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November 2019

Hong Kong crisis: democracy protests, media coverage and US involvement

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting, 5 Longfellow Park
Cambridge,
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Hong Kong protest

The crisis in Hong Kong has riveted world attention for months and violence in the streets continues.  The movement is a complex mixture: nonviolent protesters and youth worried about their future and wanting more democracy, others promoting Hong Kong (capitalist) independence, and those collaborating with organizations such as the National Endowment for Democracy. The forum will address a number of questions: What is the situation in Hong Kong and is the reporting of US mainstream media fair and accurate?  Will the Hong Kong government stop the violence?  Will there be dialogue and negotiations?  What will China do?  What is US policy…

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Invest in Minds Not Missiles

November 15 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Brown University, Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street
Providence, RI 02912 United States
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Jonathan King

The clearest expression of the nation’s values and priorities are embodied in the federal budget. The growth of higher education and university-based scientific research in the U.S. after WWII has been critically dependent on federal investments, voted annually as part of the Congressional discretionary budget. In recent years more than 55% of this budget – our income taxes – has been spent on war and weapons purchase accounts. President Trump’s proposed budgets depended on major cuts in key programs supporting…

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Five for e5: Dinner Honoring Boston’s Grassroots Activists

November 15 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street
Boston,
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Five for e5

Honor five of Boston's most effective change-makers at a dinner to benefit our city's movement-building space, encuentro5 About this Event We will also honor the memory of our late friend and comrade, Cristina Martinez, a grassroots activist, sociologist, and theorist. This year's honorees will be announced on November 1 (there is still time to send in your suggestions). Past honorees include Patrick Bond, Banijeneh "Op" Browne, Avi Chomsky, Lily Huang, Robin Jacks, Dorotea Manuela, Sergio Reyes, Karen Schneiderman, Paul Shannon, and…

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Raytheon: The Local Connection to Yemen — Peace Vigil

November 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main & Moody Streets, Waltham, Main Street at Moody Street
Waltham, MA United States
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Raytheon Local Connection

For four years a coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE has been bombing the country of Yemen, routinely striking hospitals, schools, food-storage facilities and water-treatment plants. They are also using man-made famine as a weapon of war. Over 14 million people, half the population, now live on the brink of starvation. The war in Yemen, which the United Nations calls “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis,” has caused the death of at least 85,000 children under the age of…

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No To The Coup In Bolivia!

November 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Boston Common – Park St, Tremont & Park Streets
Boston, MA 02108 United States
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Evo Morales

Join us for a speakout against the US-backed coup in Bolivia! As people across Latin America rise up in rejection of neoliberalism and its sponsor, US imperialism, we must denounce the coup against one of the most consistently pro-people and anti-imperialist governments in the region. We stand in solidarity with the united movement of unionists, campesinos, and Indigenous peoples that is now mobilizing to defend the gains that they have won under Evo Morales. Until the right wing destabilization began,…

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Visualizing Palestine

November 16 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St
Boston, 02116
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Visualizing Palestine

A discussion of Visualizing Palestine's work in Boston hosted by VP team member Jessica Anderson All are welcome - please spread the word to others you believe would like to know more about VP

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Iran, the U.S., and the Middle East: Crisis and Prospects

November 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
First Parish Cambridge – Barn Room, 3 Church St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R), President of Iran Hassan Rouhani (C) and President of Russia Vladimir Putin (L) pose for a photo during the trilateral summit between Turkey, Iran and Russia on September 7, 2018 in Tehran, Iran. (AA)

That the region of the Middle East and North Africa is in crisis is beyond doubt. According to the Trump administration, the fault lies with “Iran’s aggressive behavior” in the region, a perspective enthusiastically shared and promoted by the Netanyahu regime in Israel and the dictatorship of Mohamad bin Salman in Saudi Arabia. But who has been primarily responsible for the instability in the region? Professor Valentine Moghadam of Northeastern looks at the different and conflict forces in play Saudi…

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Hearing on Divestment from Nuclear Weapons and Saudi Arms Sales

November 18 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Massachusetts State House – Gardner Auditorium, 24 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02133 United States
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State House with Peace Sign

The state legislature's Committee on Public Service will hear testimony on two bills submitted by the Massachusetts Peace and Justice Network as part of the Commonwealth Peace and Justice Agenda: Nuclear Weapons Divestment and Divest from the Yemen War/Raytheon.  The hearing will start at 11:00 am in the State House's Gardner Auditorium.   Supporters of Divest from the Yemen War/ Raytheon Antiwar Campaign will rally at 9:30 on the State House steps. Come to the hearing to testify for the bill, or…

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Hearing on State Flag & Seal and Right to Boycott

November 19 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Massachusetts State House – Gardner Auditorium, 24 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02133 United States
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State House with Peace Sign

The state legislature's Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight will hear testimony on two important bills on Nov. 19: Change the State Flag and Seal, which we support, and a bill that seeks to curtail the right to boycott, which we oppose. The hearing on both bills starts at 10:30 in Gardner Auditorium.  A rally for the Indigenous Legislative Agenda, a group of five bills on Native issues, will start at 9:30 on the State House Steps.  Indigenous Agenda organizers…

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The Pentagon, Greenhouse Gases & Climate Change

November 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
BU Pardee Center, 67 Bay State Rd
Boston, MA 02215 United States
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Pentagon, Creenhouse Gases, Climate Change

The U.S. Department of Defense is a large fuel user — in any one year, larger than many of the world’s countries combined. This raises several questions. What are the trends in DOD greenhouse gas emissions? What explains those trends? And how does the Pentagon think about its fuel use and climate change? The Pentagon (and some academics) believe that climate change will lead to greater conflict and perhaps even war. Are they right? Is climate change-caused war likely? Join…

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30th Anniversary Commemoration of the Martyrs of El Salvador

November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Boston College – Gasson Hall 100, Gasson Hall
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 United States
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Martyrs of El Salvador

Special event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the murders of six Jesuits and their two companions who stood in solidarity with the poor of El Salvador duing the country's brutal civil war.  The killings, which took the life of Jesuit Ignacio Martín-Baró, were the occasion for establishment of the Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights, a partner project of the CHRIJ. Speakers: US Representative James McGovern, representing Massachusetts' 2nd congressional district Walberto Tejeda, Fundación Centro Bartolomé de Las Casas (CBC), San Salvador,…

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50th National Day of Mourning

November 28 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Coles Hill, 35 Carver St
Plymouth, MA 02360 United States
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National Day of Mourning

Since 1970, Native Americans and our supporters have gathered at noon on Cole's Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles…

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December 2019

Safe Communities Act Hearing

December 2 @ 10:00 am
Massachusetts State House – Gardner Auditorium, 24 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02133 United States
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On Monday, December 2, starting at 10 am, the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security will hold a public hearing on the Safe Communities Act, in the Gardner Auditorium of the State House. We're holding a media event at 9 am, and then hope to keep Gardner packed all day – which means we need people to come in multiple shifts. Everyone who wishes to testify may do so; the hearing will go on as long as it…

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Rally to Boycott Elbit / Elbit Out of New Hampshire

December 6 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Elbit Systems Corporate Office and Factory, 220 Daniel Webster Hwy
Merrimack, NH 03054 United States
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Stop Elbit Systems

Elbit Systems is Israel’s largest weapons manufacturer. They provide technology for surveillance drones that transmit the location of activists at the Great March of Return in Gaza to Israeli snipers, and provide radars for F-35 fighter jets that fly over Gaza. Elbit’s drones have been used in all major Israeli assaults on Gaza. Elbit is also cashing in on contracts with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to build surveillance towers along the U.S-Mexico border.  From Palestine to Mexico, Elbit is responsible for death and repression. On…

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January 2020

Third International Meeting of Scientists for Palestine

January 10, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - January 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
MIT – Location TBA Cambridge, MA 02140 United States + Google Map
$10 – $100
Science in Palestine

**Please note that we expect tickets to sell quite fast. While the registration deadline is December 15th, 2019, we will close registration once we have reached capacity.** The registration process involves two steps:* 1. Registering for the conference by paying the fee (basic registration is $10) here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/third-international-meeting-for-science-in-palestine-tickets-72761645039 and 2. Completing the registration form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GSOVXJE3PO45GdFghevJ3gmhHErjumHxjPfsCBNtvlU * Failing to do either of the above will result in an incomplete and failed registration. For questions, please contact: mitmeeting@scientists4palestine.com. ---------------- DESCRIPTION OF…

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