Monday, May 20, 2024

Howard Schultz, former CEO of Starbucks, speaks last month at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

‘War profiteers’ to be called out at MIT job fair

bullet-gray-small Protest of war contractors at MIT, noon to 2 p.m. Monday. Among recruiters expected at a Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus job fair will be Lockheed, General Dynamics, General Atomics and Lincoln Labs, and organizers Massachusetts Peace Action (and its Next Gen group) and the Coalition to Stop the Genocide in Yemen plan to “give these war profiteers a warm welcome and let students know exactly what kind of work they do.”

The protest is outside the MIT Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center, 120 Vassar St.

Relocation help for renters, assessments of upzonings are asked by council, who’ll see marijuana tax law too

bullet-gray-small City Council, 5:30 p.m. Monday. A “relocation assistance ordinance” idea returns to the agenda with a request for a legal opinion on whether (and specifically why) the state Legislature would have to be involved in a city law protecting tenants from sudden evictions or burdensome rent increases; and the City Manager’s Office is being asked for a process to assess additional value created by development upzonings, the better to extract proportional community benefits. Councillors are also trying to ensure Eversource has justification for a new a substation in East Cambridge. The city manager, meanwhile, asks the council to accept the state law letting the city impose a local excise tax of up to 3 percent on retail marijuana sales, and has a list of streets likely to get a reduction to 20 mph – and there are 410 streets on the list.

The council meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square.

Flat roofs, accessory apartments get review

bullet-gray-small Ordinance Committee, 1 to 3 and 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by city councillors Dennis Carlone and Craig Kelley doubles up to address zoning that discourages flat roofs, because slanted roofs will better handle coming onslaughts of rain and snow (and could add a bit of square footage to properties); and then about accessory apartments (sometimes called “in‐law apartments” because they might be used by relatives of the homeowners, but could be rented to others as well).

The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square.

Protesters have order for Schultz: Don’t run in 2020

bullet-gray-small Resist Howard Schultz Peaceful Protest, 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Starbucks founder Howard Schultz is thinking of running a third-party campaign for president in 2020. This protest – held while he’s doing a sold-out reading for his book “From the Ground Up: A Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America” – is to “tell him that his self-funded vanity run as an independent for president will [ensure] that Donald Trump is reelected to a second term” by splitting the electorate,  organizers say.

The protest is outside The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Harvard Square.

Extended day report, and slur investigation request

bullet-gray-small School Committee, 6 p.m. Tuesday. There’s a presentation on the extended educational day due from Superintendent Kenneth Salim, and member Manikka Bowman is asking for an investigation of member Emily Dexter using a racial slur, following use of the term by people of color in an event that included the term in its title.

The committee meets in the Dr. Henrietta S. Attles Meeting Room at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge

Harvard, Hult, MIT, Lesley give town-gown reports

bullet-gray-small Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The board will hear town-gown reports for the Harvard University; Hult International School of Business; Lesley University; and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

The board meets on the second floor of the City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge.

All the votes from all the hearings held last week

bullet-gray-small License Commission, 9 a.m. Wednesday. Commissioners will vote on all the matters they heard last Wednesday, when chairwoman Nicole Murati Ferrer was on speakerphone, participating remotely.

The commission meets in the basement of the Michael J. Lombardi Building, 831 Massachusetts Ave., Mid-Cambridge near Central Square.

Cambridge Digs Deep looks at racism and bias

bullet-gray-small Cambridge Digs Deep session on “Equity Inventory: Inclusive Policies and Practices Across Cambridge City Departments” 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. A citywide conversation about race, diversity and equity initiated by Mayor Marc McGovern and city councillor Sumbul Siddiqui continues, led by Darnisa Amante of the Disruptive Equity Education Project – this time with McGovern, Siddiqui, Betsy Allen of the city’s Office of Equity & Inclusion, police Commissioner Branville G. Bard Jr., Superintendent Kenneth Salim and Ramon De Jesus, director of diversity Development for Cambridge Public Schools, presenting on the city’s work toward a more equitable, anti-racist Cambridge through policies, practices and education. Food and child care will be provided.

The session will be held at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square.

Medicare for All group organizes locally

bullet-gray-small National Medicare for All Week of Action barnstorm, 7 p.m. Saturday. Activists from around the country are working on a campaign to make a reality of a “Medicare for All” universal health care system. A barnstorm is a mass organizing rally that will show how to get involved.

The barnstorm takes place at 45 Prospect St., Central Square.