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Social and Economic Costs of Endless Wars

When: Friday, April 26, 2019, 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: MIT • 50 Vassar Street • Bldg. 34, room 101 • Cambridge


2:00 pm: Welcome: Jonathan King

2:15 pm: Opening Panel:

-  The Costs of War – Prof. Neta Crawford (Boston University); 

-  The Bloated Pentagon Budget - William Hartung (Center for International Policy); 

-  Saudi Military Aggression in Yemen - Michael Page (Human Rights Watch);

-  The Increasing Risk of Nuclear War – [Elaine Scarry*, Harvard University].

3:00 pm: Emerging Responses:  Chair Cole Harrison (Mass Peace Action);

Build Bridges not Bombs; Bringing Nuclear Disarmament into the State Legislature – [Rep Nika Elugardo*, Mass State Legislature]; 

Don’t Bank on the Bomb – Divesting from Nuclear Weapons Manufacture - Rep. Mike Connolly (Mass State Legislature); 

Bringing the Moral Revival to Massachusetts- Savina Martin (Poor Peoples Campaign);   

The Intensifying Struggle for Affordable Housing – [Chuck Collins*, Institute for Policy Studies); 

Massachusetts  Battles to Protect and Promote Public Education - Andrew King (UMass Boston) .

3:45 – Workshops: 

       A) Organizing on Campuses: Facilitator, Brian Garvey, MAPA; Zac Bears (PHENOM); Alice Pote (MIT/anti-Saudi Coalition); Gabby Ballard (MIT Students Against War); Paul Shannon (AFSC).     

      B) Nuclear Disarmament Initiatives: Facilitators, Joseph Gerson and Michelle Cunha; Jerrold Ross (MAPA); Prof. Aron Bernstein (MIT).-        

      C) Moral and People’s Budget: Connecting battles for Economic Justice with Reducing Pentagon Spending: Facilitator, Jared Hicks (Our Revolution); Andrea Burns (MAPA); Andrew King (UMass Boston); John Ratliff (Senior Action); William Hartung (Institute for International Policy).

     D) The Continuing Links between Militarism and Racism: Facilitator, Rosemary Kean (MAPA); Savina Martin (Poor People’s Campaign); Caesar Mc Dowell *,MIT;

     E) Mobilizing Communities of Faith (Facilitator, Keith Harvey*, AFSC; Rev. Vernon Walker*;  Rev. Herb Taylor*, Harvard-Epworth, Rev. Leslie Sterling*, St. Bartholomews

5:00: Report backs from Workshops

5:15 PM: Closing Keynote: TBA 

5:30 Adjourn

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