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Massachusetts Safe Communities Act
SD.1596 and HD.3052
The Safe Communities Act would protect the civil rights of all state residents by making sure our tax dollars are not used to help the Trump administration deport immigrant families or to create a Muslim registry.
Talk and Discussion with Gareth Porter
Gareth Porter is an independent investigative journalist and historian and the winner of the 2012 Gellhorn Prize for journalism, named after the highly respected 20th century American foreign correspondent Martha Gellhorn. From 2004 until 2015, Porter covered U.S. military policy and intelligence operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and Syria as well as the drone wars in Pakistan and Yemen for Inter Press Service, Truthout, Consortium News, The Nation, Truthdig and Middle East Eye. He has also been published in Foreign Policy, the National Interest and other journals and websites. He has been interviewed frequently on al Jazeera English, RT, Democracy Now and the Real News Network.
Mr. Porter was Saigon bureau chief of Dispatch New Service International in 1971, and from 1974 through 1976, he was Co-Director of the Indochina Resource Center, an anti-war educational and lobbying organization in Washington, D.C. He received his PhD in Southeast Asian studies and international politics from Cornell University and taught international studies at City College of New York and American University.
He is the author of two books that present a new understanding of major episodes in U.S. foreign and military policy. Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam, published in 2005, documents the fact that the top national security officials had pressured on Kennedy and Johnson to go to war in Vietnam. Popular historian Andrew Bacevich called it "without a doubt, the most important contribution to the history of U.S. national security policy to appear in the past decade."
Reiner Braun has been a leading figure in the German and European peace movements since the early 1980s. His connections with movements and political figures from Manila to Moscow and Berlin to Buenos Aries is extraordinary. He is currently Co-president of the International Peace Bureau as was the lead organizer of IPB’s massive Disarm! For a Climate of Peace! Congress in Berlin this past October. He was the founder of the No to NATO/No to War International Network. He has long been associated with International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES), the Max Planck Institute and the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms.
Reiner is currently involved in planning activities for the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty negotiations at the United Nations in March and June, as well as counter-NATO-summit activities and for the NPT PrepCom in Vienna – both in May.
Reiner Braun is a highly informed, sharp and long-time critic of U.S., European and Russian foreign and military policies. He will be in Boston as part of a national speaking tour organized by the American Friends Service Committee and Peace Action, and United for Peace and Justice.
Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and its repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world -- except the United States. "The Occupation of the American Mind" takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the US.
Statement by United for Justice with Peace (Boston)
UJP calls on the peace and antiwar community to support both local and national protests of the Trump presidency during inauguration week and the women's rights march in January. We need to oppose racist appointments and many other actions and policies, and promote our alternative vision of peace and social justice.
The 2016 presidential campaign barely mentioned the wars abroad; both candidates had a pro-war stance disregarding considerable public skepticism about the wars. The massive war economy and war budget is a major contributor to the income inequality that fueled the anger and discontent of much of the electorate, both Democratic and Republican.