The events collected in the WAMM Events Calendar represent a diversity of viewpoints, which may not be the viewpoint of Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) and/or its individual members.
We make our best effort to include events which are in line with our mission, but we are not intimately involved with the planning of all of the events listed.
Please note that WAMM's provision of information on other groups' events is not meant to convey nor endorse any action contrary to public policy that would be inconsistent with exempt purposes under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) i.e., charitable purposes.
indicates an event sponsored by the WAMM Middle East Committee.
Weekly Peace Bridge Vigil Every Wednesday
4:30- 5:30 pm
Lake St/Marshall Ave Bridge.
Participate in the Weekly Wednesday Peace Vigil. No matter what the season, we still say No To War! Meet on the east side for signs and greetings.
Dispatches from the Desert: Militarization and Resistance in the U.S.-Mexico Border Zone
Wednesday January 28
4200 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis.
From Arizona, Hadley Pope and Sophie Smith from No More Deaths.
Helicopters, checkpoints, ground sensors, drones, surveillance towers, thousands of armed agents on the ground: in the past twenty years, the rural desert regions of the U.S.-Mexico border have become a principle terrain in the War on Terror. As the US security presence rapidly increases, so does the risk to people attempting the perilous trek through harsh and remote desert lands into the U.S interior.
In the past decade the remains of several thousand people have been recovered from the region; many more will never be found. In response, residents in border communities on the U.S. side have organized to provide direct humanitarian aid to the lost, the sick, and the injured.
In the rural border town of Arivaca, Arizona, community members have initiated an unprecedented campaign to push back against border militarization by calling for the removal of the Border Patrol immigration checkpoints that encircle their town.
Come learn about resistance to border militarization, direct aid in the borderlands, and what you can do to support the cause.
Sponsored by Women Against Military Madness. Endorsed by MIRAc (MN Immigrant Rights Coalition) and Witness for Peace Upper Midwest.
The Ghosts of Jeju: Documentary Film
Thursday, January 29
St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis.
The Ghosts of Jeju describes the non-violent resistance by residents of a small village on Jeju Island, South Korea, to their government's construction of a gigantic naval base on the island. The film also describes the effect the base would have on the environment and the traditional culture and livelihood of the villagers who live there. And it links the resistance today to the resistance of the peasants to U.S. and South Korean military domination following World War II. The base also represents a major expansion of American militarism in that region, the so-called "Pivot to Asia."
Changing Perceptions: Israel/Palestine
Sunday, February 8
4200 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis.
Ilan Pappe will join WAMM via Skype from London. Ilan Pappe is a major, revisionist Israeli historian who published the results of his groundbreaking research on the war of 1948 in The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2006). After receiving numerous death threats in Israel while teaching at Haifa University, Pappe was hired by the history department at the University of Exeter in England, and moved there in 2007 with his family. A prolific author, Pappe is also an activist committed to a non-Zionist “one-state solution” for Israel/Palestine.
Larry Johnson, immediate past President of Veterans for Peace, will speak on the real meaning of "just war" and defense. Larry was a conscientious objector during the War in Vietnam, serving as an army medic, refusing to carry a weapon. He is listed with the National Christian Witness Speakers Bureau.
Sponsored by: Plymouth Congregational Church Global Connections.
Four inspiring and informative talks from four extraordinary leaders from the 2014 Bioneers Conference. Each talk is approximately 25 minutes and will be followed by time to engage, explore, and envision the possibilities within our community.
Clean Energy and Jobs Day on the Hill
Monday, February 2
9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Christ Lutheran Church, 105 University Avenue West, St. Paul.
Minnesota has taken several important bipartisan steps toward cleaner energy and a stronger economy over the last few years. But our work is not done. We will meet with our Legislators to urge them to support an increase in clean energy in Minnesota. Gather at Christ Lutheran Church to hear from lobby and policy experts before we hit the ground at the Capitol. Lunch will be provided and rides to the Capitol are available.
Sponsored by: First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis Social Justice Committee.
Dispatches from Occupied Palestine: Sabry Wazwaz Speaks Out
Saturday, February 7
Karmel West, 312 West Lake Street, Minneapolis.
After over a month of traveling in Palestine, Anti-War Committee member Sabry Wazwaz is returning to Minnesota with a treasure trove of video, photos and first-hand accounts of life in the occupied West Bank. Palestinian American Sabry is an outspoken leader of Minnesota’s movement for a free Palestine, and against U.S.-backed Israeli apartheid. Many have followed his December-January trip on social media. His almost daily posts have given a preview of what Sabry witnessed: military checkpoints, the violence of Israeli settlements, racist apartheid laws, and the denied right of return have been paired with inspiring stories of the determination and resilience of the Palestinian people, from Al Khalil to Jerusalem. Join us for Sabry’s stories from Palestine, and his thoughts on our continuing work for Palestine here in Minnesota.
A Call for Immigration Reform
Tuesday, February 17
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Coeur de Catherine Ballroom, St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul.
Featured speakers: Simone Campbell, SSS (nuns on the bus) Executive Director of a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby and Dr. Bruce Corrie, PhD, Assoc. V.P. for University Relations and International Programs Concordia University. Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by: Justice Commission of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates.