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Massachusetts / New England Peace Organizing Conference

May 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Worcester peace conference 2019-05-11
The Commonwealth Peace and Justice Agenda has been filed in the State Legislature, Congress has voted to end the Yemen war and is considering anti-nuclear bills, the Raytheon Antiwar Campaign is putting heat on the war profiteers, and Venezuela crisis committees have sprung up and are working hard in both Boston and Northampton.  The peace movement is on the move!
Join us for the Peace Organizing Conference sponsored by the Massachusetts Peace and Justice Network.  The keynote speaker will be Rep. Jim McGovern.   Peace organizers from the other New England states are cordially invited to participate and share their lessons.


12:00 – Potluck lunch

12:30 – Introductions and updates – Maryellen Kurkulos

1:00 –  Issues and Strategies panel – Cole Harrison chair.  7 minutes each followed by discussion.

           2020 Race – Bird Dogging – John Raby – New Hampshire Peace Action / Nuclear War Working Group

           Antiwar Bills in Congress – Jerry Ross – Massachusetts Peace Action

           Venezuela – Marty Nathan – Stop Venezuela Intervention, Northampton

           Palestine – Joe Levine

           Pentagon Budget Damage to Civilian Programs – Jonathan King – Massachusetts Peace Action

2:00 – Breakouts

          Bird Dogging – John Raby, NHPA

          Climate and Peace – Pat Hynes, Traprock, and Nick Rabb, Sunrise Movement (invited)

          Russia – China – new nuclear arms race – Joseph Gerson, CPDCS

          Raytheon/ Middle East Wars – Paul Shannon and Brian Garvey, Raytheon Antiwar Campaign

          Palestine – Mehrene Larudee and Joe Levine

          Venezuela – Richard Krushnic and Marty Nathan

3:00 – Keynote address by Rep. Jim McGovern – Developments in Congress on military budget and foreign policy, followed by Q&A.

4:00 – State legislation panel – see Commonwealth Peace & Justice Agenda

          Rep. Natalie Higgins 

          Andrea Burns, Massachusetts Peace Action

          Cole Harrison, Massachusetts Peace Action

5:00 – Adjourn

All members of Massachusetts peace groups are invited to participate.  Peace organizers from other New England states are also cordially invited to share their lessons and ideas.
Admission is free, but please pre-register so we know how many people to expect, to plan rides, and to help us get organized!  Click here to register:


May 11, 2019
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Massachusetts Peace and Justice Network


First Unitarian Church of Worcester
90 Main St
Worcester, MA 01608 United States
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