Israel/Palestine

This article appeared in Massachusetts Peace Action’s Summer 2017 newsletter The Massachusetts Democratic Party passed its most progressive platform ever at its convention in Worcester June 3. Single-payer healthcare, a $15 minimum wage, paid family leave, forgiveness of student loan debt, a ranked-choice voting system, …

Mobilizing Against Anti-BDS Legislation

June 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

Legislation has been filed in the Massachusetts legislature which aims to penalize supporters of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. This legislation (S.1689 /H.1685), deceptively titled “An Act Prohibiting Discrimination in State Contracts,” is in fact a dangerous attempt to restrict our right …

Human Rights: a line in the sand

April 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

Originally posted in Post Trump Stress Disorder While Democrats argue whether issues like a woman’s choice really are “core Democratic values” they remain pretty comfortable ignoring the human rights of non-Americans. This week Human Rights Watch documented extra-judicial killings by Egypt’s army – let’s ditch …

A resolution on “Peace And Security For Israelis And Palestinians” has been submitted to the Democratic State Committee, and will be considered at the DSC meeting on April 29, 2017.   Rather than rely on the characterization of its opponents as “one-sided,” I urge that …

The Settlements are an Obstacle to Peace

April 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

Remarks presented at the Massachusetts Democratic Committee’s Settlements Resolution Forum on April 19, 2017 I am a 77 year old resident of Marblehead involved in Jewish organizations locally and nationally since my bar mitzvah in Temple Beth El in Lynn.  Israel occupied the West Bank …

Remarks presented at the Massachusetts Democratic Committee’s Settlements Resolution Forum on April 19, 2017 Over the years there have been hundreds of resolutions and letters from Congress unreservedly supporting Israeli government positions or condemning the Palestinians – but not a single action to support the …

Support a Progressive, Pro-Peace Platform

April 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

The Massachusetts Democratic Party revises its platform every four years.  It will do so on June 3, 2017 at its convention in Worcester.  Many MAPA members have been elected as convention delegates, among some 700 progressive delegates organized by Our Revolution Massachusetts, with the intention of …

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