Activists Gather at US Open to oppose Saudi Crimes

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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Activists Gather at Representative Katherine Clark’s Office Asking Her to Support Palestinian Rights

Contacts: Chloe Steele, chloebs322@gmail.com, 210-529-4449 Noble Larson, nlarson617@gmail.com, Louise Coleman, 617-817-6706 When: Monday, May 2nd @ 11:30am Where: Representative Katherine Clark’s Malden Office (157 Pleasant St, Malden) Our Message: Activists will gather at Rep. Clark’s office to ask her to take the human rights and political rights of Palestinians seriously. Being proposed at the standout are several steps she can take to show her commitment to Palestinain rights and human rights:
  • Reject AIPAC’S endorsement
    • AIPAC is a pro Israel (anti-Palestinian) lobby group that opposes any viable peace process in the Middle East, opposes the Iran Nuclear Deal, de facto support for illega Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestine Territories, and plays a major role in mainstreaming Islamophoba in the US. Now, AIPAC has endorsed a Massachusetts Representative, Rep. Clark, making it nearly impossible for her to become open to Palestinian friendly policies, therefore it is vital that she publicly reject their endorsment.
  • Write a letter similar to Representative Jim Mcgovern’s that asks the Biden Adminitration to condem Israel’s designation of 6 Palestinian NGOs as terroists
    • The Israeli government has designated 6 Palesstinian NGOs as terrorists, which is harmful to the employees of these organizations as ...
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$40 Billion War Fever Grips Congress as U.S. Escalates Ukraine War

The House of Representatives May 10 approved $40 billion of aid to Ukraine 368-57.  All Democrats and all Massachusetts representatives voted yes.  Massachusetts Peace Action’s executive director, Cole Harrison, issued the following statement: Yesterday, previously antiwar Democrats who should know better have uncritically embraced the Administration’s escalating war against Russia to the tune of $40 billion. We condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But the Administration has been telegraphing for weeks that its war aims now go well beyond defending Ukraine.  President Biden said that President Putin cannot remain in power.  Secretary of Defense Austin said the U.S. seeks to weaken Russia.  And Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that we are fighting until “victory”. “We’re not just at war to support the Ukrainians; we’re fundamentally at war, although somewhat through a proxy, with Russia, and it’s important that we win,” commented Rep. Seth Moulton on Sunday.   This is the war that Massachusetts House members voted to fund last night. The Biden Administration has not outlined a strategy for ending the war – only one for hitting back at Russia.  Secretary of State Blinken has not met with Russian Foreign Secretary Lavrov since the Russian invasion started more than two months ago.   There ...
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Standout at Senator Warren’s and Senator Markey’s Office to Deliver Petition

Contacts: Chloe Steele, chloebs322@gmail.com, 210-529-4449 Pat Westwater-Jong, westwaterp@gmail.com, 978-621-4153 Louise Coleman, 617-817-670 Over 30 activists gathered outside Senator Warren’s and Senator Markey’s office at the JFK Federal Building on Tuesday, May 9th. The goal, was to “Stand with the six” Palestinian Human Rights Organizations that have been targeted and designated as “terrorists” by the Israeli governemnt. This is an undemocratic action, done by a “democracy and is an apparent attempt to defund and shut down these organizations and imprison the staff. Palestinians rely on these organizations to report Israeli government crimes against them. We rely upon them to know how the Israeli government is using the weapons we buy them. Massachusetts Peace Action activists initiated a petition, that with the help of allied groups in MA over 900 Massachusetts organizations and residents have signed. The petition demands that President Biden and Secretary Blinken condem this designation and pressure Israel to rescind it. We asked our MA Senators to take significant action to pressure Israel to drop their false and undemocratic designation, including:
  • make a public statement condeming this “terroist” designation;
  • introduce a resolution or write a letter for their collegues in the Senate to sign; and
  • ask our President and State ...
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Ukraine rally calls for Negotiations

“Each day now, the war in Ukraine is moving step by step toward a nuclear confrontation between the U.S. and Russia” claim the organizers of 3 peace rallies in Massachusetts Boston, May 7 — Today concerned Massachusetts and Rhode Island residents in Boston, Fall River, Greenfield and Providence joined together with others around the country calling for peace in Ukraine by supporting:
  • Halting the increasing military engagement between Russia and the United States
  • Immediate negotiations between Ukraine, the U.S. and Russia to establish an immediate ceasefire, an end to the war, and withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine
  • Guarantees of Ukraine independence
  • Security guarantees for Ukraine from Russia and for Russia from NATO
Around 30 Massachusetts residents came together at Park Street Station in Boston today to launch an effort to mobilize as much support as possible for negotiations to both end the terrible war in Ukraine and to prevent nuclear war between Russia and the United States. Today more than ever we are closer to direct confrontation between Russian and United States which are the two nations that hold the most nuclear warheads in the world. “United States no longer has an interest of just defending Ukraine, ...
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Ukraine rally calls for Negotiations!

For Immediate Release Contact:  Cole Harrison (617) 466-9274, Louise Coleman (617) 817-6706 “Each day now, the war in Ukraine is moving step by step toward a nuclear confrontation between the U.S. and Russia” claim the organizers of 3 peace rallies in Massachusetts Today concerned Massachusetts and Rhode Island residents in Boston, Fall River, Greenfield and Providence joined together with others around the country calling for peace in Ukraine by supporting:
  • Halting the increasing military engagement between Russia and the United States
  • Immediate negotiations between Ukraine, the U.S. and Russia to establish an immediate ceasefire, an end to the war, and withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine
  • Guarantees of Ukraine independence
  • Security guarantees for Ukraine from Russia and for Russia from NATO
Around 30 Massachusetts resident came together at Park Street Station in Boston today to launch an effort to mobilize as much support as possible for negotiations to both end the terrible war in Ukraine and to prevent nuclear war between Russia and the United States. Today more than ever we are closer to direct confrontation between Russian and United States which are the two nations that hold the most nuclear warheads in the world. “United States no longer has ...
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Massachusetts State Legislature Committee Backs Bill to Form Commission on Nuclear Weapons Threat

May 6, Boston — On Wednesday, May 4, the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security in the Massachusetts State House voted favorably on Resolve H.3688 / S.1555. Providing for an Investigation and Study by Special Commission Relative to the Existential Threat Posed by Nuclear Weapons to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. On the day before this vote, Tuesday May 3rd, a poll revealed that 63% of Massachusetts adults – including 80% of those who identify as Democrats – support the establishment of a Citizens’ Commission to investigate and report on what measures may be necessary and appropriate to protect Massachusetts citizens from nuclear weapons. Only 16% say they do not support such a commission, and the remaining 21% are undecided. The poll also reveals, in the context of recent nuclear threats made by Vladimir Putin and talks of nuclear escalation in Ukraine, that 65% of Massachusetts adults are either “somewhat concerned” (43%) or “very concerned” (22%) about the possibility of a nuclear war taking place in their lifetime. Additionally, it found that 51% of Massachusetts adults and 76% of Massachusetts Democrats think that the US should work with the other nuclear armed countries to eliminate all nuclear weapons from all ...
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NEW POLL: 80% of MA Democrats support bill to establish a MA Nuclear Weapons Commission

For Immediate Release uesday, May 3, 2022: A new poll, conducted on behalf of NuclearBan.US by the polling company, YouGov [1], reveals that 63% of Massachusetts adults – including 80% of those who identify as Democrats – support the establishment of a Citizens’ Commission to investigate and report on what measures may be necessary and appropriate to protect MA citizens from nuclear weapons. Only 16% say they do not support such a commission, and the rest (21%) are undecided. The poll also reveals, in the context of recent nuclear threats made by Vladimir Putin and talks of nuclear escalation in Ukraine, that 65% of Massachusetts adults are either “somewhat concerned” (43%) or “very concerned” (22%) about the possibility of a nuclear war taking place in their lifetime. The growing concern about nuclear war is reflected in the number of related bills and resolutions which have been put to the State House in Boston in recent years. All of them have so far been rejected. Two bills calling for the establishment of a Citizens’ Commission to look into this issue (H.3688 and S.1555) are currently stuck in the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. The committee has until tomorrow (May ...
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Earth Day March

For Immediate Release  Contact:  Louise Coleman (617)-817-6706 Nino Brown (347)-525-1446 When: Friday April 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST Where: Park Street Station, Boston Join us and more than 26 environmental, peace, justice and democracy organizations in an exciting, first-of-a-kind Earth Day Rally for People, Planet and Peace over Profit! We’ll hear speakers and music at Park Street Station, Boston, from 1-2:30 pm. Then we’ll march to Copley Square to join forces with Extinction Rebellion at the Freedom From Fossil Fuels tour at 3:30 pm. We’ll build support for solutions to the interlocking crises threatening our future on a livable planet – from climate collapse to endless war and looming nuclear threats, crushing economic and racial inequality, the assault on civil liberties and human rights, rapacious materialism, imperialism and more. Come have a fun afternoon building solidarity and collaborative action for transformative solutions as big as the crises barreling down on us. This event is sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action, Extinction Rebellion Boston, Revolutionary Blackout Network, ANSWER Coalition, the Green-Rainbow Party, the Raytheon Anti-war Campaign, Massachusetts Poor People’s Campaign, H.E.R.O. Nurturing Center, Dorchester People for Peace, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Jericho Movement Boston, Boston May Day Coalition, Boston Food For Activists, Housing = ...
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Tax Day March

Contact:  Louise Coleman (617)-817-6706 Brian Garvey (978)-604-1307 Paul Shannon (617)-623-5288 When: Tuesday, April 19th @ 12PM EST Where: We gather at Sam Adams Statue in Faneuil Hall and then walk to BlackRock, Chase and State Street Financial Center April 19 is Tax Day in Massachusetts. Once again this year an ever growing part of our tax dollars is going into the profit columns of companies whose weapons have been destroying Yemen and who can only thrive if there is war and rumors of war. Meanwhile fossil fuel companies continue to expand their operations as climate catastrophe sits on our doorstep. A number of banks and investment companies right here in Boston play a key role in providing financing and/or investment supportive of Raytheon and its nuclear weapons production and major role in the Yemen invasion. At the same time they provide the financial backbone for our fossil fuel energy infrastructure while the seas rise and while wildfires, floods and droughts ravage and kill. We simply cannot survive if the Pentagon both continues to be the biggest single source of fossil fuel pollution on earth and to drain away the resources, attention and talent needed to implement an emergency green new ...
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