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Boston Herald -March 20, 2011
By Margery Eagan

The St. Patrick’s Day parade has become a wincing embarrassment to this city.

Its organizer, South Boston’s Allied War Veterans Council, has again denied participation to gay groups and veterans who oppose our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Both rejected groups will nonetheless march anyway, in exile, about a mile behind the parade and behind city street sweepers as well.

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From the “Surge” to the Streets: Iraq Veteran Josh Stieber Tells His Story

When: Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: AFSC • 2161 Mass. Ave. • Cambridge

Please come meet Iraq veteran and Conscientious Objector Josh Stieber.

Josh Steiber is a combat veteran who became a Conscientious Objector after
being part of the recent "surge" in Iraq. To spread his message of cooperation and understanding instead of military occupation, Josh began a peace walk that departed from Washington, D.C. on Memorial Day.

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Fears of new conflict in Iraq spark protests

Photo by: John Wilcox
WAR-WEARY: Protestors such Thea Paneth from Arlington United for Justice with Peace, protest on Boston Common yesterday.
From the Boston Herald - Sunday, June 22, 2014

By: Antonio Planas

Anti-War Protesters Voice Opposition To U.S....

Opposition to a return of U.S. combat troops to Iraq is being voiced from Boston Common to Capitol Hill. WBZ-TV's Jim Smith reports

About 75 people opposed to U.S. military intervention in Iraq rallied on Boston Common yesterday as insurgents led by an al-Qaeda breakaway group expanded their offensive in a volatile western province, capturing three strategic towns.

The protest was organized by United for Justice with Peace and other affiliated groups who fear that President Obama’s decision to send 300 military advisers to join 275 U.S. troops already in Iraq to quell the insurgency may draw the country back into combat.

“I saw a lot of death and destruction for no reason,” said Iraq War veteran Michael Sullivan, 29, of Shirley. “We shouldn’t go back in because we’re causing more harm to ourselves — we need to let them settle it.”

Sullivan was deployed to Camp Liberty outside Baghdad for 10 months, beginning in 2005. Sullivan, with the group Veterans for Peace, said the U.S. intervention in Iraq created “false hope” among Iraqis and American military intervention didn’t change the instability in the country.

Protestors holding signs, some reading “No New War on Iraq” and “Don’t Bomb Iraq Again,” said they were concerned the limited intervention by the U.S. government might spread to all-out war.

Thea Paneth, 55, of Arlington, said the U.S. has been in and out of Iraq since the early 1990s and nothing has changed except far too many Iraqi civilian deaths.

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Spring Lobby Weekend: End the War in Afghanistan

When: Saturday, March 19, 2011, 4:00 pm to Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 2:00 pm
Where: Washington, DC

Friends Committee on National Legislation, Military Families Speak Out, Peace Action, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans For Peace and the Civilian Soldier Alliance have teamed up for a Spring Lobby Weekend on the 8th Anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Join us in DC for a weekend of actions, trainings, and lobbying. In the streets and in the halls of Congress, we'll be showing our representatives that we want an end to the war in Afghanistan, and for all the troops to come home and be provided proper care.

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One Route, Two Parades

Stephanie Ebbert, Boston Globe / Mar 20, 2011

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St Patrick's Peace Parade 2011

Some 500 Veterans for Peace, members of peace groups, and gay rights demonstrators marched in South Boston March 20 in an alternative St. Patrick's Parade.   Veterans for Peace and LGBT groups were excluded from the main St. Patrick's Day parade and staged their own march.  

The response from the South Boston onlookers was overwhelmingly positive, with many sporting "V" signs for peace or shouting "Bring the Troops Home".

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Natick Peace Vigil

 

Natick Peace Vigil, New Year's Day, 2011.  Carol Coakley photo

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Veterans for Peace at Boston Veterans Day Parade

by Michael Borkson - Boston, November 11, 2010

About 75 members of Boston's Smedley Butler Brigade of Veterans For Peace and anti-war supporters marched behind the Veterans Day Parade this year.   The march went from Boston Common to Government Center and then to a VFP speakout outside Faneuil Hall. The theme this year was "How is the war economy working for you?" 

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"Ending the Endless Wars" Conference

 
The first panel at the UJP conference. Left, Max Elbaum. Right, Najib Saliba and Ann Wright.   Photos by Pat Westwater-Jong
UJP's 10th anniversary conference, Ending the Endless Wars and Occupations, drew 250 Boston area peace activists to an all-day movement building conversation October at held at Suffolk University, and cosponsored by the Suffolk Department of Government.  The gathering was UJP's largest since the height of the Iraq war in 2006. 
 
Assistant Prof. Brian Conley welcomed the conference, which drew dozens of Suffolk undergraduates, to Suffolk University.  Shelagh Foreman of Peace Action read remarks, "No Justice, No Peace", by ex-Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner.   He congratulated UJP on ten years of work and emphasized the importance of the justice component, citing UJP's work to stop BU's dangerous level 4 biolab as an positive example.  Turner reminded us of Martin Luther King's "three evils" of war, racism and poverty and said that all must be addressed as part of the same system.   Turner advised us to persist in our efforts and not get discouraged in case of adversity.
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Why wasn't the war an issue in the election?

by Steve Burns, Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice

"I have no hope, energy or optimism that we will ever be heard. I no longer stand vigil against war. Neither war was even an issue in the election."

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Report on the UJP Strategy Meeting: “Getting It Straight on Iraq”

Duncan McFarlandUJP devoted its Jan. 14 strategy meeting to understanding what is happening in Iraq at this important yet confusing juncture. At the time of the runup to the Iraq War starting in Summer 2002 there was a huge expansion of the national peace movement; UFPJ was organized as the umbrella coalition. On Feb. 15 2003 antiwar demonstrations were organized in New York City and in many countries, the largest global protest in history.

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Tell Congress to Provide Aid, Not Fund Wars

The Obama administration has asked Congress for an additional $83.4 billion to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for FY2009. On the table, too, is a request for $130 billion to fund the wars in 2010. This, despite the fact that 6 in 10 Americans believe the war in Iraq was a mistake and growing numbers fear escalating war in Afghanistan.

United For Peace and Justice opposes this supplemental request and urges you to call your Representatives and Senators today and tell them that you, too, oppose the FY2009 Supplemental and you want them to stand with constituents who want to redirect our funds to reconstruction and aid, not war.

To reach the Washington switchboard, call 202-224-3121.

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Anti-War Protest at Obama Rally, Boston

by Michael Borkson - IndyMedia Boston

Boston, MA-Oct. 16, 2010:

A dedicated contingent of anti-war activists braved a cold wind, Tea Party reactionaries and Democrat and Republican sign carriers, to greet President Obama's visit to Boston today. Pres. Obama spoke at a rally at the Hynes Convention Center to try to boost Gov. Deval Patrick's re-election bid.

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Protestors Decry Blair as Criminal

Harvard Crimson, September 16, 2010.   By James K. McAuley

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