Pivoting for Peace in Asia/Pacific
CHALLENGING US MILITARISM AND CORPORATE DOMINANCE
Hideki Yoshikawa, environmental campaigner; leader of the Okinawa movement against U.S. military bases; professor at Univ. of the Ryukyus and at Meio Univ.
The Pivot: Motivations, Dimensions, Impacts, Possible Consequences
Joseph Gerson, AFSC: Overview
Duncan McFarland, UJP: Chinese foreign & military policies
Alex Brown, Pres., IUE-CWA Local 201:Trans Pacific Partnership
Introductions: The Most Dangerous Hot Spots
Hyun Lee, Nodutdol for Korean Community Development:Northeast Asia
Yuichi Moroi,Temple University:Senkaku/Diaoyu; Japan-China-US
Impacts of the Pivot at Home: Building a Movement
Bruce Gagnon, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space: Solidarity
Mike Prokosch, New Priorities Network, Dorchester People for Peace: Move the Money, Costs of the Pivot
Speaker from Asian American Resource Workshop: The View from Asian American Communities
This April President Obama will return to Asia and the Pacific to press military, economic and diplomatic “Pivot” from Iraq and Afghanistan to Asia and the Pacific. The goal: to “manage China’s rise” in ways that ensure continued U.S. dominance. 60% of the Air Force and 60% of the Navy are being deployed to the region. Military alliances are being deepened, new military bases built, and hundreds of billions dollars diverted to deploy dangerous advanced weaponry. And the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is being negotiated in secret.
Little known to most Americans, though most don’t realize it, we’ve come to the brink of war – potentially nuclear war – twice in the last two years, first during tensions with North Korea and then over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. Our hundreds of military bases have devastating impacts on people in “host” communities. And TPP will cost us jobs, worsen working conditions and assault the environment, all to increase U.S. economic leverage over China and further maximize corporate profits and power.
The all day conference will bring us up to date on what is happening in Asia/Pacific, how it will affect us here at home, and what we can do. Join us as we build our ability to pivot for peace, instead of for war.
Sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, Massachusetts Peace Action, United for Justice with Peace, Asian American Resource Workshop, and MoveOn.org Boston Council
Registration $10; with lunch $20. Donations to the event beyond the cost of registration and lunch are tax-deductible. They are needed to meet the travel costs for our speakers.
Register: http://pivoting-for-peace.bpt.me or call 800-838-3006
Info: JSherysr@afsc.org phone: (617) 661-6130
Schedule: masspeaceaction.org/4978Filed under:
Activists and organizers from around the Commonwealth convened in Boston Saturday for a Tax Day rally and forum in support of the Budget for All.
The theme of the day was, “We pay our taxes. Are we getting what we need?”
The day featured a broad array of speakers from political, social, and faith-based groups that each highlighted the inequities inherent in a tax code rigged to favor the privileged and the powerful and the consequences of an American budget increasingly being pushed to favor militarism and devalue social and societal needs.
Protesters began the day outside Bank of America, denouncing it for paying no federal taxes in 2013, a practice made possible by loopholes carved out in tax law for companies like Bank of America, General Electric, and Exxon Mobil, which are among the largest and most profitable companies in the world. The crowd was vibrant and with banners and posters flying high drew the attention of hundreds of passersby and elicited more than a few honks and waves from members of the public.
In the afternoon, the group marched to a nearby church and held a forum to hear from community and political leaders about how we got to this point and what we can do about it. Speakers ranged from Senator Elizabeth Warren (by video) to Grace Ross from the National Alliance of HUD Tenants to the venerable civil rights activist and former state representative Mel King to freshman Congresswoman Katherine Clark. A framework for action included a diverse set of initiatives, including immediate measures like collecting signatures for the Raise Up Massachusetts minimum wage and earned sick time ballot initiatives, as championed by Harris Gruman of the SEIU State Council, to medium-term measures like lobbying the six Massachusetts congressmen who voted NO to the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Better Off Budget last week, as championed by Michael Kane, to more long-term initiatives like proposals to wipe out childhood poverty in Massachusetts, as championed by gubernatorial candidate Don Berwick.
The day ended with thanks from the organizers, and the crowd disbursed with a renewed vision for the future of our society and an enriched understanding of the trickle-down consequences of a budget that favors the few.
Video highlights of the forum:
Also see the video greetings by Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Rep. Barney Frank to the Budget for All forum.
Testimony presented at State House Hearing on the Drone Privacy Act, March 5, 2014
I am Susan McLucas and I’m a member of the Eastern Massachusetts Anti-Drones Network. We support the Drone Privacy Act.
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.
Join Jewish Voice for Peace-Boston and the American Friends Service Committee in support of the boycott of SodaStream, a home beverage-carbonation machine manufactured in the illegal Israeli settlement of Mishor Adumim, built on stolen Palestinian land in the West Bank. Local retailer TAGS hardware "actively participate[s] in many projects to benefit our local community as well as global concerns," and in accordance with those values, we ask them to remove SodaStream from their shelves. We will encourage customers to join the boycott, and instead purchase alternatives to SodaStream available at TAGS. Flyers and signs will be provided.Filed under: