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.
-——---——-—-- top^ Ann Wright on Catalyst Radio Show on KFAI
Friday, March 3rd @ 9 AM
Catalyst: Politics and Culture Talk Show
90.3 Minneapolis and 106.7 Saint Paul
Tune into Lydia Howell's one hour radio show on KFAI! This week she will be interviewing WAMM special guest speaker, Ann Wright! Learn more about Ann's history as a Retired Army Colonel and former State Department Officer and what she has been working on recently! You won't want to miss this show!
FFI: KFAI - Catalyst Page or contact the WAMM office.
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!
Foreign Policies Under a Trump Administration with Ann Wright!
FSunday, March 5th @ 9:30am
First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis
900 Mount Curve
Ann Wright will give an overview of the major foreign policies under the Trump Administration -- banning of refugees from Syria, and others from 7 countries, Russia, China, North Korea and Israel-Palestine.
FFI: First Unitarian Calendar or contact the WAMM office.
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.
Second Monday Movie - "Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt"
Monday, April 10th @ 7pm
4200 Cedar Avenue
The German-Jewish philosopher Hannah Arendt caused an uproar in the 1960s by coining the subversive concept of the "Banality of Evil" when referring to the trial of Adolph Eichmann, which she covered for The New Yorker. This thought provoking and and spirited documentary, with its abundance of archival materials, offers an intimate portrait of the whole of Arendt's life, traveling to places where she lived, worked, loved, and was betrayed.
There is renewed interest in Arendt throught the world, especially among young people who find her insights into the nature of evil, totalitarianism, ideologies, and the perils faced by refugees, more relevant than ever.
Monday, May 8th @ 7pm
4200 Cedar Avenue
Colonel Katherine Powell is a UK-based military officer in command of a top secret drone operation to capture terrorist in Kenya. Through remote surveillance and on-the-ground intel, Powell discovers the targets are planning a suicide bombing and the mission escalates from "capture" to "kill". But as American pilot Steve Watts is about to engage, a nine-year old girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute, reaching the highest levels of U.S. and British government, over the moral, political, and personal implications of modern warfare.
Rated R for some violent images and language.
Connecting the dots. Lively discussion follows led by the WAMM Ground All Drones Committee.
Free and open to the public, all are welcome!
Sponsored by the WAMM Movie Committee. Co-sponsored by the Ground All Drones Committee.
Monday, May 22nd from 6pm-8:30pm
4200 Cedar Avenue South
This workshop will be an introductory course on how to create events, share events with friends and other organizations as well as basic uses for Facebook and Twitter. It is recommended for anyone who is new to Facebook or Twitter.
Reservations are recommended. A suggested $15 donation to WAMM is appreciated!
Contact Suzanne or Jamie at WAMM @ firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-827-5364.
Saturday, June 3rd @ 10:30am
Starting at Perkins Restaurant Parking Lot
Riverside and I-94
10 YEARS ON THE STREET!
Be part of the WAMM Walk Against Weapons, a vibrant visible stroll to the U of MN west bank with other dedicated peacemakers. We'll stop at MayDay Plaza for a brief rally and head back to the finish -- 3 miles total. Sign up as many sponsors as you can -- ask family, friends and co-workers to sponsor your walk for peace and justice.
Request payment by check to Women Against Military Madness (WAMM). Ask your sponsors to pay when they commit, saving you from have to collect after the event. Thank you!
STOP MILITARIZING U.S. SOCIETY!
WAMM has, for decades, been vigilant against war on peoples anywhere. We are alarmed that the same weapons for war we deplore, yet pay for, have come home to be used in the U.S. by federal, state, county and local law enforcement. We walk against all weapons, including the use of drones for surveillance, and for an end to war profiteering.
10:30 am - Check-in at Perkins Parking Lot
11:00 am - Walk Begins - 1.5 mile walk to MayDay Plaza
11:45 am - Short Rally - walk returns to Perkins for a short closing
If you would like to form a team or join an existing team, contact the office for more information!
Thursdays now through March 30th @ 7pm
St. Anthony Main Theatre
115 Main Southeast
$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.
7 pm, March 16, Community Doctors
A never before seen inside look into Cuba’s medical scholarship program for U.S. students. The film tells the story of the medical scholarship program and the young Americans, many from poor and underserved communities in the United States, who were awarded full scholarships to study medicine at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba.
American students and graduates of ELAM share their experiences, challenges, lessons and hopes as they are fully immersed in a new culture while learning a unique and radically different approach to medicine and health care.
7 pm, March 23, Memorias del desarrollo (Memories of Overdevelopment)
An intellectual leaves the Cuban revolution and underdevelopment behind, only to find himself at odds with the ambiguities of his new life in the developed world. A portrait of alienation, of an outsider with no clear-cut politics or ideology. A stranger in a strange land struggling with old age, sexual desire and ultimately the impossibility for the individual to belong in any society.
7 pm, March 30, Black Roots of Salsa
Sponsored by Kamali M. WIlliams
Get fascinated by this journey into Afro-Cuban culture, full of dance and music. This documentary unwinds the complexity of many traditional and cultural movements in Cuba and brings a deeply rooted approach to the life of the descendants of historically deported African slaves as expressed in the Cuban Rumba. It explores how the Afro-Cuban religions imported from Africa, the Abakua, Congo and Yoruba, influenced present-day music and dance in Cuba and throughout the world.
Tempests in Teapots: A Popular Education Series at the East Side Freedom Library
Solidarity Saturday - March 11th, 12:30-5pm
Closing - Saturday - March 18th, 3-5pm
The East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbriar Street
This series marks the opening of the Larry Olds Popular Education Collection and builds on ESFL's commitment to connecting knowledge to action through dialogue and relationships. You are welcome to particpate in one, two or all three events. The programs combine:
The functional and beautiful pottery of local activist, Freedom Rider, and potter Claire O'Connor, and the makings of tea to sip as you listen and talk; the Popular Education Collection of Larry Olds, beloved educator in the popular education traditon, who passed away in Fall 2016 and gave his personal archive to ESFL; the rocking chars of EFSL, a gesture to the Highlander Research & Education Center in Tennessee -- chairs that support you as you stir up "tempests in teapots" using pop-ed question sequences we provide or questions you bring to the conversation.
-——---——-—-- top^ The Ides of March Postcard Campaign
Wednesday, March 15th - ALL DAY
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 Earth should let him 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!!!
Thursday, March 16th @ 4:30pm
US Federal Courts Building
300 South 4th Street
President Donald Trump signed a revised Muslim Ban executive order on March 6th. The Minnesota Anti-War Committee will hold a protest at 4:30pm at the US Federal Courts Building (300 S 4th St, Minneapolis) on Thursday, March 16th, the day the executive order will be put into effect. Although changes to the original January 27th ban include the exemption of green card holders and the removal of the indefinite ban on Syrian refugees, we still see it as a continuation of the racist, xenophobic, and Islamophobic policies of the Trump administration.
The original executive order was defeated when thousands of people across the country protested at airports and marched through cities--including 15,000 marching on January 31st in Minneapolis--to protest the ban. These protests prompted a federal judge in Washington state to file an injunction freezing the order, which was upheld on appeal by the 9th Circuit.
Make no mistake that this is still very much a Muslim Ban. Immigrants from Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia and Yemen will be targeted and denied entry into the U.S., and refugees won't be accepted here either. It is criminal for the U.S. to bomb and attack other countries and then turn them away when the U.S. has destroyed their homelands. It is outrageous for Trump to lock down our borders & sign this Islamaphobic order while at the same time threatening Iran, planning to expand the war in Syria, and increasing the bombing attacks in Yemen!
Resistance to Trump's first month in office is unprecedented and will continue. Minnesotans will not be silent while their Somali, Arab and Muslim neighbors are targeted by the federal government!
"Life in an American Concentration Camp: The Japanese-American Experience during World War II" Presented by Sally Ohno Sudo
Saturday, March 18th
9:00 am refreshments, 9:30 Presentation and Discussion
Southdale Hennepin County Library
7001 York Avenue South
Middle East Peace Now hosts Sally Ohno Sudo.
As a child, Sally Sudo spent 3 and a half years in American prison camps where her family was sent following President Roosevelt's order to remove all persons of Japanese ancestry from their West Coast homes. Her family, along with thousands of other Japanese, was first moved to an over-crowded temporary camp near Tacoma/Seattle and then transferred to the inland prison camp in Minidoka, Idaho where she spent her first through third grades behind barbed wire under armed guards in watchtowers.
Her family relocated to Minneapolis in 1945. Ms Sudo completed college at the University of Minnesota and is now retired after a career as a teacher in the Minneapolis Public Schools.
Harry Bury: The Road to Peace Means - Changing the Way We Think and Feel
Monday, March 20th @ 6:30pm
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
4537 3rd Avenue South
Every Church a Peace Church is hosting Harry Bury for their March Potluck!
Harry, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul. He earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then he has taught in fifteen countries across the world, besides the USA, enabling students to get an MBA. Teaching business, he believes, is one of the most radical things a priest can do. He further assumes that in order to have "Every Church a Peace Church," we need to change four fundamental, unconscious assumptions. He plans to share them with us.
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.
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!