Thursday, July 5, 2012

Free School University Thank you and Community Outreach report back

THANK YOU for making the Occupy Boston Open House –IMMIGRATION – Community Gathering, 6/25/12 such a success!!!

Occupy Boston Free School University

Our evening began with great food brought from East Boston by David, who invited and coordinated our exceptional collective of community organizers and educators.

Lydia Edwards of BIC spoke started us off with a discussion focused on people who service our society: domestic workers: people, who clean, raise children. This sector also includes the people who create our food and electrical energy.

Next spoke two students from SIM, Renata & Carlos working to include immigrant students and their families in the American Dream (the Dream Act). SIM current agenda is to stop the anti-Immigration amendments that keep being passed by the Mass House and Senate with in their budget and thus far have been vetoed by Governor Deval Patrick. 

Followed by Jose Palma of el Centro Presente who is working to propose legislative civil rights bills. He is looking at the Trust Act from California. See attached ALEC pdf, information about the well funded privatization and hate legislation writers who have facilitated much of the right-wing legislation sweeping our country.

Each of these inspirational speakers shared from their personal experience about growing up in Boston as members of our society who, once they grew to 16 or so, realized they have few rights and who are targeted more and more, especially by the Secure Communities policies forced on Boston and the State of Massachusetts by the Federal Government. They dream of becoming full American Citizens. Their parents left their homeland in most cases because of US funded civil wars or what follows, corporate exploitation, environmental degradation, loss of traditional methods of sustaining indigenous villages ….

Avi Chomsky gave us the historical perspective focusing on why immigrants are migrating. She did not speak of covert operations, policies by the CIA to fund civil wars, often funding both sides. She didn't have to. She spoke of the rights of corporations over people, 'flexibility for corporations'. Professor Chomsky touched on how US corporate policies exploit land and people; regulations (World Bank, NAFTA & co., Wall Street-style economic structures (we just lost Columbia to these policies)) that allow corporations to displace people, degrade their land, and ignore humanity. She spoke on what we would call today, the Neo-liberal Agenda. Which she explains accelerated in 1965. When the US began the H2 Program or invited 'guest workers', inviting workers with no rights. This invitation was in direct response to civil rights … as American citizens rose up from a society historically rooted in slavery, the US brought in more slave-eque workers.

And quickly to summarize she spoke of: outsourcing; insourcing (people who with in the US, work in third-world, exploitive conditions to grow and process food, domestic servants and factory workers); and the dual consciousness of the middle class that faces foreclosure and crippling dept AND buys cheep electronic gadgets, and utilizes nonrenewable resources (electricity, plastics etc). She summarizes with, "immigration is a problem because we consume too much." By supporting the Neo-liberal policies of our government which includes policies designed to keep America white.

Food issues … grow & buy local, pay a fair price, consume less.

Link struggles under the banner of justice for all, civil rights for all.

Stop Free Trade Agreements

Change the narrative: begin with food, cell phones, AND change policies

Learn US history … Citizenship policies have been based on race since 1775 (1620) in 1868 citizenship was granted from birth … which is when (1873) the US began restricting even people born here. And 1965 the response to the abolition movement was an invitation for more no-rights immigration with the carrot of someday having the dream ... of being a 1%-er.

Time for a new dream?
A dream based not on consumerism; justice for all, sustainability for all.

Below see information about 2 books that deepen the conversation about the US as an empirical power: The shock Doctrine & Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, both authors speak publicly and can be found on YouTube.

Attached is this letter, 2 pages and ALEC pdf, 8 pages & a page of Links to the presenter organizations.
In Gratitude & Solidarity, eden of Occupy Boston's Free School University

·  Confessions of an Economic Hit Man -
Confessions of an Economic Hit Man is a book written by John Perkins and published in 2004. It provides Perkins' account of his career with consulting firm...

TalkingStickTV - John Perkins - Confessions of an Economic Hit Man - Part I

Jun 13, 2011 - 69 min

The Shock Doctrine | Naomi Klein 

THE SHOCK DOCTRINE, explodes the myth that the global free market triumphed democratically. Exposing the thinking, the money trail ... the players.

The Shock Doctrine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism is a 2007 book by Canadian author Naomi Klein, and is the basis of a 2009 documentary by the same name.

Anti-Immigrant Amendments are back in the MA State Budget! 
WRITE a short message stating how these amendments would affect you or why you urge the Governor to veto these amendments! Then either send this message in a postcard straight to the Governor, post it on the wall of the facebook event

CALL! CALL! CALL! Make a phone call to the governor's office each day asking him to veto these amendments! 617-725-4005.

Avi Chomsky: Immigration, Environment and Occupy


Sep 22, 2010 - 10 min - Aviva Chomsky is a history professor and coordinator of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies

Massachusetts Coalition for Domestic Workers, Member

"May 20, 2012 ... Domestic Worker Action! The Brazilian Immigrant Center (BIC) would like to thank Jobs with Justice, Matahari, WILD, the Massachusetts Coalition ..."

Centro Presente • Union! Power! Justice!
Centro Presente is focused on organizing around immigrant rights, worker rights, and ... Immigrant Groups in Boston Ask Local Authorities to Restore Trust,

Feb 13, 2012 – Cruelty on the U.S.-Mexico border is an inevitable handmaiden to a set of policies that create and enforce inequality and systematically “Show me your papers” comes to Mass

Friday Night Ice
Posted by Carol Rose, On Liberty April 30, 2012 12:01 PM

Private Prisons Profit From Immigration Crackdown, Federal And Local Law Enforcement Partnerships Posted: 06/07/2012 

ICE Director Confronted on Intimidation of Nonviolent Citizen Activism
By David Swanson

Supplied by Occupy Boston-Free School University

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