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.
Collective punishment is a crime!
Stop US aid to Israel, solidarity with Palestine!
Tuesday, July 8th
Outside Senator Klobuchar's office
1200 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis
Palestinians are facing the largest campaign of collective punishment seen since the Second Intifada. This campaign of intimidation, destruction, and violence comes in response to the disappearance of 3 Israeli settler youth near Hebron on June 12th, and the discovery of their bodies on June 30th. At least 12 have been killed and many more have been injured. More than 500 Palestinians have been detained and initial reports suggest that many of those arrested are held under administrative detention, a form of detention without charge or trial on secret evidence. The number of children held in Israeli jails has risen to 250. Israel has also imposed severe restrictions of movement. Hundreds of military raids have been launched across the occupied West Bank since June 12, with more than 1000 private homes and refugee camps and the offices of civil society organizations ransacked. Israeli warplanes have launched 11 airstrikes using 44 missiles on the Gaza strip targeting agricultural stores (targeting Gazans already sparse food supply). Instead of continuing to support Israel, the US should pressure Israel to end this campaign of collective punishment, acknowledging the war crime that it is.
Organized by the Coalition for Palestinian Rights and the Anti-War Committee. Endorsed by Women Against Military Madness (WAMM).
Weekly Peace Vigil: Focus on Palestine EVERY Wednesday since 1999.
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Lake Steet/Marshall Avenue Bridge.
Take a stand - make a statement. Participate in the weekly Wednesday Peace Vigil. Meet on the east side for greetings.
Weekly Vigil Resuming: Stop U.S. funded oppression of Palestinians
Friday, July 25
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Snelling and Summit Avenue, St. Paul.
Warplanes and ships continue their airstrikes against the Gaza Strip, even as the military continues to build up ground forces for a potential invasion. The Israeli military is preparing to call up 40,000 reservists and threatens it is preparing for a long war. We must speak out against this outrage. End US Aid to Israel! Hands off Gaza!
Demonstration: End Israeli Terrorism
Friday, July 11
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Snelling and Summit Avenue, St. Paul.
Warplanes and ships continue their airstrikes against the Gaza Strip, even as the military continues to build up ground forces for a potential invasion. The Israeli military is preparing to call up 40,000 reservists and threatens it is preparing for a long war. As of Tues 150 targets had been hit and 27 Gazans killed including children as young as 8. Obama continues to give unconditional support to the Israeli attacks. We must speak out against this outrage. Collective Punishment is a Crime! End US Aid to Israel! Hands off Gaza!
Sponsored by: WAMM Middle East Committee and the MN Coalition for Palestinian Rights.
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Afro Deli, 1939 South 5th Street, Minneapolis.
The book of the month is a short but important and timely one: The Rise of the American Corporate Security State, by Beatrice Edwards. It is 88 pages long. To quote Daniel Ellisberg: "A must-read.....Edwards is an extraordinary writer who brilliantly captures the essence of what whistleblowers like Snowden have sacrificed in their careers and jeopardized their personal liberties to convey."
Join a WAMM issue committee... or help at events; staff a table; assist with office work... Issue Committees are scheduled at various farmers' markets and community events. Plans for the Silent Auction (Oct 5) are underway. Consider offering your time and enjoying the camaraderie!
A Street Festival for the Working Class
Saturday, July 19
4:00 to 10:00 p.m.
3rd Street and 7th Avenue, Minneapolis.
For the 80th anniversary of the events that "Made Minneapolis a Union Town" this street festival to commemorate the 1934 Teamsters strike and to remember and honor the victims of the "Bloody Friday" shootings. The festival will feature Music, Art, Performance, Historical Displays, Food, and Speeches. The festival not only commemorates the struggles of the past, but also points to the struggles of today and the future.
Seventh Annual Minneapolis International Sister City Day Celebration and Ice Cream Social
Sunday, July 20
Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power Street, Minneapolis.
International entertainment, free ice cream sundaes and a chance to connect and learn about the 11 Minneapolis Sister Cities throughout the world. This year will feature a talented group of youth international performers: Songs of Hope TM (trademark logo). With nearly 50 children from across the globe, Songs of Hope will perform songs of peace and love in an eclectic mix of languages.
ECAPC: Immigration Reform: A Christian Response
Monday, July 21
St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 29th Street & 32nd Avenue South, Minneapolis.
John Keller has been the Executive Director of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) since 2005. Prior to that he had been a staff attorney at ILCM for six years. In 2007 Keller was named Attorney of the Year by Minnesota Lawyer, and received the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits 2007 Advocacy Award on behalf of ILCM for work he led in response to immigration raids in 2006.
Sponsored by: Every Church a Peace Church (ECAPC).
No Place to Hide: An Activist Book Discussion
Thursday, July 24
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
May Day Bookstore, 301 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis.
One year ago we learned from Glenn Greenwald about Edward Snowden and the overwhelming level of NSA surveillance on the people of the world. Now Greenwald has written a book which is quite the page turner! You are invited to read Greenwald’s new book No Place to Hide and come to our discussion of his book, the NSA surveillance on all of us, and the importance of fighting for our privacy and our right to dissent! Snacks and beverages provided. Everyone is invited to participate or just to come and learn about political repression and surveillance.
Sponsored by: the Anti-War Committee and May Day Books.
David Cobb: Creating Democracy and Challenging Corporate Rule
Tuesday, July 29
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, 900 Mount Curve Avenue, Minneapolis.
David Cobb is a national spokesperson for Move to Amend. He is a lawyer and political activist. David has sued corporate polluters, lobbied elected officials, run for political office himself, and been arrested for non-violent civil disobedience. He truly believes we must use ALL the tools in the toolbox to effect the systemic social change we so desperately need. Formed in September 2009, Move to Amend is a national coalition of hundreds of organizations and hundreds of thousands of individuals committed to social and economic justice, ending corporate rule, and building a vibrant democracy that is genuinely accountable to the people, not corporate interests. We are calling for an amendment to the US Constitution to unequivocally state that inalienable rights belong to human beings only, and that money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment and can be regulated in political campaigns.
69th Annual Commemoration: Hiroshima/Nagasaki
Monday, August 5 to Thursday, August 8
Various Locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Each event is a little different (or a lot different), but all are based on our theme: Reflection on the Past. Action in the Present. Hope for the Future. Commemorative Tea Ceremony, Ceremony of 11 Bells, Junshin singers from Nagasaki, Mumin Japanese Chorus KAIROS Dance.
Sponsored by: The Saint Paul-Nagasaki Sister City Committee.
Emergency Response to New or Escalating U.S. Military Intervention
In the event of U.S. military intervention in Syria or Iran, a major escalation of the U.S. drone wars in Pakistan or Yemen, or military action in yet some other country, there will be a demonstration at the Federal Bldg in downtown Minneapolis at 3rd Avenue and 4th Street. It will be the same day at 4:30 p.m. if the announcement is made before noon—if made after noon it will be the next day at 4:30 p.m. Watch for an email announcement.