MAPA Update, Nov. 2, 2015

Fair Share Millionaire’s Tax

IT’S CRUNCH TIME!  Raise Up Massachusetts’ FaireShareTaxcampaign to gather signatures for the Fair Share Millionaire’s Tax is on!  It’s an amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution that will ask Massachusetts families with incomes over $1 million a year to pay a little more to cover needed improvements to public transportation and education.  

Collect signatures on Election Day, tomorrow, Nov. 3, in cities such as Boston, Cambridge, and Newton (not towns, which don’t have elections now).  Contact the office at or 617-354-2169 to get your petition forms and instructions.  We have only 2 weeks to go and Mass. Peace Action needs YOUR help to meet our goal!

NuclearSavage.imageNuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1

Screening of the exposé of the U.S. H-bomb tests on the Marshall Islands in the 1950s and their tragic effects on the Marshall Islanders, which continue to this day. Discussion follows.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 – 7:00pm

Harvard-Epworth Methodist Church, Cambridge

syria_2869467bUnderstanding Syria

What is really happening in Syria?  The mainstream media in our country are full of one-sided propaganda and not much help.  Come to a MAPA event to hear from two Syrians, Wafaa Arbash and Ali Aljundi, now in the US, and MAPA board member Jeff Klein.

Monday, Nov. 9, 7:00 pm

First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St

US-Saudi AllianceThe U.S.-Saudi Alliance: Disaster for the Middle East

Medea Benjamin, Code Pink, speaking on the corrupt US-Saudi alliance, and Rabyaah Althaibani, on war & human rights abuses in her homeland of Yemen

Friday, November 13, 2015 – 7:00pm

First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden St

Rally 5:00 Harvard Square; Brunch Saturday 10:00 am in Newton

A New Day? Organizing to Change US Policy on Israel and Palestine

How can we impact the political process? Half-day conference with Palestinian-American journalist Rami Khouri, former AIPAC staffer M.J. Rosenberg, and human rights campaigner Nadia Ben-Youssef.   Read more background.

Saturday, November 14, 2015 – 12:30pm

Harvard University – Jefferson Hall 250, 17 Oxford St (New Location), Cambridge

Details and Registration

Ann_Wright.horiz.800Ann Wright: Middle East Update

Retired US Army Colonel and former US diplomat Ann Wright gives an update on the crisis in the West Bank and Gaza.

Tues., Nov. 17, 7pm – Great Barrington Friends Meeting

Women Cross DMZ: Report Back from a Historic Walk in the Koreas

Christine Ahn, Dohee Lee, M. Brinton Lykes and Ramsay Liem report back on the historical women’s walk for peace and reunification in the Koreas.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7:30 pm

Episcopal Divinity School, St. John’s Chapel, 99 Brattle St., Cambridge

Building Sustainable Security

We Are Many

How are “domestic” issues such as mass incarceration, Black Lives Matter, economic inequality, corporatization of education, and climate change linked to issues of war and peace, and how can movements combine their efforts? Noam Chomsky, Michael McPhearson, Carl Williams, Cassandra Bensahih, Barbara Madeloni, Chung-Wha Hong, and many more.

Saturday, November 21, 2015 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

Details and Registration

It’s That Time of Year!   Massachusetts Peace Action members pay dues on a calendar year basis.  Pay your 2016 dues now and you’ll be a member in good standing through December, 2016.  $40 for an individual, $65 for a family or $10 for students and low incomes.   Or please make a tax-deductible donation in any amount to Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund.  Thank you for keeping the peace movement strong!