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Reading Group on Fast Food Strikes: Saturday September 21st: 6-8 PM

12 Sep
Hello friends and comrades,
           The article I posted here yesterday will be among three articles discussed at an upcoming reading group in Boston. Check it out, it looks like it will be a good and timely discussion.

Common Struggle Reading Group – Fast Food Workers, Recent Strikes, and “Alternative” Labor

-Saturday September 21st: 6-8 PM reading group at Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116, in Copley Square.

This summer, fast food workers across the country have launched strikes and pushed for unions and better jobs. SEIU has played a large role in this movement, utilizing a “new” or “alternative” labor model, supporting smaller, independent workers’ initiatives, organizing symbolic strikes, and pushing for a higher national minimum wage. Locally, workers at Insomnia Cookies recently launched a strike and joined the Industrial Workers of the World.

Join us to discuss the strategies of and relationships between “Alt” labor, industrial and direct-action unionism, and the growing movement of fast food workers, with three short readings to guide our discussion.



1. Fast food strikes to massively expand: “They’re thinking much bigger” By Josh Eidelson.

2. Venture Syndicalism: Fanning and dousing the flames of discontent. By Nate Hawthorne.

3. Striking Workers at Insomnia Cookies Join the IWW. By Jake Carman.

-Optional supplemental reading:

1. Upper Crust Pizzeria To Reopen as ‘The Just Crust.’ By Nikki D. Erlick,


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This August, Remember Sacco and Vanzetti

13 Aug

hey all,

    There’s two upcoming events related to the anniversary of the 1927 execution of Sacco and Vanzetti, two Italian Immigrants, Boston Anarchists, and workers, framed for a murder and robbery, put to death for their beliefs, their immigrant status, and their class. Learn why this ancient injustice is still relevant today:


Two Common Struggle-sponsored events this month:

1. This Saturday, August 17th, Common Struggle Reading Group
Sacco and Vanzetti, Anarchism, and Political Repression

2. Saturday, August 24th, Sacco and Vanzetti March. Details below

1. Saturday August 17th, 6-8 PM reading group at Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St, Boston, MA, 02116, in Copley Square.

Two short readings for August. Email me for PDFs of the readings at trenchesfullofpoets (at) riseup.net

-Sacco and Vanzetti: The Anarchist Background by Paul Avrich
Read Chapter 4: “The Anarchists”

-Ten Lessons from the Criminalization of Dissent
By Camilo Viveiros

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2. Saturday, August 24, 2pm.

On Saturday, August 24th, Boston will remember the 86h anniversary of the execution of Italian anarchist immigrants, Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, whose trial is widely regarded as one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in American history.  Calling attention to the continued repression of immigrants and radicals, the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society (SVCS) invites all to attend and participate in the eighth annual march and rally.  We will begin by gathering at the Boston Common Visitor information Center, on Tremont Street across from West Street,  at 2 PM, followed by a march to the North End at 3 PM, and conclude with a rally at 4 PM at the Paul Revere Mall off Hanover featuring speakers and live music.

For the eighth year in a row, the SVCS has sought to bring public attention to the wrongful execution of these two Italian immigrant workers in 1927. We call attention to this case in our local history not only out of reverence for Sacco and Vanzetti, but to demonstrate how little things have changed in the 86 years following their execution. Nationalist fearmongering and repression of dissidents is as prevalent today as it was during the Red Scare years in the early 20th century. The way in which immigrants workers continue to be rounded up, detained and deported today under the pretext of a War on Terror, a War on Drugs, or simply securing our borders, is eerily similar to the Palmer Raids which targeted radical immigrants in the 1920s.  And whereas the overwhelming majority of developed nations have abolished the death penalty, the retention of capital punishment in the United States keeps the U.S. in alarmingly poor company with other countries notorious for human rights abuses.

Furthermore, this year we want to once again protest FBI’s continued attacks on muslims, among them a resident of Massachusetts, Tarek Mehana, convicted of aiding terrorists and sentenced to 17.5 years in prison. We demand and end to holding political prisoners in the U.S.

More information about the Sacco and Vanzetti Commemoration Society
and the upcoming events can be found at http://saccoandvanzetti.org


Contact: 617-290-5614

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