Pivoting for Peace in Asia/Pacific

When: Saturday, April 19, 2014, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Friends Meeting • 5 Longfellow Park • Harvard T • Cambridge
2014 Apr 19 - 9:30am
2014 Apr 19 - 5:00pm

Pivoting for Peace in Asia/Pacific



Hideki YoshikawaHideki Yoshikawa, environmental campaigner; leader of the Okinawa movement against U.S. military bases; professor at Univ. of the Ryukyus and at Meio Univ.


The Pivot: Motivations, Dimensions, Impacts, Possible Consequences

Joseph Gerson, AFSC: Overview

Duncan McFarland, UJP: Chinese foreign & military policies

Alex Brown, Pres., IUE-CWA Local 201:Trans Pacific Partnership


Introductions: The Most Dangerous Hot Spots

Hyun LeeHyun Lee, Nodutdol for Korean Community Development:Northeast Asia

Yuichi Moroi,Temple University:Senkaku/Diaoyu; Japan-China-US

Impacts of the Pivot at Home: Building a Movement

Bruce GagnonBruce Gagnon, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space: Solidarity

Mike Prokosch, New Priorities Network, Dorchester People for Peace: Move the Money, Costs of the Pivot

Speaker from Asian American Resource Workshop: The View from Asian American Communities



This April President Obama will return to Asia and the Pacific to press military, economic and diplomatic “Pivot” from Iraq and Afghanistan to Asia and the Pacific. The goal: to “manage China’s rise” in ways that ensure continued U.S. dominance. 60% of the Air Force and 60% of the Navy are being deployed to the region. Military alliances are being deepened, new military bases built, and hundreds of billions dollars diverted to deploy dangerous advanced weaponry. And the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is being negotiated in secret.

Little known to most Americans, though most don’t realize it, we’ve come to the brink of war – potentially nuclear war – twice in the last two years, first during tensions with North Korea and then over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. Our hundreds of military bases have devastating impacts on people in “host” communities. And TPP will cost us jobs, worsen working conditions and assault the environment, all to increase U.S. economic leverage over China and further maximize corporate profits and power.

RegisterButton300The all day conference will bring us up to date on what is happening in Asia/Pacific, how it will affect us here at home, and what we can do.  Join us as we build our ability to pivot for peace, instead of for war.

Sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, Massachusetts Peace Action, United for Justice with Peace, Asian American Resource Workshop, and Boston Council

Registration $10; with lunch $20.  Donations to the event beyond the cost of registration and lunch are tax-deductible. They are needed to meet the travel costs for our speakers.

Register: or call 800-838-3006

Info:   phone: (617) 661-6130


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When: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Episcopal Divinity School, Washburn Auditorium • 99 Brattle St • Harvard Sq T • Cambridge
2012 Mar 13 - 7:30pm
2012 Mar 13 - 9:00pm

Join Jason Tower and Joseph Gerson for a public forum about Asia-Pacific militarization and alternatives

    “As the war in Iraq winds down and America begins to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan, the United States stands at a pivot point…One of the most important tasks of American statecraft over the next decade will therefore be to lock in a substantially increased investment – diplomatic, economic, strategic, and otherwise – in the Asia-Pacific Region”

    - Hillary Clinton, Foreign Policy, November, 2011

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Noam Chomsky and Beena Sarwar: Days of Hope and Challenge

When: Thursday, April 14, 2011, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Boston University Law Auditorium • 767 Commonwealth Ave. • followed by reception at Sherman Union Backcourt • Boston
2011 Apr 14 - 7:00pm
2011 Apr 14 - 10:00pm

Beena Sarwar and Noam ChomskyUnderstanding the Middle East and South/Central Asia

Noam Chomsky is among the world’s most influential political and social critics; he has written prolifically and lectured widely about U.S. Middle East policies, dynamics within the Middle East and the Central Asian War. Among his most recent books is Gaza in Crisis.

Journalist Beena Sarwar is a leading Pakistani journalist and democracy, human rights and peace advocate. She is an initiator of the Pakistani Campaign for Democracy and a former Nieman Fellow. Beena will be coming to us directly from an Afghan-Indian-Pakistani Trialogue in Berlin. 

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