Action Alert:

January 2011

Noam Chomsky and Phyllis Bennis in Conversation

January 17, 2011 // 0 Comments

Examining the Economic Crisis, Unending War, and Rightwing Resurgence


Thursday, February 10, 6:30 pm

Pleasant St. Church, 60 Pleasant St., Arlington Center


Reception: 5:30 – 6:30pm ($50 donation)

Main Event: 6:30 – 8:15pm ($15/$10 low income/student)

Break Out Groups: 8:15 – 9:30pm In this moment of national crisis, join these two leading intellectuals and your neighbors to consider broad strategic questions and new organizing opportunities and campaigns. Click here for tickets, directions, program details, leaflets and background information.


A fundraiser for the Majority Agenda Project and Massachusetts Global Action/Encuentro 5. Co-sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action.

When: Wednesday, February 16, 2011, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Where: Suffolk University • 120 Tremont St • Faculty Meeting Room, 4th floor • Park St or Government Center T • Boston

Reading any day's newspaper is enough to fill us with hopelessness about prospects for peace in the Middle East. The reason that region is so torn by violence and hatred, though, is that outside powers including the US are pursuing policies that were shaped for the 20th century and no longer make sense.  If we break away from the failed paradigms of the past and free ourselves from the paralyzing grip of emotion, we can turn the Middle East into a producer of security rather than an exporter of insecurity.

Stephen Kinzer will talk about the true history of US-Iran and US-Mideast relations, and discuss future prospects.  As Andrew Bacevich wrote, "Stephen Kinzer sees cause for hope: the possibility of change exists if we but seize it."

Why Peace Is the Business of Men (But Shouldn’t Be) A Modest Proposal for the Immodest Brotherhood of Big Men By Ann Jones - TomDispatch, January 13, 2011


Looking for a way out of Afghanistan?  Maybe it’s time to try something entirely new and totally different.  So how about putting into action, for the first time in recorded history, the most enlightened edict ever passed by the United Nations Security Council: Resolution 1325?


Passed on October 31, 2000, more than a decade ago, that “landmark” resolution was hailed worldwide as a great “victory” for women and international peace and security. In a nutshell, SCR 1325 calls for women to participate equally and fully at decision-making levels in all processes of conflict resolution, peacemaking, and reconstruction.  Without the active participation of women in peacemaking every step of the way, the Security Council concluded, no just and durable peace could be achieved anywhere.