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Veterans for Peace 2020 Online Convention

August 2 - August 9

We are excited to announce Veterans For Peace’s first Online Convention! We know that many of us will miss being able to greet each other in person but we also know that each and every one of us wants to make sure all of our members are safe and healthy. Convention will take place from August 2nd-9th, with the theme “Human Rights over Nuclear Might”. Since our founding, Veterans For Peace has had it in our goals “to end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons” and the week will mark the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. (This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion of all time at the Trinity Site, New Mexico, which occurred on July 16, 1945).

There are presentations and sessions every day from August 2 through August 9. See the detailed Schedule of Events. To register go to vfp2020.attendease.com/register/registration/select. For full convention details, go to vfp2020.attendease.com/.

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StillHere: A National Virtual Event

August 6 - August 9

Our coalition is excited to host a national virtual event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
thursday, august 6, 2020
sunday, august 9, 2020

#StillHereWe envision this virtual gathering as a creative, intersectional way to shine a spotlight on local events nationwide, to highlight the stories of survivors, to look toward the future of a world free from nuclear threats, and to amplify the voices of activists, experts and others beyond their typical audience.

This will be a two-day event featuring live and pre-recorded segments.

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Ongoing

CoJourn for Racial Justice

June 30 @ 8:00 am - September 12 @ 5:00 pm
donations

Announcing a 12-week pilot version of CoJourn specifically in support of Racial Justice!
Kick-off Event Sunday, June 28th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm EST

Whether you are a long-time Racial Justice activist, or brand new to thinking about race and racism, it is clear that NOW IS THE TIME to boldly move forward, and take our work to the next level.

CoJourn for Racial Justice will help you clarify your role, identify next steps, and set up a structure for success to be an ongoing part of the solution in a sustained way.

Read more and Sign up HERE
https://forms.gle/PHxAJ5EpcuYpwriJA

The 12-week pilot program will include:

Video instructions and Guidebook on how to use the CoJourn framework for support and accountability in a compassionate, celebration-focused way

An opportunity to be matched with a CoJourn partner also interested in racial justice, or work with someone you choose

A CoJourn for Racial Justice Resource List including our favorite existing curated lists. This will include ideas for action, community-care, and education for folks from different racial identities, roles, and experiences with racial justice work
Monthly group meetings to check-in, get support, share successes and resources (meeting attendance is optional, and will be held on Zoom)
Group Kick-off session (Sunday June 28th, 7-9 pm)

On-call support from a diverse team of expert coaches along the way (coaches are all experienced social justice educators / change-makers and familiar with the CoJourn program)

CoJourn for Racial Justice Co-Collaborators and Coaches:
Angelica Castro, M.A., CPC, Social Justice Educator, Certified Professional Coach
Oscar Collins, M.Ed., Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant
Jessie Cooley, M.Ed., Nonprofit Leadership, Social Justice Educator and Mediator
Latrina Denson, M.Ed., Social Justice Educator, Higher Education Administration
Karl Henricksen, CoJourn Co-Founder
Molly Keehn, Ed.D., CoJourn Co-Founder
Elise Manning, M.S.W., LICSW, Trauma-Focused Psychotherapist and Collaborative Artist
Jen Matos, Ed.D., Higher Education Faculty and Certified Professional Coach
Emily Pritchard, M.Ed., Educator with Social Justice Focus, Performing Artist
Tanya O. Williams, Ed.D. Social Justice Educator, Certified Professional Coach

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75 Years Later: Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki:

August 6 @ 7:30 pm - August 9 @ 9:00 pm

August 6 and 9, 2020, mark the 75th anniversary of the devastating, racist and unnecessary atomic bombing of two Japanese cities, resulting in the immediate deaths of between 129,000 and 226,000 people, with many dying later from radiation exposure. In Japan and around the world, this entry into the atomic age will be remembered with calls for nuclear disarmament and international support for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
In Western Mass. several events are being planned. While reflective and physically safe, they will express our solidarity with the remaining Hibakusha survivors, and call for a phase-out of nuclear weapons, as we make connections and demands for justice relevant to this time.
August 6, 7:30PM in Turners Falls (Hiroshima Day)
Peskeomskut Park, Ave, walk to Gill-Montague Bridge
August 8, 11AM in Greenfield
Presence at weekly Peace Vigil on Town Common
August 9, 7PM in Easthampton (Nagasaki Day)
Meet at Library, walk to Nashawannuck Pond for 7:30 event
Please wear a face covering and maintain safe distancing! Bring your own candles and lighters for the solidarity vigil.
Sponsored by Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, FCCPR Peace Task Force, New England Peace Pagoda, Resistance Center for Peace and Justice, Nuclear and Carbon Free Future Coalition, NuclearBan.US, Interfatih Center of Franklin Country.
For more info, email contact@theresistancecenter.org

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10:00 am

A Palestinian Perspective on Annexation with Lubnah Shomali of Badil

August 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Sunday, repeating until August 16, 2020

July 26th, August 2nd, 9th, & 16th, 10-11AM
Jewish Voice for Peace Boston’s upcoming four-part webinar series on Israeli Annexation entitled “A Palestinian Perspective on Annexation” will take place over the course of four Sunday mornings throughout July and August. We are happy to partner with the Palestine Community of Boston to have Lubneh Shomali, the executive director of BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, with us to discuss the impending annexation of Palestine. Lubneh is a Palestinian-American activist based in Bethlehem with much to share. Below are descriptions of each session and there is a link to RSVP. There are links to further reading below each event.
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1. July 26th: The first session of our four part webinar series will focus on Israeli annexation of the West Bank more broadly. It will explore the histories and realities of annexation as well as delve into the issue through a legal lens.
http://badil.org/phocadownloadpap/badil-new/publications/research/in-focus/EtzionBloc-IsraeliAnnexation.pdf
https://vimeo.com/401613547
http://badil.org/phocadownloadpap/Badil_docs/bulletins-and-briefs/Bulletin-no28-JerusalemAnnexation.pdf
https://vimeo.com/401616071
https://vimeo.com/366245755
http://badil.org/en/publication/press-releases/92-2020/5094-pr-en-260620-30.html
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2. August 2nd: The second session will focus on Trump’s foreign policy in regard to Israel, namely the supposed “Deal of the Century” and his policy’s consequences for Palestinian refugees’ rights and realities.
http://www.badil.org/phocadownloadpap/badil-new/publications/research/in-focus/Deal-of-the-Century-Refugee-Issue(PositionPaper-May2020).pdf
http://www.badil.org/en/publication/press-releases/92-2020/5088-pr-en-190620-28.html
https://vimeo.com/308897454
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=248515559568042
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=278672786635489
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3. August 9th: The third session will focus specifically on three key ideas: Segregation, Fragmentation and Isolation. It will explore how Israel has entrenched its Apartheid regime over the Palestinian people throughout decades of duplicitous policies and actions.
http://www.badil.org/phocadownloadpap/badil-new/publications/research/working-papers/WP23-SFI.pdf
https://vimeo.com/394383287
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4. August 16th: The final session will address the developments in and the escalation of conditional funding for Palestinian NGOs – particularly the new conditions applied by the European Union.
We hope that this series will be enlightening and will give you the knowledge to discuss this issue with your family. We hope it will inspire you to learn more and to take action in standing in solidarity with Palestinians.
http://www.badil.org/en/publication/press-releases/92-2020/5043-pr-en-200120-04.html
http://www.badil.org/phocadownloadpap/badil-new/publications/research/in-focus/EuropeanUnionConditionalFunding(PositionPaper-April2020).pdf
http://www.badil.org/en/publication/press-releases/92-2020/5043-pr-en-200120-04.html
http://www.badil.org/en/publication/press-releases/92-2020/5033-pr-en-301219-65.html
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RSVP HERE
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScon-PpeE1oY8qHCuXAcK6tR_wIb9HeG8cqRP_27tOWjSuuSA/viewform?usp=sf_link

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7:00 pm

75 Years Later: Remembering Hiroshima & Nagasaki Nashawannuck Pond

August 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

August 6 and 9, 2020, mark the 75th anniversary of the devastating, racist and unnecessary atomic bombing of two Japanese cities, resulting in the immediate deaths of between 129,000 and 226,000 people, with many dying later from radiation exposure. In Japan and around the world, this entry into the atomic age will be remembered with calls for nuclear disarmament and international support for the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
In Western Mass. several events are being planned. While reflective and physically safe, they will express our solidarity with the remaining Hibakusha survivors, and call for a phase-out of nuclear weapons, as we make connections and demands for justice relevant to this time.
August 6, 7:30PM in Turners Falls (Hiroshima Day)
Peskeomskut Park, Ave, walk to Gill-Montague Bridge
August 8, 11AM in Greenfield
Presence at weekly Peace Vigil on Town Common
August 9, 7PM in Easthampton (Nagasaki Day)
Meet at Library, walk to Nashawannuck Pond for 7:30 event
Please wear a face covering and maintain safe distancing! Bring your own candles and lighters for the solidarity vigil.
Sponsored by Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, FCCPR Peace Task Force, New England Peace Pagoda, Resistance Center for Peace and Justice, Nuclear and Carbon Free Future Coalition, NuclearBan.US, Interfatih Center of Franklin Country.
For more info, email contact@theresistancecenter.org

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A Discussion on the Connections Between Black Lives Matter and the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Vincent IntondiVincent Intondi is an Associate Professor of History, Director of the Institute for Race, Justice & Civic Engagement, and Coordinator for History and Political Science at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Maryland.

From 2009-2017, Dr. Intondi was Director of Research for American University’s Nuclear Studies Institute in Washington, DC. He is the author of the book, African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement with Stanford University Press. He holds a PhD in history from American University.

In this webinar, Intondi will discuss the connections between Black Lives Matter and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Register here.

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7:30 pm

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki – 75th Anniversary

August 9 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

NEVER AGAIN – NO MORE HIROSHIMA and NAGASAKI –
NO MORE VICTIMS – ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS
7:30 PM – Silent Vigil – Watertown Square
8:00 PM – Music and Testimonials
8:30 PM – Launching of the Candle boats – Watertown Dock

NEVER AGAIN! NO MORE VICTIMS! ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS!

“Why do we stand in silence and float candle boats”?

*To remember the more than 210,000 killed, and many more injured, by the U.S. nuclear attack on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9 in 1945.

*To remember that militarization is intimately connected to racism, violence, poverty, and environmental destruction.

*To remember the original five nuclear states, who have not taken serious action to abolish nuclear weapons, which has led India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel to acquire nuclear weapons.

*To remember that President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the historic Iran nuclear deal, withdrew from the Intermediate Nuclear Force Treaty, and is committed to spending $1.7 TRILLION to upgrade our nuclear arsenal.

*To remember President Trump threatened North Korea with war, and that on his sole authority he can launch our 6,800 nuclear warheads.

*To remember that the dangers of nuclear war are rarely mentioned by presidential candidates, and that without a powerful grassroots movement dedicated to nuclear disarmament, the unthinkable – another Hiroshima or Nagasaki – is possible.

Sponsored by Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment, New England American Friends Service Committee, Mass Peace Action, and Survival Education Fund, Inc.
Visit www.watertowncitizens.org and www.facebook.com/WatertownCitizensPJE
For a list of other activities remembering the events of August 6 and 9, visit www.masspeaceaction.org

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