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.
Every Monday from 5pm-6:30pm
Minnesota Governor's Residence
1006 Summit Avenue
Gather at the Govenor's Residence as a peaceful presence in memory of Philando Castile and the other Minnesotans murdered by the police in the last year: Jamar Clark, Marcus Golden, Michael Kirvelay, Map Kong, Phil Quinn, Jaffort Smith...and 15 more.
PLEASE NOTE: Please bring a lantern or candle for better visibility. We are considering changing to a winter schedule that gives us more daylight. Please comment if you have an opinion about the timing.
This will be a peaceful, family-friendly vigil. Hope to see you there!
Co-hosted by Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace, St. Anthony Villagers for Communty Action, St. Paul Eastside Neighbors for Peace, St. Paul Neighbors for Peace, and Women Against Military Madness (WAMM)
-——---——-—-- top^ WAMM Book Club - "War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and
Global Pacification" By Jeff Halper
Saturday, January 20, 2017 @ 10AM
Episcopal Homes Welcome Center
1860 University Avenue West
JJeff Hapler investigates how Israel exports the weaponry and techniques of occupation. He shows how it uses the West Bank and Gaza as a "laboratory" 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 acification."
Join us for a review and discussion.
Book club will not be meeting in December.
Sponsored by WAMM Book Club.
FFI: contact the WAMM office. -——---——-—-- top^ Every Church a Peace Church (ECAPC) January Potluck with Kathy Kelly: "Confronting State Violence at Home and Abroad
Monday, January 23rd @ 6:30pm
St. Joan of Arc Church
4537 3rd Avenue South
Kathy Kelly will speak about people forced by wars to flee their homes in Afghanistan and about people trapped in the U.S. prison industrial complex, immigration detention centers, and the vast network of U.S. prisons and jails -- people who are separated mercilessly from their families and homes. And she will speak about her experience during a visit to Russia with a delegation whose aim was to learn about Russian opinions regarding U.S./NATO provocations on their borders. Kathy Kelly is a story teller who strongly believes that "where you stand determines what you see."
Co-sponsors: Twin Cities Peace Campaign, Women Against Military Madness, and Veterans for Peace
Monday, February 13th @ 7pm
4200 Cedar Avenue
In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.
Trumbo speaks about how the Blacklist victimized them all: those who stood by their principles and lost their jobs, and also those who compromised their principles to keep them.
This movie is an important reminder of how democracy can fail when a fervent majority turns on those with different and potentially threatening values.
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.
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
-——---——-—-- top^ Mega-March Against Trump's Inauguration: Resist from Day One!
Friday, January 20th starting at 2pm
2pm - Start to gather at Lake Street and Nicollet Ave. S. for rally then march
4pm - March leaves from Franklin and Nicolllet to City Hall
5pm - Convergence Rally at City Hall - 350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis
Twin Cities Mega-March against Trump's racist agenda on inauguration day. The march details were set at a meeting December 11th attended by representatives of 26 organizations in the Twin Cities area. All are welcome to participate and bring your own signs, banners and issues. There will be many activities of resistance to Trump's agenda throughout the day, and we support all efforts to show resistance from day one. We will all converge at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall in downtown Minneapolis! No work, no school, no business as usual!
Saturday, January 21st @ 10am
Starting at John Ireland Blvd Bridge
10-11am - Get pumped up, meet one another, form new friendships and a TBD motivational speaker - Please plan to arrive no later than 10:30am.
11am - March northeast on John Ireland Blvd toward the Capitol.
Noon-2pm - Rally, including music, speakers, performers and more!
We will unite at the State Capitol in St. Paul for the Women's March. We march in solidarity with our sisters in Washington, D.C. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
-——---——-—-- top^ Middle East Peace Now presents - Jaylani Hussein on Islamophobia
Saturday, Janurary 28th
9:30 am Refreshments
10:00 am Presentation and Discussion
Southdale Hennepin County Library
7001 York Avenue South
Jaylani Hussein emigrated from Somalia to the U.S. with his family in 1993, has earned degrees in Community Development, City Planning, and Political Science. He specializes in the areas on urban planning and community and youth development; he has more than eight years of experience working in juvenile treatment centers for court adjudicated youth. Since May of 2015, Mr. Hussein has served as Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) and, later in the same year, received the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits annual "Visonary Leader" Award.