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Boston

Justice for Johany! Rally and March


Friday, November 16th
12:00 PM
Holyoke Center
1350 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
Facebook Event

In March and April, long-term Harvard employee Johany Pilar reported being sexually harassed at work. In May she was threatened with "big, big problems," by a manager. In September she was told verbally and in writing she could be fired, the first discipline she received since she started at Harvard in 1998! Shortly after a picket in October, at which two of Johany's co-workers spoke up for her in public, all three were informed they are now considered "essential staff," meaning they have to work during emergencies, like during the recent hurricane, when almost everyone else gets the day off. These workers were never considered "essential" until they helped publicize Johany's treatment. This is another example of the tit-for-tat retaliation which management has sunk to ever since Johany stood up against rape culture in the workplace.

Boston Events in early November

Thanks to all who came out to talk about The Housing Monster with us last month! There's a ton going on in the Boston area this month. Here's a few actions and events you could find Common Struggle at in November.

Support Malden Tenants United!
Thursday, November 1st, 5:00pm
Alpha Management, 59 Linden Street, Allston, MA
Facebook Event

Boston - "The Housing Monster" Study Group


Join Common Struggle in Boston to discuss The Housing Monster

Saturday, October 6th
6pm
Encuentro 5, 9 Hamilton Place, Boston, MA
Facebook Event

Read up to Page 77(from "The Foreword" through "Development and Decay").

Saturday, November 3rd
6pm
Location TBA

Finish the book.

Email boston@commonstruggle.org for a flyer.

Common Struggle Events in Boston

Upcoming Common Struggle events - www.CommonStruggle.org

1. Sacco and Vanzetti March - August 26th
2. Common Struggle Reading Group - The Housing Monster, September 15th and October 6th
3. Ongoing Boston Fare Strike meetings and actions.

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!

Spring Events in Boston!

Common Struggle - Boston Spring events

-Monday, April 16: Platypus Forum - Reform, Resistance, or Revolution?
6:30 pm
Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, Chinatown, Boston, MA

Common Struggle member Gayge to speak at a panel hosted by Platypus. Speakers:
Jeff Booth (Socialist Alternative)
Gayge (Common Struggle Libertarian Communist Federation)
Joe Ramsey (Kasama Project)
Laura Lee Schmidt (Platypus)
J. Phil Thompson (MIT)

This event concerns the forms of anticapitalist politics available today: reform or resistance or revolution or a combination of the three.

From Occupy to Organize Workshops


A series of Workshops, presented by long-time community organizers from a wide background, to give activists the skills we need to build a truly popular movement!

Part One
Saturday, February 18th
2-5pm

Part Two
Saturday, March 10th
2pm-5pm

Community Church of Boston
565 Boylston St.
Boston, MA
(Back Bay on the Orange line or Copley on the Green line)

Register here.

Bank Tenants Fight to Stay in Their Homes

Things look bleak for bank tenants, because banks make bigger profits from selling mortgages than from collecting rents on low-income properties. But in New England, people are coming together to confront banks and, in many cases, they are winning. The cost of contested evictions is forcing banks to accede to tenants’ demands to stay in their homes, while the increasing number of bank tenants fighting eviction is developing into a movement. People are turning to each other for solidarity in direct actions to defend their homes and to make their voices heard.

Read on for stories from Massachusetts and Rhode Island...

Boston Angry Tenants Union: We're Your Landlord's Worst Nightmare

by Aram (NEFAC-Boston)

With the spread of gentrification and subsequent rising rents, fewer vacancies and increased evictions, tenants throughout greater Boston are frantically looking for a solution to the housing crisis. With a tight housing market, landlords have seen greater profits and increased power, while tenants have to settle for shittier apartments. Families find it increasingly difficult to live in the city and some are forced to move out because they cannot afford it. The housing crisis is very real and overwhelmingly for tenants throughout Boston. What is the solution?

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