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Rising to the Challenge: Sustainable Security for All

When: Saturday, November 21, 2015, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall • 1585 Massachusetts Ave. • Cambridge

Building Sustainable Security

Saturday, November 21, 2015 • 9:00 am to 5:30 pm

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There is Hope for Nuclear Weapons Abolition

When: Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Grace Church • 76 Eldridge Street • Newton Corner • Newton
Ellen Thomas maintained a vigil for global nuclear disarmament for 18 years in front of the White House. She is currently co-chair of the WILPF national Disarmament Committee.
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Stop the Wars, Stop the Warming: Greater Boston Organizing Meeting

When: Thursday, August 28, 2014, 4:00 pm
Where: encuentro 5 • 9 Hamilton Place • across from Park Street T • Boston

Organizing Meeting for the People’s Climate March in New York on September 21

Stop the Wars, Stop the Warming!

Time is urgent -- people are marching

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Rally: No to a Bad "Grand Bargain"

When: Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 7:00 am
Where: Downstairs from Sen. John Kerry's office • Cambridge St and New Chardon St • Boston

Highway Robbery - Yesterday & TodayJoin us as we deliver a letter to Senators Kerry and Brown to protest a bad "grand bargain".  Tell us in advance that you'll be there -- Register to attend!

President Obama is bargaining with Republicans to cut the deficit. But he shouldn’t balance the budget on the backs of ordinary people, who didn’t cause the problems.

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The "Grand Bargain" is a Turkey!

When: Monday, November 26, 2012, 7:00 am
Where: Downstairs from Sen. John Kerry's office • Cambridge St and New Chardon St • Boston

Grand TurkeyJoin us at a rally! Bring appropriate props and costumes (turkeys, billionaire costumes) -- and tell us in advance that you'll be there! Register to attend!

President Obama wants to bargain with Republicans to cut the deficit. But he shouldn’t balance the budget on the backs of ordinary people, who didn’t cause the problems.

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Budget for All Lobby Day #2

When: Thursday, May 29, 2014, 7:00 am to 11:00 am
Where: Massachusetts State House - room 511 • 24 Beacon St • Park St T • Boston

Mass. Voters Urge Tax Fairness, Military Cuts to Avoid “Fiscal Cliff” and Protect Vital Programs

By a margin of 74% to 26%, Massachusetts voters sent a clear message to both Democrats and Republicans in Washington about the federal budget crisis and the impending “fiscal cliff”. The Budget for All ballot question was supported by 556,000 to 190,930 in preliminary results. It calls for no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or other vital programs; investment in useful jobs; an end to corporate tax loopholes and to the Bush cuts on taxes on high incomes; withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan now; and redirection of military spending to domestic needs and job creation.

Election day signs in Roslindale

“It is very significant that the Budget for All passed overwhelmingly in all 91 Massachusetts cities and towns where in was on the ballot, ranging from Boston to Holyoke to Norwood and Fall River,” said Paul Shannon of the American Friends Service Committee.

“The vote in Massachusetts sends a clear message to Senator Kerry, Senator Brown, Senator-elect Warren and elected officials across the state that it is time for a new discussion in Washington, Beacon Hill and across the country: Don’t use the deficit as an excuse to cut necessary programs that benefit all of us. We should deal with the deficit by changing the policies that caused it, not by cutting teachers’ jobs, mass transit, Medicaid and food aid,” said Margaret Arneaud, board member of the Massachusetts Alliance of HUD Tenants.

The Budget for All passes at a critical moment as the “fiscal cliff” and “sequestration” loom on Washington’s horizon. Unless Congress acts now, automatic cuts in needed programs will go into effect beginning January 1. And even bigger cuts will follow.

“The passage of this ballot initiative is a clear rejection of the idea of a ‘grand bargain’ presently being discussed in the media and by the Administration, which would accept draconian cuts to jobs and social programs in exchange for small increases in revenue and insignificant cuts to military programs,” said Laurie Taymor-Berry, legislative liaison for Survivors Inc.

“We see there’s a war going on in our own neighborhoods, where people are dying from shootings and killings and issues in our communities. It frustrates residents to see that so much is being spent on the military and overseas instead of bringing those resources right here in our own neighborhoods,” said Mimi Ramos, Executive Director of New England United for Justice.

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Exit Afghanistan Now: Support the Budget for All - Brown Bag Lunch Vigil

When: Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Where: Downstairs from Sen. John Kerry's office • corner of Cambridge & New Chardon Streets, Boston • Bowdoin or Government Center T • Boston

Vote Yes on Budget for AllThe New York Times came out for rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan in an October 14 editorial.    Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has done the same in several recent debates.

What about Senator Kerry?  Will he continue to support two more years of conflict followed by a further 10 years of residual occupation, as the Administration proposes? Or will he support a rapid end to the war?

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Brown Bag Lunch Vigil: Bring the Troops Home; No to Runaway Military Spending

When: Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Where: Downstairs from Sen. John Kerry's office • One Bowdoin Square (corner of Cambridge & New Chardon Streets) • Bowdoin or Government Center T • Boston

The House is voting on the 2013 Defense Appropriations bill this week.  This mammoth waste of taxpayer dollars and destroyer of true national security, representing 57% of the money to be appropriated by Congress this year, will spend:

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Counter-Summit: Say No to NATO!

Say No to NATO

There will be more than 50 heads of state participating in the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago May 20-21.

The NATO Summit's agenda aims to:

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Fund Our Communities, Not War

When: Sunday, March 11, 2012, 11:30 am
Where: St. Paul's Episcopal Church • 1135 Walnut St • Newton Highlands T (Green Line "D" train) • Newton Highlands

Congressman Barney Frank and State Representative Ruth Balser

Congressman Barney Frank and State Representative Ruth Balser

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Ending the Endless Wars and Occupations

When: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 6:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Suffolk University • 41 Temple Street - Park Street T • Donahue Bldg. and C. Walsh Theatre • Boston

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Ending the Endless Wars and Occupations

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Conference Schedule    Conference Workshops    Post-Conference Rally

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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Fund our Future! A Boston Budget Speakout

When: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Hibernian Hall • 182-184 Dudley St • Roxbury Crossing T • Roxbury

Feds Cut Low-Income Heat Aid

Boston Cuts School Budget $63 million

State Will Cut Local Aid 10%

Join your neighbors and tell our elected officials:

Fund Our Future!

Meanwhile, call your State Rep and Senator today at 617-727-2121. Ask them to support “An Act to Invest in Our Communities.” 

This bill will help plug the state budget gap and make taxes fairer.
It is being introduced by Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (Senate Docket 1012) and Rep. Jim O’Day (House Docket 2261).

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Planting the Seeds of a Foreign Policy for All

When: Saturday, February 7, 2015, 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: First Church in Boston • 66 Marlborough St (corner of Berkeley) • Arlington T • Boston

Massachusetts Peace Action 2015 Annual Meeting

Keynote speakers:

Dennis Kucinich, former Member of Congress and presidential candidate; author, The Courage to Survive.

Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, Pastor for Formation and Justice, First Baptist Church of Jamaica Plain; author, Gods, Gays, and Guns: Essays on Religion and the future of Democracy

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(CANCELLED) On Tax Day, say: Stop the Cuts and Redirect Pentagon Spending!

When: Tuesday, April 16, 2013, 8:00 am to 10:00 am
Where: Tip O'Neil Federal Building • 10 Causeway St • North Station T • Boston

Event Cancelled due to the Bombings:

We’re paying our taxes...
Why are vital services being cut, and
Why is the president proposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare?

Budget cutters in Washington have already slashed Meals on Wheels, Head Start, Housing, Education, Fuel Assistance, Unemployment, Health Programs, AIDS Housing, and family violence prevention. Now the President wants to cut even more vital programs.

But there is an alternative.

1. End Corporate Tax Breaks!

Very high income people and giant corporations get hundreds of billions of dollars a year in tax breaks through loopholes and offshore tax shelters. The CEOs of Bank of America, Citibank, and Verizon are key members of Fix the Debt, a corporate group pushing for big cuts in critical public programs and even lower corporate taxes.

2. Redirect Pentagon Spending to Jobs and Vital programs for People!

The US war budget is greater than the military spending of the next 10 largest military powers combined. Much of it funds destructive wars like Iraq, wasteful weapons systems like the F-35, and keeping us in Afghanistan for years to come.

Cancelled - Join us on Tax Day, Tuesday, April 16, to say:
Stop the Cuts!

When: 11 am
Tip O’Neill Federal Building,
10 Causeway Street, Boston – North Station (Green Line) Regional Headquarters for the Social Security Administration and Housing & Urban Development
We’ll also visit Bank of America, Citibank, and Verizon at 6 Bowdoin Square, Boston.

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