[act-ma] Encuentro 5 is the place to be this SAT - 1/15

Brian O'Connell vinniechops at hotmail.com
Fri Jan 14 12:34:41 PST 2011

Encuentro 5 is THE place to be on Saturday. There are two important all day events happening, the Committee In Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) 30th anniversary event and the Forming Alternative Realities Today (FART) organizing summit. Following these meetings will be a party in honor of CISPES anniversary, with FREE FOOD, LIVE MUSIC, & CHEAP DRINKS starting at 7:00pm. 

All info is below. Hope to see you there!

~ Brian O'Connell



year marks THREE DECADES of struggle and solidarity with El Salvador’s
popular uprising and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front

Since 1980 the Committee in Solidarity with the People
of El Salvador has fought unjust US military and political intervention
alongside the successful and inspirational Salvadoran movement for
justice and self-determination.

4-6pm: Reunion
...For those companer at s who were involved in CISPES during the 80s and 90s, catch up with old friends and have a glass of wine.

6-7pm: Panel: "The Achievements of Solidarity"
Clements - author "Witness to War"; doctor in the zones of conflict in
El Salvador during the civil war; Carr Center for Human Rights, Harvard

Jose Aleman - Consul General of El Salvador for New England

Becky Pierce - Boston CISPES member 1988-1995

7pm-midnight: P A R T Y !

With live music by:
The Grass Gypsys featuring Dave Scandurra, Kevin Silvia, and Brian O'Connell (http://www.thegrassgypsys.com/)

FREE homemade pupusas + sandwiches from the Boston Pita Pit (http://www.bostonpitapit.com/)

Cheap Drinks

Raffle - win a weekend on the Cape, rock climbing lessons, a Pita Pit gift certificate & more fabulous prizes!

Radical Cheerleading by Boston Sass Attack (http://bostonsassattack.org/)

$10-110 sliding scale donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)
All ages
Orange line to Chinatown

Whether you were storming the Pentagon in 1988 or have just heard of CISPES, this celebration is for you!


Forming Alternative Realities Today

Corporations are poisoning the water and destroying mountains and
forests, while extracting coal and gas from Eastern region where we

Our response?


January 14-16 2011 at Encuentro 5 in Boston, MA

Register Here!:

Forming Autonomous Realities Today organizing summit will address the
risks and realities of living in a culture that remains addicted to
fossil fuels, even after decades of protests and strong movements
towards sustainability.

Corporations in the United States are
still using irresponsible, destructive techniques to extract coal and
natural gas from the Eastern states as cheaply as they can, with little
regard for the damage these activities do to the water supply, land,
air, and all living things. In West Virginia, Kentucky and other
places, "radical" strip mining for coal is destroying whole mountains
and attacking the integrity of the Southern deciduous forests. In
Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York, horizontal drilling and
"hydrofracking" techniques for enhancing natural gas production are
polluting aquifers and the land. In addition to damaging the integrity
of these bioregions, these destructive industrial activities threaten
countless farms and communities across the Appalachian region.

the past few years, the environmental movement in the Eastern United
States has taught and employed tactics such as
liberation, popular education, direct action and civil disobedience,
disaster preparedness, etc. While all of these things have accomplished
goals and built a stronger movement, we are working to create new
spaces for networking, spreading knowledge and supporting our various

So what will we do? This summit will address how we
can move forward towards solutions with the knowledge that these dirty
practices are still happening in the Eastern states. We will also work
together to make the connections between the fossil fuel industries and
extraction processes, specifically coal and natural gas.

have decided to dedicate this weekend to Judy Bonds, a dedicated
Appalachian coalfield organizer who gave everything she had to fight
Mountaintop Removal and to preserve the culture of Appalachia. She
recently passed away, and her memorial service is the same weekend as
F(A)RT. We wish to use this event to show respect to her work and to
carry on her fiery energy within ourselves. Any profit we make from
donations will be sent to West Virginia to help with the cost of her
memorial service.***

F(A)RT is being put together by a collection of local organizers that
turned down "big green[washed]" NGO sponsorship, so we are running this
whole thing on a little/low budget. We ask attendees donate whatever
they can ($3-?), if possible. But of course, this is information
everyone needs and has to share, so if you can't pay, you will not be
turned away! Please keep in mind all profits we receive after costs are
payed off will go to Judy Bond's memorial service costs.

Bring/donate if you can:
- *Your own mess kit / dishes for meals and mugs for coffee / tea.*
- Food will be done on a very low budget, so if you have any extra food you can donate, please let us know!
Literature about your rad organizations / zines / info / anything you
feel you would like to share with us this weekend. We will hopefully
have lots of tables to share information with each other
- Any extra coffee / tea you got
- Musical instruments n your creative voice for open mic Friday night!
- A dish for the potluck friday night!, please label if it's vegan / veggie / gluten-free / etc

This weekend is based off of the idea of three "R's" we came up with.
The order of workshops and skillshares loosely follows this idea, and
leads us to end the weekend with the energy and skills to manifest our
ideas for a new world into reality. The three R's are Reality,
Resistance, Rebuild.

We will send out a more detailed agenda
(and note, this one is subject to change) soon, like, Thursday
night/Friday morning. Can't wait to see all your shining, subversive
faces there =]

Friday the 14th:

6p-11p: Film showing and potluck!! (bring food to share, label if its vegan, veg, etc), Open Mic, Fun stuff

Saturday the 15th:

9a-10a: Light breakfast (provided)/Morning circle. Please try to be on time so we can all introduce ourselves to each other!

10a-11:30a: Mountaintop Removal 101 / Campaign Planning / Know Your Rights

12p-1p: Lunch on your own. We'll provide a map of local cheap eats, including vegan options

1:30-3p: Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas 101 / Capitalism, Global Warming, & the Climate Justice Movement / Ecofeminism

4pm Bridge workshop into...
in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador's 30th Anniversary Party.
This marks THREE DECADES of struggle and solidarity with El Salvador’s
popular uprising and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front
(FMLN)! This party is taking place at the same space we will be at,
focuses on the same issues, and will be lots of fun with music, food,
cheap drinks, raffle, and Boston Sass Attack! Party goes til midnight.

Sunday the 16th:

9-10a: Light breakfast provided / Morning circle

Reproductive Health & The Environment / Roadkill Arts & Crafts
/ Direct Action & The Climate Justice Movement

12-1p: Lunch, again, on your own, with map provided

1:30-3p: Blockades Practice & Direct Action 101 Dicsussion / Green Anarchy / Democratic Decision Making

3:30-5p: Do-It-Ourselves Sustainability / Herbalism for Community Health

5:15-6p: Breakout group discussions based on topic/interest

the new skills and strengthened relationships we will develop, we hope
that this summit will be another point of transition in the organizing
against gas and coal in Boston. The city has successfully taken action
against the fossil fuel industry in the past and we must revive the
movement and work together in new ways. As the US Government and the
fossil fuel industry develops new tactics, so must we!

Contact bostonfarts at gmail.com for any questions/comments/other stuff!
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