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Over three weeks ago, Iranians held a presidential election. What followed remains unclear, but one thing is for certain: the Iranian government engaged in the suppression of the rights of Iranians to protest their government.  

While UJP strongly supports the principle of non-interference in the affairs of others, we also feel compelled - as a coalition which has protested the policies of our government for more than seven years now - to stand in solidarity with the people of Iran and their struggle for the elementary right to protest their government and its actions without the threat of death, arrest, or censorship. What has happened in Iran is more than unfortunate; we hope that the people of Iran, regardless of their politics, can remain resilient in their demand for such a basic right. 

Upcoming Events: 

Call the Capitol Now, No More Money for Wars!

Voting on the supplemental is imminent, and the outcome is NOT a foregone conclusion.


Upcoming Events: 

Thursday, National Media Day of Action on Afghanistan

What's the first step for us to stop the war in Afghanistan? Shift American public opinion!

After all, we did change public opinion on Iraq - through countless street protests, petitions, op-eds, blog posts, bumper stickers, and more. The peace movement pushed (and continues to push!) the majority of Americans to shift their values and demand real change to U.S. foreign policy - including an end to the war in Iraq.

So how do we shift public opinion against the war in Afghanistan? We get our voices out through op-eds, letters to the editor, TV and radio interviews, Twitter and blogs to change the public discourse about the crisis in Afghanistan and Pakistan. These media might be the most effective and powerful force to provoke and change minds nationwide, resulting in a collective push to end the war.

That's why UJP and UFPJ call on you to take part in our National Media Day of Action on Afghanistan this Thursday, May 21. If each of us picks up a single action from the ideas listed below, imagine the impact our combined call for withdrawal could have across the country and the world!

And we've put together a list of resources to help you do just this. Click here to find out how you can participate in this National Media Day: from writing op-eds and letters to the editor to calling-in to local talk radio shows to posting links on social networking sites (like Facebook or Twitter). (We've also attached the resource list below for easy use.)

Remember: our effectiveness in ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be measured by how much and how well we can push our message into the larger public arena. So we need you to join us this Thursday, May 21 for the National Media Day of Action on Afghanistan!


Resources for Media Day of Action

The Afghanistan Working Group has put together a list of resources for you to use when you participate in UFPJ's National Media Day of Action on Afghanistan. See below for ways to get your voice heard in print, radio, and online media.

And make sure to use our Talking Points on Afghanistan and the Supplemental bill when you do your media outreach!


There are two basic ways to get your message into print media: an Op-Ed piece or a Letter to the Editor. Below, we have sample Letters to the Editor, Op-Ed tips and talking points, links to find newspapers in your area, etc.


Talk radio is a powerful and free medium with millions of listeners tuned into national and local programs everyday. Producers from programs of all political bents want to hear from people in the community, with story pitches, interviews, and call-ins. Our job is to make sure that we outreach to talk radio and spread our message through this medium.


Most important of all -- in this day and age -- is online media work. This includes Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Digg, and all kinds of blogs. We need to push our message in this medium if we're going to have any success in changing public opinion.

Tools, Embeddable Media, and Widgets:

Need help getting started or need somewhere to post your blog?


Suggested Status Updates/Tweets:


  • Change Your Status. Select one from above.
  • Join the Cause.  Join "Creating REAL Security for Afghanistan" and invite your friends
  • Share the Videos:  Share the Rethink Afghanistan videos by posting the link on your wall




Upcoming Events: 

Tell Congress to Provide Aid, Not Fund Wars

The Obama administration has asked Congress for an additional $83.4 billion to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for FY2009. On the table, too, is a request for $130 billion to fund the wars in 2010. This, despite the fact that 6 in 10 Americans believe the war in Iraq was a mistake and growing numbers fear escalating war in Afghanistan.


Let's Cut the Military Budget!

Hi Friend,

On Tax Day, April 15, UFPJ is asking you to recommit yourself to ending the excessive spending on war and militarism by calling on the Obama administration to reduce the military budget by 25%.

Whether you pay taxes or engage in tax resistance, our tax dollars are continuing to fuel war, bringing death and destruction to the people of Iraq and Afghanistan. This, too, at a time when all of us are suffering tough times financially, as our country is mired in the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression. To put it plainly, we need change, and now is the time for us to put forth some creative solutions to do it.

That's why UFPJ has put together a petition calling for a 25% cut to the military budget by 2010. We need to change our national priorities to fund the needs of our communities -- healthcare, jobs, education, housing -- as well as to provide humanitarian aid to Iraq and Afghanistan.


Second Annual Memorial Day for Peace; Protest AIPAC

Please join Veterans For Peace and Military Families Speak Out for a ceremony for peace on Memorial Day, to remember and mourn those who died — but also to say that we want no more dead in senseless, immoral wars and occupations for oil and American Empire.
Instead of glorifying war, we strive to work for peace.

Monday, May 25, 2009, 12 noon
Christopher Columbus Park, near Long Wharf,
Atlantic Ave. Boston

Directions from Aquarium T stop:

Follow the signs in the station for Waterfront and Aquarium. As you exit the T station, turn right on Atlantic Ave. and turn right again after passing the Long Wharf Marriott. Enter the park, pass Tia’s restaurant, and the gathering will be at the harbor near Long Wharf.
We would like to make this an even bigger event than last year.  Please consider coming, and forward this on to your mailing lists and friends. The flyer is located here.


Nate Goldshlag      nateg at (replace at with @)
Arlington, MA


Sunday, May 17, 4:30 p.m.

outside Westin Copley Place Hotel

corner of Huntington Ave. and Dartmouth St.

Please stand with us to protest AIPAC at its 10th Annual New England Leadership Dinner outside the Westin Copley Place Hotel.

Signage should focus on AIPAC.

Suggested messages include:






  • AIPAC is an obstacle to Mid East Peace
  • AIPAC promoted the Iraq War
  • AIPAC is now pushing us toward conflict with Iran
  • AIPAC officials have been suspected of spying on the U.S. on behalf of Israel

sponsored by:

American Jews for a Just Peace – Boston ●  &

Jewish Women for Justice in Israel and Palestine ●

Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights ●

United for Justice with Peace ●

For more information, contact Martin at 617-480-1961.


United for Justice with Peace invites you to a forum on:




to end the Israeli Occupation of Palestine 


Speaker: Nancy Murray

Respondent: Martin Federman


Friends Meeting House, 5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge

In 2005, over 100 Palestinian civil society groups called for “international civil society organizations and people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era”
In response to this call, many groups around the country are engaged in boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) efforts, which are having an impact.
Come to a forum to learn more about BDS and the “Hang Up on Motorola” campaign and to discuss whether this campaign might be an effective tool to help bring peace to the Middle East.

United for Peace & Justice: A Letter from Leslie Cagan, Phyllis Bennis, Bill Fletcher & Other UFPJ Founders

Dear United for Justice with Peace member,

Let's not beat around the bush. We're writing this letter to encourage you to make a donation to United for Peace and Justice, a generous donation.



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