Action Alert:

MAPA Update March 27

Dear Friends,

Please consider attending these exciting events in the coming weeks!

Resistance_Vietnam_WarResistance to the Vietnam War

The history the Pentagon does not want you to know or remember

TODAY, Saturday, March 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:30 pm – MIT Stata Center – Room 32-141

People’s History of the Vietnam War Teach-In

Marking the 50th anniversary of the 1965 teach-ins on the Vietnam War

featuring Noam ChomskyLouise BruynCarl Davidson and other resisters

Registration fee: $10 at the door.  

A People’s History – covering Draft Resistance, Resistance within the Military, a Vietnamese Perspective, SDS, Agent Orange, Vietnam today, building a movement, persevering and working for peace, justice and social change.

Rebuild our Urban Economy! Peace & Planet

Transfer Hundreds of Billions of our Tax Dollars from Dangerous Nuclear Weapons  to Productive Investment in Housing, Healthcare, Education, Public Transit and Infrastructure!

Please join us for a talk by Jonathan King, professor of Biology at MIT and also chair of the Mass Peace Action nuclear abolition working group.

When: April 7th; 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: First Church; 11 Garden St Cambridge, 02138

King will discuss how we can help build the local economy by transferring billions from wasteful nuclear modernization to productive investment in transit, housing, education, research and healthcare. The meeting will be in the Choir Room of the First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St.  Enter the church from Garden St. and take the stairway upstairs to the right; the Choir Room is the first room on the right.

After hearing and discussing Jonathan King’s ideas we will make plans to organize Massachusetts residents to participate in the Peace & Planet Mobilization for a Nuclear-Free, Just, and Sustainable World in New York City on April 26, 2015.

Will you help us make it happen?  Sign up today and give us your feedback and reserve your bus ticket today!

 

 

Tax Day: A Time to Speak up for our Tax and Budget Priorities

When: April 11; 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Where: Old South Church; 645 Boylston Street,  Boston MA 02116

This year, the budget prognosis in Washington is especially dire given that Republicans control both houses of Congress and are sharpening their knives to cut vital programs the country needs.  Join a protest rally against corporate tax cheats at the Apple Store (815 Boylston St) at 12:30, followed by an indoor forum and speakout at 2:00 which will be addressed by citizen groups, ordinary people, and elected officials in support of a Budget for All!

Featuring Mel King, Jimmy Tingle, Grace Ross, Jill Stein & many more!

 

Vocal Chamber Music in Times of War and Peace

Music for Peace presents Vocal Chamber Music in Times of War and Peace, a unique collection of pieces assembled especially for Peace Action by noted mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato.  The centerpiece of this concert is the gripping chamber work– Earl Kim’s Now and Then– written in response to his having flown as an American airman over Nagasaki right after the atomic bomb fell.

When: Saturday, April 11th; 7:30 pm 

Where: Harvard-Epworth Methodist Church; 1555 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA United States

Featuring:

D’Anna Fortunato, Mezzo-soprano, featured artist
Mana Tokuno, Piano
Ina Zdorovetchi, Harp
Linda Toote, Flute
Michelle La Course, Viola

Benefits Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund; part of the Music for Peace Series. Tickets $25 in advance for Mass. Peace Action members, $35 for non-members, $10 for students, $35 at the door. Series of 3 concerts: member $65, non-member $80, student $25.  Supporters donate $250 and receive two tickets and priority seating.

Write check to “Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund” and mail to 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 or purchase online.

The audience is invited to join the musicians and Peace Action members at a reception after the concert.

 

Working for a Nuclear Free World: From Plymouth to Planet Earth

When: April 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where: Grace Vision Church; 80 Mt. Auburn Street (#71 Bus from Harvard Square)

Diane Turco of Cape Downwinders (Left) and Dr. Joseph Garson of  Peace and Planet (Right)

Did you know…?

  • The Pilgrim nuclear plant is 42 years old but designed to last 40 years and yet is licensed until 2032.
  • The Pentagon ranks the plant as one of the top terror “targets-by-sea.”
  • Pilgrim is the same failed GE Mark I design as the 4 reactors destroyed at Fukushima.

Did you know…?

  • The US wants to spend a TRILLION dollars to “modernize” its nuclear arsenal and delivery systems.
  • In 1971, the U.S., U.K., Russia, China, and France signed a treaty to negotiate the elimination of their nuclear weapons, but 44 years later negotiations have not begun?.
  • You are needed in NYC on April 26 to rally, march, and demand immediate action for total nuclear disarmament.

Sponsored by Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment

wageactionFight for $15! #WageAction

Stand with us for economic justice! Too many low wage workers are trapped in poverty. We are tired of being pitted against each other in a race to the bottom.  Join the fight. Be a part of this historic national day of action. We will win.

Workers in Massachusetts are demanding $15/hour from our employers – and WINNING! They’ve done it in other cities and we can do it here.

April 14, 4-6 pm. Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston

Peace and Planet: Mobilizing for a Nuclear Free, Just, and Sustainable World – April 24-26, New York City

The International Peace & Planet Conference, to be held on the eve of the NPT Review Conference, is being organized on the basis of five themes: nuclear weapons abolition, Move the Money (cutting military spending to prevent wars and fund essential human needs), climate change and environmental justice, the new era of global military tensions and wars, and racism and militarism.  Through plenaries and workshops, the Conference Program will serve to share information and analyses, build and further integrate our movements for the longer term, and increase our impact on the NPT Review Conference. In addition to the five themes, a youth track is being organized. Register here.  

When: April 24-25

Where: Cooper Union, New York City

After the two-day conference, the day before the 2015 NPT Review Conference begins, we will gather by the thousands in the streets of New York City for an international rally and march to the United Nations. On the streets and in front of the U.N., activists from around the world – with 2,000 from Japan, including Hibakusha (survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) – will make our demands for a nuclear-free world, for racial, economic, social, and environmental justice, and for an end to military crises and wars.  With our numbers, speeches, signs, costumes, chants, songs, hope, creativity, and humor we’ll impact the diplomats and political leaders in New York for the NPT Review Conference and build and reinforce our movements.  The march will end with the presentation of millions of nuclear weapons abolition petition signatures to U.N. officials. Reserve your bus ticket now; departures from Alewife or Riverside MBTA stations.  Interfaith convocation 11:30 am; rally 12 noon; march 1pm; peace festival, Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, 3 pm. 

More information: masspeaceaction.org/event/peace-and-planet.

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Can’t make it to New York?  Organize a group to participate in the Global Peace Wave!

Video & Poster contest with cash prizes is open to students and youth under 24 years.  

Deadline: April 1 

Don’t miss out on any of these unique and informative opportunities for activism, learning, and change.  We hope to see you at one or, hopefully, many of these events!

 

Dialogue with Japanese A-Bomb Survivors and Nuclear Weapons Abolitionists

April 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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47 Japanese anti-nuclear weapons community activists, joined by two survivors of the 1945 A-bomb attacks (hibakusha), and an activist from Okinawa, will visit Boston April 30 to educate and meet with students and community groups.  The two survivors are Mr. Tadao Yamato, age 74, and Mr. Shiro Kawamoto, age 78, both from Shizuoka, Japan.  The visit will conclude with a potluck and dialogue on Thursday, April 30 Cambridge Friends Meeting, 5 Longfellow Park; the public is invited to participate. Potluck 6pm, dialogue 7pm.  Space is limited- you MUST pre-register for the Potluck & Dialogue here:  http://goo.gl/forms/ZE5qNW9YWz