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Making Connections: Boston to NATO - UJP Strategy Conference

When: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Friends Center • 5 Longfellow Park • Harvard Square T • Cambridge

Chuck Turner

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Chuck Turner: Here I Stand

Opening the conference will be a discussion with Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner, whose sentencing hearing follows the conference by only a few days. Turner was recently removed from the City Council after being found guilty of bribery in an FBI operation which seemed strange and unbelievable to many of his supporters.

Turner is a long-time ally of UJP and leader in the movement for peace and justice. One of his priority projects was recently crowned with success with passage of a state level CORI reform bill. Turner will be introduced by Duncan McFarland, UJP planning group member, who will recount some of the history of work done together by Turner and UJP.

US Global Strategy for the 21st Century
Obama Policy, European and Asian Responses

Joseph Gerson

Joseph Gerson will share some of what he learned as a participant in the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Hiroshima, the NATO counter-summit conference and protests in Portugal, and the Japan Peace Conference, which brought together leading Japanese and other Asia-Pacific peace and anti-bases activists.

In addition to lessons about how the Obama Administration is working to create its "arrangement for the 21st century", and reflections about some of committed and inspiring people he met and worked with, Gerson will talk about plans for international campaigns to end the Afghanistan War, to cut military spending to meet human needs, for nuclear disarmament, and for the withdrawal of oppressive U.S. military bases.

A discussion will follow, which can touch on implications for the work of UJP and community peace groups.

Gerson directs the American Friends Service Committee's Peace and Economic Security Program and is its Disarmament Coordinator. He is the lead organizer of the International Working Group for Nuclear Disarmament, serves on the European-U.S. No NATO/No War Network International Coordinating Committee, and plays a leading role in building collaborations between U.S. and Asian peace and nuclear weapons abolition movements. He is the author of Empire and the Bomb and co-editor of The Sun Never Sets...:  Confronting the Network of US Military Bases.   

Read Gerson's November 2010 article, NATO: Following the 20th Century into History.

The conference will open with a potluck lunch at 1:00 and the meeting will begin at 1:30.   The Raging Grannies will lead us in peace songs!    Register to attend

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