35th Anniversary Party @ Surly Brewing!
Jul
31
6:00 pm18:00

35th Anniversary Party @ Surly Brewing!

  • Surly Brewing

Women Against Military Madness is turning 35 years old this year! Usually people are not so excited to celebrate getting older but in this case we are THRILLED! WAMM is only here because of you!

WAMM has been a pillar of peace and justice throughout our community. As we come to celebrate our successes, we remember where we started. In 1982, a group of like-minded women gathered to discuss the impending threat of nuclear warfare. These women decided to do something about it. On that cold January day, they said, “Never a meeting without an action.” In that moment, the first WAMM action occurred, a protest against nuclear weapons. Today, we continue with vigor and passion to make peace and justice a national priority.

Now, more than ever, there is a need to keep the pressure on to ban nuclear weapons, to bring an end to additional spending for war, and to ensure that the culture of militarism is stopped in its tracks. WAMM wants to continue to empower women to make change in our community and beyond, as we have done for so many years.

Our theme is “WAMM 35 years, Then and Now!”  This will be a celebration of our community and organization at Surly Brewing Company on Monday, July 31st starting at 6:00pm. We will have raffle prizes, peace and justice trivia and light hors d’oeuvres. If you are craving more food, you will be able to order from the Surly Brewery Bar menu and their wonderfully well-crafted beers will be available at the cash bar. All ages are welcome to join us!

Second Monday Movie - "National Bird"
Aug
14
7:00 pm19:00

Second Monday Movie - "National Bird"

National Bird follows the dramatic journey of three whistleblowers determined to break the silence around the secret U.S. drone war, which has been waged globally for more than a decade. The use of drones has transformed modern warfare, but drone missions are highly classified, and there are no official counts of military or civilian casualties. The film gave rare insight into the program through the eyes of veterans and survivors, examining the complexities of drone warfare from a human perspective and exploring the difficult circumstance faced by military personnel involved with combat drones. While it may be true that drone operators do not sustain battlefield injuries, their psychological wounds may be substantial, often leading to suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

Connecting the dots. Lively discussion follows. 

Always free and open to the public. 

ALL are welcome! Free popcorn!

Co-sponsored by the WAMM Ground All Drones Committee and Veterans for Peace Chapter 27. 


Say No to Endless U.S. Wars - Anti-war Rally
Jul
22
1:00 pm13:00

Say No to Endless U.S. Wars - Anti-war Rally

  • 2230-2238 County Rd 3 Minneapolis, MN, 55407 United States

The Trump Administration is carrying out a stealth escalation of U.S. wars and interventions around the world. More U.S. troops are being sent to Afghanistan, threats of a new Korean war, more drone strikes in Somalia and threats of escalations in Syria and Iraq. Join the July 22nd protest to line the sidewalks with a visible anti-war message. 

 

Initiated by Minnesota Peace Action Coalition

Sponsored by WAMM

ECAPC July Potluck with Bruce Gagnon - "The Weaponization of Space and the Nuclear Arms Race"
Jul
17
6:30 pm18:30

ECAPC July Potluck with Bruce Gagnon - "The Weaponization of Space and the Nuclear Arms Race"

  • St. Albert the Great Catholic Church

St. Albert the Great Catholic Church

29th Street and 32nd Avenue South

Minneapolis

Bruce Gagnon is the Coordinator of Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space and has worked on space issues for 30 years. He has organized numerous campaigns against the weapons of war, has traveled extensively, spoken in countries around the world, received numerous peace award, and is a prolific writer. He has produced a number of documentaries, including the Arsenal of Hypocrisy, which spelled out U.S. plans for space domination. He also has a blog, Organizing Notes, and hosts a public access T.V. show called The issue. You can find out more about him on his very impressive website at space4peace.org

Co-sponsors: Twin Cities Peace Campaign, WAMM - End War Committee, Veterans for Peace and St. Joan of Arc Peacemakers 

Meetup: Activism 101
Jul
12
7:00 pm19:00

Meetup: Activism 101

  • Boneshaker Books

Come out for our first of many community gatherings through Meetup (meetup.com)! We are a group of activist of all genders who are committed to peace and justice. We have meetups to support each other in our activism. WAMM, as our organizing group, has been doing this work for over 35 years, will be guiding us through these discussions.  Join us to develop practical and precise change in today's changing political climate. 

This meetup will focus on what you can do in 30 minutes or less to engage in the political events that effect you! We will be share our tactics and welcome all people to join us!

Light refreshments will be served.

Second  Monday Movie - "I Am Not Your Negro
Jul
10
7:00 pm19:00

Second Monday Movie - "I Am Not Your Negro

Filmmaker Raoul Peck's Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro features the work of the late writer, poet, and social critic James Baldwin. Baldwin's writing explored race, class and sexuality in Western society, and at the same time of his death in 1987, he was working on a book, Remember This House. It was never completed, but his notes for that project became the foundation for Peck's film.

I Am Not Your Negro is not only a history of the civil rights movement. The film also examines, as James Baldwin did his writing, institutions of racism and the ways they have been upheld throughout the years in American society by people in power, even by Hollywood, through stereotypes and erasure. 

Connecting the dots. Lively discussion follows. 

Always FREE and open to the public.

All are welcome! Free popcorn!

"Drone Warfare and the Cyborg Soldier: Margins of Masculinity" Presentation by Suzanne Al-Kayali
Jun
13
7:00 pm19:00

"Drone Warfare and the Cyborg Soldier: Margins of Masculinity" Presentation by Suzanne Al-Kayali

  • East Side Freedom Library

Modern military power has ignited real and virtual changes as nations make war and soldiers perceive themselves as warriors. The role of the soldier has changed with the evolution of technologies, such as drones. Is the hyper-masculine "be-all-you-can-be" soldier being replaced? Suzanne will discuss the role of "masculinity" in contemporary warfare and the development of the new "cyborg" soldier.

Suzanne Al-Kayali is the current director of WAMM. She earned her Master's degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Women and Gender Studies from Roosevelt University in Chicago. 

WAMM Second Monday Movie "Before the Flood"
Jun
12
7:00 pm19:00

WAMM Second Monday Movie "Before the Flood"

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Acadamy Award-winning actor, and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio, BEFORE the FLOOD presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change. 

The film captures a three-year personal journey alongside actor and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio as he interviews individuals from every facet of society in both developing and developed nations who provide unique, impassioned and pragmatic views on what must be done today and in the future to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. 

Connecting the dots. Lively discussion follows. 

Free. Open to the public. All are welcome.

Sponsored by the WAMM Movie Committee

 

10th Annual Walk Against Weapons
Jun
3
10:30 pm22:30

10th Annual Walk Against Weapons

  • Perkins Restaurant

10 YEARS ON THE STREET!

Be part of the WAMM Walk Against Weapons, a vibrant visible stroll to the U of MN west bank with other dedicated peacemakers. We'll stop at MayDay Plaza for a brief rally and head back to the finish -- 3 miles total. Sign up as many sponsors as you can -- ask family, friends and co-workers to sponsor your walk for peace and justice.  

Request payment by check to Women Against Military Madness (WAMM). Ask your sponsors to pay when they commit, saving you from have to collect after the event. Thank you!

STOP MILITARIZING U.S. SOCIETY!

WAMM has, for decades, been vigilant against war on peoples anywhere. We are alarmed that the same weapons for war we deplore, yet pay for, have come home to be used in the U.S. by federal, state, county and local law enforcement. We walk against all weapons, including the use of drones for surveillance, and for an end to war profiteering. 

WALK SCHEDULE:

10:30 am - Check-in at Perkins Parking Lot

11:00 am - Walk Begins - 1.5 mile walk to MayDay Plaza

11:45 am - Short Rally - walk returns to Perkins for a short closing

If you would like to form a team or join an existing team, contact the office for more information!

Special Screening of "Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt"
May
27
4:30 pm16:30

Special Screening of "Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt"

  • Mayday Books

Mayday Books

301 Cedar Avenue South

Minneapolis

The WAMM Movie Committee is pairing up with Mayday Books for a second screening of "Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt." Be sure to come for lively discussion!

The German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt caused uproar in the 1960s by coining the subversive concept of the "Banality of Evil" when referring to the trial of Adolph Eichmann, which she covered for The New Yorker. This thought provoking and spirited documentary, with its abundance of archival materials, offers an intimate portrait of the whole of Arendt's life, traveling to places where she lived, worked, loved, and was betrayed. 

There is renewed interest in Arendt throughout the world, especially among young people who find her insights into the nature of evil, totalitarianism, ideologies, and the perils faced by refugees, more relevant than ever. 

Co-sponsored by Mayday Books

FFI: 612-827-5364

Social Media for Activists Workshop
May
22
6:00 pm18:00

Social Media for Activists Workshop

This workshop will be an introductory course on how to create events, share events with friends and other organizations as well as basic uses for Facebook and Twitter. It is recommended for anyone who is new to Facebook or Twitter. 

Reservations are highly recommended. Limited number of spaces available. 

Contact Suzanne or Jamie at WAMM @ wamm@mtn.org or 612-827-5364.

A suggested $15 donation to WAMM is appreciated!

WAMM Book Club - "What Comes Next..."
May
20
10:00 pm22:00

WAMM Book Club - "What Comes Next..."

  • WAMM Offices

The New York Times bestseller from the beloved author of A Three Dog Life—an exhilarating, superbly written memoir on friendship, family, creativity, tragedy, and the richness of life: “If you only read one book this year, make it this one”

(Ann Patchett). - As quoted from Amazon.com

Movie Screening - "The Coming War on China" - A John Pilger Film
May
19
6:30 pm18:30

Movie Screening - "The Coming War on China" - A John Pilger Film

In his film, The Coming War on China, John Pilger reveals what the mainstream media does not -- that the world's greatest military power, the United States, and the world's second economic power, China, both nuclear-armed, are on the road to war. It is one of Pilger's most timely and urgent investigations and is both a warning and an inspiring story of people's resistance. It provides a vision of what the world can expect if two nuclear powers go to war, and challenges the notion of China as an enemy. 

Sponsored by the WAMM End War Committee

WAMM Second Monday Movie - "Eye in the Sky"
May
8
7:00 pm19:00

WAMM Second Monday Movie - "Eye in the Sky"

Colonel Katherine Powell is a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorist in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from "capture" to "kill". But as American pilot Steve Watts is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute, reaching the highest levels of U.S. and British government, over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare. 

Rated R for some violent images and language. 

Connecting the dots. Lively discussion follows led by the WAMM GROUND ALL DRONES COMMITTEE. 

Free. Open to the public. All are welcome.

Sponsored by WAMM Movie Committee

Co-sponsored by the Ground All Drones Committee

 

Coffee with Ellen Thomas
May
6
10:00 am10:00

Coffee with Ellen Thomas

  • Van Cleve Community Center

WILPF Minnesota Metro is teaming with Women Against Military Madness in their Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons.  WILPF US member Ellen Thomas is on a speaking tour on behalf  of the WILPF National and International Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons. Minneapolis is the seventh stop of a 5,000 mile tour to promise a nuclear-free future.

Sponsored by the WAMM End War Committee 

Special Bridge Vigil
May
3
5:00 pm17:00

Special Bridge Vigil

  • 2338 Marshall Ave St Paul, MN, 55104 United States

We believe that time may be short to speak out against the growing danger of a new U.S. war. The voice of the people must intervene before the war makers in Washington unleash a new war in Korea

President Trump has already demonstrated through the Tomahawk missile attack on Syria and the use of the massive MOAB bomb in Afghanistan, along with other escalations of military intervention in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere, that he is more than willing to use force.

The recent rhetoric towards North Korea has been very inflammatory, calling it a problem that “has to be dealt with.”

For North Korea, the years of massive U.S. military maneuvers can only be seen as a threat. North Korea (DPRK), through it's rocket and military development programs,  has been acting in response to US military exercises on its border that simulate nuclear attacks and assassination campaigns.

North Korea has said it is willing to stop testing missiles if the US stops its military exercises. The U.S. must negotiate, not escalate!

A war in Korea could easily escalate into a global conflict with devastating consequences.

Everyone who wants peace should be concerned. We hope you will recognize this as a high priority.

Sponsored by the WAMM End War Committee and the Twin Cities Peace Campaign

The Constitution and Conscience: NSA's Thomas Drake Blows the Whistle
May
2
6:00 pm18:00
T3

The Constitution and Conscience: NSA's Thomas Drake Blows the Whistle

  • Mount Olive Lutheran Church

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church

3045 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis

Thomas Drake, a veteran of the Air Force and Navy, was working as a senior executive in the National Security Agency when surveillance policy changed in the aftermath of 9/11 in ways that violated both the Constitution and his conscience. 

He spoke out on secret mass 'Collect-it-all' electronic surveillance and the multibillion-dollar fraud and intelligence failures within the NSA. He was the first U.S. whistleblower to be charged under the Espionage Act since Daniel Ellsberg in 1971 and faced 35 years in prison. A program that he exposed was later confirmed by the NSA to have been a waste of over a billion dollars. While he was among the first to expose to the public the mass surveillance of US citizens which still continues in various forms. 

Sponsored by Tackling Torture at the Top Committee of WAMM, The Coming Home Collaborative

Parking lot south of the church. Entrance modern door on NW side of the church. Light snacks will be served. Handicap parking on north side. 

FFI: 612-827-5364

WAMM Weekly Peace Vigil
Apr
26
5:00 pm17:00

WAMM Weekly Peace Vigil

  • Lake Street Marshall Avenue Bridge St Paul, MN, 55104 United States

Signs provided or bring your own.

Sponsored by the WAMM End War Committee and the Twin Cities Peace Campaign

FFI: 612-275-2720 or 612-827-5364

"The Invisible War" Film Screening and Panel Discussion - Hamline
Apr
21
4:00 pm16:00

"The Invisible War" Film Screening and Panel Discussion - Hamline

  • Hamline University - Drew Science Center Room 118

April is Sexual Violence Prevention and Awareness Month and the Women's Resource Center at Hamline University is hosting a screening of "The Invisible War," a documentary that highlights the challenges of veterans who experience rape/sexual assault while serving in the military. A moderated discussion panel (with opportunities for students to ask the panel questions and discuss the content) will follow the screening. Free food and beverages provided!

WAMM Director Suzanne Al-Kayali will be among the panel members!

FFI: Facebook 

WAMM Weekly Peace Vigil
Apr
19
5:00 pm17:00

WAMM Weekly Peace Vigil

  • Lake Street Marshall Avenue Bridge St Paul, MN, 55104 United States

Signs provided or bring your own.

Sponsored by the WAMM End War Committee and the Twin Cities Peace Campaign

FFI: 612-275-2720 or 612-827-5364

Iraq: 14 Years After Shock and Awe with Sami Rasouli
Apr
17
7:00 pm19:00

Iraq: 14 Years After Shock and Awe with Sami Rasouli

  • WAMM

Sami Rasouli is an Iraqi-American who grew up in Iraq and lived in Minnesota as an adult until 2004. He returned to Iraq after 2003 U.S. invasion of his country, hoping to bring reconciliation between his country of origin and his country of choice. For the past 12 years Sami has worked in Iraq with the Muslim Peacemaker Teams (MPT), a group dedicated to the principles of nonviolence. He returns to the U.S. each year to educate Americans about the situation in the Middle East and to help build people-to-people relationships. 

Fourteen years ago President George W. Bush declared an illegal pre-emptive war against the country of Iraq based on lies and innuendo. Soon to follow was the declaration of the "war on terrorism," an endless war, which has led to chaos in the Middle East and an ongoing war in Iraq that continues to devastate that country. Sami will talk about what is happening in Iraq today, what it is like for his family and other to live in a country besieged by war, and Iraqi peoples' hopes for the future. 

Sponsored by: End War Committee of Women Against Military Madness and the Twin Cities Peace Campaign

Fly Kites, Not Drones
Apr
15
1:00 pm13:00

Fly Kites, Not Drones

  • Bde Maka Ska Lake -- Lake Calhoun

Bring the kids! Decorate and fly kites provided by WAMM!

We will be at Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska on the Northeast Side near the Pavilion. 

Sponsored by the WAMM Ground All Drones Committee

WAMM Weekly Peace Vigil
Apr
12
5:00 pm17:00

WAMM Weekly Peace Vigil

  • Lake Street Marshall Avenue Bridge St Paul, MN, 55104 United States

Signs provided or bring your own.

Sponsored by the WAMM End War Committee and the Twin Cities Peace Campaign

FFI: 612-275-2720 or 612-827-5364

Say NO! to Escalation of Endless U.S. Wars, Banner and Picketing
Apr
11
4:30 pm16:30

Say NO! to Escalation of Endless U.S. Wars, Banner and Picketing

  • 1200 South Washington Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55415 United States

Office of Minnesota U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar

1200 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis

Banner and Picketing -- Trump and the Pentagon escalate endless U.S. wars. Trump asks for an additional $54 billion for the Pentagon while cutting needed programs. 

In recent weeks, thousands of additional U.S. troops have been sent to Iraq, Syria and Kuwait. Civilian deaths from U.S. bombings have increased dramatically. The Trump administration is planning for an increased level of U.S. intervention in Yemen, Somalia and Libya, to include more drone strikes and "boots on the ground." Plans are being made to send thousands of additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan. The Trump administration wants $54 billion more for the Pentagon, while planning cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, Meals on Wheels and other services. Tell Senator Klobuchar the people of Minnesota have had enough of endless wars and interventions, we need funds for human needs and the environment, not more war!

Initiated by Minnesota Peace Action Coalition -- WAMM is a member.

FFI: 612-827-5364