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Boston Remembers Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Moving from Violence to Unity

When: Wednesday, August 6, 2014, 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Where: First Church in Boston • 66 Marlborough St • Arlington T • Boston

69 years later, it’s time to fund jobs in Boston’s communities -- not militarism and violence

Memorial Procession

  Assembly and Invocation:

First Church in Boston, Berkeley & Marlborough Streets

Procession through Public Garden, Boston Common, past State House

Ceremony at Boston City Hall Plaza with City Councillor Charles Yancey

Tina Chery, Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

Elaine Scarry, Harvard University

Anna Baker, Pilgrim Coalition

“Soran Bushi” Japanese Dancers

Music by Evan Greer and John Loretz

Taiko Drumming 

Please join us for the 2nd annual memorial procession to take action in building a non-violent world free of the atrocities of nuclear weapons, militarism, and oppression.

  This year, we will bring together music, dance and talks to commemorate the 69th year of the Hiroshima & Nagasaki tragedies. Almost 7 decades later, it's time to fund jobs in Boston's communities, not militarism and violence! 

Tina CherySpeaking during the ceremony will be Tina Chery, President and CEO of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. After her oldest son passed away due to gun violence, she founded this institute to educate and outreach to the families of homicide victims. She subsequently developed the Peace Curriculum with the aim of creating a safe environment for young people. Integrating classroom discussions and community service with an emphasis on peace and peacemaking, this curriculum is an effective intervention for reducing juvenile crime. 

Massachusetts Peace Action initiated this event; Dorchester People for Peace helped bring it to Boston. The First Church in Boston generously opened its doors and embraced Boston Remembers Hiroshima & Nagasaki. 

SponsorsMassachusetts Peace Action, Dorchester People for Peace,
American Friends Service Committee, Arlington Street Church Social Justice Committee, Arlington UJP, Bikes Not Bombs, Boston Mobilization, Cape Codders for Peace & Justice, Cape Downwinders, Leverett Peace Pagoda, Massachusetts Senior Action (Cambridge chapter), Newton Dialogues on Peace & War, Pilgrim Coalition, United for Justice with Peace, Veterans for Peace/Smedley Butler Brigade, Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom – Boston Branch (list in formation)

Download the Flyer: Boston Remembers Hiroshima

Read:  Cambridge Chronicle coverage of last year's event and Watch: Cambridge Cable TV coverage

contact: Massachusetts Peace Action, 11 Garden St, Cambridge, MA 02138 · · 617-354-2169

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Raytheon, Missile Offense & Endless War: 19th Annual Space Organizing Conference

When: Friday, June 17, 2011, 2:00 pm to Sunday, June 19, 2011, 2:00 pm
Where: Merrimack College • 315 Turnpike Street • Cachcia Hall • North Andover

Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power In Space

2011 marks the 19th anniversary of the Global Network’s organizing efforts to build an international constitutency to Keep Space for Peace. Each year we gather to share the latest international developments on Pentagon and aerospace industry plans for the militarization of space.

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A Nuclear Weapons Free World? History, Recent Developments, Future Prospects

When: Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Harvard CGIS South Building • 1730 Cambridge St • Room S-050 • Cambridge

Lawrence Wittner will focus on the history of the world nuclear disarmament movement and its efficacy in curbing the nuclear arms race and preventing nuclear war.  Now that even former and current government officials have come around to supporting the creation of a nuclear weapons-free world, public pressure could provide the crucial factor in bringing it to fruition.

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Declaration of Global Network 19th Annual Conference

At a time when the Obama Administration would like to stress its adherence to a more multilateral National Space Policy, the members of Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space remind us that the real global situation in space militarization should still be disturbing, when we see the real-world plans of the U.S., its NATO allies, and industrial nations worldwide. Even as the four years of an unprecedented recession have cut into commercial space enterprises, military budgets continue unabated, and are approaching $1 trillion annually in the U.S.

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Rumi's Field

“Out beyond ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”

Keeping the biggest possible picture in mind, paradoxically, may give us the best lens through which to focus clearly upon the messy details of our lives at every level—internationally, nationally, locally, even personally.

How big a picture? Try: the whole earth and everything and everyone on it, through hundreds of millions of years of time.

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Hiroshima Day Commemoration

When: Saturday, August 7, 2010, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: Watertown Square • Corners of Main, Mt. Auburn, Galen Streets • Watertown

Peace Vigil, Action Messages, Music, and Candleboat Floating

Commemorate the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 65 years ago on August 6 and 9, 1945

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Eight Years of War, How Many More? New England Rallies Against Wars and Occupation

When: Saturday, October 17, 2009, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Copley Square • Boylston & Dartmouth Sts. • Boston
U.S. Predator drone missile

All troops home now from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq!

End the siege of Gaza and all US support for the occupation of Palestine!

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"Rethink Afghanistan" Film - UJP fall conference

When: Saturday, October 3, 2009, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Democracy Center • 45 Mt. Auburn St. • Cambridge

Members of UJP and its affiliated groups will gather on Saturday, October 3, from 1-5pm, for our next strategy conference.    This time, we'll meet at the Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn St., in Harvard Square.  The agenda will include a new film on Afghanistan, building the October 17 protest, revising the UJP structure, and reports from UJP task forces.

To start off the program we will view the powerful and thought-provoking new film, Rethink Afghanistan, by noted documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald.   The film, which has been released in installments over the past four months, is now complete and addresses the 2009 escalation, the costs of the war, the impact on Pakistan, on Afghan women, the civilian casaualties, and the security implications for Americans.   We will also mention how UJP members who view the film Oct. 3 can organize screenings in their communities or house party screenings in their own homes.    View the trailer at left.

The film will be followed by a discussion on the peace movement's response to the Afghan war.   While Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold and conservative columnist George Will have come out against escalation in recent days, and while 51% of the American public opposes the war according to polls,  the Pentagon and much of the Washington establishment appear determined to send more troops and escalate the conflict once again.   The peace movement must raise our voices and continue to increase the political cost of escalation so that the Obama Administration "rethinks" its war policy.

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Two Films on Abolishing Nuclear Weapons

When: Thursday, September 3, 2009, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Family YMCA • 820 Mass Ave • Central Square • Cambridge

Child of the Bomb (excerpt)

Getting to a Nuclear Weapons-Free World

Several nuclear arms treaties will be coming up for review in the next few months, culminating with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in May. We will take a look at several short films and consider with activists from Mass Peace Action, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and United for Justice and Peace how we can support President Obama's commitment, made on April 5th in Prague, to eliminate nuclear weapons world-wide.

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Almost 70 years after the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Joseph Gerson, AFSC's disarmament coordinator, answers questions about the legacy of the 1945 atomic bombings.   Originally posted at

Why do people each year commemorate the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

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START Treaty Reaches Senate Floor

December 15 - The START Treaty was voted onto the Senate floor this afternoon by a vote of 66-32. We are very pleased that Senator Scott Brown was among 9 Republicans who voted to get the treaty done.

While Sen. Brown has still not announced how he will vote on the treaty, this is a favorable sign. Please call Senator Brown's office at 617-565-3170 and say thank you for this vote -- and ask him again to commit to vote for the treaty.

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Fr. Bryan Hehir: Peace, Proliferation, and the Public Voice

When: Monday, March 9, 2015, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Harvard University, Barker Center, Room 133 • 12 Quincy St • Harvard T • Cambridge

Please join Peace & Planet on March 9 in Cambridge to hear the distinguished scholar Fr. Bryan Hehir present a Catholic approach to nuclear disarmament.

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Peace & Planet: Reportback on Vienna Nuclear Disarmament Conference

When: Monday, January 5, 2015, 2:30 pm
Where: Barker Center - Thompson Room • 12 Quincy St • Harvard T • Cambridge

Boston Area Organizing Meeting

Monday, Jan. 5, 7:30 pm
Barker Center
Thompson Room
12 Quincy St, Cambridge

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Maintaining Hegemony

The New Left Project intereviewed JoseJoseph Gersonph Gerson on the subject of U.S. foreign and military policies, published as “Maintaining Hegemony” on the NLP and ZNET web sites.   Gerson will speak on similar themes on March 13 at the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge.

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5 myths about getting rid of the bomb

By Barry Blechman and Alex Bollfrass
The Washington Post - Sunday, June 27, 2010


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