CALL YOUR SENATORS NOW!
Call Senator Amy Klobuchar: Minneapolis: 612-727-5223 D.C.: 202 224 3244
Call Senator Tina Smith: St. Paul: 651-221-1016 D.C.: 202 224 5641
Talking points: As my senator, I urge you to:
Speak out against the Israeli government's brutal and lethal response to the Palestinians demonstrating at the fence that imprisons them.
Call for an end to the $3.8 billion in U.S. military aid to Israel annually.
Call for an end to the siege of Gaza that is making life unsustainable.
On March 30, in the Gaza Strip, 30,000 Palestinians began the Great Return March with families and individuals carrying out six weeks of peaceful sit-ins and demonstrations along the heavily militarized Israeli border to demand an end to the Israeli siege that is making life unsustainable in this coastal enclave. Confined to what is called the largest outdoor prison in the world, these Palestinians want their internationally recognized right of return to the villages from which they were displaced in 1948, which lie just a few miles away, but made totally inaccessible to them.
As they exercised their right to peaceful protest, the Israeli Military met them with brutal force and 100 snipers. 26 Palestinians have so far been killed and more than 2,000 injured. The Israeli military used drones to drop tear gas over the encampments of the demonstrators, and prevented medics from evacuating the injured. And then the soldiers bragged about it, tweeting that they knew where every bullet landed. The bullets landed on women, children, and men, and at least one journalist. (The black thick smoke from the tires that Palestinians burn is their only defense to help shield them from the IDF and snipers' bullets.)
Palestinians are being killed for asserting their right to freedom, justice, equality, and life, itself. The Israeli government makes life nearly impossible for the people of Gaza as they try to survive under siege. The Israeli government does not allow them to leave by land, sea, or air, and few goods essential to life are allowed to enter the Gaza Strip. 90% of Gazans live in conditions of poverty. Electricity is available only a few hours a day. Clean water and sewage treatment are unavailable because of the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) destruction of the infrastructure. Medicines and medical equipment are restricted.
We must stand with Palestinians as they resist the brutal Israeli siege and demand the right of return to their land and villages.
WAMM Board of Directors Member Bridget McDonald will be represented along with her sisters in a "reader's theater" style performance of the play "Sisters of Peace" by playwright Doris Baizley at The O'Shaughnessy on the St. Catherine University campus, 2004 Randolph Ave in St. Paul on Tuesday, April 24 at 2:00 p.m. The play is about the wonderful/notorious McDonald Sisters of Minnesota.
The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by Carondelet Village. FFI: email@example.com
WAMM’s Ground All Drones Committee will present “Drones 101” at the Wellspring Wednesday program on Wednesday, April 25 beginning with dinner at 6:00 pm and the program beginning at 7:10 pm at Unity Church-Unitarian, 733 Portland Ave. in St. Paul.
Drones 101 is a video presentation with live narration that was created by Women Against Military Madness. This presentation is designed to help people understand how drone technology has changed the way in which we wage war, the innocent lives lost all across the Middle East, the psychological damage inflicted on drone pilots, and the worsening reputation of the U.S. around the world because of our use of drones.
There will be a parallel activity offered for younger children called “Fly Kites, Not Drones,” where participants will be provided small flyable kites to personalize and decorate.
Children’s activities includes decorating kites to fly
Come visit us at our table at the May Day Festival!
We will also be marching in the May Day Parade, from 1:30pm-3:30pm.
Mayday Parade and Festival on Sunday, May 6. Parade starts corner of 25th St. E. and Bloomington Ave. S., and travels south on Bloomington to 34th St. E., towards Powderhorn Park where the festival is held. Join more than 50,000 people from near and far to fill the streets both as participants and spectators on this day of celebration and community.
11 am: MayDay Parade participants assemble by section east of Bloomington Ave on 25th St., between Bloomington and Cedar Ave. in South Minneapolis. See map
NOON: PARADE BEGINS at the corner of 25th St. E. and Bloomington Ave. S., and travels south on Bloomington to 34th St. E., where the parade turns west towards Powderhorn Park.
Ceremony & Festival in Powderhorn Park: The MayDay Tree of Life Ceremony begins at 3pm. The Festival is open throughout the day.
Sponsored by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater.
WAMM Second Monday Movies presents the Ban Nuclear Weapons Campaign on Monday, Mary 14 at 7 p.m. at 4200 Cedar Avenue South in Minneapolis
Always FREE and open to the public. Connecting the dots…film and discussion. ALL ARE WELCOME! Free popcorn! Cosponsored by the WAMM End War and Movie Committees
How real is the threat of nuclear war?
- Hear about the WAMM’s End War Committee campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons. It’s more than just signing a petition! Members of the committee will talk about their actions in the campaign.
- Hear and watch short videos about the arms race and where we stand today by prominent activist commentators.
- Hear about hope with the International Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
- Hear how you can participate in the Ban Nuclear Weapons campaign, including:
- Ways to support WAMM’s Walk Against Weapons on Saturday, June 2, 2018
- What actions you can take
Walk Against Weapons 2018 takes place on Saturday June 2, 2018 beginning at 10:30 am at the Perkins Restaurant on Riverside and I-94 in Minneapolis. The walk begins at 11:00 am and continues to Mayday Plaza, 301 Cedar Ave, then returns to the Perkins Restaurant for a short closing rally and raffle.
For more information, see our Walk Against Weapons page.
Monday June 11th, 2018. 7pm
4200 Cedar Ave. S Minneapolis
How the killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown inspired a community to fight back. A people's documentary. The activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice bring you Whose Streets? - a documentary about the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and then left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis County, MO. Grief, long-standing tension, and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy and demand justice. As the National Guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new wave of resistance nationwide.
Connecting the dots.. Forum, film, discussion. Always FREE and open to the public.
ALL ARE WELCOME! Free popcorn!
Sponsored by the WAMM Movie Committee