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Mass Peace Action Annual Meeting

When: Saturday, March 9, 2019, 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: Harvard-Epworth Methodist Church • 1555 Massachusetts Ave. • Cambridge

Now is the time to demand an end to militarism and a turn towards peace.  At our 2019 annual meeting, we will present MAPA's program plan for members' approval, hear from our keynote speaker, discuss how to take action in small breakout groups, elect board members, and hear a financial report.  Register today!

Not a member yet?  Pay your 2019 dues to ensure voting rights at the meeting, receive newsletters, and support our work (or you can pay dues as part of the meeting registration process).

The Keynote Address: The American Empire---A Fall From Grace?

by Lawrence Wilkerson

Scholars of the U.S. national security state sometimes denote a watershed period that commenced the state-building effort which transitioned the federal republic the Founders began in 1787 into what we are today.  As the Constitution more or less institutionalized the first effort, the 1947 National Security Act did the second.  Recently, the national security state-building effort thus set in motion in 1947 was powerfully accelerated by the tragic events of 11 September 2001, events that traumatized the nation.  What President Dwight Eisenhower identified in 1960 in his Farewell Address as a more or less creeping and pernicious influence on liberal democracy, after 9/11 became a torrent of democracy-eroding influences.  It is important to the people of this country that we pause and examine how this deadly process operates today.  Indeed, our destiny as a free people depends on it.

Lawrence Wilkerson is the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Government and Public Policy at the nation’s oldest public university, The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he has taught for the past fourteen years. Previously, while serving in the US Army for 31 years, he also taught in two of the nation’s most prestigious war colleges—the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and the Marine Corps War College in Quantico, Virginia.  After retiring from military service, he taught in the Honors Program at the George Washington University in Washington, DC for six years.   Positions he has held outside teaching include—in the military—special assistant to General Colin L. Powell when the General was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and—in civilian life—chief of staff to Powell when he served as U.S. Secretary of State.

View Lawrence Wilkerson's interview on the US, Iran, and Israel (March, 2018).

Schedule:

12:00 noon - Registration and literature tables open; Lunch

1:00 pm - Program Presentation and approval

2:00 pm - Keynote Speaker - Lawrence Wilkerson

3:00 pm - Breakouts

4:30 pm - Business meeting

                  Board Election: list of nominees forthcoming; see the election process

                  Finance Report

 

Register: mapa-annual-meeting-2019.bpt.me/ $15 for members, $10 students and low income, $25 for all others; free to members of MAPA campus chapters.  Literature table $25, includes one admission.

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