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Eight Years of War, How Many More? New England Rallies Against Wars and Occupation

When: Saturday, October 17, 2009, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Copley Square • Boylston & Dartmouth Sts. • Boston
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All troops home now from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq!

End the siege of Gaza and all US support for the occupation of Palestine!

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"Rethink Afghanistan" Film - UJP fall conference

When: Saturday, October 3, 2009, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Democracy Center • 45 Mt. Auburn St. • Cambridge

Members of UJP and its affiliated groups will gather on Saturday, October 3, from 1-5pm, for our next strategy conference.    This time, we'll meet at the Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn St., in Harvard Square.  The agenda will include a new film on Afghanistan, building the October 17 protest, revising the UJP structure, and reports from UJP task forces.

To start off the program we will view the powerful and thought-provoking new film, Rethink Afghanistan, by noted documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald.   The film, which has been released in installments over the past four months, is now complete and addresses the 2009 escalation, the costs of the war, the impact on Pakistan, on Afghan women, the civilian casaualties, and the security implications for Americans.   We will also mention how UJP members who view the film Oct. 3 can organize screenings in their communities or house party screenings in their own homes.    View the trailer at left.

The film will be followed by a discussion on the peace movement's response to the Afghan war.   While Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold and conservative columnist George Will have come out against escalation in recent days, and while 51% of the American public opposes the war according to polls,  the Pentagon and much of the Washington establishment appear determined to send more troops and escalate the conflict once again.   The peace movement must raise our voices and continue to increase the political cost of escalation so that the Obama Administration "rethinks" its war policy.

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Viva Palestina Reportback - New England United regional meeting

When: Saturday, August 1, 2009, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Encuentro 5 • 33 Harrison Ave, Chinatown, 5th Floor • Boston

Jeff Klein of Dorchester People for Peace will report back on the Viva Palestina humanitarian aid convoy which reached Gaza on July 15.   (Read Jeff's reports from Gaza)

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Afghanistan: Finding a Solution

When: Thursday, April 30, 2009, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: St Michael's Episcopal Church • 112 Randolph Ave • Milton

It is widely acknowledged that we are losing the war in Afghanistan. Is the solution more troops or a political one using negotiation, alliances and aid? What has life been like for the Afghan people since the occupation? Can we or they afford 7 more years of fighting? As the Obama administration is seeking it’s own strategy how can we be effective advocates for peace? These questions and others will be addressed at this timely forum.
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Protest the Warmaker General Petraeus

When: Tuesday, April 21, 2009, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Kennedy School of Government • 79 JFK Street, Harvard Square • Cambridge

General David Petraeus is the commander of the US Central Command and is in charge of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.   He is speaking on "21st Century Leadership - Lessons from the U.S. Military".

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There's No Raining on These Vets' Parade

Boston Metro, March 16, 2011 - by Michael Naughton
 
It’ll be the tale of two parades on Sunday.
 
About a mile behind the end of the traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Boston will be the St. Patrick’s Peace Parade.
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Brown Bag Lunch Vigil: Stop the Afghanistan War!

When: Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 7:00 am to 8:30 am
Where: downstairs from Senator John Kerry's Office • One Bowdoin Square • Bowdoin T • Boston

Join UJP and Peace Action at a Brown Bag Vigil to stop the Afghanistan war.   The vigil will be held downstairs from Sen. John Kerry's office.    We will move at 1:00 to the JFK Federal Building where Sen. Scott Brown's office is located.

Additional Locations:

Lowell • Office of Rep. Niki Tsongas • 11 Kearney Square (12:00 noon)
Worcester • Public Library, Banx Room • 3 Salem Square (12:30pm)
Hyannis • Office of Rep. Bill Delahunt • 146 Main Street (Friday at 3-4pm)

Register to attend!

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Brown Bag Lunch Vigil: Stop the Afghanistan War!

When: Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Where: Senator John Kerry's Office • One Bowdoin Square • Bowdoin T • Boston

Join UJP at a Brown Bag Vigil to stop the Afghanistan war.   The vigil will be held downstairs from Sen. John Kerry's office.    We will move at 1:00 to the JFK Federal Building where Sen. Scott Brown's office is located.

Additional Locations:

Lowell • Office of Rep. Niki Tsongas • 11 Kearney Square (12:00 noon)
Worcester • Public Library, Banx Room • 3 Salem Square (12:30pm)
Hyannis • Office of Rep. Bill Delahunt • 146 Main Street (Friday at 3-4pm)

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Brown Bag Lunch Vigil: Stop the Afghanistan War - Mobilize for 10.2.10!

When: Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 8:00 am to 9:30 am
Where: State House steps • 24 Beacon St. • Park St T • Boston

When: Wednesday, September 15, 2010, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Where: State House steps • 24 Beacon St. • Park St T • Boston

(New Time and Place!) September 15's Brown Bag Vigil will start at 11:00 at the State House.   We will join Jobs with Justice for a press conference announcing the One Nation Working Together mobilization in Washington on 10-2-10 and explain why peace activists are going to Washington.    If time permits we will then move down to our usual location, Sen. Kerry's office, at about noon.

Additional Locations:

Lowell • Office of Rep. Niki Tsongas • 11 Kearney Square (12:00 noon)
Worcester • Public Library, Banx Room • 3 Salem Square (12:30pm)
Hyannis • Office of Rep. Bill Delahunt • 146 Main Street (Friday at 3-4pm)

Register to attend!

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Brown Bag Lunch Vigil: Stop the Afghanistan War!

When: Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 9:00 am
Where: Downstairs from Sen. John Kerry's office • One Bowdoin Square • Boston

Additional Locations:

Brockton • Office of Rep. Stephen Lynch • 155 West Elm Street (12:00-12:45) (NEW!)
Lowell • Office of Rep. Niki Tsongas • 11 Kearney Square
Worcester • Public Library, Banx Room • 3 Salem Square (12:30pm)
Hyannis • Office of Rep. Bill Delahunt • 146 Main Street (Friday at 3-4pm)

Register to attend!

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Mr. President, Bring ALL The Troops Home!

United for Peace & JusticePresident Obama announced on June 22 token U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan.  He plans to remove 10,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan this year and 20,000 next year, leaving 70,000 U.S. troops, plus NATO allies and contractors making record profits, to fight on until 2014.

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UJP Afghanistan Task Force Workplan

 

After more than seven years of war, the US intervention in Afghanistan is harming democracy and development, and is not protecting the Afghan people.    US forces are making matters worse, and taxpayers cannot afford the $36 billion a year cost.    Our goals are:

Drone Warfare: Implications for Foreign Policy and Human Rights

When: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Tufts University • 170 Packard Ave • Cabot Intercultural Center • Medford

Weeks after the 2002 American invasion of Afghanistan, Medea Benjamin visited that country. There, on the ground, talking with victims of the strikes, she learned the reality behind the ''precision bombs'' on which US forces were becoming increasingly reliant. Now, with the use of drones escalating at a meteoric pace, Benjamin has written this book as a call to action: ''It is meant to wake a sleeping public lulled into thinking that drones are good, that targeted killings are making us safer.''

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Medea Benjamin: Resisting the Empire

When: Thursday, January 31, 2013, 2:00 pm
Where: First Church in Cambridge - Margaret Jewett Hall • 11 Garden St • Harvard T • Cambridge

Ground the Drones, Shrink the Pentagon, Create Peace  

Creative action is what CODE PINK co-founder Medea Benjamin is all about!  An advocate for social justice for more than 30 years, Medea has been described as “one of America's most committed – and most effective – fighters for human rights” and “one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement.”

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Valentine’s Day Rally: Tell Washington to “Have a Heart”

When: Thursday, February 14, 2013, 7:30 am
Where: JFK Federal Building • Government Center • Boston

• Protect Medicare, Social Security, housing, food assistance and other vital programs
• Make large corporations and millionaires pay their fair share
• Cut the Pentagon, Invest in Jobs as the solution to our economic crisis
• Bring our Troops home safely from Afghanistan NOW

It’s crunch time again in Congress.

Vital public programs and millions of jobs are once again on the chopping block as the budget debate rages on.

On Valentine's Day join us to give Senator Warren and Senator Cowan a gigantic Valentine Card and a beautiful gift of our successful Budget for All ballot results.

We hope our new Senators will stand with us in promoting employment, protecting critical public programs, and redirecting Pentagon spending instead of passing an austerity budget.

In 2011 Congress already cut hundreds of billions of dollars from needed public programs.

We can’t afford any more.

We say: Have a Heart! Budget for All!

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