[act-ma] Fw: BDS Boston Official Launch Friday May 3rd , 7 pm @ Friends Meeting House, Cambridge

Kevin Heaton kevwsc at hotmail.com
Fri May 3 09:25:59 PDT 2019

From: Kevin Heaton <kevwsc at hotmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, April 28, 2019 11:38:31 PM
Subject: Fw: BDS Boston Official Launch Friday May 3rd , 7 pm @ Friends Meeting House, Cambridge


Hi everyone,

Please come out to support the BDS Boston Official Launch event.


Details below.




Mass Against HP is transforming into BDS Boston to continue building the BDS and Palestine solidarity movements in the Greater Boston area.


In May 2016, local organizers, responding to the call of the international BDS movement, joined together to launch Massachusetts Against Hewlett Packard (MAHP), a campaign to push the city of Cambridge to end its municipal contracts with Hewlett Packard until the company ended its complicity in Israeli violence against Palestinians, U.S. violence against immigrants, and mass incarceration.

Despite a multi-year effort, a community mobilization that swayed multiple Cambridge City councilors, and a near-victory, the campaign ultimately did not meet its goal. But in the process, MAHP forged new connections, activated new organizers, and built local awareness about systems of oppression and movements for liberation.

Now, we are continuing the fight.

On May 3, 2019, we will launch a new organization devoted to building the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement in the greater Boston area:


Join us at 7:00pm at the Friends Meeting House in Cambridge as we close the book on MAHP and launch our new group.

The event will include a brief summary of the MAHP campaign, an assessment of its eventual defeat, a presentation of testimonies supporters of the campaign had prepared for Cambridge City Council, an introduction to BDS Boston, and an interactive discussion in which all attendees will offer thoughts and ideas on how we, collectively, can move BDS forward in the Boston area. Food from Aceituna Grill will be served afterward!

All are welcome as we build this new organization in pursuit of freedom, justice, and equality for the Palestinian people.



The Friends Meeting House is accessible. We do not currently have an ASL interpreter scheduled to be there, however we will work to provide ASL interpretation if you reach out within 72 hours of the event to let us know your needs. Microphones and sound systems will be used. Ear plugs, light food, and water will be available. We will not be able to provide childcare.

Three disability parking spaces will be available - one in the lot behind the meetinghouse, one on the driveway, and one on Longfellow Park in front of the Meeting property.

The nearest T stop is at Harvard on the Red line (0.5 miles).
Bus lines 72, 74, 75, and 78 stop at Garden st. and Mason st. (0.3 miles)
Lines 71 and 73 stop at Mt. Auburn st. and Ash st. (0.3 miles)

We are committed to making this event as accessible as possible for all who would like to attend, and are always in a process of learning around what accessibility looks like for different people. If you have questions or requests related to accessibility not sufficiently addressed in this description, we encourage you to raise them by sending an email to galant.michael.r at gmail.com<mailto:galant.michael.r at gmail.com>


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