WAMM Peace Calendar April 16 - May 28|
From: Women Against Military Madness (wammmtn.org)
Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:05:54 -0700 (PDT)
photo credit Tom Bottolene

WAMM's 8th Annual [1]Walk Against Weapons is May 30th!

This year we say, "No military society!"

WAMM EVENTS

1. WAMM Friday Vigil for Free Palestine  4/17

2. WAMM Book Club: All the Shah's Men/It Runs in the Family  4/18

3. Earth Day at WAMM Weekly Vigil for Peace  4/22

4. Live from France: A Skype discussion with Diana Johnstone  4/25

5. My Lai Massacre: A Half-Told Story  4/26

6. Fly Kites, Not Drones!  5/3 and 5/23

7. Islamophobia: a presentation by Sami Rasouli 5/7

8. 2nd Monday Movies at WAMM:  " Legalize Democracy"   5/11

9. WAMM 8th Annual Walk Against Weapons 5/30

[2]Download your Sponsor Sheet Now[3]!

10. Tackling Torture at the Top Video Contest Ends June 1st!

COALITION EVENTS

11.  US Meddling Escalates: Venezuela, a New Crisis? 4/18

12.  Boycott, Divestment, Sanction Forum #Boycott Coke  4/19

13.  Challenges for the Anti-War Movement:The Islamic State & U.S.
Intervention 4/24

14.  Combating Trafficking / Rescuing Child Victims in the Philippines
4/26

15.  Immigrant/Workers Rights March  5/1

ALSO OF INTEREST / Looking Ahead

16.  Wisconsin Rising - Free Documentary Screening 4/18

17.  Women Creating Art for Peace and Gender Justice 4/22-29

18.  A National Antiwar & Social Justice Conference:  Stop the Wars at Home
& Abroad!  5/8

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The Peace Community is sad to lose our longtime friend

[4]Jim Knutson

A memorial celebration will be held

Saturday, April 18th, 5:00 pm

Walker Community Church

31st Street and 16th Avenue S, Minneapolis

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WAMM EVENTS

1. WAMM Friday Vigil for Free Palestine.

Friday, April 17, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.  Intersection of Snelling & Summit,

St. Paul.  Join us to say No to US aid to Israel, Let Gaza Live, End the
Siege, End the Violence.  Sponsored by the [5]WAMM Middle East Committee.
FFI: Call 612-827-5364

2. WAMM Book Club

Saturday, April 18,10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Afro Deli, 1939 S 5th Street,
Minneapolis. The WAMM Book Club meets every third Saturday of the month.
The Book Club is reading All the Shah's Men, by Stephen Kinzer. Check out
MayDay Books for your own copy.  We'll read Frida Berrigan's It Runs in the
Family for our May 16th discussion. Sponsored by: The WAMM Book Club. FFI:
Call 612-827-5364

3. Earth Day at WAMM Weekly Vigil for Peace

Wednesday, April 22, Lake St/Marshall Ave Peace Bridge over Mississippi,
5:00 - 6:00 pm. Depleted uranium, killing machines polluting our skies,
wars for oil, what's our military doing to this small planet?  Sponsored by
Women Against Military Madness and Twin Cities Peace Campaign.  FFI:
612-275-2720 or 612-827-5364.

4. Live from France with journalist Diana Johnstone:

“Using Smart Power to Drum Up War in Ukraine & The Middle East”

Saturday, April 25th,10:00 a.m., Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900
Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis. Croissants and café au lait will be
served at 9:30, prior to the talk. Discussion followed by Q&A via Skype.
Johnstone’s many articles, including the recent “[6]France Under the
Influence: The ambiguity of Charlie Hebdo,” have been featured in numerous
international magazines and on news sites. Her new book, Queen of Chaos:
the Misadventures of Hillary Clinton, will be published by CounterPunch in
2015. She is a member of the Minneapolis-based organization, WAMM. The
event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by The Middle East
Committee of WAMM. FFI: 612-827-5364

5. My Lai Massacre: A Half-Told Story

Sunday, April 26, Noon to 2:00pm.  WAMM, 4200 Cedar Av S, Mpls. Dong Nguyen
is a Humphrey Fellow at U of M Law School and founder and Vice-Chair of the
non-governmental organization, Charity Fund for the Elderly in Hanoi,
Vietnam.

The My Lai Massacre is the most shocking war-crime episode of the Vietnam
War.   It showed the ruthlessness and brutality of American soldiers at the
time, acting on incorrect information and displaying the low morale.  The
presentation will also point out why the case was hidden for a year, the
reactions from media and public outreach before and after the disclosure,
the real stories of the U.S soldiers who were charged with criminal
offenses, and the actions to heal the pain.  Sponsored by WAMM [7]Tackling
Torture at the Top Committee , endorsed by Vets for Peace.  FFI:
612-827-5364 [4200 Cedar is a Coke-free zone. #BoycottCoke.]

6. Fly Kites, Not Drones!

Sunday, May 3rd at MayDay Festival, Powderhorn Park AND Saturday, May 23
(rain day May 24), 1:00-3:00p  at Lake Calhoun near concessions & boat
launch.  Bring the kids, decorate and fly your own kites, have fun and
remind people no skies should be filled with killer drones. Sponsored by
WAMM [8]Ground All Drones Committee.  FFI: 612-827-5364 and [9]website.

7. Islamophobia:  A Presentation by Sami Rasouli

Thursday, May 7th, 7 pm.  Macalester Plymouth United Church, 1658 Lincoln
Av, St. Paul.  Sami Rasouli is an Iraqi-American who grew up in Iraq and
Lived in MN as an adult until 2004. For the past 11 years, Sami has worked
with the Muslim Peacemaker Teams (MPT), a group dedicated to the principles
of nonviolence.  Sami will speak about the history of Islam, what it means
to be Muslim, sectarianism i the Middle East, recent origins of
Islamophobia both in the US and around the world and whether it makes US
military involement more likely in the Middle East.  Q&A to follow.
Sponsored by [10]End War Committee of WAMM and Macalester Plymouth United
Church Peacemakers.  FFI:  612-275-2720, 612-827-5364 or 651-633-2743.

8. Second Monday Movies - Legalize Democracy, a National Grassroots
Movement from Move to Amend

Monday, May 11, 7:00 p.m. On the BIG SCREEN at 4200 Cedar Ave. So., Mpls.
Lively discussion.  Open and free to the public. The prison system along
with the education system and the healthcare system are three things among
many others that should never have a profit motive attached. The democratic
self-government experiment that started in the United States over 200 years
ago has gotten completely corrupted. It’s time for the people to take our
democracy back. Representativecs from St. Paul Move to Amend will join us.
Sponsored by [11]WAMM[12] Movie Committee.  FFI: 612-827-5364 [4200 Cedar
is a Coke-free zone. #BoycottCoke.]

9. WAMM 8th Annual Walk Against Weapons - Stop Militarizing US Society!
Saturday, May 30th, 10:30 am, rain or shine.

Meet up at Perkins, Riverside and I-94, Mpls.  WAMM has, for decades, been
vigilant against US war on peoples anywhere.  We are alarmed that the same
[13]weapons of war we deplore, yet pay for, [14]have come home to be used
in the US by federal, state, county and local law enforcement.  We will
walk against all weapons, including the use of drones for surveillance, and
for an [15]end to war profiteering.  If you can't walk with us [16]visit
our website to donate or sponsor.  FFI: 612-827-5364. [17]Download
flyer/pledge sheets

10. Tackling Torture at the Top Video Contest

WAMM’s [18]Tackling Torture at the Top (T3) committee announces a video
contest on the subject of torture and torture accountability. The jury
consists of international experts on film and on the torture issue,
including Prof. Peter Kuznick, American University, co-writer of the 10
part TV series “The Untold History of the United States” (2012), Sebastian
Doggart, director of the critically acclaimed documentary “American Faust:
>From Condi to Neo-Condi” (2009), longtime peace activist, Andy Worthington,
and Joseph Jolton, Minneapolis filmmaker and instructor video arts at
Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Blake School. Winners will be
feted at Twin Cities events on June 26th, the UN-designated Torture
Awareness Day. Deadline: June 1, 2015. FFI: Visit [19]Tackling Torture.

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COALITION EVENTS

11.  U.S. Meddling Escalates:  Venezuela - A new crisis?
Public Forum & Discussion
Saturday, April 18th, 2 pm. May Day Books, 301 Cedar Ave. South on the West
Bank, Minneapolis
President Obama has issued an executive order declaring Venezuela “an
unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security” and ordered
sanctions on seven Venezuelan state officials.
• Why is the U.S. hostile to Venezuela?
• What is the role of the Venezuelan government?
• What is behind the new sanctions?
• Why have people and governments in Latin America come to the defense of
Venezuela?
Meredith Aby-Keirstead, Anti-War Committee; Joe Callahan, Long time Cuba
solidarity activist, member, MPAC; Anne Winkler-Morey, Community Faculty,
Metropolitan State U.
Co-Sponsored by: Anti-War Committee, Mayday Books, Minnesota Cuba
Committee, MPAC, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Peace and Justice Committee
(St. Paul), Twin Cities Peace Campaign, Veterans for Peace, WAMM and
others. For more information call 612-333-4719 or 612-827-5364.

12. Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Forum
Sunday, April 19th, 2pm. 4200 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis
In 2005, Palestinians issued a call for a campaign of boycotts, divestment
and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, because of its violations of
international law and attacks on Palestinian rights.  Join the growing BDS
movement!  Come hear about what people are doing across the globe to show
their solidarity with the Palestinian people and how you can join that
movement.  We will be particularly highlighting the US Palestinian
Community Network’s national campaign to #BoycottCoke. Organized by the
Anti-War Committee, endorsed by WAMM.

13. Challenges for the anti-war movement: The Islamic State & U.S.
Intervention. Public forum and discussion.

Friday, April 24, 7 pm, Mayday Books, 301 Cedar Avenue S, Mpls., basement
of THE HUB.  Speaker: Gary Prevost, Anti-war activist and Professor of
Political Science at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.
The Obama Administration has launched a new series of military
interventions in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the name of fighting the
Islamic State/ISIS forces. The U.S. Congress is considering a new
Authorization for the Use of Military Force resolution that will give legal
cover to these new U.S. interventions and could see the spread of U.S.
military actions to many other countries.  PLEASE NOTE: Parking in the West
Bank neighborhood will be busier than normal the evening of the forum.
Please look for nearby parking, including the U of M law school and the
large lot near Mixed Blood theater. The Metro Green Line light rail train
stops one block from the store. Sponsored by MayDay Books. FFI: call
612-333-4719

14. Combating Trafficking and Rescuing Child Victims in the Philippines

Sunday, April 26, 2:30 - 4:30pm, Philippine Center of MN, 1380 Frost Ave,
Maplewood, MN.  Open forum and conversation with Fr. Shay Cullen and Marlyn
Capio Richter.  Sponsored by Philippine Study Group of Minnesota.  Endorsed
by WAMM T3 Committee.  FFI: Meg Layese/Paul Bloom, 651-646-1985; Joe
Selvaggio, 612-823-2077; Paul/Virgie Carlson, 952-938-5060; Gary King,
763-571-7696.

15. Immigrant/Workers Rights March

Friday, May 1st, 2:30 p.m. gather at Lake/Nicollet, march to downtown Mpls.
for rally at 5:00.  The march will send that message of solidarity with all
workers, the right to a union, and opposition to anti-union laws being
imposed around the country like the “right to work (for less)” law just
forced through in Wisconsin. The march will also stand for equal rights for
immigrant workers in Minnesota  Sponsored by May 1st Coalition, endorsed by
WAMM.  FFI: Call 651-389-9174 / [20]Facebook

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ALSO OF INTEREST  / L O O K I N G   A H E A D

16. "Wisconsin Rising", Free Documentary Screening

Saturday, April 18, 7:30 pm, MayDay Bookstore, 301 Cedar Avenue S., Mpls.
Filmmaker Sam Mayfield is visiting and invites you to a free screening of
her new documentary [21]"Wisconsin Rising" the epic battle between unions
and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Sam will intro the film and take
questions after.  Sponsored by The Uptake and MayDay Books.  FFI:
[22]Uptake Facebook Event

17. Women Creating Art for Peace and Gender Justice. 20 Years of
Collaboration Art Exhibition | Women's Intl. League for Peace & Freedom

April 22 - 29, Exhibit: 12 - 8pm daily. Wisdom Ways Center for
Spirituality, Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Av., St. Paul. Celebrating
100 years of WILPF.  FFI: Terri Hawthorne at 651-645-4427 or Luella Greene
at 651-443-3773, [23]email and [24]website.

18. A National Antiwar & Social Justice Conference:  Stop the Wars at Home
& Abroad!

Friday, May 8 to Sunday, May 10 Empire Meadows (Clarion) Hotel in Secaucus,
New Jersey (30 minutes from New York City). To register for a hotel room at
the conference reduced rate, call 201-348-6900 and say it is for the UNAC
Antiwar Coalition conference.  Sponsored by: UNAC - United National Antiwar
Coalition 
 Conference info - [25]Online  or [26]UNACpeace [at] gmail.com, or
call 518-227-6947

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5. http://mec.worldwidewamm.org/home.html
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35. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tackling-Torture-at-the-Top/370422110962
36. http://groundalldrones.blogspot.com/

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