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Doomsday in three minutes?

Mobilize for a Nuclear Free, Just, Sustainable World Instead! (We've done it before and can do it again)

On January 22, 2015 the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the hands of the doomsday clock two minutes closer to midnight.

"This is about doomsday; this is about the end of civilization as we know it," said bulletin executive director Kennette Benedict. "The probability of global catastrophe is very high, and the actions needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon," she said.

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Time for the global superpower to rise again!

Today the doomsday clock was moved forward to three minutes to midnight.  The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said in a statement today: "World leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe. These failures of leadership endanger every person on earth."

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On Seeing the Movie SELMA

Last night members of Arlington United for Justice with Peace went to see the timely movie Selma that just opened at our hometown movie theater, The Capitol.

The actors give rather understated performances in a slow-paced film punctuated by violence. The bombing of the Birmingham church is set squarely at the beginning and although I knew what was coming I jumped at the horror of it: Cynthia Wesley, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair.

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Vermont Yankee Closed

After decades of protest, radioactive tritium leaks, a collapsed cooling tower and about 3000 spent fuel rods "temporarily" stored on the roof in spent fuel pools, Vermont Yankee powered down on December 29.

Vermont Yankee was one of the GE Mark I reactors - the same design as the three Fukushima reactors that melted down in the 2011 earthquake disaster in Japan.  

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New York State Bans Fracking!

A true people's victory has been won by New York anti-fracking activists!

According to Wenonah Hauter, the executive director of Food & Water Watch, in a Common Dreams post, despite a sense that fracking was "inevitable" in New York state, several organizations worked together with a goal of banning fracking.

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Kinder Morgan On The Run!??

The infamous Kinder Morgan company that wants to build a new pipeline from New York state to Dracut through woods, orchards, communities, and wetlands in Massachusetts has revised its route.

In a Boston Globe front page story dated 12/6/14, that begins, “Stung by intense local opposition…” -- one could almost think that a people’s victory was at hand!

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Two Protests at RE/MAX

Marking the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, Boston-area activists initiated a new Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions project at RE/MAX real estate agency.

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Climate Change AND Nuclear Disarmament/Abolition

Posted at Truthout, under "Speakout" on July 26, 2014

Humanity is at a crossroads, faced with dual threats. One is the growing climate crisis and the other is the ever-present, albeit submerged threat of nuclear annihilation that has been part of daily reality since 1945. Each threatens all life on Planet Earth.

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Fracked Gas Pipeline in Massachusetts?

On July 30, 2014 from 11 AM to 1 PM, there will be a rally at the State House in Boston to welcome and join the “rolling marchers” who are walking to protest a proposed pipeline of fracked gas running through their communities. 

This is a proposed high-pressure gas pipeline to run from New York, to Richmond in Berkshire County and through to Dracut, north of Boston. 

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Iraq Conference Calls - Report

Two conference calls by United for Peace and Justice were held to update peace activists on the situation in Iraq.  About 100 activists across the country were on the first call June 18 and about 50 on July 8. 

United for Peace and Justice still exists as a national network (no paid staff)

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No More Attacks on Iraq - Enough!

Michael Borkson photo

Forty United for Justice with Peace activists stood out in Harvard Square in a hastily-arranged vigil to oppose any renewed attacks by the U.S. on Iraq.  Iraq has been in the news again, as conflict widens across the Middle East.  

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Protesting Drones at MIT

In a ceremony with painful moments, the names of victims of drone attacks were read aloud on Tuesday, May 6, as 50 activists called together by the Eastern Massachusetts anti-drone Network and other groups took part in National Days of Action opposing killer and spy drones.   

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Spirit of Seeger Lives On

Pete Seeger’s music and message were alive and well last night.  A standing-room only crowd filled the Fellowship Hall at Calvary United Methodist Church near Spy Pond in Arlington to sing the dear old songs with a full roster of local musicians.

From Gail Finnie’s rendition of “Oh, had I a golden thread…” to the final moments when the crowd exited the room singing “Down by the riverside…” the evening was a smashing success and raised a goodly sum for Oxfam and Doctors Without Borders.

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Snowden Revelations and Historical Perspective

Glenn Greenwald and Noam Chomsky

Speaking to a sold out audience in Harvard Square, about his new book: No Place to Hide: Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State, journalist and constitutional attorney, Glenn Greenwald told some of the dramatic tale of being contacted by Snowden. 

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Report on Venezuela with Reverend Mike Clark

Rev. Mike Clark

April 27

Arlington United for Justice with Peace meeting

Rev. Mike Clark sat down with members of Arlington UJP on the evening of April 27 to educate our group about current events in Venezuela.

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