Ukraine Crisis: Origins of Conflict and Prospects for Peace

When: Sunday, June 7, 2015, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: House Party • -- • Newtonville
2015 Jun 7 - 6:00pm
2015 Jun 7 - 9:00pm

Ukraine Crisis: Origins of Conflict and Prospects for Peace

Date: June 7, 6 for potluck, 7pm for Ukraine discussion

Place: house party, Newtonville. RSVP required: contact Jane at

The situation in eastern Ukraine is tragic and dangerous, with suffering and casualties for the people and the potential for US/NATO confrontation with Russia. Understanding the crisis requires knowledge of history and geopolitical strategic relationships.

Paul Christensen, political scientist at Boston College, will describe post Soviet history of Russia and Ukraine and how US interventions contributed to the rise of Putin. He will look at US policy including sanctions, and possible solutions such as confederation or autonomy. Discussion will follow.

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RESCHEDULED - Due to health reasons - Listen, Yankee! Why Cuba Matters with Tom Hayden

When: Friday, May 29, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: First Church of Jamaica Plain, UU • 6 Eliot St. • Jamaica Plain
2015 May 29 - 7:00pm
2015 May 29 - 9:30pm

** Tom Hayden's talk has been postponed due to health issues **

The JP Forum welcomes Tom Hayden - one of America's best-known voices of political and social activism - for a book talk.

Based on unprecedented access to both Cuban and American officials, "Listen, Yankee!: Why Cuba Matters" offers fresh insight into one of history’s most enigmatic relationships between nations. His was one of the few voices that predicted the release of the Cuban 5 and the move to reestablish diplomatic relations.

Tom writes both as an observer of Cuba and as a US revolutionary student leader telling his own story, someone whose efforts to mobilize political change in the US mirrored the radical transformation simultaneously going on in Cuba.

A book signing and reception will follow the discussion.

Co-sponsored by the International Committee for a Just Policy towards Cuba

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Watertown Citizens: Annual Meeting & Potluck Dinner

When: Sunday, June 7, 2015, 5:30 pm
Where: The Apartments at Coolidge School • 319 Arlington St • Auditorium • Watertown
2015 Jun 7 - 5:30pm

Please join us for Watertown Citizens' Annual Meeting

5:30 PM - Potluck Dinner and Meeting
6:45 PM - Program:
The State of the Environmental Movement in Massachusetts: Information, Education, Advocacy. 

Our guest speaker is Watertown resident, George Bachrach, President of the Environmental League of Massachusetts where he oversees the organization's environmental advocacy, its commitment to strengthening the voice of concerned citizens, and its collaboration with leaders in business and government to ensure that laws are properly implemented and enforced. He is a former State legislator and candidate for the US Congress.

Free and Open to the Public. Bring a dish for the Potluck!


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Harvard Graduation Day Demonstration for Palestinian Rights

When: Thursday, May 28, 2015, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Holyoke Center • Mass. Ave. in Harvard Square • Cambridge
2015 May 28 - 4:00pm
2015 May 28 - 6:00pm

People from all around the US and world attend the graduation. 

We will ask them to oppose Israel’s accelerated settlement drive and demand freedom for Palestinians.

Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights 

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Immigrant Rights Campaign Launch

When: Thursday, May 7, 2015, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Massachusetts State House • 24 Beacon St • Park St T • Boston
2015 May 7 - 11:00am
2015 May 7 - 12:00pm

The Struggle Continues! La Lucha Sigue!

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

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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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