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August 2020

From Stormtroopers in Portland Streets to November’s Election

August 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This summer's nationwide struggle against racist police violence takes place at a time when the racist, reactionary forces led by Donald Trump fear repudiation and expansion of democracy on behalf of a multinational movement.

What is at stake in the struggle to defund the police, keep the military and Border Patrol out of the streets of U.S. cities, and ensure a fair election in November? To answer these questions we turn to antiwar military scholar Lawrence Wilkerson and Portland emcee and activist Mic Crenshaw.

Second in a series of webinars on Authoritarianism and Democracy; the first was presented by Noam Chomsky, Van Gosse, and Ty dePass on June 29. You can read their presentations at http://masspeaceaction.org/authoritarianism-or-democracy/. Sponsored by MAPA's Authoritarianism Working Group

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Resisting State Repression

August 4 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

You know you've got Trump scared when he starts trying to roll out this kind of militarized response! Because folks have been organizing so effectively to defund police under the call from Black leadership, and mass numbers of folks are taking to the streets in multiracial formation, he's responding in ways similar to fascist responses designed to break movements and dismantle our already weak democratic processes. He's experimenting with tactics that he began trying in anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant efforts at the border, and in ways that communities of color are all too familiar with here. This escalation, however is unprecedented and dangerous. We can't allow this to happen.

With the increased repression starting in Portland and continuing across the country, it is critical that white people continue to show up for Black lives. in coordination with Black leadership, SURJ's strategy will include a diversity of tactics designed to end this "surge" by federal agents on our communities, defend our rights, and defund white supremacist militarized forces including the Department of Homeland Security and the police in cities. Join this webinar to hear about this strategy and the many ways to collectively resist.

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Peace Phone Bank for Ihssane Leckey

August 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Mass. Peace Action supports Ihssane Leckey for Congress in the Fourth Congressional District, for a seat being vacated by Joe Kennedy III. As a former regulator of Wall Street banks, Ihssane understands the intersection between unregulated corporate greed and the many ills in our society, including militarism, an inhumane health care system, climate change, and environmental degradation. Her progressive platform calls for cuts to the military budget, Medicare-for-All, the Green New Deal, and removing corporate money from our political system. Recently, Ihssane had spectacular fundraising numbers in the second quarter, and she received endorsements from former CD4 candidate Nick Matthew as well as progressive champion Ilhan Omar.

At this event, join other peace supporters as we gather virtually to reach out to Mass. Peace Action members and enlist their support for Ihssane Leckey's campaign.

How can they help? We'll ask them to commit to vote for Ihssane, volunteer, and organize a house party!

Sign up to attend the phone bank!

Read why Massachusetts Peace Action supports Ihssane Leckey for Congress: http://masspeaceaction.org/ihssane-leckey-for-congress/

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Hiroshima/Nagasaki Anniversary Peace Vigil

August 6 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Waltham Common, 610 Main St
Waltham, MA 02451 United States
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The first nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Three days later, another atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. The civilian death toll was 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 70,000 in Nagasaki.

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) took effect 48 years ago, yet the five NPT nuclear weapons states have not taken serious action on their treaty commitments to nuclear disarmament. In the meantime, four more states have acquired nuclear weapons and the risks of their use have only increased over time.

In 2017, the vast majority of non-nuclear states, under the auspices of the United Nations, adopted a new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The nine nuclear-armed states and their close allies boycotted the talks.

President Trump has unveiled a Nuclear Posture Review that for the first time declares that the U.S. might use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear threats. He has declared that the U.S. will withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and has made no preparations to ensure that the New START Treaty will be renewed in 2021. His administration is building dangerous new categories of nuclear weapons, including the Low Yield nuclear weapons that would make battlefield use of nuclear weapons more likely, and an air-launched cruise missile, and is continuing with a $1 trillion nuclear weapons escalation, which is already leading to a new nuclear arms race among the great powers.The United States’ 6,800 nuclear warheads, although with those of the other nuclear powers, pose an imminent threat to humanity. The president can launch a civilization-destroying nuclear war on his sole authority.

Today, military spending accounts for more than half of the federal government’s entire discretionary budget. Nuclear weapons spending alone accounts for over $40 billion annually, and is scheduled to increase. There is an obvious connection between the bloated Pentagon budget and the critical underfunding of education, health care, housing and infrastructure in communities across the country.

Few presidential candidates are discussing the danger of nuclear war. Without a powerful grassroots movement dedicated to nuclear disarmament, the world’s nuclear crisis is rapidly getting worse instead of better. Therefore, Waltham Concerned Citizens joins with peace groups, people of faith, youth, community groups, and human rights advocates who have organized events across Massachusetts on August 4-11, 2020, to call attention to the people’s demand for an end to the $1 trillion nuclear weapons escalation and the failure of the United States to support the nuclear ban treaty.

For more information, call (617) 548-6330 or email info@walthamconcernedcitizens.org.

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75 Years Since Hiroshima

August 6 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Thursday 6 August 2020 marks 75 years since humans first used nuclear weapons against other humans.

There will be a Hiroshima Day Vigil that Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on the sidewalk around Park Square in Pittsfield. At 8:15 a.m., the time the A-bomb fissioned above Hiroshima, there will be 5 minutes of silence. That bomb alone killed about 140,000 human beings. This will be the 39th consecutive Hiroshima Day Vigil at Park Square.

Signs will be provided at the Park Square vigil, or people may bring their own. Participants may stay for all or part of the hour.

Sponsored by Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice

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Witness for Peace and Life at Raytheon

August 6 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Waltham-based Raytheon Technologies just secured a contract to develop the Long Range Standoff Missile, an air-launched nuclear weapon delivery system that makes nuclear war more likely.

On the 75th anniversary of the atomic attack on Hiroshima, we will gather at 9am on the public sidewalk in front of Raytheon BBN Technologies for the Witness for Peace and Life. After a period of silent reflection, we will walk around the corner to Raytheon property where there is adequate room to hold a rally, with opportunities to introduce ourselves and offer reflections, meditations, and rousing speeches. At some point, some of us will move closer to the front door of Raytheon to deliver a “Cease and Desist” letter to the CEO and Board of Directors expressing our concerns and outrage.

We’ll try to enter; if prevented we’ll tape the letter to the door and continue our presence under the alcove. If the police are called and show up, they have to warn us before arrests are made, at which point those of us not willing to be arrested can move off Raytheon property, while anyone called to commit non-violent civil disobedience can remain to face the consequences. Those willing to face arrest should have non-violent training, be members of an affinity group, provide their own support, and contact John prior to August 6.

There is plenty of free legal parking further down Moulton St. Bring signs and banners. We will observe all local, state, and federal guidelines to maintain social distancing while wearing masks. For other information please contact John Bach: (970) 209-8346; johnmbach@yahoo.com.
Co-Sponsors (in formation): Mass. Peace Action; Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, Friends Meeting at Cambridge; International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War – Boston

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75 Years Later: What Hiroshima and Nagasaki can Teach us in 2020

August 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We hope you will join us: to remember the past, acknowledge the present, and envision the future we want to create.

6:00 pm – Reading of Thomas Merton’s “Original Child Bomb” outside Friends Meeting at Cambridge, 5 Longfellow Park

Short procession down a small flight of stairs to Lower Longfellow Park

7:00 pm – Program featuring speakers, music, and dance at Lower Longfellow Park.

Speakers:

Karlene Griffiths Sekou of Black Lives Matter Boston

Ray Matsumiya of the Oleander Initiative

Harold Adams of the Committee of Friends and Relatives of Prisoners

Nick Rabb of Sunrise Movement Boston

Music will be provided by Boston-based rock band, Miele and by Toussaint Liberator’s Stone of Hope Drumming Circle.

8:00 pm – Procession across Mt. Auburn St.

Lantern and paper boat floating along the
Charles River.

BYO chair, food, and water. Please wear a face mask, and remain at least 6 feet apart from others. For questions, please contact eeustis@ippnw.org. If rain is forecast on the day, call 617-466-9274 to confirm plans.

August 6

On Hiroshima Day, we will gather for a night of art, learning, community, and action: to mark 75 years since the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima, and to demand the end of nuclear weapons once and for all. This program is one of many taking place globally, including a similar event in Watertown on Nagasaki Day (August 9), and a Witness for Peace at Cambridge’s local war profiteer Raytheon the morning of August 6.

People all over the world will commemorate the 75th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day, carrying forward the legacy of hibakusha – survivors – who remember the first A-bombed cities. By the end of 1945, around 213,000 people had died from radioactive blasts hotter than the surface of the sun – vaporized, burned, and crushed. Many thousands more survived; for decades, they have worked for: NO NUCLEAR WEAPONS!

Global institutions are responding. Since it was adopted by the UN in 2017, 81 countries have signed and 39 have ratified the Treaty for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. While the U.S. and other nuclear-weapon states have refused to sign the Ban Treaty, the paradigm is shifting: from the perilous ill-logics of “deterrence” and “mutually assured destruction” to truthfulness about the humanitarian consequences of A- and H-bombs.

At this time of pandemic, mass uprisings, and emerging consciousness, the fight for nuclear abolition is not abstract. Nukes siphon resources that could be used to meet human needs and live responsibly on this planet; they are built to inflict massive and indiscriminate destruction; they enforce a global system based on domination. Ridding the world of these weapons requires that we confront state and imperial violence in their interlocking forms: war, racism, the destruction of Mother Earth, prisons, hetero-patriarchy, poverty, militarism, exploitation, colonization, and so on.

DoveCo-Sponsors (in formation): Mass. Peace Action; Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, Friends Meeting at Cambridge – Peace and Social Justice Committee; Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility

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Hiroshima/ Nagasaki Vigil

August 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Merrimack Valley People for Peace will be holding its Hiroshima vigil August 6 at 7:00 pm till 8, in front of the Old Andover Town Hall, Andover, MA.

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Climate Action Now Invites Everyone to Join a Weekly Standout: DEFEND BLACK LIVES

August 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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every week until further notice

This post contains the words of Dominique Thomas, a black climate organizer, about how racial justice & climate justice are connected & offers specific ways climate activists can show up for Black Lives.
Dominique Thomas invites all of us to join in the movement to defend Black lives & Black communities. This post also raises a tantalizing possibility - that this may be the moment when history turns and we begin to create a society which is truly just, equitable, and sustainable.

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Unite Against Racism: Weekly Vigil supporting Black Lives Matter

August 7 @ 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Friday, repeating until October 30, 2020

Field Park, Williamstown, Field Park
Williamstown, MA 01267 United States
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You are invited to join in a weekly gathering to mourn and deepen our collective resolve to promote justice.
We will gather weekly on Fridays at 5 pm, starting this Friday, June 12, at Field Park in Williamstown (the green on the rotary). Together, we will join in respectful silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, in honor of George Floyd and the countless other Black people killed by police brutality and other forms of white supremacist violence. We aspire to practice this every week until the November election.
All are welcome. We hope that this weekly gathering may serve to deepen our commitment as a community to dismantle systemic racism. We recognize that Williamstown, too, must uproot white supremacy. Williamstown, too, must change so that those of us who are Black can breathe. We gather on Fridays to recognize these truths and recommit ourselves to the work.
Please wear a mask, practice social distancing, and invite your friends and family.
You are invited to bring signs or works of art if you are so moved. Anger is welcome. Rage is welcome. Grief is welcome. Exhaustion is welcome. We welcome all heartfelt expressions in honor of Black liberation and ending white supremacy.
Parking is available at the Williamstown Public Library and the Old Williams Inn.
Please spread the word!
Questions? Contact Rachel Payne at 617-309-0186 or rachel.r.payne@gmail.com

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