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Felix Arroyo
Boston City Councilor


Kathy Casavant

former Secretary-Treasurer,  Mass AFL-CIO


Jackie Cefola

Nonprofit Center Program Coordinator

Third Sector New England


Noam Chomsky

Author & Linguist

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Joseph Gerson

Program Director

American Friends Service Committee


David Himmelstein

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Co-founder,  Physicians for a National Health Program


Richard Krushnic

Boston Department of Affordable Housing

City of Boston


Dorotea Manuela


Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Coalition


Betsy Rueda Gynn

President, Community Church of Boston

Operations Director, The City School


Chuck Turner

Boston City Councilor


Ellen Wallace

Attorney at Law


Stephanie Woolhandler

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Co-founder,  Physicians for a National Health Program


About e5

  • What is e5?

encuentro 5 is a space for progressive movement building in the heart of Boston’s Chinatown. On one floor of 33 Harrison Ave, e5 brings together organizations from diverse sectors, fostering an ongoing exchange of skills and experiences. With physical space for offices and a core technology infrastructure, e5 allows a pooling of resources so organizations can focus more on their programs. e5’s 2000+ square foot multi-media event room provides a much-needed venue for cultural and political programming to help attract and inspire new people to our movement.  For strategic emerging projects, e5 provides initial resources to help ensure early success.


  • Why e5?

Members of e5's community seek big answers to big questions. Given the challenges of our time, the progressive movement must be better networked, better resourced, and better organized. e5 addresses these goals, providing the physical space and the core resources to help the progressive movement flourish, while offering lively programming across a wide spectrum of issues and artistic styles to attract new people to our movement.


  • In the Social Forum Spirit

encuentro 5 will make permanent the opportunities for cross-fertilization and networking that made the Boston Social Forum (BSF) such a success. From its offices in the e5 building, Massachusetts Global Action spearheaded this 20-month organizing effort which culminated in a historic July 2004 gathering at UMass Boston of over 5000 people for three days of networking and education in more than 35 different subject areas. Over 100 organizations took part in the planning of this event. As the first major social forum in North America, it provided both a blueprint and a glimpse at the possibilities that social forums hold for developing a multi-faceted resistance to corporate globalization.


  • Building History

In the 1940s, workers of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union pooled their resources to buy a building in the heart of the textile district in Boston. The building would serve as organizing headquarters, union hall, and the home to several union-owned businesses.

Today a center for the new labor movement in Boston, the building is still home to the union (now UNITE-HERE!), a major organizer of the Immigrant Worker Freedom Ride  (2003). Also home to movement organizations like Massachusetts Global Action, it served as the center for organizing the Boston Social Forum (BSF, 2004), the largest progressive gathering in New England in over a decade.


e5 Building Fund



How We Plan to Raise the Funds to Build the Movement

Over the next 2 years, encuentro 5 will be raising close to $300,000. This will include a capital campaign to renovate e5's facilities, and an operations fund to ensure long-term success. at building a movement challenging corporate globalization. Individuals make up the core of e5's funding base, with gifts needed at all levels. In addition, e5 staff and volunteers will be seeking support from foundations, communities of faith, and allied organizations, and through special events.

Download our Brochure

This tri-fold explains our project, its history, goals and objectives.