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4:00 pm

Extremism 2021: The Surge of Hate Online and in the Community

February 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The violent assault on the Capitol has put national focus on hate groups, particularly white supremacists and the far-right. The US recently issued an unprecedented warning of danger of “violent domestic extremists."

TOLI invites you to hear from experts about the escalation of extremism online and in our communities. And what can be done against this growing menace.

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Our panel will include:
Andrew Marantz, staff writer at The New Yorker specializing in social media, technology, and the alt-right. He is the author of the book “Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation.”
Deborah Lauter, Executive Director of the NYC Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes. A former Senior Vice-President of the Anti-Defamation League, Deborah Lauter brings decades of experience as a civil rights activist and educator, developing anti-bigotry programs for schools, law enforcement, and communities.
We look forward to you joining this important event.

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7:00 pm

New Cold War, Old Middle East Wars, and Sanctions with Erik Sperling

February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us at 7pm on February 17th for a discussion with Erik Sperling. Erik is currently the Executive Director of Just Foreign Policy and has previously worked for Representatives Ro Khanna and John Conyers.

U.S./China relations continue to grow in significance with tensions over Taiwan, the South China Sea, trade relations and more. Many are using the “threat” of China to justify increased military expenditures and hawkish policies. The peace movement must be at the forefront of resisting a new cold war. Relations with China are of particular interest to Massachusetts residents, as Massachusetts Congressman, Jim McGovern, co-chairs the Congressional-Executive China Commission (along with Marco Rubio).

With Erik’s foreign policy experience, we will also discuss broader US foreign policy issues, including US sanctions, and policies towards Venezuala, Cuba, Iran, and Yemen. We will also discuss Congressional issues including the AUMF and Pentagon spending. Join us on February 17th for a discussion with a foreign policy expert and DC insider.

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7:30 pm

Peace Collective Book Club: Emergent Strategy

February 17 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Peace Collective was created and started by the twenty-somethings at CODEPINK for the young folks (up to age 29) that want to become a part of the peace movement, raise hell, and just do some cool sh*t because we give a sh*t.

Our book club is both a collective learning experience and a community builder. For February, we are reading Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown, so get your hands on a copy from a local bookstore or your local library! Even if you’re too busy to finish it, feel free to come anyway. We will work through the ideas together.

“I think it is healing behavior, to look at something so broken and see the possibility and wholeness in it.” adrienne maree brown, Emergent Strategy.

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9:00 pm

Organzing Works! Wins on Jordan Cove LNG & Kalama Methanol Celebration Event

February 17 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Organizing works! Let's celebrate wins on Kalama Methanol and Jordan Cove LNG. On January 19th, years of organizing work paid off on two of our biggest Northwest fights on the same day! The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) upheld the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s denial of the key Clean Water Act permit for the […]

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