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Barney Frank: Cut NATO Spending, It 'Serves No Strategic Purpose'

by Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post - Dec. 27, 2010

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Afghanistan Update, Wikileaks, and more

UFPJ Newsletter, November 2010

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House Approves $33 billion Afghanistan war escalation

July 2 - The House of Representatives last night approved an $80 billion supplemental appropriation including $33 billion to fund the escalation of the Afghanistan war.   100 representatives voted to fund only withdrawal of troops, and 162 voted to require an exit timeline.  But opponents of war funding did not fully unite with supporters of education aid and other domestic programs.

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30 drone protesters arrested at Hancock air base at conclusion of weekend rally

by James T. Mulder, Syracuse Post-Standard, April 29, 2013.

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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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UJP is a member group of United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), a nationwide coalition of over 1200 peace and justice groups.  

Some other Boston area peace and progressive calendars: 

The American Friends Service Committee has a Boston area peace events calendar.

Activist Massachusetts or act-ma has a progressive events listserv.

 

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Military Spending and Jobs in Massachusetts

Military Spending and Jobs in Massachusetts is the title of a new study by Heidi Garrett-Peltier and Prasannan Parthasarathi, published by the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) of UMass Amherst.

 
The authors look at the level of job losses that would be sustained if substantial cuts were made in federal spending on defense contracting in Massachusetts. They compare those impacts with potential cuts at a similar scale to education, healthcare, construction or clean-energy spending, finding that, for the same level of federal spending cuts, jobs losses are 15-20% less in non-military sectors. That is because federal funds invested in education, healthcare, construction and clean energy are far more effective job creators than military spending.

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One Nation Mobilization Draws Huge Crowd to National Mall Despite Travel Snafus

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October 3 - The One Nation Working Together mobilization drew a huge crowd which filled the National Mall yesterday, as labor, civil rights, and environmental leaders called for unity and repairing the nation's broken economy and social fabric.

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Teacher Layoffs and War

 

by the Editors of Rethinking Schools 

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Recalling 60s Debate over U.S. Military

Two presidents, two speeches — and a profound question about the American military that has yet to be answered

By Peter S. Canellos | August 15, 2010 The Boston Globe
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Join us at the Lincoln Memorial on 10-2-10!

by Angela Williams-Mitchell
New England Area Council, NAACP
 
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