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Announcement :: Education
Community Church of Boston: March Sunday Forums
01 Mar 2012
Modified: 12:12:21 PM
A list of upcoming Sunday forums at the Community Church of Boston for the month of March...
COMMUNITY CHURCH OF BOSTON
"A Peace & Justice Congregation since 1920"

MARCH 2012 SUNDAY FORUMS

March 4th -- BRAZILIAN IMMIGRANT CENTER
"Building the Domestic Workers Rights Movement in Massachusetts"

Following in the steps of California and New York, the Brazilian Immigrant Center of Boston has been heading the fight to secure a bill of rights for domestic workers in Massachusetts. Domestic workers are largely from the Brazilian immigrant community so it was natural that the Center is interested in ensuring they are respected and protected as all workers. Too often domestic workers are exploited by their bosses, forced to work in slave-like conditions, sexually harassed, and denied simple human rights. Organizing, education, and policy change are all part of the movement to protect Domestic Workers.

The Brazilian Immigrant Center is part of a coalition of organizations that together constitute the Massachusetts Coalition for domestic workers (McDW). The coalition was formed to fight for a domestic woker Bill of Rights in Massachusetts. This bill of rights is necessary to prevent discrimination against domestic workers and to fill gaps in the law that allow for exploitation.

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March 11th -- Marking International Women's Day
SUSAN McLUCAS, a.k.a. MARIAM SACKO
"Working to Stop Female Genital Mutilation" (with special music and dance of Mali)

Sini Sanuman is a Malian NGO dedicated to eradicating female genital mutilation. In Mali, they started the Pledge Against Excision. They have music videos on television by famous Malian artists. They've organized a growing number of villages that have decided together to stop excising and keep a list of other such villages to work together.

Susan McLucas is director Healthy Tomorrow, a Boston group that helps Sini Sanuman.

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March 18th -- St. Patrick's Day weekend
EDWARD CHILDS & JAN CANAVAN
"The Legacy of Ireland's Struggle from the Past until Today"

The Irish struggle has been inspired by--and has in turn inspired--many struggles around the world. In Asia, Africa and South America, the Irish connections are deep and well-known. The ties in the U.S.A. are less well-known, but also run deep in the Labor Movement here. It has touched even more deeply the historic black Civil Rights struggle, from Frederick Douglass to Marcus Garvey and from Martin Luther King to Chuck Turner.

Ed Childs and Jan Canavan are long-time activists focused on Ireland and its troubles; each has spoken on these issues at Community Church before.

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March 25th -- EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS ABORTION FUND
"The Fight to Make Abortion Available to All"

Women's bodies are constantly the target of political debate whether it's access to contraception, access to abortion, or simply having basic control over their own choices. National attention was recently given to the congressional hearing on contraception that had an overwhelming lack of women's voices. This conversation will focus on the work of the EMA Fund with an explicit analysis of reproductive justice - a framework still new to many people.

The Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund (we call it the EMA Fund) is an all-volunteer group of fifty people who want to make sure that women and girls in eastern Massachusetts have access to abortion. We know that if you don’t have money, abortion might as well be illegal. For us, access to abortion is a matter of social justice, reproductive justice, economic justice, fairness, and human rights.

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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
info (at) commchurch.org
http://www.communitychurchofboston.org

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