Boston Common Struggle Events This Summer:
-Anti-Austerity Thursday, May 24th.
Join Common Struggle members as we stand up against measures that put the cost of the recession on the shoulders of the working class. Make the rich pay for their own crisis!
*11am – No Layoffs at Harvard! Despite months of protests, Harvard refuses to back off from its library layoff threats. Please join rank & file members of the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers as we demonstrate at Harvard's Commencement Exercises, Thursday May 24, between 11 a.m. And 2 p.m. We will meet at Harvard's Holyoke Center (1350 Mass. Ave. Cambridge, Harvard Square Red Line T). Facebook RSVP by clicking here.
*4pm - Solidarity with Janitors Rally. This month, union janitors at 31 St. James Ave were fired and replaced by non-union labor! Join the workers as they rally against the loss of their jobs, and against the march of the austerity program across the country. At 31 St. James Ave in the Back Bay (near the Arlington St T Stop).
*6pm. Meeting of Boston Fare Strike! Its a new coalition that plans to meet the July 1st MBTA fare increases with a fare strike. A Fare Hike deserves a Fare Strike! 6pm At the Globe bar in Copley sq (beneath the community church of Boston). Contact BostonFareStrike@Riseup.net for more information.
-Saturday, June 2nd, 6pm:
Patriarchy and the Birth of Capitalism – A Reading Group for Caliban and the Witch.
6:00 pm at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, Chinatown, Boston, MA
Read - Caliban and the Witch by Silvia Federeici: Preface, Introduction, All the World Needs a Jolt, The Accumulation of Labor and the Degradation of Women, The Great Caliban (pages 7-162) Additional readings: -Capitalism and Reproduction by Mariarosa Dalla Costa
-Preface to the Making of the English Working Class by E.P. Thompson (very short!)
Caliban and the Witch should be easily available through AK Press, or download the free PDF here:
-Capital Vol 1. by Karl Marx, ch 26-33 or Penguin Classics edition) - Reading Capital Politically Ch 2, the Commodity Form
- Study Guide to Capital Volume I
-Accumulation by Dispossession, with David Harvey (video)
-Saturday, June 16th, 2pm. Pancake Brunch Prisoner Letter Writing. Come eat Gluten-free, vegan pancakes and write letters to prisoners
(particularly victims of anti-trans police policy, as well as an
incarcerated Common Struggle comrade. Or just write a letter to your prisoner pen-pal!)
At the Crows Nest in Dorchester. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for address.
Saturday, July 7th, 6pm
Part 2 of the Caliban and the Witch reading group
Read - Caliban and the Witch by Silvia Federeici
The Great Witch-Hunt in Europe, and Colonization and Christianization (pages 163-243)
Saturday, August 4th, 6pm:
Part 3 of the Caliban and the Witch reading group. A discussion of related readings on primitive accumulation, accumulation by dispossession and feminism, TBA.