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There are only two weeks to go until the October 2, 2010 One Nation Working Together rally in Washington, DC. One of the largest coalitions of progressive organizations in our lifetime has come together to demand a people's agenda from Washington DC.

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Crowd at DemonstrationTwo weeks ago we asked if you were ready to hit the streets again. The answer is coming in from every corner of the country: YES.
 
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Brown Bag Lunch Vigil: Stop the Afghanistan War!

When: Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 9:00 am to 9:45 am
Where: Office of Rep. Stephen Lynch • 155 West Elm St • Brockton

Additional Locations:

Boston • Office of Sen. John Kerry • One Bowdoin Square (12:00-1:30)
Lowell • Office of Rep. Niki Tsongas • 11 Kearney Square
Worcester • Public Library, Banx Room • 3 Salem Square (12:30pm)
Hyannis • Office of Rep. Bill Delahunt • 146 Main Street (Friday at 3-4pm)

Healthcare Not Warfare

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The war is now entering what is traditionally the season of most intense fighting.  US casualty figures are running about twice what they were a year ago, with an average of 2-3 US troops and 1-2 other NATO troops being killed each day. As the US congressional elections approach – and as Afghanistan prepares for a significant meeting of international donors and supporters on July 20 – the war managers have little to show for all their efforts so far.

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Brown Bag Lunch Vigil: Stop the Afghanistan War!

When: Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 9:00 am
Where: Downstairs from Sen. John Kerry's office • One Bowdoin Square • Boston

Additional Locations:

Brockton • Office of Rep. Stephen Lynch • 155 West Elm Street (12:00-12:45) (NEW!)
Lowell • Office of Rep. Niki Tsongas • 11 Kearney Square
Worcester • Public Library, Banx Room • 3 Salem Square (12:30pm)
Hyannis • Office of Rep. Bill Delahunt • 146 Main Street (Friday at 3-4pm)

Healthcare Not Warfare

Register to attend!

The war is now entering what is traditionally the season of most intense fighting.  US casualty figures are running about twice what they were a year ago, with an average of 2-3 US troops and 1-2 other NATO troops being killed each day. As the US congressional elections approach – and as Afghanistan prepares for a significant meeting of international donors and supporters on July 20 – the war managers have little to show for all their efforts so far.

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Jeremy Brecher and Elaine Bernard: Strategies for Labor/ Peace/ Green Alliance

When: Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 1:00 pm
Where: Encuentro 5 • 33 Harrison Ave, 5th Floor • UNITE HERE Building, Chinatown T Stop • Boston

Connecting the Issues: the Economy, the Climate Crisis, & War and Peace

This conversation brings together 2 outstanding, long-time labor-movement activist intellectuals. It focuses on strategies for labor at this critical moment, particularly those that involve systematic collaboration with the peace/anti-war movement, climate justice movement, the single-payer health movement and the diverse coalition that elected Obama.

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Afghanistan/Pakistan Briefing - UJP Strategy Conference

When: Saturday, June 13, 2009, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Friends Meeting House • 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge

Let's all get together with each other again.....

On Saturday June 13 from 1-5 in the afternoon, all of us in UJP will gather for our next strategy conference.  Once again, we will be meeting at the Cambridge Friends Center in the Harvard Square area.

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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
Music
Dance
Talks
Action

  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 · www.masspeaceaction.org · 617-354-2169

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GOP Extremists: Cease & Desist!

When: Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Where: Massachusetts GOP Headquarters • 85 Merrimac St • North Station T • Boston

Cease & Desist

It’s time to listen to what the voters keep saying about the Budget:

Wednesday, October 16, 12 noon
Massachusetts GOP Headquarters
85 Merrimac St, Boston
North Station "T" stop

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Coalition Urges Legislators: Stop Cuts, Close Loopholes, Trim Pentagon

Boston, July 10-- The State Legislature should send a strong “anti-austerity” message to Washington to reverse devastating federal budget cuts, witnesses said today at a Statehouse hearing. Led by veteran community leader Mel King, 40 speakers from community, labor and peace groups, elected officials and policy experts urged the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs to pass the “Budget for All Resolution” (H 3211 and S 1750) to oppose federal cuts that threaten to reverse the state’s economic recovery and throw the state budget into deficit again. “Which side are you on?,” King asked legislators.

Community leader Mel King
Modeled on language passed by voters by an average 3 to 1 margin in each of the 91 cities and towns where it was on the ballot last November, the Budget for All Resolution urges Congress and President Obama to generate new revenues to invest in jobs by closing corporate tax loopholes, taxing the top 2% earners, ending the war in Afghanistan quickly and redirecting Pentagon spending to jobs and human needs.

“There is reason to fear that through budget cuts or a retreat from crucial programs, Washington would undo much of what we have accomplished in Massachusetts,” State Treasurer Steven Grossman stated in written testimony. “The people of Massachusetts have expressed support for these resolutions at the ballot box. I respectfully request that your committee do the same by reporting it favorably.”

“The lights were out in two Head Start classrooms in my town because of sequestration,” said Rep. David Rogers of Cambridge. “The lives of our future citizens are being formed. We are spending too much on the military, and there is too much of a gap between the haves and the have-nots. The Budget for All has got it right and we should pass it,” he concluded.

Several speakers testified to the devastating local effects of the $1 trillion in across the board “sequester” cuts that kicked in on March 1, with a 5% cut in every federal program, to be followed by 8% cuts annually for the next decade. The automatic cuts are the second stage of the $2.2 trillion “cuts only” approach to the federal deficit passed by Congress in the 2011 Budget Control Act.

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Don't Believe the NATO Hype: Alternatives Exist to War, Economic Crises

Joseph GersonAs the NATO summit in Chicago approaches, misplaced paranoia is striking deep. A near-police-state regime is being imposed, not only to "protect" heads of state from protesters, but also to severely limit the freedoms of speech and assembly.

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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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Budget for All Update, October 22

Rep. Mike Capuano heads up a group of community and political leaders who will speak out for the Budget for All this Thursday, October 25, 10am, at the Codman Square Health Center, 637 Washington Street, Dorchester.   Five blocks from Shawmut (T).

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Budget for All Update

October 7, 2012

Dear Budget for All organizers,

Yard signs and rally signs came in this week!   They look great and are going fast, so if you'd like some for your town, be sure to speak up ASAP!  We're asking a donation of $3.50 for yard signs (if available - only a few left) and $1 for rally signs (coated paper, 18x24).  Below, B4A supporters at Somerville's HONK Festival yesterday.

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Corporations and the 1%: Pay your Taxes! Fund our Communities!

When: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Dewey Square • Summer St & Atlantic Ave • South Station T • Boston

Pay Your Taxes!
For most Massachusetts residents, April 17 is the deadline to file our income taxes -- but for some Boston-area corporations, Tax Day never comes.

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After Iraq, War Is US

By Andrew Bacevich, Global Public Square Blog

20 December 11

"This post is Bacevich's response to a question posed by the Council on Foreign Relations to four commentators: 'Was the Iraq War worth it?'"

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