Mass. Peace Action update, April 9

“Nonviolent Action: The Teachers of Norway” will include an oratorio celebrating nonviolent action against oppression, followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Gene Sharp, Dr. Severyn Bruyn, Mr. Patrick Scanlon, Dr. John Michalcyzk, and Dr. Lorenz Reibling. TONIGHT, Wednesday, April 9, 7pm at Trinity Chapel, Boston College’s Newton campus, 825 Centre St.

We are co-sponsoring Democratic Socialists of America’s book talk by Mark Schneider on “Joe Moakley’s Journey: From South Boston to El Salvador”, with a report by Carol Pryor on behalf of the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES). Thursday, April 10, 7:30 pm at Encuentro 5, 9B Hamilton Place, Boston, near Park Street T.

Also tomorrow night, actress Barbara Bates Smith will perform the one-woman play Go Granny D! in honor of the campaign finance reform activist who walked across America at age 90.  A talk by Prof. Lawrence Lessig will follow.  Cambridge Friends Meeting, Thursday, April 10, 7pm.

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Budget for All’s Tax Day event “We Pay Our Taxes: Are We Getting What We Need?” will be held on April 12. Grace Ross will MC, and Rep. Jim McGovern, Rep. Katherine Clark, Mel King, and Harris Gruman will join over 20 more confirmed speakers at the forum at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury St., Boston, 2-4 pm.  There will be video greetings from Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Barney Frank, and a pre-rally to protest tax dodger Bank of America, 440 Boylston St, at 12:30. 

Additional Budget for All events will be held in Worcester and Fall River on April 10 and in Walpole on April 12. Details:

Campaign Nonviolence will present a non-violence training and gathering,  April 12 and 13 at the Cambridge Friends Meeting.  Pre-registration required; see

Don’t miss MAPA member Louise Bruyn as she reads from her book “She Walked for All of Us,” about her Boston to Washington, DC walk during the Vietnam war, Sunday, April 13, 7pm, at Grace Episcopal Church, Newton Corner.

Did you know that 60% of the US Navy and 60% of the Air Force is to be stationed in Asia/Pacific by 2020?  “Pivoting for Peace in Asia/Pacific” is a one-day conference designed to bring the peace movement up to speed on the many complex issues in the region which pose threats to peace and which the peace movement is likely to need to respond to in the years to come. Saturday, April 19 in Cambridge; Register now at

Our allies Council for a Livable World will honor Jerome Grossman at aNewton reception, Thursday, April 24.  Details at

Massachusetts taxpayers are expected to build 10,000 new prison units by 2023, costing $2 billion, unless dramatic reforms are made.  Join the Jobs Not Jails rally on Boston Common, Saturday, April 26 at 12 noon, to join in the exciting coalition which is pushing for this $2 billion to be spent on well-thought out jobs programs instead.

A memorial service for our beloved board chair, Steven Brion-Meisels, will be held Saturday, April 26, 1pm at the First Parish in Cambridge, 1446 Mass. Ave.  Read about his life here:

SummerTablingVolunteers needed!  Wake Up the Earth will be the first run of our summer outreach table on the afternoon of Saturday, May 3 in Jamaica Plain, near Stony Brook T. We’ll be talking to passersby and gathering petition signatures.   Contact the office to help out!

Facing the Dangers of 21st Century Great Power War will be the theme of a 1-day conference in New York City, May 3.

Mass. Peace Action’s Palestine/Israel task force will present Harvard professor Stephen Walt on “Taking on the Israel lobby: Obstacles and Opportunities”, Wednesday, May 7, 7:00 pm at Cambridge Friends Meeting.

Progressive Democrats of America‘s 10th anniversary celebration will be held May 10 in Northampton.  Join us there — contact the office to coordinate carpools from Eastern Mass!

That evening, our spring Music for Peace concert, “Brahms Birthday Celebration”,  will feature the brooding Clarinet Trio and the stormy Piano Trio in c minor. With James Buswell, violin; Anzel Gerber, cello; Jonathan Coehler, clarinet; Victor Rosenbaum, piano. Saturday, May 10, 7:30pm, Harvard-Epworth Methodist Church, 1555 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, near Harvard Law School. $25 for members in advance, $35 for non-members or at the door to benefit thte Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund.

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