UNAC Conference, Secaucus, NJ, May 8-10, 2015

When: Friday, May 8, 2015, 8:00 am to Sunday, May 10, 2015, 9:00 pm
Where: Empire Meadows (Clarion) Hotel • Seacaucus
2015 May 8 - 8:00am
2015 May 10 - 9:00pm

 

This historic conference, sponsored by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), brings together antiwar and social justice activists to challenge U..S. imperial wars abroad and poverty, racism and repression here at home.

 It’s time for a massive, united and independent response!

 STOP THE WARS AT HOME & ABROAD

Friday, May 8 – Sunday, May 10
Empire Meadows (Clarion) Hotel, Secaucus, NJ (30 min. from NYC)

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Stand Out Against Drones: No Killer Drones! No Spy Drones

When: Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: M.I.T. • 77 Massachusetts Avenue • Main Entrance • Cambridge
2015 May 6 - 12:00pm
2015 May 6 - 2:00pm

U.S. drones have killed thousands of innocent people - most recently two hostages, one American and one Italian, both aid workers in the middle east.

We will read the names of victims and protest MIT's connections to the weapons industries and the kind of research that develops these terrible weapons.

 

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Seeger Song Night

When: Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Calvary United Methodist Church • 300 Mass. Ave. • Enter on Linwood Street • Arlington
2015 May 9 - 7:00pm
2015 May 9 - 10:00pm

Back by popular demand!  

Chris Nauman and Kenny Selcer lead a Seeger Song Night with friends Liz Buchanan and Gordon MacFarland, Chris and Quinn Eastburn, Gail Rundlett Finnie, Anne Sandstrom and John Loretz, and J.B. Sweeney with Jackie Damsky.  Join us for this great event!

Doors open at 7 pm, $10.00 requested donation 

Fundraiser for ongoing peace and justice work - for United for Justice with Peace (Boston area), United for Peace and Justice (national network) and others.  

 

Calvary United Methodist Church is not affiliated with Arlington United for Justice with Peace.

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Immigrant Rights Campaign Launch

When: Thursday, May 7, 2015, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Massachusetts State House • 28 William Street • Boston
2015 May 7 - 11:00am
2015 May 7 - 12:00pm

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

YES WE CAN! Come to the public action to launch the campaigns.

 

Thursday, May 7, 11:00 am, in front of the MA State House.

 

For more information please contact: Patricia Montes, Centro Presente/MA Trust Act Coalition.  617 959 3108 pmontes@cpresente.org, or Thalita Dias: MIRA/Safe Driving Coalition, tdias@miracoalition.org

 

 

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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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ISIS: Then and Now

Origins and Future of ISIS

 Note: Prof. Elaine Hagopian’s talk on Dec. 10 at a UJP sponsored program covered the historical origins of the conflicts in the Middle East, and also much information on ISIS, which is presented here in summary.

View video at youtube.com/watch?v=MQsVBH4BkJ4

 ISIS developed out of Al-Qaeda in Iraq and is therefore one consequence of the US invasion and occupation starting in 2003.  Local Sunni tribes cooperated with the US during the “surge” or “Arab awakening” in 2007 fighting Al-Qaeda.   They expected to be rewarded by being part of the Iraqi government.  However, the Shia regime under Maliki pursued sectarian policies and imprisoned and killed Sunni leaders.   Al-Qaeda in Iraq was able to regroup and recruit Sunni support, and rebranded as  ISIS.  It grew into a decentralized but well organized group, with money from Saudis and captured US weapons including tanks.   

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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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