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Rally against U.S. arms sales and military cooperation with Saudi Arabia

When: Thursday, October 27, 2016, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Massachusetts Institute of Technology • 77 Mass. Ave, main building • Cambridge

Rally against US arms sales and military cooperation with Saudi Arabia

Thursday, Oct. 27, 5 pm, MIT at 77 Mass Ave (main building)

Demand that MIT end its collaboration with the King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST).  According to the Oxford Business Group, KACST has developeded partnerships with the two largest US military contractos (Lockheed Martin and Boeing) and is a key institution in carry out R&D in support of Saudi Arabia's military modernization.  It is unclear at this stage whether MIT's collaboration specifically includes research with military applications.  But given US supported Saudi Arabian war crimes in Yemen and its abysmal human rights record, it is inappropriate for US universities to be supportive of key institutions in Saudi Arabia's military infrastructure.

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Ending the Many Wars in Syria: Phyllis Bennis

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 7:00 pm to Friday, October 14, 2016, 11:00 am
Where: Boston College, Tufts, Emmanuel, Salem State, Gordon College, Brandeis, Bristol Community College • Boston, Newton, Medford, Salem, Wenham, and New Bedford

Talks by Phyllis Bennis October 11-14

Is the war in Syria a civil war? Is it a proxy war between the US and Russia ? Is it also a proxy war between Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkey? Can ISIS be reined in? Should Assad go? Or stay?  Should the US "do more"?  Or is it already doing too much by arming and training rebel groups? What will be the likely outcome of the current cease fire negotiations? 

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Kingdom of the Unjust: Medea Benjamin speaks on Saudi Arabia

When: Friday, October 21, 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: First Church, Cambridge • 11 Garden St. • Cambridge

 Behind the U.S.-Saudi ConnectionMedea Benjamin’s national book tour comes to Boston Oct. 21:  An expose of an insidious relationship that is devastating the Middle East and South Asia

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When: Saturday, September 24, 2016, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: Park Street Station • Tremont and Park • Boston




Say NO to US Imperialism's War on Syria.
Hands Off Syria! Picket and Street Rally

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Community Dialogues on War and Reconciliation

When: Friday, September 23, 2016, 7:00 pm to Sunday, September 25, 2016, 4:00 pm
Where: Unitarian First Church • 66 Marborough Street • Boston
"Community Dialogues on War and Reconciliation" featuring three staged readings of Reconciliation, a Joiner Institute commissioned and produced play about the Iraq War 
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Looking into the Syrian Crisis

When: Saturday, September 10, 2016, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Luck Art Gallery • 438 Lexington St. • Newton

Looking Into The Syrian Crisis

September 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

LuckArt Gallery

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Windows Into Syria

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Eliot Church of Newton • 474 Centre St • Newton Corner

Causes and Consequences of the Syrian Refugee Crisis – What We Can Do

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Stop Textron’s cluster bomb sales to Saudi Arabia!

When: Monday, April 18, 2016, 4:30 pm
Where: Textron World Headquarters • 40 Westminster St • Providence

Global Day of Action On Military Spending: Southeast New England Regional Witness for Peace

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Andrew Bacevich on America's War for the Greater Middle East

When: Monday, March 21, 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Walpole Public Library • 143 School Street • Community Room • Walpole
Dr. Andrew Bacevich will give a talk on his upcoming book, America’s War for the Greater Middle East, on  Monday, March 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Walpole Public Library.
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National Summit on Saudi Arabia: Understanding the Kingdom and Its Global Role

When: Saturday, March 5, 2016, 8:00 am to Sunday, March 6, 2016, 5:00 pm
Where: Clarke School of Law • 4340 Connecticut Avenue • Washington D.C.

Building Peace and Justice– Now More than Ever: Massachusetts Peace Action 2016 Annual Meeting

When: Saturday, March 12, 2016, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: First Church in Cambridge - Jewett Auditorium • 11 Garden St • Harvard T • Cambridge

Syria • ISIS • Middle East Violence • and the Next President

When: Monday, February 1, 2016, 7:00 pm
Where: Suffolk University Law School, First Floor Function Room • 120 Tremont St • near Park Street MBTA • Boston

How can the US stop destabilizing the Middle East and lay the foundation for peace?

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Middle Eastern Refugee Solidarity Dinner

When: Sunday, February 28, 2016, 5:30 pm
Where: First Parish Church • 10 Parish St • Meetinghouse Hill • Dorchester

The season of peace is a good time to remember the humanity of others

Remarks delivered at "Welcome Refugees - War is Not the Answer" candlelight vigil, December 10, 2015, Boston Common.   Photos

In our war culture we learn to define the "other" -- the "outsider" -- as an "enemy" from our earliest hours.  The "enemy" is depersonalized in wars to make killing easier, so that it's easier not to care and to close our eyes and hearts to the inflicted horrors that all wars are. What needs to happen is a total transformation. We need to recognize the humanity of others – one way to do that is to welcome war refugees (sometimes mistermed migrants or immigrants by the media) – as we take responsibility for the consequences of the wars waged in our names by our government.

Those of us who work for peace day after day, week after week, year after year, decade after decade are among those who do take that step toward recognition of the humanity of others. We abhor the bombs dropping on children, mothers, fathers, grandparents. I always think – hey – there are people down there – it's not shock and awe it's murder!  I find it very painful when I stand with my sign for peace and people in my community drive past shouting out justifications for bombing and killing – even one time - thankfully only one time- "nuke 'em". The violence here and wars there are out of control, we are eclipsed by events that worsen daily and our voices continue unheeded. 

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What: Candlelight Vigil

When: Tonight, Thursday, December 10, 5:30 pm

Where: Park Street Station, downtown Boston

Boston, December 10-- With deep concern about intolerant calls to block Muslims from entering the U.S. and a growing hatred of Muslim-Americans, local residents will hold a candlelight vigil tonight outside Park Street T-Station on the International Day for Human Rights.

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