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Pres. Obama celebrated May 25th as the"...the first Memorial Day in 14 years that the US is not engaged in a major ground war..." (my emphasis).
Free! Sister Megan Rice, Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed have been released from prison for their Transform Now Plowshares action on July 28, 2012.
I've used up some personal time this week to join the folks gathered down at Moakley Federal Courthouse in the morning to protest the death penalty as the trial enters its final stage.
This is my soap box speech from the Park Street demo, Sat. Feb. 21. Thankfully it was not so cold as it is today!
The global situation is careening out of control
Every country the U.S. and/or NATO have bombed is in a state of chaos: Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, and Afghanistan. US warmongers are not satisfied with all that chaos, they are sparring with Russia over the Ukraine – playing a very dangerous game with a nuclear armed power
Mobilize for a Nuclear Free, Just, Sustainable World Instead! (We've done it before and can do it again)
On January 22, 2015 the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the hands of the doomsday clock two minutes closer to midnight.
"This is about doomsday; this is about the end of civilization as we know it," said bulletin executive director Kennette Benedict. "The probability of global catastrophe is very high, and the actions needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon," she said.
Today the doomsday clock was moved forward to three minutes to midnight. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said in a statement today: "World leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe. These failures of leadership endanger every person on earth."
Last night members of Arlington United for Justice with Peace went to see the timely movie Selma that just opened at our hometown movie theater, The Capitol.
The actors give rather understated performances in a slow-paced film punctuated by violence. The bombing of the Birmingham church is set squarely at the beginning and although I knew what was coming I jumped at the horror of it: Cynthia Wesley, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair.
After decades of protest, radioactive tritium leaks, a collapsed cooling tower and about 3000 spent fuel rods "temporarily" stored on the roof in spent fuel pools, Vermont Yankee powered down on December 29.
Vermont Yankee was one of the GE Mark I reactors - the same design as the three Fukushima reactors that melted down in the 2011 earthquake disaster in Japan.
A true people's victory has been won by New York anti-fracking activists!
According to Wenonah Hauter, the executive director of Food & Water Watch, in a Common Dreams post, despite a sense that fracking was "inevitable" in New York state, several organizations worked together with a goal of banning fracking.
The infamous Kinder Morgan company that wants to build a new pipeline from New York state to Dracut through woods, orchards, communities, and wetlands in Massachusetts has revised its route.
In a Boston Globe front page story dated 12/6/14, that begins, “Stung by intense local opposition…” -- one could almost think that a people’s victory was at hand!
Marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Boston-area activists initiated a new Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions project at RE/MAX real estate agency.
Posted at Truthout, under "Speakout" on July 26, 2014
Humanity is at a crossroads, faced with dual threats. One is the growing climate crisis and the other is the ever-present, albeit submerged threat of nuclear annihilation that has been part of daily reality since 1945. Each threatens all life on Planet Earth.
On July 30, 2014 from 11 AM to 1 PM, there will be a rally at the State House in Boston to welcome and join the “rolling marchers” who are walking to protest a proposed pipeline of fracked gas running through their communities.
This is a proposed high-pressure gas pipeline to run from New York, to Richmond in Berkshire County and through to Dracut, north of Boston.
Two conference calls by United for Peace and Justice were held to update peace activists on the situation in Iraq. About 100 activists across the country were on the first call June 18 and about 50 on July 8.
United for Peace and Justice still exists as a national network (no paid staff)