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Pursuing Justice, Building Peace: Growing the Resistance

April 1, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Self defense against Trumpism

Massachusetts Peace Action 2017 Annual Meeting

First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St (corner of Berkeley)

In his first few weeks in in office Donald Trump has appointed a reactionary cabinet stocked with generals and billionaires; pushed for more pipelines; and attacked immigrants and refugees.  

Keynote Address by Vijay Prashad:
Trump’s Foreign Policy and the American Empire in Decline

Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian History and Professor of International Studies at Trinity College.  His interests include Middle Eastern politics, development economics, North-South relations, and current events.  He is the author of The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World and sixteen other books.

Watch Prashad’s recent talk: “Western Bombs, Eastern Societies” and read his recent articles “The US-NATO Invasion of Libya Destroyed the Country Beyond All Recognition” and “Apartheid in Israel—It’s a Fact That Pretty Much the World Agrees on, Except the U.S.

 Beyond Vietnam: 50th Anniversary

April 2017 is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech Beyond Vietnam, a powerful and historic articulation of the message of the modern peace and justice movement.  We will read key excerpts from the speech at this event.

We will also participate in issue-oriented workshops.   At the business meeting, members will elect Massachusetts Peace Action’s board of directors and approve our 2017 work plan.  


12:00 noon – Registration and literature tables open; Lunch

1:00 pm – Keynote address – Vijay Prashad

                   Beyond Vietnam

2:30 pm – Workshops: 


See detailed workshop descriptions

Intensified Initiatives toward Nuclear Disarmament
Organizing on Palestine/Israel in the Age of  Trump
Working for Peace in the Middle East in the Time of Trump
Peace and Climate: Making the Connections, Taking Action
Racial Justice & Peace at Home
For a Nuclear Free Carbon Free Future
Electing Change Agents
No Economic Justice, No Peace

4:00 pm – Business meeting

                   Board Election: see the list of nominees and the election process

                   2017 Program Plan

To register, go to, send a check to 11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138, or call 617-354-2169 to give a credit card number.   

Organizations are invited to set up literature tables.  The cost is $25.00; you may sign up at the registration page or by sending a check to the office.


April 1, 2017
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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First Church in Boston
66 Marlborough St
Boston, MA 02116
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(617) 267-6730