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Mar
14

Deep state & MSM hysteria

Tag: Media

Mar
13

Peace and Democracy Conference Planned for August

Tag: Peace and War

World Beyond War and our allies are planning an incredible Peace and Democracy Conference for this August 2-6 in Minneapolis, Minn.

Even better, this will be one of ten overlapping and integrated conferences aimed at building a unified movement for change.

Check out the planning, get involved, and register with an earlybird discount to attend at https://www.DemocracyConvention.org

Send us ideas for the Peace and Democracy Conference. An initial outline of what we’re planning is below (subject to change, including based on your input).There will be time in this schedule to participate in the other nine conferences, and some of these events will be co-sponsored by two conferences. We are lining up the best speakers and workshop leaders on the following topics. Please let us know speakers and topics you think we should include.

Aug 2 evening: Peace Media.Aug 2 evening: Peace Education.Aug 3 morning: Peace Culture. Outgrowing nationalism, materialism, machismo, and exceptionalism.Aug 3 morning: The Case for War Abolition. Why we can and must end our greatest crime.Aug 3 afternoon: Peacenvironmentalism. One movement, indivisible.Aug 3 afternoon: Overcoming Racism and Militarism.Aug 3 evening: Military Spending Does Even More Damage Than Militaries.Aug 3 evening: Hole in the Ground, dramatic reading.Aug 3 evening, off-site: Flyering re Frank Kellogg on Kellogg Blvd.Aug 4 morning: Divestment from Weapons Dealers.Aug 4 morning: Replacing War Systems with Peace Systems.Aug 4 afternoon: Local Resistance to Militarized Police, Military Recruiters.Aug 4 afternoon: Building Local Power for Peace.Aug 4 evening: Building Alliances Across Borders.Aug 4 evening: Nonviolence Training.Aug 5 morning: Acting Through Local Governments.Aug 5 afternoon: Ending the Nuclear Nightmare.Aug 5 evening: Opposing the Latest Wars and Those to Come.Aug 5 tea ceremony.Aug 6 early morning Hiroshima event.Aug 6 morning: Lobbying Officials Who’ve Been Paid Not to Listen.Aug 6 morning: Law vs War.Aug 6 afternoon: What If the People Could Choose Peace?Aug 6 afternoon: Global Governance Beyond Nations.Aug 6 evening: Peace Honors, Celebrations, Holidays, and What the Nobel Peace Prize Was Supposed to Be.

Check out the planning, get involved, and register with an earlybird discount to attend at https://wwwDemocracyConvention.org

Mar
13

War Abolition 101: How We Create a Peaceful World

Tag: Peace and War

Register for Online Course: How to Get to a World Beyond War

Sign up here.

How can we make the best argument for shifting from war to peace? How can we become more effective advocates and activists for ending particular wars, ending all wars, pursuing disarmament, and creating systems that maintain peace? Here’s a chance to learn from World Beyond War experts as part of a study group and to do so at your own schedule.

The course will be taught April 10 to June 5, 2017. Prior to the start date, you will be sent a link to a new website and means to access the course. Each week, an instructor will provide text and video, and interact with participants in a chat room. Each week, an instructor will assign an optional written assignment, and will return the assignment to the student with detailed feedback. Submissions and feedback can be shared with everyone taking the course or kept private between a student and the instructor, at the student’s choice.

The cost of the course is the same for someone completing all, some, or none of the assignments.

A certificate will be provided to those who complete all assignments.

Sign up here.

Course Outline and Instructors:

April 10 War can be ended — David Swanson

April 17 War is immoral — Bob Fantina

April 24 War destroys freedom — Barry Sweeney

May 1 War destroys nature — Leah Bolger

May 8 War endangers — Mary Dean

May 15 War impoverishes and wastes — Brian Terrell

May 22 There are alternatives to war / What is an Alternative Global Security System? — Tony Jenkins

May 29 War Will Not Go Away Unless We Make It / How to organize for Peace & Justice — David Swanson and Mary Dean

Sign up here.

Mar
13

Vermont Event: Building A World Beyond War: What Will It Take?

Tag: Peace and War

Building A World Beyond War: What Will It Take?Sponsored by Vermont Stands for a World Beyond War CoalitionFunded by a Mercy Peace Initiative GrantSpeakers will include: David Swanson, Pat HynesClick here to register.Saturday, April 22, 20179 AM to 4 PMWinooski School District60 Normand StreetWinooski, VT 05404

Mar
13

Cambridge event: U.S. Never-Ending War in the Time of Trump and How to Stop It

Tag: Peace and War
When: Thursday, April 13, 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Where: Friends Meeting House • 5 Longfellow Park • Cambridge, MA 02138

Presentation by David Swanson followed by discussion and book signing.

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. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

(Suggested donation $5.00)

Sponsor:  United for Justice with Peace

info@justicewithpeace.org    justicewithpeace.org

Mar
13

Let's De-Weaponize Space and Earth

Tag: Peace and War

An important conference and protest are being planned for Huntsville, Alabama, April 7-9.

The events are called "Pivot Toward War: U.S. Missile Defense and the Weaponization of Space," and are the work of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.World Beyond War is helping to sponsor the conference. At least four of our coordinating committee members plan to be there, and our director will be MCing one of the plenaries. We'll have a table of materials there.

To learn more, go to:http://space4peace.org/actions/gnconf_2017.htm

To register, download the flyer that's on that page.

If you decide to attend and are willing to help World Beyond War with our table, please reply to this email. Thanks!

Mar
13

Remembering Past Wars . . . and Preventing the Next

Tag: Peace and War

An event to mark 100 years since the United States entered World War I, and 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous speech against war. A new movement to end all war is growing.

April 4, 2017, 6-8 p.m. Busboys and Poets, 5th and K Streets NW, Washington, D.C.

Speakers:Michael Kazin, professor of history at Georgetown University, author of War Against War: The American Fight for Peace 1914-1918.

Eugene Puryear, journalist, activist, radio host, and author of Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America.

Medea Benjamin, cofounder of CODEPINK, author of books including Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection.

David Swanson, director of World Beyond War, author of books including War Is A Lie and When the World Outlawed War.

Maria Santelli, executive director of Center on Conscience and War, founding director of the New Mexico GI Rights Hotline.

Jarrod Grammel, conscientious objector.

Nolan Fontaine, conscientious objector.

Reiner Braun, peace activist based in Germany, co-president International Peace Bureau, Executive Director of the Germany office of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms.

Sponsored by World Beyond War, and Center on Conscience and War, with thanks to Busboys and Poets.

Facebook event sign up.

Flyer PDF.

Website: http://worldbeyondwar.org/100DC

Mar
13

Charlottesville to vote on resolution urging Congress to fund human and environmental needs, not more militarism

Tag: Peace and War, Public Budgets

On Monday, March 20, 2017, please attend the 7 p.m. Charlottesville City Council Meeting (at City Hall, 605 E. Main Street, on the Downtown Mall near the pavillion). On the agenda is a vote on a resolution to urge Congress to fund human and environmental needs, not more militarism. If you'd like to speak for 3 minutes in support of this resolution, sign up here: http://bit.ly/cvillespeechTo let all City Council Members know you support the resolution, email council@charlottesville.orgBring your voices to be heard.Bring your signs to be seen.Bring your hands to clap.Join us to speak.Join us to listen.And, join us to celebrate.Endorsed by Charlottesville Veterans For Peace, Charlottesville Amnesty International, World Beyond War, Just World Books, Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, the Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club, Candidate for Commonwealth's Attorney Jeff Fogel, Charlottesville Democratic Socialists of America, Indivisible Charlottesville, heARTful Action, Together Cville.Ask more organizations of all kinds to endorse by emailing david [AT] davidswanson.org.

Mar
12

Upcoming Event in Cambridge, Mass.

Tag: About David Swanson

U.S. Never-Ending War in the Time of Trump and How to Stop It

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. He blogs at DavidSwanson.org and WarIsACrime.org. He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015, 2016, 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.

Presentation by David Swanson followed by discussion and book signing.

Thursday, April 13, 7:00 PM

Friends Meeting at Cambridge

5 Longfellow Park

Cambridge, MA 02138

(Suggested donation $5.00)

Sponsor:  United for Justice with Peace

info@justicewithpeace.org    justicewithpeace.org

Mar
07

Is Advocating Humane Policies Inhumane?

Tag: Culture and Society

Until I remember that I, too, am a human being, I have been with increasing frequency drawn to the conclusion that human beings have evolved with such an obsession with other individual humans that they simply cannot attribute proper importance to far-reaching policies.

If you want to excite a crowd, you don't tell them that virtually every official in Washington is in complete and harmonious agreement on massive military spending, more nuclear weapons, occupying Afghanistan, bombing Iraqis, bombing Syrians, bombing the hell out of Yemenis, and drone murdering at will. That's about as interesting as subsidizing fossil fuels and rendering the earth uninhabitable. Who cares!

If you want some sign of life out of an audience, you tell them that a particular politician is an idiot or a clown or a racist or a sadist or a misunderstood saint. Now, that has value.  That has meaning.

Virtually every U.S. citizen, as far as I can tell, would choose a republic over a democracy, a dictatorship over a republic, and a dictator who gives intelligent humanitarian speeches while enacting horribly destructive policies over a dictator who sounds like a jerk or a moron while enacting less destructive policies.

Sure, we may be headed right for the iceberg, but the Captain sure is witty!

In fact, the actual captain of the Titanic is still remembered for his personality more than his captaining. Woodrow Wilson is in our history books for things he said, while what he did gets very little mention. Barack Obama will be written up as a president who spoke against nuclear madness, even though (1) he didn't, and (2) he worked to create more nukes, including smaller, more "usable" nukes.

The corrosive impact of personality may be more lasting than many imagine. I supposed that there would be at least three upsides to a president Trump: no TPP, less hostility toward Russia, and the return to activism of those who opposed wars as long as Bush was president. Not only have the Democrats pushed Trump into hosility toward the demonized Vladimir Putin, but the return of the anti-Republican-war activists is beginning to look over-anticipated.

Where are they? Have they learned to accept all the ongoing permanent wars? Are they waiting for a new war to oppose?

I'll tell you where they are. They're lurking just around the corner. Announce a comedy performance mocking the stupidity of Donald Trump and his Russian lover, and they'll come running. They'll arrive in droves.

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