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Toward a Just & Cooperative U.S. Foreign Policy
February 8, 2014 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm$10
Massachusetts Peace Action
2014 Annual Meeting
What a year! A popular outcry stopped a U.S. war with Syria and diplomacy promises relaxation of tensions with Iran (if Congress doesn’t interfere). The Budget for All proved that voters want less military spending and more social investment, and the Autumn Convergence showed that we can connect peace, climate, and economic and social justice into a single progressive agenda.
Why is the U.S. the world’s policeman and what is the alternative? How can we move our nation towards a more peaceful foreign policy? We present two important voices to solve these riddles and shape our work in 2014.
Barney Frank served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 to 2013. A constant campaigner to cut the military budget by 25%, he formed the Sustainable Defense Task Force in 2010 to propose practical ways to do so, and criticized U.S. support for NATO . The primary architect of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform act, Frank is now at work on a book.
Andrew Bacevich is Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University. A West Point graduate and retired U.S. Army Colonel, he is author of The New American Militarism, Washington Rules, and Breach of Trust. Read an important recent article. Bacevich urges the U.S. to abandon its hegemonistic foreign policy and focus on rebuilding its society at home. His books will be available for signing.
Attendees will have a choice of 5 workshop topics: Read detailed information on the workshops.
• Seeing Through the Smokescreen; Reflections on Continued War in Afghanistan and Pakistan
• Organizing to Stop a War with Iran; Stop Congressional Sabotage– Support a Nuclear Weapons Free Middle East
• Transitioning Towards a Peace Economy
• Seeking Peace and Justice in Palestine/Israel
• US Strategic Pivot to Asia/Pacific and the Trans Pacific Partnership
We will complete the election of new and continuing board members. Read about the board nominees and cast your ballot here.
Read the Detailed Agenda.
All are welcome! Click here to Pre-Register.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
1:00 to 5:00 pm – doors open 12:30
St. Ignatius Church, Boston College
28 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill
By MBTA, take the Green Line “B” to the end of the line and walk across Commonwealth Ave.
See information on parking.
Free to members – others $10
Refreshments will be served