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Workshops: "Ending the Endless Wars and Occupations"

Ending the Endless Wars and Occupations


Workshops will be held from 12 noon to 1pm in classrooms in the Donahue Building (41 Temple St.) 

Bringing the Troops and War Dollars Home

Eric Fields, Fund Our Communities/ Cut Military Spending 25% Campaign

Paul Shannon, Majority Agenda Project; Fund Our Communities Not War/ Massachusetts 

The workshop will present a brief overview of military spending in relation to the domestic budget and and military spending in other countries. These issues will be linkded to peace issues and the 25% campaign organizing strategy. Finally, there will be a description of the current campaigns and how to get involved.

Youth and the Crisis

Will Hopkins, New Hampshire Peace Action, IVAW & VfP

Ruthy Rickenbacker, Simmons College undergraduate 

The Long War: working for peace against an empire in decline

Max Elbaum, War Times

The workshop will discuss themes from Elbaum's talk: main historical trends at the present moment: US power on the decline; demographic changes worldwide and in the US; climate change and the impact of the end of 'cheap energy' even as demand for energy soars -- all making for a very volatile environment and strong tendencies toward conflict and wars.  The rise of a right wing in the US that is intent on keeping US #1 against the tide of history.   But also some trends favoring our side: limits on US ability to deploy large numbers of troops abroad in wake of Iraq and budget crises; rising powers that don't have the kind of military-industrial complex the way US does; entrance on global stage of world public opinion - the world's 'second superpower' as NYT put it back in 2003.

Building labor and peace movement cooperation

Michael McPhearson, United for Peace and Justice

Enid Eckstein, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

The peace movement needs to work with labor to have more impact.  Most peace and justice activists agree with this view especially since the great recession.  And labor has been taking a stronger stand on peace issues, i.e. AFL-CIO is now calling for an end to the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq.  But how do we go beyond the intent to find time to deal with practical obstacles, and actually create a more productive process of working together?  The workshop will explore this issue. 

The Intertwined Dangers of Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Power

Guntram Mueller, Mass. Peace Action & UJP Nuclear Abolition Task Force

Junko Kayashige, Hiroshima A-Bomb Survivor and Artist

The threat from nuclear weapons continues, mostly forgotten and ignored but real, while the threats from nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism continue to grow.. Humankind has got to reduce the thousands of nuclear weapons that are out there, with a goal of getting to a negotiated and verifiable zero.  The Fukushima disaster has reminded us once again that nuclear power brings unacceptable safety risks; we need to build large scale renewables to combat catastrophic climate change.  Nuclear reactors generate plutonium, which greatly magnify the risk of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism.

Afghanistan: The US Must Change Course

Cole Harrison, Mass. Peace Action & UJP Afghanistan/Pakistan Task Force

Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Ali Pinschmidt, Community Supported Film

Ten years after the start of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, the violence is no closer to creating legitimacy for the corrupt and warlord-backed Karzai regime and is pushing Afghan nationalists to join the Taliban.  The Adminstration’s slow withdrawal plan covers a U.S. design for continued regional power projection from Afghan bases over the long term.   The workshop will include brief presentations, discussion, and viewing of a recently produced 10-minute film from Afghanistan.


Palestine: Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions-- The Time Has Come

Ann Wright, Col., U.S. Army (Ret.)

Alice Rothchild, American Jews for a Just Peace

In 2005, Palestinian civil society issued a call to the world to apply boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel until it upheld international law. This was signed by over 170 Palestinian coalitions, unions, refugee groups, human rights and social justice groups, the call is truly representative of the support that the Palestinian people believe they must have to survive and achieve their rights. There are many BDS campaigns here in the US and abroad. Hear about these campaigns and also what is happening locally here in the Boston area.