Rising Up for a Livable Future Against Endless War, Climate Emergency, and Injustice
Join ORMA, Peace Action, and a number of our allies for a major strategic planning conference Saturday, November 9, 2019, 9am – 5pm – Washburn Auditorium, Brattle Campus, 10 Phillips Place, Cambridge, MA
Wherever we look these days we see wars and rumors of wars. We see the military budget rising into the stratosphere and the growing danger of nuclear war as our country undermines arms control agreements and plans a $1.7 trillion upgrade of our nuclear weapons.
But what do war, war spending, and useable nuclear weapons have to do with the flourishing climate movement, growing protection of the rights of immigrants and refugees, relentless affordable housing advocacy, and the antiracism movement? The answer is, “Everything”.
For the heart of the matter is that, the ultimate purpose of wars and militarism is not to protect the country. Rather, it is to enforce a way of life based on climate destruction and the vast social inequality and xenophobia that lie at the root of the serious issues that we face. Many of the crises we face can only be addressed through international collaboration. War and the threat of war make such cooperation among nations impossible.
It’s long past time to put Militarism back into Martin Luther King’s “giant Triplets of Racism, Materialism and Militarism” that must be conquered if we are to effectively wage the struggle for the beloved community of which he dreamed. It’s time to implement his insistence that the fight against Militarism is an essential component in our movement for social justice, liberation from racism and the very survival of our planet.
Registration: General admission $35 in advance, $40 at door; member of sponsoring organization $25 in advance, $30 at door; student/ low income $10 in advance/$15 at door; supporter $75, will be thanked in materials and at conference. All registration types include lunch and morning coffee. Register at rising-up.bpt.me, or mail check to Massachusetts Peace Action Education Fund, 11 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138; write “Rising Up” on memo line.
Sponsored by: Massachusetts Peace Action; Our Revolution Massachusetts; American Friends Service Committee; Campaign for Peace, Disarmament, and Common Security, Greater Boston Physicians for Responsibility, Extinction Rebellion Massachusetts
Workshops: The conference will offer morning and afternoon workshops covering a broad range of issues. Topics will include: The Politics of the Green New Deal, Immigration, Latin America, A Moral Budget for Massachusetts, Housing Rights, The Promise and Cherish Acts, Divestment and the Raytheon AntiWar Campaign, Middle East Wars, Palestine/Israel, Reducing the Risk of Nuclear War, Great Power Competition, Racism and War, How to be an Anti-Racist, Peace and the 2020 Election, Threat to Democracy, Movement Building Messaging, and more!