peace & nonviolence

This past Wednesday marked the first anniversary of the peace walks at Harvard University, part of the Inter-University Coalition that also includes Boston College, Boston University and Suffolk University. The walk was very well attended, with a single file line of about 50 people snaking its way in silence around Harvard Yard carrying signs honoring the civilians and soldiers that have fallen in Iraq. I got to speak with a few of walkers afterward, including a woman whose advisor at the University of California, Berkeley was George Lakoff, a man who sold lighting equipment to Jimmy Tingle and a young man who spoke before the walk about the breakdown of language itself in times of national crisis and ideological polarization. The walks will continue over the summer, so I'll join them as often as I can. It's an easy 2-stop hop on the Red Line during lunch hour from my work to Harvard. read more »

On Wednesday I joined the Suffolk University Peace Walk for their last walk of the term. (Walks will resume in September.) This group is the sister group of the Harvard Peace Walk group that I joined two weeks ago for a walk around the Harvard University campus. Both are part of the Inter-university Coalition, which includes Boston College and Boston University as well.

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Contact with the Inter-University Coalition, a organization that spans Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University and Suffolk University has yielded some great new contacts and friends of propeace.net. I hope to participate in some of the weekly peace walks and vigils organized by the coalition over the next few weeks.

Check out AntiWarBoston.org, a great interactive site similar to this one with lots of news links, blogs and commentary. Register on the site and drop them a line. Let them know the value of their efforts.

I've just learned from a good friend of an Inter-University Coalition that includes Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University and Suffolk University. The coalition carries out peace demonstrations such as peace walks and vigils every Wednesday at noon. If you are in Boston, Cambridge or Newton on Wednesdays and would like to participate, see the Inter-University Coalition web site at www.interuniversitycoalition.org.

Today is the day to contact your senators about ending the occupation in Iraq. The President's request for increased funding will be debated and voted on next week. Please let your senators know that you oppose such funding, and that in the event that funding is approved, you would like to see language in the bill to the effect that the US has no imperialistic intent on Iraq and that we intend to withdraw all military forces and bases. You can contact your senators most easily by going to http://capwiz.com/fconl/home/.

I heard back from Carlene Clements of Planning for Peace, a group in Groton, MA. Here is what she had to say about this past weekend's activities:

I got feedback from Judith on the rally at Fall River, MA. It was well attended and received front page coverage in the Fall River Herald. Read Judith's note and the Herald article here.

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Fall River, MA USA

Rally to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War. The main speaker will be Scott Schaeffer-Duffy of the Stes. Francis and Theresa Catholic Worker House in Worcester MA, recently arrested by the Secret Service in Washington DC as he knelt in prayer for the victims of Darfur in front of the Sudanese Embassy. He has been a member of peacekeeping teams to Iraq, Darfur,Palestine/Israel, Central America and Bosnia, and will give a slide presentation of scenes from various war zones. read more »

Bridgewater, MA USA

A standout to protest the Iraq war, and a call to bring our troops home; signs displaying the human and financial costs to date

Location:
Bridgewater, MA Town Common Central Square Bridgewater MA 02324

Contact:
F Jeffries
fjeffries@bridgew.edu
508-697-1029 read more »

Amherst, MA USA

On Sunday, March 20th, there will be a "Peace Jam" on the Amherst Commons. This event, organized by Get Up Get Down of the Youth Action Coalition along with SAGE, will be in solidarity with local vigils, rallies, and demonstrations throughout the Pioneer Valley to protest the war in Iraq. Trivia games, activist speakers, counter-recruitment tables, and empowering music and poetry from Pioneer Valley artists will be featured. Activities will begin at 4, and people of all ages are welcome. For more information on this event or the organizing groups, please contact Casey Shanahan at cshanahan@tmo.blackberry.net

Location:
Amherst Town Common 1 Main Street Amherst MA 01002

Contact:
Casey Shanahan
cshanahan@tmo.blackberry.net read more »

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