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May 2019

Music for Peace: Music of Brahms and Dvoràk

May 4 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Harvard-Epworth Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA United States
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$10 – $35

Klaudia Szlachta, violin Jean Huang, violin Amy Galluzzo, viola Hyun-ji Kwon, cello Victor Rosenbaum, piano Johannes Brahms Antonin Dvorak In the third and final concert of our 2018-2019 Music for Peace series, we present music of Dvoràk and Brahms, featuring Dvoràk’s “Dumky” Trio in e minor, and the Brahms Piano Quintet in f minor, Op. 32, "often called the crown of his chamber music" according to his biographer Jan Swafford. Benefits Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund; part of the Music…

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Yemen Anti-Famine Team at Boston’s Walk for Hunger

May 5 @ 7:30 am - 11:30 am
Boston Common – Beacon & Charles, Beacon St & Charles St
Boston, MA 02108 United States
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Raytheon, headquartered right here in Massachusetts, is one of the largest arms manufacturers in the world and is a leading sponsor of the Walk for Hunger in Boston. At the same time they are a major supplier of bombs to Saudi Arabia whose 4 year war in Yemen has created the worst famine in the world today. We need to expose this hypocrisy and demand that Raytheon cease all weapons sales to Saudi war criminals. A coalition led by Saudi…

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Massage Aid for Yemen

May 5 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
First Parish of Watertown, 35 Church St
Watertown, MA 02472 United States
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Yemen Medical Tent

ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS WATERTOWN COMES TOGETHER TO  HOST MASSAGE AID FOR YEMEN It started with a desire to help the people of Yemen who according to the United Nations, are currently enduring the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet.  From there it grew into a collaborative effort revealing the true kindness and common humanity of the people of Watertown. Six local massage therapists and Reiki practitioners have come together to donate their therapeutic skills to…

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Rise Up and Sing. Pete Seeger’s 100th

May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cambridge Friends Meeting, 5 Longfellow Park
Cambridge,
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$10 – $50
Pete Seeger

Come help us celebrate the life and work of Pete Seeger on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth! Pete was born on May 3, 1919.  Songleader performers. This concert will feature Annie Patterson & Peter Blood (the creators of the songbooks Rise Up Singing and Rise Again) along with Emma's Revolution (Pat Humphries & Sandy O) and Sally Rogers - all of whom worked closely with Pete during his lifetime. Singing together. We will be singing out of If I Had a Hammer, a new collection of songs…

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Indigenous People’s Day – State Committee Hearing

May 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Massachusetts State House – Room 437, 24 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02133
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Indigenous Peoples Day

 RightsAction Alert! Indigenous Peoples Day MA statewide bill A Joint Committee hearing is happening May 7th Please submit letters and attend the hearing if you can! The Massachusetts Indigenous Peoples Day coalition is calling for individuals and organizations to submit written testimony before May 7 in support of a statewide Indigenous Peoples Day bill. Below are all the details you’ll need to help you do this. Original letters have the most impact! Please add your own words when writing your…

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Nuclear Disarmament in a Changing World: Russian and Indian Peace Movement Perspectives

May 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St
Boston, 02116
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Boeing B52H

Join two Russian and one Indian peace and disarmament movement leaders for an in-depth discussion of US-Russia relations, India-Pakistan relations, and the challenges to peace posed by each.  The speakers are in the U.S. to participate in the "Growing Nuclear Risks in a Changing World" conference in New York on May 4. Boris Kagarlitsky, born in Moscow in 1958, was a dissident and political prisoner in the USSR under Brezhnev, then a deputy to Moscow city council (arrested again in…

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The New Nuclear Arms Race: Impact on Meeting Massachusetts Needs

May 8 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Massachusetts State House – Room 437, 24 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02133
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Commonwealth Peace & Justice Agenda

Join state legislators, joined by two Russian and one Indian peace and disarmament movement leaders, for a discussion of the new nuclear arms race and how the Commonwealth Peace and Justice Agenda addresses threats to peace and their budgetary impact on meeting needs in Massachusetts.  The CPJA is a set of nine bills in the state legislature concerning nuclear disarmament, Middle East wars, military spending, legislative ethics, and the design of the state flag and seal. The event is sponsored…

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Secularism, Communalism and Indian Politics Today – Achin Vanaik

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
MIT Room 4-153, 182 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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?Secularism, Communalism and Indian Politics Today

Achin Vanaik will speak at a forum sponsored by The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia, Coalition for a Democratic India, MIT-India. Achin Vanaik is a retired Professor of “International Relations and Global Politics” in the Political Science Department of Delhi University.  He has authored or edited 12 books ranging from studies on contemporary India’s politics/economy/foreign policy to matters of religion, secularism, communalism and nationalism to issues of international politics and nuclear disarmament.  He is a founder-member of the Coalition for…

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Massachusetts / New England Peace Organizing Conference

May 11 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
First Unitarian Church of Worcester, 90 Main St
Worcester, MA 01608 United States
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Worcester peace conference 2019-05-11

The Commonwealth Peace and Justice Agenda has been filed in the State Legislature, Congress has voted to end the Yemen war and is considering anti-nuclear bills, the Raytheon Antiwar Campaign is putting heat on the war profiteers, and Venezuela crisis committees have sprung up and are working hard in both Boston and Northampton.  The peace movement is on the move!   Join us for the Peace Organizing Conference sponsored by the Massachusetts Peace and Justice Network.  The keynote speaker will be Rep.…

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Change the State Flag and Seal: Cambridge Public Comment

May 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cambridge City Hall, 795 Mass. Ave
Cambridge, 02139 United States
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Massachusetts Flag analysis

If you live in Cambridge, you can weigh in on the effort to change our state flag and seal.   Massachusetts Native Americans are pushing the legislature to create a commission that includes Native Americans, to devise a new, more positive and peaceful flag and seal.    A number of cities and towns are passing resolutions in support of this effort, and the Cambridge City Council will take it up at its meeting on Monday May 13.   Mass. Peace Action's racial justice…

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End Raytheon’s support for death and destruction in Yemen: Demonstrate at Raytheon’s Boston Career Fair

May 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Hilton Boston Downtown, 89 Broad Street
Boston, MA 02110 United States
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Saudi airstrike on a dairy farm in Bajil in Yemen’s western province

End arms sales to Saudi Arabia Through its arms sales and integration with the Saudi regime, Raytheon continues its major role in the destruction of Yemen. Paveway bombs, an intimate partnership with the Saudi Military, hundreds of personnel based in Saudi Arabia, establishing Raytheon Saudi Arabia in Riyadh – the Raytheon-Saudi collaboration is extensive. It sees working with the vicious regimes of the Middle East as an incredible economic opportunity. And the blood money rolls in to Raytheon’s coffers from…

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Fund our Future Rally

May 16 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon St
Boston,
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Fund Our Future Rally

We have a once-in-a-generation chance to pass bills increasing the amount of state aid for our public schools and colleges by more than $1.5 billion a year. On Thursday, May 16, join with students, educators, parents and community members in demanding that our legislators take action on two key education funding bills, the Promise Act and the Cherish Act, which would reverse years of underfunding of our public schools and colleges. Our students can’t afford another year of funding shortfalls and budget cuts. To…

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Rally for Venezuelan Sovereignty

May 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Boston Common – Park St, Tremont & Park Streets
Boston, MA 02108 United States
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There will be a rally on Saturday, May 18, at 1pm at Park Street Station protesting US interference in Venezuela and the treatment of the peace activists who were occupying the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, at the invitation of the Venezuelan government, until they were evicted by the Police on Thursday, May 16.  This is a local rally in support of the larger protest that will happen in DC on Saturday. The United States has been trying to engineer a…

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No US War/Sanctions on Venezuela – Report Back

May 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Northampton Friends Meeting, 43 Center St
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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EYEWITNESS REPORT BACKS FROM RECENT VISITORS The United States is plotting the overthrow of the government of Venezuela to install a regime friendly to the US and multinational oil corporations. US mainstream media mostly gives a one-sided and distorted picture providing rationale for aggression.  Speakers:   Lee Schlenker (Witness for Peace) - Visited Venezuela in November 2018 to see for himself.   Priscilla Lynch (and others) who went to the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. to protect it.  

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BlackRock: Divest from Raytheon and all War Profiteers

May 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
BlackRock, 60 State St
Boston, MA 02109 United States
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BlackRock has billions of dollars invested in weapons companies such as Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Elbit, and General Dynamics. BlackRock even has an iShares fund that exclusively profits off of weapons of war.   These companies and their weapons will be right at the forefront of any war with Iran, Venezuela or North Korea – as they already are in Yemen. On May 23 we will say NO to these impending wars and NO to the companies that will make a…

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