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.
WAMM Weekly Bridge Vigil for Peace
5 - 6 pm — Summer Hours
Lake St/Marshall Av Peace Bridge, Mississippi River joining Mpls and St Paul.
Live from France with journalist Diana Johnstone:
“Using Smart Power to Drum Up War in Ukraine & The Middle East”
Saturday, April 25
Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Avenue South, Minneapolis.
Croissants and café au lait will be served at 9:30, prior to the talk. Discussion followed by Q&A via Skype. Johnstone’s many articles, including the recent “France Under the Influence: The ambiguity of Charlie Hebdo,” have been featured in numerous international magazines and on news sites. Her new book, Queen of Chaos: the Misadventures of Hillary Clinton, will be published by CounterPunch in 2015. She is a member of the Minneapolis-based organization, WAMM.
The event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by The Middle East Committee of Women Against Military Madness.
My Lai Massacre: A Half-Told Story
Sunday, April 26
Noon - 2:00 pm.
4200 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis.
Dong Nguyen is a Humphrey Institute Fellow and founder and Vice-Chair of the non-governmental organization, Charity Fund for the Elderly in Hanoi, Vietnam. The My Lai Massacre is the most shocking war-crime episode of the Vietnam War. It showed the ruthlessness and brutality of American soldiers at the time, acting on incorrect information and displaying the low morale. The presentation will also point out why the case was hidden for a year, the reactions from media and public outreach before and after the disclosure, the real stories of the U.S soldiers who were charged with criminal offenses, and the actions to heal the pain.
Sponsored by WAMM Tackling Torture at the Top Committee.
Islamophobia: A Presentation by Sami Rasouli
Thursday, May 7
Macalester Plymouth United Church, 1658 Lincoln Av, St. Paul.
Sami Rasouli is an Iraqi-American who grew up in Iraq and Lived in MN as an adult until 2004. For the past 11 years, Sami has worked with the Muslim Peacemaker Teams (MPT), a group dedicated to the principles of nonviolence. Sami will speak about the history of Islam, what it means to be Muslim, sectarianism in the Middle East, recent origins of Islamophobia both in the US and around the world and whether it makes US military involement more likely in the Middle East. Q&A to follow.
Sponsored by End War Committee of WAMM and Macalester Plymouth United Church Peacemakers. FFI: 612-275-2720, 612-827-5364 or 651-633-2743..
FFI: 612-275-2720 or 651-633-2743 or contact the WAMM office.
Second Monday Movies - Legalize Democracy
Monday, May 11
On the BIG SCREEN at 4200 Cedar Ave. So., Mimneapolis.
Documentary by Dennis Trainor, Jr. (American Autumn: an Occudoc) about the movement to amend — why it is needed, and how you can get involved, placing the response to corporate coup of our government in the context of the growing Democracy movement emerging right here and right now.
WAMM 8th Annual Walk Against Weapons - Stop Militarizing US Society!
Saturday, May 30
10:30 am, rain or shine!
Meet up at Perkins, Riverside and I-94, Minneapolis.
WAMM has, for decades, been vigilant against war on peoples anywhere. We are alarmed that the same weapons of war we deplore, yet pay for, have come home to be used in the US by federal, state, county and local law enforcement. We will walk against all weapons, including the use of drones for surveillance, and for an end to war profiteering.
Tackling Torture at the Top Video Contest
Deadline: June 1, 2015
WAMM’s Tackling Torture at the Top (T3) committee announces a video contest on the subject of torture and torture accountability. The jury consists of international experts on film and on the torture issue, including Prof. Peter Kuznick, American University, co-writer of the 10 part TV series “The Untold History of the United States” (2012), Sebastian Doggart, director of the critically acclaimed documentary “American Faust: From Condi to Neo-Condi” (2009), longtime peace activist, Andy Worthington, and Joseph Jolton, Minneapolis filmmaker and instructor video arts at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Blake School. Winners will be feted at Twin Cities events on June 26th, the UN-designated Torture Awareness Day.
Challenges for the anti-war movement: The Islamic State & U.S. Intervention. Public forum and discussion.
Friday, April 24
Mayday Books, 301 Cedar Avenue S, Mpls., basement of THE HUB.
The Obama Administration has launched a new series of military interventions in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the name of fighting the Islamic State/ISIS forces. The U.S. Congress is considering a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force resolution that will give legal cover to these new U.S. interventions and could see the spread of U.S. military actions to many other countries. Speaker: Gary Prevost, Anti-war activist and Professor of Political Science at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.
PLEASE NOTE: Parking in the West Bank neighborhood will be busier than normal the evening of the forum. Please look for nearby parking, including the U of M law school and the large lot near Mixed Blood theater. The Metro Green Line light rail train stops one block from the store.
Film: "Beyond The Divide". War, peace, and the courage to find common ground. Special screening.
Thursday, April 30
Pepito's Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis.
The focus of the film is on what transpires between the peace community in Missoula, MT and others as the result of painting a peace sign on a telephone satellite in the hills outside of town. Through the courageous acts of a Vietnam veteran and a peace advocate, Beyond the Divide illuminates a path to healing old wounds and demonstrates authentic peace building. It is a great story of healing and reconciliation. Veterans for Peace is inviting all members of our community to the viewing with the hopes of opening dialog on how we all may "cross the divide" and increase our ability to work together to make the world a better place. Good Will offering.
2:30 gather at Lake/Nicollet, march to downtown Minneapolis for rally at 5:30.
The march will send that message of solidarity with all workers, the right to a union, and opposition to anti-union laws being imposed around the country like the “right to work (for less)” law just forced through in Wisconsin. The march will also stand for equal rights for immigrant workers in Minnesota
Al Nakba Protest: Say No to U.S. Aid to Israel!
Friday, May 15
outside the office of Senator Klobuchar, 1200 Washington Ave S., Minneapolis.
May 15, 1948, marked the end of British Mandate over Palestine, and the establishment of the state of Israel on Palestinian land. This day is marked as Al Nakba, Arabic for The Catastrophe. During the 1948 war, at least 750,000 Palestinian men, women, and children were ruthlessly attacked, massacred, and driven from their homes into refugee camps, and have never been allowed to return, in violation of international law. From 1948 through 2013, Israel had received $233.7 billion in U.S. aid, which is used to occupy Palestine. That number compounds every day, as 2015 marks 67 years of US-backed Israeli occupation. Show your solidarity with Palestine, say NO to U.S. aid to Israel.
Sponsored by Anti-War Committee, endorsed by the Middle East Committee of WAMM.