2020 Annual Meeting: The Struggle for Peace Intensifies
March 28 @ 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm$10 – $30
The Struggle for Peace Intensifies
Massachusetts Peace Action 2020 Annual Meeting
Christ Church Cambridge, Zero Garden Street
As we enter a pivotal election year, the US/Israeli/Saudi drive for supremacy in the Middle East and control of the world’s oil supply is intensifying, most clearly shown by the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. The Trump administration continues to stonewall on Korea negotiations, successfully orchestrated a coup in Bolivia while it continues to squeeze Venezuela, and is building up U.S. military power, including new nuclear weapons, and has added a Space Force as a sixth branch of the armed forces.
The peace and progressive movement is expressing a vision of a more peaceful foreign policy most clearly through the Bernie Sanders campaign and also through the contributions of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, Sen. Ed Markey, and the four Congresswomen of color called “the Squad”, who include Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley; in the State Legislature through the Commonwealth Peace and Justice Agenda; and through large street protests after the Soleimani killing.
Join us in to build the movement to militarism and turn the U.S. towards peace and justice. At Massachusetts Peace Action’s 2020 annual meeting, we will present the organization’s program plan for members’ approval, hear from our keynote speaker, discuss in small breakout groups how to take action, elect board members, and hear a financial report. Register today!
Not a member yet? Pay your 2020 dues to ensure voting rights at the meeting, receive newsletters, and support our work (or you can pay dues as part of the meeting registration process).
Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and the author of several books, including best-selling Republican Gomorrah, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, The Fifty One Day War, and The Management of Savagery. He has produced print articles for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Huffington Post, Salon.com, Al Jazeera English and other publications. His video reports and documentaries include Killing Gaza.
Blumenthal founded The Grayzone in 2015 to shine a journalistic light on America’s state of perpetual war and its dangerous domestic repercussions. He co-hosts the Moderate Rebels podcast and video show with Ben Norton.
Nika Elugardo defeated a powerful incumbent in 2018 to become State Representative from Jamaica Plain and nearby areas of Boston. In her first year she introduced a Build Bridges not Bombs bill with Massachusetts Peace Action, and co-introduced a bill we support to Change the State Flag and Seal, as well as one to remove the state prohibition on cities and towns that wish to impose rent control and/or provide tenant and foreclosure protections (H.3924). She also introduced a number of other bills addressing housing and displacement, tax expenditures, and climate change.
Organizing for a Green New Deal: Politics of Shifting Alignments
Stopping Middle East Wars and the Raytheon Antiwar Campaign
Moving the Peace Agenda in the 2020 Elections
12:00 noon – Registration and literature tables open; Lunch
1:00 pm – Program Presentation and discussion
2:00 pm – Keynote Speakers – Max Blumenthal and Nika Elugardo
3:15 pm – Break
3:30 pm – Breakouts.
4:45 pm – Business meeting
Bylaws Changes. The proposed bylaws changes will be posted soon.
Board Election. The 2020 election process is posted here and the list of nominated candidates will be posted soon.
Finance and Fundraising Report
5:30 pm Adjourn
Register: mapa-meeting-2020.bpt.me. $15 for members, $10 students and low income, $25 for all others. Lunch is included. Literature table $25, includes one person’s admission.