[act-ma] CCB Fall Virtual Programs: October - December 6th 2020

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CCB Fall Virtual Programs: October - December 6th 2020
Here is  What's Happening virtually at Community Church of Boston in 
October 4 - December 6, 2020

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*CCB Fall
Sundays & More:*

My Dear Friends,
         A sad and lonely auditorium was made happy last Saturday by a 
septet of jazz players, taking up the entire 2000 square feet, playing 
to an audience of 3, kicking off CCB's One Hundredth Season. We were 
wary about doing it, but in hindsight, were very happy that we pulled it 
off so well. The most rewarding thing was that these excellent players 
had not had a gig in many months. They expressed their deep gratitude 
over and over. We send lots of thanks to *The Fulani Haynes Jazz 
Collaborative*, to Paul Malachi, videographer, to Luis Guzman, our 
tamale maker, and to Christle Rawlins-Jackson, for publicity and 
chauffeuring. I went home tired and exhilarated, as if we’d have had a 
sellout crowd.
       Despite the planet’s very deadly, very strange Covid moment, we 
are going to rise to our One Hundredth Anniversary Season! I want to 
guide you through some highlights:
         This is the time to *Get Out The Vote*. You can  help make 
phone calls. There are several groups doing this work. *Turnout2020 
where I am volunteering. Also, Swing Left 
leading phone banks. Call us for their info. On the subject of voting, 
2020 is also the *One Hundredth Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage*. On 
*Sunday Oct. 4*, *Prof. Pam Swing*, from Brandeis, will tell us about 
her research into the struggle for the women’s right to vote. We will 
watch excerpts from a play Pam wrote, involving the arrest of her 
grandmother, *Betty Gram Swing*, a leader in Boston’s campaign for the 
women’s vote, for picketing Woodrow Wilson.
         Have a look at our newsletter for our remarkable schedule of 
upcoming folks: *Stephen Kinzer*,*Jill Stein*, *Norm Stockwell* (Editor: 
The Progressive), *Chris Hedges*, *Howard Ehrman*, *Elizabeth Matos* 
(Prison Legal Services). *Hartman Deetz* is a young Wampanoag activist 
who joins us on Indigenous Peoples Day. And, are you ready? Roll the 
drums: On Dec. 13, we will award the *Sacco Vanzetti Memorial Award* 
to*Daniel Ellsberg*. Many more events are scheduled, and without the 
restraints of geography, we have booked a bunch of great musicians: 
*Emma’s Revolution*, *David Rovics*, *Beatrice Greene*, *Roy Zimmerman*, 
*Reggie Harris*, *Tim Ray *and *Dan Greenspan*, and yes, *Dean Stevens 
*with*Rob Flax*. I am looking forward to a full and inspiring season. 
After what we’ve all been through, Covid 19, Racial Injustice, 
Presidential Chaos, do we ever deserve to hear from all these people!
          Will you join us online on Sundays? It’s a strange moment we 
live in, but I for one, am becoming more comfortable with virtual 
meetings. We learned one thing from this nightmare: we should always 
broadcast our gatherings. There are lots of people who otherwise cannot 
attend, who can tune in. You can do the same. Join us. And watch for a 
fundraising letter we will send soon. We are in a very rough place. Our 
sustenance is the first floor restaurant, which was closed for 3 months, 
and now is only doing takeout, like all of the restaurants along this 
Boylston Street food court. We are bargaining with the restaurant owner 
for an equitable resolution to the Covid hit we all taking.  We need 
your help: send us a check, or click on the link below to make a 
donation. And join the church. Become a member. Sign our Membership 
Register. Call us 617-266-6710. We can tell you more.

With a Heart Full of Gratitude,
Dean Stevens
/*Please support CCB
Fighting for Peace and Justice since 1920.

*October 4th:*
*“Boston Suffrage and Activism in 1919”
with Pam Swing*
Members of the Six Point Group. Left to right: Monica Whately, Betty 
Ruby Rich, Florence McFarland, Betty Gram Swing and Frances Slimon
*11AM Service:* One hundred years ago, women won the right to vote. 
There were many key moments along the way. One was a little-known 
incident in Boston, when suffragists, including Pam Swing’s grandmother, 
Betty Gram Swing were jailed for picketing President Woodrow Wilson. 
Swing has written a play about this incident. She will discuss her 
research on the suffrage movement and show scenes of her play “I Want To 
Go To Jail”. *Pam Swing* is a Resident Scholar at the Brandeis Women's 
Studies Research Center. She is currently researching the suffrage 
movement and her grandmother, Betty Gram Swing. Pam’s upcoming creative 
nonfiction book will chronicle her grandmother’s journey to become a 
suffragist. Pam is also a musician, a folklorist, and has researched 
extensively the Shetland Isles of Scotland’s tradition of fiddle music.

*Music by Cosy Sheridan*
Cosy Sheridan first appeared on the national folk scene in 1992 when she 
won the songwriting contests at The Kerrville Folk Festival and  The 
Telluride Bluegrass Festival.  The Boston Globe wrote: ”she is now being 
called one of the best new singer/songwriters”.

*Join us this Sunday on Zoom: 

*To access by phone: **+1 929 205 6099 *

*Meeting ID:* *518 369 5800*
*Password: 230417* 

Sunday,October 11th:*
*“There is Nothing Left to Colonize but Ourselves.” with Hartman Deetz*
*11AM Service:*When the Mayflower left Europe, its passengers sought to 
find a place in the world that they could be free to practice their 
religion as they saw fit, to escape the overreach of the crown and the 
materialism of that surrounded them. Sadly when they arrived they sought 
to impose the same overreach and intolerance on the Native people they 
were trying to escape. After 400 years the mentality of colonization, 
the commodification of the natural world, and Native people is still 
causing great harm to the ability of the earth to sustain human life. 
*Hartman Deetz* is an artist/ educator who is an enrolled member of the 
Mashpee Wampanoag tribe. Deetz has been involved in activism advocating 
for Native rights and environmental preservation for the majority of his 
life, traveling nationally and abroad to learn from and advocate for 
issues affecting Native people.
*Music by Andre Longheart Gains*

*Sunday, October 18th: *
*“America's Role in the World:
The Next Four Years” with Stephen Kinzer*
*11AM Service:*Americans are approaching a decisive presidential 
election, but can it produce decisive change in our foreign policy? 
Leaders of both major parties seem committed to continuing our 
70-year-old project of seeking to dominate the world. Yet demands to end 
our "forever wars" are intensifying. Will the United States change 
course in the next four years?
*Stephen Kinzer* is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has 
covered more than 50 countries on five continents. His articles and 
books have led the Washington Post to place him "among the best in 
popular foreign policy storytelling." He spent more than 20 years 
working for the New York Times, posted in Nicaragua, Berlin, and 
Istanbul. The most recent of his ten books is “Poisoner in Chief: Sidney 
Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control.” 
writes a world affairs column for The Boston Globe and is a Senior 
Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown 
*Music by Roy Zimmerman
“The best musical satirist working today.”
- Bay Area Reporter

*Sunday, October 25th:
"Key issues for MA prison reform work"
with Atty. Elizabeth Matos*
*11AM Service:* I will discuss timely issues in prisoners' rights work 
in the Commonwealth today such as protecting those incarcerated from the 
ongoing threat of COVID, ending the use of solitary confinement, officer 
brutality behind the walls, and barriers to rehabilitation and reentry 
like the cost of prison phone calls and lack of access to family 
visitation. *Elizabeth Matos* has been working at PLS since 2011 and has 
been the Director since 2018. She has litigated cases on behalf of 
prisoners with disabilities, transgender prisoners, and against the use 
of solitary confinement. Prior to working at PLS, she litigated cases 
involving the school-to-prison pipeline, access to housing, and 
immigration matters. Prior to law school Elizabeth worked at the MIRA 
Coalition on undocumented immigrant rights issues and with grassroots 
human rights organizations in Mozambique.
*Music by Dean Stevens

For several decades Dean Stevens has delighted audiences of all ages 
throughout the Americas. An exuberant performer of distinctive style and 
wit, he combines an intricate, self-taught guitar style with a versatile 
and expressive singing voice.

      *SUNDAY, November 1st:
      “How to Get Trump Out Without Surrendering to the Parties of War &
      Wall Street” with Jill Stein *

      *11AM Service: *In this historic moment, people are rising up like
      we haven't seen for generations. From wildcat strikes to rent
      boycotts and mutual aid networks, there is a growing revolt
      against the rapacious oligarchy that's brought crises in virtually
      every dimension of our lives-crushing inequality, global pandemic,
      climate collapse, violent white supremacy, endless war and more.
      But how can we rise up in the halls of power as well as in the
      streets? And how do we get Trump out of the White House without
      the deadly consequences of voting for the lesser evil, a strategy
      that eviscerates progressive power and virtually assures the
      continued slide to the right of both major party candidates in
      elections to come? Join us for a pre-election power up for people,
      planet and peace! (photo:AP)

      * Jill Stein* was the Green Party’s presidential candidate in 2016
      and 2012. She is an organizer, physician and environmental health
      advocate. She was the first presidential candidate to call for a
      Green New Deal, free public higher education, a student debt
      bailout, reparations and demilitarization through a foreign policy
      based on human rights, international law and diplomacy. She was
      the only candidate to be arrested for supporting the Dakota Sioux
      nation in resisting the DAPL pipeline. She launched a recount
      campaign following the 2016 election to investigate potential
      hacking, error and interference in voting machines used in the
      election, for which legal action is ongoing.

*Music by Magpie

Since 1973, Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner have brought their unique 
sound and remarkable versatility to audiences everywhere, featuring 
traditional and vintage Americana to contemporary and stirring original 

*Sunday, November 8th:
**“A Transforming Moment: What Next?”
with Mark Solomon*
*11AM Service: *The defeat of Donald Trump augurs well for a democratic 
transformation. How do we, the progressive majority, seize the moment to 
deliver a fatal blow to reaction and usher in a new era of progress, 
equality and peace? (subject to change.)
  Mark Solomon, Professor Emeritus of History at Simmons University, 
Boston holds a B.A. degree in History from Wayne State University, an 
M.A. in History from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in The 
History of American Civilization from Harvard University. He has written 
scores of articles on African American history, race and racism, U.S. 
foreign policy, globalization, and war and peace issues. Prof. Solomon 
has written or edited five books. He is also past member of the 
Presidential Committee of the World Peace Council, past national 
co-chair of the US Peace Council and the Committees of Correspondence 
for Democracy and Socialism.
*Music by Alastair Moock

A Grammy-nominated American folk and family music performer from Boston, 
Massachusetts. Alastair is known for his gruff voice, playful lyrics, 
and finger-picking guitar style.

*November 15th:*
*“You Can’t Keep It Unless You Give It Away” with Arnie King*
*11AM Service: *Arnie King has been released from Massachusetts 
custody!! We present Arnie here to tell us his story, and to celebrate 
his freedom, after 48 years inside prison. For over 20 years, The 
Community Church of Boston has advocated on Arnie’s behalf, written 
numerous letters, attended parole hearings, tried to persuade a string 
of recalcitrant governors that this man was a model of rehabilitation, 
compassion and community engagement, worthy of being in the community. 
In 2011 CCB awarded Arnie (by phone) the Sacco/Vanzetti Award for Social 
Justice. And now that Arnie is free, pending a decision on a new trial, 
we have a chance to hear from him in person (well, by Zoom). Let's 
welcome Arnie, and join our voices to call for a correction system 
that’s less about punishment, and more about restoration, more about 
education, but most of all, about JUSTICE!
  “I will never be able to return life to this man and my responsibility 
for his death can never be excused. I will never be able to erase the 
family’s pain or replace society’s loss in the early and tragic death of 
this man. What I can do is help by giving myself to any teenager, whose 
journey may be leading them down a similar path. I didn’t go to Boston 
that night to kill anyone. But I did and take full responsibility for my 
crime. I have made considerable efforts to transform myself from the 
violent, reckless young man of 1971 to the remorseful, caring individual 
of today. I have continued to make positive contributions to society and 
I have received acclamation for my work with young people as well as for 
my published writings.”
/If you’d like to know more about the work Arnie is doing or if you’re 
interested in speaking to him directly or to your organization contact 
him by email: throughbarbedwire at yahoo.com 
<mailto:throughbarbedwire at yahoo.com>; by phone, (302)362-3634; or 
website www.arnoldking.org 
(Photo: Boston Globe)/
*Music by Reggie Harris*
A well-traveled performer, lecturer and cultural ambassador, Reggie has 
earned wide acclaim and respect from peers and audiences alike 
throughout the world. He combines spiritual and root music, historic 
inspiration, and original songs, often in the themes of unity and social 

Sunday, November 22nd:
"The role of independent media - why we need it now more than ever"
with Norman Stockwell*
*11AM Service: *In a time when the very concept of truth has become 
contested territory, the role of an independent media is more critical 
than ever. Community-based, non-profit, and independent media outlets 
abound. Norman Stockwell, publisher of the 111-year-old magazine "The 
Progressive" will look at different forms of independent journalism and 
discuss ways in which readers, viewers, and listeners can become better 
consumers of the news, and even participants in its creation. *Norman 
Stockwell *is publisher of The Progressive. Previously, for over 20 
years, he served as WORT Community Radio’s Operations Coordinator in 
Madison, Wisconsin. He also coordinated the Iraq Journal website in 
2002-2003. In 2011, he regularly reported on protests in Madison for 
Iran’s Press TV and other outlets. His reports and interviews have 
appeared on Free Speech Radio News, Democracy Now!, and Air America, and 
in print in Z Magazine, the Capital Times, AlterNet, Toward Freedom, the 
Tico Times, the Feminist Connection, and elsewhere. He is co-editor of 
the book REBEL REPORTING: John Ross Speaks to Independent Journalists. 

*Music by David Rovics*
Since the pandemic hit, David is live-stream broadcasting. Currently 
he's conducting an interviews most weekdays at
10 am Pacific (1 pm Eastern, 6 pm WET) and a concert from his living 
room on the last Saturday of each month at 1 pm Pacific (4 pm Eastern, 9 
pm WET). You can find him  broadcasting on: *Twitch 
<https://communitychurchofboston.us9.list-manage.com/track/click?u=97f7dfeb0bfd338d2250fe8e5&id=a6ecb7622d&e=3e8e4cf5c6> and 

*Sunday, November 29th:
"Public Health Amidst a Pandemic"
With Dr. Howard Ehrman*
*11AM Service:* Howard Ehrman, MD, MPH is a retired Assistant Professor 
at the University of Illinois (UIC) in Chicago who has researched and 
taught courses on the relationship of climate change to the global 
economic and health crisis at UIC, DePaul University and Knox College 
for two decades. He was a co-founder of the Little Village Environmental 
Justice Organization (LVEJO) in Chicago, a student of Professor Barry 
Commoner at Washington University, and a Labor Union Organizer./More 
details about this program TBA. (photo: The Herald-News)/
*Music by Emma's Revolution
Emma's Revolution is the dynamic, award-winning activist duo of Pat 
Humphries & Sandy O, whose songs have been sung for the Dalai Lama, 
praised by Pete Seeger, and covered by Holly Near. With beautiful 
harmonies and genre-defying eclecticism, Emma’s Revolution delivers the 
energy and strength of their convictions, in an uprising of truth and 
hope for these tumultuous times.

*Sunday December 6th:
“Where is the Hope?”
with The Rev. June R. Cooper*
*11AM Service:* Signs of Hope- Derrick Bell a noted Harvard Professor 
wrote a book called Faces at the Bottom of the Well, The Permanence of 
Racism (1992) in which he states that racism is a permanent feature of 
American society. Do we accept this claim or do we see hope rising for 
recent protest and calls for police reform? *Reverend Cooper* is the 
Executive Director of City Mission Boston a social justice organization 
that is addressing family homelessness and racial inequity and 
reconciliation. She also serves as the Theologian in the City at Old 
South Church in Coley Square.
*Music by Beatrice Greene
Beatrice Greene is a writer, composer, and pianist. Greene composed and 
performed Spirit Warriors, a piano composition commissioned by the UN 
Women's Reporting Network (WUNRN) in 2005. Her music and writing 
highlights social justice, spirituality, nature, and science.

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*Our Purpose*
Community Church of Boston is a free community united for the study and 
practice of universal religion, seeking to apply ethical ideals to 
individual life and the democratic and cooperative principle to all 
forms of social and economic life.
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Office and Publications Manager
*Dean Stevens*, Interim Administrator
*Luis Alonzo Guzman*, Custodian and Cook
*Xinli Xu,* Bookkeeper

*Board of Directors*
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Alan Clemence, Vice President
Sandra Ruiz-Harris, Treasurer
Dick Keshishian, Clerk
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