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Congo: The World Capital of Rape

When: Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 1:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Conference Room 2nd Floor • 89 South Street • Boston

An event to explore the severity of rape and child slavery as a direct result of Mineral Conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Consumer activists will have the opportunity to learn and become active members in "NO Blood on my Cell phone", a campaign dedicated to spreading awareness about the illegal processes by which Coltan is collected and used to make the vast majority of cell phones and other technologies.

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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.

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Fuel on the Fire: Oil and the Iraq War (event report)

Duncan M cFarlandTerry Rockefeller of Families for Peaceful Tomorrows hosted a book party July 26 featuring Greg Muttitt talking about his book  "Fuel on the Fire: Oil and the Iraq War".   A wide ranging discussion followed.  Greg focused on the role of oil in the war on Iraq.  About 60% of the world's oil reserves are in the Middle East, with about 10% in Iraq.

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Don't Believe the NATO Hype: Alternatives Exist to War, Economic Crises

Joseph GersonAs the NATO summit in Chicago approaches, misplaced paranoia is striking deep. A near-police-state regime is being imposed, not only to "protect" heads of state from protesters, but also to severely limit the freedoms of speech and assembly.

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Peace in Asia and the Pacific: Alternatives to Militarization

When: Friday, October 21, 2011, 4:00 pm to Saturday, October 22, 2011, 3:00 pm
Where: American University • Washington

A U.S. peace movement capacity building conference

Sponsored by: American Friends Service Committee, American University’s Nuclear Studies Institute, Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament, Historians Against the War, Korean Policy Initiative, Nodutol, Peace Action, (initial listing)

Panels on Northeast and Southeast Security Issues, Peace Movement Campaigns and Workshops (see below).

Additional information, including registration, is accessible at www.afsc.org/pes.

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Conflict in Syria

This paper was delivered by Dr. Najib Saliba to the parish community of St. George Cathedral, Worcester MA on May 17, 2012.Dr. Saliba is Professor of Middle East history at Worcester State University, Worcester MA.

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A New Global Peace and Justice Movement is Rising

Statement of the Network for a NATO-Free Future's Counter Summit for Peace and Economic Justice

Chicago, Illinois, USA

May 18 & 19, 2012

The NATO-Free Future gathering in Chicago coincides with a rising global movement against war, militarism, inequality and poverty. We represent the pro-peace and justice majority, the global 99%.

We heed the wisdom of  Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.’s call to challenge the “triple evils” of poverty, racial inequality and militarism.

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After Iraq, War Is US

By Andrew Bacevich, Global Public Square Blog

20 December 11

"This post is Bacevich's response to a question posed by the Council on Foreign Relations to four commentators: 'Was the Iraq War worth it?'"

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Declaration of Global Network 19th Annual Conference

At a time when the Obama Administration would like to stress its adherence to a more multilateral National Space Policy, the members of Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space remind us that the real global situation in space militarization should still be disturbing, when we see the real-world plans of the U.S., its NATO allies, and industrial nations worldwide. Even as the four years of an unprecedented recession have cut into commercial space enterprises, military budgets continue unabated, and are approaching $1 trillion annually in the U.S.

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Free film screening: "Untold History of the United States" - chapters 5 & 6

When: Thursday, June 19, 2014, 3:40 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: UPandOUT • 243 Broadway • corner of Broadway & Windsor; entrance on Windsor • Cambridge

Untold History of the United States

Showing Thursday, June 19, in Cambridge
[please download & distribute flyer]

Directed and narrated by Oliver Stone.
"I cannot recommend it highly enough." ~Glenn Greenwald

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Peace and Justice Referendum on Election day, Nov. 6!

"The Campaign to Vote 'Yes' for the 'Budget for All' Ballot Question" 

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The Arab Spring and the Changing Dynamics of Global Struggle

By Bob Wing* - May 2, 2011

Bob WingThe Arab Spring, the Japanese nuclear accident, the progressive/labor motion in response to the rightwing attacks in Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest, and the demographic changes reflected in the 2010 U.S. census, are reshaping the U.S. and global political terrain.

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Drone Warfare: Implications for Foreign Policy and Human Rights

When: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Tufts University • 170 Packard Ave • Cabot Intercultural Center • Medford

Weeks after the 2002 American invasion of Afghanistan, Medea Benjamin visited that country. There, on the ground, talking with victims of the strikes, she learned the reality behind the ''precision bombs'' on which US forces were becoming increasingly reliant. Now, with the use of drones escalating at a meteoric pace, Benjamin has written this book as a call to action: ''It is meant to wake a sleeping public lulled into thinking that drones are good, that targeted killings are making us safer.''

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Medea Benjamin: Resisting the Empire

When: Thursday, January 31, 2013, 2:00 pm
Where: First Church in Cambridge - Margaret Jewett Hall • 11 Garden St • Harvard T • Cambridge

Ground the Drones, Shrink the Pentagon, Create Peace  

Creative action is what CODE PINK co-founder Medea Benjamin is all about!  An advocate for social justice for more than 30 years, Medea has been described as “one of America's most committed – and most effective – fighters for human rights” and “one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement.”

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Counter-Summit for Peace & Economic Justice

When: Friday, May 18, 2012, 6:00 am to Saturday, May 19, 2012, 2:00 pm
Where: People's Church • 941 W. Lawrence • 3 blocks east of the Lawrence stop of the Red Line train • Chicago, IL

If you can’t make it to Chicago, watch the conference plenaries via Livestream at http://bit.ly/K5KMjh. Plenaries are scheduled to begin at 9:30 Friday morning, 5:00 Friday afternoon, and 9:45 Saturday morning.

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