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Sept 10, 2007

6:30 p.m.

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Fall Actions

Antiwar organizing into the Fall is taking place at a fast clip. STWC is supporting actions in D.C., a national worker "sickout" and student walkout, a New England regional demonstration on Boston Common. Additional, smaller scale actions and educational activities are in the works. See the right column (->) for a listing of the large-scale actions that are planned.

Assembling Peace V Concert - July 13, 2007

Friday @ 7:00pm
Spontaneous Celebrations
Jamaica Plain, MA

An alternative, fun &
energizing anti-war event/party/mixer/concert
to benefit the  Coalition

7:00 pm – 1:00 am. 21+ only

$10 donation/ no one turned away for lack of funds

Contact: Brian O’Connell, 617-947-8983

Performers Include:

download the flyer here

Strategy Session for the Antiwar Movement - July 14, 2007

As more and more people join the antiwar movement, the singular question remains: "How do we stop the war?" Over three participatory sessions, from 11:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, the Stop the War Coalition will sit down with a broad range of antiwar activists and look at the most important of the answers that are offered across the breadth of our movement.

download the flyer here

The Problem Is Civil Obedience  - July 14, 2007

 

 

Port Huron Project 2:
The Problem Is Civil Obedience

A public reenactment of a speech originally given by author and
activist Howard Zinn at a peace rally in May 1971. In this stirring
speech, Zinn argued for the necessity of civil disobedience to
protest the war in Vietnam and called on Congress to impeach the president and vice president of the United States for the "high crime" of waging war on the people of Southeast Asia.

When: Saturday, July 14th, 5 P.M. (Rain Date: July 15)

Where: Northwest corner of the Boston Common, near the
intersection of Charles and Beacon streets.
Note: this is the exact site of Zinn's original speech!

Ending the War: Peace Movement Leaders Ask, "Which Way Forward?" - Friday, May 18, 2007


May 18, 2007: Join Joe Gerson (American Friends Service Committee), Dorotea Manuela (Boston Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Committee), Eljeer Hawkins (Socialist Alternative) and Anne Miller (New Hampshire Peace Action) to think through antiwar strategy. This event considers the current strategies of our movement and engages diverse perspectives on ending the war in Iraq and preventing further aggression by the US government. A $10 donation is requested, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. Your support will contribute to ongoing antiwar organizing.

download the flyer here

George Herbert Walker Bush: A Real Witch in Salem!

May 15, 2007: Join Avi Chomsky, Carlos Arredondo, Neighbor to Neighbor, People United for Peace and the Stop the Wars Coalition at Salem State College as we gather to protest George Herbert Walker Bush, invader of Panama and the Persian Gulf, former CIA director and 41st president of the US.

download the flyer here

All Out for March 24, 2007

A roundup of videos, photo galleries and articles on the 4th anniversary action is available here.

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A massive effort is underway to organize a major regional action on the Boston Common around two central demands: (1) Stop the War and (2) Troops Home Now on the 4th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. This demonstration is endorsed by United for Justice with Peace, the Stop the Wars Coalition and a host of other organizations. Organizing and planning meetings take place every Monday (6:30 p.m.) at the Stop the Wars Coalition's offices and meeting space at encuentro 5, in Boston's Chinatown.

download the outreach flyer here
 

Latest endorsing groups include: Goldstar Families for Peace, Code Pink, the Camp Casey Peace Institute... A complete list is maintained at the www.March24.org website.

3/17: March on the Pentagon

The Stop the Wars Coalition is urging antiwar activists to join the March on the Pentagon scheduled for Washington, D.C. on March 17, 2007.

 

For transportation from Boston, at least two options are being organized:

For more information on the national organizing effort, visit the MarchOnPentagon.org website.

Stop the Surge: January 11, 2007 Action

Anti-war Protest on Boston Common @ Park St. 4-6 PM. This event will be followed by a demonstration against Guantanamo in Copley Sq. @ 6PM

for more details/updates, visit this site

Action Reports:

Several hundred activists gathered at the Park Street T-station and, after short rally, marched over to Copley Square. Coverage was provided by the Boston Metro, the Boston Phoenix and the Boston Globe. For photos, see flickr.com uploads. IndyMedia covered that "Shut Down Guantanamo, Now! protest held later.
 

Coalition Moves in High Gear for an Action-filled Spring; Major Action on 3/24/07

Recognizing that Congress will not act on its antiwar mandate for immediate and complete withdrawal from Iraq, the Stop the Wars Coalition is support both major actions planned for this winter and spring in Washington, D.C. It is also spearheading the formation of a regional coalition for a major antiwar demonstration in Boston on March 24, 2006. The kick for this mobilization begins with the First Night Against the War actions planned for December 31, 2006 in Boston.

 

March on the War Profiteers Saturday, 11/18/06

Verizon, Putnam Investments, Halliburton, Bechtel...Here we come!

Join United for Justice with Peace, the Boston Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Coalition, Code Pink, Massachusetts Peace Action, Chelsea Uniting Against the War, Socialist Alternative, Massachusetts Global Action, the Boston May Day Coalition, the Socialist Party of Massachusetts, Boston Bolivarianos, and many others as they target the War Profiteers. The day's events begin with a concert on Boston Common at 12 noon. We will then march to the offices of several war profiteers in downtown Boston. Finally, we will end with an indoor rally at encuentro 5.

download the flyer

volante en español

report on the action

Assembling Peace IV – December 9, 2006

Join with the Diamond Mines, the Scallywags, Yoni Gordon and many others at a fun, politically progressive and energizing anti-war event/party/mixer called "Assembling Peace IV" which will be held at Spontaneous Celebrations (in Jamaica Plain) on Saturday, 12/9. All Ages, 10$ donation.

Contact Brian O'Connell for more information.

How many more...before we say, "No!"

New Campaign to Surface Antiwar Sentiment.

STWC joins with local communities of faith, advocacy groups and ultimately with that great majority of folks who reject the Iraq war. The How Many More? campaign will help express this antiwar sentiment by working with the aforementioned groups and individuals to post banners, stickers and posters that ask the obvious question after upwards of a hundred thousand Iraqi deaths in the face of an unnecessary war: "How many more?"

Read on...
Press release...

Press conference...
 

Deadeye Dick Comes to Town!
On Friday, September 8, 2006, Dick Cheney is expected to join a Republican fundraiser in Boston. Join with the Stop the Wars Coalition and a host of other peace movement organizations and activists in welcoming him.

Activists from many different organizations met on 8/30/06 to coordinate outreach efforts for the demonstration. We also agreed to meet on Friday, 9/8/06, at 4:00 outside the Hynes Convention Center stop on the MBTA Green Line. Visit this site and the Boston Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Committee [effective Monday, 9/4/06] for regular updates on the protest.

Download the protest flyer
Download the protest poster
Download the half-page version
Graphics (jpg) version of the flyer: right click on this link and choose, "Save target as..." or "Save link as...

Post event coverage:

Where do we go from here? Antiwar Strategy Session - June 4, 2006

Antiwar forces will gather on the first Sunday in June for a half-day long strategy session to plan the course of the movement over the next year.

From the Call to Action: "It is an exciting, crucial time for activists; we have seen in the past few weeks, victories from varying groups mobilizing around key issues and general coverage in the mainstream media on these issues."

Read on...
download the flyer

 

Speak Truth to Power: Taking on Ms. Rice

May 22, 2006

Boston College has awarded US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. We disagreed and were there to say, "No!"

Graduate Blasts McCain's Warmongering at New School Commencement

New York, May 20, 2006—New School graduate, Jean Rohe used her commencement address to pre-empt Senator John McCain's warmongering at the New School's graduation ceremony.

read her speech (pdf format)

 

Fall  2007

September 15, 2007 Mass March in Washington, D.C. For more information, ANSWER Boston at boston@answercoalition.org or 857-334-5084

September 22-29, 2007 Occupy the Occupiers and March on Washington, D.C., Boston organizing meetings held every Wednesday.

October 26, 2007 Sick Out/Walkout, Rally on Boston Common.

October 27, 2007 National Mobilization to End the War. New England Regional Action: Boston Common.

Summer 2007

July 14, 2007 Strategy Session - encuentro 5; 11:00 - 5:00

August 25, 2007 Vacationing with George Bush Kennebunkport, ME

Winter - Spring 2007

January 27, 2007
March on Washington, D.C.
The People Have Spoken, Congress Must Act!

March 17, 2007
Global Days of Action on the 4th Anniversary: National Demonstrations in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and elsewhere

March 24, 2007
New England Regional Demonstration on the 4th Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq. Boston Common.

Fall 2006

October 1, 2006
12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m.
United for Justice with Peace Antiwar Rally on Boston Common

October 2, 2006
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
STWC-sponsored City-wide Antiwar Demonstration Planning Meeting
33 Harrison Ave, 5th floor Boston, MA 02111

October 5, 2006
No Work, No School. Protest in the Streets: World Can't Wait
Boston Common 12 noon

October - November 2006
Antiwar Teach-ins throughout Greater Boston-area college campuses. Call 617-482-3090 for more information

November 18, 2006
Stop the War Profiteers March - Downtown Boston Call 617-482-3090 for more information.

December 1, 2006
Boston Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Mobilization
Call 617-524-3507 for more information.

December 31, 2006
1:00 - 7:00 p.m.
First Night Against the War Activities
- tabling at Boylston & Dartmouth
- antiwar videos at the Community Church of Boston

Lebanon

The Stop the Wars Coalition stands for 3 demands that are central to resolving the current situation in Lebanon:
  • Immediate end to the bombing
  • Israeli withdrawal from Palestine and Lebanon
  • End to all US aid to Israel

Adopted 8/7/06

Statement on Lebanon

The Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition condemns the wholesale slaughter inflicted on the Palestinian and Lebanese peoples as acts of conquest and barbarism.

read on

Perspective of Lebanon

British Member of Parliament, George Galloway offers an interesting counter-perspective on the topic.

See the video

Resources

Past Actions

October 29th, 2005

Cindy Sheehan joins with the October 29 Coalition to demand that the troops come home now! The 2,500 strong action helped re-open space for free speech in the city.

read the Herald preview
read the Globe

the Herald story

Kissinger: Go Straight to Jail!

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On March 11, 2006, STWC protested Henry Kissinger, Al Haig and a Vietnam-era rogues gallery meeting at the Kennedy Library in South Boston.

read the Globe  the IMC story  
the AP story  the Herald story

 

Copyright: Greater Boston Stop The Wars Coalition 2006