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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

Syria • ISIS • Middle East Violence • and the Next President

When: Monday, February 1, 2016, 7:00 pm
Where: Suffolk University Law School, First Floor Function Room • 120 Tremont St • near Park Street MBTA • Boston

How can the US stop destabilizing the Middle East and lay the foundation for peace?

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Middle Eastern Refugee Solidarity Dinner

When: Sunday, February 28, 2016, 5:30 pm
Where: First Parish Church • 10 Parish St • Meetinghouse Hill • Dorchester

The season of peace is a good time to remember the humanity of others

Remarks delivered at "Welcome Refugees - War is Not the Answer" candlelight vigil, December 10, 2015, Boston Common.   Photos

In our war culture we learn to define the "other" -- the "outsider" -- as an "enemy" from our earliest hours.  The "enemy" is depersonalized in wars to make killing easier, so that it's easier not to care and to close our eyes and hearts to the inflicted horrors that all wars are. What needs to happen is a total transformation. We need to recognize the humanity of others – one way to do that is to welcome war refugees (sometimes mistermed migrants or immigrants by the media) – as we take responsibility for the consequences of the wars waged in our names by our government.

Those of us who work for peace day after day, week after week, year after year, decade after decade are among those who do take that step toward recognition of the humanity of others. We abhor the bombs dropping on children, mothers, fathers, grandparents. I always think – hey – there are people down there – it's not shock and awe it's murder!  I find it very painful when I stand with my sign for peace and people in my community drive past shouting out justifications for bombing and killing – even one time - thankfully only one time- "nuke 'em". The violence here and wars there are out of control, we are eclipsed by events that worsen daily and our voices continue unheeded. 

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What: Candlelight Vigil

When: Tonight, Thursday, December 10, 5:30 pm

Where: Park Street Station, downtown Boston

Boston, December 10-- With deep concern about intolerant calls to block Muslims from entering the U.S. and a growing hatred of Muslim-Americans, local residents will hold a candlelight vigil tonight outside Park Street T-Station on the International Day for Human Rights.

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Candlelight Vigil: Welcome Refugees - War is Not the Answer

When: Thursday, December 10, 2015, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Boston Common • Park Street • Boston

Candlelight Vigil
Thu, Dec. 10, 5:30 pm - Human Rights Day
Boston Common - Park & Tremont Streets

War is not the answer.  We should:

  • Welcome and fund refugees forced to flee their countries to avoid war and death inflicted by others.
  • Isolate ISIS by beginning to demilitarize the region. Immediately end all arms shipments to the Middle East. Weapons shipped to U.S. allies and “opposition forces” have fueled the Syrian War and often fall into ISIS’ hands. Suspend US bombing and military actions and withdraw US/NATO troops now.
  • End material and financial support to ISIS and Al Qaeda and their clones. End the U.S. -Saudi Alliance, that has been so critical to the emergence and funding of these forces.
  • Support self-determination for Syria. Only Syrians can decide the fate of their country. 
  • Negotiate an agreement in which Russia, the U.S., Iran and European countries stop fighting to achieve their own strategic goals under the guise of “fighting ISIS” and instead together put their full weight behind diplomatic efforts to end the bloodshed in Syria and Iraq.   
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Join a Nat'l Conference Call on Syria w/ Phyllis Bennis

When: Monday, November 16, 2015, 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Telephone Conference

Is This WW III?

There are 60 million refugees in the world, the same number as were refugees at the end of WW II. 

On October 31 in an unprecedented joint warning, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross called for "states to stop conflicts, respect international law and aid refugees." Criticizing the global response to the refugee crisis, Ban Ki-moon said, "In the face of blatant inhumanity, the world has responded with disturbing paralysis." 

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Understanding Syria

When: Monday, November 9, 2015, 7:00 pm
Where: First Church in Cambridge - Hastings Room • 11 Garden St • Harvard T • Cambridge

What is really happening in Syria?  The mainstream media in our country are full of one-sided propaganda and not much help.  Come to a MAPA event to hear from two Syrians, Wafaa Arbash and Ali Aljundi, now in the US, and MAPA board member Jeff Klein.

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The U.S. - Saudi Alliance: Disaster for the Middle East

When: Friday, November 13, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: First Church in Cambridge • 11 Garden Street • near Harvard Square T stop • Cambridge

Boston area launch of the Coalition against the US-Saudi Alliance

The US-Saudi Arabia alliance was founded after World War II for oil and empire. Saudi Arabia crushed the Arab Spring in Bahrain, is bombing innocent civilians in Yemen, exports extremism and is creating closer ties with Israel.

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Emergency Peace Vigil - Arlington

When: Saturday, October 10, 2015, 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Where: Arlington Center • Mass. Ave. and Medford St. • "Broadway Plaza" - near Starbucks • Arlington

As the US-Russia confrontation in Syria continues and escalates and in anger and sorrow at the US bombing of a Doctors Without Borders/Medecines sans Frontieres hospital in Afghanistan, we will stand out for peace in Arlington Center on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10:30-11:30. Please join us.  

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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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Diplomacy Not War with Iran

United for Peace and Justice welcomes the completion of the historic international agreement with Iran, which limits its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions and the ending of its isolation. After years of futile, horrific wars, we join with peace-loving people around the world in embracing this diplomatic achievement.

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Protest US intervention in Syria

When: Saturday, July 20, 2013, 10:00 am
Where: Park Street T-stop • Park St. • Boston

 Stop U.S. War & All Forms of Intervention Against Syria! 

Self-determination Free from Outside Intervention
for the Syrian people!

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Malalai Joya - No to US Wars; No to Warlords; No to Women’s Oppression

When: Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 10:00 am
Where: Suffolk University • 120 Tremont St • Law School Function Room • Boston

This event marks the 12th anniversary of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, which started with a bombing campaign on October 7, 2001.

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