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Join members and friends of Massachusetts Action this Saturday afternoon as we review the progress in 2010 and chart the path for our work in 2011.
Ann Jones, the author who documented Afghan women's lives in the searing Kabul in Winter, will speak on ending the Afghanistan war and Afghan women's human rights.
Massachusetts Peace Action Annual Meeting
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Chuck Turner: Here I Stand
Opening the conference will be a discussion with Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner, whose sentencing hearing follows the conference by only a few days. Turner was recently removed from the City Council after being found guilty of bribery in an FBI operation which seemed strange and unbelievable to many of his supporters.
Turner is a long-time ally of UJP and leader in the movement for peace and justice. One of his priority projects was recently crowned with success with passage of a state level CORI reform bill. Turner will be introduced by Duncan McFarland, UJP planning group member, who will recount some of the history of work done together by Turner and UJP.
US Global Strategy for the 21st Century
Obama Policy, European and Asian Responses
Joseph Gerson will share some of what he learned as a participant in the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Hiroshima, the NATO counter-summit conference and protests in Portugal, and the Japan Peace Conference, which brought together leading Japanese and other Asia-Pacific peace and anti-bases activists.
In addition to lessons about how the Obama Administration is working to create its "arrangement for the 21st century", and reflections about some of committed and inspiring people he met and worked with, Gerson will talk about plans for international campaigns to end the Afghanistan War, to cut military spending to meet human needs, for nuclear disarmament, and for the withdrawal of oppressive U.S. military bases.
As the NATO summit in Chicago approaches, misplaced paranoia is striking deep. A near-police-state regime is being imposed, not only to "protect" heads of state from protesters, but also to severely limit the freedoms of speech and assembly.
A U.S. peace movement capacity building conference
Sponsored by: American Friends Service Committee, American University’s Nuclear Studies Institute, Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament, Historians Against the War, Korean Policy Initiative, Nodutol, Peace Action, (initial listing)
Panels on Northeast and Southeast Security Issues, Peace Movement Campaigns and Workshops (see below).
Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power In Space
2011 marks the 19th anniversary of the Global Network’s organizing efforts to build an international constitutency to Keep Space for Peace. Each year we gather to share the latest international developments on Pentagon and aerospace industry plans for the militarization of space.
This paper was delivered by Dr. Najib Saliba to the parish community of St. George Cathedral, Worcester MA on May 17, 2012.Dr. Saliba is Professor of Middle East history at Worcester State University, Worcester MA.
By Bob Wing* - May 2, 2011
The Arab Spring, the Japanese nuclear accident, the progressive/labor motion in response to the rightwing attacks in Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest, and the demographic changes reflected in the 2010 U.S. census, are reshaping the U.S. and global political terrain.
If you can’t make it to Chicago, watch the conference plenaries via Livestream at http://bit.ly/K5KMjh. Plenaries are scheduled to begin at 9:30 Friday morning, 5:00 Friday afternoon, and 9:45 Saturday morning.
SEIU state political director Harris Gruman
Peace, GLBT and justice organizer Leslie Cagan
BU professor of political science Neta Crawford
climate activist Ben Thompson
... AND YOU!
This historic conference, sponsored by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), brings together antiwar and social justice activists to challenge U..S. imperial wars abroad and poverty, racism and repression here at home.
It’s time for a massive, united and independent response!