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Announcement :: Politics
Lucy Parsons Center: Upcoming Events
05 Oct 2004
A listing of upcoming events at Boston's independent, collectively run, all volunteer radical bookstore and infoshop...
(read below for more details)
1) Tue Oct 5, 7pm:
Bimonthly BAAM! Meeting
2) Wed Oct 6, 7pm:
Radical Movie Night ñ ìOutfoxedî
3) Thu Oct 7, 7pm:
Open Meeting for the Boston Animal Defense
4) Sat Oct 9, 7pm:
NE Antifascist Movie Night ñ ìThe Believerî
5) Sun Oct 10, 2pm:
Bimonthly IWW Mtg
6) Tue Oct 12 7pm:
Free Radical Folk Night with Robert Blake
7) Wed Oct 13, 7pm:
Radical Movie Night - ìThe Corporationî
8) Sun Oct 17, 5pm:
Anarchists Unite: Collective Building
9) Wed Oct 20, Time 7pm:
Mattilda, a.k.a. Matt Bernstein Sycamore,
editor of ìThatís Revolting!: Queer
Strategies for Resisting Assimilationî
10) Thu Oct 21, 7pm:
ìBattle of Algiersî with Lola Mendez
11) Tue Oct 26, 7pm:
Zine Video Tour

~All LPC events are free and open to the public
(though donations are greatly appreciated). If you
have any questions, call us at (617) 267-6272. For
info about who we are, how to host an event, how
to become a collective member or how to get to the
LPC, please read the end of this email.~

Tue Oct 5, 7pm: BAAM! Meeting

BAAM! is a general anarchist organization in the
Boston area. Our structure reflects our belief
that anarchist organizations should not be
configured in a way that conflicts with the
ultimate goal of a classless, stateless society.
We feel that being class conscious is not an
enough; we oppose authoritarianism in all its
forms, including capitalism, the State, and all
forms of oppression such as racism, sexism,
nationalism, xenophobia, homophobia, and
environmental devastation.

We hold skill share workshops and participate in
direct action while supporting local manifestations
of the global struggle. We've been involved in
actions including picket lines, anti-war protests,
anti-capitalist street theater, and agitating the
bosses and those who support their oppression. Our
past workshops have covered wheat pasting, self-
defense, silk screening, folk science, and
information sharing. All activities are run in an
openly anarchist fashion.

We have monthly meeting to schedule our events and
skill shares at the LPC on the first Tuesday of
every month at 7pm. All anti-authoritarians are
welcome to attend.

Wed Oct 6, 7pm: Radical Movie Night ñ ìOutfoxedî

"Fair and balanced"??? How about anything BUT?!?!
For the first time ever, this documentary reveals
the secrets of Former Fox news producers,
reporters, bookers and writers who expose what
it's like to work for Fox News. These former Fox
employees talk about how they were forced to push
a "right-wing" point of view or risk their jobs.
Some have even chosen to remain anonymous in order
to protect their current livelihoods. As one
employee said "There's no sense of integrity as
far as having a line that can't be crossed."
"Outfoxed" examines how media empires, led by
Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a
"race to the bottom" in television news. This
film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the
dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking
control of the public's right to know.
"Outfoxed" first examines media mogul Rupert
Murdoch and the Australian company, News Corp.,
tracing how the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) helped Murdoch break the rules to establish
a fourth network in the United States. The film
explores Murdoch's burgeoning kingdom and the
impact on society when a broad swath of media is
controlled by one person. Media experts, including
Jeff Cohen (FAIR), Bob McChesney and Chellie
Pingree, provide context and guidance for the
story of Fox News and its effect on society. The
team behind "Outfoxed" created a system to monitor
Fox News 24 hours a day for months to discover
exactly how its shows worked. A team of volunteers
around the country scrutinized every hour of Fox
News programming, noting examples of bias in its
coverage. The result is an intense examination of
Fox News and the lie inherent in its favorite
motto: "Fair and Balanced."

About the Director:
Outfoxed Director/Producer Robert Greenwald has
produced and/or directed 53 television movies,
miniseries and features. He is the director of
Uncovered and the Executive Producer of the UN
series - Unprecedented, Uncovered and the soon to
be released Unconstitutional.

***This event is part of our Free Radical Film
Night Series. Every Wednesday night at 7pm we show
a movie from a wide variety of political themes
and genres. It happens year round, so if you donít
get an email about it you can always call the
store to see whatís playing that week or just show

Thu Oct 7, 7pm: Open Meeting for the Boston Animal
Defense League

This is an open meeting for all interested in
getting involved in the Boston Animal Defense
League. We will be planning out the future course
of the organization and be discussing a number of
points. On the agenda so far:
1) PO Box - How, and worthwhile?
2) Merchandise situation
3) Tabling: Veggie Fest & Beyond
4) Next phase of Boston HLS campaign

Remember: Meetings are worthless if they don't
translate into action! But action is impossible
without planning. Come, bring friends and share
your ideas to map out what Bostonians can do for
animal liberation!

The Animal Defense League is a national, and
indeed international organization dedicated to
furthering the cause of Animal Liberation and
Veganism. Animals are incredibly complex creatures
that have the ability to feel, love and have
emotion. In todayís societies, they are treated as
raw materials at the disposal of large industries
to do with them what they will, without regard to
their intrinsic value. We are the reaction:
informed groups of people banding together to act
against this cruelty, to serve as a voice of the
voiceless. To this end we focus on a number of
concentrated campaigns, most notably the campaign
against Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS.)

Check out our webpage for more information:

Sat Oct 9, 7pm: NE Antifascist Movie Night ñ
ìThe Believerî

A Jewish nazi? Is it possible? This recent film
explores the contradictory life of a Jewish, neo-
nazi bonehead. An interesting look at both the
politics of the extreme right and the spiritual
essence of Judaism.

Because watching movies can be an antifascist act

Sun Oct 10, 2pm: IWW Mtg

The Boston area IWW meets regularly at the Lucy
Parsons Center on the second Sunday of every month
at 2pm. Meetings are open to all interested in
militant industrial unionism.

Since its founding in 1905, the IWW has fought for
better working and living conditions for all
workers in all industries. The IWW endorses no
candidates, nor does it participate in electoral
politics. We also oppose the bureaucratic craft
unionism of the AFL-CIO, which serves only to
divide workers based on trade, engage worker
against worker in wage wars, and mislead the
workers into believing that the working class has
interests in common with the employing class.

Instead we seek to unite all workers on a common
economic front, under the banner of industrial
unionism. Only then, will our combined strength
succeed in usurping control of our labor away from
the parasitic hands of the capitalist class. Once
we stop doing what we are told to do and start
doing mwhat we collectively decide to do instead,
there isn't anything much that can stop us!

For a World Without Bosses!!

Boston Area General Membership Branch of the
Industrial Workers of the World
Contact: bostgmb (at)

Tue Oct 12 7pm: Free Radical Folk Night with
Robert Blake

Featured Artists:

Robert Blake (Bellingham WA)
Bread and Roses (Local Zeros)
Mike and Chris Merende (NY)

Wed Oct 13, 7pm: Radical Movie Night - ìThe

One hundred and fifty years ago, the corporation
was a relatively insignificant entity. Today, it
is a vivid, dramatic and pervasive presence in all
our lives. Like the Church, the Monarchy and the
Communist Party in other times and places, the
corporation is todayís dominant institution. But
history humbles dominant institutions. All have
been crushed, belittled or absorbed into some new
order. The corporation is unlikely to be the first
to defy history. In this complex and highly
entertaining documentary, Mark Achbar, co-director
of the influential and inventive MANUFACTURING
co-director Jennifer Abbott and writer Joel Bakan
to examine the far-reaching repercussions of the
corporationís increasing preeminence. Based on
Bakanís book The Corporation: The Pathological
Pursuit of Profit and Power, the film is a timely,
critical inquiry that invites CEOs, whistle-
blowers, brokers, gurus, spies, players, pawns and
pundits on a graphic and engaging quest to reveal
the 4corporationís inner workings, curious history,
controversial impacts and possible futures.
Featuring illuminating interviews with Noam Chomsky,
Michael Moore, Howard Zinn and many others, THE
CORPORATION charts the spectacular rise of an
institution aimed at achieving specific economic
goals as it also recounts victories against this
apparently invincible force.

***This event is part of our Free Radical Film
Night Series. Every Wednesday night at 7pm we show
a movie from a wide variety of political themes
and genres. It happens year round, so if you donít
get an email about it you can always call the
store to see whatís playing that week or just show

Sun Oct 17, 5pm: Anarchists Unite: Collective
Building Workshop

The strength of the wolf is the pack...
The strength of the pack is the wolf.

Collectives are the basic unit of anarchist
organization. Collectives allow us to live our
regular, day-to-day lives in the manner that we
envision the post revolutionary society would
function. A few collectives are active in Boston;
some are new, some are old. We are seeking to
intentionally facilitate the formation of new
collectives. We invite anarchists new to the
community to come learn the basics of collective
formation, as well as battle-hardened veteran to
share their experiences.

Free food, free drinks, free society.

Wed Oct 20, Time 7pm: Mattilda, a.k.a. Matt
Bernstein Sycamore, editor of ìThatís Revolting!:
Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilationî

Mattilda will be at LPC to discuss the evils of
assimilation, and share samples from the book
ìThatís Revolting!,î and finish with delicious,
delirious and devastating answers to any and all

***About the Book:
Ten years ago, one might not have imagined the
largest national gay rights lobbying group (Human
Rights Campaign) endorsing a right-wing Republican
Senatorial candidate (Al D'Amato in New York), or
the San Francisco Pride parade adopting the
Budweiser advertising slogan as its official
theme. As an assimilationist gay mainstream wields
increasing power, the focus of gay struggle has
become limited to the holy trinity of marriage,
military service and adoption. By prioritizing the
attainment of straight privilege over all else,
the gay mainstream drains queer identity of any
meaning, relevance, or cultural value.

ìThat's Revolting!î shows us what the new queer
resistance looks like. It uses queer identity and
struggle as a starting point from which to reframe,
reclaim, and re-shape the world. The collection
challenges the commercialized, commodified, and
hyper-objectified view of gay/queer identity
projected by the mainstream media by exploring
queer struggles to transform gender, revolutionize
sexuality, and build community outside of
traditional models.

ìThatís Revolting!î is a radical queer
intervention in the culture wars. It is both
blueprint and call to action, bringing the post-
identity politic of a new generation of queer
visionaries to a wider audience. The anthology
consists of personal histories, rants, interviews,
conversations, activist struggles, practical
advice and, of courseÖglamour. Contributors
include early gay liberation rabble-rousers,
counterculture demons, fringe artistes, renegade
academics, the dispossessed, the obsessed and
various other enemy combatants. In other words,
ìThatís Revolting!î is a book by a bunch of
freaks, fruits, perverts and whores who are
dedicated to fighting homogenization,
globalization and all the other evils of this
ravaging world.

The book features new writing from Patrick
Califia, Carol Queen, Benjamin Shepard, Dean
Spade, and many more!

***About the Editor:
Matthew Bernstein Sycamore is also the author
ìPulling Taffyî (Suspect Thoughts), and the editor
of ìTricks and Treats: Sex Workers Write About
Their Clientsî (Haworth 2000) and ìDangerous
Families: Queer Writing on Survivingî (Haworth,
forthcoming 2003). His writing has appeared in
such diverse markets as ìBest American Eroticaî,
ìBest American Gay Fictionî, ìWomen and
Performanceî, and ìSlingshotî. A frequent focus of
alternative weeklies and radio attention, this
will be Mattildaís fourth national book tour.

Thu Oct 21, 7pm: ìThe Battle of Algiersî

With an introduction by
Lola Mendez, PhD
Former UN Consultant

The United Nations has played an incredible role
in many anti-colonial campaigns around the world.
The Algerian struggle against French colonialism
was one of the most well-known. One of the most
influential films in the history of political
cinema, Gillo Pontecorvoís The Battle of Algiers
focuses on the harrowing events of 1957, a key
year in Algeriaís struggle for independence from
France. Shot in the streets of Algiers in
documentary style, the film vividly recreates the
tumultuous Algerian uprising against France, where
the film was banned on its release for fear of
creating civil disturbances. Decades later, the
advent of the "war against terror" has only
intensified the film's relevance. The Pentagon
recently viewed this film to get 'strategies' on
how to fight the war in Iraq.

(The Battle of Algiers - 1965- 125 min; French
with English subtitles; B/W; Production and
Direction: Gillo Pontecorvo)

About Lola Mendez
Lola Mendez is half Algerian and half Dominican
and grew up in Martinique. She has a doctorate in
Middle Eastern Studies and an expert on
postcolonial studies, Orientalism and Third World
social movements. She has worked with many
grassroots organizations in Ivory Coast and Benin.
Mendez is in the initial planning stages of
writing a book on Frantz Fanon, Aime Cesaire and
the 'Negritude' movement.

This event is being organized by members of the
Young Professionals for International
Cooperation - Greater Boston

Tue Oct 26, 7pm: Zine Video Tour

The tour will feature:
***Dave Roche (On Subbing) who will do readings
from his zine-turned-book about being a substitute
teacher in Portland

***Nicole Georges, a comic zine artist who will do
slide show presentations from her
zines, and

***Joe Biel who will show his video, ì$100 & A
T-Shirt,î A full length video documentary about
zines in the Northwest US. A cultural analysis of
what causes zine makers to tick; what the hell
zines are, why people make zines, the origin of
zines, the resources and community available for
zine makers, and the future of zines. Interviews
with about 70 zine makers, ex-zine makers, and
readers from the northwest. Featuring footage of
the Portland Zine Symposium, other zine related
events, and activities bringing zine culture to
life. An original documentary with over 64 hours
of footage for people with a new interest in zines
as well as pros and novices. The video sparks
untapped creativity and new interest into zine
making and reading. Artwork by Cristy Road and
music by J Church and Defiance, OH!


+++ Where are we?

Lucy Parsons Center
549 Columbus Avenue
Boston's South End
Telephone: 617.267.6272
Email: lucyparsons (at)

+++ What are we?

The Lucy Parsons Center, Boston's collectively run
radical bookstore features an extensive selection
of radical books and magazines, internet access,
space for talks and meetings, and free movies
Wednesday nights. Located at 549 Columbus Avenue
in the South End the store is just down from Mass
Ave and easily reached from the Mass Ave and
Symphony T stations and the #1 bus. Regular store
hours Mon-Fri 12-9pm Weekends 12-6.

+++ Volunteer

Volunteering at LPC isn't just about donating your
labor. All of the Lucy Parsons Center volunteers
contribute to all aspects of running the store and
can take part in all decisions in how it's run.
If you know anything about grant writing, web
design, or any other skills you think would be
useful, or if you just want to be part of this
great radical project, please email Pete at
volunteer (at)

+++ Use our space for radical stuff

One of the most important apects of the Lucy
Parsons Center is providing a community meeting
place for radical activities. If you want to host
an event, please send an email to Rebecca at
events (at) Make sure to give enough
notice so that we can approve the event at our
bimonthly meetings.

If you have a group that needs a space to have
regular meetings, just come to the bookstore and
fill out a space request form. Again, make sure to
allow time for approval by the collective.

+++ Donate MONEY!

We need support to help ensure the Lucy Parsons
Center continues to grow and be an important
resource for the community. Donations can be made
in the form of cash, check or credit cards. And
don't forget we have 501(c)3 status, so all
donations to the LPC are tax deductable (meaning
less money for the government!). Please call the
store or email donations (at) if you
interested in makig a donation. And if you don't
have a lot, don't worry, even donating the change
of your purchase can make a difference.


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