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Announcement :: Education
Community Church of Boston: May Sunday Forums
27 Apr 2011
Modified: 02:23:12 PM
A list of upcoming Sunday forums at the Community Church of Boston...
COMMUNITY CHURCH OF BOSTON
"A Peace & Justice Congregation since 1920"

MAY 2011 SUNDAY FORUMS

May 1st -- Celebrating Labor and the International Workers' Holiday
INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD (IWW)
"May Day, Haymarket and the Birth of the Modern Labor Movement for Social
Justice"

As the nationwide strike on May Day 1886 for the eight-hour workday was succeeding, police in Chicago responded with murderous repression. In its aftermath, eight leading figures in the workers' movement were framed up on a bomb charge and five of them-the famous Haymarket Martyrs-were executed! These events gave rise to May 1st being observed as Labor Day around the world. They also led to securing of the eight-hour day, an end to child labor, living wages, workplace safety and all the rest that we are now losing. Further, they gave rise to the 20th century movement for social revolution in America.

Steve Kellerman, a retired machinist and IWW delegate, will speak about the foregoing events on their 125th anniversary and discuss their relevance for today.

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May 8th -- Mothers' Day
A Member of PHYSICIANS for SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
"Why Nuclear Power Is Not Good for Women, Children and Other Living Things"

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May 15th -- Annual Sacco and Vanzetti Social Justice Award
TRUTH AND JUSTICE RADIO
(note start time change – 12:00pm)

Truth and Justice Radio has been brining honest reporting and stories to the greater-Boston area for over a decade. Honesty and transparency in media are values too often hidden from the public. The staff of Truth and Justice Radio speak truth to power every Sunday morning. Stan Robinson, Steve Cornie, Martin Voelker, and the late Sherif Fam are among the essential players who keep the work of Truth and Justice Radio alive. Since Sherif's passing others have stepped up to continue the reporting of “This Week in Palestine,” including Salma Abu Ayyash. It is because of all of their incredible work that the Community Church of Boston will be honoring Truth and Justice Radio with the 2010 Sacco and Vanzetti Social Justice Award. We will sing, listen, and eat together as we celebrate the gift of Truth and Justice Radio!

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May 22nd -- JOHN SKINNER
"Challenging Corporate Control of Water"

John Skinner is a researcher with Corporate Accountability International, a non-profit organization based in Boston that runs grassroots campaigns targeting corporate abuses. At CAI he works primarily on the "Think Outside the Bottle" campaign, where he studies the ways that transnational companies are seeking to control access to water and how we can organize to prevent this.

Skinner states: we are in the middle of a global water crisis! From water bottling to privatization of municipal water systems, corporations are attempting to commodify Earth's most essential resource. We must work now to guarantee the human right to water and stop water privateers around the world that profit by controlling this public resource.

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May 29th -- Memorial Day Weekend
IRAQ VETERANS AGAINST THE WAR
"Honor Veterans by Ending War!"

The mission of the Iraq Veterans Against the War is to mobilize the military community to withdraw its support for the war and occupation in Iraq. The IVAW works towards three distinct goals: immediate withdrawal of forces in Iraq; reparations for the human and structural damages suffered in Iraq so that the people there might regain their right to self-determination; and full benefits, adequate healthcare, and other supports for returning servicemen and women. IVAW was founded in 2004 at the Vets for Peace Convention in Boston, since then chapters have sprung up all around the country. Through community organizing and direct action the IVAW has grown to have multiple field organizers and national office staff. The words of veterans are some of the most important voices when working to stop wars. Their organizing has mobilized thousands of people to stand up and take action.

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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

Rev. Jason Lydon, Minister
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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