21st Century Warfare: Pentagon Strategy and Activist Response

When: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 7:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Friends Meeting • 5 Longfellow Park (off Brattle St) • Harvard T • Cambridge
2015 Mar 4 - 7:00pm

European Space War Subrata Ghoshroy, research affiliate at MIT

Judy Bello, NY State Coalition to Ground the Drones

The Pentagon has a new strategy for 21st century warfare: overwhelm the enemy with high tech, "intelligent" forces.  Full Spectrum Dominance will utilize drones, space weapons and cyber attacks.  Covert operations are favored, invading with large armies is a thing of the past.  The antiwar movement needs a new response, activists opposing killer-drones have led the way.

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Fr. Bryan Hehir: Faith Perspectives on the Morality of Nuclear Weapons

When: Monday, March 9, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Harvard University, Barker Center, Room 133 • 12 Quincy St • Harvard T • Cambridge
2015 Mar 9 - 7:00pm
2015 Mar 9 - 9:00pm

Please join Peace & Planet on March 9 in Cambridge to hear the distinguished scholar Fr. Bryan Hehir present a Catholic approach to nuclear disarmament.

The occasion will be an organizing meeting for the Peace & Planet Mobilization for a Nuclear Free, Just, and Sustainable World in New York City, April 26, 2015.

The U.S. plans to spend $1 trillion on its nuclear weapons over the next 30 years, but we are told we don't have $3 billion to fix the MBTA.

Hehir is Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at the Harvard Kennedy School and Secretary for Health Care and Social Services in the Archdiocese of Boston. He was executive director of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops when the conference wrote its pastoral letters calling for nuclear disarmament, and was dean of the Harvard Divinity School.  Please invite your contacts in faith communities to this lecture which is sure to be a rewarding event!   Read a recent article.

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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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Dialogue, not violence at home and abroad

letter by Duncan McFarland, published in Newton Tab, January 14, 2015

The new year is a time to renew our hopes for peace and justice and reflect on 2014 -- including the violence both at home and abroad in the last few months. Grand juries exonerated police in the terrible killings of young black men, generating shock, protests and recognition of persistent racism. Another young person's anger overcame his sanity, resulting in the cold-blooded shootings of two police in Brooklyn. Why are guns so readily used and available in a culture of violence?

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Jeju Island: The Wind is Blowing. Film and Discussion

When: Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Friends Meeting House • 5 Longfellow Place • Cambridge
2015 Mar 18 - 7:00pm
2015 Mar 18 - 9:00pm

JeJu Island: South Korean activists to speak and show film "Gureombi -- The Wind is Blowing" on struggle to oppose US militarism

Two young Koreans active in the campaign to stop the construction of the  huge new naval base are touring to provide information and build support.  The new base will serve both South Korean and US warships such as guided missile destroyers and aircraft carriers. The base is key element of the "pivot" strategy to expand US military presence in Asia/Pacific.  A principal US goal is to contain rising Chinese power.  Construction is also damaging a pristine marine environment.  Korean peace, environmental and religious activists have built a major grassroots campaign and seek international support.

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St. Patrick’s Peace Parade: Don't Miss It!

When: Sunday, March 15, 2015, 11:00 am to 3:30 pm
Where: D Street & West Broadway • Look for white "Vets for Peace" Flags • South Boston
2015 Mar 15 - 11:00am
2015 Mar 15 - 3:30pm

People's Parade for Peace, Equality, Jobs, Environmental Stewardship, Social & Economic Justice

Unite, Participate, Celebrate

New Start Time! Assemble: 11am. Parade start: 12 noon

Sign Up to Attend - to Register your Organization - to Volunteer - or to ask a Question!

There are several DIVISIONS marching in the parade, as well as two marching bands, Duck Boats, bagpipers, and the Bread and Puppet Theater.. The DIVISIONS are: Veterans groups; Peace groups; LGBT groups; Faith groups; environmental groups; social and economic justice groups; labor groups; political groups. Please invite your group(s) to come! Contact: Veterans for Peace, Pat Scanlon, info@massvfp.org, 978-475-1776; Massachusetts Peace Action, Cole Harrison, info@masspeaceaction.org, 617-354-2169; faith groups contact Lara Hoke, minister@uuandover.org.

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Please join us for our Fifth Annual Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade, the Alternative People’s Parade for Peace, Equality, Jobs, Environmental Stewardship, Social and Economic Justice.

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Against a Major New US War in the Middle East: UJP Statement

  • No US military intervention or bombing of Syria and Iraq!
  • Bring all the troops home
  • No arms or training to parties to the conflict
  • Support a political solution including all concerned parties and governments based on self- determination of the people
  • Support genuine and neutral humanitarian aid such as UN efforts endorsed by the entire Security Council; oppose false aid used as a cover for military intervention

Here we go again -- has the US government learned nothing from the disastrous Iraq war? The brutal US intervention and occupation of Iraq destroyed Iraqi society and is the principal cause leading to the current violence and chaos. Why would anyone think that another US intervention would be anything but another disaster?

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