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Schedule of "Ending the Endless Wars and Occupations"

Ending the Endless Wars and Occupations

Conference Schedule

9:00 am          Registration – Donahue Bldg Lobby, 41 Temple St.

                       Coffee and Donuts 

10:00 am       Welcome – C. Walsh Theatre

10:15 am       Panel 1 – Wars and Occupations – C. Walsh Theatre, 55 Temple St.

                        Michael McPhearson, Moderator

                        Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence
                        Report from Afghanistan and Iraq

                        Ann Wright, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.)
                        Citizen Activism Through Flotillas

                        Najib Saliba, Professor, WorcesterState College
                        The Current Situation in Syria

                        Max Elbaum, War Times
                        Fighting for Peace Against an Empire in Decline

12:00 noon    Workshops (see separate listing)
                        DonahueBuilding, 41 Temple St.

1:00 pm          Lunch
                        Cafeteria, Basement, DonahueBuilding, 41 Temple St.

2:00 pm          Keynote Address – C. Walsh Theatre, 55 Temple St.
                        Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
                        The Arab Spring: Significance and Prospects

                        Prof. Chomsky will be awarded the 2011 Peace Prize of the US Peace Memorial
                        Foundation before his talk

3:00 pm          Panel 2 – Domestic Impact and Response  – C. Walsh Theatre, 55 Temple St.

Given the many problems facing us today, how can the peace and justice movement have impact and change things for the better?  Clearly we cannot do it ourselves, we don't have enough power.  We must make alliances and coalitions with other progessive movements: labor, African Americans, immigrant rights, youth -- among many others.  The panelists will describe how the wars abroad affect their "war at home" issues and suggest ways that the movements can connect and better to work together.

                        Michael McPhearson, National Coordinator, United for Peace and Justice
                        Connecting to the War at Home

                        Patricia Montes, Executive Director, Centro Presente
                        How the Wars Affect Immigrant Rights at Home

                        Will Hopkins
                        Executive Director, New Hampshire Peace Action; Iraq Veterans Against the War; Veterans for Peace
                        The Crisis and Youth Today

                        Enid Eckstein, Vice President, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
                        The Attack on Labor, Labor’s Fightback and Alliances

4:30 pm          Wrapup – C. Walsh Theatre, 55 Temple St.

5:15 pm          March to Sen. John Kerry’s House
                       Assemble in C. Walsh Theatre Lobby, 55 Temple St.

5:30 pm         Sen. Kerry: Create Jobs; No Cuts to Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid; 
                       Restore Fair Taxation;  End the Wars; Cut the Military Budget

                       Rally at Sen. John Kerry’s House
                      19 Louisburg Square

                      Sponsors: UJP, Mass. Peace Action, 25% Coalition