Civil and human rights

Boston Marathon Bombings: Impact and Response

When: Monday, May 20, 2013, 7:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Friends Meeting • 5 Longfellow Park • near Harvard Sq (off Brattle St) • Cambridge
2013 May 20 - 7:00pm

A forum sponsored by United for Justice with Peace

As we grieve the devastating impact of the Marathon bombings had on many families and communities in the Boston area, we are also aware of the need to examine the impact of those bombings on peace and justice issues in our communities, campaigns and organizing.

Presentations will provide analysis and ideas for response from the anti-war, immigrants’ rights, civil liberties, anti-war, economic justice, and Muslim communities.

How do we change the violent discourse and build solidarity between our movements? There will be ample time for discussion, and the forum is open to the public.

Speakers at Boston Marathon impact forum

with Carlos and Mélida Arredondo, Joseph Gerson, Gladys Vega, Cyrus McGoldrick, and Hillary Farber

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Ending the Endless Wars and Occupations

When: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Suffolk University • 41 Temple Street - Park Street T • Donahue Bldg. and C. Walsh Theatre • Boston
2011 Oct 1 - 9:00am
2011 Oct 1 - 5:00pm

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Ending the Endless Wars and Occupations

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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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Boston Police accused of spying on antiwar groups

by Martine Powers, Boston Globe, October 18, 2012

Activist Susan Barney of Arlington has been included in intelligence reports by the Boston Police Department.


Activist Susan Barney of Arlington has been included in intelligence reports by the Boston Police Department.

It was a run-of-the-mill antiwar gathering. The speakers: former city councilor Felix D. Arroyo, Boston University professor Howard Zinn, and Gold Star mother Cindy Sheehan. The location: A congre­gational church in Jamaica Plain.

But the Boston Police Department took careful notes in advance of the gathering, filing an “intelli­gence report” in March 2007 that labeled the event a “criminal act” involving “extremists.”

Internal department documents indicate that between 2007 and 2010, police conducted surveillance on several antiwar groups that have no apparent connections to crime or terrorism — a violation of federal regulations, civil rights groups say.

The documents were obtained by the National Lawyers Guild and the American Civil Liberties Union through a lawsuit filed in August 2011 against Boston Police. Those documents include 13 “intelligence reports” that provide details about antiwar groups — among them, the Stop the Wars Coalition, United for Justice with Peace, and Greater Boston Code Pink — along with information about their scheduled events, beliefs, political leanings, and internal dynamics. Each intelligence report is categorized by “criminal act” — either “extremists,” “civil disturbance,” or threats to domestic homeland security.

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