Break the Silence Yes to Peace . No to NATO
Thursday, April 4th
MN State Capitol
(75 MLK Boulevard, St. Paul, MN)
Join us to commemorate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr
At 12:15 PM Join us on the Capitol steps: Veterans For Peace will ring bells in remembrance of Dr. King
At 1:00 PM in Rotunda Program: Featured speakers include:
August Nimtz, University of MN Professor of Political Science and African American Studies
Major Todd E. Pierce
Retired Judge Advocate (JAG) officer. His last position in the military was as Defense Counsel before the Military Commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He completed his M.A. in Politics at the New School in 2018 with a focus on the political though of Hannah Arendt, and U.S. Imperial History.
On April 4, 1967, Dr, King delivered his 'Beyond Vietnam' anti-war speech. He was tragically assassinated one year later. On April 4, 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty was signed, marking the inception of the NATO military alliance. In light of Dr. King's denunciation of militarism, an examination of the relevance of NATO is overdue.
Dr. King's words linking the three evils of American society: Militarism, Racism and Poverty and his deeply profound remark that every bomb that falls on other countries is a bomb dropped on our inner cities, reveal the deep-rooted relationship between militarism and the social, racial, economic and environmental injustices that now impoverish cities and rural communities and have plagued our society and the world for a long time.
Sponsored by the Minnesota Peace Action Coalition.
Cosponsored by Women Against Military Madness and Veterans for Peace Chapter 27.