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Afghanistan War anniversary - Standout at T Stops

When: Wednesday, October 7, 2009, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Where: Harvard, Central, Porter and Davis Squares • Cambridge and Somerville

Wednesday, October 7th is the 8th anniversary of the war on Afghanistan, a war which UJP was formed to oppose.   

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Afghanistan/Pakistan Briefing - UJP Strategy Conference

When: Saturday, June 13, 2009, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Friends Meeting House • 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge

Let's all get together with each other again.....

On Saturday June 13 from 1-5 in the afternoon, all of us in UJP will gather for our next strategy conference.  Once again, we will be meeting at the Cambridge Friends Center in the Harvard Square area.

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Coalition Urges Legislators: Stop Cuts, Close Loopholes, Trim Pentagon

Boston, July 10-- The State Legislature should send a strong “anti-austerity” message to Washington to reverse devastating federal budget cuts, witnesses said today at a Statehouse hearing. Led by veteran community leader Mel King, 40 speakers from community, labor and peace groups, elected officials and policy experts urged the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs to pass the “Budget for All Resolution” (H 3211 and S 1750) to oppose federal cuts that threaten to reverse the state’s economic recovery and throw the state budget into deficit again. “Which side are you on?,” King asked legislators.

Community leader Mel King
Modeled on language passed by voters by an average 3 to 1 margin in each of the 91 cities and towns where it was on the ballot last November, the Budget for All Resolution urges Congress and President Obama to generate new revenues to invest in jobs by closing corporate tax loopholes, taxing the top 2% earners, ending the war in Afghanistan quickly and redirecting Pentagon spending to jobs and human needs.

“There is reason to fear that through budget cuts or a retreat from crucial programs, Washington would undo much of what we have accomplished in Massachusetts,” State Treasurer Steven Grossman stated in written testimony. “The people of Massachusetts have expressed support for these resolutions at the ballot box. I respectfully request that your committee do the same by reporting it favorably.”

“The lights were out in two Head Start classrooms in my town because of sequestration,” said Rep. David Rogers of Cambridge. “The lives of our future citizens are being formed. We are spending too much on the military, and there is too much of a gap between the haves and the have-nots. The Budget for All has got it right and we should pass it,” he concluded.

Several speakers testified to the devastating local effects of the $1 trillion in across the board “sequester” cuts that kicked in on March 1, with a 5% cut in every federal program, to be followed by 8% cuts annually for the next decade. The automatic cuts are the second stage of the $2.2 trillion “cuts only” approach to the federal deficit passed by Congress in the 2011 Budget Control Act.

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Don't Believe the NATO Hype: Alternatives Exist to War, Economic Crises

Joseph GersonAs 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.

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Kathy Kelly Inspires at Simmons

Kathy Kelly, a Catholic peace activist and founder of Voices of Creative Non­violence, spoke at several events in the Boston area Nov. 13-15. I attended her talk at Simmons College on Monday afternoon, where she was introduced by Prof. Becky Thompson. It drew about 60 people, more than half of whom where students.

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Salt and Terror in Afghanistan

by Kathy Kelly

February 5, 2014

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Banned Groups Plan Second Southie Parade

WCVB-TV Boston 5 - The Boston Channel

Click Here for Video seen on WCVB-TV Wednesday night, March 16, at 11pm

On Sunday, the annual St. Patrick's Day parade will march through South Boston. It's festive, but controversial.

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Budget for All Update, October 22

Rep. Mike Capuano heads up a group of community and political leaders who will speak out for the Budget for All this Thursday, October 25, 10am, at the Codman Square Health Center, 637 Washington Street, Dorchester.   Five blocks from Shawmut (T).

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Budget for All Update

October 7, 2012

Dear Budget for All organizers,

Yard signs and rally signs came in this week!   They look great and are going fast, so if you'd like some for your town, be sure to speak up ASAP!  We're asking a donation of $3.50 for yard signs (if available - only a few left) and $1 for rally signs (coated paper, 18x24).  Below, B4A supporters at Somerville's HONK Festival yesterday.

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Matthew Hoh: The Afghanistan War in Washington

When: Thursday, May 19, 2011, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: All Saints Parish • 1773 Beacon St - corner of Corey Rd • Green Line "C" • Brookline

Matthew HohWhen President Obama announced in December 2009 that he would escalate the Afghanistan war by sending 30,000 additional troops, he promised the American people that troop withdrawals would start in July 2011.   More recently, he said in Lisbon in November 2010 that the war will be turned over to Afghans by the end of 2014.    

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Malalai Joya Spring Tour 2011

Invade us with hospitals and schoolsMalalai Joya, the acclaimed Afghan activist and author of A Woman Among Warlords, will tour the United States in Spring 2011 to call attention to the on-going Afghan war and prospects for ending it. A Woman Among Warlords has just been published in paperback with a new chapter on Afghanistan in the Obama era, and will be on sale at all her events.

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Tom Hayden Speaks on the Long War

TOM HAYDEN SPEAKS ON THE LONG WAR

By Duncan McFarland

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Bombshell from London

By Eric S. Margolis - Toronto Sun

September 14, 2010 - The London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), is the world's leading think tank for military affairs. It represents the top echelon of defence experts, retired officers and senior military men, spanning the globe from the United States and Britain to China, Russia and India.

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Budget for All - Budget Briefing and Action Planning

When: Sunday, January 27, 2013, 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Where: Haymarket People's Fund • 42 Seaverns Ave • Green Street T (Orange Line) • Jamaica Plain

The Budget for All Coalition presents a briefing on the federal budget battles now underway.

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Clone of Afghanistan/Pakistan Task Force

The UJP Afghanistan/Pakistan Task Force is a committee of Boston area activists working to stop the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan and bring all the troops home now.

Educating the public to understand the tragedy and futility of this war is our primary method.

We organize talks and lectures through the Afghanistan/Pakistan War Forum Series.

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