BRING THE WAR $$ HOME!
PEACE, AND ACTIVISM
APRIL 17, 1-5 P.M.
Alliance for Peace and Justice
(Click here for info on APJ)
Partially funded by:
The Bruce MacMillan Fund
297 Main St.
(Directions to site given below)
THE RAGING GRANNIES (or just "RAGING GRANNIES") are activist organizations that started in Victoria, British Columbia, over the winter of 1986/87. There are now groups in many cities and towns in different countries. The groups consist of social justice activists, all women old enough to be grandmothers, who dress up in clothes that mock stereotypes of older women and sing songs at protests and other events. They typically write the lyrics themselves, putting their political messages to the tunes of well known songs. Their activism includes peace and environmental causes.
BRUCE K. GAGNON flunked the U.S. Air Force physical in 1971, during the Vietnam War. He joined anyway, after getting a waiver. By the end of the war the former Young Republican had turned peace activist. Bruce is director of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. He was the organizer of Maine's "Bring the War $$ Home" campaign. Bruce speaks internationally and has written for publications such as Earth Island Journal, CounterPunch, Z Magazine, Space News, National Catholic Reporter, Asia Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Canadian Dimension. He has produced two videos, Arsenal of Hypocrisy (2003) and Battle for America’s Soul (2005) and he published a book, Come Together Right Now: Organizing Stories from a Fading Empire (2005). He is host of This Issue, a cable TV program that airs in five communities in Maine, his home state. In 2003 Dr. Helen Caldicott named Gagnon a senior fellow at the Nuclear Policy Research Institute, where he also serves on the advisory board.
SUT JHALLY is a professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts and Founder and Executive Director of the Media Education Foundation (MEF). He is one of the world's leading scholars on the role of advertising and popular culture in the processes of social control and identity construction. The author of numerous books and articles on media (including The Codes of Advertising and Enlightened Racism), he is also an award-winning teacher at UMASS (where, in addition, the student newspaper also voted him "Best professor"). He is best known as the producer and director of a number of films and videos (including Dreamworlds: Desire/Sex/Power in Music Video; Tough Guise: Media, Violence and the Crisis of Masculinity; and Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire) that deal with issues ranging from gender, sexuality, and race to commercialism, violence and politics. Born in Kenya, raised in England, educated in graduate studies in Canada, he currently lives in Northampton.
MICHAEL T. KLARE is Five College Professor and Director of the Peace and World Security Studies Program. Prior to that he served as Director of the Program on Militarism and Disarmament at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. He’s the author of many books, including Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America’s Growing Dependency on Imported Petroleum, and Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global Conflict. Michael is the defense correspondent of The Nation, and a Contributing Editor of Current History. He’s contributed articles to Arms Control Today, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Harper's, Journal of International Affairs, Le Monde Diplomatique, Mother Jones, Scientific American, Third World Quarterly, World Policy Journal, and other journals. Michael serves on the board of directors of the Arms Control Association, and the advisory board of the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch. He is a member of the AAAS Committee on International Security Studies.
Following the panel, there will be
explore options for what we can do to move
towards peace, justice, and sustainability.
“Bring the War $$ Home”,
Human Costs of War, and
Linking Environment and War
ALSO, there will be
a facilitated dialogue on Finding Our Way to Peace.
This dialogue may be useful to those who want to sort out
their ideas and questions about the current wars.
the Edwards Church
The Edwards Church is at
297 Main Street (also
Rt. 9) in downtown Northampton, between the
two cross streets, State and Masonic
If one is traveling east to
via Route 9, just after Smith College on Elm St.
you come to a busy intersection at which:
there are two sets of traffic lights, a
very short block apart
· Route 9 veers to the left, and
Academy of Music (the
of two large yellow-brick buildings
in a row) is in front of you on the
right side of the street.
The Edwards Church is
directly across Main
Street from the Academy of Music.
It is a modern building
with a steeply-slanted roof,
a thin but tall steeple, and largely-glass front.
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well. You can
see a clear original by using Yahoo Maps.)
What is the Alliance for Peace and Justice?
The Alliance for Peace and Justice (APJ) is a coalition of people and organizations from Northampton and nearby cities and towns who came together in response to President Obama’s escalation of the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan which he announced at West Point on December 1, 2009. We work together to increase awareness of U.S. military action and its costs, and with a purpose of promoting actions to end war and occupation. The next meeting of APJ will be Saturday, April 24, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Media Education Foundation on Masonic Street in Northampton.
The full APJ group has been meeting every three to five weeks. Smaller ad hoc groups formed from within the APJ to accomplish specific goals (e.g., planning and preparing for the April 17 Teach-in) meet as often as they think is necessary.