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After Obama: Challenges Facing Peace and Justice Work at Home and Abroad

When: Saturday, June 11, 2016, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Friends Meeting • 5 Longfellow Pk • Harvard T • Cambridge

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Join the Peace & Economic Security and Project Voice programs of the American Friends Service Committee in honoring the contributions of remarkable peace and justice activists who have served the 99% throughout the years. Six devoted activists, along with featured speaker and analyst Dr. Zia Mian, will be speaking on the challenges that are to come after the departure of the Obama Administration from the White House. 

Zia Mian (image above) is a director of the Project on Peace & Security in South Asia in the Program on Science and Global Security at Princeton University. He previously taught at Yale and Quaid-i-Azam Universities. He has worked at the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Sustainable Development Policy Institute. He is also the co-editor of Science & Global Security and currently serves as the chair of the International Panel on Fissile Materials. In addition to his scholarly articles, he is the editor of several books and has assisted in the production of two documentary films.

Francis Crowe began her activism in the early 1960s, when she campaigned for a nuclear test ban treaty. She founded the Western Massachusetts office of the American Friends Service Committee in 1968 and played a leading role in organizing against the Vietnam War. In 1980, Francis joined Randy Kehler in organizing a nuclear weapons free referendum, which served as the model for the town meetings and state-wide referenda that forced Ronald Reagan to engage in serious nuclear disarmament negotiations. She now focuses most of her time on abolishing war, nuclear weapons, and nuclear power, and was arrested 11 times in the successful campaign to shut down the Vermont Yankee power plant. 

Shannon Erwin is the Executive Director and one of the four Muslim women co-founders of the Muslim Justice League, which was formed in 2014 in response to events that threatened Boston’s Muslim community. MJL advocates for human and civil rights that are continuously violated and threatened under national security pretexts. Shannon and MJL challenge the government’s Countering Violent Extremism program, in which groups are pressed to police their own members as an ineffective way to predict criminal behavior. 

Gloria Fox is a long-time justice and peace advocate who has served the people of the 7th Suffolk District as their State Representative. She has always been committed to inclusionary politics. Gloria is the Dean of women for the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Chair of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators, and serves on the Ways and Means, Veteran Affairs, and Redistricting Committees. She also serves on the Executive Board for the Women’s Network of the National Conference of State Legislators, where she is a member of its policy committee and sits on NCSL’s prison and domestic violence task forces. 

Cole Harrison is the Executive Director of Massachusetts Peace Action, an extraordinarily skilled organizer, and a close collaborator with AFSC. He serves on the coordinating committees of the Budget for All Massachusetts and the People’s Budget Campaign, and he leads Peace Action’s national Move the Money Working Group. Cole is also a member of the planning committee of United for Justice with Peace and coordinated United for Peace and Justice’s Afghanistan Working group from 2010 to 2012. 

Barbara Madeloni is president of the 100,000-member Massachusetts Teachers Association and a powerful advocate for students and educators in the state’s public schools and public higher education system. She is committed to growing an activist union that builds alliances with parents, students, and community members to give educators a strong voice in public education. Much of her writing is focused on the negative influence of corporate interests in public education and the activism required to resist corporate-driven policies.

May Takayanagi was imprisoned in an internment camp during World War II and was deeply involved in the Redress Campaign. She served with the Cambridge office of the American Friends Service Committee for 27 years. She serves on the U. Mass Boston Asian-American Studies Advisory committee and on the Board of the New England Chapter of the Japanese American Citizen League and the Japan Society of Boston. She is also active on Community Change and the Women’s League for Peace and Freedom.

Those who are interested and will be in attendance are asked to make a donation of $35, either by check made out to AFSC with PES Program as the memo, or by credit card. 

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