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Gov. Michael Dukakis: "So What Do Progressives Do in the Era of Trump?"

When: Sunday, May 21, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • 02116 • Boston

Join us for a talk by the former Governor of Massachusetts Michael Dukakis who will answer the question "So What Do Progressives Do in the Era of Trump?"

Michael Dukakis was nominated by President Clinton for a five-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of Amtrak, The National Railroad Passenger Corporation on May 21, 1998 and was confirmed by the Senate on June 25, 1998. He served a full five-year term on the Amtrak Board as Vice-Chairman. 

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Gary Leupp:The U.S. and Russia: the Centrality of the NATO Issue

When: Sunday, April 23, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • 02116 • Boston

Gary Leupp will review the course of U.S.–Russian relations since 1991, from the decade-long honeymoon with the Yeltsin regime to the Putin era. Leupp will discuss the Ukrainian situation in historical context, emphasizing the ethnic divide in that country and how the February 2014 regime change backed by the U.S. provoked a much misunderstood secessionist movement. Leupp will comment on the unpredictable Trump positions on Russia. Gary Leupp is an Author and Professor of History, Tufts University, since 1988.

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No Peace without Justice; No Justice without Sharing

When: Sunday, March 26, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • 02116 • Boston

It is said that periodically throughout history, teachers and prophets appear, to guide humanity through difficult times. As the world struggles with deepening crises on every front, a group of such teachers stands ready to offer practical solutions to our most urgent global problems, and point the way into a “Golden Age of Justice and Peace.” 

A panel discussion with David Mynott, Cindy Bruder, and Lenny Shames.

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The Nuns, the Priests, and the Bombs: Sneak Preview

When: Saturday, February 25, 2017, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, UCC • 11 Garden St. • Cambridge

The Nuns, the Priests, and the BombsJoin us a for a screening of the exciting new documentary, The Nuns, the Priests, and the Bombs, about the struggle of nonviolent activists like Sr. Megan Rice and her colleagues to challenge the nuclear weapons establishment.  The filmmaker, Helen Young, as well as Sr. Megan, will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions.

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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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The Next Four Years: Organizing Followup

When: Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 7:00 pm
Where: First Church in Cambridge • 11 Garden St • Cambridge

People at "The Next Four Years" conference, Dec 3, 2016, BostonAt The Next Four Years conference at Simmons College on December 3, we discussed the political situation we find ourselves in and the need for a unified progressive resistance to Trumpism.

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The Catholic Church Opts for Nonviolence over War: What Now?

When: Sunday, February 5, 2017, 3:00 pm
Where: Our Lady Help of Christians Church • 573 Washington St. • Newton Corner

Lisa Cahill

Dr. Lisa Sowle Cahill, Professor of Theology at Boston College, one of the leaders of last April’s Vatican 3-day International Symposium on Nonviolence and Just Peace will speak on the symposium and the Catholic Church's likely future positions.  The symposium recommended that the Catholic Church drop its teaching of “Just War Theory” and endorse a policy of nonviolence with a teaching from the Pope.  In response, Pope Francis issued a statement on January 1, the World Day of Peace in the Catholic Church, calling for all to embrace a policy of “active nonviolence” and no more war.  

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Can We Unify?

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Can We Unify?

 
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A History of Newton Dialogues BOOK now available

Linda and Steve Nathanson were among the early organizers and key leaders of Newton Dialogues on Peace and War. Linda has written an account of how Newton Dialogues came into existence and put that together with over two hundred pages of archival material (newspapers, photos, press reports, event flyers, etc) to create a BOOK - a case study of community anti-war organizing. 

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After Obama: Challenges Facing Peace and Justice Work at Home and Abroad

When: Saturday, June 11, 2016, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Friends Meeting • 5 Longfellow Pk • Harvard T • Cambridge

"At the Ballot Box, In the Streets: It's Time to Build the Mother of All Movements"

When: Sunday, May 29, 2016, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street • Boston

Building the Mother of All Movements,

talk by Mark Solomon

The Sanders electoral campaign, Black Lives Matter, the Movement for 15, the environmental upsurge, the defense of women's rights -- all portend the emergence of a progressive majority.  A converging movement of all progressive forces to set the country and the world on an irreversible path towards peace, justice, equality and security fo all.  How to build and nurture that convergence is the central topic of this talk.

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Building Peace and Justice– Now More than Ever: Massachusetts Peace Action 2016 Annual Meeting

When: Saturday, March 12, 2016, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: First Church in Cambridge - Jewett Auditorium • 11 Garden St • Harvard T • Cambridge

Noam Chomsky: The Role of Innovation in International Peace and Security

When: Thursday, January 28, 2016, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Tufts University, Cohen Auditorium • 40 Talbot Ave • Medford

Canopy Social Impact Series: Kickoff Event

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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

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

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Ending the Endless Wars and Occupations

When: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 6:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Suffolk University • 41 Temple Street - Park Street T • Donahue Bldg. and C. Walsh Theatre • Boston

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Ending the Endless Wars and Occupations

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Conference Schedule    Conference Workshops    Post-Conference Rally

Noam Chomsky

Keynote speaker 
 
Noam Chomsky

The Arab Spring: 
Significance and Prospects

The Conference

Fall 2011 marks ten years since 9/11, the War on Terror, the Afghanistan War, and the founding of UJP. The US/NATO bombing of Libya is the latest in the series of wars. Domestically, greed is rampant and serious problems are getting worse. Few peace and justice activists can remember a more troubling time.

How did we get here and how can we change things?

What can we learn from the historic events in Egypt, where the people triumphed against huge odds, and the workers of Wisconsin?

How can the peace movement continue its work to end the wars and cut the military budget while also building cooperation with the economic and racial justice movements? 

We want a peaceful foreign policy based on democracy to focus on the pressing economic and human problems that must be solved.

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