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Syria and the Peace Movement

Thea PanethOn Sunday, June 30, Phyllis Bennis of Institute for Policy Studies and Michael McPhearson of United for Peace and Justice met with Boston area peace activists to discuss the situation in Syria and what we can do.  

Phyllis Bennis began by saying she had come to Boston to attend the memorial for Charley Richardson, co-founder of Military Families Speak Out, the previous afternoon. She felt he would be glad that the very next day, peace activists from the Boston area were having a strategy session on the escalating situation in Syria.

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Nonviolence Training Weekend - Report

Led by Cathy Hoffman and Ken Butigan, a weekend nonviolence training session was held in Cambridge for Campaign Nonviolence (http://paceebene.org/campaign-nonviolence).

The training brought local peace activists together with folks from Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Worcester and Dighton, MA and one stalwart life-long activist from Baltimore, Maryland.

The weekend began with good coffee and an overview of the Campaign Nonviolence which invites people everywhere to: Practice active nonviolence toward themselves, all others and the world; Join in building a culture of active nonviolence; and Take nonviolent action connecting the dots between peace, economic justice and the environment.

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Report on Venezuela with Reverend Mike Clark

Rev. Mike Clark

April 27

Arlington United for Justice with Peace meeting

Rev. Mike Clark sat down with members of Arlington UJP on the evening of April 27 to educate our group about current events in Venezuela.

He has traveled to Venezuela seven times during the past 10 years, most recently from March 3-10 on the first anniversary of the death of former President Hugo Chavez, with the Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas. Rev. Clark’s trip was a fact-finding mission to see what is happening in Venezuela first-hand and to bring that information back to groups like Arlington UJP who maintain an active interest and concern about U.S. foreign policy.

The death of Chavez, and the election of Nicolas Maduro by a 1½% victory margin over Enrique Capriles provided an opening for the middle class and wealthy who supported the attempted 2002 coup d’etat to reignite their challenge to the elected government.

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