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Syria, Iraq and ISIS: Understanding the New War; How Should the Peace Movement Respond?

When: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 2:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Friends Center • 5 Longfellow Pk (off Brattle St.) • Harvard T • Cambridge

     o Prof. Elaine Hagopian on understanding the war

     o Activist views on the peace movement's response

     o Discussion on what to do next 

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Organizing Meeting for a Coalition Against the U.S. War in Iraq & Syria

When: Monday, October 27, 2014, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: encuentro 5 • 9 Hamilton Place • across from Park St T • Boston

The U.S. attacks on Syria and Iraq are a disastrous setback for peace, the rule of law, and for a diplomatic resolution of the upheaval in the Middle East.

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The Iraq War Disaster

Thursday, December 15, 2011


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Peace & Planet: Mobilization for a Nuclear Free, Just and Sustainable World

When: Sunday, April 26, 2015, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Union Square North, march to UN • New York City

Peace & Planet
April 26, 2015

New York City

Interfaith convocation 11am, rally at Union Square 1pm, march to the United Nations, peace festival and presentation of petitions at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza – April 26. Bus departs 7:00 am at Alewife MBTA station and 7:20 at Riverside, returns same evening- reserve your bus ticket now.

• Global Peace Wave – April 26

• International peace, justice and environmental conference - Register hereApril 24 & 25

Sign the petition (to be presented at UN on April 26)!

YOU can make a difference!

The United States, U.K., Russia, China and France long ago signed onto a commitment to negotiate the elimination of their nuclear weapons, but after 44 years this group has yet to hold its first meeting.

April 27, 2015 is when the nations of the world meet at the UN to determine what — if anything — can be done to compel the U.S. and other nuclear weapons states to adhere to their commitments.

Between now and May, U.S. and international advocates urging the elimination of nuclear weapons by the U.S. and the other nuclear weapons states will be building a campaign of mass participation in events related to the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.

We call for an end to militarism and war, action to save the planet from climate catastrophe, and a focus on social justice.

Peace+Planet.logo.100A world free of the threat of nuclear devastation starts with elimination of the U.S. and other nuclear arsenals.

Will you help us make it happen by joining us in New York City to press the U.S. and other nuclear states to start negotiating?  Sign up today!

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CANCELLED - St. Patrick’s Peace Parade

When: Sunday, March 15, 2015, 8:00 am to 12:30 pm
Where: D Street & West Broadway • Look for white "Vets for Peace" Flags • South Boston

Read Press Release About Cancellation

People's Parade for Peace, Equality, Jobs, Environmental Stewardship, Social & Economic Justice

Unite, Participate, Celebrate

New Start Time! Assemble: 11am. Parade start: 12 noon

Sign Up to Attend - to Register your Organization - to Volunteer - or to ask a Question!

There are several DIVISIONS marching in the parade, as well as two marching bands, Duck Boats, bagpipers, and the Bread and Puppet Theater.. The DIVISIONS are: Veterans groups; Peace groups; LGBT groups; Faith groups; environmental groups; social and economic justice groups; labor groups; political groups. Please invite your group(s) to come! Contact: Veterans for Peace, Pat Scanlon,, 978-475-1776; Massachusetts Peace Action, Cole Harrison,, 617-354-2169; faith groups contact Lara Hoke, Twitter@SmedleyVFP

Please join us for our Fifth Annual Saint Patrick’s Peace Parade, the Alternative People’s Parade for Peace, Equality, Jobs, Environmental Stewardship, Social and Economic Justice.

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War is Not a Game

When: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 2:00 pm to 3:45 pm
Where: Somerville Public Library - Central • 79 Highland Avenue • Parking is available • Somerville

Somerville author Nan Levinson will read from her book War is Not a Game: the New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built at Somerville Public Library.

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At the Park Street Protest -- Saturday, Feb. 21

This is my soap box speech from the Park Street demo, Sat. Feb. 21. Thankfully it was not so cold as it is today!  

The global situation is careening out of control

Every country the U.S. and/or NATO have bombed is in a state of chaos: Libya, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, and Afghanistan. US warmongers are not satisfied with all that chaos, they are sparring with Russia over the Ukraine – playing a very dangerous game with a nuclear armed power

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Boston Protest Against War Authorization Bill In Congress

Feb. 21, 2015-Boston Common:

About 20 anti-war protesters held a speakout against Obama's request for authorization to use military force against Iraq and Syria.

Braving the cold sub-freezing temperatures, activists spoke out against the prospect of endless war this authorization would give the US.

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Why are there two parades in South Boston on Saint Patrick’s Day?

Rally: No New U.S. War in Iraq & Syria!

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8:00 am
Where: Park Street MBTA Station • Park St & Tremont St • Boston

Soldiers withdrawing from Iraq in 2008

Rally and march to Downtown Crossing with a mock drone and die-in. 

On Friday, Nov. 7, President Obama doubled down on the war in Iraq and Syria, ordering 1500 more troops on the ground in Iraq and requesting over $5 billion in funding.

  • Stop the Bombing - No more military intervention in Iraq and Syria

  • Bring the troops home now

  • Stop sending weapons into the region which are leading to so much bloodshed

  • Support humanitarian aid, through neutral institutions, for victims of the conflict

  • Support self-determination and the demilitarization of the area

It appears that Congress is about to give the President authorization to carry out an ever-expanding war in Iraq and Syria.

Our leaders say that these new wars will last for years. But over the past 13 years, this country has already spent one trillion, five hundred billion dollars for wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and other parts of the Middle East and South Asia.

These military actions have brought hundreds of thousands of deaths, but neither peace nor security. Meanwhile, these hundreds of billions of dollars could have been used instead to provide for jobs, human needs and renewable energy.

The current campaign to sell this war has nothing to do with protecting us or the people of the area. Instead, it is intended to secure control of the area by repressive governments and sectarian militias allied (for the time being) with Washington.

The current bombing campaign is a violation of the U.N. Charter and the U.S. Constitution. In its sweep through Syria and Iraq, ISIS is using modern U.S. weapons that were previously sent into the region in order to stabilize a corrupt and brutal regime in Baghdad and to overthrow Syria’s government.

Is bombing an answer to these sectarian conflicts? Do these actions reflect the interests of working people in the U.S. or the peoples of the Middle East?

We should not be involved militarily in a sectarian conflict that our war in Iraq set off. Rather, we should support a policy of non-intervention and self-determination. Any real and lasting solution to the problems in the region must come from the peoples of that region themselves, not from the Pentagon. 

Call Congress toll-free at 877-429-0678 and say: 

“I want you to speak out strongly and to vote against against proposals that authorize use of military force and support for armed groups in Syria and Iraq. ”

Save the date for an educational forum on Syria and Iraq featuring Prof. Elaine Hagopian, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 7pm.

For more info or to help organize: United for Justice with Peace, 617-383-4857,

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We Demand Peace in Iraq & Syria

When: Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 7:00 am
Where: Park Street MBTA Station • Park St & Tremont St • Boston

Reading by Nan Levinson from War Is Not A Game

When: Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Porter Square Books • Porter Square Shopping Center - White Street • Porter Square T Station and 77 Bus line • Cambridge

Nan Levinson reads from her new book: War is Not a Game The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built.

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"What is PEACE?"

When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: Wellesley College • Pendleton Atrium • Wellesley

The Environmental Poisoning of Iraq: Why Academics Must Speak Out

When: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 3:30 pm
Where: Massachusetts Institute of Technology 32 - 141 • 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge • Cambridge

 MIT Science for the People Seminar Series presents

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Gather Signatures to Stop Iraq & Syria Bombing at HONK!

When: Sunday, October 12, 2014, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: in front of Starbucks • 33 Church St • Harvard T • Cambridge

Join Mass. Peace Action on Sunday, October 12 when we will set up an outreach table after the HONK! Parade in Harvard Square. 

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