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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.

Predator drone missileThe New England peace movement's October 17 Mobilization in Copley Square, initiated by UJP, will protest the Afghanistan/Pakistan conflict as well as other war policies and the impact of military spending on the economy and the people at home.    The conference will discuss how to build the mobilization and we hope that everyone will leave with a stack of flyers and posters.

The conference will discuss, to mend and adopt an updated UJP structure proposal which was presented at the June conference.   It calls for each member group to designate a representative to the UJP planning group.  Member groups have been reviewing the proposal during the summer and appointing their representatives; if yours has not done so, please take the time to bring it up at your September meeting.   Comments and proposed amendments are asked to be submitted at least one week prior to the conference; they can be posted here or emailed to

UJP task forces will also present updates on their work on Palestine, the 25% Solution, and Nuclear Abolition.


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