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STOP THE TRUMP RAIDS: ICE OUT OF MASSACHUSETTS

When: Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Where: Front of State House • Beacon St., • Boston
Rally & Press Conference to Launch the Trust Act Campaign

The Trust Act would limit local law enforcement collusion  with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, protect our communities, and prevent our public resources from being used to deport our families & friends.

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Ending the Many Wars in Syria: Phyllis Bennis

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 7:00 pm to Friday, October 14, 2016, 11:00 am
Where: Boston College, Tufts, Emmanuel, Salem State, Gordon College, Brandeis, Bristol Community College • Boston, Newton, Medford, Salem, Wenham, and New Bedford

Talks by Phyllis Bennis October 11-14

Is the war in Syria a civil war? Is it a proxy war between the US and Russia ? Is it also a proxy war between Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkey? Can ISIS be reined in? Should Assad go? Or stay?  Should the US "do more"?  Or is it already doing too much by arming and training rebel groups? What will be the likely outcome of the current cease fire negotiations? 

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Protest Cluster Bombs Made by Textron

When: Wednesday, July 6, 2016, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Textron Systems • 201 Lowell Street • Wilmington

Say No To Cluster Bombs made by Textron

Say No To the U.S.-Saudi War in Yemen

Join Us July 6: Tell Textron to Stop making Cluster Bombs in Massachusetts

 

Wednesday July 6

4pm to 6pm

Textron’s plant in Wilmington Mass. @ 201 Lowell Street

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Andrew Bacevich on America's War for the Greater Middle East

When: Monday, March 21, 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Walpole Public Library • 143 School Street • Community Room • Walpole
Dr. Andrew Bacevich will give a talk on his upcoming book, America’s War for the Greater Middle East, on  Monday, March 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Walpole Public Library.
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Yes to the Iran Deal: Vigils for Peace & Diplomacy

When: Thursday, September 10, 2015, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Boston (Park Street), Cambridge, Arlington, Newton, Plymouth, Peabody, Haverhill, Fall River, Pittsfield

Hiroshima / Nagasaki Week in Massachusetts

When: Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 9:00 am to Sunday, August 9, 2015, 8:00 pm
Where: Across Massachusetts

70 Years: Never Again -- A Call to Observe Hiroshima & Nagasaki Week in Massachusetts

70 years after the United States atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and 45 years after the entry into force of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the 9 nuclear weapons states have not acted on  their solemn commitment to enter into serious negotiations to abolish nuclear weapons. 

The Peace & Planet mobilization for a Nuclear-Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World brought thousands of people from many countries to the streets of New York on April 26, and the Global Wave held over 100 actions around the world calling on governments to eliminate nuclear weapons before they eliminate us.   

 

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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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Iran Lobby Day: Give Diplomacy a Chance!

When: Monday, June 23, 2014, 7:00 am to Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 2:00 pm
Where: Congressional Offices • Washington, DC, Boston, and Statewide

Iran claims its nuclear program is purely for peaceful purposes, but the U.S. suspects Iran of making preparations to start building a nuclear weapon in the future, and has applied sanctions to Iran’s trade. 

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March for Justice for Shaw's Workers

When: Sunday, May 23, 2010, 9:00 am to Thursday, May 27, 2010, 1:00 pm
Where: Methuen Shaw's Distribution Center • March to Boston • via Lawrence, Medford, Cambridge • Methuen to Boston

 Join us for an hour, a leg, a day, or an event!

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Peace and Justice Referendum on Election day, Nov. 6!

"The Campaign to Vote 'Yes' for the 'Budget for All' Ballot Question" 

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Cut Military Budget/Fund Human Needs

Be Part of the Solution . . . The 25% Solution:

With the U.S. facing devastating economic and environmental crises, with our states and cities forced into layoffs and cutbacks, now is the moment to demand a shift in our country’s priorities. Military spending -- now more than $700 billion per year -- is bankrupting our country and draining the life blood of our communities. 

Unitarian-Universalist Ministers' Letter on St. Patrick's Peace Parade

February 2012

Dear Colleagues:

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Value of Mass. defense contracts triples in decade

By Robert Gavin, Boston Globe - December 7, 2010

The defense industry generated $26 billion in economic activity in Massachusetts last year, supporting more than 100,000 jobs and accounting for 85 percent of all federal contracts awarded in the state, according to a study released yesterday.

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Anti-Immigrant Proposals Killed; Immigrant Students Celebrate

by Jason Pramas, 06/28/2010 - Open Media Boston

BOSTON/State House - A jubilant group of over 50 activists from the Student Immigrant Movement and allied organizations held a press conference on Friday to announce a victory in their campaign to get the Mass. legislature to overturn several provisions of an amendment to the Senate budget proposal for FY 2011 that they believe was an assault on immigrant rights.

Why the War on Drugs is a Failure with Jack Cole

When: Thursday, May 21, 2015, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Walpole Public Library • 143 School Street • Walpole

Retired State Police undercover officer Jack Cole will give a talk, Why the War on Drugs is a Failure, at the Walpole Public Library on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Jack Cole knows about the “war on drugs” from several perspectives. He retired as a Detective Lieutenant after a 26-year career with the New Jersey State Police—fourteen in narcotics, mostly as an undercover officer. His investigations spanned cases from street drug users to international drug trafficking organizations.

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