Eyewitness Gaza: Life After the 2014 Israeli Invasion

When: Friday, May 22, 2015, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Friends Meeting in Cambridge • 5 Longfellow Park, Brattle Street • near Harvard Square T • Cambridge
2015 May 22 - 7:30pm
2015 May 22 - 9:30pm

Alice Rothchild and Bill Slaughter visited the Gaza Strip in March 2015 with a medical delegation. They will share images and impressions of the devastation and extraordinary resilience that they encountered and the ongoing siege conditions.

Alice Rothchild, Physician, activist, filmmaker, author of Broken Promises, Broken Dreams and On the Brink, documentary film, Voices Across the Divide

Bill Slaughter, Physician and activist who works with the Greater Boston Muslim Health Initiative, President, Gaza Mental Health Foundation

Sponsored by the Peace & Social Concerns Committee of Friends Meeting at Cambridge, Gaza Mental Health Foundation, Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights, Jewish Voice for Peace - Boston, United for Justice with Peace

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Memorial Day for Peace

When: Monday, May 25, 2015, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Christopher Columbus Park • Atlantic Ave & Richmond St • Aquarium T • Boston
2015 May 25 - 1:00pm
2015 May 25 - 4:00pm

Smedley D. Butler Brigade of Veterans for Peace invites all to join us in remembering. This Memorial day we will be recalling the 70th anniversary of V-E, and the 40th anniversary of the end of Vietnam. Poets and speakers will help us remember. 

We will also recall names of fallen, and ceremoniously drop carnations into the sea with a toll of the bell.


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Immigrant Rights Campaign Launch

When: Thursday, May 7, 2015, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Massachusetts State House • 24 Beacon St • Park St T • Boston
2015 May 7 - 11:00am
2015 May 7 - 12:00pm

The Struggle Continues! La Lucha Sigue!

The MA Safe Driving Coalition and MA Trust Act Coalition unite
to advocate for better public policies in our state.

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Ukraine Crisis: Origins of Conflict and Prospects for Peace

When: Sunday, June 7, 2015, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: House Party • -- • Newtonville
2015 Jun 7 - 6:00pm
2015 Jun 7 - 9:00pm

Ukraine Crisis: Origins of Conflict and Prospects for Peace

Date: June 7, 6 for potluck, 7pm for Ukraine discussion

Place: house party, Newtonville. RSVP required: contact Jane at janerbrown@AOL.com

The situation in eastern Ukraine is tragic and dangerous, with suffering and casualties for the people and the potential for US/NATO confrontation with Russia. Understanding the crisis requires knowledge of history and geopolitical strategic relationships.

Paul Christensen, political scientist at Boston College, will describe post Soviet history of Russia and Ukraine and how US interventions contributed to the rise of Putin. He will look at US policy including sanctions, and possible solutions such as confederation or autonomy. Discussion will follow.

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People's History Teach in on Vietnam War - Report by Duncan McFarland and Thea Paneth

A teach-in on the history of the Vietnam War, with a focus on resistance, was held on March 28, 2015 at MIT. The program was organized by United for Justice with Peace, the eastern Massachusetts coalition formed after 9/11 and hosted by MIT's Technology and Culture Forum.

Veterans For Peace put out a national call for programs to accurately reflect the events of the period in response to a major Pentagon effort to officially rewrite history and sanitize that war as a propaganda campaign to justify current wars.

This year is a commemorative year, the 50th anniversary of the first antiwar teach-in at the University of Michigan and the 40th anniversary of the end of the war in 1975.

Doug Rawlings, one of the six co-founders of Veterans For Peace started the day with a moving poem, Walking the Wall: “if your nightmares wait for the night, you are a survivor.”

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Water is a Human Right!

WATER IS A HUMAN RIGHT! Was shouted over and over as a walking picket marched in front of the offices of Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.  

But Israel uses water as a tool of political oppression and dispossession:

• Israel appropriates Palestinian water resources for its own residents. Illegal West
Bank settlements fill their swimming pools while water taps in Palestinian villages and
refugee camps run dry for months at a time.

• Israel has destroyed Palestinian wells, cisterns and irrigation and sewage systems and
prevented Palestinians from drilling new wells and irrigating their land.

• Tens of thousands of Palestinians do not have access to piped water and must pay up
to half their income to buy back their own water from tanker trucks.

What does this have to do with Massachusetts?

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