I will venture a guess that many of you did not know of the remarkable life of Richard Deats. I became acquainted with the Fellowship of Reconciliation when representatives spoke in Indiana, PA, the home of Jimmy Stewart. As an avid reader of the Fellowship I became acquainted with his writings. And I met him in Nyack, NY when I applied for a job with FOR. While I did not get the job, we did have a wonderful conversation.
Imagine if he decided to become a politician or a member of the military, you would have seen him interviewed on television. Alas peace activists, pacifists and believers of nonviolence are taboo for the mainstream media. I frequently cringe when the likes of Ted Cruz or a bevy of generals are asked to comment on a crisis. They bloviate, and avoid talking about the ills of the US Empire. Will there be a day when a Richard Deats will be on cable television? Kagiso, Max
Remembering Rev. Richard Deats, a life-long peace movement leader and influential teacher of nonviolence
A prolific writer and speaker, Rev. Deats strengthened grassroots movements by leading nonviolent action trainings in conflict zones around the world.
Rev. Richard Deats, a long-time global peace movement leader and one of the most influential teachers of the philosophy and practice of nonviolent action in 20th century movements, died in Nyack, New York on April 7 from complications related to pneumonia, according to his son, Mark Deats. He was 89.
As a long-time leader of the global peace movement organization, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, and editor of Fellowship magazine, Richard Deats was one of the most well respected, well connected, and most influential peace movement leaders in the United States and the world during the last half of the 20th century,” said Rev. John Dear, a close friend and former executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, or FOR.
“Deats worked closely with peace leaders around the world, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, Rev. Jim Lawson and other civil rights leaders, several of Mahatma Gandhi’s heirs, Thich Nhat Hanh and various Buddhist leaders, Rev. Daniel Berrigan, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu,” Dear said. Deats joined Mrs. King at the White House when Ronald Reagan signed into law the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
In the early 1980s, Deats helped organize and present hundreds of workshops on nonviolence attended by tens of thousands of people throughout the Philippines which laid the groundwork for the People Power nonviolence movement that brought down the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship in 1986. He also led 13 peace delegations to the Soviet Union in the 1980s that helped ease tensions and build relations at the height of the Cold War.
Born on February 8, 1932 in Big Spring, Texas, Deats attended McMurry College in Abilene, Texas in the early 1950s, where he became active in the Methodist Student Movement. Deats’ life changed one day in 1951 when as an undergraduate he heard the British pacifist leader Muriel Lester speak about Gandhi and nonviolence.
Lester was on a global speaking tour on behalf of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, and had been a close friend of Mahatma Gandhi, who stayed with her for three months in London during the 1931 Round Table Conference. Lester convinced Deats that Gandhi’s methodology of nonviolent change worked better than violence, and that Christianity was also rooted in nonviolence.
Deats soon became involved with the U.S. branch of the Fellowship of Reconciliation and volunteered the following summer to work in a refugee camp in Germany. Deats later published an anthology of Lester’s writings, “Ambassador of Reconciliation: A Muriel Lester Reader.”
Deats enrolled at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and was elected student body president as well as president of the Texas Methodist Student Movement. There he formed a close friendship with Walter Wink, who would later write a series of groundbreaking books on Christian nonviolence.
Coretta Scott King called Deats “one of America’s most knowledgeable and dedicated advocates of nonviolence … an activist who has not only written about nonviolence, but has also ‘walked the walk.’”
In 1956, Richard married Janice Baggett, and they moved to Boston to study for his Ph.D. in social ethics at the Boston University School of Theology, where Rev. Howard Thurman, an acclaimed African-American theologian and preacher (and dedicated FOR member), was a faculty member and dean of Marsh Chapel, and where a young Martin Luther King, Jr. had just graduated with a doctorate.
In 1958, Deats and a few other students drove South for Christmas vacation. Deats had written earlier to King saying that he and other seminarians from Boston University planned to attend his Sunday morning worship service when they passed through Montgomery. That morning during the service, King asked the young seminarians from Boston to stand, and the congregation welcomed them with applause. After the service, they shook King’s hand, thanked him for his work with the bus boycott and his sermon that morning, and started to leave.
“Where are you going?” King asked. “Mrs. King is cooking a meal in your honor.” And so Richard and his friends spent the afternoon with the Kings, talking about theology, the scriptures and nonviolence. They remained friends for the rest of their lives.
Deats later served on the Martin Luther King Federal Holiday Commission, which led Mrs. King to invite him to be her guest to President Reagan’s signing ceremony in the Rose Garden in November 1983.
In her foreword to his book, “Martin Luther King, Jr.: Spirit-Led Prophet,” Coretta Scott King called Deats “one of America’s most knowledgeable and dedicated advocates of nonviolence … an activist who has not only written about nonviolence, but has also ‘walked the walk’ in numerous nonviolent action campaigns.”
In 1959, Deats accepted an assignment with the Methodist Board of Mission to serve in Manila, capital of the Philippines, as minister to Knox Methodist Church, one of the largest English-speaking churches in Asia, where he lived and worked for the rest of the decade. He also taught at the Union Theological Seminary in Palapala, Cavite, the Philippines.
Rev. Richard Deats participating in a protest against the U.S. war in Vietnam. (WNV/Brooks Anderson)
During those years, in protest of the growing U.S. war in Vietnam, Deats organized the Committee of Americans for Peace in Indochina, and led regular peace vigils outside the U.S. Embassy in Manila. In 1967, Southern Methodist University Press published Deats’ book “Nationalism and Christianity in the Philippines.”
Working with the International Fellowship of Reconciliation, he helped organize the first speaking tour of a young Vietnamese Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, who would later become a world-renowned author and teacher of Buddhist mindfulness and would be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by King. Thich Nhat Hanh stayed with Deats and his family in Manila in 1965 and they remained colleagues for decades.
In 1972, Deats accepted a position at the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s national office in Nyack, New York, where he would live and work for the rest of his life.
For the next three decades, he traveled the world and promoted peace, nonviolence and reconciliation through FOR, much as Muriel Lester did in the 1950s. He wrote countless articles, gave many speeches, and led innumerable trainings on active nonviolence as a methodology for grassroots movements and social change.
He gave workshops and lectures on virtually every continent, primarily in conflict zones, from apartheid South Africa to Cold War Europe; in dictator-led countries in Asia, the Pacific and South America; in the conflict-ravaged Middle East and impoverished Haiti.
In the 1970s, Deats traveled to South Korea during the military dictatorship of Park Chung-Hee. “Though I was followed by the Korean CIA throughout most of my visit, my hosts arranged for me to do unannounced nonviolence trainings and speak to various audiences. It was on that trip that I met with the Korean Gandhi, Quaker Ham Sok-Hon.”
He used his experience of holding “unannounced” workshops in Korea in other oppressed countries for the next 25 years. Most significantly, he began offering workshops on nonviolence at the University of the Philippines in the early 1980s.
“If a global democratic civilization is to come into being and endure, our challenge is to continue developing nonviolent alternatives to war and all forms of oppression”
– Rev. Richard Deats
Stefan Merken, a close friend and leader with the Jewish Peace Fellowship, accompanied Deats on one three-week teaching tour. “Jesuit priest and peace movement leader Rev. Jose Blanco (who had earlier been arrested and charged with plotting to oust the Marcos regime) had invited Deats to teach at the University of the Philippines,” Merken said. “Everywhere we went, people looked at Richard as if he was Gandhi. Crowds of people waited to see him. He was so respected.”
Deats became part of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation training program that offered workshops on the methodology of nonviolence throughout the Philippines in 1985 and 1986, which paved the way to the peaceful People Power revolution. In February 1986, over a million people nonviolently took to the streets of Manila, forcing Marcos to flee and leading to the installation of Corazon “Cory” Aquino as the 11th president of the Philippines.
In the 1980s, Deats also coordinated FOR’s efforts to promote reconciliation between the United States and USSR, and led 13 peace delegations to the Soviet Union. “The fear in those early trips,” Deats later recalled, “changed increasingly to anticipation as grassroots diplomacy began to build an almost irresistible tide of friendship between East and West.”
During those trips, Deats coordinated nonviolence workshops in Moscow, Tashkent, and Leningrad, using King’s Six Principles of Nonviolence, which had been translated into Russian, according to Liliane Kshensky Baxter, one of the participants and then-director of nonviolence training at The King Center. Copies of those handouts were tacked up on the walls of the streets of Moscow by the Russian peace organization Golubka in the days leading to the end of the Soviet Union.
In 1987, Deats and his friend Walter Wink led workshops on active nonviolence in Lesotho for anti-apartheid liberation activists. The South African Council of Churches had invited them to teach nonviolence throughout South Africa, but the apartheid regime refused them entry.
Richard Deats and Yasser Arafat. (FOR)
In the early 1990s, he helped coordinate an interfaith peace effort in Iraq and met with Yasser Arafat and the PLO in Tunis to promote peace and reconciliation. He also traveled to Burma where he met with pro-democracy groups and promoted nonviolence, as well as with indigenous leaders in Ecuador. Over the years, he spoke on nonviolence and led other peace delegations in India, Bangladesh, Iran, Japan, Thailand, Haiti, Kenya, Lithuania, Colombia, Palestine and Israel.
Deats had been appointed FOR’s interfaith point person in the 1980s, so he began to reach out and promote Kingian nonviolence with religious leaders across the spectrum. “In my work with Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Bahai, Jains, indigenous peoples, and many Christian denominations,” Deats later recalled, “I have been greatly enriched by their various traditions of compassion, love and devotion.” FOR’s movement had been founded by Protestant Christians at the start of World War I, and though it had included Roman Catholics and Jews since the mid-20th century, Deats’ dedicated efforts encouraged its multi-faith intentions to flower.
In the 1990s, he became editor of FOR’s magazine, Fellowship, and published a series of books. Besides those on Muriel Lester and King, he wrote biographies of Mahatma Gandhi and Hildegard Goss-Mayr, the Austrian peace movement leader, as well as his collection, “Stories of Courage, Hope, and Compassion” and his book of jokes, “How to Keep Laughing – Even Though You’ve Considered All the Facts.”“ There are many times when if we didn’t laugh, we would be crying,” Archbishop Tutu wrote of that book. “Thank goodness for Richard Deats.”
Deats’ 1996 essay “The Global Spread of Active Nonviolence” was published in journals around the world, and was one of the first to demonstrate the global power of engaged nonviolence as a methodology of social transformation that works more effectively than violent protest or violent rebellion.
Rev. Richard Deats with Thich Nhat Hanh and Rev. John Dear. (WNV/John Dear)
“What if in 1980 someone had predicted that unarmed Filipinos would overthrow the Marcos dictatorship in a four-day uprising?” he wrote. “That military regimes across Latin America would be toppled by the relentless persistence of their unarmed opponents? That apartheid would end peacefully and that in a massive and peaceful plebiscite all races of South Africa would elect Nelson Mandela to the presidency? That the Berlin Wall would be nonviolently brought down? Such a person would probably have been thought ridiculously naïve and dismissed out of hand. And yet those things happened!”
Deats concluded that active nonviolence has become a powerful, central force in the role of global liberation movements. While some have described the 20th century as the most violent in human history, Deats spoke hopefully of the growing awareness of the teachings of Gandhi and King, and argued persuasively that their influence will have lasting impact on our shared future.
“If a global democratic civilization is to come into being and endure, our challenge is to continue developing nonviolent alternatives to war and all forms of oppression,” he added. “We must continue to challenge the age-old assumption about the necessity of violence in overcoming injustice, resisting oppression and establishing social well-being.”
Deats is survived by his wife, Jan of Nyack, New York; their four children, Mark of River Vale, New Jersey; Stephen of Brooklyn, New York, Katherine of New York City; and Lisa of Jerusalem; 15 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Ethan Vesely-Flad is director of national organizing at the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR-USA). He connects and supports FOR members and chapters, builds and strengthens campaigns, and leads the Fellowship’s communication strategy. He previously served as editor of The Witness, GraceOnline, and Fellowship magazine, and his writings have also been published in Colorlines, The Source, the Huffington Post, Episcopal Life, and other media outlets. Born in Harlem, raised in Poughkeepsie, and formed in Oakland, Ethan now lives with his family in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.
Rev. John Dear is a longtime peace activist, organizer, and former executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. He is currently the executive director of the Beatitudes Center for the Nonviolent Jesus where he offers regular zoom workshops. He was nominated by Archbishop Desmond Tutu for the Nobel Peace Prize. For more, visit: www.johndear.org
Donations can be sent to Max Obuszewski, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 431 Notre Dame Lane, Apt. 206, Baltimore, MD 21212. Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/
“The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose–especially their lives.” Eugene Victor Debs
A Tax Day Like No Other: Teach-in
April 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Pressing for our budget priorities amid pandemic, economic and climate crises and new Cold Wars
As we move into the post-pandemic, Biden era, it’s time to change what we buy with our tax dollars. The pandemic and the resulting economic crisis illuminated glaring inequalities and the human costs of budget priorities that enrich the wealthy and left people unable to protect their health, hungry and homeless, while the military-industrial complex drowns in super-profits and paves the way for new and dangerous Cold Wars. Trillions have been spent chasing demons abroad and “bad hombres” at our borders, but Covid-19 bring us to our knees.
The Biden Rescue Plan, with the child tax credit, unemployment, child and family care provisions, is bringing relief and hope to millions of Americans. But now the work begins to impact Congress debates over the national budget paid for by our taxes.
- Make the Rescue Plan’s safety net provisions permanent
- Fund housing, healthcare for all, and education – forgive college loans
- Pass the job creating, GREEN infrastructure bill
- Tax the 1% and big corporations; create a wealth tax so everyone pays their fair share
- Repeal the Trump $2 trillion tax cuts
- Cut the Pentagon’s gargantuan budget to pay for what we need
- Defund new nuclear weapons, cut F-35 and B-1 bomber
Teach-in Speakers: Lindsay Koshgarian, National Priorities Project; Michael Kane, Massachusetts Alliance of HUD Tenants; more to come. Register to attend.
Organized by: Massachusetts Peace Action, Massachusetts Alliance of HUD Tenants, Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security, New England War Tax Resistance, American Friends Service Committee – Northeast Region, Maine Peace Action, Peace Action New York State (list in formation)
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-354-2169
1-minute action needed to override veto of Maryland chlorpyrifos
|Maryland’s children need a ban on toxic chlorpyrifos! We need your help today to overturn Governor Hogan’s veto of a bill to ban the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos! A bi-partisan majority of Maryland lawmakers found the chlorpyrifos ban so urgent and so compelling that they passed it in the final moments of the legislative session that finished early due to COVID-19. It was supported by numerous scientists, public health officials—including the Maryland Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Maryland State Medical Society—farmers, and environmental advocates. So, we were deeply disappointed when Governor Hogan vetoed the bill (SB 300).Now we need your help to ensure your legislators OVERRIDE the Governor’s veto!|
The last four years with Trump has been a terrible time for our community and we’re all ready for a bright new beginning with the Biden Administration. It also means we can pursue a foreign policy based on peace and diplomacy — and building political power for our community starts with YOU at the grassroots level.
Please join the Colorado chapters of the National Iranian American Council, J-Street, Jewish Voice for Peace, the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), and the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies on Thursday, January 21 at 7:30pm ET for a virtual panel event on the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA).The event will feature insights from Nader Hashemi (Center for Middle East Studies), Trita Parsi (Quincy Institute), Barbara Slavin (Atlantic Council), Hassan El-Tayyab (FCNL), and Dylan Williams (J Street), on what the incoming Biden administration should know about how it connects to safeguarding U.S. interests, while promoting peace and stability in the Middle East.
2-minute video explains why a chlorpyrifos veto is needed, you can create additional social posts and link to this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUn_AI24NxY
|Cuba/USPeople to People Partnership December 8, 2020 Join a zoom update on travel to Cuba during the Biden-Harris Administration Celebrate the sixth anniversary of the announcement of US-Cuba diplomatic relations Thursday, December 17, 5 p.m. ET for further information and a registration link, click here Speakers· Professor William LeoGrande, American University· Tom Popper, Founder, Insight Cuba· Rita McNiff, Founder, Like a Cuban· Collin Laverty, Founder, Cuba Educational Trave· John McAuliff, Moderator, Cuba/US People to People Partnership Not so long ago…A moment of silence for victims of terrorism in Europe united American and Cuban leadersat the March 2016 exhibition baseball game in Havana. (NY Daily News story and photos here.) Holiday Greetings For everyone in the world, it has been a challenging year. For victims of Covid-19, it was a tragedy. For people whose livelihood depended on travel or international educational exchange, it has been a disaster. Those of us with friends and family in Cuba are aware of the devastating economic impact from the loss of foreign visitor revenue and shortages of imported food and consumer goods. The next six weeks will be difficult, not least because of the surge of illness and the limits on family celebrations of the holidays in both countries. But the future looks better. Covid vaccines will save many lives and allow large scale travel to resume by late spring or the summer. The election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris promises the return of rational governance and problem solving. Cuba is making hard decisions for essential economic reform, including unification of currencies and opportunity for small and medium businesses. If the Biden-Harris Administration carries out promises made during the campaign (reported here), we can expect as rapid a return to Obama level travel to Cuba as Covid-19 permits. Our zoom program on December 17th will provide the latest information available from policy specialists and practitioners. However, we cannot take this for granted, see below. Warm wishes for the best holiday you can manage. Abrazos. — John McAuliff Undo Trump’s Damage Build Back Better An Appeal to the Biden-Harris Transition Team Within days of the Biden-Harris victory, the push back on Cuba policy started. An anonymous “top” foreign policy adviser to Biden was reported to have said the Democrat would “reverse the decisions that are separating families, limitations on family travel and remittances” but “we can’t turn back the clock to January 2017.” An often cited but overrated economic expert wrote that for reasons of domestic politics, relations “will not soon return to the United States-Republic of Cuba bilateral commercial, economic, and political landscape that existed prior to 20 January 2017”. He predicted continued restrictions on remittances and harsh limits on travel by non Cuban-Americans as well as prohibitions on cruises and American use of state owned hotels and restaurants. Fortunately an Op Ed in the New York Times by Robert Malley, President of the International Crisis Group and a highly regarded Biden adviser, counseled that restoring Obama’s policy on Cuba was low lying fruit to be harvested quickly. Suffice to say there are interest groups that want to convince Biden-Harris to delay doing anything and to use restoration of Obama’s policies as new leverage for regime change because of the economic hardships Cuba faces. A full account of the ongoing conflict can be read by clicking here. My goal now is to focus on what all of us can do to encourage the Biden-Harris transition to fulfill its pledges to quickly restore Obama’s Cuba policies. They must follow the lead of substantial majorities of Americans, including Cuban Americans (poll data here). Failure to do so can bring a backlash of disappointment from their own supporters. Delay in undoing Trump’s egregious damage will make it harder for them to build back better in a timely way. It will undermine going beyond Obama to legislatively end all travel and agricultural sales restrictions. As importantly postponement will frustrate pro-reform opinion in Cuba and damage livelihoods in the re-emerging private sector. The Biden-Harris team will notice if you reach out personally to Transition members or through someone who can reach out directly to them. (See the list here.) They will notice if we generate a big audience for the zoom program on December 17th. They will notice if we get hundreds or of endorsements from travel industry and educational exchange professionals, independent travelers and policy experts on our Appeal for Action. Please add your name and business or organization. Click here to sign our Appeal to Biden-Harris photo of the Malecon by Norlys Pérez Padrón New Wrinkles on the Havana Syndrome A clear obstacle to reestablishing fully functioning embassies and consulates in Havana and Washington are the mysterious maladies that afflicted intelligence and diplomatic personnel in the US and Canadian embassies four years ago. Neither government has been particularly forthcoming. The Trump Administration fled the scene of the crime, completely surrendering to its perpetrator. It provided limited evidence to the Cubans, enabling them to dismiss the charges as phony or psychosomatic. It appeared that neither side wanted to find out what really happened or who was responsible. The National Academies of Sciences (NAS) finally produced a scientific assessment that the State Department tried to hide for four months. It was “leaked” to NBC and to the New York Times. The full report can be downloaded here or read on-line here. The conclusion that was acknowledged as only “the most plausible mechanism” alleged that “directed, pulsed radiofrequency energy” was responsible but did not identify the source. The State Department acknowledged that “each possible cause remains speculative”. A more credible study produced by Dalhousie University in Canada more than a year ago identified chemical neurotoxins as the cause of similar health problems faced by Canadian staff in Havana. It can be read here but was dismissed by NAS on pages 20-23. The Canadians speculated that the source was over application of insecticide. An alternative theory is topical application in homes and hotel rooms where symptoms were experienced. New Resources Dr. Jill Biden’s Cultural Exchange Visit to Camague and Havana on a White House Video “‘In difficult times’: the tango of normalization” by Rafael Hernandez, Editor of Temas, originally published in On Cuba, reposted here “Science and economic development in Cuba” by Ricardo Torres in Progreso Weekly “Biden Tells Ortega & Maduro Not to Get Their Hopes Up”, a dialog about Cuba between Circles Robinson, editor of Havana Times and John McAuliff “Biden Won. What Now for U.S.-Cuba Relations?” A perceptive newsletter compiled by the Cuba Study Group “How Cuban Americans in Miami View U.S. Policies Toward Cuba” The 2020 Cuba Poll by Florida International University “USAID targets Cuban tourism” report by Tracey Easton for the Cuba Money Project “The War on Cuba Documentary Tells the Story of the U.S. Embargo” an interview by Julia Thomas for NACLA. Link to Episode 3 on Cuba’s international medical teams is here. Concert for Cuba produced by HothouseGlobal, a three hour tribute to Cuba’s medical assistance during Covid with multiple musicians and messages of appreciation from a solidarity perspective We post previously listed resources here Ares poster of President Obama’s arrival in Havana. A perfect holiday gift. Only 3 copies available until travel to Havana is possible. Donate $100 to support our work with Cuba. To obtain, donate here and send your shipping address here. Sign our Appeal to Biden-Harris Visit our website Visit our blog Subscribe to our newsletters Donate here to keep this newsletter coming|
Saturday, February 15, 2020
2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE, Washington, DC
10:00am – 2:00pm
• Professor Peter Kuznick, Nuclear Studies Institute
• Michele Tingling- Clemmons, Gray Panthers
• Jean Athey, Peace Action
• Paul Pumphrey, Black Alliance for Peace
• Linda Pentz Gunter, Beyond Nuclear
• Marie Dennis, Pax Christi
• Allen Hester Physicians for Social Responsibility
• Mel Hardy, All Souls
• Back from the Brink
• Paul Magno (Plowshares)
Welcome- John Steinbach (Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Committee of the National Capital Area
10:10 – 10:40 (Questions 10 minutes)
Keynote- Professor Peter Kuznick
10:50 – 11:30 (Questions 10 minutes)
Panel One: Learning from Our Elders (Michele & Rick Tingling-Clemmons, Marie Dennis, Paul
Pumphrey, Mel Hardy)
11:45 – 12:15 Lunch
12:20 – 1:00 (Questions 10 minutes)
Panel Two: Organizing for Survival (Linda Pentz Gunter, Jean Athey, Allen Hester, Back from
the Brink (Jean & Allen can talk about BftB), Youth Speaker, Paul Magno)
1:10 – 1:40
• (NPT Review, World Conference and Disarmament Rally, April 24-26)
• August 75 th anniversary events
•.The Ribbon Campaign (August 1 in NYC & August 8 in DC)
• Social Media Organizing
1:40 – 2:00
Reports & Wrap up
Friends of Latin America (FoLA) Delegation
Report Back from Nicaragua
People to People Solidarity
San Juan de Limay, Nicaragua – Baltimore, MD
A group of nine US citizens visited Nicaragua from January 4 to the 15th, 2020. During our 12 day stay, we visited hospitals, clinics, farms, and a major prison. We met with doctors and medical staff, unions, cooperatives, a military veterans’ group, environmental groups, student groups, peasant women organizations and government officials.
We wanted to find out from the Nicaraguan people what is really going on in their country. Like us, you may be wondering:
- Why did the US government impose sanctions against Nicaragua called the Nica Act?
- Why does the US Department of State warn on its website against travel to Nicaragua?
- Who was responsible for the violence in Nicaragua from April to July 2018?
WHEN: Sunday, February 16, 2020
11:30 am: Pre-event refreshments
12:00 – 1:30 pm: Presentation and discussion
WHERE: The Meeting House (Oakland Mills Interfaith Center,) 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia, MD 21045
THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Sponsored by Friends of Latin America (FoLA) and the Columbia United Christian Church
No War with Iran: War Powers Webinar
February 12th – 1:00-2:30 pm ET
co-hosted by the
Presbyterian Office of Public Witness
American Friends Service Committee
Marynoll Office of Global Concern
While we seem to have avoided a war for now, the strikes led many Americans to wonder- how does the U.S. keep taking military actions without Congressional approval, and how do we stop these endless wars?
As we continue to call for #NoWarWithIran, join us as we delve into what happened between the U.S. and Iran in January, why congressional War Powers are important, and what you can do to help us end these endless wars!
Elizabeth Beavers serves as an advisor to the Friends Committee on National Legislation on issues of militarism and human rights.
Shervin Ghaffari joined the National Iranian American Council as a Policy Associate in August 2019. In this role, Shervin conducts research and writing on the Middle East, analyzes and monitors legislation, and supports advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill. His expertise is on Iran, the GCC, Persian Gulf Security, U.S. national security issues, and immigration.
Tori Bateman is a Policy Advocacy Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee, where she coordinates work on peace & security issues.
Diana Fennel, Julian Ivey and Wanika Fisher — who will discuss the
legislative issues that will be on the agenda for the upcoming year in
Annapolis and will talk about their priorities. Attendees will have the
opportunity to comment on and ask questions concerning issues facing Prince
George’s County residents.
Parking is available. Refreshments will be served.
Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School
3324 64th Avenue
Location is mobility-accessible and ASL interpretation will be provided.
All are welcome.
Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary School
3324 64th Avenue
PROGRESSIVE CHEVERLY MEMBERSHIP DRIVE 2020
Prosecuting Defenders of Sovereignty: A People’s Briefing
February 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm at 1301 Connecticut Ave., NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20036
Sponsored by Institute for Policy Studies
At Peace Camp, we use art, games, and presentations to teach children (ages 4 – 14) mindfulness, empathy, anger management, conflict resolution, and self-empowerment.
The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and national co-chairs Rev. Barber and Rev. Theoharis are organizing a 22-state “We Must Do MORE Tour! from September 2019 to May 2020. The WE MUST DO MOUR TOUR is coming to Washington, DC on January 29th! This tour will lead into the Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington DC, where thousands of poor people and moral agents will gather at the nation’s capital on June 20, 2020 to demonstrate their power. We will demand the implementation of our Moral Agenda and call all people of conscience to engage in deeply moral civic engagement and voting that cares about poor and low-wealth people, the sick, immigrants, workers, the environment, people with disabilities, first nations, the LGBTQ community, and peace over war.
DC is the 11th stop on the tour! If you’re able to volunteer, please click here: Yes, I’ll volunteer! If you can’t volunteer but you’re able to make it, be sure to rsvp here: https://bit.ly/DCMORE and share the flyer to social media.
We hope you’ll join poor and directly impacted people, faith leaders, and those of moral conscious as we challenge the nation to do MORE! We are committed to mobilizing, organizing, registering, and educating our communities to address systemic racism, poverty and inequality, the war economy and militarism, ecological devastation, and our nation’s distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism.
See you January 29th!
~The DC PPC Leadership Team
Please join the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia Social Justice Committee (UUCC) for an evening with Daniel Kovalik on his talk entitled: “Understanding U.S. Intervention in Venezuela, Colombia, and Central America. Monday, April 29 at 6:30 PM, Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 21045.
Learn why so many people are fleeing to the United States and how U.S. policy and practices contribute to this migration. Following the presentation there will be a Q&A session.
THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Daniel Kovalik currently teaches International Human Rights at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He also served for over 25 years as Associate General Counsel of the United Steelworkers, AFL-CIO (USW). He began working for the USW after graduating from Columbia Law School in 1993. While with the USW, he served as lead counsel on cutting-edge labor law litigation, including the landmark NLRB cases of Lamons Gasket and Specialty Health Care. He has also worked on Alien Tort Claims Act cases against The Coca-Cola Company, Drummond and Occidental Petroleum – cases arising out of egregious human rights abuses in Colombia. The Christian Science Monitor, referring to his work defending Colombian unionists under threat of assassination, recently described Mr. Kovalik as “one of the most prominent defenders of Colombian workers in the United States.” Mr. Kovalik received the David W. Mills Mentoring Fellowship from Stanford University School of Law and was the recipient of the Project Censored Award for his article exposing the unprecedented killing of trade unionists in Colombia. He has written extensively on the issue of international human rights and U.S. foreign policy for the Huffington Post and Counterpunch and has lectured throughout the world on these subjects.
The books he has written are: “The Plot to Control the World: How the US Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World” and “The Plot to Attack Iran: How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Iran.”
What: TAX THE RICH! A Conference on Why and How
When: Wed. April 10, 8:30am – 1:30pm ET
If we had a real democracy, we’d be able to make progress on all the issues that matter so much like fair wages, healthcare, a Green New Deal, and quality education for all – just to name a few.
Yet, as long as politicians and elected officials only answer to big money donors, we’ll never have a tax system that can support real progress.
TAX THE RICH! will bring together policy experts, leading academics, activists, and elected officials for a ‘big ideas’ fest that will include TED-style presentations, panels with leading journalists, interactive policy discussions among conference participants, and much more.
Speakers and participants will include Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-WA), Randi Weingarten, Cenk Uygur, Morris Pearl, and many, many more.
The #TaxScam passed by the GOP in 2017 was the biggest payoff in history giving away nearly $2 trillion to wealthy donors and corporations – so join us and the Patriotic Millionaires as we take the next steps to fight back!
NATO turns 70 this year, and along with our European friends, U.S. peace activists are throwing a Counter-Summit to “uncelebrate” the birthday.
What will Trump’s next foreign and military policy fiasco be? Along with Venezuela, Iran, his Pentagon Budget, new nuclear weapons and trade wars with Europe, Japan and China, the gathering of NATO leaders to celebrate the antiquated and now global military alliance’s 70th anniversary should be high on our list.
Please join a remarkable array of international movement leaders for the April 2 Counter Summit in Washington, D.C. Speakers will include:
- Medea Benjamin and Ann Wright, just back from Iran
- Rev. Graylan Hagler, leading justice advocate in Washington, D.C.
- Reiner Braun, Kate Hudson, Lucas Wirl, Kristine Karch, Alexander Neu (MEP) and Alain Rouy, European peace movement leaders.
- Anna Ochkina of the Institute of Globalization and Social Movements in Moscow
- Phyllis Bennis of IPS, Peter Kuznick of American University, Kevin Martin of Peace Action, Bruce Gagnon of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, Joseph Gerson of AFSC & CPDCS, and others.
Tuesday, April 2 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
St. Stephen & The Incarnation Episcopal Church
1525 Newton St., N.W., Washington, D.C.
This year the annual meeting of International Network “No to War – No to NATO” will take place in Washington during the counter actions against NATO 70. The meeting is for the member organizations of the network and it is open of course for all peace loving people.
For more information about counter actions to NATO 70 see: https://no-to-nato.network/
We invited you to the “No to war – no to NATO” Annual Meeting, April 1st, 2019 Washington DC
Location: AFSC office, 1822 R St. Northwest, Washington DC 10am – 15.30pm
Moderation: Ann Wright
10:00 Opening of the Annual Meeting Kristine Karch
10.15 information about the actions related to the NATO 70th anniversary Joseph Gerson
10:30 Discussion about the NATO summit in London per video with Kate Hudson and Chris Nineham
11.00 Report of the activities of the network by Kristine Karch/Lucas Wirl
11:20 Discussion of the work of the past 12 months: where we are with the delegitimation of NATO? Discussion about the Washington protest.
13:00 Actions and activities 2019/2020
– International bases activities: Ramstein, follow up of Dublin
– IPB youth conference
– Balkan workshop including refugees
– international drones activities, e.g. in Ramstein
– Follow up of workshop to European militarization
– Global NATO what to do?
– brochure about the work of our network
Short introductions: Reiner Braun
13:45 ideas for the new ICC and the new chairs of the network
Please register at email@example.com
The Road to a Green New Deal Tour.
- Give every single American an opportunity to hear from their neighbors about how the Green New Deal will improve their lives.
- Counter the lies coming from the Koch Brothers and their allies.
- Grow our movement to transform the 2020 election into a referendum on climate action.
Starting in mid-April, thousands will gather for nine massive events with national Sunrise leaders and some of the rising stars in progressive politics. Planning is already in full swing for stops in Boston, Detroit, Des Moines, Paradise, CA, Los Angeles, San Antonio, New Orleans, Richmond, KY, and Washington, DC.
Simultaneously, Sunrise leaders will host over 100 Green New Deal Town Halls to share how the Green New Deal will improve the lives of people across the country. We’ll meet in churches, classrooms, and union halls to talk about how this policy will improve our communities, and lay out our path to victory through 2020.
If we pull this off, we’ll build the public support needed to ensure that the Green New Deal is at the top of the agenda as we head the 2020 election. But to do that we need your help.
The Koch Brothers and their allies are terrified. They know we’re powerful and that the Green New Deal could successfully unite this country against them. Their think thanks are spreading lies. Their PR machine is in full swing. They’re cronies in DC are parroting it all from the halls of Congress. They’re desperate to erode the incredible, bipartisan support that poll after poll shows for the Green New Deal.
If we don’t do something big this spring, their plan could work. After all, we’ve seen them use this same playbook for decades to stop action on climate, with devastating success.
These next few months will be crucial to combat their lies by getting the word out about how the Green New Deal will protect communities across the country from the worsening impacts of climate change, and boost our economy.
What will win this fight is thousands of people stepping up to go out and take their message directly to their neighbors and communities, even if that’s not something we’ve ever done before. That’s what catapulted the Green New Deal to top of the national agenda in just a few months, even when pundits said there was no way we could do it.
We can do it again, but we need people like you to step up.
See you on the road,
The amazing list of speakers and musicians just keeps growing!
April 3-4, 2019, in Washington, D.C., we’ll celebrate peace and unwelcome NATO!
Wednesday, April 3 at St. Stephen’s Church, 1525 Newton St NW, Washington, D.C. 20010:
12:00 p.m. � 4:00 p.m.: Screenprinting for Justicee Workshop with The Sanctuaries DC, and Nonviolent Action Prep with Nadine Bloch of Beautiful Trouble (munch on vegan snacks, make art, and plan for the April 4 protest). If you’re a nonviolent activism trainer and want to help, please fill out this form.
5:00 p.m. � 7:00 p.m.: Keynote Speeches + Biting CComedic Entertainment with Lee Camp ( Full list of speakers)
8:00 p.m. � 10:00 p.m.: Spoken word by Eleanor Goldfield and live music by Eric Colville & Ryan Harvey & Megaciph.
5:00 p.m. � 10:00 p.m.:Screenprinting, Art Exhibits & Activity Booths + Vegan Food & Drink
REGISTER TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT.
Thursday, April 4
Plans include a procession from the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial to a rally at Freedom Plaza, and nonviolent demonstrations outside the NATO meeting. Plans are subject to change when we learn when and where NATO is meeting. Tentatively, we plan to meet at the MLK Memorial at 11 a.m. and hear speakers until noon. At noon we will set off to Independence Ave, then up 17th Street to a right on Constitution Ave., up 15th Street to a right on Pennsylvania Ave, then two blocks to Freedom Plaza. We will be there until 3 p.m. for a rally with speakers and music. ( Full list of speakers)
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Reel and Meal at the New Deal Screens
The Invisible Vegan
Monday, March 18, 2019
On Monday, March 18, Reel and Meal will feature The Invisible Vegan, at the New Deal Café, 113 Centerway in Greenbelt’s Roosevelt Center. (The café is accessible by Metro Buses G12, 13, 14 and 16 from the Greenbelt Metro station.) A delicious optional vegan meal ($14.00) at 6:30 PM is followed by the free screening beginning at 7 PM. Please plan to arrive on time due to strong interest in this month’s event.
The Invisible Vegan
The Invisible Vegan is a 90-minute, independent documentary that explores the problem of unhealthy dietary patterns in the African-American community, foregrounding the health and wellness possibilities enabled by plant-based vegan diets and lifestyle choices. Over the past three decades, coronary heart disease and diabetes have steadily grown as the leading causes of health problems in America, disproportionately impacting the African-American community in particular.
This documentary offers both historical and contemporary perspectives on the dietary trends among African-Americans, showing how intertwined histories of slavery, twentieth-century socioeconomic inequalities, and the rise of Big Food have led to the increased consumption and dependence of meat, processed junk, and fast food. Starring Jasmine Leyva, Cedric the Entertainer, John Salley, Stic of Dead Prez and Tracye McQuirter.
Three guest panelists for the evening include Naijha, Antonio Simpson and Brenda Sanders. Naijha is the co-owner The Land of Kush, a vegan soul food bistro in Baltimore. Through Naijha’s strategic marketing initiatives the restaurant experienced exponential growth within four years of opening. She develops relationships and collaborates with local businesses, non-profit organizations, and schools and churches who share in the mission of promoting dietary, ethical, or environmental veganism. Naijha is the Executive Director of the Black Veg Society of Maryland, and co-founder and organizer of the annual Vegan Soulfest and semi-annual Maryland Vegan Restaurant Week. She has spoken widely in Maryland and DC and has been featured on radio and TV shows
Antonio Simpson, the Vegan Mechanic, is a plant-based cook that specializes in veganizing many comfort foods to help raise awareness of the fact eating a vegan diet does not have to be all about salads. His goal is to set a good example of eating and making delicious foods and helping others transition.
Brenda Sanders is Executive Director of Afro-Vegan Society, Co-Founder of Thrive Baltimore Community Resource Center, and Co-Owner of The Greener Kitchen Vegan Deli. She also organizes large vegan events like Vegan SoulFest, the Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese Championship and the Vegan Street Fair. Brenda works to promote veganism as a solution to many of the issues currently faced by people in marginalized communities.
78-year-old, plant-powered, current ultra marathoner, world-record-setter, Betty Smith, PhD, will introduce the film.
This month’s program is sponsored by Green Vegan Networking. For more information, contact Barbara Glick at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cam MacQueen at 443.221.0519. For more information about Reel and Meal, go to email@example.com. Or go to https://www.newdealcafe.com/events/reel-and-meal/
What: Free Webinar: No to NATO, Yes to Peace
When: Thursday, March 7, 1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern Time (GMT-05:00)
Where: Your computer or telephone!
RSVP for instructions on how to join.
The mainstream media paints a false picture that NATO promotes peace, but we know that it has repeatedly violated international law, and bombed numerous countries, including Serbia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo.
Don’t take my word for it; hear it directly from our panelists, who have first-hand experience with NATO:
- Ana Maria Gower is a Serbian-British mixed media artist and a survivor of the NATO bombings of Yugoslavia and its capital – Belgrade. Being a 10-year-old in a war zone, she witnessed the destruction caused by NATO involvement both during the conflict and for years after.
- Jovanni Reyes enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1993 and deployed to the Balkans in 1996 as part of NATO’s first ever military intervention, which culminated in the dismemberment of Yugoslavia into six statelets. Jovanni is now the member coordinator of About Face: Veterans Against the War.
- Kristine Karch is the Co-Chair of the No to War/No to NATO Network, based in Europe. She has organized countless No to NATO panels, counter-summits, and demonstrations to raise awareness about NATO’s destructive impact and the EU’s cooperation with it.
Don’t miss this informative conversation with Ana, Jovanni, and Kristine. RSVP to join us.
P.S. I hope to meet you in person at the No to NATO – Yes to Peace Fest on April 3-4 in Washington, DC, to unwelcome the arrival of the largest military alliance in the world.
Venezuela’s Crisis: Divided Country in a Divided Continent
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Description: Venezuela’s economic and political crisis reached a new crisis point last week as opposition leader Juan Guaido denounced sitting president Nicolas Maduro
and declared himself president and called for new elections.
What stunned many observers was that Guaido’s challenge was backed by most members states of the “Grupo de Lima” (excepting Mexico). The Trump Administration –deep in the midst of its own legitimacy crisis, has joined the fray, even going so far as to threaten military intervention.
Join us this Thursday @ 5PM PT / 7PM CT / 8PM ET. We’ve invited a Venezuelan scholar, a Mexican journalist and an renowned anti-war activist to help sort through the tangle of information and disinformation coming our way.
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Hands off Venezuela! No Coup, No Sanctions, No War
Protest US aggression against Venezuela
The pro-U.S. opposition leader Juan Guaido has declared himself president of Venezuela, and President Trump immediately recognized him as the legitimate president as opposed to the democratically elected Nicolás Maduro Moros. This is nothing less than a U.S.-sponsored coup – Washington’s idea of bringing “democracy” to a country that refuses to surrender to the U.S. goal of dominating the region. And Trump has already raised the possibility of invading Venezuela,
Please sign the petition from the Alliance for Global Justice to oppose interference in Venezuela: sign here.
Join a protest: click here for list of protests
Add your event to the list of protests: click here
Mass Mobilization to Oppose NATO, War & Racism
Protest NATO, Washington, DC, Lafayette Park (across from the White House)
GET MONEY OUT MARYLAND
You to Our Annapolis LOBBY Night
Thank you Speaker Mike Busch for pushing passage of the
Democracy Amendment Resolution in 2019!
Monday, January 28, 2019
Triumph of the Cuban Revolution
The DC Coalition in Solidarity with the Cuban Revolution invites
you to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cuban revolution:
The July 26 Movement and the Rebel Army that Fidel Castro commanded ousted the U.S. backed murderous Fulgencio Batista dictatorship on Jan. 1, 1959. These two primary forces mobilized Cuba’s toilers to topple the bloody regime, discard the U.S. oppressive economic and political dominance, and initiate radical land reform. Soon after the triumph, the new regime continued agrarian reform and expropriated foreign and domestic –owned property. Cuba’s strength remains in the hands of toilers that continue to defend its socialist revolution despite the U.S. blockade against it, U.S. occupation of Guantanamo, and countless attempts to assassinate its former leader Fidel. Some of the first acts of the revolutionary government were to desegregate all aspects of the Cuban society (e.g., public venues, beaches, bars, barber shops) and racial oppression; banned exploitation of where women could work only as maids or prostitutes; gave farmers titles to work the land; reduce rent to no more than 10% of one’s earnings.
Cuba walked the talk. Cuba’s military missions to Angola and Namibia including the decisive battle of Cuito Cuanavale turned the tide to South Africa’s apartheid downfall. Cuba inspired both Grenada and Nicaragua to throw off the albatross of imperialism.
When: Friday, January 18, 2019
Where: Saint Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church 1525 Newton Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20010
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Speakers and Moderator
Miguel Fraga, First Secretary at the Embassy of Cuba
Cheryl LaBash, Co-chair of the National Network on Cuba
Luis Rumbaut, member of Antonio Maceo Brigade and pro-revolution supporter
Omari Musa, member of the DC Coalition and Socialist Workers Party leader
Mimi Machado, WPFW radio host, and Cuba supporter
For more information, contact the D.C. Metro Coalition at 202-503–9465 or email@example.com.
See Cuba for yourself: The DC Metro Coalition in Solidarity with the Cuban Revolution is helping to organize a trip to Cuba during the May Day celebrations. For More Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Call 202-503-9465
End travel restrictions! Halt U.S. economic war against Cuba! Get the U.S. out of Guantanamo! Stop U.S. regime change programs against Cuba!
Monday, December 17 — Reel and Meal at the New Deal presents The Unafraid , which follows three DACA-eligible immigrants in Georgia as they try to get an affordable college education and win rights for their families and communities. Film at 7, followed by discussion led by local advocates for immigrants’ rights. We offer a delicious vegan meal for $14 at 6:30 PM. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are joining us for dinner. The free film starts at 7 PM, New Deal Cafe – 113 Centerway in historic Greenbelt, MD
SUMMIT ON PEACE WITH IRAN
What: A Day-Long Summit on Peace With Iran
When: 9am-5pm, Saturday, December 1, 2018
Where: First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Cost: $10–$100 Sliding Scale. Make your payment here!
Watch Online: Can’t make it in person? Sign up here to watch the Summit Online.
Why Do We Need a Summit on Iran?
The purpose of the Iran Summit is to highlight the Trump administration’s hawkish policies on Iran that could lead us into another war, and examine how to reverse course. We will also have Iranian art, calligraphy, music, photo booth and other cultural activities.
The Summit comes at a time where tensions between U.S and Iran are escalating. The re-imposition of sanctions following the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal is causing tremendous hardship for the Iranian people. The Trump administration’s Muslim travel ban is making it difficult for Iranians to travel to the United States, separating thousands of families.
Adding to this uncertainty are terrorist attacks, human rights violations and a strengthening of conservative forces inside Iran, proxy wars raging in the region, and an increased threat of direct confrontation with the United States, Israel and/or Saudi Arabia.
Here in the United States, the Trump administration is building a case for war. We’ve seen it all before with Iraq—high officials distorting information to push their own hawkish agenda that only inflicts pain on the people, not the government. The Summit will bring together experts and activists to examine ways we can support Iranian civil society, push the US media to do a better job covering this crisis, and pressure Congress for a “no sanctions, no war” agenda.
Organized by CODEPINK, the cosponsors include: Aboutface Aftab Committee, Black Alliance for Peace, Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies, FEMENA, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, Institute for People’s Engagement, Institute for Policy Studies, Iranian Law Students Association of UC Hastings, Just Foreign Policy, Lehigh-Pocono Committee of Concern Peace Center, National Iranian American Council, Nonviolence International, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Peace Action, Peaceworkers, Progressive Democrats of America, People Demanding Action, Popular Resistance, RootsAction, United for Peace and Justice, United National Antiwar Coalition, US Labor Against the War, World Beyond War, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Win Without War, and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
Speakers (in progress):
See speaker biographies here!
- Jamal Abdi, President, National Iranian American Council
- Narges Bajoghli, Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University
- Hadi Ghaemi, Executive Director, Center for Human Rights in Iran.
- Mana Kharrazi, Executive Director, Iranian Alliances Across Borders
- Michael Page, Deputy Director Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch
- Barbara Slavin, author, Atlantic Council
- Sussan Tahmasebi, Director, FEMENA
- Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff of Secretary of State Colin Powell
Schedule (in progress)
9:00am-9:30am Opening Session
- Opening remarks by Medea Benjamin and Lily Tajaddini, CODEPINK
- Poem and remarks by Professor Fatemeh Keshavarz, Director, Roshan Institute for Persian Studies, University of Maryland
9:30am-10:10am Session I: Overview of US-Iranian relations today
- Col. Larry Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff for Secretary of State Colin Powell
10:10am-10:50am Session II: How U.S. policies affect Iranians?
- Mana Kharrazi, Executive Director, Iranian Alliances Across Borders
11:00am-11:40am Session III: Human rights
- Hadi Ghaemi, Executive Director, Center for Human Rights in Iran
- Michael Page, Deputy Director Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch
Moderated by: Niki Akhavan, Associated Professor and Chair of Department of Media and Communications Studies, The Catholic University of America
11:40am-12:20pm Session IV: Civil Society in Iran
- Sussan Tahmasebi, Director, FEMENA
12:20pm-1:20pm Lunch Break
1:20pm-2:10pm Session V: Iran’s role in the region: Is it the number one state sponsor of terrorism?
- Barbara Slavin, author, Atlantic Council
2:10pm-3:20pm Session VI: How to stop a war
- Jamal Abdi, President, National Iranian American Council
3:20pm-4:30pm Special Cultural Event
A Conference Organized by:
Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has spent the last few years reflecting on how academics, researchers and journalists can work together. We’ve learned that journalists and academics have many things in common: Both generally care about making a positive social change, bringing accurate information to the public and pushing the boundaries of what’s known to humanity.
Yet they tend to work in parallel universes. When they have collaborated, they’ve managed to tell complex stories with enormous impact. We started this conversation last year at Stanford University with great success. This year we’re excited to bring Mind to Mind to the East Coast in partnership with American University’s School of Communication and The Investigative Reporting Workshop.
We’ll delve into what academics and journalists can learn from each other, the challenges in working together and how to make collaborations happen.
Come join us at American University on Oct. 12, 2018. Space is limited, so please sign up as soon as you can. If you need financial assistance with tickets, email email@example.com for a comp code.
This Friday, September 21, marks the International Day of Peace. We
know communities are marking it in a variety of ways, and one of our
partners, Pace e Bene, is sponsoring a rally and march in Washington,
DC on Saturday, September 22.
The fifth annual Campaign Nonviolence Action Week will include 2,650+
actions and events in all fifty states and 24 other countries through
You are invited to join the events in Washington, DC, with speakers
including Lisa Sharon Harper, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr, Kit
Evans-Ford, Rev. Ray East, George Martin, Shane Claiborne, and Rev. John Dear.
Friday, Sept. 21, The International Day of Peace: Prepare, Celebrate, Reflect
4:00pm – Nonviolent action training
7:00pm – Gathering with speakers
Location: 1640 Columbia Rd., NW, Washington, DC
Saturday, Sept. 22: Rally, March, Act
9:00am – Rally and speakers at Martin Luther King, Jr. statue near
10:00am – Silent march to Lafayette Park
11:00am – Vigil, action at White House
For information and registration, please visit themomentoftruth.us
Rev. Ron Stief
November 17, 2018
Two Minutes to Midnight: What We Can Do to Prevent Nuclear War
Goucher College, Kelley Auditorium
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cartoon by Steve Greenberg
A Conference Organized by Prevent Nuclear War/Maryland
Don’t miss what will surely be a seminal conference: Four great speakers and outstanding workshops. Come join us as we strategize on how to work together in Maryland to reduce the threat of nuclear war.
- Daryl G. Kimball—Executive Director, Arms Control Association;
- Ira Helfand, former co- president, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War;
- Vincent Intondi, Montgomery College professor and author of African Americans Against the Bomb;
- Ray Acheson, Director, Reaching Critical Will/Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.Conference cosponsors: Anne Arundel Peace Action, Peace Action Montgomery, Maryland United for Peace and Justice, National Lawyers’ Guild/MD, Prince George’s Peace and Justice Coalition, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, Baltimore Peace Action, Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee, Howard County Peace Action, Bethesda Friends Meeting, Baltimore Nonviolence Center, Progressive Democrats of America/MD, and many others!
- See full conference agenda here: https://www.PreventNuclearWarMD.org/
- Free and open to the public, donations accepted! Register now: https://secure.psr.org/page/29755/data/1
We Need to Prevent an 18th Year of U.S.-Led War on Afghanistan
If you can be in Washington on October 2nd, please sign up for these free events on theWorld BEYOND War website and/or on Facebook (neither one is required; both are helpful).
To help fund this campaign to end a war, including the expenses of the events below, which we’re planning for Washington D.C. on October 2, and from which we’ll be producing video, please click here.
If you’d like to help film video, please contact us.
- 12 noon rally in front of the White House.
- 6:30-8:30 p.m. panel at Busboys and Poets, Brookland Location, 625 Monroe St NE, Washington, D.C. 20017
Speakers confirmed include:
Hoor Arifi, Afghan activist and student.
Sharifa Akbary, Afghan-U.S. writer, speaker.
Medea Benjamin, Co-Founder of CODE PINK: Women for Peace.
Matthew Hoh, resigned in protest from his post in Afghanistan with the U.S. State Department over the U.S. escalation of the war in 2009.
Liz Remmerswaal, Coordinator of World BEYOND War in New Zealand.
David Swanson, Director of World BEYOND War.
Brian Terrell, Co-Coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.
Ann Wright, retired U.S. Army colonel and U.S. State Department official.
CAMPAIGN NONVIOLENCE NATIONAL CONVERGENCE, MARCH, & ACTION
WASHINGTON, DC, SEPTEMBER 21-22, 2018 (Download DC Flier Moment of Truth)
MOMENT OF TRUTH: NONVIOLENCE OR NON-EXISTENCE: CHOOSE NONVIOLENCE
On the threshold of the pivotal fall elections, Campaign Nonviolence is organizing 2,000 public actions nationwide September 15-23 calling for a culture of active nonviolence.
The centerpiece of this Week of Actions will be The Moment of Truth – The Campaign Nonviolence Convergence September 21-22 in Washington, DC. On September 21, we will gather, reflect and prepare. On September 22, we will assemble at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, march to the White House, vigil, and take nonviolent action.
As we mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., we will march in the spirit of the prophetic declaration he made the night before he was killed: “The choice is no longer violence or nonviolence; it’s nonviolence or non-existence.” In this moment of truth, we will call on the nation to choose a culture of nonviolence free from war, poverty, racism, and environmental destruction.
Now is the moment of truth for taking action – and for recommitting to the power of truth itself, in light of the many false or misleading statements made by the administration. On September 22, we will take action for peace, economic equality, racial justice and environmental healing – and for a new spirit of truth and nonviolence.
Speakers will include Lisa Sharon Harper, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr, Kit Evans-Ford, Rev. Ray East, George Martin, Shane Claiborne, and Rev. John Dear.
Join us in Washington at this critical moment of truth.
THE NATIONAL CONVERGENCE SCHEDULE
Friday, September 21, 2018
4:00pm – 5:30pm: Nonviolence training by CNV with Ken Butigan and Veronica Pelicaric. Free. Dinner available for purchase at The Potter’s House restaurant and bookstore next to the Festival Center.
7:00 pm: Gathering at The Festival Center to celebrate, reflect and share stories on five years of the Campaign Nonviolence movement and discuss next steps. Speakers include CNV leaders Rev. John Dear, Ken Butigan, George Martin, and Kit-Evans Ford. Free-will donations accepted at the door.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
9:00 am: Rally at the statue of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the Southside of the Lincoln Memorial, near the Jefferson Memorial Tidal Basin.
10:00 am: Silent March. We will line up in pairs holding signs and walk in silence from the Dr. King statue past the Lincoln Memorial to the front of the White House, where we will stand in silence with signs in Lafayette Park. While some keep vigil in front of the White House, others will participate in nonviolent direct action.
Registration: Sign up on the top right form. Please let us know which events you will join and how to contact you.
Please note: CNV is not coordinating lodging or transportation.
This convergence is taking place during the 5thCampaign Nonviolence Week of Actions September 15-23, 2018. Be sure to hold your event locally earlier that week, then join us in DC!
Together in this Moment of Truth, we choose the way of nonviolence and we will take our message to the White House and the nation. Together, our collective actions and voices are calling for an end to the culture of racism, poverty, war, and environmental destruction, and making the choice for nonviolence, peace and truth.
For more information, contact Ryan Hall at Pace e Bene, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday Evening Gathering Location: The Festival Center, 1640 Columbia Rd., NW, Washington, D.C.
Saturday Morning: DC March beginning at the MLK Statue (1964 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024 near West Basin Dr. SW), then walking to Lafayette Park.
Celebrate 20 Years of Open Society Institute!
Tuesday, September 25, Baltimore Museum of Art. Cocktail Reception, 6 p.m., program 7 p.m.
Join Open Society Institute-Baltimore for the second of three inspirational events marking our 20th anniversary.
The centerpiece of the event will be a timely conversation about the census and civic participation ahead of the November election with two of the country’s foremost experts on the subjects:
Barbara Mikulski served as a United States Senator from 1987 to 2017 and a member of the House of Representatives from 1977 to 1987. She is the longest-serving woman in the history of the U.S. Congress, as well as the longest-serving senator from Maryland. Currently, Senator Mikulski is a professor of Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University.
Rashad Robinson is executive director of Color of Change, the largest online racial justice organization in the United States, with more than 1.4 million members dedicated to strengthening the political voice of Black America. Prior to joining Color of Change in 2011, Robinson held leadership roles at GLAAD, the Right to Vote Campaign, and FairVote.
We will present “Strategic Action” awards to Caryn York,executive director of the Job Opportunities Task Force, and Ray Kelly, CEO of the No Boundaries Coalition, recently named recipient of Pax Christi International’s 2018 Peace Award. There will also be performances by drummer, educator, and 2015 Community Fellow Menes Yahudah and students from Writers in Baltimore Schools, founded by 2008 Community Fellow Patrice Hutton.
We hope you can join us for this special evening!
Campaign Nonviolence National Convergence:
Nonviolence or Non-Existence: Choosing Nonviolence
March and Action Washington, DC September 21-22
As part of the CNV Action Week, Campaign Nonviolence will solemnly march from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s National Memorial to the White House on Saturday, September 22. Join Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., George Martin, Lisa Sharon Harper, Shane Claiborne, Dr. Kit Evans-Ford, Rev. John Dear and many others to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination and to take action for change today. We will mobilize in the spirit of Dr. King’s proclamation the night before he died: “The choice is no longer violence or nonviolence; it’s nonviolence or non-existence.”
Fri., Sept. 21—4:30 pm: Nonviolent Action Training. 7:00 pm: Gathering for an evening of reflection and sharing. Both events at The Festival Center (1640 Columbia Rd., NW). Mark the International Day of Peace and prepare for action the next day. $15 Donation recommended (not required). All lodging and transportation is the responsibility of the participant.
Sat., Sept. 22—9:00 am: Rally at Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue near the Lincoln Memorial; Silent Walk to the White House; those led by conscience will engage in nonviolent direct action.
Prospective event featuring Hebron documentary and filmmakers Rachel Joy and Yousef Natsha– 40 minutes, examines to what extent human rights are realized in a Palestinian community under Israeli occupation, provoking footage and interviews, depicts Palestinian civilians attempting to exert their rights. Scheduled for Sunday August 5, 2 pm at Greenbelt Community Center
Palestinian Self-Representation and Why It Matters:
A Jewish Voice for Peace DC Fundraiser for the DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival
Join JVP DC as we delve into the importance of Palestinian self-representation and the power dynamics inherent in storytelling.
We’ll gather our resources to help make this important festival, which showcases the range and complexity of Palestinian identities and narratives, possible – and at the same time, we’ll learn more about why Palestinians are reclaiming space to tell their own stories. The program will include a short film screening and a discussion moderated by DCPFAF Managing Director Nusayba Hammad and Co-Director and Head Curator Michael Kamel.
Grab your sliding-scale ticket to the fundraiser and then save the date for the festival. #DCPFAF18, running October 1-7, is themed “Threads of Resilience” and will look ahead to the future, inviting young, emerging Palestinian artists and filmmakers to imagine Palestine 10, 20, and 200 years down the line.
June 23 is the conclusion of the 40 days of nonviolent action, initiated by the Poor People’s Campaign. Every week since May 14, the campaign has highlighted a different issue related to what Martin Luther King Jr. called the “3 evils” – racism, poverty, and militarism – plus ecological devastation. Now join us for the concluding mass rally tying all of these issues together on Saturday, June 23 in Washington, D.C.!
What: MASS RALLY: Stand Against War & Economic, Racial, and Environmental Injustice
When: Saturday, June 23 at 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: National Mall, Jefferson Drive SW and 7th St. SW, Washington, D.C.
RSVP on Facebook!
Bus transportation is available from many locations.Find a ride near you!
Fifty years ago, members of the first Poor People’s Campaign made their voices heard by camping out in Resurrection City, a tent city on the Washington Mall where thousands of poor people from across the United States gathered to demand that the nation “lift the load of poverty.”
But it’s been fifty years, and there are 60% more people living under the poverty line than in 1968, the Voting Rights Act has been dismantled, the military budget is the highest it’s ever been, and communities across the nation still lack basic access to clean drinking water and proper sewage treatment.
We need your help moving this country forward by seizing the nation’s attention. Let’s pack the National Mall this June 23, and demonstrate unprecedented grassroots strength. Rally with us in D.C.!
World BEYOND War
Help commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the nonviolent civil disobedience action of the Catonsville 9 in 1968 against the Vietnam War.There are several excellent activities planned for the Commemoration, including:1. May 4 and May 5, 2018–SYMPOSIUM and COMMEMORATIONMay 4 SYMPOSIUM will be from 3:00-10:00 PM at the SHRIVER PEACE CENTERat University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in Catonsville, Maryland.Presenters include: Frank Cordaro. Former Ambassador Ann Wright,Kathy Kelly, Frida Berrigan and Margarita Bradford (of theCatonsville 9)May 5 COMMEMORATION will be from 9:00 AM-4:30 PM. Most of the activitieswill be held at the CATONSVILLE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. The church islocated at 1400 Frederick Avenue in Catonsville, Maryland 21228.Amy Goodman will be keynote speaker.2. May 6 PRAYER SERVICE at 6:30 PM at the SALEM LUTHERAN CHURCHwith Frida Berrigan and songs by the Charm City Labor Chorus3. PERFORMANCES of the play by Daniel Berrigan “The Trial of the Catonsville Nine”at SALEM LUTHERAN CHURCH on May 17, 18, 19, and 21.4. EXHIBITION at the University of Maryland Baltimore County Library located at 1000 Hilltop Circle in Catonsville, Maryland 21250 from APRIL 23-MAY 24.5. DOCUMENTARY FILMS at different locations and dates.6. PROTEST at the NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY on May 6 at 12:00 PM.For a complete schedule, please check the websiteOn the Home Page, click onto 50th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMMORATIONfor details.
Film: Venezuela, The Shadow AgendaMarch 15, Washington DC
Film: Venezuela, The Shadow AgendaDate: Thursday, March 15, 2018Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PMLocation: Institute for Policy StudiesThe Trump administration has taken up with enthusiasm the policy of destabilization, subversion, and economic warfare against Venezuela that was intensified under the Obama administration. Violent regime change is now clearly the objective of the administration. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for the Venezuelan military to overthrow the government while on a visit to the region and reports have surfaced of military forces from Colombia and Brazil being deployed to their respective borders with Venezuela. Another clear sign that the lives of the people of Venezuela will be sacrificed with violent regime change is the collapse of the dialogue between the Venezuelan government and the counter-revolutionary opposition that had been taking place for almost two years.You’re invited to the film showing of Venezuela, The Shadow Agenda, a documentary by Hernando Calvo Ospina, followed by a challenging informative panel presentation and Q&A session. This documentary is not temporary. It will be valid as long as the United States persists in ending the Bolivarian Revolution that is being built in Venezuela, to seize its immense oil wealth. It is based on interviews with Venezuelan scholars who, in simple and didactic language, tell us a story that the mainstream media insist on hiding or misrepresenting.The panel will feature, Carlos J. Ron, Chargé d’Affaires at the Embassy of Venezuela. Additional panelists TBA.
POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN MASS MEETING ON FEB. 19TH IN WASHINGTON, D.C. At this time of intensifying political, economic, and moral crisis, with the lives of the most vulnerable and the spirits of all under vicious attack, people in growing numbers around the country are fighting back for their lives, communities, and deepest values.
Fifty years ago, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King called for a Poor People’s Campaign to begin a “revolution of values” in America. We are reigniting these efforts to unite the poor, disenfranchised, and marginalized to transform our nation’s political, economic and moral structures of our society.
Learn more about the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival by joining campaign co-chairs the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis to hear faithful reflection and public action on moral issues through storytelling, music, and interviews with local community organizers and impacted people.
If you can’t be there in-person, watch the livestream at 7pm ET/5pm PT on our website or Facebook.
Shiloh Baptist Church
1500 9th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Doors: 6pm ET / Program: 7pm ET
Race, Money and Democracy
Sunday, January 21, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 Dubois Road, Annapolis
The Rev. Stephen A. Tillett, president of the Anne Arundel County Branch of the NAACP, heads a panel on ethnicity, social-economic realities and implications for democratic governance. Join in this important discussion and learn about ways you can help to restore representative democracy and secure voting rights for all citizens.
Tillett will sign copies of his book, Stop Falling for the Okeydoke: How the Lie of ‘Race’ Continues to Undermine Our Country.
This event coincides with the eighth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s infamous ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, which effectively abolished limits on corporate and wealthy special interest election spending.
Presented by Get Money Out-Maryland (www.getmoneyoutmd.org).
At this time of intensifying political, economic, and moral crisis, with the lives of the most vulnerable and the spirits of all under vicious attack, people in growing numbers around the country are fighting back for their lives, communities, and deepest values.
If you can’t be there in person, you can watch online via the Repairers of the Breach website.
The call for a Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival has emerged from more than a decade of work by grassroots community and religious leaders, organizations and movements fighting to end systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, environmental destruction, and related injustices and to build a just, sustainable, and participatory society. We draw on the history, vision, and unfinished work of the 1967/68 Poor People’s Campaign.
Our social fabric is stretched thin by widening income inequality. Politicians criminalize the poor, implementing policies rooted in systemic racism and xenophobia to divide us. They steal from the poor to give tax breaks to the rich, and budget increases to a bloated military. At such a time as this, we need a Poor People’s Campaign for Moral Revival to help us become the nation we’ve not yet been.
I will be co-serving the Mass Meeting in D.C. on Feb. 5 with the Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis and local participants of the campaign. Click here for more information and to RSVP online.
Thank you for all you do to advance the Moral Movement,
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
President & Sr. Lecturer, Repairers of the Breach
A No Foreign Bases conference was held in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., on January 12-14, 2018. World Beyond War was one of many organizations that put together this new coalition:
Here is a tiny fraction of the highlights in a one-hour video that can be used for local events:
Full videos are here (by Wilton Vought):
David Swanson spoke with The Real News Network:
Learn where the bases are on the map:
Visit David Vine’s Base Nation:
Support World Beyond War’s work by clicking here.
Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases
January 12 – 14, 2018, University of Baltimore
Learning Commons Town Hall, Baltimore, Maryland
Organized by: Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases
|You can join and support this Conference by:
Maryland United for Peace and Justice Summit
SUMMIT #3: ISSUES
Facilitated by Mary Louise Cohen
Opening Remarks by Kevin Martin, President Peace Action
Which issues should MUPJ members and friends focus on for next year?
Sunday, October 8, 2017
2:30 – 5:30 pm
2303 Metzerott Rd.
Adelphi, MD 20783
Tony Langbehn 310-390-9684, email@example.com
Paulette Hammond, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our mission: MUPJ will bring together organizations and individuals from across Maryland to build relationships and make meaningful progress towards peace and justice.
Our vision: Our purpose is to: 1. promote coordination and networking 2. facilitate cooperation among peace and justice organizations and individuals on issues of common concern 3. encourage and support nonviolent means of resolving problems and conflicts 4. promote education and action for peace, justice and democracy and a healthy environment by members and the public 5. encourage members’ participation and sharing in decision-making and leadership.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Speaker: Peggy Goetz
2:00 pm refreshments
2:30-4:30 pm presentation
Savage Branch Library,
Albert Einstein Room, 9525 Durness Lane, Laurel, MD 20723
Reporting Back from a Delegation to El Salvador
Peggy Goetz reports about a recent CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador) trip. The delegation met with unions, feminists, agricultural cooperatives and government leaders as well as joined the massive International Workers’ Day march in San Salvador. She will share first-hand information and analysis on the current political, social, and economic context in El Salvador.
Peggy Goetz works as an organizer in the national office of CISPES in Washington, DC. In addition to her work at CISPES, she has coordinated delegations to El Salvador through the Washington Ethical Society since 2003.
THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Sponsored by Friends of Latin America (formerly Howard County Friends of Latin America)
For more information call Leslie Salgado at 410-381-4899.
KICKOFF EVENT for MARYLAND PEACE ACTION
Can We End Permawar?
1 Year of Trump, 99 Years since Armistice Day
7:30 – 9:30 pm, Nov. 7, 2017
Busboys and Poets
5331 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD, 20781
Parking lot located behind the shopping center
David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist and radio host. He is director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org. Swanson’s books include War Is A Lie & When the World Outlawed War. He hosts Talk Nation Radio and is a 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.
Sponsors: Maryland’s local Peace Action groups are joining together to enhance our power state-wide, under the name Maryland Peace Action: Anne Arundel County Peace Action, Howard County Peace Action, Maryland United for Peace and Justice, Peace Action Montgomery, and Peace and Justice Coalition of Prince George’s County.
Contact: Jean at 301-570-0923 for more information.
Why you should come: Scared by USA Commander in Chief? Find out how you can strengthen the voices demanding peace. You don’t want to miss hearing this extraordinary activist and brilliant speaker. And be sure to invite your friends.
Bahram Zandi, Ph.D.
Member, Coordinating Body, MUPJ
co-chair, International Committee, Green Party US
‘Empire of Chaos at the Age of Trump’
A review of the state of the empire and the world
And Andrew Greene, Member, Coordinating Body MUPJ
and Founder of B-Gifted Foundation, Sierra Leone
‘Journey of hope’ – from Peace activist to immigrant.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
2:30 to 5 pm
Adelphi Friends Meeting
2303 Metzerott Rd.
Adelphi, MD 20783
RSVP Paulette Hammond, 410 -747-3811 email@example.com
or Tony Langbehn, 301-390-9684, firstname.lastname@example.org
Peace March on Saturday, August 5th at 8:30 am
Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, and Mothers of Murdered Sons and Daughters will recognize Baltimore’s Ceasefire weekend (August 4-6) with a Peace March to honor all the lives lost and hurt by gun violence. Baltimore Ceasefire Weekend was created by six women in Baltimore who decided that if their leaders weren’t going to address the ever-growing violence in our city, they would.
They are calling on members of the community to take the Baltimore Peace Challenge and devote themselves to non-violence during that 72 hour period. Please meet us in the parking lot of Frederick Douglas High School (2301 Gwynns Fall Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21217). The rally for peace will begin at 9 am followed by a march at 9:45 am.
Symposium on SMART Guns and Law Enforcement on Thursday, August 3rd from 11a – 2:30p
Please join Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence as we welcome Washington Ceasefire to Washington, DC. Washington Ceasefire – MPGV’s 34 year counterpart in the Pacific Northwest – is coming to The District of Columbia on August 3rd to host a Symposium on SMART Guns and Law Enforcement.
If you would like to join us at this free event, please email Ralph Fascitelli at email@example.com and tell him you are an MPGV member who would like to attend the conference.
June 21, 2017, The Refugee Crisis: Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions
Please join the UNA-NCA’s Sustainable Development Committee for a program on The Refugee Crisis: Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions, on June 21, 2017 and hear first-account stories from refugees along with a moderated panel discussion.
This event seeks to dispel the associated myths and misconceptions and will highlight personal accounts of past and present refugees in the local Washington, DC area drawing on the diverse perspectives of the Asian, African, and Middle Eastern communities. The program will also look at the current situation as addressed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institution) drawing on the past and present policies and actions taken at the local, national, and global levels. Since the inauguration of President Trump in January 2017, refugees and other displaced persons have witnessed an increase in negative perceptions of their presence in the United States most notably after Executive Order 13769. Despite the blocking of this travel ban through federal judge Derrick Watson, mainstream Americans continue to hold insufficient knowledge on the circumstances pertaining to refugees and other displaced persons.
This event is open to the public and free for students as well as UNA-NCA members.
Monday, June 19th 2017.
“Reel & Meal at the New Deal”
Feature film I Learn America about the struggles of teenage immigrants.
Free program at 7 pm at the New Deal Café, 113 Centerway in Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt
Optional buffet for $14 served from 6:30 pm
from Prince Georges County Peace and Justice Coalition
In this 2013 film directors Jean-Michel Dissard and Gitte Peng portray five recently arrived immigrant teenagers as they attempt to create a future for themselves in a new country. They follow the young immigrants during a year at their American high school. The young people struggle not only with the challenges of being teenagers but also with the fear of deportation, learning English and homesickness. Three of them are undocumented, one is a refugee and one is a devout Muslim. What kind of future can they count on, if they have no papers? How can they form a personal identity, if they are torn between two cultures, between a Pakistani heritage, for instance, and life as an American woman? How do they overcome isolation, if their English is poor? The film helps us understand how hard it is to be an immigrant, even if you left your country because of civil unrest and war.
70% of Langley Park residents are foreign-born, principally from Central America. CASA strives to improve the quality of life for Langley Park families and children by focusing on schools, affordable housing, a living wage and affordable healthcare. We will discuss what we can learn from CASA in Langley Park to help ease the path of our own local immigrants.
The Prince George’s County Peace & Justice Coalition has planned this program.
For more information contact Donna Hoffmeister at 301-441-9377 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also go to the New Deal Cafe website. The other local grassroots sponsors of the series are Beaverdam Creek Watershed Watch Group and Green Vegan Networking. The New Deal Café is accessible from Greenbelt Metro station by buses G12 and G14.
Growing Trust, Understanding & Love in Families and Communities
Workshop for adults & children over 7 years
Sunday, June 4, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Greenbelt Community Center 114
Come take part in a process called the Peacemaking Circle. It aims to help us:
- express our feelings and not feel alone with our worries
- share the experiences of others and find a place where we belong
- resolve disagreements without lingering resentments
- build happier, more peaceful relationships.
Derived from aboriginal customs and Native American councils, this kind of dialogue is also known as a “talking stick circle” or “listening circle.”
Read a short summary of these circles as used in community gatherings
Building Trust and Safety in Schools
Workshop for high school students & adults
Sunday, June 11, 2:00 – 4:00
Greenbelt Community Center 114
This workshop on Restorative Justice, an alternative approach to resolving conflicts in schools and society, is designed for high school students and adults. In schools today, educators still respond to what they perceive as student misbehavior with punishment, while Restorative Justice
- addresses root causes of conflicts in schools and society
- seeks solutions by peacefully engaging the community
- gives voice to all parties in the conflict.
The workshop will describe how this approach arose in the US and in the MD/DC/VA area.
A 9-minute video about Community Conferencing, a Restorative Justice method, originally developed in Baltimore and applied to both school and community problems
About the workshop presenters:
Jane Connor McMahon, Ph.D., certified life and career coach; practices Nonviolent Communication and Restorative Justice in Prince George’s County & D.C. public schools. She is co-author of the book Connecting across Differences: How to Connect with Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere.
Bob McMahon, Ph.D., civil rights activist; participant in Nonviolent Communication leadership program; advocate of Restorative Justice.
Produced by Prince George’s County Peace & Justice Coalition. Contact: Jane McMahon: 202-684-5974
June 11th, Sunday
The 15th Annual Tour Dem Parks.
MAY 16, TUESDAY
United for Peace & Justice
Saturday, May 13th 2017. Love Thy Neighbor.
May 13th 2017 – United Not Blighted Action!
At the Baltimore War Memorial 101 N Gay St,
RSVP with Amanda DeStefano email@example.com
May 13th 2017. Take Pride Festival and Community Award Ceremony
Sunday, May 7,
The Committee for Peace and Justice in Israel/Palestine (CPJIP) is sponsoring a talk and discussion about Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).
Sunday, May 7, 2:30 p.m
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22204
Free parking in the church parking lot, behind the church.
BDS co-founder, Omar Barghouti will be the featured speaker.
Barghouti, a pro-justice Palestinian, is a noted human rights defender. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, NY, and a master’s degree in Philosophy (ethics) from Tel Aviv University.
He is the author of BDS: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights
His commentaries and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, Newsweek, the Guardian, Politico, and on BBC, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, CNN, among others. On Sunday April 23rd, Barghouti along with Ralph Nader were recipients of Gandhi Peace Awards in New Haven, Connecticut.
Sunday, May 7th is LFFP 4th Annual Talent Show- You are invited
March 4th to May 6th – Earth Rebirth
April 29th, 2017
– The Charm City Labor Chorus and Concert
April 29th 2017
Human Rights Are Key to Saving the Planet
Immigrants’ rights partners are organizing nationwide rallies on May 1 to support immigrants and resist Trump’s deportation machine. At our partners’ invitation, the Sierra Club is supporting the rallies to make clear that a broad, diverse movement stands united in resisting Trump’s anti-immigrant policies. The day of action is part of a coordinated weekend of resistance that includes the People’s Climate March on April 29. Two days after you show up to protest Trump’s attacks on our climate take a stand against Trump’s attacks on immigrant families, who often disproportionately bear the brunt of climate change. Find a rally happening near you!
Submitted by Stan Boyd, Justice Chair
April 26 – Ross Salawitch Talks Climate Science & Action · Hosted by Brothers and Sisters for Action
“Think Globally, Act Locally: Suggestions for Action in this Era of Intransigence by the Federal Government”
While US involvement in the official global climate science conversation has come to a halt under the new administration, everyday citizens refuse to deny facts or be silenced. On April 22nd people around the world will gather for teach-ins, rallies and marches in support of science, research and evidence based policy. On April 29th folks will gather in DC and locally in support of climate, jobs, and justice. Between these events Prince George’s County Resist Coalition will contribute to the climate science discussion by hosting a talk with author, scholar and activist, Ross Salawitch. We hope you will join us!
Ross Salawitch is a Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research activities focus on quantifying the effect of human activity on the ozone layer, air quality, and global climate. He recently authored a book, Paris Climate Agreement: Beacon of Hope that can be downloaded for free here. He serves on the Maryland Department of the Environment Air Quality Control Advisory Council, is a review editor of the Climate Science Special Report being written by the United States Global Climate Research Program, and is an author of the Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space report being written by the National Academy of Sciences. He is also deeply involved with various grass roots community efforts to increase the use of renewable energy and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
Prince George’s County Resist Coalition consists of 16 grassroots organizations including: 4th and 5th District Resistance, Bridges Not Walls – Cheverly, Brothers and Sisters For Action – Indivisible, Greenbelt Indivisible, Hear us Hogan, Historic Laurel Huddle, Hyattsville Area Huddle, Hyattsville Area Residents for Progress, Maryland United for Peace and Justice, Mt. Rainier/Brentwood Organizing Committee, Not on Our Watch, Our Revolution Route 1, Prince George’s Organizing for Action Climate Change Team & Progressive Cheverly.
Saturday, March 18th, 2017
Lunch to celebrate the Iranian New Year at House of Kabob
8025 Harford Road, Parkville, MD (edit map)
Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, dating back to 15,000 years ago, celebrates the coming of spring.
House of Kabob offers an extensive buffet of authentic traditional Iranian dishes all you can eat for $14.99 +drinks+tax+tip:
Free parking behind the restaurant.
3 pm – 5 pm
17901 Bentley Road, Ashton-Sandy Spring, MD (edit map)
Attend an interfaith celebration of springtime & “Nowruz” (the Iranian New Year) at the Sandy Spring Museum. This program will provide food for the body, mind & spirit! We’ll start with some ethnic & cultural presentations accompanied by a delicious “potluck” feast. (Please bring foods to share that represents your culture, vegetarian preferred). We’ll then share in an interfaith panel with speakers from the Baha’i, Coptic Christian, Persian/Iranian Sufi, & Zoroastrian faiths on the theme of “Spiritual Renewal and Springtime.”
No Nowruz would be complete without an offering of the ecstatic Sufi poetry of Jalaluddin Rumi; we’ll be reading in both Farsi and English. Our afternoon will conclude with an Interfaith Peace Circle for participants to offer their prayers and thoughts for peace and renewal.
Please preregister so we know how many people to expect and please sign up to bring something to share at the potluck. Doors open at 2:45 pm.
March 19th – 20
14th Anniversary of US Invasion of Iraq – Stop Endless War!
March 20: Host a Protest to Stop Endless War on the 14th Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq
No matter how many times we’re told “mission accomplished” the U.S. war and occupation of Iraq continues to this day. Many other conflicts in the region are a direct result of the 2003 invasion. Host a protest, vigil or meeting to mark the 14th anniversary. Resist endless war. Sign the petition to resist war and militarism. Sign the Peace Pledge to Resist War and Militarism!
Soon, governments from around the world will return to the United Nations in New York City to initiate negotiations on a new treaty banning nuclear weapons. Peace advocates will be organizing inside and outside of the UN to put pressure on nuclear armed states and to support the majority of countries that genuinely seek the total abolition of nuclear weapons. Keep up with events and list your own with Reaching Critical Will.
April 4: “Breaking the Silence”: 50th Anniversary of MLK’s “Beyond Vietnam” Speech, Launch of National Council of Elders campaign
In confronting the deeply rooted racism, militarism and materialism of his home country, Dr. King described the United States as the greatest purveyor of violence in the world. Delivered to an overflow crowd at the Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967, Dr. King’s challenge to engage in a radical revolution of values encountered ferocious opposition. Join or organize a reading of the “Beyond Vietnam” speech in your community to fuel your efforts for social justice and add your events to our calendar.
‘Please mark your calendars, join us and invite your family and friends to this event. The US blockade of Cuba is on and we need to continue with our solidarity work’
This Tax Day, April 15, join or host a demonstration in your community. Unite around new priorities, protest the war-economy, and promote policies based on peace, diplomacy, and funding human needs. This year’s Global Days of Action Against Military Spending span U.S. tax day to the release of the annual world military expenditure figures by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Add your events to our calendar.
April 22: March for Science-Earth Day
The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted. The March for Science is an international movement with marches being planned in Washington, DC, across the United States and internationally. Find a march near you.
April 29: People’s Climate March
Throughout the first 100 days of the Trump presidency, the People’s Climate Movement is organizing a country-wide arc of action, culminating on April 29th in Washington DC in a powerful mobilization to unite all of our movements. Prepare to attend the mass mobilization in DC or attend a sister march in your area. We must remind the world that the U.S. military is one of the biggest carbon emitters in the world and greatly contributes to climate change.
For years, UFPJ has worked with the No-to-NATO network to support local actions during the annual NATO summit. We have helped host counter-summits when the meetings are held in the USA, and we have also sent US peace activists as delegates to say No-to-NATO, when these war-planning meetings are held overseas. The date of the upcoming NATO summit and counter-summit has just been announced and we encourage groups to plan ahead to take action, locally, and if possible, to send a representative of your organization to Brussels to join with the international community organizing against militarism under the theme “Put People First, Not War.”
Other upcoming events:
Ongoing – Reiner Braun, International Peace Bureau, U.S. Speaking Tour
June 11 – National Pride March
June 18 – Women’s March to Ban the Bomb
Please check out our updated Peace Pledge, and add your name if you haven’t already done so. Thank you for keeping the pressure on. When we work together and build our movement, we can win.
More events here: Baltimore Activist Alert:
Jan 29th: Join the Revs. Barber and Theoharis & the DO MORE Tour: