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No to Nato! No to War! July 9 Rally in NYC

No to Nato! No to War: July 9 Rally in NYC

Message from United for Peace and Justice:  In response to rising tensions between the U.S. and its NATO allies and Russia, UFPJ has continued to advocate for an end to all combat, support for an arms embargo, nuclear disarmament, and a commitment to diplomacy and aid for the civilian victims of conflict around the globe.

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Venezuela Solidarity Committee Launched in Boston

Venezuela Solidarity Committee Launched in Boston

Boston-area activists founded the Venezuela Solidarity Committee on March 5, 2016 at a meeting at Encuentro 5 in downtown Boston.  The new group will support self-determination and the rights of all historically oppressed peoples in Venezuela and oppose any form of US intervention.  In addition to serving as a media resource, activities will include education, lobbying, sister-city programs and campaigns such as supporting the Citizens Energy Oil Heat Program in Massachusetts.

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UFPJ organizes for an action packed April to Defend Our Rights & End War!

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2016 has already proven to be a very active year for the peace movement, as groups around the country take action on urgent issues like the Syrian Crisis, US weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, and the catastrophic War on Yemen.

Please scroll down to learn about 3 significant mass mobilizations that United for Peace and Justice is endorsing in April.

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Petition Pres. Obama: Stop Deporting Central American Families!

Add your name to Open Letter to Pres. Obama -- Stop Deporting Central American Families

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Solidarity with the Palestinian Popular Resistance: Boycott Israel Now!

Whether the current phase of Israel’s intensified repression and Palestinian popular resistance will evolve into a full-fledged intifada or not, one thing is already evident—a new generation of Palestinians is marching on the footsteps of previous generations, rising up en masse against Israel’s brutal, decades-old regime of occupation, settler colonialism and apartheid.

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Pass the Mass. Trust Act for Immigration Reform

Sept. 22, 2015

Help Make Sure that the Mass Trust Act Passes This Year

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Keep Space for Peace Week

 
October 3-10, 2015

 

Keep Space for Peace Week

International Week of Protest to

Stop the Militarization of Space

Stop Drones Surveillance & Killing

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Diplomacy Not War with Iran

United for Peace and Justice welcomes the completion of the historic international agreement with Iran, which limits its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions and the ending of its isolation. After years of futile, horrific wars, we join with peace-loving people around the world in embracing this diplomatic achievement.

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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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ISIS: Then and Now

Origins and Future of ISIS

 Note: Prof. Elaine Hagopian’s talk on Dec. 10 at a UJP sponsored program covered the historical origins of the conflicts in the Middle East, and also much information on ISIS, which is presented here in summary.

View video at youtube.com/watch?v=MQsVBH4BkJ4

 ISIS developed out of Al-Qaeda in Iraq and is therefore one consequence of the US invasion and occupation starting in 2003.  Local Sunni tribes cooperated with the US during the “surge” or “Arab awakening” in 2007 fighting Al-Qaeda.   They expected to be rewarded by being part of the Iraqi government.  However, the Shia regime under Maliki pursued sectarian policies and imprisoned and killed Sunni leaders.   Al-Qaeda in Iraq was able to regroup and recruit Sunni support, and rebranded as  ISIS.  It grew into a decentralized but well organized group, with money from Saudis and captured US weapons including tanks.   

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UJP Active in Palestine Support Work

 Palestine support work UJP is doing:

 

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Dialogue, not violence at home and abroad

  
letter by Duncan McFarland, published in Newton Tab, January 14, 2015
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UJP endorses immigrant rights campaigns

UJP endorses immigrant rights campaigns such as Not 1 More Deportation and Mass Trust Act
 
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Stand in Solidarity with the People of Ferguson

We share this important message from United for Peace & Justice with which we are in full accord. USLAW is affiliated with UFPJ.

STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF FERGUSON

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Peace Activists Join Huge People's Climate March

Youth filled the streets at People's Climate March
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