[act-ma] 4/29 2nd Meeting of Boston-Area Latin America & Caribbean Solidarity Coalition! (Sun)
cwelch at tecschange.org
Tue Apr 24 13:45:34 PDT 2007
Announcing the Second Meeting of Boston-Area Latin America &
Caribbean Solidarity Coalition!
Join in the creation of a new Boston international solidarity movement!
WHEN: Sunday, April 29^th at 2-4pm
WHERE: 141 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA [directions at the end of
WHO IS INVITED: All organizations in the Greater Boston area that
support Latin American and Caribbean independence and the rights of
immigrant communities in the United States. (please send no more
that 2 representatives per group)
--please RSVP to shane stewart <toastwar at hotmail.com>
Please forward this announcement to representatives of organizations
that you think might want to participate.
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We are witnessing in Latin America a historic era of unprecedented
cooperation and solidarity in confronting U.S. dominance.
At the first coalition meeting on March 17^th 10 organizations
participated in a discussion that highlighted the necessity for
U.S.-based solidarity groups to stand together in a concrete way to
defend the movements for positive change in Latin America and the
Caribbean! The enemies of social justice are united therefore we
will also unite in countering the imperialistic policies of the
In March we began to define the coalition structure, how it will
function, and how we will decide the strategic focus of our work
(Please see attached notes from that meeting). In this second
meeting we have proposed the following agenda:
Proposed Meeting Agenda—2 hrs
* Welcome, assign roles, intros (5 mins)
* Update/Analysis of Latin America, Caribbean, & related U.S.
policy (15 mins)
* Coalition Proposal: Discuss, modify, & pass a proposal
defining coalition objectives, structure, and how it will
function (40 mins)
* Discussion of what makes a good campaign? (15 mins)
* Discuss possible specific campaigns & solicit organizations to
volunteer to prepare campaign proposals for next meeting (20
* Discuss other possible coalition projects that would help
facilitate our work (listserv, newsletter, website, etc) (10
* Miscellaneous- Decide on coalition name, What other
organizations should we reach out to (5 mins)
* Next Steps (Review Responsibilities, Next Meeting, etc) (5 mins)
Based on our discussion of our vision for the coalition we have
produced a proposal. Please distribute and discuss this proposal
with your committees and be prepared to present your criticisms and
suggested changes at the meeting.
*NOTE: If you require Spanish-English translation, please let us
know ahead of time.*
We will be sending out a spanish version of the announcement shortly.
Included in this message:
àNotes from 1^st Meeting
àContact list (from previous meeting)
àCoalition Proposal (Rationale, Objectives, Structure & Functioning)
àDirections to meeting
Please RSVP (with the name of your organization/group). If you have
any questions, please feel free to contact me. See you all on the
Boston CISPES [Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador]
_toastwar at hotmail.com_ <mailto:toastwar at hotmail.com>
p.s.-This is your new coalition listserv for
facilitating communication between coalition member organizations on
issues directly related to our work and that of the coalition.
The house is very close to the red line Porter Square T stop, near
the intersection of Oxford and Beacon St on the Cambridge-Somerville
Coming from Porter T:
Take a hard right after emerging from the the T station. Follow the
train tracks to a bridge, cross the bridge and the house will be the
second building on the street.
Coming by car:
A few blocks south of Porter Square on Mass Ave, turn onto Forest St
(it's a one way), take the second left onto Oxford St. and the house
near the corner of Oxford & Forest.
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