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565 Boylston St
Boston, 02116
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September 2013

History of Nuclear Weapons and Current Disarmament Issues

September 22, 2013 @ 11:00 am
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St
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GARY GOLDSTEIN  “History of Nuclear Weapons and Current Disarmament Issues”The abolition of nuclear weapons is an urgent humanitarian necessity. Despite renewed commitments by nations to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world, all of the nuclear powers continue to invest exorbitant sums of money in their nuclear forces.Gary Goldstein is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Tufts University and a featured Massachusetts Peace Action speaker who has given many talks over the years about the dangers of nuclear weapons and nuclear reactors. He…

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February 2015

New European Initiatives for Palestine

February 24, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St
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$5 – $10

The Palestine/Israel Working Group of Massachusetts Peace Action invites you to hear Dr. Phyllis Starkey, former British M.P. Dr. Phyllis Starkey was a Labour Member of Parliament from 1997 to 2010, and ministerial aide in the British Foreign Office from 2001-2005. Throughout her parliamentary career, she kept a focus on Palestine and the Middle East, chairing the All-Party Parliamentary Palestine Group and visiting the region many times.  She is a trustee of Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) and speaks frequently on…

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May 2015

The Cost of War, the Price of Peace

May 24, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Kathy Kelly co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end military and economic violence. She has visited Afghanistan 15 times since 2010.  Kathy will describe experiences living in a working class area of Kabul, Afghanistan. where people feel trapped by war and impoverishment and then discuss experiences living in a U.S. prison, for protestingU.S. drone warfare, where people likewise feel trapped and struggle with impoverishment. Kathy will recieve the 38th Annual Sacco & Vanzetti Award for Social Justice.

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November 2016

Empire & the Bomb (NOW)

November 20, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Joseph Gerson will speak about getting beyond the election-year’s rhetoric. He believes that there are continuities and fundamental realities that must be faced. The American empire has passed its zenith and a dynamic and increasingly dangerous era with more analogies than the years preceding the First World War than to the Cold War. Again the world is marked by tensions growing from rising and declining powers anxious to retain or expand the privileges and power of the few. Arms races…

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January 2017

Andrew Bacevich: America’s War for the Greater Middle East

January 8, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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America's War for the Greater Middle East

The U.S. military has been intensively engaged in various quarters of the Islamic world for several decades, with little to show in terms of achieving Washington's stated objectives. This presentation will discuss the origins and conduct of this conflict and what Americans might learn from it. Andrew J. Bacevich grew up in Indiana, graduated from West Point and Princeton, served in the army, became an academic, and is now a writer. He is the author, co-author, or editor of a…

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February 2017

Courage and Compassion in the Holy Land – Grassroots Resistance to the Settlements

February 5, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Courage and Compassion in the Holy Land depicts Palestinians and Israelis; Jews, Muslims, and Christians - religious and secular; justice, injustice, courage, compassion, heartbreak and hope. Fear and misinformation and violence have contributed to a culture in Israel of dehumanizing non-Jews and sanctioning violence against them. Many people have polarized positions, making it very difficult to talk about this within and between groups of Israelis and Palestinians. This presentation focuses on how the Jewish settlements and outposts disrupt the lives…

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April 2017

“The U.S. and Russia: the Centrality of the NATO Issue” with Gary Leupp

April 23, 2017 @ 11:00 am
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Gary Leupp will review the course of U.S.–Russian relations since 1991, from the decade-long honeymoon with the Yeltsin regime to the Putin era. Leupp will discuss the Ukrainian situation in historical context, emphasizing the ethnic divide in that country and how the February 2014 regime change backed by the U.S. provoked a much misunderstood secessionist movement. Leupp will comment on the unpredictable Trump positions on Russia. Gary Leupp is an Author and Professor of History, Tufts University, since 1988. Music…

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War and Peace in the Trumpian Era with Michael Klare

April 30, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Even if Donald Trump had not been elected, the world would probably be experiencing a greater risk of great-power conflict due to a variety of pressures (China’s rise, Russia’s adventurism, America’s fear of decline), but with his ascension to the presidency the risk is increasing. This talk will assess the forces that make friction and conflict among the great powers more likely, and consider what can be done to minimize these risks. Author of 14 books, Michael Klare is the…

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May 2017

“The Hidden History Of  How The U.S. Was Used To Create Israel”with Alison Weir

May 7, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Alison Weir

Journalist and author Alison Weir will discuss her book on the history of the U.S.-Israel “special relationship,” analyze media coverage of the issue, and report on why the U.S. gives Israelis 7,000 times more aid than to others around the world. Learn about the real roots of the violence in Israel-Palestine and the region in general as Weir covers the history and context ignored by mainstream media, including background information on President Trump’s travel ban. Copies of her book “Against Our…

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September 2017

69 Years without a Country: Stateless Palestinians from Lebanon– with Khawla Hammad &  Amena Elashkar

September 23, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
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$20
Khawla Hammad & Amena Elashkar

2017 North America Nakba Tour Khawla Hammad has been a stateless refugee in Lebanon for 69 years. At the age of sixteen, she was expelled from her village of Kabri, in Palestine. Now she is 85 years old, and still a refugee in Lebanon, without citizenship in any country at all. Israel expelled most of the population in 1948, and has prevented them from returning to their homes. Kabri and hundreds of other towns and villages were leveled to the…

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“Hopes Alive” with Frida Berrigan

September 24, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Frida Berrigan And Kids

Where is our hope? How do we find it, feed it, share it? I'm finding hope in sanctuaries of silence and the eyes of friends. I'm feeding hope in the streets crowded with people shouting "Black Lives Matter," "No Justice, No Peace" and "Love Trumps Hate." I'm sharing hope by not shirking away from hard truths and hard work. I'm rescued from hopelessness by my children's laughter and their relentless appetite for life despite its contradictions, challenges and conflict. I'll…

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October 2017

“Stop The Endless Wars!” with Madelyn Hoffman

October 1, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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The focus of this presentation is on the need to change U.S. foreign policy in the effort to stop endless fighting, including wars taking place in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria; and threatening actions from North Korea and Iran, to one of diplomacy and negotiations. It will also address the 2018 budget proposal to increase the military budget by $54 billion and ways in which the public can work to shift federal spending priorities from war to peace. Massachusetts Peace Action will…

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Courageous Women of Resistance

October 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Courageous Women of Resistance

“When the book is written on the end of Apartheid in South Africa, a most important chapter will be on the role of women in that struggle.” — Govan Mbeke, a co-leader with Nelson Mandela in the ANC resistance movement The same needs to be said of women throughout the world who with courage and unflagging determination work for justice and human rights in their communities. Women helped to bring clean water to Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, and…

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November 2017

Trump’s Global Policies and the Threat of WW III with Mark Solomon

November 5, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Trump's Global Policies

Donald Trump has promised a foreign policy that "puts America first," threatening to uproot the global imperil order in effect since the end of World War II. He has threatened to ignite nuclear war against North Korea, has threatened to cancel the nuclear agreement with Iran, has antagonized friends and adversaries from Mexico to China and has withdrawn from the Paris climate accord. However, are such acts totally at odds with global policies pursued by both past Democratic and Republican…

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December 2017

In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power with Alfred McCoy

December 10, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Alfred McCoy: In the Shadows of the American Century

Alfred W. McCoy will draw upon his recent book “In the Shadows of the American Century,” to analyze the dynamics of the U.S. rise to global power, and the unique way Washington has exercised that global hegemony for the past 70 years, particularly the covert dimension. He will then analyze the geopolitical changes in the vast Eurasian land mass that are eroding US dominion, and the political manifestations of a US world order in crisis, including populism and hyper-nationalism. Alfred…

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January 2018

Jill Stein Speaks: Building Power in Boston & Beyond: Resisting Militarism, McCarthyism, Austerity, Deportations & more”

January 28, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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“Building Power in Boston & Beyond: Resisting Militarism, McCarthyism, Austerity, Deportations & more” with Dr. Jill Stein Special 3 p.m. Service (No 11 a.m. service):  Dr. Jill Stein was the Green Party’s 2016 candidate for President. She is a mother, an organizer, physician, and pioneering environmental-health advocate. She has helped lead initiatives to fight environmental racism and injustice, to promote healthy communities, to strengthen local green economies and to revitalize democracy. She was a principal organizer for the Global Climate Convergence…

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May 2018

“Paying the Price for Peace: Annual Sacco and Vanzetti Award” with S. Brian Willson

May 27, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
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S Brian Willson

  “Paying the Price for Peace: 2018 CCB’s Annual Sacco and Vanzetti Award" with S. Brian Willson Join us live on Facebook for our 11:00 a.m. service! This Memorial Day Weekend, we honor the deep commitment of S. Brian Willson to peace, anti-militarism and anti-imperialism. Brian Willson is the author of “Blood on the Tracks-The Life and Times of S. Brian Willson” (PM Press, 2011). Willson is a Vietnam veteran whose wartime experiences transformed him into a revolutionary nonviolent pacifist. He…

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June 2018

The importance of human and biological diversity: A case study of Palestine

June 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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As an academic and activist, Mazin Qumsiyeh will explore the ways that movements towards uniformity such as Zionism have threatened the crucial diversity found in the landscape -- both social and biodiversity. He will argue that restoring our social and natural ecosystems requires challenging ideas of dominance and hegemony, a topic that he is uniquely positioned to illuminate as a Palestinian Christian, a biologist, and a human rights activist. Prof. Qumsiyeh teaches and does research at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities.…

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August 2018

No More Nagasakis: A Commemoration

August 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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No More Nagasakis

“Article 9 Comes to America”. David Rothauser, documentary  filmmaker, recently completed a film about Hiroshima/Nagasaki.. We will show an excerpt of “Article 9” “The imperative of nuclear disarmament”: Elaine Scarry , author of Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom, is Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value at Harvard University, “On Abolition”: Sofia Wolman (Musician and student at Harvard Divinity School) Music by Dean Stevens and the Peace Singers 73 years ago today, the US dropped atomic bombs…

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September 2018

War and Peace in the Age of Trump

September 30, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St
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Stephen Kinzer

American power has been used to wreak much havoc in the world. Now we are told that our global role is shrinking. Is that true–and if so, is it good? Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered more than 50 countries on five continents. He writes a world affairs column for the Boston Globe and teaches international relations at Brown University

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October 2018

UNRWA’s Role and Impact in the Gaza Strip: A Refugee’s Perspective

October 8, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Mohammed Eid

UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency) provides humanitarian aid—education, healthcare, housing, etc.—to several million Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the West Bank, and Gaza. Our speaker has both benefited from that aid and worked for UNRWA. This talk takes place at a critical moment: Gaza is in crisis, and Trump has cut all U.S. funding (about $400 million) to the Agency. Mohammed Eid Mohammed Eid grew up in Rafah Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip, Palestine. He…

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Jasmine Gomez: The Continued Colonization of Puerto Rico

October 21, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St
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Come hear the politics and history of Puerto Rico by one of the Puerto Rican attorney and organizer, Jasmine Gomez, with great music and company! Jasmine will discuss the history of political inequality and corporate dominance in Puerto Rico. Drawing from that history, Jasmine will show correlations that explain why the U.S.’s lack of response to Hurricane Maria and the financial crisis is unsurprising. Jasmine will then discuss how to currently support Puerto Rican people. Jasmine Gomez is a queer,…

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Israel’s Nation-State Law and its implications for Palestinians

October 23, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Resist Apartheid

Fady Khoury of Adalah (The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel) and Dr. Alice Rothchild of JVP's Health Advisory Council will be speaking about the context and content of Israel's Nation State Law (Basic Law) and what it means for Palestinians, not just in 48 but also in the West Bank. This law makes Israel's apartheid system official and has dire consequences for Palestinians. The presentation will take the place of JVP Boston's regular monthly meeting. Refreshments will…

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November 2018

Jeff Klein: What’s Happening in Syria?

November 4, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St
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People in the US get a very one-sided view of the war in Syria from the mainstream media. What is the reality? What do Syrians want? Jeff Klein, a retired machinist and local trade-union president active with the anti-war group Dorchester People for Peace and several Palestine solidarity organizations, will talk and discuss further on the Syrian issue. Jeff is a board member of Massachusetts Peace Action and a leader of its Palestine-Israel Working Group, as well as statewide coordinator…

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Mark Solomon: After the Mid-Term Elections, Where Do We Go From Here?

November 11, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St
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Mark Solomon, a renowned professor and speaker in the realm of international politics and U.S. foreign policy, will speak on where American politics is going afterwards after the mid-term elections. What will the future and political atmosphere look like? How will people and legislators react after the mid-term elections? Mark Solomon, Professor Emeritus of History at Simmons College holds degrees in History from Wayne State University, University of Michigan and from Harvard University. He has written scores of articles on…

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December 2018

The Yemen Catastrophe: Origins and Actors with Valentine M. Moghadam

December 9, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St
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Since 2015, the Saudi-led coalition bombing campaign to dislodge the Houthis has created a humanitarian catastrophe for the Yemeni people and an international headache for Saudi allies. Is an end in sight? The presentation will provide a brief historical overview and a description of the local, regional, and international actors involved and complicit. Val Moghadam is Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Northeastern University. She has previously held posts at Purdue University and Illinois State University, and at the WIDER…

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January 2019

Stand with the Atomic Bomb Survivors: Hibakusha Appeal to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons

January 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St
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No More Nagasakis

Mary Popeo In what may be their last large effort to eliminate nuclear weapons, the atomic bomb survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have united to gather millions of endorsements from people like you!  To date, they have gathered 8 million! Mary Popeo and Christian Ciobanu, two young activists, will tell you about the Appeal and how you can get involved! Sponsored by PEAC Institute, Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, Veterans for Peace, Memory Productions, and International Physicials for…

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February 2019

Byron Rushing: The Problem of the Twenty First Century — W.E.B. DuBois Address

February 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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A brief political and theological reflection on Du Bois’s famous line a 118 years later. • Byron Rushing served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1983 to 2018. He came to the House with a background in community organizing and Afro-American history. In the legislature, Byron’s priorities were human and civil rights, and the development of democracy; local human, economic and housing development; and housing and health care for all. He was the House Majority Whip. Byron was a leader of…

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March 2019

Venezuela: Sanctions, Elections and Attempted Coup

March 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Anti-Intervention Rally in Venezuela

Will the crisis lead to a major new war? The US is trying to overthrow the Maduro government with military threats, economic warfare and diplomatic isolation.  But the solutions for the problems in Venezuela are for the Venezuelans to decide.  The peace movement must oppose US intervention and support a resolution through peaceful dialogue! Rev. Mike Clark will speak on "Venezuela vs. the Empire: A Coup 21 Years in the Making".  He is the Recovery Outreach Worker at the Belmont-Watertown United…

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International Working Women’s Day with Cindy Sheehan

March 10 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Service: This year’s Sacco/Vanzetti awardee. Cindy Sheehan is a peace and social justice activist who garnered international attention after her son Casey died in the USA’s illegal and immoral war in Iraq in 2004. In August of 2005, Cindy set up a peace camp just yards from then president George Bush’s Crawford ranch to ask him, “for what noble cause” people were dying in Iraq and Afghanistan. She never got her answer, but thousands came to Crawford to join her and tens…

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Speaking Truth About Power in a Permanent Warfare State: Kathy Kelly

March 24 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Stop the Next War Now Service: Drawing from experiences living alongside Afghans in the Afghan Peace Volunteer community and from recent studies regarding U.S. complicity with human rights violations and war in Yemen, Kathy will assert that one way to stop a “next” war is to continue telling the truth about wars the U.S. is already waging. • Kathy Kelly co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end military and economic violence.  She has visited Afghanistan 15 times since 2010. Voices activists…

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April 2019

POSTPONED – Report back from Venezuela

April 13 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Lee Schlenker The event has been POSTPONED and will be rescheduled. Lee Schlenker has just returned from Venezuela in these eventful times.  He was part of a nationally organized delegation. Lee has an impressive grasp of the complex situation in Latin America through his work for Witness for Peace (WfP) and keen interest in the subject.  (On this trip he traveled as an individual and not for WfP.) The situation is growing more serious with extension of the sanctions and…

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Salaam Shalom: Addressing Antisemitism in Muslim Communities & Islamophobia in Jewish Communities

April 14 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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5:00-7:00 p.m. program: Featuring speakers David Matz, Professor Emeritus, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, & Global Governance, UMass Boston and Saadia Ahmad, Program & Research Associate at UMass Boston's McCormack Graduate School. Hosted by Muslims For Progressive Values.

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Everyday Life in Occupied Palestine: a Talk by Laila Hasan

April 15 @ 7:00 pm
Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston St
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Women in Hebron (WiH) is a Palestinian non-profit under the Idna Cooperative Association for Embroidery and Handicrafts. Handicrafts were sold in the Israeli-occupied Old City market of Hebron. Since 2005, Women in Hebron has grown from one table to a permanent market place in Old City. Thanks to its sales of beautiful handicrafts through WiH, and the Idna Cooperative Association has opened a community center in Idna. Members of the association gather there to do their handicraft work, take part…

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Voices from the Border: a Cry for Justice & Liberation

April 21 @ 11:00 am
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"Voices from the Border: a Cry for Justice & Liberation" with Jeanne Gallo and Sunny Robinson. The presentation will address the current mass migration from Central America: Why are so many people seeking asylum? What is our government's response and why? What are the U.S. peoples' responses to their pursuit of liberation from violence, poverty, and militarism in their homelands? Jeanne Gallo and Sunny Robinson are life-long human rights advocates for justice and peace. In November, they went to the…

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