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Power to the People

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Today John Lennon would be 75 and the radio played his song Power to the People.  Earlier this week a couple thousand people made a peace sign in New York's Central Park in response to Yoko Ono's call to honor John's birthday in this way.

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Pass the Mass. Trust Act for Immigration Reform

Sept. 22, 2015

Help Make Sure that the Mass Trust Act Passes This Year

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#Enough! Fatima needs food and proper medical care, not war!

September 21, 2015

Kabul—Some days ago, at the Afghan Peace Volunteers’ Borderfree Center, I met Jamila, the mother of a little girl, Fatima, who comes to the Street Kids School, a program designed to help children working on the streets go to school.  Jamila, a young mother of seven, smiles and laughs easily, even though she faces dire circumstances here in Kabul. 
 

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Keep Space for Peace Week

 
October 3-10, 2015

 

Keep Space for Peace Week

International Week of Protest to

Stop the Militarization of Space

Stop Drones Surveillance & Killing

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Getting Things Straight About the Iran Deal

From the September 18 Cambridge Chronicle - By Paul Shannon

CAMBRIDGE

Lately debate on the Iran agreement has been reverberating in Washington and the national media. A few basic questions about the deal may help clarify just what’s at stake.

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Arlington Peace Vigil in support of the Iran Agreement

Arlington United for Justice with Peace responded to the moveon.org call for local peace vigils in support of the Iran agreement that is currently before Congress for a vote. 

Despite the rain, twenty people stood out for an hour at Arlington Town Hall on Thursday, September 10 from 6 to 7 pm.

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Boston says No to RE/MAX

Monday con­ven­tion­eers going to the Re/Max conference here in Boston saw 30 to 40 protesters saying NO OPEN HOUSES ON STOLEN LAND.  
 
Peace activist groups gathered at Hynes Convention Center to protest RE/MAX's operations in occupied Palestinian Land.  Re/Max International and Re/Max Israel sell settlement homes that are built on stolen Palestinian land.  These settlements are in direct violation of international law.  Re/Max Israel and Re/Max International profit from the continuing land theft from and dispossession of Palestinians.
 
Boston protesters say NO - No to Re/Max illegal operations.  
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Annals of Nuclear Resistance

In honor of Peace and Planet Summer and Nuclear Free Future Month, United for Peace and Justice is launching an Annals of Nuclear Resistance project to recall and tell the storied resistance to nuclear weapons and power. 

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No Warlords Need Apply - a call for credible peacemaking in Afghanistan

A second round of peace talks between Afghan government officials and Taliban representatives, expected to begin before the end of July, 2015, suggests that some parties to the fighting want to declare a cease fire.  But even in the short time since the first round on July 7th, fighting has intensified.  The Taliban, the Afghan government forces, various militias and the U.S. have ramped up attacks, across Afghanistan.

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ABRAZOS

Friends, Come See and Discuss

ABRAZOS

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Pushing Up - Kathy Kelly

Diplomacy Not War with Iran

United for Peace and Justice welcomes the completion of the historic international agreement with Iran, which limits its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions and the ending of its isolation. After years of futile, horrific wars, we join with peace-loving people around the world in embracing this diplomatic achievement.

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Diplomacy Triumphs as Historic Iran Deal Relaxes Mideast Tensions

After years of sanctions, suspicion, war threats, and negotiations, six world powers and Iran announced a comprehensive deal this morning to resolve disputes over Iran's nuclear program and roll back sanctions.  

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Before The Dawn

"The American Century" has plunged the world into crisis

‘The American Century’ Has Plunged the World Into Crisis

There’s something fundamentally wrong with U.S. foreign policy.

by Conn Hallinan and Leon Wofsy

Despite glimmers of hope — a tentative nuclear agreement with Iran, for one, and a long-overdue thaw with Cuba — we’re locked into seemingly irresolvable conflicts in most regions of the world. They range from tensions with nuclear-armed powers like Russia and China to actual combat operations in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.

Why? Has a state of perpetual warfare and conflict become inescapable? Or are we in a self-replicating cycle that reflects an inability — or unwillingness — to see the world as it actually is?

The United States is undergoing a historic transition in our relationship to the rest of the world, but this is neither acknowledged nor reflected in U.S. foreign policy. We still act as if our enormous military power, imperial alliances, and self-perceived moral superiority empower us to set the terms of “world order.”

While this illusion goes back to the end of World War II, it was the end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union that signaled the beginning of a self-proclaimed “American Century.” The idea that the United States had “won” the Cold War and now — as the world’s lone superpower — had the right or responsibility to order the world’s affairs led to a series of military adventures. It started with President Bill Clinton’s intervention in the Yugoslav civil war, continued on with George W. Bush’s disastrous invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and can still be seen in the Obama administration’s own misadventures in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and beyond.

In each case, Washington chose war as the answer to enormously complex issues, ignoring the profound consequences for both foreign and domestic policy. Yet the world is very different from the assumptions that drive this impulsive interventionism.

It’s this disconnect that defines the current crisis.

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