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Dear Friends--

In 1971, as many of you will remember, a courageous group of veterans
exposed the criminal nature of the Vietnam War at hearings in Washington,
an event called Winter Soldier.

Once again, veterans are fighting for the soul of this country. Next week,
Thursday through Sunday, WINTER SOLDIER: IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN will feature
testimony from U.S. veterans who have served in those occupations, giving
an accurate account of what is really happening day in and day out, on the
ground. Iraq Veterans Against the War are demonstrating their patriotism
"by speaking out with honor and integrity instead of blindly following
failed policy. Winter Soldier is a difficult but essential service to our

The four-day event in Washington, D.C. will bring together veterans from
across the country to testify about their experiences in Iraq and
Afghanistan, presenting video and photographic evidence. In addition,
there will be panels of scholars, veterans, journalists, and other
specialists to give context to the testimony. These panels will cover
everything from the history of the GI resistance movement to the fight for
veterans' health benefits and support.

The hearings will go from the evening of Thursday, March 13th through to
the afternoon of Sunday, March 16th. Major portions of the hearings will
be broadcast both on TV and on radio, as well as streamed on the web. (In
Cambridge there will be live broadcasting on Saturday, March 15th (see
below). Democracy Now (90.3 F.M. at noon; channel 9 at 9 pm) will also be
at the hearings, and reporting. Also: 1) Streaming video will be
accessible on the IVAW website at from Thursday, March 13 through
Sunday, March 16; (2) Streaming audio will be accessible at from
Friday, March 14 through Sunday, March 16.

This is a potentially momentous event, and we can do a lot to make it so.
1) The immediate important matter is funding. The IVAW need a great deal
of financial support to get vets to DC, set up live feeds of the hearings
across the country, provide counselling for traumatized participants, etc.,
etc. It is not too late to make a difference. Please go to
<> and click on donate. 2) Join the audience in Harvard
Square on March 15 (see below) 3) Tell everyone you know about these
4) Watch and/or listen to as much as you can, from the 13th to the 16th.
(visit <> and click on 'how to watch" for more
information) And see below, March 15 5) Contact any person you know who
is connected to any news outlet, and let them know we EXPECT these hearings
to be reported to us.

In the list below, also watch for local events marking the 5th anniversary
of this devastating war -- March 19.

And note the first item, with comment by Gail Epstein

My best--


Now to March 16
Exhibit hours: Mon through Thurs: 2 pm to 8 pm; Fri: 10 am to 4 pm; Sat:
Closed; Sun: 12 pm to 8 pm Cambridge

Breaking the Silence Exhibit: Israeli Soldiers Talk About the Occupied

This exhibit features over 100 photographs and video testimonials, led by
guided tours by former Israeli soldiers.

(Extended hours on certain dates; other hours subject to change. For
complete day-by-day listing, check the web site for

Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran Israeli soldiers that
collects testimonies of soldiers who have served in the Occupied
Territories during the Second Intifada.

Sponsored by Americans for Peace Now, Brit Tzedek v'Shalom: The Jewish
Alliance for Justice and Peace, the Progressive Jewish Alliance of Harvard
University, Hashomer Hatzair,, Meretz USA, the Union of
Progressive Zionists, Open Society Institute's Documentary Photography
Project, and the Foundation for Middle East Peace.

For more, contact Ben Murane at (646) 419-2016 or

[Comment here from Gail Epstein: "The exhibit at Harvard Hillel called
'Breaking the Silence' is a must see. It ends on March 16 so, if you
haven't seen it yet, I encourage you to make the time. "This is a chance to
speak with young Israelis who are former IDF soldiers about their
experiences learning how to become oppressors in the West Bank, and about
their journeys to reclaim their conscience and humanity by speaking out
through this project. "In addition to photographs, written testimonials,
IDF training videos, and videos of testimonials from many former Israeli
soldiers who served in the Occupied Territories, the exhibit offers the
unique opportunity for candid, extended conversations with the Israelis who
brought the exhibit here. They make themselves available during exhibit
hours. Oded, in particular, was amazingly open -- and I asked him some
very tough questions (tough for me to ask and for him to answer). "I
suggest planning to be there for a couple of hours, to allow yourself time
to watch the various videos, see the photographic exhibit, and, most
importantly, connect with the project members on site."

Harvard Hillel, Beren Hall, Second Floor, 52 Mount Auburn Street (Harvard
Square T stop)
Now Till April 15
10 to 5 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Thursday from 12 to 8 pm.

War Madness and Delusion Art Show There are 30 artists exhibiting at the

At the Andover Newton Theological School Chapel, at the Quadrangle and the
Meeting House Gallery, 210 Herrick Rd., Newton Centre
Now to March 30

Taken from the writings of Rachel Corrie
Edited by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner
Directed by David R. Gammons

New England Premiere in rotating repertory with PIECES
A drama by Zohar Tirosh
Featuring Zohar Tirosh as Herself
New England Premiere

For more information, contact Administrative Offices:
200 Dexter Avenue, Watertown or email or visit

New Rep Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street
Wednesday, March 12, 5:30 to 6:30

Weekly vigil of CUJP and Area 4 Neighborhood Coalition

Central Square T stop

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Dissent: a First Amendment forum

In addition to a talk by ACLU of Massachusetts Executive Director Carol
Rose on Freedom of Expression and Dissent in our post 9/11 world, the
evening will feature a presentation by the historian of Free Speech,
Jonathan Vogels; a clip from the ACLU Freedom Files film, "Surveillance;"
and audience discussion. State Representative Byron Rushing will be
moderating the forum.

For more information and to RSVP, call me at 617 482-3170 x 314 or visit
our website at

at Old South Meeting House (210 Washington Street, downtown Boston).
MArch 12

Boston¹s Street Paper Movement Grows Stronger

This launch party for the merged publications is part of a series of
concerts and parties organized by volunteers.

Spare Change News will publish its first issue with its new Whats Up
Magazine insert on February 28, 2008. The new, four-page section will
contain a variety of articles on anything from game show winners and racy
cross-stitching to hybrid religions and an advice column, maintaining the
alternative voice Whats Up brought to readers for 10 years.
organized by volunteers.

³Readers will get four more pages for the same price the paper has always
been,² said Kathy Ferguson, current Development Director at Spare Change
News and former Program Director at Whats Up. Whats Up was run out of the
Haley House in the South End until last November.

³Adding Whats Up content to Spare Change News is huge step in revitalizing
the street paper presence in Boston,² said Emily Johnson, Spare Change News
Executive Publisher. ³While Spare Change News will remain essentially
unchanged, the overall organization is getting a much needed revamp.²

Vendors purchase the papers for 25 cents apiece and sell them for one
dollar on the street, earning a 75-cent profit for each paper sold.

For more information please contact Emily Johnson at 617.497.1595 or email

at T.T. the Bear¹s, 10 Brookline St, Central Square

Friday, March 14, 7:30PM

Film Screening: "The Road to Guantanamo"

Part drama, part documentary, The Road to Guanta?Lnamo focuses on the
Tipton Three, a trio of British Muslims who in 2001 travel to Pakistan for
a wedding and in a urge of idealism, decide to see the situation of war
torn Afghanistan. Once there, they are captured by Northern Alliance
fighters who hand them over the American forces who transport them to the
prison camps at the Guantanamo Bay base in Cuba. What follows is three
years of relentless imprisonment, interrogations and torture to make them
submit to blatantly wrong confessions of being terrorists. In the midst of
this abuse, the three struggle to keep their spirits up in that face of
this grave injustice until they were finally released without charge.

Co-hosted by Amnesty International Local Group 15 (Concord MA)
and The Peace & Justice Group of First Parish Bedford Unitarian

$2.00 per person / $5.00 per family donations are gratefully accepted at
the door.

For more information, call 781-395-8867.

First Parish Bedford (MA), 75 The Great Road (On the Town Common)
SATURDAY MARCH 15TH, 10:00 to 6:00 PM


Live broadcast of Iraqi veterans' testimonies in D.C. During breaks in the
live transmission of the testimony from Washington, veteran and other
presenters will address and perform for our gathering.

At noon there will be a demonstration against the war in Harvard Square.

We will close the day with a meal together.

Please attend as much of the day's events as possible.

Download a flyer for more information:

See <>, or e-mail for more

The venue is wheelchair accessible.

First Parish Church, 3 Church Street (corner of Mass Ave and Church St);
Harvard Square
Saturday, March 15, 1-3 PM

Interfaith Peace Action

Following in the footsteps of New England United's groundbreaking
grassroots organizing, we are forging new connections among faith groups
here in our region. Our goal is to create a network of people from
different faiths who have a common belief that peace IS possible, and that
IS our business to help make peace happen.

We will join together in meditation and prayer, then head over to the
Common for a public witness including leafleting aimed at contacting

For more information, email cathedralepf@

Sunday, March 16, 3 to 5 p.m.

Informational Gathering about the Woolman Semester

The Woolman Semester is a 4-month intensive for high school juniors,
seniors and first year postgraduates focused on peace, social justice and
sustainability studies. Students live and work on a 230-acre piece of land
(with organic gardens and orchards) and in engage in rigorous academic
studies that are experiential and project-based (including a service trip
to Mexico and wilderness expedition). Students leave Woolman better
prepared to create a just and compassionate world.

RSVP to Amy Hunter: 415-435-3882 or Visit us at

Beacon Hill Friends House
Sunday, March 16, meet at 12:30PM

SOUTH BOSTON: St Patrick's Day Parade Anti-War Contingent

Stop the Wars Coalition is building an anti-war contingent for the St.
Patrick's Day Parade. Anyone can participate and help us distribute
stickers, flyers, or just march with us. If interested, meet at the
Broadway red line T-stop at 12:30P.

Join South Boston Residents for Peace and Veterans for Peace/Smedley Butler
Brigade in creating a peace presence at the parade.

Contact Tony Flaherty <>

meet at Broadway Red-line T-stop

March 19th, 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

UJP event: 5 YEARS TOO MANY -- five years of the US war and occupation in

Please wear a black armband.

Bring the Troops Home Now

Join us from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM on Wednesday March 19th.
Boston Common (near the Park Street T at the Brewer Fountain). Wear a black

5 Years of Death and Destruction
5 Years of Soaring War Spending
5 Years of Sweeping Budget Cuts
5 Years of Threats to our Democracy
5 Years of Using Fear and Racism to Wage War

Enough is Enough!

Bring the Troops Home How - To a Society that Works for Everyone!

Download the flier from:

Organized by Greater Boston United for Justice with Peace Coalition

Boston Common -- near the Park Street T at the Brewer Fountain/Information

Wednesday, March 19

March 19, 7:30 p.m.

Getting a Grip on Democracy

Visionary social activist and CUJP member, Frances Moore Lappe, challenges
citizens to examine their underlying assumptions and think about fear,
power, democracy and hope in new ways.

Free and open to the public

Presented by Cambridge Forum and Food for Free

First PArish Church, Harvard Square, corner of Church St.

Thursday, March 20 (first day of spring), 10:30 am


A Visual presentation by Skip Schiel

Israel-Palestine has scant water resources, but now with the current strife
water is a dramatic mirror of power relationships. Through an examination
of water in various settings (small Palestinian villages & the Gaza strip),
along with large cities shared by Israeli Jews & Arabs (Haifa & Jerusalem)
independent photographer and CUJP member Skip Schiel portrays a topic which
is very difficult to visualize.

$2 ($1 seniors)

617-547-6789 ext 1

Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 56 Brattle St, convenient to the
Harvard Square Red Line station
Thursday, March 20, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Anita Hill, Moderated by Charles Ogletree
The 2008 Louis P. and Evelyn Smith First Amendment Award

Ford Hall Forum

For the first half of this event, Professor Hill will engage with Professor
Ogletree in a conversation on civil rights and free speech. For the second
half, the microphone will be open to questions from the audience.

Boston Public Library, Raab Lecture Hall, Co-leyt Square
March 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


It has been just over a year since the New Bedford deportations of
immigrant workers. This workshop will feature: -sharing of our family
immigration stories
-stories from people who came here from Central America
-20-minute documentary film of the New Bedford raid
-what's happening today
-what can we do

LAtino lunch will be provided!
Free and open to all (If you plan to come, please email, and put "March 22" in the subject line.)

Sponsored by Arlington St Church -- Santuario and Jubilee Committees, and
facilitated by Centro Presente

Arlington St Church, 351 Boylston St., (Arlington T stop)

SATURDAY MARCH 22, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

More Death", "Not One More Dollar"

Everyone is invited to demonstrate their opposition to this ongoing war.
Bring your signs, banners, and wear black arm bands.

Sponsored by the WCES Justice with Peace Task Force. Email or
call 617-926-8560, mailbox 2

Watertown Square.
Wednesday, March 26, 5:30 to 6:30

Weekly vigil of CUJP and Area 4 Neighborhood Coalition

Central Square T stop

Thursday, March 27, 7 to 9 PM


This speaking tour explores Israeli and Palestinian experiences of 1948,
the creation of the Palestinian refugee crisis and the role of the right of
return in any just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Mohammad Jaradat is a Palestinian activist and co-founder of Badil Resource
Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, established in 1988.
Badil takes a right-based approach to the Palestinian refugee issue through
research, advocacy and promoting the participation of refugees themselves.

Eitan Bronstein is a Jewish Israeli educator, activist, and Director of the
Israeli organization, Zochrot. Zochrot, founded in 2002, seeks to educate
Jewish Israelis about al-Nabka, the Arabic word for "catastrophe", which
refers to the 1948 displacement and dispossession of Palestinians.
Bronstein was jailed three times as a reserve soldier after refusing to
serve in Lebanon and the West Bank during the first Intifada.

Sponsored by: Cambridge UJP, UJP Israel/Palestine Task Force,
Cambridge-Bethlehem People-to-People Project, Somerville-Medford UJP,
Watertown Citizens for Environmental Safety/Justice with Peace Task Force,
Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights, Friends of Sabeel-New England,
Jewish Voice for Peace-Boston, Jewish Women for Justice in
Israel/Palestine, Living Stones, Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the
Middle East,

Friends Meeting House at 5 Longfellow Park - off of Brattle Street, near
Harvard Square
March 27-28,

CONFERENCE: The United States and the Middle East: What Comes Next after

> Panels will analyze domestic and foreign
> policy situations in the Middle East, in order to consider the impact of
> those situations on U.S. relations with the region. How should the new
> leadership in the United States understand and deal with political,
> religious, and military developments that are unfolding in the Middle
> East? How should Washington serve U.S. interests and help regional
> parties manage ongoing conflicts?

> To registER, please fill out the
> registration form at

> For more information
> about the program, please refer to the Fares Center website at:
> The site will be updated regularly, so
> check back often.

> Cabot Intercultural Center, Tufts University, Medford Campus
Friday, March 28, 8PM

BRIGHT MORNING STAR: Benefit REUNION Concert for Jewish Voice for Peace,
Friends of Sabeel, and United for Justice with Peace

Bright Morning Star is Court Dorsey, Cheryl Fox, George Fulginiti-Shakar,
Ken Giles, Charlie King, and Marcia Taylor. The band toured North America
from 1978 - 1990 mixing folk, country, blues, jazz and a good dose of
theatre. Almost 20 years later they're back, re-grouped with 2 decades of
individual performance experience under their collective belt, livelier and
more astute then ever.

Tickets $25; $15 low-income

(Justice Maker - $100; Peace Maker - $200: These ticket holders will enjoy
a pre-concert dinner with the band and proceeds from these tickets go
directly to the benefiting organizations and may be tax deductible.)

The concert will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. Order tickets by
mail. Send a check made to Survival Education Fund, Inc. at SEF, 40 Oakley
Road , Watertown , MA 02472 . Please make sure to include your return

For more information, please call 617-926-8560 or 924-9420 or email or

Episcopal Divinity School, Washburn Auditorium, 99 Brattle Street, near
Harvard Square
Saturday, March 29, at 7:30 PM

VANCE GILBERT, in a benefit concert for No More Victims
( + Long-time Arlington UJP member Chris Nauman will
be opening

Gilbert is a contemporary folk singer with an upbeat, jazzy style.

No More Victims is a humanitarian aid group that is working to provide
medical care to Iraqi children who have been injured in the war, and to
forge ties between the children, their families, and commuinities in the
U.S. To assist No More Victims in their important humanitarian effort,
Arlington/Lexington United for Justice with Peace is organizing and
underwriting this benefit. There is a child in the Boston area being
treated at Children's through NMV and several members of our group have
been doing what they can to help directly. Information on each individual
situation is at the NMV website.

Tickets are $20. Advance tickets are available through Wood and Strings in
Arlington Center (493 Mass. Ave. 781-641-2131). A per ticket surcharge is
applied for advance tickets by the store but it is a great help to us to
have them sell tickets in advance and we hope you will not mind.

There is a parking lot at the venue.

Arlington Center for the Arts, 41 Foster Street
Sunday, March 30, 5:30-9:00PM

Celebrate Cathy Hoffman and the Peace Commission

Join Jimmy Tingle, Derrick Jackson, Sol y Canto, refreshments, dancing and

$1-$100 donation or whatever you can joyfully contribute. (**
tax-deductible, see below). $30 suggested. Larger donations will honor
Cathy in supporting a Peace Commission peace and justice project.

Cathy Hoffman and Cambridge, to celebrate 20 years of Cathy's work and 25
years of the Cambridge Peace Commission. After 20 years at the Peace
Commission, Cathy Hoffman is retiring -- to continue the work of peace and
justice in a new form.

Here's what you can do to join the celebration:

* COME - For planning and food, please let us know if you are coming. CLICK
on Nancy's email link to RSVP - < >

about a Peace Commission event or program: Peace and Justice Corps, Peace
and Justice Awards, Martin Luther King Day celebration, Peace Day,
Holocaust Commemoration, Peace Circles, El Salvador Sister City, Peaceable
Schools, Restorative Justice, Toy Gun Turn-In, people-to-people efforts,
anything else or about the value of a city Peace Commission. Send to

for her commemorative book.

$1-$100 donation or whatever you can joyfully contribute. $30 suggested.
Larger donations will honor Cathy in supporting a Peace Commission peace
and justice project. (**TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION: Checks to IPC
(Institute for Peaceable Communities) - memo line: CH event. Bring to the
event or mail to : Nancy Ryan
4 Ashburton Place
Cambridge, MA 02139

Washburn Hall, Episcopal Divinity School at 99 Brattle St.


> On the 60th Anniversary of the Nakba
> the New England Committee to Defend Palestine
> presents
> Struggle for the Land:
> Zionism and the Repression of Anti-Colonial Movements
> An Education and Strategy Conference
> Saturday, April 12 to Sunday, April 13
> Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave.
> Boston, MA
> Suggested Donation: $15

Pre-register for a discount on tickets at <>
> Sundays NOON (approx) to 1:30
> Cambridge
> Peace Vigil
> Cambridge Common, Mass Ave & Garden Street.
> Tuesdays, 5:30- 6:30PM.
> Boston
> United for Justice and Peace
> Copley Square Vigil
> Wednesdays, NOON
> Cambridge
> Harvard/Cambridge Walk for Peace
> Visit
> Or email: <>, <>
> Harvard Yard at John Harvard statue
> Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:30 (NOT March 19, see above)
> Cambridge
> Central Square vigil of CUJP and Area 4 Neighborhood Coalition
> Central Square

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