MAPA Update – Sept. 15, 2015

4iranDealSpeakers.rev2We’re thrilled that the Senate blocked rejection of the Iran nuclear deal on Sept. 10 — it will now move forward to implementation, though hawks are still vowing to fight on.   Catch the recording of our Sept. 8 panel on the deal featuring Stephen Kinzer, Stephen Walt, Jimmy Tingle, and Shahin Tabatabaei.

FaireShareTaxThe campaign 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. Contact the office at or 617-354-2169 to get your petition forms and instructions.

Can you join us in Springfield this Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Democratic State Convention? We’ll be outreaching to convention delegates about the Fair Share Tax as well as the Budget for All and People’s Budget.  Carpools to be arranged – contact the office if you’re available!

We’ll be at the International Day of Peace observance on Boston Common, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2-4pm.  Stop by and say hello, or volunteer to staff our table!

N2NY2PNo 2 Nukes, Yes 2 Peace!  An event in observance of the Global Day for Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, Saturday, Sept. 26, 1pm at the Democracy Center, 45 Mt. Auburn St. near Harvard Square, Cambridge.  Sponsored by Global Zero Boston.

Ukraine Crisis: Origins of Conflict and Prospects for Peace will be a talk by Paul Christensen, Sunday, Sept. 27, 7pm at the Eliot Church, 474 Centre St in Newton Corner. Sponsored by Newton Dialogues on Peace & War.

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‘Our Destiny is to Resist’: Palestinian human rights activist Bassem Tamimi will speak at Cambridge Friends Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 7pm.

Music of Schumann and Beethoven will kick off our Music for Peace series for 2015-16 .  Internationally renowned violinist James Buswell joins three Boston-based luminaries for Schumann’s romantic and nostalgic outpourings, as well as a trio by one of Schumann’s heroes.  Saturday, October 17, 7:30 pm at Harvard-Epworth Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, near Harvard Law School.

Budget for All Campaign will tentatively hold a forum on Increasing Public Investment in Transportation on October 24, featuring Fred Salvucci. Details TBA.

NewDaySpeakersA New Day? Organizing to Change US Policy on Israel and Palestine will be a half-day conference featuring Palestinian-American journalist Rami Khouri, former AIPAC staffer M.J. Rosenberg, and Palestinian human rights advocate Nadia ben-Youssef.  Saturday, November 14, 1-5pm, location tba. Sponsored by our Palestine/Israel Working Group.

6SustainableSpeakersOur full-day fall conference, Rising to the Challenge: Sustainable Security for All, will challenge our country’s false national security narrative and outline a sustainable security future based on intersecting climate, peace, and justice struggles. Confirmed speakers include Noam Chomsky, Michael McPhearson of Veterans for Peace, Harris Gruman of RaiseUp Massachusetts, Carl Williams of the ACLU, Jimmy Tingle, and Will Hopkins of New Hampshire Peace Action.  Saturday, November 21, 9am-4:30 pm at Harvard Law School.