After Paris Attacks, a Call for Justice–Not Vengeance

November 14, 2015 - 2:20 pm

France is in mourning and in shock. We still don’t know how many people were killed and injured. In fact, there’s a lot we still don’t know—including who was responsible. The ISIS claim of responsibility tells us virtually nothing about who really planned or carried out the attacks; opportunist claims are an old story. But the lack of information hasn’t prevented lots of assumptions about who is “obviously” responsible and what should be done to them. Already the call is rising across France—“this time it’s all-out war.”

But we do know what happens when cries of war and vengeance drown out all other voices; we’ve heard them before.

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Candlelight Vigil on Human Rights Day

When: Thursday, December 10, 2015, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Boston Common • Park Street • Boston

War is not the Answer

Paris attack - Syria Crisis - Refugee desperation

-- Welcome Refugees

-- Isolate ISIS

-- End US-Saudi Alliance

-- Negotiate to stop the fighting in Syria and Iraq


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Access to Water is a Human Right

In the early morning of Wed. Nov. 18, 2015 a protest line formed in front of the Newton Marriott saying that Water is a Basic Human Right and that the Jewish National Fund, (JNF) should stop taking land and water from Palestinians.  

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Jobs, Justice, Climate Change: Huge Rally on 12/12 !

When: Saturday, December 12, 2015, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Boston Common • Bandstand • Boston

Jobs, Justice, Climate: Huge Rally on 12/12!

unnamed_(9).pngUnited Nations delegates have been negotiating about climate change for more than 20 years, and this December, they'll meet again in Paris for yet another round of talks.
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PETITION for Water Justice in Palestine/Israel

When: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 9:00 am to Monday, November 30, 2015, 11:00 pm
Where: none


Please take a moment to sign and share this petition from the Boston Alliance for Water Justice opposing the Massachusetts Senators Trip to Israel, coming in early December. We already haveover 1,000  signatures...let's see if we can reach 2000:
Ten Massachusetts State Senators will travel to Israel on December 4, all expenses paid by anti-Palestinian lobbyists. Act now to tell the Senators: DON’T GO TO ISRAEL
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"The American Century" has plunged the world into crisis

‘The American Century’ Has Plunged the World Into Crisis

There’s something fundamentally wrong with U.S. foreign policy.

by Conn Hallinan and Leon Wofsy

Despite glimmers of hope — a tentative nuclear agreement with Iran, for one, and a long-overdue thaw with Cuba — we’re locked into seemingly irresolvable conflicts in most regions of the world. They range from tensions with nuclear-armed powers like Russia and China to actual combat operations in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.

Why? Has a state of perpetual warfare and conflict become inescapable? Or are we in a self-replicating cycle that reflects an inability — or unwillingness — to see the world as it actually is?

The United States is undergoing a historic transition in our relationship to the rest of the world, but this is neither acknowledged nor reflected in U.S. foreign policy. We still act as if our enormous military power, imperial alliances, and self-perceived moral superiority empower us to set the terms of “world order.”

While this illusion goes back to the end of World War II, it was the end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union that signaled the beginning of a self-proclaimed “American Century.” The idea that the United States had “won” the Cold War and now — as the world’s lone superpower — had the right or responsibility to order the world’s affairs led to a series of military adventures. It started with President Bill Clinton’s intervention in the Yugoslav civil war, continued on with George W. Bush’s disastrous invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and can still be seen in the Obama administration’s own misadventures in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and beyond.

In each case, Washington chose war as the answer to enormously complex issues, ignoring the profound consequences for both foreign and domestic policy. Yet the world is very different from the assumptions that drive this impulsive interventionism.

It’s this disconnect that defines the current crisis.

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