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April 2020

Coronavirus Capitalism and How to Beat It—a Path Forward

April 7 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Coronavirus Capitalism

We will start by watching together a 9-minute video starring Naomi Klein, "Coronavirus Capitalism - and How to Beat It". We will also watch a recorded video message from Senator Ed Markey.  MAPA has invited Sen. Markey to discuss policies and legislative initiatives that address the COVID-19 crisis and provide a path forward to meet short- and long-term human needs, both at home and abroad. Klein's introduction to her video says: "During moments of cataclysmic change, the previously unthinkable suddenly becomes…

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True cost of the Military Industrial Complex: Connections between the Military, Climate Change, and the Corona Crisis

April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
LONDON/ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 22 2020: Young Extinction Rebellion protester wearing a face mask, during the Coronavirus outbreak, at the February 2020 march in conjunction with Parents 4 Future. JessicaGirvan1 / Shutterstock.com

Featuring a 10-minute video produced by Brilliant.org circulated through the Global Campaign for Peace Education This video discusses the true costs of the military-industrial-complex, particularly the impact of militarism on the environment.  It points out the interrelationships between war, militarism, human needs, and ecological security. The video will be followed by facilitated discussion about what MAPA can do to transform our security paradigm and budget priorities from military spending to meeting human needs, and the role of the Green New…

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Pandemic, War and Sanctions in a Divided Korea

April 16 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
MA United States + Google Map
Citizens wearing masks in Seoul

Lift the Sanctions Now - Stop Coronavirus Ko You-kyoung Webinar on how the un-ended Korean war, division, and sanctions impact North and South Korea's efforts against coronavirus. Kee Park Dr. Kee Park - Director, Korea Health Policy Project, Harvard Medical School.  He leads the medical collaboration between physicians of the US and DPRK, and has visited North Korea an average of more than once per year for the past 15 years. Ko You-kyoung - Consultant, Women's International League for Peace &…

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Massachusetts Peace Action Special Annual Meeting

April 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Zoom Webinar MA United States + Google Map
MAPA 2020 Board Nominees

Our annual meeting scheduled for March 28, 2020 was cancelled due to coronavirus social distancing requirements.   This special, abbreviated annual meeting will be convened by online conference.  Please register to attend. Nika Elugardo State Rep. Nika Elugardo will present her reflections on the Coronavirus crisis including the state and federal response and what is needed now. Elugardo defeated a powerful incumbent in 2018 to become State Representative from  Jamaica Plain and nearby areas of Boston.  In her first year she…

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Move the Nuclear Weapons (and fossil fuel) Money

April 21 @ 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Online Webinar MA United States + Google Map
Move the Nuclear Weapons Money

Move the Nuclear Weapons (and fossil fuel) Money: Cutting nuclear weapons budgets. Ending investments in nuclear weapons & fossil fuels. Reallocating these to public health, climate protection and sustainable development.  International webinar, Tuesday April  21, 2020 Held in conjunction with the Global Days of Action on Military Spending, April 10 – May 5, 2020 Tuesday, April 21, 2020 |     Outline: The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for governments and the international community to focus more on human security issues and…

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Coronavirus: Time to End US Sanctions on Cuba (Webinar)

April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom Webinar MA United States + Google Map
Cuban doctors hold an image of late Cuban President Fidel Castro during a farewell ceremony before departing to Italy to assist, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Havana, Cuba, March 21, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini

Lift the Sanctions Now - Stop Coronavirus Lee Schlenker Our presenter will be Lee Schlenker, regional organizer with Witness for Peace New England, based in Boston.  Schlenker, a graduate in Latin American Urban Studies from Middlebury College, is a dynamic and bilingual researcher, community organizer and solidarity worker with experience living and working in the United States, Cuba and Mexico. Currently based in Boston as a regional organizer with Witness for Peace New England, he is a strong believer in…

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World Conference 2020: Moving Online

April 24 - April 26
Peace & Planet, New York, 2015

World Conference 2020: Abolish Nuclear Weapons; Resist and Reverse Climate Change; For Social and Economic Justice Concern for people’s health and protecting people from the risk of the accelerated spread of the corona virus has led our World Conference planning committee to cancel the in-person April 24-26 World Conference, rally and march.   An online version of the event is now being planned, so please check back closer to the date. BUT, we are planning to build from all that we…

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May 2020

Walk for Justice

May 16 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Framingham District Court parking lot, 600 Concord St
Framingham, MA 01702 United States
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Walking for Justice

Originally scheduled for March 21- Rescheduled due to Coronavirus.  Rain Date May 30 Walk for Justice is a 2 miles march advocating that the Mass Parole Board act according to law and conduct fair hearings to end the perpetual punishment of community members who have proven to be law abiding citizens.  As a state wide initiative we have been street canvassing to collect signatures and we have an online signature petition "It’s the Law: Massachusetts Parole Board Must Respect the…

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John Flynn – Social Justice Songwriter

May 30 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friends Meeting at Cambridge, 5 Longfellow Park
Cambridge,
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John Flynn

Massachusetts Peace Action Benefit Concert Concert starts at 7:30 pm in Meeting House.   Regular price $20, student/low income $10, benefactor $30, sponsor $40.  Proceeds to Massachusetts Peace Action and Friends Meeting at Cambridge. Intermission reception in Friends Room with Cake, Beverages, and Information Tables for Mass Peace Action and John Flynn (and his organization New Beginnings-Next Step, Inc.) John Flynn Information "John Flynn is the real deal. His work follows in the footsteps of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Kris Kristofferson,…

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June 2020

Watertown Citizens Annual Meeting

June 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
MA United States + Google Map

Annual Meeting! Save the date for our Annual Meeting. We're hard at work designing the agenda and speakers. Stay tuned!

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Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington – Going Digital

June 20
National Mall, Independence Ave & Third St SW
Washington, DC
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Poor People's Assembly and Moral March on Washington - Digital

The Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington is going digital! On June 20th, we will hold the largest digital and social media gathering of poor and low-wealth people, moral and religious leaders, advocates, and people of conscience in this nation’s history. A global pandemic is exposing even more the already existing crisis of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, the war economy and militarism, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. On June 20, the 140 million…

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September 2020

A Wake-up Call from the Future: Annual Dinner in the Time of Coronavirus

September 26 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, UCC, 11 Garden St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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HazMat team in protective suits decontaminating metro car during virus outbreak

If social distancing is over and we are able to hold this event, our speaker this year will be journalist and author Stephen Kinzer!  His latest article, "The Coronavirus Pandemic is a Failure of Imagination", ran in the Boston Globe Ideas section on March 22, and concluded: "This pandemic is a wake-up call from the future. It tells us that we need to re-imagine what we mean by the term “security threat.” The scariest threats to human security no longer…

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October 2020

Concert and Reception for Physicans for Social Responsibility

October 3 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Jordan Hall / New England Conservatory, 30 Gainsborough St
Boston, MA 02115 United States
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Concert in Honor of William Perry

Greater Boston PSR (GBPSR) and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) are honored to have again been selected as Community Partners for the 2020 season of the Longwood Symphony Orchestra’s (LSO) Healing Art of Music™ program. As Community Partners, we will be featured during an evening LSO concert at 8:00 PM on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall in Boston, with proceeds benefiting our organizations’ efforts to address the twin existential threats of…

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