Peace & Planet: Mobilization for a Nuclear Free, Just and Sustainable World

When: Sunday, April 26, 2015, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Union Square North, march to UN • New York City
2015 Apr 26 - 1:00pm
2015 Apr 26 - 6:00pm

Peace & Planet
April 26, 2015

New York City

Interfaith convocation 11am, rally at Union Square 1pm, march to the United Nations, peace festival and presentation of petitions at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza – April 26. Bus departs 7:00 am at Alewife MBTA station and 7:20 at Riverside, returns same evening- reserve your bus ticket now.

• Global Peace Wave – April 26

• International peace, justice and environmental conference - Register hereApril 24 & 25

Sign the petition (to be presented at UN on April 26)!

YOU can make a difference!

The United States, U.K., Russia, China and France long ago signed onto a commitment to negotiate the elimination of their nuclear weapons, but after 44 years this group has yet to hold its first meeting.

April 27, 2015 is when the nations of the world meet at the UN to determine what — if anything — can be done to compel the U.S. and other nuclear weapons states to adhere to their commitments.

Between now and May, U.S. and international advocates urging the elimination of nuclear weapons by the U.S. and the other nuclear weapons states will be building a campaign of mass participation in events related to the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.

We call for an end to militarism and war, action to save the planet from climate catastrophe, and a focus on social justice.

Peace+Planet.logo.100A world free of the threat of nuclear devastation starts with elimination of the U.S. and other nuclear arsenals.

Will you help us make it happen by joining us in New York City to press the U.S. and other nuclear states to start negotiating?  Sign up today!

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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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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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UJP Recommits to the Struggle for Immigrant Rights

Vicky SteinitzBy Vicky Steinitz, UJP Cambridge

The UJP Planning Group has endorsed an immigrant rights campaign and seeks to strengthen ties with local  immigrant rights groups and the Mass Trust Act Coalition.   US foreign policy has generated the influx of immigrants, primarily from Latin America but increasingly from Africa and the Middle East. Proxy wars in places like El Salvador and Guatemala and  policies such as NAFTA created the conditions  that forced many to flee their countries. The detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants is a travesty that must be confronted by those of us who are committed to peace and justice.

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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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