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.
WAMM Friday Vigil for Palestine.
Every Friday from 4:30pm - 5:30pm at the intersection of Summit and Snelling Avenue in St. Paul
Join us to stand against the brutal and unjust conditions of occupation.
Friday, February 17th from 5:30pm - 8:00pm
May Day Books
301 Cedar Avenue South
Enjoy hors de oeuvres and light refreshments! Stop by before dinner! Stop by to help stop endless wars! Start the weekend by supporting the peace movement! Bring your checkbook to help keep the Anti-War movement speaking out in the streets!
Funds raised will support build-up for the March 18th Stop Endless U.S. Wars protest in Minneapolis. Funds will be used for publicity efforts, including radio ad, and for other expenses to send an anti-war message March 18th. Bring your checkbook to help keep the anti-war movement speaking out in the streets!
Sponsored by Minnesota Peace Action Coalition (WAMM is a member!)
WAMM Book Club - "War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification" by Jeff Halper
February 18th @ 10AM
Episcopal Homes Welcom Center
1860 University Avenue West
Join the WAMM book club as we investigate Jeff Halper's stunningly revealing publication! "War Against the People focuses on Israel's unique role in international affairs, highlighting how it promotes a global system of militarism and domestic control - a form of "global Palestine."
Jeff Halper investigates how Israel exports the weaponry and techniques of occupation. He shows how it uses the West Bank and Gaza as a "labratory" for the development of these weapons, instruments of population control and models of permanent pacification. These are used not only to armies but internal security agencies and police forces as well. Halper locates Israel's system of pacification within the broader project of global "transcapital pacification." War Against the People provides a valuable window into the workings of pacification on a global level and the latest in military and counter-insurgency doctrine, outlining critical aspects of global politics that activists often stuggle for global justice." -- Google books review
Participants, who drive can ignorer the unauthorized parking signs, but don't park in a handicapped spot!
WAMM Annual Meeting with Ann Wright "Standing Rock to Palestine; Eyewitness Report on U.S. Wars at Home and Abroad"
Saturday, March 4th from 10am - 1pm
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
519 Oak Grove Street
Join us for our spectacular WAMM Annual Meeting! We are joined by U.S. Army Colonel (Ret.) and Former State Department Officer Ann Wright!
Wright is a 29-year veteran of the Army and Army Reserves who rose to the rank of Colonel. During that time, she earned a law degree from the University of Arkansas and a master's degree in National Security Affairs from the U.S. Naval War College. In 1987, Wright became a U.S. diplomat and in the course of her State Department career, she served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassies in Afghanistan (which she helped open following the 2001 U.S. invasion of Afghanistan), Sierra Leone (an embassy which she helped close and then reopen again due to a civil war), Micronesia and Mongolia. She also served at U.S. embassies in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada, and Nicaragua. She received the State Department’s Award for Heroism for her actions in evacuating Americans and members of the international community during the civil war in Sierra Leone in 1997.
She resigned from the Department of State on March 19, 2003, in opposition to the Iraq war. Since then, Wright has worked to end US wars, lecturing and traveling all over the world. She is the co-author of Dissent: Voices of Conscience.
Wright’s post retirement career as a peace activist has greatly benefited from her prior Foreign Service experience, her diplomatic skills and international expertise. In recent years she has traveled throughout the world, including to a number of conflict-burdened areas of the world in peace missions: Gaza, West Bank and Israel, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Cuba, North and South Korea with Women Cross the DMZ, and visits to Okinawa and Japan as well as participating in Gaza Freedom Flotillas, including the 2016 Women’s Boat to Gaza.
We therefore expect she will be able to update us on these situations, her first-hand experiences as well as her opinions as to potential solutions more fully and accurately than our domestic news services and most other foreign policy commentators.
WAMM Annual Report written and performed by Phyllis Goldin and Wanda Brown
Light Tasty Brunch!
Meet New Board Members!
Monday, March 13th @ 7pm
4200 Cedar Avenue
The long-hidden story of a deadly accident at a Titan II missile complex in Damascus, Arkansas in 1980. Based on the critically-acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser, this chilling new documentary exposes the terrifying truth about the management of America's nuclear arsenal and shows what can happen when the weapons built to protect us threaten to destroy us. It reveals the unlikey chain of events that caused the accident an the feverish efforts to prevent the explosion of the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the United States, 600 times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima.
Connecting the dots. Lively discussion follows led by Jay Kvale, Anti-nuclear Activist.
Free and open to the public, all are welcome!
Sponsored by the WAMM Movie Committee. Co-Sponsored by the WAMM End War Committee.
On March 15th each of us will mail Donald Trup a postcard that publicly expresses our opposition to him And we, in vast number, from all corners of the world, will overwhelm the man with his unpopularity and failure. We will show the media and the politicians what standing with him -- and against us-- means. And most importantly, we will bury the White House post office in pink slips, all informing Donnie that he's fired!
Each of us -- every protester from every march, each Congress-calling citizen, every boycotter, volunteer, donor, and petition signer -- if each of us writes even a single postcard and we put them all in the mail on the same day, March 15th, well: you do the math.
No alternative fact or Russian translation will explain away our record-breaking, offically-verifiable, warehouse-filling flood of fury. Hank Aaron currently holds the record for fan mail, having recieved 900,000 pieces in a year. We're setting anew record: over a million pieces in a day, with not a single nice thing to say.
So sharpen your wit, unsheathe your writing implements, and see if your sincerest ill-wishes can pierce Donald's famously thin skin. (Dump Despicable Donnie! He's not my President! Impeach Dumpy Donnie! Not smart enought to be my President! Stop walking all over our Constitution! Donnie the dictator belongs in Russia!).
Prepare for March 15th, 2017, a day hereafter to be known as #TheIdesOfTrump
Write one postcard. Write a dozen! Take a picture and post it on social media tagged with #TheIdesOfTrump! Spread the word! Everyone on Earch should let Donnie know how he's doing. They can't build a wall high enough to stop the mail.
Then, on March 15th, mail your messages to:
President (for now) Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
This is a viral campaign! WAMM will be writing postcards and so should you!!!
Third Thursday Forum: "NAFTA, TPP and the uncertainty of US Trade Policy" Presented by Kaela Berg
Thursday, February 16th from 6:45pm-8:45pm
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
511 Groveland Avenue
The Third Thursday Global Issues Form hosted by Citizens for Global Solutions, Minnesota presents Kaela Berg, director of the Minnesota Fair Trade Coalition. Ms. Berg will explain the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in terms of its history and what it is really about; how all trade agreements are connected; what is still out there being negotiated; and what "trade" could end up looking like with a Donald Trump presidency.
Middle East Peace Now Presents, Darin Hussein - "Youth in Palestine: When Abnormal Becomes Normal"
Saturday, February 18th -
Refreshments @ 9:30am
Presentation @ 10am
Southdale Hennepin County Library
7001 York Avenue South
Darin Hussein, from Palestine, will speak on her experiences working with youth in her home city of Ramallah. Her presentation will focus on her efforts to build job-training programs that can help young adults find appropriate and productive employment in a limited and stressful work environment. Ms Hussein holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Birzeit University, West Bank and an MS in Birmingham, UK. She has been nominated for the Michigan Professional Fellows Impact Award for her volunteer work creating career centers at universities in Ramallah. This year she is studying Public Policy as a Fulbright scholar in the Hubert Humphrey International Fellow Program at the University of Minnesota.
Thursdays from February 23rd through March 30th @ 7pm
St. Anthony Main Theatre
115 Main Southeast
Opening night, February 23
El acompañante (The Companion)
Pavel Giroud I 2015 I Fiction I 104 min
This film is a universal tale of struggle against adversity, a drama that takes up the theme of AIDS in the world of amateur boxing.
At the start of the epidemic in the 1980s, the Cuban government took the drastic, although ultimately successful, step of quarantining infected patients in a sanatorium. Part of the approach was to assign a “companion,” in this case, a former world-class boxer who is paired with a veteran of Cuba’s mission to support the Congolese colonial revolution.
$8.00 general admission; $6.00 seniors, students and MSP Film Society members. The majority of the films are in Spanish, subtitled in English. A discussion will follow each film.
Saturday, February 25th, 6:30pm-10pm
2511 East Franklin Avenue
Basement Hospitality Room
Even before the Cheeto in Chief, the Islamophobic Countering Violent Extremism Program (CVE came to town with talk of "Jihadi cells" and "ground zero for terrorism" criminalising an entire community. The documentary film "RESIST" tells the story of our local Somali community fighting back against demonizing narratives that institutionalize Islamophobia. We'll share excerpt from this new film in production, live speakers, and light refreshments. The event is to raise money to support this important documentary. Meet the filmmaker. Meet some of the community members featured in the film. Meet activists on the front lines of the struggle. And learn how you can help. This evening is designed to introduce potential allies to the ways that our local Muslim community is being targeted (especially the youth), it is an opportunity to lean directly from those targeted about what they need from their allies. This is a good place to learn and connect, because we need to RESIST together!
SIXTY-ONE book readings: Beating Weapons into Windmills Walk
Saturday, February 25th @ 4pm
May Day Books
301 Cedar Avenue South
Larry Johnson will be talking about the stories in his book SIXTY ONE: "My interest, from the content of the book, is that the new President arguing everyone should have their own nuclear weapons, as well as the 26,000 bombs the US dropped in 2016, should be considered illegal acts, along with all the killing of civilans done by all nations of the world. This is direct from international law they taught us in the military, as well as the just war theory they taught us in church, I also have extreme attitudes about privileged individuals and corporations being able to profit astronomically by making implements of warfare. This while ordinary people are persuaded to be "patriotic" and go off to be soldiers, earning very little and too often losing everything.
But what I do know. I'm just a storyteller who ended up objecting conscientiously, serving as a medic with no weapon, hoping to get people back home where they belong. If you want to thank me for my service, thank me for fighting for the truth that great spiritual leaders like Jesus said will truly make us free. And thank the Pope for questioning even the validity of the just war theory, and the Lutheran church for asking a deep "sould-searching" on how and why we do warfare." - Larry Johnson
Larry will also be at Pax Salon @ 943 West 7th Street St. Paul, Tuesday, February 21st from 6:30-8:30pm.
Sunday, March 5th @ 10:30am
First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis
900 Mount Curve Avenue
Would you take in a stranger? Would you feed and clothe them? A Muslim, a heretic, a Tubman, a slave, a Jew? These are some of the words of the haunting song by Ysaye Barnwell, which is one of the pieces being performed. Other works include part of Bach's "Refugee Cantata," Chilcott's "MLK" and "Abolition of Slavery" and the stunning "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Jake Runestead, featuring a glorious, haunting "bird-like" soprano solo.
The orchestra will feature movements by Dimitri Shostakovich, one of Russia's finest composers. The music is gorgeous, and combined with thoughtful poetry, will prove to be a very meaningful and timely experience.
Organized by the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis Social Justice Committee
World Storytelling Day, Winners Peace Essay Contest and Tabling
Tuesday, March 21st from 6pm-9pm
F.K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium
75 5th Street West
World Storytelling Day! Free and open to the public!
6pm - Tabling with MAP Groups
7pm - Storytelling and Peace Essay Winners
Four storytellers, plus showcasing of 2017 MN Alliance of Peacemakers PEACE ESSAY CONTEST for high school Juniors and Seniors (see more below).
Beverly Cottman - former high school science teachers, tells African and African American stories such as "Auntie Beverly," and in all things celebrates the rich heritage and culture of the African Diaspora.
Maren Hinderlie - has worked as a storyteller for theatrical, educational, religious, and festival communities throughout the U.S. and around the world. Will have just returned from telling stories in Vietnam and the Phillippines.
Larry Johnson - Winner of grand prize in Tokyo Video Festival, and Action for Children's TV Nat'l Achievement Award, both for making TV behave as a personal storyteller. His book, SIXTY-ONE, calls, thru storytelling, for less war and no equivocation on veteran care in mental health and toxin exposure.
Kubisa S. Muzenende - respected human rights advocate, is founder of LET AFRICA LIVE, a nonprofit int he Democratic Repbulic of the Congo, providing job skills training and psycho-social support to former child soldiers, survivors of violence, and victims of war-related sexual abuse.
Peace Essay Contest-Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers-Thru 2/28/17
The Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers (MAP) announces the second annual LESLIE REINDL PEACE ESSAY CONTEST for Minnesota high school juniors and seniors. Completed essays are due February 28, 2017, and the top 3 winners will be showcased and awarded scholarship prizes of $1,000, $750, and $500 at World Storytelling Day, March 21, 2017 at Landmark Center in St. Paul.
Students will have opportunity to think and write on one of the 3 questions, one on unpacking cultural biases and creating a more inclusive society. Another is focused on developing one's own peacemaking activity, and a third on the Peace Literacy work of Captain Paul K. Chappell of Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Full topics, guidelines and suggested resources, as well as classroom speakers, are available now by contacting Larry Johnson at 612-747-3904 or email@example.com
1,000 Who CAIR, Call to Action: Challenging Islamophobia, Defending Civil Rights
Saturday, March 25th from 4pm-8pm
2004 Randolph Avenue
1,000 who CAIR - is a rallying cry to all who believe in religious freedom for Muslim Americans and all people. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, Minnesota is hosting this event not only as a fundraiser/conference, but as a kick-off to its compaign to activate 10,000 Minnesotans in the fight against bigotry and hatred. The event will feature noted Muslim scholar Dalia Mogahed, Khirzr Khan, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Civil Rights Leader Nekima Levy-Pounds and many other politicans and entertainers to inspire and energize people into ACTION!