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No More Nagasakis: A Commemoration

When: Thursday, August 9, 2018, 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston
“Article 9 Comes to America” 
David Rothauser, documentary filmmaker, recently completed a film about Hiroshima/Nagasaki.. We will show an excerpt of “Article 9”. 
“The Imperative of Nuclear Disarmament” 
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Rhode Island Veterans Critique US Militarism

When: Thursday, May 24, 2018, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Rochambeau Library • Hope Street • Providence

On Thursday, May 24, RIAC will host a program featuring talks by two veterans critical of US military interventions and the military/industrial complex. The program will begin at 7 PM and will be held at Rochambeau Library on Hope Street in Providence. 

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“Paying the Price for Peace: Annual Sacco and Vanzetti Award" with S. Brian Willson

When: Sunday, May 27, 2018, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

“Paying the Price for Peace: 2018 CCB’s Annual Sacco and Vanzetti Award" with S. Brian Willson

Join us live on Facebook for our 11:00 a.m. service!

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Panel discussion: The Battle for Veterans’ Healthcare

When: Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: SOMERVILLE VFW, POST 529 • 371 Summer Street • Somerville

Jill Stein Speaks: Building Power in Boston & Beyond: Resisting Militarism, McCarthyism, Austerity, Deportations & more”

When: Sunday, January 28, 2018, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

“Building Power in Boston & Beyond: Resisting Militarism, McCarthyism, Austerity,
Deportations & more” with Dr. Jill Stein

Special 3 p.m. Service (No 11 a.m. service): 

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Armistice Day with VFP Smedley Butler Brigade

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month was the day that the Armistice between WWI Allies and Germany went into effect in 1918. 

World War I or the War To End All Wars was fought from July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918 mobilizing 70 million military personnel.  Sixteen million died in this war (9 million combatants and 7 million civilians).

As WW II and subsequent wars bear out, including the Endless Wars of today, wars are still with us, fueled by a global arms industry and competing international interests seeking resources and hegemony.

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Armistice Day for Peace - march with Smedley Butler Brigade

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Boston Common/Public Garden • Beacon and Charles • Parade Ground between the Common & Garden • Boston

Put Your Marching Sneakers On… Armistice Day For Peace Saturday November 11-Noon

It is that time of year again. Every year for over a decade we have had our Armistice Peace March behind the “official” Veterans Day parade in Boston. We continue that tradition this year as well.

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Memorial Day Action: Veterans for Peace (Smedley Brigade)

When: Monday, May 29, 2017, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: Park Street T-Station, Boston Common • Tremont St. • Boston

As announced, we will assemble at the Park Street T Station staring at 1:00 p.m.We'll stand out there with our flags and flyers for about a half hour then we'll march over to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument that's a few hundred yards away to conclude our witness, indeed our demand,  for peace with a reading of VFP President Barry Ladendorf's letter to President Trump. We plan to finish with taps played by Jesse Perrier at 2:00 p.m. 


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Gov. Michael Dukakis: "So What Do Progressives Do in the Era of Trump?"

When: Sunday, May 21, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • 02116 • Boston

Join us for a talk by the former Governor of Massachusetts Michael Dukakis who will answer the question "So What Do Progressives Do in the Era of Trump?"

Michael Dukakis was nominated by President Clinton for a five-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of Amtrak, The National Railroad Passenger Corporation on May 21, 1998 and was confirmed by the Senate on June 25, 1998. He served a full five-year term on the Amtrak Board as Vice-Chairman. 

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Armistice Day For Peace

When: Friday, November 11, 2016, 11:05 am to 1:05 pm
Where: Boston Common • Charles and Beacon Streets • March to Faneuil Hall • Boston

Veterans For Peace & Allies will be marching behind the Boston’s Veterans Day Parade on November 11th. The parade will form at the corners of Charles & Beacon Streets and step off around 1pm. The parade will end at Sam Adams Park (Faneuil Hall) and the Armistice Day program will begin shortly after. A variety of readers, poets, and musicians will bring a sense of Peacefulness surrounding Armistice day. After the program, Veterans and family are invited to Durgin Park restaurant for a free and hearty meal.

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Paying the Price for Peace - A Documentary on Brian Willson

When: Saturday, October 1, 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Cambridge Friends Meeting • 5 Longfellow Place • Harvard Square Red Line Stop • Cambridge

Friends Meeting at Cambridge (5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge) is honored to be able to show the documentary “Paying the Price for Peace” on Saturday evening, October 1st at 7:00.  The film chronicles the life and witness of Brian Wilson who in 1987 during a protest was run over by a train carrying weapons from a naval weapons depot in California.  The loss of both legs and nearly his life have not slowed him down, and the file contextualizes his stand for peace.  Free and open to the public.

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Homelessness: Ways to Help with Kate Layzer

When: Sunday, June 5, 2016, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street • 2nd floor • Boston

A sea-change is taking place in the way churches approach their homeless neighbors, and the programs they create to respond to neighbors in need. In this talk Kate Layzer will try to describe that change, what’s important about it, and how it is being expressed in several different area ministries in the Boston area, including a program she founded last year, the Friday Cafe, where she focuses on building community between housed and homeless, mainstream and marginalized. 

Music by Terry Kitchen

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Memorial Day for Peace

When: Monday, May 30, 2016, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Christopher Columbus Park • Atlantic Ave & Richmond St • Aquarium T • Boston

Annual event hosted by Veterans For Peace, Chapter 9 – Smedley Butler Brigade

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Rally for Chelsea Manning

When: Saturday, December 19, 2015, 1:00 pm
Where: Park Street MBTA • Tremont & Park Streets • Boston

On Saturday, December 19, at 1pm, activists will gather at Park Street Station on the Boston Common to honor Chelsea Manning close to her 28th birthday. 

Chelsea Manning will be celebrating her 6th birthday in prison on Dec 17.  She was given a 35 year sentence for disclosing information through WikiLeaks that the US government considered “classified.”  They haven’t contested one piece of information in the trove of documents and videos released by Manning, but they simply didn’t want the public to know what was happening in the “War on Terror.”

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Annual Fundraiser - Smedley Butler Brigade - Chapter 9 - Veterans For Peace

When: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Johnny D's • 17 Holland Street • Davis Square, on red line • Somerville

Annual Smedley Butler Brigade Fundraiser for Veterans For Peace (flyer attached)

Dinner 6:30 - 7 PM, Entertainment with the RPS Band and The Undercovers 7-10 or later!

Gigantic Raffle - win great prizes.

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