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"Ending the Endless Wars" Conference

The first panel at the UJP conference. Left, Max Elbaum. Right, Najib Saliba and Ann Wright.   Photos by Pat Westwater-Jong
UJP's 10th anniversary conference, Ending the Endless Wars and Occupations, drew 250 Boston area peace activists to an all-day movement building conversation October at held at Suffolk University, and cosponsored by the Suffolk Department of Government.  The gathering was UJP's largest since the height of the Iraq war in 2006. 
Assistant Prof. Brian Conley welcomed the conference, which drew dozens of Suffolk undergraduates, to Suffolk University.  Shelagh Foreman of Peace Action read remarks, "No Justice, No Peace", by ex-Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner.   He congratulated UJP on ten years of work and emphasized the importance of the justice component, citing UJP's work to stop BU's dangerous level 4 biolab as an positive example.  Turner reminded us of Martin Luther King's "three evils" of war, racism and poverty and said that all must be addressed as part of the same system.   Turner advised us to persist in our efforts and not get discouraged in case of adversity.
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Military Spending Blocks Climate Change Fight

Maggie Zhou of Climate SOS and UJP was interviewed by Climate Change TV at the Cancun climate change conference, December, 2010.   She argues that all efforts to address climate change or human rights will fail unless we contend with the “elephant in the living room”: militarism.   Read the Climate SOS Statement co-signed by UJP.

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How Do You Fix the Deficit? End the Wars, Tax the Rich!

Boston antiwar march, 10-15-2011

Several thousand anti-war protesters marched through downtown Boston Saturday, October 15 to protest the US wars.  The march started at Park Street and passed by the Armed Forces Recruiting Center, Verizon, Bank of America and ended at the Occupy Boston camp in Dewey Square.

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Military Spending and Jobs in Massachusetts

Military Spending and Jobs in Massachusetts is the title of a new study by Heidi Garrett-Peltier and Prasannan Parthasarathi, published by the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) of UMass Amherst.

The authors look at the level of job losses that would be sustained if substantial cuts were made in federal spending on defense contracting in Massachusetts. They compare those impacts with potential cuts at a similar scale to education, healthcare, construction or clean-energy spending, finding that, for the same level of federal spending cuts, jobs losses are 15-20% less in non-military sectors. That is because federal funds invested in education, healthcare, construction and clean energy are far more effective job creators than military spending.

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One Nation Mobilization Draws Huge Crowd to National Mall Despite Travel Snafus

One Nation crowd
AFRO photo

October 3 - The One Nation Working Together mobilization drew a huge crowd which filled the National Mall yesterday, as labor, civil rights, and environmental leaders called for unity and repairing the nation's broken economy and social fabric.


Jobs Not War at Labor Day 2010

Fund our communities - Cut military spending 25%The 25% campaign had a very visible presence at the great Labor Day rally on Boston Common, organized by SEIU Local 615.

25%ers from the Boston area met up with a large contingent from the Coalition for Social Justice and the Coalition for Poverty from Fall River/New Bedford.

We handed out almost 400 25% ‘Jobs not Wars’ stickers and fliers, talked to many people, and joined the march with a banner.


Teacher Layoffs and War


by the Editors of Rethinking Schools 


Recalling 60s Debate over U.S. Military

Two presidents, two speeches — and a profound question about the American military that has yet to be answered

By Peter S. Canellos | August 15, 2010 The Boston Globe

Dorchester Day Parade - Peace Contingent

When: Sunday, June 5, 2011, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Lower Mills • Dorchester Ave. between Richmond & Adams • Dorchester

ParadeGuyGather 12-12:30pm

(Parade Kick-off 1pm sharp)

Look for us along Dorchester Ave. in Lower Mills, between Richmond and Adams (Division 1)

Please let us know if you can make it by responding to this email, writing to or phoning 617-288-4578

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