Submitted by David Klafter on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 3:40pm.
Today Bradley Manning’s court martial opened at Fort Mead, MD. He has been charged with “aiding the enemy” and is facing life in a military prison. Manning’s real crime - exposing the war crimes committed by our government, in our name.
Daniel Ellsberg, whose couragous release to the press of the “Pentagon Papers” helped speed the close of the Viet Nam War, had this to say about Bradley:
Submitted by dmcfarland on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 10:18am.
by Duncan McFarland, UJP planning group
" Boston Marathon Bombings: Impact and Response" was the title of a well attended forum at the Cambridge Friends Center on May 20. The program presented views and discussion on the bombings not provided by mainstream media to help form the peace and justice community response. Speakers included Joseph Gerson from American Friends Service Committee, and a resident of Watertown; Cyrus McGoldrick, Muslim activist and chaplain at Manhattan College; Hillary Farber, board member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild; and Cole Harrison, Budget for All activist and executive director of Massachusetts Peace Action.
Submitted by ujpadmin1 on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 8:51am.
When: Wednesday, July 10, 2013, 10:00 am
Where: State House • 24 Beacon St - Room A2 • Park St T • Boston
2013 Jul 10 - 10:00am
Rally 10am – State House Steps
Hearing 11am - room A2
With widespread support among voters across the state, the Massachusetts House and Senate will hold hearings on the Budget for All resolutions, S.1750 and H.3211. Make sure our State Legislature tells Congress to:
Prevent cuts to vital programs that help all of our families: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans benefits and housing, food and unemployment assistance.
Create and protect jobs in fields like manufacturing, education, transportation, and other public services.
End corporate tax breaks, loopholes and offshore tax havens, so that wealthy individuals and corporations pay their fair share!
Redirect Pentagon spending to meet human needs. The US war budget is greater than the military spending of the next 10 largest military powers combined. While over half of the country’s discretionary budget is being spent to prepare for war, millions of veterans and civilians are unable to get their basic needs met.
About 250 activists took part in an Anti-Drone Protest, outside the NY Air National Guard Base on East Malloy Road on Sunday April 28, 2013. The protest started in front of the Thompson Road entrance to the base. After several speeches, the protestors marched down East Malloy Road to the base’s main entrance, where 30 were arrested by Onondaga County Sheriff’s Deputies. Sundays’ rally was part of the three-day weekend event ‘Resisting Drones, Global War and Empire: A Convergence to Action’. Video by Stephen D. Cannerelli |
Syracuse, N.Y. – About 30 people were arrested outside the Hancock Field Air National Guard Base this afternoon during a protest against the use of unmanned aerial drones.
The arrests came at the end of a series of workshops and rallies held in Syracuse this weekend and organized by the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars.
Today’s rally attracted more than 250 people who gathered on the grounds of OCM BOCES on Thompson Road, then marched in a funeral like process to the gates of the base, home to the 174th Attack Wing of the New York Air National Guard. The unit operates unmanned, armed drones thousands of miles away. The drones are used for intelligence gathering and bombing ground targets.
Submitted by dmcfarland on Sun, 06/16/2013 - 8:44pm.
Jeremy Scahill's documentary film "Dirty Wars" is an excellent expose of JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command), the expanding, menacing, mostly secret assassination unit that reports only to the President. We hear of kill lists, night raids, kill campaigns, unnamed targets. But the questions remains -- what to do about it?
An anonymous informant in the film describes the US engagement against the perceived global terrorism threat: "The whole world is a battlefield and we are at war everywhere." While perhaps a slight exaggeration -- the specified numbers are dozens or hundreds of simultaneous covert operations in 40-75 countries -- Scahill himself at one point sees so many different tentacles of JSOC activity he isn't sure how to chose which one to pursue in his investigation. How then does the peace and justice/antiwar movement respond?
Once concentrated on opposing the war on Iraq and able to organize huge street protests, the peace movement now is faced with an imperial war strategy that conducts multiple smaller, far flung operations at the same time. The operations, furthermore, are mostly so hidden and shadowy that neither the conventional US military nor Congress knows much about them, much less the American public. And the new covert strategy is even bigger than described by Scahill, because it includes scarcely publicized economic sanctions (such as against Iran) and cyberwar, attacking computer and IT systems.
Submitted by rozziecole on Fri, 03/29/2013 - 2:50pm.
With the Iraq war fading into memory even as the country still simmers, the U.S. peace movement faces the need to reframe its message.
We have spent the last 10 years resisting the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – tragedies that have not only devastated those two countries and taken tens of thousands of lives, but have left thousands of returning veterans with lifelong disabilities and taken a huge toll on our national economy.
We’ve exposed nuclear weapons’ threat to human survival, organized against sanctions and war on Iran and the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and built alliances with labor and community groups to cut the military budget.
Submitted by MassUniting on Sat, 05/11/2013 - 4:24pm.
As immigration reform debate intensifies in Washington, Boston-area marches converge for mass rally in celebration of International Workers’ Day
More than one thousand immigrant workers and community allies descended on Central Square in East Boston today in a massive call for improved wages, safer working conditions and comprehensive immigration reform. Under the shared banner of “Stop the attacks on working families!,” the unprecedented marches from Boston, Chelsea, Everett and Revere converged outside the East Boston Social Center in celebration of International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day.