Amnesty’s Northeast Regional Conference Nov. 11-12

We’re two weeks away from Amnesty’s Northeast Regional Conference, where you can gather with like-minded individuals and further develop your skills to continue the fight against human rights abuses around the world.

As human rights activists, we are challenged to expand awareness about human rights and initiate change within our own communities. Positive change for human rights comes from the collective grassroots activism of passionate individuals like you.

Join us at the Northeast Regional Conference from November 11th to November 12th at Boston University, Boston, MA. Together, we will work to change #OurWorld.

The last chance to register online is coming up, online registration closes on Monday November 7th at 11:59pm EST, so register today! We look forward to meeting you

In solidarity,
Johnny Gonzales
Senior Director of Events, Membership Mobilization
Amnesty International USA

5 Events this week in Boston at @E5 – encuentro5

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 7:00 p.m. Screening: The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States @ e5

Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 7:00 p.m. ABC’s of Socialism and the Sanders Movement @ e5

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6:30 p.m. Screening – Ava Duvernay’s 13th @e5

Friday, November 4, 2016, 7:00 p.m. Ecuador’s Mi Cometa, Coordinator José Luis Echeverría on the Human Right to Water @e5

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 6:00 p.m. Dalit, Student and Workers’ Resistance In India @e5

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1st, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. @ encuentro5
The Occupation of the American Mind
ISRAEL’S PUBLIC RELATIONS WAR IN THE UNITED STATES

This event was originally scheduled to feature Iyad Burnat who was not issued a visa from Israel and who was thereby denied the right travel to the US. As a way of supporting Iyad and getting insight to the ongoing struggle there will be a screening of a brilliant new film that gives the context for Iyad Burnat’s failure to secure a US visa in time to make his presentation.  This event is organized by United for Justice with Peace.
ABC’s of Socialism and the Sanders Movement
with Nicole Aschoff, Associate Editor of Jacobin Magazine

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. @ encuentro5

A primer on socialism targeted to former Sanders voters and consideration of a possible socialist electoral platform. This event is organized by the Boston Socialist Unity Project.
Screening: The 13th

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 P.M. @ encuentro5

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.
This event is organized by MassMovement.
Ecuador’s Mi Cometa on the Human Right to Water

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4th, 2016, 7:00 P.M. @ encuentro5

Mi Cometa’s work promotes and advances the recognition and implementation of human rights through the active participation of residents living in urban marginalized areas of Ecuador. Mi Cometa does this through developing community led-management processes in the areas of housing, art and music, youth education, and programs that advance social control over public services.
This event is organized by the Color of Water Project.
Dalit, Student & Worker Resistance in India
with Padma, Pratyush & Amit

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5th, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. @ encuentro5

Presentations by local activists Padma, Pratyush, and journalist Amit on the resistance, especially by dalits (such as in Una, Gujarat), students and workers, that is emerging in India against the present government.  Pratyush will provide an account of the student resistance in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in the face of right wing assault, and their victory in student elections. Amit, a previous student leader at the same university will discuss his recent experience being involved with the student movement. Padma will talk about the Una incident and the aftermath of political agitations. The event will be chaired by Dorotea Manuela.

 

Affordable dental insurance for smaller cooperatives is here!

USFWC has had an amazing response from everyone for our dental plan. Lots of questions have been raised and answered. But to give more time to deliberation in your cooperatives, we will be pushing back the enrollment deadline to Nov. 11th
We would be happy to answer more questions or set up a call to assist with any details. We are still under our goal for participation and are welcome to late comers. Enrollment does not cost anything billing will begin for 2017 in December.
We are also inviting any cooperatives that are already on a dental plan to sign up for mid-year enrollment. The more concrete interest we have the better! We would love to get as many interested parties involved. If your workplace is currently covered but would be interested in switching at the end of their term we need to get your interest documented to strengthen our plan. This will help us grow the plan and make it sustainable for all of our cooperatives big and small. Please contact Liz Anderson at Liz@usworker.coop
Thanks to everyone who has participated so far! Our collective cooperation is making our businesses big or small healthier and more sustainable.
In cooperation,
Liz
Communications and Programs Coordinator 
US Federation of Worker Cooperatives

Libre Learn Lab

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Learn about free software to empower your project. Connect with the people building the tools that enable us to build value in our lives and communities. Take control of your cyber-life and also feed your educational entrepreneurial curiosity!

Details:
http://librelearnlab.org/

Or join the group to be invited to future events:

Libre Learn Lab

Saturday, Oct 8, 2016, 9:00 AM

Tang Center E-51
2 Amherst Street Cambridge, MA

10 Hackers Attending

Libre Learn Lab is a two-day summit for people who create and implement freely licensed resources for education, bringing together educators, policy experts, software developers, hardware hackers, and activists to share best practices and address the challenges of widespread adoption of these resources in education.Please note: RSVP’ing via this m…

Check out this Meetup →

When: Saturday, October 8, 2016 9:00 AM

Where: Tang Center E-51
2 Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA

Co-op Social at Doyle’s Cafe in JP

Co-ops in the Boston area are building momentum!

New worker co-ops are getting off the ground and building their businesses. Housing co-ops are expanding with new properties. We’re getting the word out and we’re meeting with City decision-makers to build support for a more democratically-owned economy.

Join us for this social event to make connections, hear all the updates, and plug into the movement!

When: Thursday, September 29 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Where: Doyle’s Cafe
3484 Washington St, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130

Disco-Tech – Discover Technology May 1st

On May 1st 2016, the MIT Co-Design Studio team, Research Action Design, Intelligent Mischief , the Detroit Community Technology Project, and Boston Civic Media (bostoncivic.media) are calling on YOU to join us at the Boston Co-op DiscoTech.

Where: SEIU 32BJ

26 West Street, 3rd Floor, Boston, 0211, MA

The Co-op DiscoTech (shorthand for a Cooperative Economy Discovering Technology fair) is an event designed for people of all backgrounds and skill levels to learn about how technology can be used to support the growth of the cooperative economy – worker-owned cooperatives, consumer cooperatives, housing cooperatives, and more!

If you’d like to know more, or you want to present your work or host a workshop at the DiscoTech, please contact Katie: klarthur@mit.edu

More info: http://codesign.mit.edu/discotechs

*NOTE: *If you’d like to eat free, delicious food when you come to the DiscoTech, *please RSVP here: **https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coop-discotech-boston-tickets-23441822121***

We’ll focus on creating welcoming spaces where a wide range of people (not just techies!) will feel welcome sharing and learning about each other’s experiences with cooperatives: worker-owned co-ops, consumer co-ops, housing co-ops, hybrid cooperatives, co-op support organizations … pretty much anything that has to do with the cooperative economy! We’re also inviting cooperative organizations, technologists, developers, and designers to come to the DiscoTech to learn, teach, sprint, hack, meet up, explore projects, and build community together.

We’ll dive in deep to understand worker cooperative tools, systems, and histories, through speakers, skillshares, workshops, and activities open to all. We’ll also get hands-on with tools and approaches that can strengthen worker, consumer, housing, and hybrid cooperatives. We’ll link existing co-ops, technologists, designers, and community organizers to strengthen our strategies and tools for a cooperative future!
After/Party at Make/Shift, 7pm+

Tackling the Law Together is ON! Tonight!

Hello all!  The folks at the Harvard legal clinic asked me to let you know that the workshop is ON tonight, despite the snow!  Tonight’s workshop is on immigration and employment law, an area where worker co-ops tend to have lots of questions.  I really encourage everyone to attend.  See you there!

Stacey

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tackling-the-law-together-legal-resources-for-worker-cooperatives-tickets-22799006442

Platform Cooperativism Transforming Online Experiences

How are worker-owned cooperatives transforming the meaning of online
platforms by placing power and profit in the hands of users?

Join us Monday, April 4th * 2-3:30pm* at the MIT Center for Civic Media (E15 3rd floor)
for a conversation with Trebor Scholz – Associate Professor at the New School and a leading expert on digital labor, as he talks about the emerging model of platform cooperativism, following on from the Platform Cooperativism conference Trebor co-organized last November
videos: http://livestream.com/internetsociety/platformcoop/archives
overview blog post: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/natematias/what-is-platform-cooperativism-and-why-is-it-important

In Part One Trebor will outline the idea of platform cooperatives and *the
need for reshaping the structures and power and profit that currently
determine today’s platform economies*. See:

Trebor Scholz, “Platform Cooperativism vs. the Sharing Economy
Medium (December 5, 2014)

Nathan Schneider & Trebor Scholz: “What if We Owned the Internet? It’s Time
to Bring the Co-Op Revolution to the Web
Yes Magazine. Nov 9, 2015

In Part Two, we will have a group conversation about the *innovations in
design, social organization, and markets* that will be needed to realize
the vision of a web where everyday users have a stake.

Monday’s conversation is being co-hosted by the MIT Center for Civic Media,
the MIT Co-Design Class, and the Berkman Cooperation Working Group. See you
Monday!

Tackling the Law, Together: Legal Resources for Worker Cooperatives

Event Date: Monday, April 4, 2016 at 6:00 PM – Monday, April 11, 2016 at 8:00 PM (EDT)
Location: Legal Services Center 122 Boylston Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Event Details: Are you a worker cooperative who could use some help understanding the law?
If so, please join us to meet lawyers, law students, and other technical assistance providers who are working together to create and share valuable resources and information for worker cooperatives in Massachusetts.
We will be hosting two presentations to discuss legal issues that are common to worker cooperatives:
1. Monday, April 4 from 6:00-8:00 pm – Employment and Immigration Law for Cooperatives
2. Monday, April 11 from 6:00-8:00 pm – Securities and Tax Law for Cooperatives
Join us over delicious food provided by local cooperatives to learn more about the ways in which lawyers and other technical assistance providers can assist your business, as well as to teach us about ways in which we can better address your cooperative’s needs.
Please R.S.V.P. by Monday, March 28th.  The presentations will be given in English. To request language interpretation, please contact lmaynardjd16@clinics.law.harvard.edu.
Hope to see you there!
Location: Legal Services Center, 122 Boylston St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
(next to Stony Brook stop on the Orange Line)
Presentation to begin at 6 p.m.

More information and Online Registration

Have questions about Tackling the Law, Together: Legal Resources for Worker Cooperatives?
Contact Community Enterprise Project of the Harvard Transactional Law Clinics

Hosted By:

Community Enterprise Project of the Harvard Transactional Law Clinics
The Community Enterprise Project is a clinical program of the Transactional Law Clinics at Harvard Law School that serves clients who live and work in the Boston neighborhoods surrounding the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. Under the supervision of staff attorneys, clinical students represent small businesses, entrepreneurs, community groups, and nonprofit organizations with respect to entity formation, contract drafting and negotiation, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, intellectual property protection, and other transactional legal matters.
In addition to engaging in direct client representation, Community Enterprise Project students partner with community organizations to develop and implement strategies to address persistent legal barriers to economic development. To this end, Community Enterprise Project students conduct workshops and produce educational materials for targeted audiences on specific legal issues, as well as develop networks of technical assistance providers and other resources around a particular industry or need.

For more information or to become a client, please visit http://www.harvardtlc.org or call (617) 998-0101.