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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.

Counterculture/Counterpower: The role of cultural work in building resistance movements


Simmons College
300 Fenway, Boston, MA
Facebook Event

A forum on the intersections of direct action and cultural resistance. Panelists will lead a discussion on the importance of cultural intervention in building movements for radical change.

Freedom/Libertad Issue 8

Articles from Freedom/Libertad, Issue 8

In this issue:
Peoples' Resistance to the 1%'s Attack on Transit
The Popular Roots of the Quebec Student Strike
Spring Comes to the United States

Peoples' Resistance to the 1%'s Attack on Transit

On July 1st, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) increased fares 23% across the Boston-area public transit system. In response, community, worker, and political groups—including Common Struggle—formed the Boston Fare Strike (BFS) coalition. According to their statement, BFS launched a fare strike on July 1st to “not only defend our public transit, but to improve and expand it to better serve the people of Boston and the surrounding environment.”

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

The Housing Monster Study Group (Part Two)


Join Common Struggle in Boston for to study and build together around the Housing Monster, a new book from prole.info.

Saturday, November 3rd
6pm
Encuentro 5, 9 Hamilton Place, Boston, MA
Facebook Event

This will be our second session. We will be discussing the second half of the book, including the following sections:

The Illusion of Choice

by Lorsen (Common Struggle - New York Metro)

The 2012 presidential election is fast approaching and Americans will participate in this ritual of voting for a member of the Democratic Party or Republican Party. This is almost the same as deciding to have Coca-Cola or Pepsi. Democrats and Republicans are constantly arguing and promoting their liberal and conservative views (just different sides of the same corrupt coin). This is merely a show this two party system is owed by the same corporatist elites and funded by the same internationally bankers. They may have different tone, but over all they are both practically the same one comes in a blue can and the other one in a red can, but when those cans are open they both contain the same substance.

We're Not Voting, We're Fighting!

Originally posted on Ideas and Action -- ideasandaction.info

We’re not voting, we’re fighting!
Anarchists and the 2012 US Elections

By Adam Quinn

It’s always been easy for anarchists to demonstrate the absurdity of the US elections since the two major parties have had very few actual differences. Though each party has been using more heated and divisive rhetoric in recent months, Obama’s continuation of many Bush-era policies indicates our essentially one-party system remains intact.

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.

Open City Issue 4 Now Out!

The newest issue of Open City from New York City is now out. Please find it attached below.

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