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Annual Meeting: Resisting War, Poverty and Racism
March 17, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Resisting War, Poverty and Racism
Massachusetts Peace Action 2018 Annual Meeting
First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St
One year into the Trump presidency, the situation for peace could not be more precarious. The nuclear crisis in Korea has evolved into a unique but risky opportunity for peace. The US-Saudi assault on Yemen, which has created one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, has been challenged by Senator Sanders. Pentagon spending is rising rapidly, programs for social good are threatened, and the country is building new first strike nuclear weapons under the control of Donald Trump.
It is more important than ever for citizens to stand up and demand an end to militarism and a turn towards peace. At our 2018 annual meeting, we will hear from two keynote speakers, join workshops, elect board members, approve the organization’s program plan, and hear a finance report. The meeting will be this Saturday; register today!
Keynote Address by Jeffrey Sachs:
Endless War and the War Economy
Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, a senior UN advisor and a co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize. He is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on economic development, global macroeconomics, and the fight against poverty. Professor Sachs has authored and edited of three New York Times Bestsellers: The End of Poverty (2005), Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet (2008), and The Price of Civilization (2011), in addition to numerous other works.
Read his recent commentary on President Trump’s increased use of militarism, “Trump on the Warpath”.
Keynote Address by Savina Martin:
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival
Savina Martin is the co-coordinator of the Poor People’s Campaign in Massachusetts and was President of the Boston Union of the Homeless and a national coordinating team member. Martin works extensively with homelessness organizations, and as a veteran and a woman of color, works particularly with homeless women veterans.
Read a 2016 interview with Savina from the Kairos Center about the Poor People’s Campaign: “Seize the moment!”
12:00 noon – Registration and literature tables open; Lunch
1:00 pm – Keynote Speakers – Jeffrey Sachs and Savina Martin
2:30 pm – Workshops on:
- Resisting the Trillion Taxpayers Dollar Nuclear Weapons Escalation
- End War Without End
- The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival – Exploring our Relationships to Poverty
- The Politics of Palestine and Israel in the US: The Times are Changing
4:00 pm – Business meeting
Program Plan Presentation & Approval
Register: mapa-2018.bpt.me $10 for members, students, and low income; $20 for all others; free to members of MAPA campus chapters. Literature table $25, includes one admission.