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Syria, Turkey, the Kurds, and the US – Explained

When: Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Community Church • 565 Boylston Street • Boston

Trump’s sudden withdrawal of some US troops from Syria has caused chaos in an already troubled Middle East. It’s also caused a great deal of confusion among citizens who are both anti-Trump and anti-war. Turkey, a NATO ally supplied with US weapons, has invaded Syria. The predominantly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been forced to retreat. However, Trump ordered 500 troops to seize Syria’s oil wells and sent 2,000 more troops to Saudi Arabia.

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Raytheon: The Local Connection to Famine and Death in Yemen

When: Thursday, November 7, 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: First Lutheran Church • 6 Eddy Street • Waltham

For four years a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE has been bombing the country of Yemen, routinely striking hospitals, schools, food-storage facilities and water-treatment plans.  They are using man-mnade famine as a weapon of war.  Over 14 million people, half the population, now live on the brink of starvatation.  Raytheon -- headquartered in Waltham -- is a major arms supplied for Saudi Arabia, and it is estimated that between 2009 and 2015 alone Raytheon delivered $2.5 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia.

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Iran, the U.S., and the Middle East Crisis and Prospects

When: Sunday, November 17, 2019, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: First Parish Church • 3 Church Street • Cambridge

Council on American Islamic Relations: Annual Banquet

When: Saturday, November 2, 2019, 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Sheraton Boston Needham Hotel • 100 Cabot Street • Needham

Defending, Educating Empowering: Come join us for CAIR-MA's fourth annual banquet! This year we're honored to be joined by Imam Khalid Latif as our Keynote, and Dr. Altaf Husain as our Motivational Speaker. It's critical that we continue to stand up for our civil rights during these times of unprecedented discrimination and bigotry, and CAIR welcomes you to join this cause!  Tickets, contact: https://www.cairma.org

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Stop the Turkish invasion of Syria! Rally at Turkish Consulate

When: Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Where: Arlington Station on green line • march to Turkish Consulate • Boston
Stop the Turkish invasion of Syria!  Stop U.S. support to the Turkish army! Stop this NATO attack on the Kurds! -Turkey has begun a military invasion of Syria. The U.S. should join the EU in formally calling for Turkey to end its offensive. The United States should throw its full weight behind diplomatic efforts to replace the offensive with a ceasefire in northeast Syria.-As a NATO ally, the Turkish military is supplied with state-of-the-art weapons by the U.S., now being used against the Kurds. The U.S.
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Enforce the ban on Raytheon weapons sales to Saudi Arabia

When: Saturday, September 14, 2019, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Fresh Pond Shopping Center • meet at Whole Foods • down the street from Raytheon's Cambridge plant • Cambridge

The Saudi-US-Raytheon war against Yemen continues

This summer Congress passed a bill to ban weapons sales to Saudi Arabia by Raytheon and other war companies.

The President vetoed that bill continuing his love affair with the Saudis and with Raytheon and other war profiteers.

So it’s up to us to enforce that ban. We owe it to the people of Yemen who have to live under Raytheon bombs

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Standout -- Say to Raytheon: Stop supporting Saudi Arabia’s War on the People of Yemen!

When: Thursday, August 29, 2019, 4:35 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: South Station • Boston

Last month Congress voted to restrict weapons sales to the monstrous regime in Saudi Arabia. President Trump immediately vetoed that congressional legislation. So now it’s up to us to enforce that ban on Raytheon and the other arms dealers by insisting that Raytheon CEO Thomas Kennedy stop making money off his company’s growing collaboration with the Saudis.

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Demonstrate: end Raytheon’s support for death in Yemen; end arms sales to Saudi Arbia

When: Thursday, May 16, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Where: Hilton Hotel • 89 Broad Street • Boston

Through its arms sales and integration with the Saudi regime, Raytheon continues its major role in the destruction of Yemen. Paveway bombs, an intimate partnership with the Saudi Military, hundreds of personnel based in Saudi Arabia, establishing Raytheon Saudi Arabia in Riyadh – the Raytheon-Saudi collaboration is extensive. It sees working with the vicious regimes of the Middle East as an incredible economic opportunity.

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Join Yemen Anti-Famine team at "Raytheon Walk for Hunger"

When: Sunday, May 5, 2019, 7:30 am to 11:00 am
Where: Boston Common • Beacon and Charles St. • Boston

While Raytheon sponsors the Walk for Hunger in Boston,

Its bombs bring starvation and death to Yemen.

Sign up now for the “Yemen Anti-Famine Team” at the Walk for Hunger.

Protest Raytheon’s hypocrisy. Demand that Raytheon cease all weapons sales to the Saudi war criminals. Insist that the Walk for Hunger condemns Raytheon’s massive assistance to Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen.

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FILM: Life Is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara

When: Friday, April 26, 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston
A new film from director Iara Lee examines the tensions between the Sahrawi people and the Moroccan armed forces as it chronicles the everyday violence of life under occupation of Africa's last colony in the Western Sahara, giving voice to the aspirations of a desert people for whom 
colonialism has never ended. 
 
For more information and to watch the trailer: 
https://culturesofresistancefilms.com/western-sahara
 
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Social Issues in Saudi Arabia: Valentine Moghadam speaking

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Where: MIT • (venue to be determined) • Cambridge

MIT Lecture: "Worst Humanitarian Crises of Our Time: Displacement and Destruction in Syria and Yemen"

When: Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: MIT • 70 Memorial Drive • Building E51, 325 • Cambridge

Denis J. Sullivan
Director, Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies (BCARS, a Carnegie Corporation Project)
Professor of Political Science & International Affairs
Co-Director, Middle East Center
Northeastern University 

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Whose University Is It?

When: Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Public Library • 449 Broadway • Cambridge

*MIT and Harvard rolling out the red carpet for 
the Saudi Crown Prince in March, 2018 was no fluke: it is symptomatic of 
the lack of democracy on campuses across the US. Increasingly, 
university administrators act in our name, but without our involvement.*

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Advocate for peace with Iran in DC, Feb.11–14

When: Monday, February 11, 2019, 12:00 pm to Thursday, February 14, 2019, 5:00 pm
Where: Code Pink location to be announced • Washington

Protest Raytheon Weapon Sales to Saudi Arabia: war profiteers on campus!

When: Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 6:00 pm to Thursday, February 14, 2019, 2:00 pm
Where: Boston area multiple sites • Boston

Raytheon is a major weapons manufacturer and war profiteer with headquarters in Waltham, MA.  Multiple weapons made by Raytheon were found to have been responsible for the deaths of many ci

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