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“Helen Keller and Ann Sullivan Sculpture Exhibit” with Lewis Randa

When: Sunday, December 1, 2019, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street • Boston

Reintroducing Helen Keller as Pacifist, Socialist, Suffragist and radical thinker of her times. The sculpture exhibit and talk will focus on two questions that relate to Keller and Anne Sullivan, her teacher and mentor: What did your teacher help you see that was once invisible?  What did your teacher help you hear that was once silent? Presentation will include short film clips and audio recordings.

• Lewis Randa is the Director of the Life Experience School which has offered a unique peace program for its students with disabilities since its establishment in 1972.

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“In Celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day” with Tom Pacheco

When: Sunday, October 13, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

Tom Pacheco’s songs have been covered by Jefferson Starship, the Band, Rick Danko, Richie Havens, Scott Petito and Leslie Ritter, John Hall and dozens of European artists, many becoming number one hits in England and Norway. His albums have sold well in Europe. One became platinum in the mid 90’s. He played folk rock in Greenwich Village, NY in the lat 60’s and alternative country in Austin Texas in the early 80’s. He walked out on the Nashville songwriting factories and spent 10 years in Dublin Ireland recording and touring extensively in Europe.

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“We See the River But Not the Tributaries: Looking Beneath the Labels” with Alfred Lahai Brownell

When: Sunday, October 6, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

Oil Palm, Land Grabbing, Climate Induced Migration and Xenophobia. The ubiquitous Oil Palm: The the oil palm industry devastated forest and endangered species, and has greatly impacted the well-being of indigenous people across the globe. Its production accounts for about 9 percent of all tropical forest emission. This presentation will be an informative discussion about the underlying devastation of climate change in the Oil Palm industry and the impact on the environment.

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“Albert Einstein: Reluctant Superstar” with George Capaccio

When: Sunday, September 22, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

You’ll be introduced to the great scientist’s principled stand against injustice and the price he paid for his unwavering devotion to humanity. The performance will begin with a brief recap of his stunning scientific breakthrough in 1919 when his general theory of relativity was confirmed. News of his triumph brought him worldwide acclaim and the status of a “superstar” in the eyes of the public.

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"A Socialist Defector from Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allie" with Victor Grossman

When: Sunday, May 26, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

"A Socialist Defector from Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee" with Victor Grossman

In 1952, the great journalist and speaker Victor Grossman defected from Harvard and the US Army to the Soviet region of Germany. He has lived in eastern Germany ever since. He will review his book, “A Socialist Defector”, just published by Monthly Review. He will also describe changes in the condition of women since eastern Germany fell to counter-revolution nearly 30 years ago.

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"Parole in Massachusetts: Why We Need More Second Chances" with Jean Trounstine

When: Sunday, March 31, 2019, 11:00 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

The longer we keep people behind bars, the more we continue to fuel the engine of mass incarceration. Why then, is Massachusetts not paroling more people and supporting them to stay out of prison? What are the ways we could improve our ailing parole system? We must demand that more men and women serve the remainder of time in their communities?

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“Stop the Next War Now: Speaking Truth About Power in a Permanent Warfare State” with Kathy Kelly

When: Sunday, March 24, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

“Stop the Next War Now:
Speaking Truth About Power in a Permanent Warfare State”

with Kathy Kelly

Drawing from experiences living alongside Afghans in the Afghan Peace Volunteer community and from recent studies regarding U.S. complicity with human rights violations and war in Yemen, Kathy will assert that one way to stop a “next” war is to continue telling the truth about wars the U.S. is already waging.

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“International Working Women’s Day” with Cindy Sheehan

When: Sunday, March 10, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston
This year’s Sacco/Vanzetti awardee. • Cindy Sheehan is a peace and social justice activist who garnered international attention after her son Casey died in the USA’s illegal and immoral war in Iraq in 2004. In August of 2005, Cindy set up a peace camp just yards from then president George Bush’s Crawford ranch to ask him, “for what noble cause” people were dying in Iraq and Afghanistan. She never got her answer, but thousands came to Crawford to join her and tens of thousands did solidarity actions all over the world.
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“Long Way Out - A Psychological Journey” with Nicole Waybright

When: Sunday, March 3, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston
“Long Way Out - A Psychological Journey” 
with Nicole Waybright
 
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“The Demise of the Evangelical Christian Church and the need for Multiracial Solidarity” with Edward Carson

When: Sunday, February 24, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston
The church — both the Negro church and the white church cannot fully reconcile their racial differences because at the heart of their differences exist capitalism. It was capitalism that transformed the Negro church after 1970 from an agent seeking radical change to one procuring materialism. And because churches love capitalism, they continue to fall short of being revolutionary change agents. Capitalism promotes racism and divides the Black and white working class from an achievable world. The white church fails at transforming the weak, poor, and oppressed in their space.
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"Let them all in: Ending the Permanent Refugee Crisis" with Khury Petersen-Smith

When: Sunday, February 3, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

The nightmare at the US’ southern border–thousands of stranded asylum seekers, detention camps for migrants, and a border patrol on the rampage–
is a horrifying slice of a global problem. Wars, economic disaster, and environmental devastation are displacing people all around the world. The US and
other states respond with violence, but we must build solidarity.

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POSTPONED: “From the N word to colored to negro to black to Afro then African-American and right back to the N word or how we made blackness so irresistible that they tried to take it away from us: A Cultural Reflection on Living The Dream”

When: Sunday, January 20, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

Due to inclement weather this program has been postponed until April.

 

Using Ntozoke Shange’s "Spell #7", Talib Kweli’s "For Women", Arthur Jafa’s "Love is the Message, the Message is Death" and Dr. King’s "Letter from Birmingham a Jail", this sermonette explores the relationship between identity reclamation, liberation, and resistance.

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“Red-Green Revolution: The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism” with Victor Wallis

When: Sunday, January 13, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:10 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

Addressing the environmental crisis is inseparable from working to build socialism. This presentation is based upon Victor Wallis’s new book, Red-Green Revolution:
The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism and will focus on re-assessing human needs, identifying requisite technologies & institutional structures,
and exploring ways to link environmental activism with other progressive struggles.

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"Music and Migration: Connections and Complications" with Elijah

When: Sunday, December 2, 2018, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 71 Windsor Street, 2nd floor • Boston

"Music and Migration: Connections and Complications" with Elijah 

Immigration is a hot-button topic these days, and the arguments all have long histories. People have always traveled,
and the results have always been complicated. Music links us, separates us, and marks our journeys, often in surprising ways.

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What's Happening in Syria? with Jeff Klein

When: Sunday, November 4, 2018, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

People in the US get a very one-sided view of the war in Syria from the mainstream media. 

What is the reality? 

What do Syrians want?

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