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Pivoting for Peace in Asia-Pacific

Sat April 19, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm EDT



RegisterButton300Amidst the crisis over Ukraine, President Obama is returning to Asia and the Pacific in April to press a military, economic and diplomatic “Pivot” to Asia and the Pacific. The goal: to “manage China’s rise” in ways that ensure continued U.S. dominance. 60% of the Air Force and 60% of the Navy are being deployed to the region. Military alliances are being deepened, new military bases built, and hundreds of billions of dollars diverted to deploy dangerous advanced weaponry. And the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement is being negotiated in secret.

Though most Americans don’t realize it, we’ve come to the brink of war – potentially nuclear war – twice in the last two years, first during tensions with North Korea and then over the Senkaku/ Diaoyu Islands. Our hundreds of military bases have devastating impacts on people in “host” communities. And TPP will cost us jobs, worsen working conditions and assault the environment, all to increase U.S. economic leverage over China and further maximize corporate profits and power.

This one day conference will bring us to date on what is happening in Asia/ Pacific, how it will affect us here at home, and what we can do. Join us as we build our ability to pivot for peace, instead of for war.

Registration $10; registration plus lunch $20.  Donations to the event beyond the cost of registration and lunch are tax-deductible. They are needed to meet the travel costs for our speakers.

Sponsored by American Friends Service Committee, Massachusetts Peace Action, United for Justice with Peace, Asian American Resource Workshop, and MoveOn.org Boston Council

Register: pivoting-for-peace.bpt.me or call 800-838-3006

   Info: JSherysr@afsc.org   phone: (617) 661-6130



Hideki Yoshikawa, environmental campaigner; leader of the Okinawa movement against U.S. military bases; professor at Univ. of the Ryukyus and at Meio Univ.


The Pivot: Motivations, Dimensions, Impacts, Possible Consequences

Joseph Gerson, AFSC: Overview

Duncan McFarland, UJP: Chinese foreign & military policies

Alex Brown, President, IUE-CWA Local 201: Trans Pacific Partnership


Introductions: The Most Dangerous Hot Spots

Hyun Lee, Nodutdol for Korean Community Development: Northeast Asia

Yuichi Moroi, Temple University: Senkaku/Diaoyu; Japan-China-US


Impacts of the Pivot at Home: Building a Movement

Bruce Gagnon, Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space: Solidarity

Mike Prokosch, New Priorities Network, Dorchester People for Peace: Move the Money, Costs of the Pivot

Speaker from Asian American Resource Workshop: The View from Asian-American Communities



  • China and the Peace Movement – Duncan McFarland, facilitator
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership – Wendy Welsh, facilitator
  • Domestic Impacts of U.S. Asia-Pacific Policies – AARW, facilitator
  • Okinawa – Hideki Yoshikawa, facilitator
  • Korea – Hyun Lee, facilitator


Download the Flyer: Pivoting for Peace in Asia Pacific 04-19 rev 3b




Sat April 19, 2014
9:30 am - 5:00 pm EDT
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Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund
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