Third Peace Essay Contest for students 9th-12th Grade is NOW OPEN!
Sep
26
to May 15

Third Peace Essay Contest for students 9th-12th Grade is NOW OPEN!

Organized through the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers (MAP), the contest honors the memory of Leslie Reindl, prominent Minnesota activist for peace and justice.

Three prizes of $1000, $750, and $500 will be awarded at an event in the fall, deadline for entries is May 15, 2018.

For more info click here.

 

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WAMM Book Club - "Born on Third Base" By Chuck Collins
Jan
20
10:00 AM10:00

WAMM Book Club - "Born on Third Base" By Chuck Collins

Come having read Born on Third Base by Chuck Collins. 

Amazon Books says - "It is time to think differently, says longtime inequality expert and activist Chuck Collins. Born into the one percent, Collins gave away his inheritance at 26 and spent the next three decades mobilizing against inequality. He uses his perspective from both sides of the divide to deliver a new narrative.

Collins calls for a ceasefire and invites the wealthy to come back home, investing themselves and their wealth in struggling communities. And he asks the non-wealthy to build alliances with the one percent and others at the top of the wealth ladder.

Stories told along the way explore the roots of advantage, show how taxpayers subsidize the wealthy, and reveal how charity, used incorrectly, can actually reinforce extreme inequality. Readers meet pioneers who are crossing the divide to work together in new ways, including residents in the author’s own Boston-area neighborhood who have launched some of the most interesting community transition efforts in the nation.

In the end, Collins’s national and local solutions not only challenge inequality but also respond to climate change and offer an unexpected, fresh take on one of our most intransigent problems."

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NO HUMAN BEING IS ILLEGAL - March
Jan
20
11:00 AM11:00

NO HUMAN BEING IS ILLEGAL - March

One Year of Resistance

2018 - The Year of Unity

Yes to Legalization - No to Deportation

Defend DACA and TPS

Yes to Sanctuary Cities

Stop the Unjust Incarceration of Immigrants and Refugees

Increase the Minimum Wage - $15 NOW

Immigrants and Refugees are Welcome Here

March organized by Immigrant Movement for Justice.

FFI: 651-283-3495

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Trump Out Now! No Muslim Ban! No Wars! Rally and Protest
Jan
20
1:00 PM13:00

Trump Out Now! No Muslim Ban! No Wars! Rally and Protest

1:00pm - Rally @ May Day Plaza

1:30pm - March to Republican Headquarters

On the 1-year anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration as President, we continue to say NO and to RESIST his racist, sexist, xenophobic agenda. Last year on J20, millions of people across the world protested on the first day of Trump's presidency. In 2017, massive, unprecedented protests highlighted the ongoing fight back through the first year of Trump's presidency. On January 20th, join us to demand, "TRUMP OUT NOW!" and say NO to Trump's racist agenda! 

 

Organized by the Anti-War Committee

Endorsed by WAMM

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Jan
21
3:00 PM15:00

Take the Next Step of Resistance Meeting

Take the next step of resistance: Refuse to fund the destructive military budget with your taxes. Before you pay your taxes next year, find out your options. The Minnesota War Tax Resisters will be hosting a gathering to discuss the various methods and consequences of tax resistance and ways we can redirect our refused taxes for more constructive purposes. 

Email : Paying4Peace@gmail.com

Facebook: Paying4Peace

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Every Church a Peace Church Potluck: "The Refugee Crisis: Putting Refugees First"
Jan
22
6:30 PM18:30

Every Church a Peace Church Potluck: "The Refugee Crisis: Putting Refugees First"

Leah Jaslow will talk about the current refugee crisis, the worst since WWII, and how the American Refugee Committee (ARC) is using a human-centered design approach to help refugees survive conflict and crisis and rebuild lives of dignity, health, security and self-sufficiency. ARC understands that in the face of this tragedy, refugees know best what they need. Learn about the innovative projects ARC staff have implemented around the world, from co-creating efforts with members of the diaspora community to creating change. And hear about why ARC chooses to focus on the abundance in our world and the belief that anything is possible.

BIO: Leah Jaslow is the Donor Services - Engagement Assistant at the American Refugee Committee. As part of the Development & Communications Team at ARC, she enjoys being a resource to ARC supporters and having opportunities to spread the word about the amazing people ARC serves. Prior to working at ARC, Leah worked in an intercultural exchange, nonprofit organization. She also spent time studying in Jordan - an experience that inspired her to work with refugees.

Sponsored by the End War Committee of WAMM

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Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

Human Trafficking and the Impact of the Super Bowl

This program is sponsored by the City of Minneapolis Community Education.

If you find yourself curious and concerned about the impact of the Super Bowl on human and sex trafficking in Minneapolis, join us for a panel discussion around this Major event. Hear from experts from several local organizations on myths and misunderstandings surrounding human trafficking. Leave with a better understand of year-round efforts and next steps you can take to help serve those affected by human trafficking.

Panelist include:

Lorena Pinto - Program Director of The Family Partnership PRIDE Program

Patina Park - Executive Director of Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center

Terry Forliti - Executive Director of Breaking Free

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Jan
26
to Mar 7

Mizna Arab Film Festival

Mizna brings the best of the Arab Film Fest to six local colleges and the neighborhoods they call home.

Those Who Remain - January 26 @ Macalester

Tramontane - February 8 @ Concordia

As I Open My Eyes - February 23 @ Hamline

The Preacher - March @ Metro State

Mini-Fest - April 14 and 15 @ St. Bens and St. John's Universities

FFI: mizna.org

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Art/Sign Making for Super Bowl Anti-Racist Anti-Corporate Rally
Jan
27
12:00 PM12:00

Art/Sign Making for Super Bowl Anti-Racist Anti-Corporate Rally

Join the Super Bowl Anti-Racist Anti-Corporate Coalition (SAAC) on Saturday, January 27th from noon-5pm to make signs and art for our protest on Super Bowl Sunday! 

No previous experience or skills necessary and we will provide materials. 

Join us for an hour or all day to help shape a powerful visual message against racism, police brutality and corporate greed. 

FFI: Facebook

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MNxMN 2018 - Social Justice Conference
Jan
28
9:00 AM09:00

MNxMN 2018 - Social Justice Conference

MNxMN 2018: Beyond Resistance is a brand new social justice conference designed to bring together new and experienced activists from around the state to focus on issues affecting all Minnesotans. Our goal is for participants to become more effective advocates in preparation for the 2018 legislative session, mid-term elections, and ongoing grassroots activism. 

This one day event will feature workshops, speakers, forums, and activities to deepen knowledge, develop advocacy skills and build relationships between new and existing activist organizations and individuals.

Sessions will be based on the following themes:

Community Building, Skills for Effective Activism, Understanding the Issues: Passion to Purpose

Register, find out more information and sign up for speaker announcements at:

mnxmn.org

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WAMM Presents: An Evening with Lorna Landvik "On Writing, Acting and Laughter"
Feb
1
6:30 PM18:30

WAMM Presents: An Evening with Lorna Landvik "On Writing, Acting and Laughter"

Lorna Landvik is author of 11 novels including Patty Jane's House of Curl (in which one character moves back to Minnesota from California and does legal work "pro bono for WAMM - Women Against Military Madness...") and Once in a Blue Moon Lodge, which includes this scene: 

"Get a job' yelled a man slowly driving by in an SUV. The group responded, as they did to all hecklers, by giving the peace sign...the Lake Street/Marshall Avenue Bridge Peace Vigil had been a long-standing Wednesday date on Ione's [calendar]..." 

On February 1st, Lorna Landvik promises to regale us with stories from her life as a writer, actor, comic, wife, mother and peace marcher. 

A benefit for WAMM!

Suggested donation: $10-$25, nobody will be turned away. All are welcome! 

Refreshments, plus opportunity to bid on silent auction items and gift certificates!

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Super Bowl Anti-Racist Anti-Corporate Rally
Feb
4
3:00 PM15:00

Super Bowl Anti-Racist Anti-Corporate Rally

  • 2001 Chicago Ave Minneapolis, MN, 55404 United States (map)
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On February 4th, join the Superbowl Anti-Racist, Anti- Corporation Coalition (SACC) to call for an end to police brutality across the country, standing in solidarity with players like Colin Kaepernick who have been targeted for speaking out against racism, and opposing greedy millionaires and corporations. Organizations have begun work to stand with those most impacted by SB52's arrival in Minneapolis, which has displaced the public out of sight and out of mind from this event. Alongside major press work and promotional events, the city of Minneapolis has begun to ratchet up police presence calling for the National Guard to be deployed during the week of the Super Bowl. Recently, the Twin Cities have been host to a series of police killings and protests against police brutality, from the murders of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile to those of Justine Damond, Phil Quinn, and countless other lives stolen by local police. The Twin Cities Coalition for Justice (TCC4J) is leading the effort to oppose increased policing during the Super Bowl. Additionally, organizations like Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) and Native Lives Matter - Grassroots are collecting cold weather clothing for the homeless displaced by the Super Bowl and are conducting patrols to reduce police harassment surrounding the event!

#StandUpAgainstCorporateGreed

#DontExploitOurCommunity

#TakeAKneeAgainstPoliceBrutality

Organized by the Superbowl Anti-Racist and Anti-Corporate Coalition which includes the Anti-War Committee

Endorsed by WAMM

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Feb
4
3:00 PM15:00

Protest Racism and Corporate Greed during the Super Bowl: Take a Knee Against Police Brutality & Exploitation!

Super Bowl Sunday, February 4, 2018
3pm @ Peavey Park @ Franklin & Chicago, Minneapolis, Minnesota

On February 4, 2018, Minneapolis will host a protest against racist police brutality and the sell out of our city to greedy NFL owners and corporate sponsors. The Super Bowl Anti-Racist Anti-Corporation Coalition (SAAC) will bring together more than a dozen local community organizations for a rally that will begin at Peavey Park, followed by a march to the stadium.

During this year's football season, players, and in some cases entire teams, have spoken out against racism, police brutality, and white supremacist violence. Players that took a knee inspired a national conversation that reached far beyond the football stadiums. While Trump and the NFL threatened, silenced, and blacklisted players for speaking out, we support Colin Kaepernick, Michael Bennett, Marshawn Lynch, and all athletes – from the NFL to local high schools – who’ve used their voices to demand justice. 

Super Bowl 52 is coming to a community that has taken to the streets many times against local police killings. From Jamar Clark and Justine Damond, to Philando Castile and Phil Quinn, justice has been denied for these and many other lives stolen by Minneapolis and St. Paul cops. Our communities will dish out millions to these same police departments to provide “security” for the Super Bowl, while nothing has been done to address police violence.

SB52 will be played in US Bank stadium, which was built contrary to the wishes of Minneapolis voters, in partnership with one of the banks behind the Dakota Access Pipeline. Local officials have engineered an NFL corporate takeover of Minneapolis:  Areas of downtown will be designated “clean zones,” allowing the National Guard and the Department of Homeland Security complete control of the areas, posing a special danger to our immigrant neighbors; they are removing the homeless from our streets & shelters; mass transit systems are being privatized for use by Super Bowl attendees only… these efforts make our city unlivable and whitewash the realities of poor and working people in our city. 

Join us on Super Bowl Sunday, February 4th at 3:00pm in Minneapolis to oppose police brutality, racism, and the giveaway of public resources. Whose Streets? Our Streets! #ResistSB52

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Women's Prison Book Project Pancake Breakfast and Book Sale
Feb
10
8:00 AM08:00

Women's Prison Book Project Pancake Breakfast and Book Sale

  • Walker United Methodist Church (map)
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Adults - $6-$10

Kids - $3

Books $1-$3

All you can eat pancakes, grits, fruit, coffee, tea, juice. Veggie sausage, while it lasts! Real maple syrup for the early birds! 

Choose from Gluten free, vegan and buttermilk pancakes!

PLUS: Tarot readings for your love life! Used books for sale in great condition. Hardcover $3, Softcover $2, Children's books $1. 

Kids activities - Make a Valentine for a political prisoner. 

Proceeds fund our all - volunteer organization's mission of sending free reading material to women in prisons across the country. 

Organized by the Women in Prison Book Project

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WAMM Second Monday Movies Presents: "Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade"
Feb
12
7:00 PM19:00

WAMM Second Monday Movies Presents: "Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade"

From Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama, from Margaret Thatcher to Tony Blair, Shadow World reveals the shocking realities of the global arms trade, the only business that counts it profits in billions and its losses in human lives.

Based on The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, the acclaimed book by Andrew Feinstein, the film explores how governments, their militaries and intelligence agencies, defense contractors, arms dealers and agents are inextricably intertwined with the international trade in weapons, and how that trade fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracies and creates human suffering.

Connecting the dots...Forum, film, discussion.

Always FREE and open to the public.

ALL ARE WELCOME! Free popcorn.

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How a Just Peace in Palestine-Israel Can Save Our Plant! -- Presented by Robert Massoud
Feb
16
7:00 PM19:00

How a Just Peace in Palestine-Israel Can Save Our Plant! -- Presented by Robert Massoud

From north of the boarder, Robert Massoud brings his Canadian-Palestinian perspective to Minnesota. 

Learn what some of our neighbors might be saying about the manipulations of U.S. policies and pronouncements affecting the Middle East and North America. 

Robert Massoud is the founder of ZATOUN Fair Trade Olive Oil from Palestine. Zatoun is a non-profit, grassroots organization building bridges between Palestine and North America through the sale of cultural and symbolic products from Palestine. The main offering is fair trade extra virgin olive oil. 

Sponsored by: WAMM - Middle East Committee

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SAVE THE DATE! WAMM Annual Meeting!
Mar
3
10:00 AM10:00

SAVE THE DATE! WAMM Annual Meeting!

  • Spirit of St. Stephen's Catholic Community (map)
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SAVE THE DATE!!!

WAMM's Annual Meeting is coming soon!

Brunch bar, exciting speakers and the short "business" meeting!

Be sure the save the date!

ATTENTION WAMM WOMEN:

Have you thought about what you can do to make a change?

Consider joining the WAMM Board! We meet once a month on the third Tuesday at 5:45pm.

Interested or questions about joining? Call the WAMM office at 612-827-5364!

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WAMM Second Monday Movie: (T)ERROR
Mar
12
7:00 PM19:00

WAMM Second Monday Movie: (T)ERROR

(T)ERROR is the first documentary to place filmmakers on the ground during an active FBI counterterrorism sting operation. Unfolding with the drama and intrigue of a spy novel, (T)ERROR follows Saeed "Shariff" Torres, a 63-year-old Black revolutionary turned informant, as he takes on what he swears is his last job for the FBI, and invites filmmakers to document his covert efforts to befriend a suspected jihadist - without informing his superiors. As surprising revelations emerge, not only about Torres' past, but also about the increasingly murky ethical grounds of his present mission, (T)ERROR explores just how far we are going to prevent terror and exactly the liberties we are sacrificing to get there. (T)ERROR debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and has since played at more than 40 festivals around the world. The film has been featured on This American Life, Democracy Now and The New York Times.

Connecting the dots...Forum, film, discussion.

Always FREE and open to the public.

ALL ARE WELCOME! Free popcorn.

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Sisters of Peace - Raw Stages
Jan
14
2:00 PM14:00

Sisters of Peace - Raw Stages

History Theater Honors McDonald Sisters in this Raw Stages Play!

"Sisters of Peace" by Doris Baizley, Directed by Ron Peluso.

Four Catholic nuns and real-life sisters, Jane, Brigid, Kate and Rita McDonald take to the streets to stand up against injustice - with plenty of singing, Irish humor, and several stops in jail along the way. 

ONE SHOWING ONLY! 

Tickets are $10.

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Elections and the Human Rights Crisis in Honduras
Jan
13
11:00 AM11:00

Elections and the Human Rights Crisis in Honduras

Updates on continued repression, state violence and election irregularities in Honduras.

Silvio Carrillo, the nephew of beloved assassinated Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres, will join us on Skype.

Learn about the upcoming Witness for Peace delegation to Honduras. 

Hosted by Witness for Peace Midwest

Co-sponsored by the Minnesota Cuba Committee

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Middle East Peace Now January Forum: Pastor Nancy Amacher "The Jackets of Jerusalem: Experiences of and Ecumenical Accompanier"
Jan
13
9:30 AM09:30

Middle East Peace Now January Forum: Pastor Nancy Amacher "The Jackets of Jerusalem: Experiences of and Ecumenical Accompanier"

9:30am Refreshments

10:00am Presentation and Discussion

After retiring from full time ministry in a Wisconsin parish in 2007. Lutheran pastor, Nancy Amacher, began a ten-week assignment in Nazareth where she spent three months as a volunteer. This led to a personal mission that has brought her back to Palestine where for each of the next four years she spent at least a month or more doing volunteer work. 

Pr. Amacher subsequently became part of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme (EAP) whose role is to provide a protective presence at demolitions, schools, checkpoint, and demonstrations in conflict areas of Palestine. Ecumenical Accompanier's are often called "the Jackets" because the distinctive vests they wear bearing the organizations logo, more than 1800 EA's have visited the West Bank to observe the human rights situation. As part of the Jerusalem team, Pr. Amacher walked daily with Palestinians through the Old City, spending numerous morning at Qalandya Checkpoint, visiting Bedouin villages in the hills surrounding Jerusalem, and waiting for the next call about a home demolition. 

Pr. Amacher will share her experiences and discuss the EA program by addressing tow distinct questions: Does the program do any good? Is there any hope? As usual, our speaker will engage with the audience through Q&A following her presentation.

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Sanctuary Now! Visible Presence at the First Meeting of the New City Council
Jan
12
9:00 AM09:00

Sanctuary Now! Visible Presence at the First Meeting of the New City Council

Join us on Friday, January 12th at 9am outside City Hall (5th street side, by light rail) to have a visible presence for SANCTUARY NOW at the first meeting of the newly-elected Minneapolis City Council. We'll go up together to the council meeting in room 317 before the meeting starts at 9:30. We launched the Minneapolis #SanctuaryPlatform in September 2017, with 13 proposals to make Minneapolis more just and less repressive for immigrants, including a Municipal ID, legal support for detained immigrants, and more. We must demand urgent action from the new council to defend and expand immigrant rights in Minneapolis. 

#SanctuaryPlatform - click here

Organized by the MN Immigrant Rights Action Committee and No More Deportations Campaign 

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Twin Cities Nonviolent - Planning Session
Jan
9
7:00 PM19:00

Twin Cities Nonviolent - Planning Session

What would a nonviolent Twin Cities look like to your organization? 

How can we work together to enable this to HAPPEN?

Let's join together to transform the Twin Cities into a metropolitan area known for its culture of nonviolence. Our first initiative is to develop a Week of Nonviolent programming for the autumn of 2018. This week may include some of the following: training on nonviolent communication, focused nonviolent curriculum in educational institutions, cultural arts events, forums on different aspect of violence or whatever your organization chooses to do!

We want your input and ideas and will ask for your continued involvement in planning and producing the Week of Nonviolence.

For more information contact Twin Cities Nonviolent 

Email: twincitiesnonviolent@gmail.com

Website here

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Second Monday Movie - "Requiem for the American Dream"
Jan
8
7:00 PM19:00

Second Monday Movie - "Requiem for the American Dream"

Noam Chomsky and the Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power

REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM is the definitive discourse with Noam Chomsky, widely regarded as the most important intellectual alive, on the defining characteristic of our time – the deliberate concentration of wealth and power in the hands of a select few.

Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality – tracing a half-century of policies designed to favor the most wealthy at the expense of the majority – while also looking back on his own life of activism and political participation.

Profoundly personal and thought provoking, Chomsky provides penetrating insight into what may well be the lasting legacy of our time – the death of the middle class, and swan song of functioning democracy. A potent reminder that power ultimately rests in the hands of the governed, REQUIEM is required viewing for all who maintain hope in a shared stake in the future.

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Say No To War for the Holiday!
Dec
20
4:30 PM16:30

Say No To War for the Holiday!

  • Marshall Ave St Paul, MN, 55104 United States (map)
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Special Topic: NO U.S. War on North Korea-Stop Endless U.S. Wars

Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Venezuela

The Trump Administration is threatening a war on North Korea, which could lead to another world war. The U.S. also continues it endless wars and interventions around the world, and threatens new military intervention on an almost weekly, sometimes daily, basis. And as the U.S. military budget is increased to accommodate these endless wars, important social services and programs like Medicare and Medicaid are being threatened. Our tax dollars should be spent on health care, housing, education, and other social programs, NOT ON WAR!

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

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Dec
19
6:30 PM18:30

PAX Salon - Reading Poetry of Tracy K. Smith

Reading the poetry of Poet Laureate of US, Tracy K Smith.

There are not many books w/her poetry at the library so we will intersperse her poetry w/poetry of Maya Angelou.

Pax Salons ( http://justcomm.org/pax-salon )

Salons are free; donations appreciated.

Call 651-227-3228 for information

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Middle East Peace Now presents: Christy Reiners - "In His Steps: Pathways to Peace"
Dec
16
9:30 AM09:30

Middle East Peace Now presents: Christy Reiners - "In His Steps: Pathways to Peace"

  • Southdale Hennepin County Library (map)
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Christy Reiners is the Executive Director of IHS, an organization that seeks to improve the lives of Palestinian communities by dealing with important healthcare concerns. It fosters cooperative relationships between indigenous Palestinian doctors, nurses and other medical personnel with American Medical Centers. The current focus of IHS is to address growing incidence of cancer through appropriate treatments with cultural sensitivity. 

Ms. Reiners will offer us her insights into how effective humanitarian assistance is carried out by building trusting relationships, understanding the local culture, finding available resources and recognizing the challenges faced by the local community. 

Ms. Reiners is from Lennox, South Dakota. After completing her college in Sioux Falls, she became involved in mission work in Brazil. When she was elected an elder from San Francisco Presbytery, she visited the Holy Land. Since 2000, she has lived in Bethlehem and worked with various peace organizations to visit and understand the situation first hand. 

FFI: 763-318-7546

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WAMM Second Monday Movie - "The U.S., Guantanamo, and Cuba: 119 years of U.S. Occupation" featuring film - "All Guantanamo is Ours"
Dec
11
7:00 PM19:00

WAMM Second Monday Movie - "The U.S., Guantanamo, and Cuba: 119 years of U.S. Occupation" featuring film - "All Guantanamo is Ours"

Documentary Film, All Guantanamo Is Ours, directed by Colombian journalist and writer Hernando Calvo Ospina, this short film shows the feeling of the Cuban people, especially the people of Guantanamo, in relation to the occupied territory.

The evening's program includes a discussion of the role of the U.S. occupation of Guantanamo and the opposition expressed by the Cuban people to continued U.S. occupation as well as current U.S. policy in Cuba. 

Joe Callahan, Minnesota Cuba Committee member, who has visited Cuba nine times since 1982, will share updated information on U.S. Cuba policy under the Trump administration and lead a discussion. In May 2017, Joe attended the Fifth International Seminar of Peace and for the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases, which was held in Guantanamo, Cuba. 

Connecting the dots..Forum, film and discussion!

Always free and open to the public. All are welcome, free popcorn

Co-sponsored by the Minnesota Cuba Committee

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No Wars! No Deportations! Stand Up for Human Rights! International Human Rights Day Protest & March
Dec
10
11:00 AM11:00

No Wars! No Deportations! Stand Up for Human Rights! International Human Rights Day Protest & March

Say NO to the Muslim Ban!

Sanctuary for ALL!

Stop US Wars and Threats!

The march will end with an indoor program with speeches and hot beverages. Co-sponsored by the MN Anti-War Committee and MIRAc's No More Deportations Campaign.

Endorsement list is still in formation. WAMM endorses this event!

FFI: Facebook

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SAY NO TO TRUMP'S PLAN TO MOVE U.S. EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM
Dec
8
4:30 PM16:30

SAY NO TO TRUMP'S PLAN TO MOVE U.S. EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM

  • Summit and Snelling Avenue St. Paul, MN (map)
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Trump's announcement to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and recognize it as Israel's capital is widely opposed internationally including by the 57 member states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. It will end the US policy that the status of Jerusalem would only come in negotiations between Palestine and Israel.

This unilateral move is further proof that Trump and the US are not and never have been "honest brokers for peace" in the middle east.

Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims across the Middle East are rising up against this violation of international law and Palestinian self-determination. Palestinians are calling for 3 days of rage and people of conscience across the world are joining in.

Join WAMM weekly vigil for Palestine to protest this unjust and illegal action!

Call the White House to express your opposition and outrage. 202-456-1111

Sponsored by WAMM Middle East Committee

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WAMM Movies Presents "Ukraine on Fire"
Nov
25
4:30 PM16:30

WAMM Movies Presents "Ukraine on Fire"

Consortium News calls it
     “A Documentary You’ll Likely Never See”

Ukraine. For centuries it has been at the center of a tug-of-war between powers seeking to control its rich lands and access to the Black Sea 2014’s Maidan Massacre triggered a bloody uprising that ousted president Viktor Yanukovych and painted Russia as the perpetrator by Western media. But was it?

Ukraine on Fire … might change how people in the West perceive the conflict, but it’s unlikely to get much distribution since it contests the prevailing narrative. The film begins with gripping images of the violence that ripped through the capital city of Kiev during both the 2004 Orange Revolution and the 2014 removal of Yanukovich. It then travels back in time to provide a perspective that has been missing from mainstream versions of these events and even in many alternative media renditions.

Cosponsored by Mayday Books, a progressive, non-profit, volunteer-run bookstore, "Not making a profit since 1975."

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Gaza: Suffering, But Struggling! Video Chat with Dr. Mona Qasim El-Farra
Nov
19
2:00 PM14:00

Gaza: Suffering, But Struggling! Video Chat with Dr. Mona Qasim El-Farra

PARKING NOTE: U of MN, West Bank, parking available in 3rd Ave. ramp

 

Dr. Mona El-Farra is a renowned physician, a women's and human rights activist in the occupied Gaza Strip. She was born in Kahn Younis, Gaza, and has dedicated herself to taking care of the children in Gaza. Dr. El-Farra is the Middle East Children's Alliance director for Gaza, chair for the Palestinian Red Crescent Society of the Gaza Strip, and a member of the Union of Health Work Committees.

We will be doing a video Skype event with Dr. El-Farra! 

Sponsored by WAMM Middle East Committee

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WAMM Book Club - "Democracy in Chains: the Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America" by Nancy MacLean
Nov
18
10:00 AM10:00

WAMM Book Club - "Democracy in Chains: the Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America" by Nancy MacLean

  • Episcopal Homes Welcome Center (map)
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Join the WAMM Book club as they read this new publication by Nancy MacLean!

"An explosive exposé of the right’s relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, and change the Constitution.

 

Behind today’s headlines of billionaires taking over our government is a secretive political establishment with long, deep, and troubling roots.

The capitalist radical right has been working not simply to change who rules, but to fundamentally alter the rules of democratic governance. But billionaires did not launch this movement; a white intellectual in the embattled Jim Crow South did. Democracy in Chains names its true architect—the Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan—and dissects the operation he and his colleagues designed over six decades to alter every branch of government to disempower the majority."

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Nov
18
9:30 AM09:30

MEPN November Forum: Janet Tollund - "When Travelers Visit a Country Under Occupation"

  • Lutheran Church of Christ the Redeemer (map)
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Middle East Peace Now November Forum:

Janet Tollund - "When Travelers Visit a Country Under Occupation: What I've learned after leading tours in Palestine"

After earning a Master of Arts degree and following a first career in teaching French and English, Janet Tollund found her calling as a peace and justice activist while simultaneously pursuing a career as a tour director. Since 1982, she has traveled the world and led many group tours to the occupied territories of Palestine. 

Ms. Tollund will describe what she has observed over the years in the changes that have occurred in a land under decades of occupation. She will also focus on what she has learned in terms of the impact made on travelers who witness those conditions for the first time and how those experiences have altered their lives. 

Sponsored by Middle East Peace Now

 

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Give to the Max: Open House and Craft Fair
Nov
16
3:00 PM15:00

Give to the Max: Open House and Craft Fair

#GTMD17 is upon us! This is the biggest day of fund raising in the state of Minnesota! Show your support by going to givemn.org and show your support today!

OR JOIN US!

Come and support WAMM and a variety of local artists! 

Chili bar will be served from 5pm-7pm (vegan and meat options available)

Live folk/bluegrass music performed by Chickpea and Garbanzo from local band The String Beans!

Craft items for sale will include, wine, WAMMyn made baked goods, books, purses, art prints, nature inspired jewelry, knitwear, t-shirts, canvass bags, sweatshirts, herbal tinctures, herbal salves, herbal soaps, handcrafted greeting cards and more!

UNABLE TO MAKE IT? Send your check to WAMM, 4200 Cedar Ave. S. Suite #3, Minneapolis, MN 55407

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Nov
15
6:00 PM18:00

Candlelight Vigil: #JusticeThroughJamar

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It's been two years since we lost Jamar Clark. We continue to fight for #JusticeThroughJamar! Gather with community at the site where he was killed. We will hold space, remember Jamar, and gather our strength for the coming struggle for the Minnesota Police Accountability Council. 

Organized by the TC Coalition for Justice for Jamar and endorsed by the Anti-War Committee

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Nov
14
6:30 PM18:30

Pax Salon - Guest Alyssa Erding

A conversation on all things Zero Waste! From useful tips and tricks to "Zero Waste" your own lifestyle to implementing sustainable behavior change in your community, we will cover it all! Alyssa Erding, recent Macalester College graduate and founder of Zero-In Consulting, she will share her story of going Zero Waste and all that it entails, as well as the psychology behind sustainable behavior change. Learn how to set yourself and your community up for success so that we can all move towards a more resilient and livable world. 

FFI: 651-227-3228 

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WAMM Second Monday Movie - "Testament of Youth"
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

WAMM Second Monday Movie - "Testament of Youth"

Anchored by an extraordinary performance from Alicia Vikander, James Kent's "Testament of Youth" bears comparison to many other superbly mounted costume dramas backed by the BBC, but this one has a special distinction: it chronicles the horrors that World War I inflicted on a generation of young English people from a woman's perspective. 

Though the war was followed by a slew of books about it, Vera Brittan's account of her own experiences has been regarded as unique. It did not appear in the war's immediate aftermath. It was only later, inspired by filmmaker John Grierson's coining of the term "documentary," that she decided to craft a nonfiction account of her experiences, which became an instant bestseller upon its publication in 1933. 

In turning the material into a two-hour movie, screenwriter Juliette Towhidi understandable elected to sacrifice some of the book's expansiveness by focusing on events leading up to the war and the war itself, while giving a glimpse of Brittain's activities as an ardent pacifist afterwards. 

Connecting the dots. Lively discussion follows. Always free and open to the public. 

Endorsed by Veterans for Peace, Chapter 27

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Anti-War Protest: No U.S. War on North Korea
Nov
9
4:30 PM16:30

Anti-War Protest: No U.S. War on North Korea

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Send and anti-war message to U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar.

The November 9th event is being held as a part of a nationally coordinated week of local actions against U.S. war in Korea. The national week of actions has been initiated by the National Mobilization to Stop Trump War on North Korea.

Initiated by Minnesota Peace Action Coalition and endorsed by Anti-War Committee and Women Against Military Madness

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Nov
4
8:45 AM08:45

Conference: Perspectives on Palestine 2017

Conference will present progressive voices on the crisis in Israel-Palestine. Registration, which includes lunch, is $40; $10 for students. Scholarships are available. Speakers are Dr. Mark Braverman - program director of Kairos USA, will present "Tipping Point? Politics, Zionism and the Call to the Church." 

Nathan Stock- former director of the Israel-Palestine Office of The Carter Center and will speak on "Gaza and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict."

Jennifer Bing - director of the Chicago American Friends Service Committee Middle East Program and will present "No Way to Treat a Child." 

Registration includes presentations, a panel discussion and a light lunch. This is a significant year in the Palestinian story. It marks 100 years since Balfour Declaration, in which Britian's foreign secretary indicated support for the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine. It is the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Partition Plan, which proposed creating that homeland. Fifty years ago, Israel took control of the West Bank and Gaza after the Six-Day War. Ten years ago, the blockade by land, air and sea of the Gaza strip began, by which Israel controls movement of people and goods in and out of the Strip. The conference is presented by Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel and co-sponsored by First United Church of Christ, Northfield; and the MICAH Group of Northfield United Methodist Church

FFI: www.njpmn.org

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Public Forum: Behind U.S. War-Threats on North Korea?
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Public Forum: Behind U.S. War-Threats on North Korea?

Speakers: Sharon Chung, Korean Education & Exposure Program (KEEP)

Christine Ahn, Founder & International Coordinator of Women Cross the DMZ, co-founder of Korea Policy Institute, Korea Peace Network and Korean Americans for Fair Trade. She is a policy analyst with expertise on Korea, globalization, militarism and women's rights.

Roy Wolff, Member, Veterans for Peace (Chapter 21), U.S. Army veteran, stationed in South Korea for 16 months (1955-57). Local writer and speaker on peace and anti-war issues. Has traveled to both North and South Korea in the years since he was in the U.S. Army. 

Come for discussion on the history of U.S. military involvement on the Korean Peninsula, and why U.S. war there should be opposed. 

Sponsored by: Minnesota Peace Action Coalition and Student for Democratic Society. 

Co-sponsored by: Anti-War Committee, Twin Cities Peace Campaign, Women Against Military Madness, Veterans for Peace and others.

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Oct
23
6:30 PM18:30

Community Conversation "Let's Talk about Reducing Violence"

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Amazing things happen when people talk to each other!

Let us know (click here) if you are thinking of attending - no commitment, we just want to get a general idea of the number of attendees

Share your thought with your neighbors and help set the future direction for MCNV - Safety: there will be three people on site at all times. 

Hosted by Minnesota Center for Nonviolence.

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Oct
22
12:45 PM12:45

1st Annual Lynn & Donna Elling Forums on Peace, Justice, and Climate Change "Climate Change as an Avenue for Finding Common Ground with Others"

This forum will feature panelists Mindy Ahler, Regional Coordinator, Citizens' Climate Lobby; LeMoine LaPoint, Project/Process Facilitator, The Barbara Schneider Foundation; Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer, Assoc. Professor of Justice and Peace Studies, St. Thomas University; and Chante Wolf, member of Veterans for Peace. 

Free and open to all. A light lunch will be available for $5 beforehand. Advance registration is not required.

Sponsored by Veterans for Peace, Chapter 27.

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Parallel Liberation Struggles: Lessons in Resistance Conference
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

Parallel Liberation Struggles: Lessons in Resistance Conference

Registration is 9:30am - Lunch will be provided

People under oppression suffer from three types of violence (Johan Galtung): Structural violence, Direct violence, Cultural violence, as in Genocide, Apartheid, Ethnic Cleansing (Raphael Lemkin).

Join us as we (1) commemorate the 100-year Palestinian resistance to Israel's settler-colonial project and (2) explore the similarities in violence used against Palestinians, African Americans, and Native Americans and their methods of resistance.

Speakers: Phillip Weiss (Mondoweiss.net)

Nadia Ben-Youssef (Adalah Justice Project)

Jennifer Bing (AFSC, No Way to Treat a Child)

Dhoruba bin Wahd (Black Panthers)

Alan O. Gross (American Indian Movement)

Erika Levy (Jewish Voice for Peace)

Conference is free and open to the public.

Advanced registration is requested: mn.breakthebonds.org

Sponsoring Organizations: MN Break the Bonds Campaign, Women Against Military Madness, Anti-War Committee, Middle East Peace Now, Jewish Voices for Peace-TC, National Lawyers Guild, American Muslims for Palestine, Students for Justice in Palestine, Minnesotans Against Islamphobia, Socialist Action.

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WAMM Book Club "No is Not Enough" by Naomi Klein"
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

WAMM Book Club "No is Not Enough" by Naomi Klein"

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Join our WAMM Book Club as we get ready to read Naomi Klein's newest publication "No is Not Enough" --

“This is one attempt to uncover how we got to this surreal political moment. It is also an attempt to predict how, under cover of shocks and crises, it could get a lot worse. And it’s a plan for how, if we keep our heads, we might just be able to flip the script and arrive at a radically better future.” — From the Introduction

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