by Jeff Klein
Donald Trump began the new year with a reckless move that pushed the world closer to a dangerously widened war in the Middle East. The killing of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi general Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis – along with 8 other Iraqis and Iranians — by drone missiles in Baghdad on January 2 was an aggressive and criminal act, no matter how much the White House tries to spin it as a “defensive measure.”
by Cole Harrison
Mass. Peace Action has endorsed Sen. Edward Markey for reelection in 2020. Markey has a strong progressive track record on issues of peace and foreign policy. He is the unquestioned leader in the US Senate on nuclear disarmament, at a time when the US and Russia are tearing up the few remaining arms control treaties. For years, Markey has championed legislation to cut our insane nuclear weapons arsenal and to put controls on their use. Now, he a leader in the efforts to prevent war with Iran.
by John Ratliff
Bernie Sanders is the only presidential candidate who has come out unequivocally and forcefully against War with Iran. While other Democratic candidates have reinforced Trump’s narrative about the “just” death of a supposed monster and criticized only the failure to consult Congress or the impulsiveness of the timing, Sanders has staunchly opposed the drive to war itself and called for negotiations and a return to the Iran nuclear deal. This stance is a continuation of his lifelong commitment to peace and opposition to US imperial wars abroad.
by Val Moghadam
Protests swept the US last week in response to the illegal assassination of Iran’s top military general Qassem Suleimani by the Trump administration. In just two of eleven demonstrations across Massachusetts: some 500 people marched in Boston on Saturday Jan. 4 and 300 gathered in Harvard Square, Cambridge on Thursday Jan. 9 to demand that the US stop attacks on Iran, end sanctions, pull its troops out of Iraq and engage in diplomacy to resolve differences in the Middle East.
by Jeanne Gallo
The United States government maintains the largest immigration detention system in the world. This barbaric practice did not begin with Donald Trump, though he has magnified its cruelty to extremes. Over the last four decades, US lawmakers have helped create a multi-billion-dollar industry for the incarceration of immigrants. Forty years ago, this system did not exist. Why are people from Central America seeking asylum here? Their answer: “We are here because you were there.”
Protests swept the US last week in response to the illegal assassination of Iran’s top military general Qassem Suleimani by the warmongering Trump administration. In Massachusetts, some 500 demonstrators marched in Boston on Saturday Jan. 4th and 300 gathered in Harvard Square, Cambridge on Thursday Jan. 9th to demand that the US stop threats and attacks on Iran, end sanctions, pull its troops out of Iraq and engage in diplomacy rather than aggression to resolve differences in the Middle East. These were two out of 11 actions that took place in communities across the Commonwealth. At least 375 protests involving more than 20,000 people erupted throughout the country, according to MoveOn.org.