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Newton Dialogues on Peace and War

Anniversary of Contrast: the 75th Year of UN Founding and Atomic Bombings

When: Thursday, August 6, 2020, 9:00 am to Sunday, August 9, 2020, 5:00 pm
Where: Newton Free Library (Main Branch) • Homer St. and Walnut St. • Newton

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is reflecting on two of the most pivotal events in world history on their 75th anniversaries: the founding of the United Nations and the dropping of A-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in an 11 sign lawn exhibit on the Walnut street side of the Newton Free Library from August 6 to 9. 

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Upstander Workshop: with true story theater

When: Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: First Unitarian Society in Newton • 1326 Washington Street • Parish Hall • Newton

Learn how to support people targeted by bigotry. Workshop includes dramatically exploring the challenges of intervening, short presentations and handouts, and role plays.

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The Catholic Church Opts for Nonviolence over War: What Now?

When: Sunday, February 5, 2017, 3:00 pm
Where: Our Lady Help of Christians Church • 573 Washington St. • Newton Corner

Lisa Cahill

Dr. Lisa Sowle Cahill, Professor of Theology at Boston College, one of the leaders of last April’s Vatican 3-day International Symposium on Nonviolence and Just Peace will speak on the symposium and the Catholic Church's likely future positions.  The symposium recommended that the Catholic Church drop its teaching of “Just War Theory” and endorse a policy of nonviolence with a teaching from the Pope.  In response, Pope Francis issued a statement on January 1, the World Day of Peace in the Catholic Church, calling for all to embrace a policy of “active nonviolence” and no more war.  

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Killer Drones: Our government's assassination program

When: Sunday, December 4, 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Elliott Church of Newton • Center Street and Church Street • Newton Corner

We will show excerpts from "Drone"and watch a video of Christopher Aaron, an ex-drone program analyst who will speak about his experiences working in Afghanistan and Iraq. Discussion with members of the UJP Anti-Drone Campaign will follow.

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Upping the Nuclear Weapons Ante: Modernizing Doomsday

When: Sunday, June 5, 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Grace Episcopal Church • 76 Eldredge Street • Newton Corner

"Upping the Nuclear Weapons Ante: Modernizing Doomsday" will be the subject of a presentation and discussion sponsored by Newton Dialogues on Peace and War on Sunday, June 5 at 7:00PM.  Few know that the US administration is making plans to spend approximately $1 Trillion over the next 30 years to modernize and upgrade our arsenal of nuclear weapons and delivery systems, at a time when we should be seeking to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

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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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Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant: Status and Future

When: Sunday, February 28, 2016, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: Eliot Church of Newton • 474 Centre Street (just off exit 17 of Mass Pike) • Newton

Last November's ballot in the City of Newton included a non-binding referendum calling for the shutting down of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. The official final referendum results were:

A) Yes    6168   69%

B) No      2189  31%

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Brunch with Medea Benjamin

When: Saturday, November 14, 2015, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Call for Information • Newton





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Ukraine Crisis: Origins of Conflict and Prospects for Peace

When: Sunday, September 27, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Eliot Church, U.C.C. • 474 Centre Street • Newton Corner

Presentation by Paul Christensen, who has studied social movement politics in Russia and the Soviet Union.  Professor Christensen has conducted research in the Donetsk region of Ukraine.  Discussion will follow.

The situation is eastern Ukraine is tragic and dangerous, with suffering and casualties for people in the region and the potential for US/NATO confrontation with Russia.

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There is Hope for Nuclear Weapons Abolition

When: Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Grace Church • 76 Eldridge Street • Newton Corner • Newton
Ellen Thomas maintained a vigil for global nuclear disarmament for 18 years in front of the White House. She is currently co-chair of the WILPF national Disarmament Committee.
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The Gaza Crisis: First-hand view from the West Bank"

When: Sunday, August 17, 2014, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Private Home • Newton

Invitation to a Special Report from the Occupied Territories: "The Gaza Crisis and Growing Palestinian Resistance: a first-hand view from the West Bank." a talk by Nora Murad.  Potluck Supper, 6:00 pm, presentation and discussion 7:00 pm.

Nora Lester Murad has lived in the Occupied Territories for more than ten years and has close contacts with youth in Gaza.  She was in Ramallah this July during th Israeli attack.  Nora will share her information about Gaza and directions observations from the West Bank.

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Fund Our Communities, Not War

When: Sunday, March 11, 2012, 11:30 am
Where: St. Paul's Episcopal Church • 1135 Walnut St • Newton Highlands T (Green Line "D" train) • Newton Highlands

Congressman Barney Frank and State Representative Ruth Balser

Congressman Barney Frank and State Representative Ruth Balser

This free public forum on cutting military spending and better funding our communities will feature presentations by Congressman Barney Frank (D, Newton), State Representative Ruth Balser (D, Newton), and New Priorities Network coordinator Mike Prokosch.

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Massachusetts Peace Action Annual Meeting

When: Saturday, January 29, 2011, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: First Baptist Church • 848 Beacon St (corner of Centre) • Green Line "D" (Riverside train) • Newton Center
Ann Jones
Ann Jones

Join members and friends of Massachusetts Action this Saturday afternoon as we review the progress in 2010 and chart the path for our work in 2011.

Ann Jones, the author who documented Afghan women's lives in the searing Kabul in Winter, will speak on ending the Afghanistan war and Afghan women's human rights.

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A Holiday Party to Benefit UJP

When: Friday, December 10, 2010, 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: private home • West Newton
Ali Amr
Ali Amr

Meet new friends and old ones for a social evening!

With music by Ali Amr and Tareq Rantisi

Admission $10; bring a potluck dish or beer, wine or other beverage.

The party will be held in West Newton. Call 617-383-4UJP or email for address and directions.

Music by Ali Amr and Tareq Rantisi.

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Memorial March for Peace

When: Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Garden of Peace • 100 Cambridge St • Government Center T • Boston

Memorial March for Peace 

Start date: Wednesday, August 28, 2013


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