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Celebrate International Working Women's Day
Bail Out Women and Our Communities!
Uphold The Legacy Of Women's Resistance!
Sat., March 14
1-4 pm

Roxbury Community College
Cafeteria, Student Center
1234 Columbus Ave, Roxbury, MA
  • The Economic Crisis: Women United in the Struggle---
  • Money for Schools, Healthcare, Childcare, Youth Programs and our Communities!
  • Jobs and a Livable Income for All!
  • Help Build the Fightback Against Racism, Sexism, LGBT Oppression, Budget Cuts, Layoffs, Poverty and War!
  • No War on Women at Home and Worldwide! Globalize Women's Solidarity!
Teresa Gutierrez, NYC Coordinator-Bail Out The People Movement(BOPM); Deputy Secretary General,International Migrant Alliance; Coordinator, May 1st Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights;
Layla Hijab Cable, Palestinian Activist; Teacher/Educator; Somerville Divestment Project
Josefina Vazquez, Exec. Director, Boston Women's Fund
Dorotea Manuela, Boston May Day Committee
Amanda Ali, Reflect and Strengthen
Sandra McIntosh, Work 4 Quality
Natural Bliss, Hip Hop/Spoken Word Artist
Miya X, Women's Fightback Network
and others

Join us for a Multi-Generational Women's Panel, Community Speakout, and Spoken Word/Cultural Performances including La Pinata, Latin American Folklorico Youth Dance Troupe

Childcare & Food Provided, Wheelchair accessible, Arts/Crafts Vendors welcome!

Sponsored by:
The Women's Fightback Network/Red de Mujeres en Lucha
617-522-6626 - -

Restore Our Heat & Lights Campaign!
Planning Meeting
Wednesday, November 19 - 4:30-5:45 pm
Global Ministries Christian Church - 670 Washington St., Dorchester, MA
(corner of Washington St. & Euclid St. near Codman Square)
Join with Boston City Councilors Chuck Turner, Charles Yancey, & Sam Yoon and community, labor & youth activists to help build the "Restore Our Heat & Lights Campaign!" This winter is expected to be severe and while there is a moratorium, from November to May, preventing heat and electricity from being shutoff in peoples homes it does nothing for the thousands whose utilities have been shutoff in the interim. Last May 100,000 shutoff notices went out to low-income families. According to the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) 83,000 shutoffs took effect last year. It is estimated that at least 10,000 are still without these essential utilities as winter approaches.

On Monday, October 27, City Councilors Chuck Turner, Charles Yancey and Sam Yoon were joined by community and labor activists at a press conference at City Hall to tell National Grid and NStar: restore heat and light immediately to the thousands of Massachusetts residents who have been shut off! The councilors and speakers made clear that if the utility companies won't do the right thing, then the Governor and the Mayor must declare an Economic State of Emergency and direct the utilities to restore power so that no one is without heat and lights this winter.

Come to the planning meeting on Wednesday, November 19 and get involved with the campaign to make sure that NO ONE goes without heat or lights this winter!

Following this meeting participants will attend the "Community Housing Forum" being held at the The Great Hall, 6 Norfolk St., Dorchester (Codman Sq.) from 6-9:00 pm on Wednesday, November 19. This forum will focus on providing assistance to people facing foreclosure. The Forum is sponsored by: The Greater Four Corners Action Coalition, The Codman Square NDC and co-sponsors Councilor Charles Yancey and Councilor Chuck Turner. For more information contact: Mayra Duran of the Greater Four Corners Action Coalition at 617-436-0289.

Endorsers (partial List): City Councilor Chuck Turner; City Councilor Charles Yancey; City Councilor Sam Yoon; Women's Fightback Network; USW Local 8751, Boston School Bus Union; Tony Hernandez, Organizer, District Council 35, Painters and Allied Trades*; Bishop Filipe Teixeira, Diocese of St Francis of Assissi, CCA*; Black Educators' Alliance of Massachusetts (BEAM); Jenny Cintron, ABCD*; Jean-Claude Sanon, Candidate, City Councilor at Large, Boston; New England Human Rights; Fight Imperialism Stand Together (FIST); Lenore Pereira, Survivors, Inc.*; Jason Leyden, Minister, Community Church of Boston*; International Action Center * id only

Heat and Lights Campaign

Chuck Turner: 617-635-3510    Charles Yancey: 617-635-3131
USW L. 8751, Boston School Bus Drivers: 617-524-3507
The Most Rev. Filipe Teixeira, OFSJC: 617-816-7795
Women’s Fightback Network: 617-522-6626

Join City Councilors Chuck Turner & Charles Yancey and Community Activists & Trade Unionists
Monday October 27- 4pm
Curley Room, Boston City Hall
National Grid and NStar: Restore Heat and Light to all those who have been cut off NOW!
Governor Patrick: Declare an Economic State of Emergency and issue an executive order to insure that no one goes without heat or light this winter!
Mayor Menino: Declare a State of Emergency in Boston and ensure no one is without heat and light in the city!

Poor and working people face a humanitarian crisis this winter: thousands are without heat and light as the winter cold season begins. Last May, when the annual November to April moratorium on utility shutoffs ended, over 100,000 in Massachusetts received utility shutoff notices, as reported in the Boston Globe. The growing economic crisis is devastating Boston as well as communities throughout Massachusetts resulting in an untold number of people unable to pay their utility bills and who have been shut off or, in many cases, not had their utilities turned back on. How many of these shutoffs are in communities of color? How many are women and children, elders, and the disabled?

National Grid and NStar must open their books and reveal exactly who has been and remains shut off, and restore power to these families immediately!

Governor Patrick should utilize his powers under state law (Chapter 639) to declare a Gubernatorial State of Emergency, and issue an executive order insuring that no one is left in the cold and dark this winter.

The Winter of 2008 is predicted to be very severe. We will not stand by while people freeze, or go without lights while NSTAR ($7.8B in assets) and National Grid make millions in profits. $150M a day is going to the war in Iraq, and Bush bails out the banks to the tune of over a trillion, while poor and working families are homeless, jobless and children are going hungry - we need to bring this money back here to our communities. Youth need education and jobs, NOT jails. Heat, Housing, Food and Fuel are a Right! Together we have the power to build a movement to turn this around.

This press conference / rally is part of nationally coordinated local protest actions demanding "Bail Out the People, Not the Bankers". Actions will occur in over a dozen cities around the country on October 24-27 saying:

IT'S TIME FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO DECLARE AN ECONOMIC STATE OF EMERGENCY AND GIVE DIRECT HELP TO THE PEOPLE--NOT THE BANKS The following are some of the growing list of emergency measures that people across the country will be raising at protests during the Days of Action:

  • Emergency moratorium on home foreclosures and evictions
  • No budget cuts in education, healthcare and all social services
  • No layoffs, extend unemployment benefits
  • No utility shut-offs
  • Debt relief for students, poor and working people
  • Protect public and private pensions
  • Jobs at a living wage

Local Endorsers (partial list): City Councilor Chuck Turner; City Councilor Charles Yancey; Frantz Mendes, President, USW Local 8751 (Boston School Bus Union); Bishop Filipe Teixeira, OFSJC, Diocese of St. Francis of Assissi, CCA; Tony Hernandez, Organizer, District Council 35, Painters and Allied Trades; New England Human Rights for Haiti; Women's Fightback Network, FIST (Fight Imperialism, Stand Together)

Initiators of the national days of action include: Ad-hoc National Network to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions, Bail Out the People Movement, Women's Fightback Network (Massachusetts), Frantz Mendes, President, USW local 8751 (Boston School Bus Drivers), Bishop Filipe Teixeira, OFSJC, Moratorium Now Coalition To StopForeclosures and Evictions (Michigan), Labor/Community Coalition to StopForeclosures and Evictions (California), Service Employees International Union, Local 721, Latino Caucus, SEIU Local 721, Gloria Saucedo, Hermandad Mexicana Nacional, BAYAN USA, NY May 1 Coalition For Workers and Immigrants Rights, Chris Silvera, Secretary Treasurer, Teamster local 808, Brenda Stokely, New York Solidarity Coalition with Katrina/Rita Survivors, La Peña Del Bronz, Trabahadores Por La Paz, Rebel Diaz, Queers for Peace and Justice, Action Center for Justice (North Carolina), FIST (Fight Imperialism, Stand Together), Troops Out Now Coalition (partial list)

For more information contact:
Councilor Turner's office - 617-635-3510
Women's Fightback Network - 617-522-6626 -

Nationally Coordinated, Local Mass Actions
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Sat. Oct. 18 - 4:00 pm
Action Center
284 Amory St., JP
(the Brewery)

The stock markets are crashing, the world economy is headed into a deep recession or even depression, and the U.S. government and its top bankers, along with their counterparts around the world, are giving what’s going to amount to trillions of dollars to bailout the richest 1 percent of the people WHILE DOING NOTHING TO RESCUE ORDINARY WORKING AND POOR PEOPLE!

We must stand up and say no to this injustice! NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT.

With that in mind, we are calling for Nationally Coordinated Local Days of Action on the weekend of October 24-27.

During October 24-27, organize marches and demonstrations in front of banks, especially JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Citibank, or at your local Federal Reserve Bank. Organize a teach-in or a public hearing on the Wall Street crisis, etc.


The following are some of the growing list of emergency measures that people across the country will be raising at protests during the Days of Action:

  • Emergency moratorium on home foreclosures and evictions
  • No budget cuts in education, healthcare and all social services
  • No layoffs, extend unemployment benefits
  • No utility shut-offs
  • Debt relief for students, poor and working people
  • Protect public and private pensions
  • Jobs at a living wage
We are outraged Congress has approved a $700 billion bailout of the banks.

We know that NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT. These politicians who are in the pockets of big business, have only their interests in mind. It's up to us to fight for our rights and needs.

We are asking for grassroots, community and youth organizations, trade unionists, anti-racist forces, the anti-war movement and everyone who's just mad as hell about the "bailout" to both endorse this call, and take ownership of it. Plan actions during this period of time in your cities across the country.

At a time of unprecedented economic crisis, we must mobilize and organize and fight back until the demand becomes reality. Bailout the People, not the Bankers!

Partial List of Initiators: Ad-hoc National Network to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions; Moratorium Now Coalition To Stop Foreclosures and Evictions (Michigan); Labor/Community Coalition to Stop Foreclosures and Evictions (L.A.); Service Employees International Union, Local 721; Latino Caucus, SEIU Local 721; Gloria Saucedo, Hermandad Mexicana Nacional; BAYAN USA; NY May 1 Coalition For Immigrant and Workers Rights; Chris Silvera, Secretary Treasurer, Teamster local 808; Brenda Stokely, New York Solidarity Coalition with Katrina/Rita Survivors; Bishop Filipe Teixeira OFSJC; La Peña Del Bronz; Trabahadores Por La Paz; Rebel Diaz; Queers for Peace and Justice; Women's Fightback Network (Massachusetts); Frantz Mendes, President, USW local 8751 (Boston School Bus Union); Action Center for Justice (North Carolina); FIST (Fight Imperialism, Stand Together); Troops Out Now Coalition

for more information: 617-522-6626 or

Boston activists confront bankers to stop evictions

“Bail out the people, not Wall Street bankers!” resounded in the streets outside the Colonnade Hotel during the Oct. 6 lunch hour as activists in the struggle against foreclosures, evictions and utility shutoffs demonstrated at the “Open Doors” conference. --more--

BOSTON: 'Foreclose the war, not our homes!'

Activists from the Women’s Fightback Network, Fight Imperialism, Stand Together and the International Action Center rallied in front of the Countrywide Bank in Boston’s Lower Roxbury/South End on Sept. 20 to protest evictions and home foreclosures affecting thousands of people in Massachusetts.--more--

Women Hit Utility Shutoffs, Foreclosures

The NSTAR Electric Co. was the focus of an angry picket line July 3 initiated by the Women’s Fightback Network and the youth group Fight Imperialism, Stand Together.

This greedy corporation, with assets of $7.8 billion, sent 100,000 Massachusetts residents electric and gas utility shutoff notices at the beginning of May. NSTAR earned $59.2 million in the first quarter of 2008 but was shutting off people owing as little as $100. --more--

Heat, Housing, Jobs, Food and Fuel are a Human Right!

On Sept. 20th protestors took to the streets of Boston to demand that Governor Deval Patrick, Declare a State of Emergency, Now!
  • STOP Utility Shutoffs & Restore Services Immediately!
  • STOP Foreclosures & Evictions!
  • Roll Back Food & Fuel Prices!
download "Economic State of Emergency" petition

The Winter of 2008 is predicted to be very severe. This will be no natural disaster, but a life-threatening crisis made in government and corporate boardrooms. We will not stand by as people freeze or go without lights, while NSTAR ($7.8B in assets), National Grid and the Oil Companies make $$ billions more in profits. $150 million more a day goes to the Iraq war. We need to bring this money back to our communities, now!
The government has just taken over the largest mortgage banks in the world, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which have overseen millions of families evicted from their homes. The government must not be in the business of foreclosing and evicting us from our homes. Responsible government must now use its power to declare a State of Emergency, and immediately halt all foreclosures and evictions!
This economic crisis brings with it a rise in violence against people of color, women, and lesbian/gay/bi/trans people who are scapegoated in an attempt to divert attention away from greedy corporations and banks. Poor and working families are struggling with housing, jobs, gas prices, healthcare, and feeding our children. Youth need education and good union jobs, not police roundups and more jails. Discrimination against people with CORI should be outlawed.

Heat, Housing, Jobs, Food and Fuel are a Human Right! Together we have the power to build a movement to turn this unnatural disaster around!

For more info: 617.522.6626

We are the Women's Fightback Network:


"Stop the U.S. war on women, at home and abroad!" is a main slogan of the Women's Fightback Network. Is there really a war going on here in the U.S. against women? We don't see any bombs or fighter jets do we? But many poor and working women feel under siege; under attack by Bush's cuts in housing, healthcare, childcare and education. The devastation is felt when we can't find a job, or there is no food in the fridge at the end of the week, or not enough money to pay for our child's asthma medication, or we want to go to college but there are no funds. Instead, the Bush administration's policy is to give huge bailouts to mega corporations and billions for an "endless war" in Iraq. Many women of color live under war-like conditions with police occupying their communities; murdering and brutalizing at will. Immigrant women are besieged by Homeland Security who can round them up and deport them on a moment's notice. There is an assault going on against women in this country and Bush and corporate giants are leading the charge. Tax breaks for the rich, a widespread recession and bulging military costs equal financial deficits. Bush and Congress say we have to pay. The 2006 budget slashes more than 150 social programs, hurting people of color and women disproportionately. This is simply because women are more likely to use the services, as they are more likely to be poorer than men. For example, single mothers head 72% of families living below the federal poverty line in MA. Women used 78% of elder home care services in the state. Cuts in federal Medicaid mean fewer dollars for Mass Health, which serves more women than men. Severe reductions in HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C programs for education, testing and counseling result in thousands fewer women being screened and treated. Senate Budget Committee chairman Judd Gregg, a Republican from N.H., said it with bluntness: "There is a clear shift in our priorities, but it was put upon us as a nation. We are at war. When you are at war, you have to make some difficult decisions." Gregg speaks with crocodile tears and arrogance. His message is: "Our priority is NOT human needs, our priority is waging war on the women, children and men of Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Colombia, Korea, etc. Our priority is building an empire." Empire? Yes, the war and occupation of Iraq has already cost $280 billion and Bush is asking for $80B more. The money stolen from our human needs programs pays for the bombs and bullets used to kill more than 100,000 Iraqi people.

Say NO to Racism, Sexism and LBGT Oppression

How can Bush and the Pentagon carry out such widespread robbery without flashing a weapon? They rely on the powerful old weapons of racism, sexism and lgbt oppression. By dividing us, the bosses, both big and small, weaken our organizing for welfare rights, reproductive rights or expanded alcohol and drug clinics. It is easier to keep women down when we face harassment, discrimination, assault and battering. It is easier to bash a union drive when women of color or immigrants are blamed for taking jobs at lower pay. Massachusetts Governor Romney and Bush are both determined to axe the federal Head Start Program, despite its proven effectiveness. A Michigan study of 123 low-income African American children found that 84% of girls who attended quality preschool graduated from high school as compared with 32% who did not go to preschool. When they reached the age of 27, 80% of these women had jobs compared to 55% who did not go to preschool. Because the Head Start program benefits mainly girls and children of color, Romney and Bush say that it is a "waste" or "isn't working." They count on the divisiveness of racism and sexism to pave the way for eliminating this valuable program. The recent statement by Harvard University President Lawrence Summers, that innate differences between men and women explain why fewer women gain high level academic careers in science and math, sent a loud, clear message: "Women are born inferior." This theory of biological determinism is also racist. It reinforces a hostile message that women should stay way from non-traditional fields. It's hoped for effect is to drive us back with low self-confidence and silence our voices for affirmative action in academia and business. Summers' statement aids corporations worldwide who make big money by keeping women locked in oppressive traditional jobs.

Sexism is profitable

Pay inequity between women and men reaps super profits for the bosses. A National Association of Female Executives study compared women's pay to that of white male workers. The results were: Asian women make 75% of what a white male makes, white women 70%, African American women 62.5%, Native women 57.8%, and Latinas 52.5%. Women who worked full time in 2003 earned 76 cents for every dollar a man made. Women workers come in all forms, we are young, over 60, part-time, unreported income, retired, disabled, unemployed, contracted home office workers, homemakers and undocumented. Unequal pay and low wages can lock us into abusive relationships, or sweatshop jobs. It can mean we have little savings for retirement, or can't afford childcare. It can mean we are forced into the military instead of college and a career. It forces us to commit crimes of survival in order to support ourselves and our families, leading to time in prison. The working class in the U.S. is increasingly made up of women, people of color, and lower paid workers. Herein lies our strength and hope for a better future.

Build a united, multinational women's movement

A vibrant, strong, independent women's movement led by a multinational group of women who represent the most oppressed workers and poor people, young and old, lesbian, transgender, and straight has the power to beat back Bush and the right-wing. A women's movement independent of capitalist interests and their big-business political parties is essential. The great victories of women's liberation in the past have been won not by the vote, but by mass action and organizing. When women act we become stronger and more confident. The isolation and alienation of sexism, racism and lbgt oppression is broken down and we become a powerful force for change.

Solidarity is OUR secret weapon!
Together we can stop the U.S. war on women at home and abroad!

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