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 Vigil: Justice for Palestine
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Snelling and Summit Avenue, St. Paul.
Every Friday join others to vigil for justice for Palestine and Palestinians. End the siege of Gaza, End the Occupation, and End U.S. Aid to Israel.
——--——--——--——--——--—— top^ Kathy Kelly. Eyewitness to War: Witness for Peace
Monday, September 15
6:30 p.m. (potluck)
7:00 p.m. (presentation)
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 4537 3rd Avenue, Minneapolis.
During each of 15 trips to Afghanistan, Kathy Kelly, as an invited guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, has lived alongside ordinary Afghan people in a working class neighborhood in Kabul. She and her companions in Voices for Creative Nonviolence believe that "where you stand determines what you see." They are resolved not to let war sever the bonds of friendship between them and Afghan people whom they've grown to know through successive delegations. Kelly and her companions insist that the U.S. hasn't waged a "humanitarian war" or a "war of necessity" in Afghanistan. They also believe that maintaining special operations forces and drone warfare in Afghanistan will prolong and exacerbate the war.
Sponsored by: Every Church A Peace Church, Twin Cities Peace Campaign, St. Joan of Arc/WAMM Peacemakers and Women Against Military Madness.
30th Annual WAMM Not So Silent Silent Auction
Sunday, October 5
5:00 to 8:00 p.m. (bidding closes at 7:00 p.m.)
St. Joan of Arc Church, 4537 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis.
It's a FUN-raiser and we'll have some zany FUN! Complimentary buffet from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., win an exciting variety of items such as restaurant gift certificates, gourmet dinners, health and wellness services, vacation homes, and more!
Supervised children’s activities.
Sliding fee at the door: $10-$30, reserve a table for eight in advance for $25 per person.
Fly Kites, Not Drones
Saturday, Oct 11
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Meet at the Roberts Bird Sanctuary Shelter located adjacent to the Lyndale Park Peace Garden and just north of Lake Harriet in Minneapolis (4124 Roseway Rd).
Join WAMM for an afternoon for singles and families alike. We will have a chance to discuss the facts about drone warfare as we enjoy a drone-free day of creating, decorating and flying kites. Kites and decorating tools will be provided.
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 (October 5) are underway. Consider offering your time and enjoying the camaraderie!
Video: “Solidarity with Gaza”
Saturday, September 13
9:30 a.m. (refreshments)
10:00 a.m. (presentation and discussion)
Southdale Hennepin County Library, 7001 York Avenue South, Edina.
Dr. Mads Gilbert is Professor and Clinical Head, Clinic of Emergency Medicine at the University Hospital of Northern Norway in Tromsø, Norway, which is a sister city to Gaza City. The forum video will be a speech Dr. Gilbert gave when he returned from volunteering at al-Shifa Hospital in July during Operation Protective Edge. On his return to Norway on July 31, he joined a rally in solidarity with Gaza and spoke of resistance and human rights. He described his time at al-Shifa Hospital as "hell and a magnificent experience." Gilbert describes the 10 demands of Hamas for a cease fire as human rights.
Sponsored by Middle East Peace Now (MEPN).
Anti-War Protest: Back to Iraq? We say NO!
Saturday, Sept. 20
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Lake Street and Hiawatha Ave, Minneapolis
Stop the U.S. War in Iraq
No U.S. War in Syria
Be part of a visible anti-war presence to speak out against a new chapter of U.S. war in Iraq and against U.S. military intervention in Syria. People need funds for jobs, housing and education, a peace economy, not new wars and interventions.
Community March for Palestine!
Saturday, September 13
Loring Park, 1382 Willow Street, Minneapolis.
32 years ago marked the Sabra and Shatilla massacre. This summer has seen another massive attack on Palestinian civilians. Join others who demand an end to U.S. military aid to Israel and continue the grassroots movement to support a free Palestine.
Sponsored by: the Anti-War Committee. Endorsed by American Muslims for Palestine, Committee to Stop FBI Repression, MN Break the Bonds Campaign, Jewish Voice for Peace - Minnesota, MN Immigrant Rights Action Committee, MN Peace Action Coalition, Twin Cities Peace Campaign, Veterans for Peace, Welfare Rights Committee, & Women Against Military Madness.
Masanari Kawahara's "Little Boy"
Friday, September 19 to Sunday, October 5
Pillsbury House Theatre
3501 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis.
Little Boy was created by puppeteer, painter, and performance artist Masanari Kawahara, who was born in Hiroshima and grew up playing in the Peace Park built where the bomb was dropped. In this solo performance, Kawahara introduces audiences to his character, Little Boy, the world’s first talking (and farting) atom bomb. The reluctant creation contemplates his impact in a series of ridiculous, hilarious, and often emotional scenes. The show is a culmination of previous pieces I.N. and Hiroshima. Little Boy is directed by Molly Van Avery.
Discussion of the book which addresses the movements that have galvanized long-silenced—or silent—sectors of society: Indigenous people, campesinos, students, the LGBT community, the unemployed, and all those left out of the promised utopia of a globalized economy.
Queen Gertrude of the Desert
Tuesday, September 23
The Playwrights’ Center, 2301 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis.
Why would the life of the most influential woman in the British Empire—the “mother of modern Iraq”—be cut short in its prime? This is the tantalizing question surrounding the life of the remarkable Gertrude Bell. Gertrude was an Orientalist, a spy, a mountaineer, an aviatrix, a photographer, an archaeologist, a prolific author and translator, and the architect of the Iraqi state. During and after World War I, she worked alongside some of the most accomplished military and political figures in the world, including T.E. Lawrence—“Lawrence of Arabia” and Sir Winston Churchill. Her death in Baghdad in 1926 remains a mystery. This play provides clues from the events that framed her astonishing career—her passionate love life, her adventures in the Arabian Desert, her mentoring of the Iraqi royal family, and her establishment of the Iraq National Museum. As Iraq seems to be falling apart today, the life and work of Gertrude Bell is an epic account of the politics of empire in the 20th Century.
Sponsored by The Playwrights’ Center.
Discussion: The reality of immigration raids & deportations: From the U.S.-Mexico border to Minnesota
Thursday, September 25
Blegen Hall #120, West Bank, University of Minnesota, 269 19th Ave S, Minneapolis.
Join us for a panel and discussion about the reality of immigration raids and deportations, from the U.S.-Mexico border to Minnesota. Luz Hernandez will share testimonies from people directly affected by the massive immigration raid at a meat packing plant in nearby Postville, Iowa on May 12, 2008. We'll also hear from a historical perspective about mass deportations of Mexicans and Central Americans. And we'll hear from activists from MIRAC's No More Deportations campaign about what we can do now to try to stop raids and deportations that separate families and devastate communities.
Sponsored by Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc) Endorsed by WAMM.
Potluck Meal and Round-Table Discussion
Monday, September 29
6:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Simone Weil House, 2420 11th Ave. S., Minneapolis.
A potluck meal followed by a Round-Table discussion with other local peace groups and activists on how this peacemaking center can partner-with and complement the work for peace here in the Twin Cities.
Sponsored by: The Gene Stolzfus Center for Creative Peacemaking.
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.