 years, focusing on macroeconomics/global economy, sweatshops & poverty alleviation, government taxing & spending policies, and economics research in Southeast Asia. He is a contributing editor to "Dollars & Sense", a popular economics magazine, as well as author of many books, chapters and articles. He has been active in a Nicaragua Sister City Project, United for a Fair Economy and Bikes Not Bombs; also he's an avid cyclist.

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DIRECTIONS/PARKING

The Community Church is located at 565 Boylston Street in Copley Square, between Dartmouth and Clarendon Streets. Parking is available on Sunday
mornings at the Back Bay Garage (entrances on Clarendon Street or St. James Ave.). We can provide a sticker to affix to your parking receipt and you will be charged only $3 until 1:30pm.

By public transportation, take the Green line to Copley or take the Orange line to Back Bay station. Community Church is a 2-4 minute walk from either station.

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A PEACE AND JUSTICE CONGREGATION SINCE 1920

The Community Church of Boston is a free community of human beings united for the study and practice of universal religion, seeking to apply ethical ideals to individual life and the democratic and cooperative principle to all forms of social and economic life.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT US

Jason Lydon, Congregational Director
Community Church of Boston
565 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617)266-6710
(617)266-0449 (fax)
info (at) commchurch.org
http://www.communitychurchofboston.org

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