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A Conversation with Kathy Kelly

When: Monday, February 10, 2014, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Friends Meeting • 5 Longfellow Park (off Brattle St) • Harvard T • Cambridge
Kathy Kelly with Afghan Peace Volunteers

Afghanistan Present and Near Future - Will the US really Leave?

What are the conditions for women and ordinary people?

What are the effects of the US drone war on people in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan?

What should we be doing in response?

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Budget for All Update, November 2, 2012

There are only four more days until election day!  The issues raised by the Budget for All are at the center of the national debate, as commentators debate whether Democrats and Republicans will make a “grand bargain” to cut Social Security, Medicare, and human services and allow military spendin

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Have we finished with war -- yet?

Afghanistan: The Haunted Battleground

When: Monday, October 17, 2011, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: First Parish • 35 Church St • 71 bus from Harvard Square • Watertown
Jonathan SteeleJonathan Steele has covered Afghanistan for the Guardian (London) for more than thirty years, and was part of the Guardian  team which published the Wikileaks Afghanistan cables.  His latest book, Ghosts of Afghanistan: The Haunted Battleground,  will be published by Counterpoint in October.
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Protest Thursday Against Continuation of Afghanistan War

Obama addresses troops in AfghanistanPresident Obama announced Wednesday night that 30,000 US troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan by September 2012.   His plan will leave 70,000 fighting there, as well as NATO troops and foreign contractors.  Obama offered no new diplomatic initiatives and only a plan for continued war. 

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Memorial Day for Peace

When: Monday, May 30, 2011, 10:00 am
Where: Christopher Columbus Park • Atlantic Ave. at Long Wharf • Aquarium T • Boston

Veterans for PeacePlease join Veterans For Peace, Military Families Speak Out, United for Justice with Peace, Gold Star Families for Peace and the American Friends Service Committee for a ceremony for Peace on Memorial Day.

Speakers to include:

John Schuchardt – House of Peace, Ipswich, MA

Ross Caputi – Marine veteran of the Iraq War (2003 – 2006)
President of Boston University Anti-War Coalition

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Saint Patrick's Peace Parade

When: Sunday, March 20, 2011, 11:00 am
Where: One block west of Broadway MBTA Station - Look for VFP Flags • Foundry & Greenbaum Streets • do not attempt to drive - come by T • South Boston
Veterans for Peace parade, Boston, Veterans Day, 2010
Veterans for Peace march on Veterans Day, November 10, 2010. Open Media Boston photo by Jason Pramas

Themes for the Day:

· How is the War Economy Working for You

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Ann Jones: Let's Not Forget the Women?

When: Thursday, October 28, 2010, 2:30 pm
Where: Harvard Kennedy School • 79 John F. Kennedy Street • Carr Center Conference Room, Rubenstein 219 • Cambridge

Clone of Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade

When: Sunday, March 17, 2013, 11:00 am
Where: D Street & West Broadway • Look for white "Vets for Peace" Flags • South Boston

People's Parade for Peace, Equality, Jobs, Environmental Stewardship, Social & Economic Justice

Unite, Participate, Celebrate

Assemble: 2pm.  Parade start: 3pm   Sign Up to Attend - We Need to Know You will Be There!  

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Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade

When: Sunday, March 17, 2013, 11:00 am
Where: D Street & West Broadway • Look for white "Vets for Peace" Flags • South Boston

People's Parade for Peace, Equality, Jobs, Environmental Stewardship, Social & Economic Justice

Unite, Participate, Celebrate

Assemble: 2pm.  Parade start: 3pm   Sign Up to Attend - We Need to Know You will Be There!  

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Stop the Drones: Report Back from Anti-Drone Peace Delegation to Pakistan

When: Monday, November 26, 2012, 2:30 pm
Where: MIT Room 32-141 • 32 Vassar St • Cambridge

Report Back from the October CodePink Anti-Drone Peace Delegation to Pakistan 

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Occupy Peace Summit

When: Friday, February 24, 2012, 1:00 pm to Sunday, February 26, 2012, 7:00 pm
Where: Friends Center • 1501 Cherry St • Philadelphia, PA

UFPJ Member Group Meeting "Occupy Peace Summit" Feb 24-27th in Philadelphia, PA


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The Afghan War is Brutal, Expensive, Unpopular, and Ineffective – So Why Are We Spending Billions on It?

Leading Afghan Feminist Wants the U.S. and NATO to Leave Her Nation

"The sad truth is that Obama’s war policies have turned out to be even more of a nightmare than I expected.” – Malalai Joya, A Woman Among Warlords

[Malalai Joya will speak in the Boston area on March 25 and 26.   See the schedule - Ed.]

While millions of Americans are experiencing unemployment, wage stagnation, rising tuition, dwindling social services, and poverty at levels not seen since the Great Depression, an unjustifiably large proportion of our taxes are being used to cause death and destruction in Afghanistan. With Afghanistan being the longest war the U.S. has ever officially waged, we should carefully examine the costs of the war - financial and otherwise - and ask ourselves, is it really worth it?Afghan activist and former Member of Parliament, Malalai Joya, wants the U.S. and NATO out of her country. She will soon embark on a new US speaking tour to help reinvigorate the war debate.

The war costs taxpayers between $500,000 to $1 million per soldier in Afghanistan every year. Since President Obama deployed thousands of more troops than Bush, the escalating war has come with a bloated price tag. So far, we have spent $336 billion on the war, and if Congress approves a request for additional funding, that number will go up to $455.4 billion – nearly half a trillion dollars. According to, just the $120 billion in additional funding could fund 1.6 million elementary school teachers for a year, 1.9 million firefighters for a year, or $5,550 Pell Grants for 19.3 million students. A single month’s expenses on the Afghanistan war could pay for 46.9 billion meals for the hungry each month. Six months’ worth of Afghanistan war expenses could pay for school supplies for every single child in the world.

In addition to its financial price, the Afghanistan war is costing real human lives. Over the course of the entire war, at least 1,400 U.S. troops have been killed and over 10,000 wounded. The rate of deaths is also increasing, as more than a third of the total troops killed (499) died just during the past year. The price paid by ordinary Afghans is even greater. Not counting so-called insurgents, at least 2,412 civilians were killed and 3,803 were wounded in just the first 10 months of last year – these are most likely conservative estimates. The rate of Afghan civilian deaths is up 20 percent compared to the year before, directly corresponding to the increased troop levels under President Obama. In fact, over the course of the war, U.S.-led military actions have resulted in more direct civilian deaths (5,791 - 9,060) than “insurgent”-led actions (4,949 - 6,499).

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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

Register to attend

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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Report from White House Civil Resistance Action

by Ross Caputi

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