Rally to Prevent War in Iran
June 1, 2019, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Main Street between Gothic and King
Northampton, MA 01060
The Trump Administration is threatening war on Iran. On Sunday, May 19th President Trump tweeted that a fight between our two countries would mark, “the official end of Iran.” These genocidal threats cannot go unchecked. With National Security Adviser John Bolton leading the way, the Administration is exacerbating tensions by sending a Carrier Strike Group and a squadron of B-52 bombers to the region as a show of force. Military experts are warning that a war with Iran would be horrific. Colonel Larry Wilkerson recently stated that the conflict would be, “a disaster that will make the 10 years in Iraq look like child’s play by comparison.”
The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice and the Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars will rally in front of the County Courthouse in Northampton on Saturday, June 1st from 11AM to 12PM. This rally is done in concert with the rally to Prevent War in Iran organized by Massachusetts Peace Action and Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice, and the Environment in Watertown Square on Saturday, June 1st from 11AM to 1PM.
We will raise awareness of this crisis and protest the Trump Administration’s reckless withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal, the imposition of deadly sanctions on Iran and outrageous threats of war on Iran.
We will urge our representatives to support the Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act (H.R. 2354). Senators Warren and Markey have cosponsored the Senate version (S.1039) but, with the exception of Congressman Jim McGovern from Worcester, none of our Congresspeople have signed on to this crucial piece of legislation.
A war between the United States and Iran would be devastating to the people of both countries. We cannot allow it to happen. Join us on June 1st in front of the County Courthouse (on Main Street between Gothic and King). Together we will make our voices heard and take a stand for diplomacy and peace.
Contact: Yoav Elani Elinevsky 413-992-7355
The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice Northampton, MA
Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark – Human Rights Defenders Profiled
Greenfield, MA – Four Rivers Charter Public School proudly presents Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark by Ariel Dorfman.
Directed by Leah Plath and featuring Four Rivers High School Juniors, this production will bring the struggle for dignity and human rights to the Pioneer Valley.
Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark is a multi-faceted project that has grown from a book written by human rights advocate Kerry Kennedy, which has inspired a moving and inspirational play by esteemed Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman. The book is based on interviews and stories of courage gathered over two years by Ms. Kennedy who interviewed an inspiring array of defenders from more than 36 countries and five continents. With 51 compelling stories of triumph over adversity, the book features human rights defenders who are willing to stand up in the face of imminent danger, speak out and make a difference.
The play examines human rights with issues as far ranging as political rights, free expression, honor killings, demilitarization, environmental activism, mental health, women’s and children’s rights, and national self-determination. The defenders come from all parts of the world and face every form of oppression and abuse, but they hold in common a profound capacity to ignite change.
Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark is on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls, MA.
The price of admission will be on a sliding scale from $5-$15, though no one will be turned away from attending. All proceeds will go to the Traprock Center For Peace and Justice.
In conjunction with the play, students will present a photo exhibition based on the defenders and adapted from the original Speak Truth to Power publication.
Speak Truth to Power seeks to promote a more just and peaceful world by galvanizing public support for international human rights through cultural, educational and web-based programs. Speak Truth is a core program of the Robert F. Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights (www.rfkhumanrights.org).
Resistance Film June 12 Wed 6:30 – 8:30pm @ Forbes Library
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (a.k.a. Chavez: Inside the Coup) is a documentary about the April 2002 coup attempt on the democratically elected Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez which briefly deposed him. The documentary says that the coup d'état by an American-backed opposition party was the result of a conspiracy between various old guard and anti-Chávez factions within Venezuela and the United States.
A television crew from Ireland's Radio Telifís Éireann happened to be recording a documentary about Chávez during the events of April 11, 2002.
Shifting focus, they followed the events as they occurred. During their filming, the crew recorded images of the events that they say contradict explanations given by Chávez opposition, the private media, the US State Department, and then White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer.
The two-day coup failed to topple Chávez, but the tumultuous event proved to be great dramatic material for two Irish filmmakers who happen to be making a documentary about Chavez as the coup erupts. They capture footage of the massive opposition and pro-Chavez crowds and analyze how Venezuelan TV manipulated images for propaganda purposes.
Speakers will discuss the similarities between this film and the current attempted coup on the current Maduro government.
The Performance Project
FOR AGES 13 AND UP!
Arrive by 6:30
To attend the dress rehearsal please inquire by texting: 413-374-4938.
Tuesday, June 25
Northampton Friends Meeting
43 Center Street, Northampton
Honduras’ democracy has not been able to find stable footing since the U.S.-backed coup of 2009, and political dissidents continue to be jailed for protesting a deeply corrupt electoral system. Edwin Espinal and Raúl Álvarez are two Honduran political prisoners jailed in the maximum-security, military run ‘La Tolva’ prison for over 16 months. Edwin and Raúl were detained and denied due process for protesting the 2017 electoral fraud in Honduras, and both have a history of community organizing.
The conditions within the prison are truly awful and inhumane, with little direct sunlight, exposure to untreated sickness, and psychological torture being commonplace. You can help free Edwin and Raúl directly by donating or helping to raise money for their bail; hopefully they are awarded the opportunity at an upcoming bail hearing. The money will then be transferred to a scholarship fund for Honduran political prisoners upon the announcement of their trial. Come to this event on June 25th, 6:30 pm, at Friends’ Meeting Place in Northampton.
Asís Castellanos is a Honduran sociologist and teacher who has been active in the Honduran resistance movement since 2006.
Adrienne Pine is an anthropologist and professor at American University who has worked in Honduras for over 20 years, and is currently facing federal charges for protecting the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington against the U.S.-led attempted coup there.
Karen Spring is the Tegucigalpa-based coordinator of the Honduras Solidarity Network and spouse of Honduran political prisoner Edwin Espinal.
Brought to you by The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice.
Co-Sponsored by the Venezuela Solidarity Coalition of Western Massachusetts, Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, and Brattleboro Solidarity
"Impeachment of a President , Bill Moyers Journal" is a history of impeachment with constitutional scholar Bruce Fein, who wrote the first article of impeachment against President Clinton, and with The Nation’s John Nichols, who wrote "The Genius of Impeachment: the Founders Cure for Royalism."
Discussion follows with John Bonifaz, President of Free Speech for Free People, author of the 2004 book "Warrior King: The Case for Impeaching George W. Bush."
Co-sponsored by Indivisible Northampton.
Temple Israel Library 27 Pierce Street - enter on Myrtle
Join film maker Harvey Stein as he raises interest in his next film project: Green Rebel - the Adventures of Kaptain Sunshine. The new film follows the career, hopes and anxieties of Israeli solar entrepreneur Yossi Abramowitz as he works to bring solar power to rural Africa.
Harvey is soliciting interest and crowd sourcing support for this next project. His previous film, A Third Way, about the Israel-Palestine conflict was screened 2 years ago to a full house at Greenfield Cinema. Clips from the new film will be shared and Harvey will describe his project. Donations appreciated!
This film is of interest to you if you support a green economy, if you believe in the power of visionary leadership and inter-group collaboration and if you hold a vision for the promise of the Jewish state.