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Walk for a New Spring: Sanctuary City, Sanctuary World

March 12 - April 8

New England Peace Pagoda is initiating a 28-day walk, open to all interested people, starting in Massachusetts on March 12, 2017 and ending in Washington, DC on April 8.  This is the 16th annual “Walk for a New Spring”, first undertaken after September 11, 2001.  This year the call of the walk will be for “Sanctuary Cities, Sanctuary World”. For 3 weeks we will walk in Massachusetts and for 1 week in Washington DC to show active solidarity with immigrants,…

Circle Up!

Circle Up! (An Investigation of the Academic Achievement Gap)

March 23 @ 7:00 pm

Circle Up! gives us a chance to see and hear what is going on in urban high schools by listening to the voices of real students sharing reflections about the effects of opportunity gaps on their everyday lives.   It investigates the issues of equity and injustice that have created the “achievement gap” and the barriers that maintain it. The achievement gap is a discrepancy in the academic outcomes between white students and students of color, caused by structural inequality in…

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Trump’s Global Policies: Russia, the world and implications for the peace movement

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

presentation by Mark Solomon followed by discussion   The bizarre Russian controversy complete with charges of influencing the presidential election has diverted attention from the existential dangers of Trump's foreign policy.  Trump and his right wing advisor Steven Bannon are pushing an aggressive "America First" policy driven by near unimaginably destructive nuclear weapons.  There is increasing danger of conflict and war with China and North Korea that could result in massive destruction.   This presentation will analyze the political and…

Progressive Politics in the Era of Trump

March 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

A Dialogue with Congressman Jim McGovern and DNC Deputy Chair Congressman Keith Ellison Join us for an energized and informative evening to discuss what Progressives must do to defend the country from the Trump agenda, while putting forward positive programs. We will take questions from the audience. Make your voice heard! Presented by Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) alongside UMass Progressives and UMass Democrats. Doors open at 5:30 PM. We look forward to seeing you!

Forum on the Syrian Refugee Crisis

March 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

A multi-faceted discussion about the complex organizations in US conflict headlining international news for the last 6 years with guest speakers directly impacted by the violence. Speakers: Dima Basha Born in Damascus, raised in Aleppo Established an educational institute in Syria Came to Newton, MA with her daughter Angelina in June 2012 Has spoken to numerous communities on better understanding the situation in Syria Ali Aljundi Syrian civil activist Syria Project officer at Oxfam America Left Syria in 2012 Contributes…

Blessed are the Peacemakers: Faithful People Gather to Speak out for Peace

March 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

50 years ago, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke out against the war in Vietnam: "Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism." ? Join Massachusetts Peace Action On March 30 to connect with other people of faith who are coming together to work toward a more peaceful world through reducing the threat of nuclear weapons and our warfare…

Self defense against Trumpism

Pursuing Justice, Building Peace: Growing the Resistance

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

Massachusetts Peace Action 2017 Annual Meeting 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…

Israeli Black Panthers, Mizrahi Jews, and Palestinian solidarity

April 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a unique opportunity to hear from Reuven Abergel about the Black Panthers of Israel, and the solidarity between Mizrahi Jews and Palestinians. Reuven Abergel is an icon of the Mizrahi struggle in Israel. He was a founder and leader of the Black Panthers of Israel in the 1970s and has remained at the forefront of social justice movements for more than 45 years in areas such as criminal justice, housing, education, and cultural expression. At the height…

DROP the MIC! Confronting Militarism In Our Communities

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Connect our Movements, Reclaim our Resources Doors open at 6:30pm for refreshments and viewing IVAW’s People’s History Art Portfolio Purchase Tickets Here Facebook Event Page Iraq Veterans Against the War, has initiated conversations across the country through our Drop the MIC campaign that have focused on the root cause that underlines both the occupations by U.S. military abroad and the violence perpetrated in our communities by police right here at home: militarism. Drop the MIC aims to make visible the…

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Nuclear Free, Carbon Free: Envisioning a Future that will Work

April 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Do we need nuclear power to counteract climate change or is it yet another disaster in the making? Join Gordon Thompson and Paula Gutlove for an invigorating dialogue, including a report from a recent trip to Fukushima. Gordon R. Thompson, D.Phil., is the executive director of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies (IRSS). He was educated in mathematics, physics, and nuclear engineering, obtaining his doctorate from Oxford University in 1973. He has wide experience with natural resource, international security,…

Sunghye Kim, Won Buddhist monk from Seongju, South Korea

Stop THAAD Missile Deployment in Korea: Seongju City People’s Protest

April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

With: Reverend Sounghey Kim, Won Buddhist minister; Director, Samdong Educational Retreat Center, Seongju City, South Korea Theodore Postol, PhD, Professor, Science, Technology, and International Security, Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Juyeon Rhee, Korea Policy Institute; Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea, New York Moderators: M. Brinton Lykes, Co-Director of the CHRIJ, and Ramsay Liem, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Boston College  RSVP for the Stop THAAD event below In the midst of political upheaval and transition in South Korea, advances in North…

David Swanson

U.S. Never-Ending War in the Time of Trump and How to Stop It

April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Presentation by David Swanson followed by discussion and book signing. David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson's books includeWar Is A Lie. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org andWarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.   Sponsor:  United for Justice with Peace info@justicewithpeace.org    justicewithpeace.org

Tax March April 15

Tax Day 2017 Mobilization

April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A Call to all Patriots to stand up for our country in dangerous times Saturday, April 15 @ 1pm Cambridge Common OR Moakley Park South Boston (TBD) Tax Day & Patriots Day Weekend If ever patriots were needed to address threats to the country, that time is now. Trump’s lies, corruption and his new budget proposal pose a clear and present danger to the nation We Demand that Donald Trump release his tax returns! Expose Trump’s conflicts of interests and…

Noam Chomsky: Prospects for Democracy and Survival

April 22 @ 6:00 pm

Marking American Friends Service Committee’s 100th anniversary and benefiting AFSC’s Peace & Economic Security Program and continuing work for peace and justice. AFSC has been privileged to work with Noam Chomsky, among the world’s most courageous and widely quoted thinkers and activists, for many years. A man who needs little introduction, he is devoting himself to the struggles for democracy in the U.S. and worldwide, and for nuclear weapons abolition and environmental sustainability to ensure human survival. At: Cambridge Friends…

People's Climate March

March for climate, justice, and jobs

April 29 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join the People’s Climate Movement this April 29th in Washington, D.C. and across the country to stand up for our communities and climate. Throughout the first 100 days in office, the People's Climate Movement is organizing a country-wide arc of action, culminating on April 29th in Washington DC in a powerful mobilization to unite all of our movements. To change everything, we need everyone. WHY WE’RE MARCHING There is no denying it: Donald Trump’s election is a threat to the future…

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