[act-ma] 7/13 Reminder about Assembling Peace V and 7/14 Anti-war stategy conference

Stop the Wars Coalition info at stopthewars.org
Fri Jul 13 07:38:58 PDT 2007

See below for info on the Anti-war stategy conference


*Assembling Peace V*

*Friday, July 13 7:00pm*

*@ Spontaneous Celebrations*

*Jamaica Plain**, MA*

An alternative, fun and energizing anti-war event/party/mixer/concert to
benefit the Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition.

www.stopthewars.org <http://www.stopthewars.org>

Flyer: http://www.massglobalaction.org/projects/flyer-stwc-2007-07-13.pdf

At Spontaneous Celebrations.

(45 Danforth Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, 617 -524-6373)

Directions below.

www.spontaneouscelebrations.org/ <http://www.spontaneouscelebrations.org/>

7:00pm-1:00am. 10$ donation/ no one turned away for lack of funds. 21 +

Contact: Brian O’Connell, 617-947-8983, vinniechops at hotmail.com
<mailto:vinniechops at hotmail.com>

*Musical Performers: *

*Bojah and the Insurection *(www.myspace.com/bojahandtheinsurrection
<http://www.myspace.com/bojahandtheinsurrection>) Fusing soul, funk,
rock, and hip hop, they create anthems that reverberate in your head,
that you can sing to, that say something.

*The Gary Backstrom Band* (www.garybackstrom.com
<http://www.garybackstrom.com/>) - Master lead guitarist, songwriter and
vocalist formerly of Jiggle the Handle.

*Jimmy Ryan* (http://www.jimmyryan.net/) Mandolin ace and songwriter,
has performed and/or recorded with: Catie Curtis, Morphine, Waren Zevon,
Blood Oranges, Gordon Stone and many more.

*The Grass Gypsys*
(http://web.mac.com/thegrassgypsys/iWeb/Site/welcome.html) An amazing
eclectic musical duo that has been touring the country non stop.
Performing with full backing band!

*Andrew Alexander* (http://www.andrewalexander.com/) Boston’s own
Pavarotti! Pure entertainment crossed with artistry.

*AfroDZ ak *(http://www.myspace.com/afrodzak, www.afrodzak.com
<http://www.afrodzak.com/>) Afro DZ ak (aka Pete Shungu) is an
accomplished spoken word artist and a socially-conscious MC/rapper. With
Red October (aka Brian Kwoba, www.myspace.com/mcredoctober

*Nicolas Despo* (http://www.nicolasdespo.com/) A gifted singer/
songwriter of great emotional power.


*Mike Petrucci & Victor McSurley *Drums and Guitar. Mike and Victor have
played together for 3 years as part of Boston’s Blue Man Group. Recently
they have been extensively recording their improvisational work, a rough
samples of which is found here:

*Dreamers Wanted* (www.myspace.com/dreamerswanted
<http://www.myspace.com/dreamerswanted>) Representatives of ‘End War
Now”, the song that brough together the Boston music scene to say war is
bloody murder. Headed up by T Max; publisher/editor of The Noise Magazine.

With your host, *Brian O’Connell*

The Assembling Peace parties are designed to create a setting in which
veteran peace and justice activists can gather, network and socialize in
a fun, relaxed and positive setting while encouraging interested
newcomers to learn about and participate in alternative political and
social awareness and action.

At an Assembling Peace party you will find a variety of activist groups
speaking and tabling, musical and theatrical performers, film, books,
art, food, beer, wine, fair trade coffee, dancing, discussion, massage
and more.

There will be organizations setting up information tables and speakers
on the subjects of the anti-war movement, global justice, class, human
rights, racism, sexism, environmental sustainability, labor, trade,
capitalism, socialism, etc. There will also be musicians, artists,
massage, food, beer/wine, coffee, etc.

Assembling Peace V is a fundraiser for the Stop the Wars Coalition
(STWC). The Stop the Wars Coalition is an anti-war group that formed out
of the organizing efforts in the Boston area during 2005 to stage a mass
rally against the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. After successfully
staging a rally and march on October 29, 2005 featuring Cindy Sheehan
and 3,000 participants; the October 29^th Coalition evolved into the
Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition, which has continued to organize
many anti-war protests, host speakers, hold meetings, stage teach-ins
and promote the “How Many More” campaign
(http://www.stopthewars.org/start/campaigns/howmanymore/index.htm) in
the Boston area.

*Past Assembling Peace Pictures:*

Assembling Peace I was held at Spontaneous Celebrations on March 26,
2005 and was a fundraiser for Boston Mobilization and the March 20, 2005
protest against the war in Boston. Pictures of the 3/26/05 Assembling
Peace I can be seen here:

Assembling Peace II was held at Spontaneous Celebrations on October 8,
2005 and was a fundraiser for the October 29^th Coalition and the 10/29
rally and march. Pictures of 10/8/05 Assembling Peace II can be seen


*Spontaneous Celebrations Venue Info:*

Spontaneous Celebrations has two floors and can hold 280 occupants (at
any one time). The first floor will be for various groups to set up
information tables and introduce themselves, network, promote their
actions and recruit. There is no fee to table, but we encourage all
participants to contribute to the event however possible. There is a
side room on the first floor that will be set up for massage chairs and
arts related activities. There is also a kitchen and counter on the
first floor which will have food to serve.

The Second floor has a bar that will serve beer, wine and fair trade
coffee. There is a stage on the second floor that will host the
performers and speakers. A diverse array of musicians, poets, comedians,
entertainers and speakers will alternate on this stage. Every
organization that tables on the first floor is encouraged to speak. The
program will focus on diversity and present a broad spectrum of race,
sex, musical styles and speakers including veterans, youth, socialists,
environmentalists, anti-war, labor rights, low income advocates and much

*Directions To Spontaneous Celebrations*

(45 Danforth Street., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130,
http://www.spontaneouscelebrations.org/, 617 -524-6373)

  From Stony Brook T stop, Orange Line:

Exit right from the MBTA station on to Boylston St. Cross Lamartine St.
(light) and continue on the right side of Boylston St. one short block.
The next right is Danforth St. # 45 is the first large building in from
the corner on the left side of the street.

  From the Jamaicaway, coming from Boston or Cambridge:

Go left on Bynner (lights after Brookline overpass). Go through lights
at South Huntington. Right at Day St. Go straight at stop sign (Centre
St.) Take next left at Paul Gore St. Go down Paul Gore St. to the end,
turn right at Larmartine, take first right at Boylston, first right at

Spontaneous Celebrations: (617) 524-6373, 45 Danforth St., Jamaica
Plain, MA 02130


Please contact me anytime that you have any questions.

Brian O'Connell

Cell: 617-947-8983

Work: 774-776-7352

vinniechops at hotmail.com <mailto:vinniechops at hotmail.com>


The Stop the Wars Coalition is organizing a strategy session on the 
antiwar movement.

The half-day event, running from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on
Saturday, July 14, 2007, at encuentro 5 in Chinatown, draws together
different strands of the movement over 3 90 minute sessions:

(1) Existing Conditions - Reflecting on the war machine and its bases
(2) What is to done? - What can we do to the stop the war?
(3) The Road Ahead: Brainstorm and Discussion

The first 2 90-minute sessions feature panel presentations (lasting 30
minutes) followed by open discussion. Panelists include organizers from 
Mass Peace Action, Troops Out Now Coalition, Massachusetts Global 
Action, United for Justice with Peace, Code Pink and other local 
organizations. The final 90 minute session is an open ended discussion 
that will feature an active facilitator to keep the conversation moving 

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Other events that the Stop the Wars Coalition are working include
later in Summer, a demonstration in Kennebunkport, ME on August 25, 
2007, during George Bush's annual vacation. Please visit the coalition's 
http://www.StopTheWars.org for updates.

encuentro 5
33 Harrison Ave. (near Beach Street in Chinatown)

Directions to the strategy session venue are available from

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