Saudi-led air strike Yemen

Special Standout to Shut Off Weapons and Support to Saudi Arabia

(Cambridge) On Thursday, October 27 at 5pm, residents of Greater Boston will hold a public standout to call for an end to weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the passage of the Yemen War Powers Resolution in Congress to end U.S. participation in the Saudi attack on Yemen. “The rage in Congress against Saudi Arabia for deciding to cut oil production despite Biden’s pleas, opens up new possibilities for Congress to pass the Yemen War Powers Resolution that has been filed in both Houses of Congress” states Maryellen Kurkulos of Fall River and an official of Massachusetts Peace Action. “That resolution would effectively terminate all U.S. involvement for the Saudi war in Yemen.” An organizer of the event, Paul Shannon of Somerville explains the motivation of the protesters: “Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has staked his reputation on winning the war in Yemen. Now that the ceasefire in Yemen has ended, anything can happen. We want to convince Congress that the Yemen War Powers resolution is the best legislative option for rebuking MBS – not just for his oil policies but also for his repression at home and war crimes in Yemen. Congress is furious with MBS for ...
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Rep. Ayanna Pressley/ Bloomberg News photo

Mass. Peace Action Supports Rep. Pressley’s Call for Negotiations to end Ukraine War

Cambridge, October 24 – Massachusetts Peace Action applauded Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s decision to join a letter calling for a new strategy in the Ukraine war. Pressley joined a group of 30 House progressives is urging President Biden to dramatically shift his strategy on the Ukraine war and pursue direct negotiations with Russia, the first time prominent members of his own party have pushed him to change his approach to Ukraine. The letter, sent to the White House on Monday and obtained by The Washington Post, could create more pressure on Biden as he tries to sustain domestic support for the war effort, at a time when the region is heading into a potentially difficult winter and Republicans are threatening to cut aid to Ukraine if they retake Congress. In a letter led by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Pressley and 29 other Democrats call on Biden to pair the unprecedented economic and military support the United States is providing Ukraine with a “proactive diplomatic push, redoubling efforts to seek a realistic framework for a ceasefire.” Pressley and her colleagues are specifically concerned that the United States is not engaging in regular dialogue with Russia as part of ...
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60 Years After the Cuban Missile Crisis, Activists Rally at Congressional Offices to “Defuse Nuclear War”

From 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., local constituents will hold protests outside the district offices of Congressional Representatives Auchincloss, Clark, Lynch, McGovern, Moulton, and Trahan. The activists will call on their Congressmembers to step up and urgently work to reduce the mounting dangers of nuclear war. The Massachusetts events are among rallies and standouts taking place today in some fifty cities around the U.S. as part of a growing Defuse Nuclear War campaign. This weekend marks the 60th anniversary of the start of the Cuban Missile Crisis — the closest the world has ever come to nuclear war until this year. The dangers of nuclear war have risen sharply in recent months, and a coalition of nearly 100 organizations has come together to educate the public and call on elected officials to de-escalate tensions between the nuclear superpowers. The activists are calling for specific actions by the U.S. government, including that it rejoin nuclear weapons treaties, take U.S. nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert and support congressional action to avert nuclear war. “The dangers of nuclear war were already precariously high even before the invasion of Ukraine”, said Massachusetts Peace Action’s Susan Mirsky. “We are calling on our Congressional delegation to urgently take action. They must publicly promote measures to de-escalate ...
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New Book Brings the Complexities of the Russia-Ukraine War to Massachusetts

Medea Benjamin discusses her newly released book, War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless War, at college campuses and community centers across Massachusetts. As we near the eighth month of the deadly, illegal war on Ukraine, the calls for peace and negotiations have never been more pressing. Suffering from recent defeats from Ukrainian defense forces, President Putin is now starting to talk about the use of nuclear weapons, while Congress today is passing $13 billion in addional arms shipments. We could possibly be on the brink of a nuclear war. Now more than ever it is important to know how we got this place. In the new book, War In Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senselss War, Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies piece together the complex history of Russia, Ukraine, and the role foriegn leaders and statesmen played in the escalation prior to Russia’s decision to illegaly invade Ukraine. “This careful, informed, judicious study is an invaluable guide to understanding Russia’s criminal invasion of Ukraine, and most crucially, how we can act to help bring this terrible tragedy to an end.” Noam Chomsky Medea Benjamin starts a nationwide book tour in Massachusetts, The schedule of events are as follows: October 3rd: Smith ...
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Peace Activists Rally At Massachusetts Congressional Offices

Sept 15 — Peace activists will rally today at Congressional offices to demand the United States pursue negotiations to end the Russia-Ukraine war and oppose increases in the Pentagon budget. The rallies will take place at the offices of three Democratic Representatives who have voted to send arms to Ukraine but have made no statements supporting the need for diplomacy. When: Thursday, September 15, 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm Where:  Rep. Katherine Clark‘s office – 157 Pleasant St., Malden.   12 Noon.  Contact:  Massoudeh Edmond Rep. Jake Auchincloss‘ office.   Gather at Washington St and Crafts St, Newton, at 12 Noon.   Rally and flyer passersby, then walk a block to Rep. Auchincloss office.   Contact: Susan Mirsky Rep. Stephen Lynch‘s office.   Meet at 12 noon at small park, 1279 Hancock St, Quincy, which is half a block from Rep. Lynch’s Quincy office.  Contact: Cole Harrison The activists will join with the Peace In Ukraine national coalition to say:
  • DIPLOMACY to End the War in Ukraine
  • $$$ for Climate, Healthcare & Housing
  • NOT Weapons for Endless War
“We demand a ceasefire in Ukraine, direct talks between the US and Russia, and a freeze on weapons shipments to resolve a ...
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Raytheon Nuclear protest

Activists Protest Raytheon’s Nuclear Weapons

Raytheon’s next-generation nuclear weapons bring humanity closer to doom’s doorstep (Cambridge) Massachusetts Peace Action and the Raytheon Anti-war Campaign have joined forces to launch a new campaign focusing on how Raytheon Technologies, the weapons manufacturer with an extensive presence across Massachusetts, is playing an integral role in escalating the threat of nuclear war. As part of the $1.9 Trillion Nuclear Modernization Program that was accelerated under Donald Trump, Raytheon is contracted to produce  next-generation nuclear weapons systems like the Long Range Stand Off weapon. The LRSO, a nuclear cruise missile able to correct its path in flight, can disable and/or evade complex defense systems and find targets with pinpoint accuracy. Former Sec. of Defense William Perry considers such highly advanced nuclear weapons make the likelihood of a nuclear launch unprecedentedly high. “If you wanted to optimize the chances of a nuclear war, these are the kinds of weapons you would design to do that,” according to the campaign’s Paul Shannon. “Under any circumstances they would be unacceptable, but with the Ukraine War at a stalemate and the potential for a hot war breaking out between the U.S. and Russia – the two countries possessing over 90% of the world’s nuclear weapons- surely ...
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2022 Congress and State Legislature Endorsements

2022 Congress and State Legislature Endorsements

/ Peace Voter, Press Release
Massachusetts Peace Action endorses these candidates in 2022. You can register to vote online or apply for an absentee ballot   What district am I in and where do I vote? House of Representatives Jim McGovern Jim McGovern (District 2 — Worcester, Northampton, Greenfield, Leominster) One of Peace Action’s most valuable allies in Congress, McGovern is an effective and dedicated legislative leader for a range of peace issues. He is a leader in the House on nuclear disarmament, human rights, and for normalization of relations with Cuba, and chairs the House Rules committee.  Rep. McGovern received the Peacebuilder Award from Massachusetts Peace Action in 2016. Ayanna Pressley Ayanna Pressley (District 7 — Boston, Cambridge, Milton, Chelsea, Everett, Randolph, Somerville) An advocate, activist, policy maker, and a survivor, Pressley is the first woman of color to be elected to Congress from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She believes that the people closest to the pain should be the closest to the power and diversity in the political process is essential in making policies that benefit more Americans. She prioritizes human rights and needs over the needs of the military industrial complex, and in 2022 she led Congressional letters to the Administration on ...
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Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen exchanges gift with U.S. Democrat Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts during a meeting at the Presidential Office in Taipei, Taiwan on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. Photo: Taiwan Presidential Office

Sen. Markey’s Taiwan Visit is Unwise and Unhelpful

/ China, No New Cold War, Press Release
We are very disappointed to learn that Sen. Ed Markey has led a new Congressional delegation on an official visit to Taiwan, only 12 days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did the same.  This delegation is unhelpful and unnecessary. The United States should not be a party to the issues between China and Taiwan.  Our role should be to insist that these problems be resolved peacefully. Our One China policy dictates that the United States does not have formal political relations with Taiwan, but only economic and cultural ties.  Unfortunately, the Biden Administration has undermined the One China policy, removing from the State Department website statements that the U.S. “does not support independence” for Taiwan and that “Taiwan is part of China”. We call for Senator Markey and all in the Massachusetts congressional delegation to reaffirm the United States One China policy, speak out against escalation with China, support diplomacy, oppose new arms shipments from the United States to Taiwan, and speak out against provocative military exercises and bases near China. We cannot afford to divide the world into camps or to pursue another struggle between great powers for supremacy. This thinking has no place in the 21st century. We ...
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L to R; Boston City Councilors Erin Murphy, Julia Mejia, and Kendra Lara; Ambassador Torres; Mayor Michelle Wu; and Councilors Brian Worrell and Frank Baker, at City Hall on June 29. MAPA photo

MAPA Hosts Cuban Ambassador’s Visit to Boston Area

by Merri Ansara Cuban Ambassador Lianys Torres Rivera visited metropolitan Boston June 28 to July 1, accompanied by her 2nd Secretary Juliette Tain Dominguez.   Cambridge City Councilors and city activists met with Cuban Ambassador Lianys Torres Rivera at City Hall on June 28. MAPA photo Over four days, the Ambassador and 2nd Secretary met with the Cambridge City Council, the Boston City Council and Mayor Wu, Brookline town meeting and select board representatives, other elected officials in city and state institutions, local business and biotechnology leaders, artists and playwrights, members of humanitarian and cultural organizations involved in Cuba, university professors and scientists, members of the local Cuban American community, and members of area solidarity groups.  There was a large meeting of the latter called by the July 26th Coalition and Democratic Socialists of America in collaboration with Massachusetts Peace Action.   The visit was coordinated and hosted by Massachusetts Peace Action and a team from its Latin America/Caribbean Working Group’s Cuba Subcommittee.  The visit was the first opportunity for renewal and re-engagement between Cuban representatives in Washington and those in metropolitan Boston seeking connection after a long hiatus during the years of Trump and Covid.  In the interim, the cities of ...
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Activists Gather at US Open to oppose Saudi Crimes

Activists Gather at US Open to oppose Saudi Crimes

/ Press Release, Uncategorized
The LIV golf tour, a rival league paid for by the Saudi Arabian monarchy, has angered the Professional Golfers’ Association and led to the suspension of 17 golfers from the tour, including stars like Phil Mickleson and Dustin Johnson. Both men are being paid over $100 million to participate in the LIV tour.  Renowned sportscaster Bob Costas commented on the subject saying, “This is Saudi blood money,” asking of Phil Mickleson and Dustin Johnson, “what’s the price for your soul? What’s the price for integrity?”  There’s good reason to ask these questions. Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy with connections to international terrorism, has an abysmal human rights record, both at home and abroad. “The Saudi government is responsible for the murder of a Washington Post reporter and US resident Jamal Khashoggi,” said Brian Garvey, Assistant Director of Massachusetts Peace Action, a local group that opposes the US alliance with Saudi Arabia. “Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had Khashoggi killed to shut him up, to stop him from criticizing their genocidal war in Yemen, a war that has killed almost 400,000 people, mostly civilian women and children.” The activists will stand at the entrance to the Country Club in Brookline, MA ...
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