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Rising Up for a Livable Future: Against Endless War, Climate Emergency, and Injustice
November 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wherever we look these days we see wars and rumors of wars. We see the military budget rising into the stratosphere and the growing danger of nuclear war as our country undermines arms control agreements and plans a $1.7 trillion upgrade of our nuclear weapons.
But what do war, war spending, and useable nuclear weapons have to do with the flourishing climate movement, growing protection of the rights of immigrants and refugees, relentless affordable housing advocacy, and the antiracism movement?
The answer is, “Everything”.
For the heart of the matter is that, the ultimate purpose of wars and militarism is not to protect the country. Rather, it is to enforce a way of life based on climate destruction and the vast social inequality and xenophobia that lie at the root of the serious issues that we face. Many of the crises we face can only be addressed through international collaboration. War and the threat of war make such cooperation among nations impossible.
It’s long past time to put Militarism back into Martin Luther King’s “giant Triplets of Racism, Materialism and Militarism” that must be conquered if we are to effectively wage the struggle for the beloved community of which he dreamed. It’s time to implement his insistence that the fight against Militarism is an essential component in our movement for social justice, liberation from racism and the very survival of our planet.
Breakouts I – Morning
Confronting Extinction Together
Breakouts II – Afternoon
Organizing for a Green New Deal: Politics of Shifting Alignments
Registration: General admission $35 in advance, $40 at door; member of sponsoring organization $25 in advance, $30 at door; student/ low income $10 in advance/$15 at door; supporter $75, will be thanked in materials and at conference. All registration types include lunch and morning coffee. To register, go to rising-up.bpt.me, or mail check to Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund, 11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138 and write “Rising Up” on the memo line; or call 617-354-2169 with credit card number.
|Registration, coffee, literature tables||8:00|
|Welcome; Michael McPhearson, Danny Sjursen||9:00|
|Merrie Najimy, Alexandra Piñeros Shields||10:15|
|Lunch – Auditorium||12:30|
|Rep. Ayanna Pressley||1:30|
|Nick Rabb, Kevin Peterson, Medea Benjamin||3:45|
Sponsored by: Massachusetts Peace Action; Our Revolution Massachusetts; American Friends Service Committee; Campaign for Peace, Disarmament, and Common Security; Physicians for Social Responsibility-Greater Boston; Extinction Rebellion Massachusetts; Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom/ Boston Branch; City Life/ Vida Urbana; Progressive Democrats of America; Massachusetts Korea Peace Campaign; United for Justice with Peace; We the People Massachusetts; Veterans for Peace / Smedley Butler Brigade; Women’s Action for New Directions; Mass. Alliance of HUD Tenants; Biodiversity for a Livable Climate, Institute for People’s Engagement. Endorsers: Wolf-PAC, Dorchester People for Peace, Refuse Fascism, Institute for Resource & Security Studies, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), House of Peace.
Sponsoring and endorsing organizations: Massachusetts progressive organizations are invited to cosponsor or endorse. Cosponsoring organizations contribute $100 or more; includes one free admission, your members receive discounted admission, prominent mention in materials, and a literature table, and you are invited to join planning meetings. Endorsing organizations contribute $50; includes one free admission, mention in materials, and a literature table. Sign up to cosponsor or endorse at rising-up.bpt.me/ or mail check to Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund, 11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138 and write “Rising Up” on the memo line. For info contact Cole Harrison, Massachusetts Peace Action, at 617-354-2169 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Venue: Washburn Auditorium is in the basement of Washburn Hall. Its address is 10 Phillips Place and may be reached by a campus walkway from the corner of Brattle Street and Mason Street. From Harvard Square, walk out Brattle Street; cross Mason St and take a campus walkway to the right. By bus, take the 72, 74, 75, or 78 from Harvard Station; get off at the first stop, Garden and Mason Streets; walk one block on Mason, turn right on Phillips Place, turn left after the building and enter it from the side.. The nearest parking garage is in the Charles Hotel; there are 2 hour parking meters on Brattle St and Garden St.
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