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Massachusetts Peace & Justice Network: Kevin Martin; State Peace Bills
October 27, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
The Massachusetts Peace and Justice Network‘s fall meeting will be held Sunday, October 27, from 1:30 – 4:00 pm, at the Worcester Friends Meeting, 901 Pleasant St. There are three agenda items.
1) Kevin Martin, national president of Peace Action, will speak on peace issues in the Presidential race, report on peace organizing in various parts of the country (he recently did a swing through Montana, Utah, and Idaho), and address issues such as the Pentagon budget, nukes, Yemen, Korea, Iran, Venezuela, Palestine-Israel.
2) The network’s Commonwealth Peace and Justice Agenda is under discussion on Beacon Hill this fall, with 5 different hearings covering the 9 bills we have sponsored. Five of the bills we sponsored (No First Use, Nuclear Ban Treaty Alignment, Back from the Brink, People’s Budget, and Build Bridges Not Bombs) have their hearing on September 24; Taxpayers Information on Oct 31 ; State Flag & Seal (along with an anti-BDS bill that we oppose) on Nov 19. Our Nuclear Weapons Divestment and Divest from the Yemen War/Raytheon bills will be heard in mid-November, and so probably will be a second hearing on the People’s Budget. On October 27, we’ll regroup, recap the work already done, and make updated plans for the November crunch.
3) Each participating group is requested to speak and present their updates, proposals, and ideas.
The meeting is open to representatives of groups working for peace and justice in Massachusetts. Activists from neighboring New England states are also invited to join the discussion.