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A Pivot on the Peace Island

Jeju Island, South Korea – For the past two weeks, I’ve been in the Republic of Korea (ROK), as a guest of peace activists living in Gangjeong Village on ROK’s Jeju Island.  Gangjeong is one of the ROK’s smallest villages, yet activists here, in their struggle against the construction of a massive naval base, have inspired people around the world.  

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Asia-Pacific Campaign

The UJP Asia/Pacific Campaign is a committee of Boston area activists working to ...


Rebooting the Empire: Obama's Asia trip

When: Thursday, May 8, 2014, 4:16 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Center for Marxist Education • 550 Mass. Ave., • Cambridge

 US capitalism strives to maintain a dominant position in the Asia Pacific region.  President Obama in April visited Japan, South Korea and Philippines, three key military partners in the US strategy to build its military presence in the region.  The goal is to contain rising China militarily and economically.  Obama also pitched the stalled Trans Pacific Patnership, the giant neoliberal trade deal, in Malaysia and Japan.

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Pivoting for Peace in Asia/Pacific

When: Saturday, April 19, 2014, 6:30 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Friends Meeting • 5 Longfellow Park • Harvard T • Cambridge

Pivoting for Peace in Asia/Pacific



Hideki YoshikawaHideki Yoshikawa, environmental campaigner; leader of the Okinawa movement against U.S. military bases; professor at Univ. of the Ryukyus and at Meio Univ.


The Pivot: Motivations, Dimensions, Impacts, Possible Consequences

Joseph Gerson, AFSC: Overview

Duncan McFarland, UJP: Chinese foreign & military policies

Alex Brown, Pres., IUE-CWA Local 201:Trans Pacific Partnership


Introductions: The Most Dangerous Hot Spots

Hyun LeeHyun Lee, Nodutdol for Korean Community Development:Northeast Asia

Yuichi Moroi,Temple University:Senkaku/Diaoyu; Japan-China-US

Impacts of the Pivot at Home: Building a Movement

Bruce GagnonBruce Gagnon, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space: Solidarity

Mike Prokosch, New Priorities Network, Dorchester People for Peace: Move the Money, Costs of the Pivot

Speaker from Asian American Resource Workshop: The View from Asian American Communities



This April President Obama will return to Asia and the Pacific to press military, economic and diplomatic “Pivot” from Iraq and Afghanistan to Asia and the Pacific. The goal: to “manage China’s rise” in ways that ensure continued U.S. dominance. 60% of the Air Force and 60% of the Navy are being deployed to the region. Military alliances are being deepened, new military bases built, and hundreds of billions dollars diverted to deploy dangerous advanced weaponry. And the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is being negotiated in secret.

Little known to most Americans, though most don’t realize it, we’ve come to the brink of war – potentially nuclear war – twice in the last two years, first during tensions with North Korea and then over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. Our hundreds of military bases have devastating impacts on people in “host” communities. And TPP will cost us jobs, worsen working conditions and assault the environment, all to increase U.S. economic leverage over China and further maximize corporate profits and power.

RegisterButton300The all day conference will bring us up to date on what is happening in Asia/Pacific, how it will affect us here at home, and what we can do.  Join us as we build our ability to pivot for peace, instead of for war.

Sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, Massachusetts Peace Action, United for Justice with Peace, Asian American Resource Workshop, and Boston Council

Registration $10; with lunch $20.  Donations to the event beyond the cost of registration and lunch are tax-deductible. They are needed to meet the travel costs for our speakers.

Register: or call 800-838-3006

Info:   phone: (617) 661-6130


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Vigil in Support of the People of Fukushima

When: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 5:15 am to 6:15 am
Where: Japanese Consulate • Atlantic Ave and Summer Street • South Station T • Boston

Dear friends,

You could really make a big difference in the lives of the ordinary people of Japan, people like you and us, who have been suffering immeasurably for three years from Fukushima. SIMPLY BY SHOWING UP. 

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Paternalism & Women’s Political Participation in Sri Lanka

When: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 11:00 am
Where: UMass Boston • Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Room 3545 • Dorchester

Malathi de Alwis

Consultant Socio-Cultural Anthropologist

Sri Lanka protest

The Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights presents a lecture with Malathi de Alwis, a consultant socio-cultural anthropologist.

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National Teach-in/ Call-in on US Pivot To Asia-Pacific and Trans Pacific Partnership

When: Saturday, March 1, 2014, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Phone In

Featured speakers:
Renato Reyes Jr., BAYAN Philippines
Hyun Lee, Nodutdol
Masao Suzuki, Freedom Road Socialist Organization
dåko’ta alcantara-camacho,Our Islands Are Sacred & ARKiology

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China Film - "Manufactured Landscapes"

When: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: Center for Marxist Education • 550 Massachusetts Ave • Central Sq T • Cambridge

China Discussion Group - Film Screening: Manufactured Landscapes

Rescheduled from February 13

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Petition to Stop New U.S. Base in Okinawa

Cancel the plan to build a new U.S. military base in Henoko, Okinawa, and return Futenma to the people of Okinawa immediately

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"High Power", Film on Nuclear Power in India, with Filmmaker

When: Thursday, February 6, 2014, 1:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Main Library • 449 Broadway • Harvard T • Cambridge

First Thursday Film Series

Filmmaker Pradeep Indulkar will join us for discussion
Sponsored by Women's International League for Peace & Freedom
and the Cambridge Peace Commission
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Making Trouble - and Alternatives - in Asia

Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula

When: Thursday, October 24, 2013, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: MIT Campus - Tang Center • Amherst St & Wadsworth St • Building E51-275 • Cambridge

Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula

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US Strategy to Contain China

When: Thursday, November 14, 2013, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: Center for Marxist Education • 550 Mass. Ave., 2nd floor • Central Sq T • Cambridge

The Pivot to Asia/Pacific and the Trans Pacific Partnership

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