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.
Armistice Day Events with Col. Lawrence Wilkerson and Reverend Chris Antal Thursday, November 10th from 11:30am-12:30pm
Giddens Learning Center
Room 100 E
1536 Hewitt Avenue
Professor David Schultz will moderate a panel with Col. Wilkerson and Rev. Antal.
In the spirit of the peaceful intentions of the original Armistice Day, two events in the Twin Cities will address the questions, “Does our increased militarization cause abuses of power both abroad and at home?” and “Is counterterrorism counterproductive?” Mass surveillance, indefinite detention, immorality of war, torture and our drone bombings are aspects that will be discussed. Both events are on November 10, 2016 and are free and open to the public. They will feature Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff for Gen. Colin Powell and Reverend Chris Antal, former US Army chaplain stationed in Afghanistan.
Thursday, November 10th from 6pm-7pm
First Unitarian Society
900 Mt. Curve
(Parking available at the Walker Art Center)
Reverend Antal will lead An Interfaith Service of Lamentation and Hope
Col. Wilkerson will join Rev. Antal for a forum on this year's themes.
Friday, November 11th @ 10am
Veterans for Peace, Chapter 27 is planning coffee followed by their traditional Armistice Day bell ringing at 11am.
Sponsored by Tackling Torture at the Top (T3). Endorsed by Veterans for Peace Chapter 27
FFI: Thomas Dickinson 612-822-9520 -——---——-—-- top^ Report From Syria with Judy Bello via Skype Sunday, November 13th @ 2pm
4200 Cedar Avenue South
Long time peace and justice activist Judy Bello is on the Administrative Council of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) and is a founding member of the Upstate New York Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars. In the previous decade she has traveled with Peace Delegations to Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Syria. She just returned from a fact finding mission in Syria with a delegation from the U.S. Peace Council.
Sponsored by the Middle East Committee of Women Against Military Madness
Free and Open to the Public
FFI: contact the WAMM office. -——---——-—-- top^ Second Monday Movie - "How to Start a Revolution"
Monday, November 14th @ 7pm
4200 Cedar Avenue South
Join WAMM for our Second Monday Movie feature - "How to Start a Revolution" - a documentary film about Gene Sharp. A BAFTA award-winning British film about the nonviolent revolution!
Thursday, November 17th from 2pm-6pm
4200 Cedar Avenue South
It's that time of year again! The annual Give to the Max day! Where Minnesotans open their wallets for thier favorite organizations! WAMM will be opening its doors, with snacks and light beverages for an afternoon filled with readings and activism!
Join us for our scheduled readers and enjoy some conversation!
2pm- Polly Mann - co-founder of WAMM and lifelong activist
3pm- Carol Masters - WAMM member since 1983, powerful writer
4pm- Susu Jeffery - WAMM member, poet and activist
5pm- Sarah Hayes - visual artist, poet and photographer
This will be a fun afternoon of conversation, activism and enlightenment!
EVERYONE IS WELCOME! So, come in and say hi!
FFI: contact the WAMM office. -——---——-—-- top^ WAMM Book Club - "Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the US-Saudi Connection" by Medea Benjamin Saturday, November 19th @ 10AM
1931 South 5th Street
Join our book club as we discuss the lastest publication from one of WAMM's favorite activists -- Medea Benjamin. This newest title explores the connections between the United States and our unseeming "ally" Saudi Arabia. She is consice and quick to lay out the context of understanding the political landscape of this serious issue.
Saturday, October 22nd from 5pm-8pm
1006 Summit Avenue
This October 22, we will remember all of the Stolen Lives lost in Minnesota in a special ceremony. We especially want to raise awareness of some of the lesser-known victims of police violence. WE ASK THAT PEOPLE LOOK THROUGH THE LIST OF MN STOLEN LIVES at cuapb.org AND COMPLETE THE FORM TO INDICATE WHO YOU WILL REPRESENT. Make a sign for the person you represent and bring it with you to be used in the ceremony.
Stolen Lives are people who lost their lives at the hands of law enforcement. In Minnesota, there have been 240 Stolen Lives since 2000. These people are missed by their families and friends and their deaths have left a hole in the fabric of our community. The nature of the INjustice system virtually ensures that the cops who have killed these people will face no consequences and the families left behind will rarely see any measure of justice. In the history of the state of Minnesota, not one single cop has ever faced prosecution for killing a member of the community.
Speak for those who can no longer speak for themselves. Demand justice for the far too many MN Stolen Lives and demand consequences for killer cops!
CO-SPONSORS: Communities United Against Police Brutality, Justice Occupation for Philando, AR 14, TC Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar, Asamblea de Derechos Civiles, Justice for Marcus Golden, Blue Lies Matter, Black St Paul, St Paul for Justice, Black Lives Matter-St Paul, Welfare Rights Committee
Thursday, October 27th @ 7pm
University of Minnesota
Room 1-106 on West Bank
1925 4th Street
Academy Award nominated film "5 Broken Cameras" is a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his community's nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army. When film director, Emad Burnat, flew into LA for the Academy Awards he was detained and harassed by US immigration officials. He said, "All the Palestinians get the same treatment in our country, in our home and in different countries. So it's not normal for a human to be treated like this for all our lives, or for our kids. So I am seeking for peace and for freedom for our kids. And I want them to be treated like humans, not because we are Palestinians that we should get bad treatment or different treatment."
Mark your calendar: The director's brother, Iyad Burnat, who appears in the film, will speak in the Twin Cities November 17-19. Details TBA.
Hosted by the Anti-War Committee with Students for a Democratic Society and Students for the Justice in Palestine.
FFI: (612) 379-3899
-——---——-—-- top^ Forum: Jeff Halper - "Where Are We Headed in Israel/Palestine?"
Saturday, October 29th @ 10am
Southdale Hennepin County Library
7001 York Avenue South
Jeff argues that the two-state solution is dead and gone and that, in fact, one
state - an apartheid state - already exists between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River. He goes on to outline what a democratic, bi-national state - the only remaining just solution - might look like. He then asks the question that segues into the next part of his talk: how, after almost 50 years of occupation, does Israel get away with it?
Jeff brings his presentation into War Against the People, a global phenomenon in which we are all being "palestinianized." Jeff's conclusion is that the Palestinians are only the guinea pigs in the laboratory that is the Occupied Territory, and that, in fact, it is all of us, the people, for whom the weaponry, tactics and models of control perfected on the Palestinians are actually intended. By exporting its occupation, Israel has placed itself at the heart of what Jeff calls the "global pacification industry."
Jeff is an Israeli anthropologist, the former head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) and the Coordinator of the War Against the People project of The People Yes! Network (TPYN). A well-known activist, he has also taught at universities in Israel, the US, Latin America and Africa. He has written extensively. Jeff was nominated by the American Friends Service Committee for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.
9:30 AM Refreshments
10:00 Presentation and Discussion
Revolution in the Philippines: Daring to Struggle, Daring to Win - A Presentation by Joe Iosbaker
Saturday, October 29th @ 1pm
301 Cedar Avenue South
In the context of the U.S.’s “Pivot to Asia,” a delegation of activists from 25 countries traveled to the Philippines this summer for an International Solidarity Mission. Joe Iosbaker, a member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization and anti-war activist from Chicago, was one of 100 who came from the U.S.
The movement in the Philippines is making steady advances, guided by the Communist Party of the Philippines and the revolutionary National Democratic Front, which includes the New People’s Army (NPA). A U.S.-led counterinsurgency campaign has cost the lives of over 40,000 people in the past 47 years. But the revolutionary movement is making gains. The revolutionaries enjoy the support of millions in their base areas. They can move freely in 80 percent of Philippine territory while the enemy armed forces can occupy or control only ten percent at any given time.
Iosbaker visited the region known as Western Mindanao, the base of the U.S. troops in their counter insurgency war against the NPA. He’ll talk about the mass movement, the revolutionary movement, the Communist Party, and their strategy for victory.
Saturday, October 29th @ 2pm
F.K. Weyerhaeuser Auditorium
75 5th Street West
We are proud to bring this evening of film and discussion to you in partnership with the Immigration History Research Center. Following the film, Assistant Professor Joseph Farag (UMN) will moderate a discussion with the storytellers. Reception to follow.
This is our 14th film and the longest film to date. A big thanks to our filmmakers and Nathan Fisher for working together on this film. We hope to see you and your friends there!
Free (suggested donation of $10)
Sponsored by Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project