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Boston Marathon Bombings: Impact and Response

When: Monday, May 20, 2013, 4:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Friends Meeting • 5 Longfellow Park • near Harvard Sq (off Brattle St) • Cambridge

A forum sponsored by United for Justice with Peace

As we grieve the devastating impact of the Marathon bombings had on many families and communities in the Boston area, we are also aware of the need to examine the impact of those bombings on peace and justice issues in our communities, campaigns and organizing.

Presentations will provide analysis and ideas for response from the anti-war, immigrants’ rights, civil liberties, anti-war, economic justice, and Muslim communities.

How do we change the violent discourse and build solidarity between our movements? There will be ample time for discussion, and the forum is open to the public.

Speakers at Boston Marathon impact forum

with Carlos and Mélida Arredondo, Joseph Gerson, Gladys Vega, Cyrus McGoldrick, and Hillary Farber

Speakers (from left):

  • Carlos and Mélida Arredondo are members of Military Families Speak Out. Both Carlos and Melida were at the scene of the Boston Marathon bombing and Carlos’ quick action helped save the life of a victim, Jeff Bauman. They became anti-war activists after Carlos' 20-year-old eldest son Lance Corporal Alexander Arredondo died in action in Iraq in 2004. Both are immigrants from Costa Rica.
  • Joseph Gerson directs the Peace and Economic Security Program of the American Friends Service Committee. He lives four houses from the boat in which Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured and had a resident’s eye view of the massive Watertown manhunt.
  • Gladys Vega, Executive Director of the Chelsea Collaborative, is a tireless advocate for immigrant rights.
  • Cyrus McGoldrick is an American Muslim activist and lyrical artist of Iranian and Irish descent. He is the Director of the Outreach and Development Committee of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF) and serves as the Muslim Chaplain for Manhattan College. Formerly, he was the Civil Rights Manager and then Advocacy Director at the New York chapter of CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations. He is a community organizer in New York and teaches political organizing and classes on Islam at universities and community centers. He is a speaker and frequently interviewed by international media. He continues to perform original poetry and music as “The Raskol Khan.”
  • Hillary Farber is Associate Professor of Law at UMass Dartmouth School of Law. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Boston Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Board of Directors for Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, and the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. She is a founding member of the New England Innocence Project. She will address civil liberties issues raised by the bombing and aftermath.

$5-10 donation requested; no one turned away. For info write UJP at or call 617-383-4857

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