Friday, October 27, 2017

DPP Update - October 27, 2017


Next DPP Meeting

NOTE CHANGE OF DATE AND PLACE!
We’re meeting on the THIRD Monday next month because of the observed October 8 Columbus Day holiday.

Monday, November 20 6:30-8:30,  Codman Square Health Center, Board Room (ground floor) 637 Washington St, Dorchester.  Please bring a snack if you can.  Agenda TBA

Many DPPers have been working hard on affordable housing, anti-gentrification and neighborhood preservation issues.  Next week’s Update will have a special focus on these questions. 
Submissions welcome!

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Meanwhile, Sydney sent these along:
FIELDS CORNER NEIGHBORHOOD FORUM - Dorchester Not for Sale and Ujima Boston invite you to join with them on Thursday, November 2nd at the Blarney Stone restaurant at 1505 Dorchester Avenue in Fields Corner. Starting at 5:30 there will be a discussion about a Fields Corner Neighborhood Plan, including the businesses *you* want to see in Fields Corner. Starting at 6:30, the Fields Corner Collaborative will present their ‘Business Pitch Contest’. “Hear pitches from 3-5 retailers, and vote on your favorite company. The winner will receive discounted retail space in Fields Corner, $50k+ in patient loans, and free business coaching.” Appetizers Provided at 6:30. Tickets are free, so please register at https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/ujimaboston/eventRegistration.jsp?event=13&.

MAYORAL ELECTION - In advance of the November 7th election (please vote!!), current mayor Marty Walsh and city councilor Tito Jackson shared their different visions for the Boston of the future. Details from the debate are at WBUR: http://www.wbur.org/news/2017/10/25/mayor-jackson-final-debate

Left, DPPers Becky and Christine outside the WGBH mayoral debate on Tuesday.

Becky writes:
There were about 25 people, from the dozen groups in this ad hoc get-housing-affordability-into-the-mayoral-campaign coalition with us.  At least one TV station and a lot of other folks filmed/photographed us all.  (Organized by George Lee and the young people of Keep It 100---full name is Keep It 100% for Real Affordable Housing and Racial Justice.)
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Wednesday, November 1
Film and Discussion:
“MEMORY OF A FORGOTTEN WAR”
Adams Street Branch, Boston Public Library
(690 Adams St, Dorchester)
6:30-8:30pm 

We Need to Remember the Past . . .

If We Want to Avoid Another Korean War

Please join DORCHESTER PEOPLE FOR PEACE for a film-showing and discussion about the first US war against North Korea – and what we can do to avoid another one. A new Korean War would be even more catastrophic than the last one, with the possibility of a nuclear exchange and untold thousands of deaths. 
WE NEED TO PRESS FOR A DIPLOMATIC, NOT A MILITARY SOLUTION TO THE CURRENT CRISIS BETWEEN THE US AND NORTH KOREA.

The film MEMORY OF FORGOTTEN WAR conveys the human costs of military conflict through deeply personal accounts of the Korean War (1950-53) by four Korean-American survivors. Their stories take audiences through the trajectory of the war, from extensive bombing campaigns, to day-to-day struggle for survival and separation from family members across the DMZ. Decades later, each person reunites with relatives in North Korea, conveying beyond words the meaning of family loss. These stories belie the notion that war ends when the guns are silenced and foreshadow the future of countless others displaced by ongoing military conflict tod



Ramsay LiemWe’ll be joined for the discussion by the film maker:

Ramsay Liem, director, producer, and executive producer of the film, is professor emeritus of psychology and visiting scholar at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College.  His interests include the intergenerational transmission of historical trauma and the social and historical contexts of Asian American identity formation.  He is responsible for the oral history project Korean American Memories of the Korean War and served as project director for the multi-media exhibit “Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the Forgotten War”.
 

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TRUMP’S NUCLEAR DREAMS – OUR NUCLEAR NIGHTMARE
Preventing a nuclear war between the United States and North Korea may be the most pressing challenge facing the world right now.  Our childish, ignorant, and incompetent president is shoving all of us -- especially the people of Asia -- ever nearer to catastrophe. While North Korea probably hasn’t yet developed the missiles to deliver a nuclear warhead to the U.S. mainland, it certainly has the capacity to reach closer targets, including South Korea and Japan…  As it happens, there is one realm in which the Constitution, the legal system, and Congress make no difference, one realm where he can do exactly that. He, and he alone, has the power to order a nuclear strike. The more that what remains of law and custom can still prevent him from ruling by fiat elsewhere, the more likely he may be, as Senator Bob Corker has warned us, to put the world “on the path to World War III” and to the first use of such weapons since August 9, 1945.   More

The United States and North Korea Are Edging into Increasingly Dangerous Territory
But in Korea, where there is far more ambivalence about Trump’s policies, antiwar groups and unions—many of which backed President Moon Jae-in’s election campaign last spring—are planning major rallies to greet him. As a precursor to what’s to come, South Korean activists this week in the southern port of Pusan handed out leaflets reading “US Troops Go Home!” to US soldiers arriving for another round of military exercises with the South Korean military.  They have good reason to be concerned. Listening carefully to the Trump administration and the government of Kim Jong-un over the last week, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the two sides are trying to signal the limits of their policies—and their patience. Nobody is sure whether these statements are a precursor to the diplomacy long promised by Trump’s national-security team, or the opening salvos of what will be a bloody and destructive war if the situation explodes. More

Democrats push bill to stop a Trump pre-emptive strike on North Korea
The “No Unconstitutional Strike against North Korea” bill is the second legislative attempt to curtail Trump power to start a war unilaterally. Earlier this year, a bill was introduced to prohibit the president from ordering a nuclear first strike against a foreign adversary without a declaration of war by Congress, amid concerns over Trump’s belligerent language, erratic behaviour and frequent tweeted threats against other countries.  The new legislation prohibiting an attack on North Korea without congressional authority was launched by Democrats John Conyers in the House and Ed Markey in the Senate. It has two Republicans among the 61 backers in the House, but at present no formal Republican backing in the Senate…  “President Trump’s provocative and escalatory rhetoric, with threats to unleash ‘fire and fury’ and ‘totally destroy’ North Korea, cannot be allowed to turn into reality,” Senator Markey said. “As long as President Trump has a Twitter account, we must ensure that he cannot start a war or launch a nuclear first strike without the explicit authorization of Congress.”    More

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DEAR FRIEND OF JOBS NOT JAILS,

You have pushed the door wide open!  For years, we have organized together to make major criminal justice reforms possible, to change the political climate around mass incarceration, and this fall our efforts will bear fruit!  The only question now is, what and how much reform will happen?

As you read this, the Massachusetts Senate is poised to vote on complex legislation that addresses all our Jobs Not Jails priorities to some degree, as well as bail reform and other key steps. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives is developing its own package of legislation, preparing to vote before November 15. Now is our chance to weigh in!

1) Please call your State Senator and State Representative right now!  Tell them what you most want included in this landmark moment of reform. As you call your Representative, please consider this basic script, and the issues listed below.

“Please ask Representative ________ to talk to Speaker DeLeo about passing a criminal justice bill that ends Mandatory Minimum sentences for drug charges, and that has CORI Reform to reduce the number of years that employers can see CORI records so people can secure jobs.”  

If you also call your Senator, please ask them to back Senator Lesser's amendment to include Justice Reinvestment funding in the final bill. This would make sure that cost savings from reduced incarceration would be used to help formerly incarcerated people with addiction and employment.

2) Also, please join us for a Jobs Not Jails Lobby Day in honor of Jafet Robles on Wednesday, November 1 at 11:00 a.m. at the State House in Boston.  

Jafet Robles was a brilliant organizer with Neighbor to Neighbor, and a leading voice for Jobs Not Jails across Massachusetts. He died tragically on September 11, 2017, and we want to lift up this moment of opportunity, this moment of change that he worked so tirelessly to create, in his honor.

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Richard Rothstein will be discussing and signing his new book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, at these locations on November 6 and 7

November 6 at 6:30 p.m., Boston College, Corcoran Center for Real Estate and Urban Action; Murray Function Room, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
November 7 at Noon, Northeastern University, Cabral Center, John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, 40 Leon Street, Boston, MA, 02115.

In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein explodes the myth that America's cities came to be racially divided as the result of individual prejudices, personal choices to live in same-race neighborhoods, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law uncovers a forgotten history of how racially explicit policies of federal, state, and local governments created the patterns of residential segregation that persist to this day. The Color of Law concludes that because residential segregation was created by government action in violation of the constitution, we are obligated to remedy it.

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Come to the next monthly 
DORCHESTER STANDOUT FOR BLACK LIVES
Thursday, November 16, 5:30-6:30 PM 
(and the third Thursday of every month)
at Ashmont T station plaza.
(Standouts suspended for the Winter after this one)


Kelley writes:
The Standout for Black Lives Matters had a lower turnout this month but the rambunctiousness of our youngest members who started (and continued) a chant of Black Lives Matter more than made up for it. Once again besides members of DPP, we had representatives from Veterans for Peace, and local neighbors who had seen us in the preceding months and came down to join us. Honking from cars and trucks, extra roars from motorcycles, thumbs up from bikes and cars gave testament to the urgency of the myriad of concerns that our signs reflect: mass incarceration, education, health care, jobs not jails and more. As we packed up our things, we realized we were mostly in the dark. So next month will be our last. Please join us on November 16 at 5:30 at Ashmont and bring a friend to make it clear that Black Lives Matter.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Kelley, kelready@msn.com or Becky, beckyp44@verizon.net, or call Dorchester People for Peace 617-282-3783

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DPP COLLECTING PETITION SIGNATURES FOR BALLOT INITIATIVES

If you need petitions:
1.  There is a manila envelope on my porch at 8 Carruth St., Dorchester. (5 minute walk from Ashmont T Stop).  They are on an orange chair under a rock. Take the petitions you need  and an info sheet, and leave the rest for others.
OR
2.  Contact :  Lewis Finfer, Co-Director lewfinfer@gmail.com (617) 470-2912  cell    
Massachusetts Communities Action Network (MCAN),  www.mcan-pico.org 
You can drop completed petitions off at my house, at MCAN.  Or contact me for other drop off places.

INFORMATION ON THE PAID FAMILY LEAVE CAMPAIGN  here;
INFO ON THE $15 MINIMUM WAGE CAMPAIGN here

DPP also support the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) as they gather signatures for a ballot initiative to limit the number of patients assigned to each nurse. The MNA is spear-heading these efforts for safe levels of care for their patients. More info is at https://www.massnurses.org/news-and-events/p/openItem/10635

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WARS ABROAD, WARS AT HOME

A National Call for a Moral Revival and the New The Poor People's Campaign
The mass meeting at Boston’s historic Trinity Church on October 19…   signaled the kickoff of a modern civil rights movement and launch of a new Poor People’s Campaign. We were revitalizing what the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had started before his assassination.  In the 1960’s, Dr. King had surprised many by adding opposition to the Vietnam War to the civil rights campaign he was leading. The same linkage of struggle on behalf of the poor, with opposition to militarism, is now a logical path.  Reverends Liz Theoharis and William J. Barber II, leaders of the Poor People’s Campaign, took the stage at Trinity Church and both spoke with a prophetic fire. We must challenge systemic racism, poverty, voter suppression, environmental destruction, and militarism, they argued. Wars increase social upheaval and hurt the poor. Instead, invest in schools, affordable housing, job training, and healthcare for all.   More

Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr, a new civil rights leader takes center stage
The 54-year-old pastor from North Carolina is not just here to preach – this is the start of what he hopes will be a nationwide movement to complete the work that King could not. It is the first organised campaign of civil disobedience in the Donald Trump era. It’s aim? To bring about a “moral revival across the US”…  Barber – who co-chairs the campaign with the Rev Dr Liz Theoharis, a pastor from New York City – hopes to sign up 1,000 people in 25 states and DC for a season of civil disobedience in the spring of next year. Protesters will stage sit-ins at state capitols and in the US Congress under a “moral agenda” encompassing a host of issues, from LGBTQ and voting rights to immigration reform and access to healthcare. The campaign will not say yet how many people have signed up, but it has partnered with dozens of local groups across the country to avoid what Barber describes as “helicopter leadership”. “Liz and I are almost like a travelling course of theology and public activism, and then we turn it over to the anchor groups in each of the states,” he says.  It is perhaps the most ambitious civil rights campaign since the 60s, and will be underpinned by Barber’s work in North Carolina, where he served as president of the NAACP state chapter for more than a decade before resigning earlier in the year to take on this national role.    More


Republicans/Neocons Push for Massive Military Spending and Global Domination
Congress is working to spend more on bolstering military capabilities than it has in years, but that's not enough for neoconservative war hawks who see escalating global military might as central to protecting national interests, despite years of seemingly endless war.  The American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an influential neoconservative think tank with close ties to the architects of the invasion of Iraq and other Bush administration wartime policies, released a report last week calling for a sweeping expansion of the nation's global military footprint and budget increases at the Pentagon that would exceed congressional caps by $672 billion over the next five years.    More

Congress Just Voted to Destroy the Safety Net to Deliver Tax Cut to the Rich
The GOP-controlled House of Representatives on Thursday narrowly passed a Senate-approved budget resolution that moves Republicans one step closer to their ultimate goal of delivering massive tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans and imposing "grotesque" and "heartless" cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and other life-saving safety net programs…  Despite insistence from President Donald Trump and the GOP that their budget is pro-working class, analysis after analysis has shown that their proposals would in fact raise taxes on many middle class families while sending an enormous windfall—$1.5 trillion over the next decade—to the top one percent.  Meanwhile, notes Vox's Dylan Matthews, "the federal welfare state would be rolled back in just about every dimension."  "All non-Medicare health programs would see a cut of $1.3 trillion, or nearly 30 percent, by 2027," Matthews adds. "Medicare would be cut too, to the tune of $473 billion. There is $1 trillion over 10 years in mystery cuts to mandatory programs, cuts that would in practice almost certainly hurt programs for the poor."    More

In case you missed it. . .
“TAX REFORM” LIES: A Scorecard
Modern conservatives have been lying about taxes pretty much from the beginning of their movement. Made-up sob stories about family farms broken up to pay inheritance taxes, magical claims about self-financing tax cuts, and so on go all the way back to the 1970s. But the selling of tax cuts under Trump has taken things to a whole new level, both in terms of the brazenness of the lies and their sheer number. Both the depth and the breadth of the dishonesty make it hard even for those of us who do this for a living to keep track.    More

AFL-CIO 2017 Convention Resolution:
WAR IS NOT THE ANSWER
[…]WHEREAS, it is vital that the workers and our unions promote a foreign policy independent of the political interests and foreign policy of Wall Street and corporate America;  THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the AFL-CIO promotes and advocates for a foreign policy based on international solidarity of all workers, mutual respect of all nations and national sovereignty, and calls upon the president and Congress to make war truly the last resort in our country’s foreign relations, and that we seek peace and reconciliation wherever possible; and 
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the AFL-CIO calls upon the president and Congress to bring the war dollars home and make our priority as a nation rebuilding this country’s crumbling infrastructure, creating millions of living wage jobs and addressing human needs such as education, health care, housing, retirement security and jobs. . .    More

Disaster Capitalists Take Big Step Toward Privatizing Puerto Rico’s Electric Grid
The federally appointed control board announced that it intends to put the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or Prepa — the island’s sole, beleaguered power utility — under the direction of an emergency manager.  Months before either hurricanes Maria or Irma struck, the board had been enthusiastic about the prospect of privatizing Prepa, which is $9 billion in debt. Oversight board chair José B. Carrión III was explicit about one of Zamot’s main goals shortly after he was brought on: to “privatize the Electric Power Authority as soon as possible,” as he told the Puerto Rican newspaper Metro at the end of August.   In June, four of his seven colleagues on that control board wrote a Wall Street Journal op-ed calling openly to privatize Prepa, and in July they contracted with the consultancy firm McKinsey to — among other things — draw up “detailed privatization/corporatization plans supported by financial models and market engagement.”    More

In Victory for Standing Rock Sioux, Court Finds That Dakota Access Pipeline Violated Law
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a significant victory today in its fight to protect the Tribe’s drinking water and ancestral lands from the Dakota Access pipeline.  A federal judge ruled that the federal permits authorizing the pipeline to cross the Missouri River just upstream of the Standing Rock reservation, which were hastily issued by the Trump administration just days after the inauguration, violated the law in certain critical respects.  In a 91-page decision, Judge James Boasberg wrote, “the Court agrees that [the Corps] did not adequately consider the impacts of an oil spill on fishing rights, hunting rights, or environmental justice, or the degree to which the pipeline’s effects are likely to be highly controversial.”    More

THE FAMILY THAT BUILT AN OPIOID EMPIRE OF PAIN
In the past, doctors had been reluctant to prescribe strong opioids—as synthetic drugs derived from opium are known—except for acute cancer pain and end-of-life palliative care, because of a long-standing, and well-founded, fear about the addictive properties of these drugs…  Purdue launched OxyContin with a marketing campaign that attempted to counter this attitude and change the prescribing habits of doctors. The company funded research and paid doctors to make the case that concerns about opioid addiction were overblown, and that OxyContin could safely treat an ever-wider range of maladies. Sales representatives marketed OxyContin as a product “to start with and to stay with.”  … Since 1999, two hundred thousand Americans have died from overdoses related to OxyContin and other prescription opioids. Many addicts, finding prescription painkillers too expensive or too difficult to obtain, have turned to heroin. According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, four out of five people who try heroin today started with prescription painkillers.    More

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NEW WARS / OLD WARS – What Could Possibly Go Wrong

http://org.salsalabs.com/o/161/c/3952/images/YemenDestruction.jpgSTEPHEN KINZER:
How to End the Endless War
The upcoming vote — if House leaders let it happen — will be about far more than Yemen. It is a test of whether Congress will continue allowing presidents to make decisions that push the United States into war, or whether it will awaken from its constitutional coma and assert its own right to do so. More than 200 years ago, when President Thomas Jefferson asked for authorization to send warships to fight pirates in North Africa, he said presidents are “unauthorized by the Constitution, without the sanction of Congress, to go beyond the line of defense.” Does that principle still apply, or does today’s rapidly changing “threat matrix” mean that Congress should stay out of the business of war? This question lies behind the upcoming congressional vote on Yemen.    More

H.Con.Res.81 – “Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to remove United States Armed Forces from unauthorized hostilities in the Republic of Yemen” with 38 cosponsors, including McGovern, Capuano and Clarke from Massachusetts.

WHY WERE US SOLDIERS EVEN IN NIGER?
President Trump’s inexplicable fight with the widow of a Green Beret who was killed in Niger has sparked a political firestorm that shows no signs of dying down. It’s also brought new attention to a little-known aspect of Washington’s ongoing war on terror: The Pentagon is rapidly expanding its presence in Africa and is now engaged in military operations — including active combat — in more than half a dozen African countries…  The missions rely on a broad array of legal authorities but have one particularly important thing in common: They have never been specifically authorized by Congress, let alone discussed and debated by the American public.   More

Senators Stunned to Discover We Have 1,000 Troops in Niger
The death of four U.S. Special Operations Forces troops in Niger has generated a raucous conversation about how presidents should comfort bereft Gold Star families.  But, quietly, it’s fueling a more difficult debate than whether a phone call or a letter suffices in the aftermath of tragedy; mainly, why were U.S. troops in the country in the first place, and does Congress need to exert more authority when it comes such deployments?  Many lawmakers assiduously duck these questions. But on the Sunday shows, several were forced to address them in the aftermath of four soldiers dying under still-mysterious circumstances near the small town of Tongo Tongo. In the process, two powerful Senators tacitly admitted that they hadn’t even known the extent of U.S. involvement in Niger in the first place.    More

Ukraine Expects Trump to Approve Arms Deliveries
Multiple current and former officials and congressional aides tell FP that the president is deciding on the dispatch of lethal aid for Ukraine, which is mired in a three-year conflict with Russian-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country. Sources say the defensive arms could include sniper rifles, counter-artillery radar, air defense hardware, and possibly even Javelin antitank missiles.  If the United States were to finally send arms to Ukraine, it would mark a significant shift in U.S. policy — and a dramatic departure from Trump’s campaign rhetoric. Ahead of the Republican National Convention in July 2016, the Trump team worked to make sure the platform would not include a call to arm Ukraine.   More

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ISRAEL, PALESTINE, GAZA. . . and the US

GROUPS SLAM US STATES' CRACKDOWN ON ISRAEL BOYCOTTS
Rights groups and Palestine advocacy organisations have blasted a Maryland executive order that bars state contracts for firms that boycott Israel as part of a "legislative assault" that targets the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.  On Monday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed the executive order (pdf), which
accuses firms that boycott Israel of posing "undue risks as contracting partners".  Surrounded by leaders of pro-Israel groups and Jewish organisations, Hogan addressed a press conference after signing the order.  "There is no place in our state for boycotts and threats," he said, as reported by the Baltimore Sun…  Brian Hauss, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), described the governor's order as "part of a legislative assault we've seen over the past few years on the right to boycott", citing a string of legal measures in states across the US.    More

Kansas Won’t Let Me Train Math Teachers Because I Boycott Israel
I’m a member of the Mennonite Church. I’ve also been a math teacher for almost a decade. Because of my political views, the state of Kansas has decided that I can’t help it train other math teachers…   I got an email from an official at the Kansas State Department of Education. She said that, in order to participate in the state’s math training program, I would need to sign a certification stating that I don’t boycott Israel. Specifically, I would have to sign below the following statement:  “As an Individual or Contractor entering into a contract with the State of Kansas, it is hereby certified that the Individual or Company listed below is not currently engaged in a boycott of Israel.”  I was stunned. It seems preposterous that my decision to participate in a political boycott should have any effect on my ability to work for the state of Kansas.  After waiting for several weeks and considering my options, I emailed back and told the official I could not sign the certificate as a matter of conscience.  Could I still participate in the state’s training program? She responded that, unfortunately, I could not. I needed to sign the certification in order to get paid.    More

State anti-BDS laws are hitting unintended targets and nobody's happy
On May 2, Israel’s Independence Day, Texas state Rep. Phil King stood smiling as Gov. Greg Abbott signed King’s bill banning the state from doing business with boycotters of Israel. “Anti-Israel policies are anti-Texas policies, and we will not tolerate such actions against an important ally,” Abbott said of the bill that overwhelmingly passed the Legislature.  Less than six months later, King had to explain why his signature pro-Israel policy was not an anti-Texas policy.  City officials in Dickinson, a suburb of Houston hard hit by Hurricane Harvey, required any applicant for relief grants to verify that he or she “(1) does not boycott Israel; and (2) will not boycott Israel during the term of this Agreement.” The American Civil Liberties Union took notice and loudly objected. Observers noted the queasy-making optics of a pro-Israel policy standing in the way of hurricane relief…  A federal law prohibiting compliance with or support of a boycott of Israel is facing stumbling blocks.  Opponents of the laws say the Dickinson case, and one in Kansas, where a teacher trainer who supports a boycott of Israel is refusing to sign a state contract that includes an anti-boycott clause, prove their point.    More

IT’S NOT OVER. . . ACT NOW!
IN MASSACHUSETTS and IN WASHINGTON,
Defend the Right to Boycott for Justice in Israel-Palestine!
The Right to Boycott for Justice in Israel-Palestine is under attack in Massachusetts and in the US Congress.  We have to redouble our efforts!  You can use this link to email the members of the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight which has to act on the anti-boycott bill for it to advance.  Meanwhile, in Washington, a series of bills are also targeting the right to boycott. The latest is the “Anti-Israel Boycott Act” introduced last Spring.  The House version (H.R.1697) has 249 co-sponsors (185 Republicans and 64 Democrats – including Massachusetts Reps. Kennedy and Neal) while the Senate version (S.720) has 46 co-sponsors (32 Republicans and 14 Democrats).  Read the ACLU response to these attacks on free speech here   Please contact your member of Congress – and especially co-sponsors Kennedy (202-225-5931) and Neal (202-225-5601) – to tell them that Boycott is protected free speech and a tool for peaceful protest!

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OTHER EVENTS

Friday, October 27:  Fundraiser for MAI TAM House of Hope, 8-10 PM, PHO PASTEUR RESTAURANT AT 1462 HANCOCK ST QUINCY, MA, just beyond Quincy Center.    The Mai Tam House of Hope is an Orphanage/Center, in Saigon-HCMC  The Fund Raiser will be from; a light meal will be served and we will honor the Mai Tam Founder John Toai, M.I. See full announcement below.   http://www.phopasteurquincy.com./  Tel: 1 617 770 3300

Saturday, October 28:  Cambridge Area Stronger Together (CAST) presents Medicare for ALL!
Film – Discussion – Action, 1:30 – 4:00 pm, Cambridge Public Library (Main Branch, 449 Broadway, Lecture Hall – level L2, underground parking available).  Free and Open to All!  The Film: Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point   2:00-3:00;  The Panel: Discussion and Q and A  3:00-4:00.  Dr. Marcia Angell, Dr. Rachel Nardin, Dr. Umbereen Nehal

Sunday, October 29: Connecting with the Enemy: a Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence
@ 1:15 pm - 3:00 pm, Cambridge Friends Meeting5 Longfellow Park, Cambridge, + Google MapSheila Katz, author of Connecting with the Enemy: a Century of Palestinian-Israeli Joint Nonviolence will speak at Friends Meeting at Cambridge on October 29, Sunday, 1:15. Her groundbreaking research about efforts to build a just peace in Palestine-Israel by Israeli and Palestinian groups working nonviolently together inspires hope.  Her website: www.sheilahannahkatz.com/about

Sunday, October 29: Celebrating 60 Years of Peace Activism, 3pm, Christ Church Cambridge in Cambridge. To make MAPA and its work more effective and its message of disarmament, diplomacy, justice and peace better known, we have launched a drive to raise $60,000 for the MAPA Education Fund.Emcee Jimmy Tingle, Folksingers Kate Seeger and Kim Wallach, and Dean Spencer, The Foundation Movement.  Speakers: Rep. Jim McGovern, Brian Corr, Jordan Berg-Powers, Angela Kelly, Brenton Stoddart, and Mike Van Elzakker.  Hors d’oeuvres and Wine.  Details here.

Wednesday, November 1: Trita Parsi: FUTURE OF THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL, @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Suffolk University Law School – Sargent Commons, 120 Tremont St - 5th Floor Boston, MA 02108 United States + Google Map
$10.  Join Massachusetts Peace Action to hear Trita Parsi speak on the future of the Iran Nuclear Deal at Tufts University at 2:30, and at Suffolk Univesity at 5:30. Through the Iran Deal, the international community blocked all of Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapon and they did so without any violence. This agreement has been praised across the globe. Trita Parsi will speak about his new book Losing an Enemy - Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy regarding the…  Find out more »

Saturday, November 4: Presidential First Use of Nuclear Weapons - Is it Legal? Is it Constitutional? Is it Just?  9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Harvard University, Science Center C, Cambridge.  Nuclear weapons strategy in the United States is designed around “presidential first use,” an arrangement that enables one man, the president, to kill and maim many millions of people in a single afternoon.  Is this arrangement just? Is it legal? Is it constitutional? Since the start of the atomic age, how many times have presidents come close to launching a nuclear weapon? What responsibilities does a president have – while in office or once out of office – to inform his own citizenry and the world citizenry of any such contemplated actions? Does Congress, the press, or the citizenry have any record of asking the president to report on his record of contemplated launches?  Free Registration

Saturday, November 11: BALFOUR’S LEGACY: Confronting the Consequences, 8am-6pm, First Parish Church, Harvard Sq, Cambridge. This conference marks the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, which committed Britain to the establishment of a ‘national home for the Jewish people’ in Palestine without consulting the indigenous
population. It will explore the consequences of this British commitment, and what lies ahead.

Wednesday, November 15:  Bruce Cumings: The Sources of North Korean Conduct,  @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm, Boston College, Devlin 108 Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 United States + Google Map.  Bruce Cumings's research and teaching focus on modern Korean history, twentieth-century international history, US–East Asian relations, East Asian political economy,and American foreign relations. His first book, The Origins of the Korean War, won the John King Fairbank Book Award of the American Historical Association, and the second volume of this study won the Quincy Wright Book Award of the International Studies Association.  Dominion From Sea to Sea: Pacific Ascendancy and American Power and The Korean War: A History are his most recent books.  …Find out more »