Hands Up Don't Shoot: Systemic Racism in the Criminal "Justice" System

When: Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 7:30 pm
Where: Northeastern University School of Law • 65 Forsyth St • Dockser Hall, Room 240 • Boston
2015 Apr 15 - 7:30pm

SYSTEMIC RACISM IN THE CRIMINAL “JUSTICE” SYSTEM

AND HOW TO COMBAT IT

Dr Khalilah Brown DeanDR. KHALILAH BROWN DEAN  is Associate Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University.  Her research focuses on the political dynamics of the American criminal justice system and the issue of voter rights. She has a book coming out titled “Once Convicted, Forever Doomed: Race Punishment, and Governance.”

Carlton Williams CARLTON WILLIAMS, ESQ is a staff attorney for the ACLU of Massachusetts since 2013.  He is a member of the National Lawyers GHuild and has served on its Massachusetts Board. A longtime resident of Roxbury, he has been an activist and organizer on issues of war, immigrants' rights, LGBT rights, racial justice and Palestinian self-determination. He is a member of the recently formed Member Boston Coalition for Police Accountability.

 

PANELIST FROM BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT

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Tax Day: A Time to Speak up for our Values

When: Saturday, April 11, 2015, 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Old South Church and Apple Store • Boylston & Dartmouth Streets • Copley T • Boston
2015 Apr 11 - 12:30pm
2015 Apr 11 - 4:00pm

This year, Republicans control both houses of Congress. They are sharpening their knives to cut vital programs the country needs. At the same time, both Congress and the President are calling for increasing the Pentagon budget, going to war and spending billions to upgrade our vast nuclear weapons capability.

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Rebuild our Urban Economy! Peace & Planet

When: Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: First Church in Cambridge • 11 Garden St, Choir Room • Harvard T • Cambridge
2015 Apr 7 - 7:00pm
2015 Apr 7 - 9:00pm

Transfer Hundreds of Billions of our Tax Dollars from Dangerous Nuclear Weapons  to Productive Investment in Housing, Healthcare, Education, Public Transit and Infrastructure!

Please join us for a talk by Jonathan King, professor of Biology at MIT and also chair of the Mass Peace Action nuclear abolition working group.

Achieving nuclear disarmament requires Congressional action. This will not happen until many millions of Americans make the issue part of their political agenda. Millions of Americans are already fighting for affordable housing, accessible healthcare, quality education and reliable public transit. They are blocked by the lack of the needed level of federal investment.

Historically most of the major advances in the US economy were driven by major federal investments – the interstate highway system, major public and regional  transit systems, public housing, biomedical research, computers and telecommunications. These federal investments have been seriously cut over the past 25 years, and also discredited in the eyes of some elected officials. We have to rebuild support for increasing investment in the civilian economy, by making clear to Americans:

1. The largest sector of the federal budget is going toward weapons development and foreign wars;
2. These are our tax dollars;
3. The inability to have the housing, health care, education and transit we deserve reflects this aberrant budget choice;
4. Cutting the military expenditures and transferring to human needs, job creation, and infrastructure upgrades would improve the quality of life for tens of millions of Americans and their children, and
5. Increase national security.

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Iyad Burnat - Non-Violent Resistance in Palestine

When: Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Forum • 3 Church Street, Harvard Square • First Parish (Unitarian Universalist) • Cambridge
2015 Apr 1 - 7:00pm
2015 Apr 1 - 9:00pm

Iyad Burnat, born in 1973 in Bil`in, Palestine, heads the Bil'in Popular Committee. Since 2005, citizens of Bil'in, joined by Israeli and international peace activists, have held weekly non-violent demonstrations against the Israeli separation wall and the encroachment of illegal settlements. The protesters have maintained a commitment to non-violent resistance in the face of armed military opposition. The demonstrations are the subject of the 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary film 5 Broken Cameras, which was made by Iyad's brother, Emad Burnat. Burnat discusses strategies for non-violent popular resistance with social justice activist Trina Jackson. What inspires him to continue his non-violent resistance? How has he brought potential adversaries to share his goal of peace and prosperity for all people?

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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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Crosscurrents

This article first appeared on TeleSUR.  

Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence (www.vcnv.org) is in federal prison for participation in an anti-drone protest. She can receive mail at: KATHY KELLY 04971-045; FMC LEXINGTON; FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTER; SATELLITE CAMP; P.O. BOX 14525; LEXINGTON, KY 40512.  

March 15, 2015 

By the time I leave Kentucky's federal prison center, where I'm an inmate with a 3 month sentence, the world's 12th-largest city may be without water. Estimates put the water reserve of Sao Paulo, a city of 20 million people, at sixty days. Sporadic outages have already begun, the wealthy are pooling money to receive water in tankers, and government officials are heard discussing weekly five-day shutoffs of the water supply, and the possibility of warning residents to flee. 

This past year United States people watched stunned as water was cut off, household by household, to struggling people in Detroit, less due to any total water shortage than to a drying up of any political power accessible to the poor in an increasingly undemocratic nation. A local privatization scheme left the city water department underfunded, while dictatorial "emergency management" imposed by the state chose to place the burden of repaying a corrupt government's bad debt on Detroit's most impoverished people. U.S. people were forced to remember the guarantee offered by the 
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, entered into as a treaty obligation by world nations after WWII, that access to water is an inalienable human right. All over the world, water scarcity is becoming a dire threat to the possibility of, as Prof. Noam Chomsky phrases it, decent human survival. 

Faced with such news, it is perhaps odd that I think of Professor Yang Yoon Mo, a South Korean activist I have met who, far from any area of drought, has fought instead, and with beautiful and irrepressible courage, to save a small lush rocky outcropping ringed by ocean, and with it both the shoreline, and the hopes for a peaceful future, of his home village. 

Professor Yang Yoon Mo

Professor Yang Yoon Mo

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