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Commentary :: Education
Community Church of Boston: January Sunday Forums
30 Dec 2010
A list of upcoming Sunday forums at the Community Church of Boston...
"A Peace & Justice Congregation since 1920"


January 2nd -- Community voices
“Singing in the New Year”

Please join us on this first Sunday of the New Year and the New Era for our annual, traditional and upbeat beginning of the winter season at CCB. Lyrics provided!

We must believe that a new day is upon us and sing our hopes for the days ahead; add voices to our everlasting pledge that, just as this time brings darkness, we can infuse the dark with our light; transform our gloom into hope for good things to come.


January 9th -- THOMAS CINCOTTA
"What's Behind the Recent Wave of FBI Repression?"

Thom Cincotta is an attorney who works at Political Research Associates as the Civil Liberties Project director, heading PRA's nationwide investigation of counter-intelligence strategies. His research focuses on domestic surveillance and FBI use of informants in political and religious settings.

With the National Lawyers Guild (regional v.p. and national board member), he's kept up to speed on recent grand jury abuses, targeting of political activism, FBI investigation guidelines, spying on peaceful protesters, etc. In earlier positions he represented migrant farm workers, Latino day laborers & unionized workers in different parts of the country.


December 19th -- Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"COINTELPRO 2.0: The FBI's Targeting of Black Leadership"

Rev. Bill Alberts, past CCB minister wrote, "The Federal Bureau of Investigation pays a black man (Ronald Wilburn) $30,000 to offer a bribe of $1,000 to a black Boston City Councilor (Chuck Turner). What’s wrong with this picture?" The FBI also paid an informant to bribe Senator Dianne Wilkerson. They have used these tactics around
the country, taking power away from Black leadership, perpetuating white supremacy. We will discuss the role of the FBI in the political attacks in Boston within the larger framework of an FBI program to harass communities of color across the nation.

Chuck Turner has been a community organizer and civil rights activist in Boston, Massachusetts since 1966. Referred to as one of the best-known agitators in the city, he was elected to the Boston City Council in 1999. As a Boston city council member, Turner has continued his defense of civil and human rights. He authored an ordinance protecting transgendered people from discrimination. He successfully led an effort to protect the affirmative action guidelines of Massachusetts when Governor Mitt Romney fought to change them. And, as chairman of the Education Committee, he has rallied against educational inequality in the Boston public schools. The list of his accomplishments goes on!


January 26th -- PAUL BARAN
"Re-Engaging the Muslim World: An Obama Foreign Policy Doctrine?"

Paul Baran is director of the Outreach Center at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard Univ. He teaches "Introduction to the Conflict in Israel and the Occupied Territories", a government course, and directs the Egypt Forum, a program of training for K-12 educators on Middle East regional studies.

Paul regularly writes and speaks on topics related to civil society in the Middle East and the West, Middle East politics, regional human rights and development, & U.S. foreign policy. He has worked, researched, taught and/or lived in Turkey, Israel, the Occupied Territories, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan & Lebanon.


January 9th -- GEORGE LEE
"Youth Violence in Boston: Organizing for Survival"

George Lee is a youth worker and community organizer in Boston. He supports youth who are deeply impacted by oppression -- poverty, prisons, broken schools, and violence -- through outreach work, leadership development, and campaigns to change policy and build community power. George does outreach work in Mission Hill, Dudley Square, and Jamaica Plain, and he has been involved in programs and coalitions to advocate for youth power and resources for young people.

George will discuss the root causes of violence -- including poverty and additional forms of oppression -- and how they play out in the real, everyday lives of young people. He will describe how systems and power brokers have turned their backs on young people, and he will share ways that adult allies can support the struggles of young people to survive and organize.



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.



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.



Rev. Jason Lydon, Minister
Community Church of Boston
565 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 266-6710
(617) 266-0449 (fax)
info (at)

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