Rootscamp! This weekend. Go Go!

I apologize for not letting you know sooner –
This weekend something pretty cool is going down.

Over one weekend in Boston, RootsCamp will bring together a broad spectrum of organizers from across Massachusetts to discuss and collaborate, share lessons learned, and drive the conversation about best practices in progressive organizing.

Join fellow progressive organizers at RootsCamp Massachusetts next weekend, November 13-14. Take advantage of an opportunity to debrief and recap what went right and wrong in this year’s legislative battles and elections. Learn from the struggles of this election cycle and plan for long-term success. For more information and to register, visit


So basically the hardworking cool activists from across MA are going to converge in one place this weekend and we get to go meet and learn from them.

Awesome. I’m going. Are you going?
Here’s the facebook group for Brandeis people going to Rootscamp. Will you be there?

Protest the War this Saturday! (and why it still matters…)

This Saturday, October 11, is the six-year anniversary of the Iraq War Resolution granting President Bush the power to invade Iraq. There will be a large and kickin’ protest on Saturday, October 11 on the Boston Common.  The events begin at 11 am, with speakers including prominent socialist journalist Ashley Smith, pacifist author Joseph Gerson, and respected community organizer and activist Chuck Turner. Tons of activist and progressive groups will be tabling at the rally. Plus, the events will coincide with the HONK! music festival, which seems to be a gathering of socialist street bands who will play with the marchers. Fucking. Awesome.



From the rally, we will begin marching at 2 p.m. and travel about a mile and a half, holding signs, singing songs, chanting, and just making a ruckus and getting our opposition out there.

Soooooo, you ask, how do I get to this protest thingamajig? Brandeis will be sending a (hopefully) big delegation, departing from the Brandeis/Roberts commuter rail station on the 10:19 a.m. train Saturday morning. Most likely, DFA and SDS will spearhead this effort, and we’ll probably have a sign-making party later this week. I’ll try to get some form of reimbursement available for train and T tickets for those who need it. We should be able to take the first Saturday shuttle back to campus. I’ll update the world with more information on this once we have the DFA meeting Tuesday and decide shit.

So, there will a protest. But some people I’ve talked to have asked, “Gee whiz Loki, what is the point of protesting anymore? Its just a bunch of angry hippies whose opinions are peed on by the government.” Well, while the government does have a good deal of urine, mass demonstration against the war is vital, now more than ever. Here’s why. Continue reading “Protest the War this Saturday! (and why it still matters…)”