Peace movement strategy

Ending the Endless Wars and Occupations

When: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Suffolk University • 41 Temple Street - Park Street T • Donahue Bldg. and C. Walsh Theatre • Boston
2011 Oct 1 - 9:00am
2011 Oct 1 - 5:00pm

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Ending the Endless Wars and Occupations

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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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Massachusetts Peace Action Annual Meeting

When: Saturday, January 29, 2011, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: First Baptist Church • 848 Beacon St (corner of Centre) • Green Line "D" (Riverside train) • Newton Center
2011 Jan 29 - 1:00pm
2011 Jan 29 - 5:00pm
Ann Jones
Ann Jones

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.

Michael Prokosch
Michael Prokosch

We will work together intensively on the campaign to fund our Massachusetts communities by cutting the military budget. Massachusetts expects a $1.8 billion budget shortfall this year and there will be a lot of controversy on what to do about it. For this part of the afternoon we will divide into small groups by cities/towns or regions of the state.   The national coordinator of the New Priorities Network, Michael Prokosch, will introduce our discussion.

Now that the START Treaty has been passed, we'll discuss Peace Action's new three-part strategy in our drive for nuclear disarmament. It may surprise you, and we'll ask for your feedback!

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Military Spending vs. Jobs, Health, Education & Environment

When: Saturday, January 28, 2012, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: First Baptist Church • 848 Beacon St (corner of Centre) • Newton Centre T (Green Line "D") • Newton
2012 Jan 28 - 1:00pm
2012 Jan 28 - 5:00pm

Massachusetts Peace Action Annual Meeting

Neta Crawford
Neta Crawford
Judith LeBlanc
Judith LeBlanc

Together we've accomplished a lot this year: U.S. troops out of Iraq, the military budget on the table for real, new alliances. But we have much to do in 2012, with Afghanistan, Korea, Iran, Senate and House elections, and the urgent need to move the money from military to domestic spending.

Each and all of us, together, can make a difference. Join two inspiring women, a scholar and an activist, to learn how.

Neta Crawford, co-director of Brown University’s Cost of War Project, will talk about the tragedy of American militarism and the cost in lives and dollars of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Judith LeBlanc, National Organizer for Peace Action, will update us on Peace Action’s national campaign to Move the Money from the military to human needs and discuss building coalitions with human service, labor, and community groups.

Join Massachusetts Peace Action as we review our progress in 2011 and chart the path for our work in 2012. We’ll elect new board members, discuss plans for work towards a nuclear-free world, and learn organizing skills in workshops. See the detailed agenda.

Workshop topics  (more details):

• Bringing Peace issues into the 2012 Elections and Bird Dog Training
• Organizing Your Community to Move the Money
• What’s Behind the US-Iran War Scare?
• Making the Media Work for You

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