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Pivot Toward War: US Missile Defense & the Weaponization of Space 25th Annual Space Organizing Conference & Protest

When: Friday, April 7, 2017, 1:00 pm to Sunday, April 9, 2017, 1:00 pm
Where: Springhill Suites • Huntsville
Join us for the Global Network’s 25th anniversary Space Organizing Conference and Protest at the home of Redstone Arsenal and the Space & Missile Defense Command, also known as the ‘Pentagon of the South’.

The effort by the Trump administration to develop and deploy the next generation of Star Wars weapons will increase global instability and cost hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars. The US Space Command has long maintained its mission is to create the technologies to ‘control and dominate’ space and the Earth below – ultimately on behalf of corporate interests.

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US Foreign Policy in the Trump Era: Dennis Kucinich

When: Friday, February 24, 2017, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: Harvard Kennedy School • 79 John F. Kennedy St • Cambridge

Join Dennis Kucinich on Friday, February 24 (6:00pm-7:30pm) for a discussion on “US Foreign Policy in the Trump Era” at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Kucinich is a renowned progressive advocate, eight-term US Congressman, two-time candidate in the Democratic Presidential Primary (2004/08), and staunch opponent of the Iraq War.

This event is hosted by the HKS Progressive Caucus (a student group at Harvard Kennedy School). Admission is free and all are welcome. If you can attend, please RSVP here: 
https://tinyurl.com/kucinichforeignpolicy

 
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Nukes, NATO, and Right-Wing Nationalism

When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 7:00 pm
Where: American Friends Service Committee • 2161 Massachusetts Ave • Cambridge

Donald Trump and Steve Bannon

Reiner Braun has been a leading figure in the German and European peace movements since the early 1980s.  His connections with movements and political figures from Manila to Moscow and Berlin to Buenos Aries is extraordinary. He is currently Co-president of the International Peace Bureau as was the lead organizer of IPB’s massive Disarm! For a Climate of Peace! Congress in Berlin this past October. He was the founder of the No to NATO/No to War International Network.  He has long been associated with International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES), the Max Planck Institute and the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms.

Reiner is currently involved in planning activities for the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty negotiations at the United Nations in March and June, as well as counter-NATO-summit activities and for the NPT PrepCom in Vienna – both in May.

Reiner Braun is a highly informed, sharp and long-time critic of U.S., European and Russian foreign and military policies. He will be in Boston as part of a national speaking tour organized by the American Friends Service Committee and Peace Action, and United for Peace and Justice.

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Nuclear Weapons, Race, and Justice in the Trump Era with Vincent Intondi

When: Thursday, February 16, 2017, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Boston Public Library (Commonwealth Salon) • 700 Boylston St • Boston

Please join the Union of Concerned Scientists for an important discussion with Dr.

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PBS documentary: American Umpire

When: Thursday, August 25, 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Newton Public Library • 330 Homer Street • Newton

Thurs Aug 25, 2016   7:00 PM  -  9:00 PM   
Screening and discussion of "American Umpire": 

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No to Nato! No to War! July 9 Rally in NYC

No to Nato! No to War: July 9 Rally in NYC

Message from United for Peace and Justice:  In response to rising tensions between the U.S. and its NATO allies and Russia, UFPJ has continued to advocate for an end to all combat, support for an arms embargo, nuclear disarmament, and a commitment to diplomacy and aid for the civilian victims of conflict around the globe.

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Our Political Crisis: Ending the Twin Deceptions of 9/11 and the Fraudulent War on Terror

When: Friday, June 24, 2016, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: UPandOUT • 243 Broadway • corner of Broadway & Windsor; entrance on Windsor • Cambridge

 Please spread the word:
    RSVP/direct your friends to facebook event page
    Tune in June 13:  Jim Hogue (VT) interviews Christopher Bollyn (from Sweden) on The House at Pooh Corner 9 AM ET:  WGDR.org
    Will be archived.  This interview will be on Skype live over the airwaves.

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Free film screening: "Incontrovertible"

When: Thursday, May 19, 2016, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: UPandOUT • 243 Broadway • corner of Broadway & Windsor; entrance on Windsor • Cambridge

Special!  Filmmaker Tony Rooke will be with us via Skype after the film to answer your questions!!

Incontrovertible
9/11 Evidence

[see clip]

Showing Thursday, May 19, in Cambridge
[please download & distribute flyer]

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The New Cold War? Geopolitical Competition Between the US, China and Russia

When: Thursday, February 11, 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Fong Auditorium • Harvard Yard • Boylston Hall • Cambridge

We've entered a new and dangerous era. US foreign policy elites have identified Russia and China as the long-term obstacles to US global dominance. NATO's expansion has resulted in a proxy war in Ukraine, and US and Russian warplanes fly dangerously close in Syria. Both nations are engaging in provocative military exercises reminiscent of the Cold War.

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War and Fortress America: Dangerous Answers

Honduras Communities Under Siege: Witness for Peace Delegation Report Back

When: Saturday, October 24, 2015, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Connolly Library • 433 Centre St • Jamaica Plain

Massive numbers of people are leaving Honduras for the U.S. due to extreme human rights abuses, including threats and assassinations of those in the resistance, and land takeovers that make it very difficult for small farmers and indigenous communities to survive. 

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Building Sustainable Security

When: Saturday, November 21, 2015, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Where: Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall • 1585 Massachusetts Ave. • Cambridge

A One-Day Conference 

Confirmed Speakers

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Noam Chomsky
MIT Institute Professor, author, Because We Say So

Michael McPhearson

Michael McPhearson
Executive Director, Veterans For Peace

Harris Gruman

Harris Gruman
Co-Chair, RaiseUp Massachusetts; SEIU

Carl Williams

Carl Williams
American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts

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Cassandra Bensahih
Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement (EPOCA)

Barbara Madeloni

Barbara Madeloni
President, Masachusetts Teachers Association (MTA)

Chung-Wha Hong

Chung-Wha Hong
Executive Director
Grassroots International

Susan Redlich

Susan Redlich
350 Massachusetts divestment core team

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Jamie Eldridge
State Senator

Will Hopkins

Will Hopkins
New Hampshire Peace Action

In the name of national security, our coun­try's policies  are caus­ing multiple, sys­temic cri­ses.  These include cli­mate ca­tas­trophe, ex­treme inequality, con­stant wars, deep-seated racism, mass incar­ceration, and a militarized cul­ture.

Only large social movements can remove these barriers to genuine security and construct a society based on Sustainable Security.

This conference will explore three pillars of sustainable national and world security:

  • A fairly-shared global prosperity based on economic, social, and racial justice
  • Emergency action to address climate change and build a new, fossil-fuel-free energy system
  • A Foreign Policy for All based on even-handed diplomacy, ending our disastrous military interventions, abolition of nuclear weapons, and reclaiming war resources for the urgent needs that face our world

BPT register Now

Join Us! in this effort to strategize, collaborate and mobilize for effective action together.  

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Keep Space for Peace Week

 
October 3-10, 2015

 

Keep Space for Peace Week

International Week of Protest to

Stop the Militarization of Space

Stop Drones Surveillance & Killing

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"The American Century" has plunged the world into crisis

‘The American Century’ Has Plunged the World Into Crisis

There’s something fundamentally wrong with U.S. foreign policy.

by Conn Hallinan and Leon Wofsy

Despite glimmers of hope — a tentative nuclear agreement with Iran, for one, and a long-overdue thaw with Cuba — we’re locked into seemingly irresolvable conflicts in most regions of the world. They range from tensions with nuclear-armed powers like Russia and China to actual combat operations in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.

Why? Has a state of perpetual warfare and conflict become inescapable? Or are we in a self-replicating cycle that reflects an inability — or unwillingness — to see the world as it actually is?

The United States is undergoing a historic transition in our relationship to the rest of the world, but this is neither acknowledged nor reflected in U.S. foreign policy. We still act as if our enormous military power, imperial alliances, and self-perceived moral superiority empower us to set the terms of “world order.”

While this illusion goes back to the end of World War II, it was the end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union that signaled the beginning of a self-proclaimed “American Century.” The idea that the United States had “won” the Cold War and now — as the world’s lone superpower — had the right or responsibility to order the world’s affairs led to a series of military adventures. It started with President Bill Clinton’s intervention in the Yugoslav civil war, continued on with George W. Bush’s disastrous invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and can still be seen in the Obama administration’s own misadventures in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and beyond.

In each case, Washington chose war as the answer to enormously complex issues, ignoring the profound consequences for both foreign and domestic policy. Yet the world is very different from the assumptions that drive this impulsive interventionism.

It’s this disconnect that defines the current crisis.

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