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    18: Port Washington/Silver Spring

    25: Christmas

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Statement of Respect to Milwaukee Native Nations
We acknowledge in Milwaukee that we are on traditional Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk and Menominee homeland along the southwest shores of Michigami, North America’s largest system of freshwater lakes. The Milwaukee, Menominee and Kinnickinnic rivers meet here, the people of Wisconsin’s sovereign Anishinaabe, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Oneida, Mohican and other nations remain.


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Lebanon: Economic Crisis, Political Gridlock — with Rania Khalek

Thu December 2 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

 

Join  journalist and political activist Rania Khalek on Thursday December 2nd at 4pm EST to discuss how corruption and greed have led to the deterioration of Lebanon.  Register to attend.

You can view our previous interviews with Rania Khalek on Syria (January 2021) and Palestine (May 2021).

Moderated by Norhan Alshihabi (Legislative Intern of MAPA).

FRIDAYS FOR THE FUTURE

DECEMBER 3, 2021   NOON- 1PM

CHASE BANK- Silver Spring & Lydell

(105 Silver Spring Dr Whitefish Bay, WI 53217)

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As negotiations resume regarding the Iran Nuclear issue on November 29, CFPA is pleased to sponsor a Webinar from 2:00-3:30 PM on Sunday, December 5. The speaker will be Amb. Hossein Mousavian, former spokesperson for Iran's nuclear negotiation team, who is currently a Middle East Security and Nuclear Policy Specialist at Princeton University.

As Senator Cory Booker stated in a recent meeting Rev. Bob Moore was a part of, the choice with the Iran nuclear issue boils down to diplomacy OR war.  Amb. Mousavian will point the way toward chosing diplomacy, not war. 

Space at this free zoom event is limited so you are urged to register as soon as possible to secure your spot.

To register for this event, please click the button below. After you have registered, you will be taken to another form that must be completed in order to receive the Zoom link! https://peacecoalition.org/events/1222-addressing-the-iran-nuclear-issues-as-negotiations-resume-12-5-21.html?emci=f8844005-db4b-ec11-9820-c896653b26c8&emdi=a1b79441-5d4c-ec11-9820-c896653b26c8&ceid=537

Peace Action

STOP STARVING THE AFGHAN PEOPLE!

The entire Afghan economy is on the brink of collapse. That’s happening because the U.S. and allied governments, after the Taliban takeover, choked off resources: suspending aid, freezing over $10 Billion in Afghan government resources, and applying international sanctions.

If this angers you too, can you write your members of Congress and President Biden today? Ask that the U.S. stop blocking critical funds from reaching Afghans who are suffering.

The result of the coercive economic measures against Afghanistan, the UN says, is the worst economic shock to a country they’ve ever seen.[2] More than half the population — 23 million people — are in desperate need of food. A staggering 97% of the 40 million population are at risk of sinking into poverty as the country goes into winter.

Sitara, an Afghan woman experiencing the human reality behind these numbers, described “seeing an old man with kids searching the potato fields hoping to find some remaining potatoes, to be able to feed themselves that night, although the crops had been harvested two months ago. If the Taliban and the international community don’t pay attention and do not help people, everybody will die.”

Please write your Congressmembers and President Biden today. Ask them to free up the resources Afghanistan needs to address this humanitarian catastrophe.

The Biden administration is blocking transfers from the roughly $9.5 billion in Afghanistan Central Bank accounts in the U.S.. This is to punish and put pressure on the Taliban. But many independent analysts are doubtful that withholding aid and funds can significantly change the Taliban's calculations. The Taliban is a brutal and oppressive movement, but destroying the entire nation's economy is not the best way to address that. Meanwhile, there is growing and vivid evidence of the human pain this policy is causing in the hospitals of Kandahar and around the country. At the very least, the U.S. must follow the recommendations of many aid and human rights groups and disseminate Afghan assets parked in the U.S.. This could be done in a sustained way with monitoring in place to ensure support reaches those who need it the most.


 
 

UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People


 
 
"Supporting Human Rights Defenders in the Occupied Palestinian Territory:
Reality, Challenges, and Obligations"

Tuesday, Dec 7, 2021, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm (NY Time) Virtual event

The UN Palestinian Rights Committee ,  will hold the virtual event “Supporting Human Rights Defenders in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: Reality, Challenges, and Obligations” on Tuesday, 7 December 2021 from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm (New York Time), via WebEx. The event will also be livestreamed on UN Web TV.

The event will highlight the engagement of the Committee with civil society partners in the implementation of its mandate towards ending the occupation of the Palestinian territory and advancing the realization of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people. It will shed light on the implications of the Israeli decision of 22 October 2021 to designate six Palestinian human rights and humanitarian NGOs as “terrorist organizations” and more broadly on the work of civil society organizations and human rights defenders in the OPT. Finally, it will underline the role and responsibilities of the international community in the context of a shrinking space for CSOs.

The speakers - Shawan Jabarin (Al-Haq), Heba Morayef (Amnesty International), Michael Sfard (Human rights lawyer) and Omar Shakir (Human Rights Watch) - will brief on the varying dimension of this critical decision and show Israel's long-time efforts to target organizations that document the ongoing violations of Palestinian human rights and seek to hold Israel accountable.

Participants in the Webex event will consist of the invited panellists, Committee Members / Observers and other Member States. Intergovernmental and civil society organizations as well as the public and media will be invited to follow the event via live stream. While participation in the virtual platform will be limited to UN Member and Observer States, panellists, IGOs ​​and CSOs, the general public can send their questions via the Committee Facebook page , Twitter account  or e-mail dpr-meeting @ un .org.

For further information, please visit https://www.un.org/unispal/ .

Viewers are encouraged to use the hashtags # Rights4Palestine and #ForPalestineRefugees on their social media and to tag the Committee's social media pages using Twitter & Instagram: @UNISPAL , Facebook: @ UN.palestinianrights .

Watch the live stream on UN Web TV: http://webtv.un.org  

Share live updates from the Committee Twitter account and Facebook page . 

 



December 8, 2021, 3 PM Central Time

This free, public webinar will cover the history of U.S. sanctions on Iran, whether they have had the intended effects (and what those are), what effects they have had, what the status is of the JCPOA nuclear agreement, and new ideas for activism to end the sanctions.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER.

Gareth Porter is a member of World BEYOND War’s Advisory Board. He is an independent investigative journalist and historian who specializes in U.S. national security policy. Among his books is Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, published by Just World Books in 2014. He was a regular contributor to Inter Press Service on Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan from 2005 to 2015.   His original investigative stories and analysis are published by Truthout, Middle East Eye, Consortium News, The Nation, and Truthdig, and reprinted on other news and opinion sites. 

Dr. Assal Rad
 is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). She graduated with a PhD in Middle Eastern History from the University of California, Irvine in 2018. Her PhD research focused on Modern Iran, with an emphasis on national identity formation and identity in post-revolutionary Iran. With this background, Assal works with the NIAC policy team on research and writing related to Iran policy issues and U.S.-Iran relations. Assal joined NIAC in January 2019.  Her writing can be seen in Newsweek, Independent, the National Interest, and Responsible Statecraft, and she has appeared as a commentator on the BBC, Al Jazeera, BBC Persian and NPR.

Richard Broinowski was a diplomat in the Australian Embassy in Tehran in the early 1970s and has since written two books about nuclear weapons, as well as several articles about the JCPOA. His book Fact Or Fission: The Truth About Australia's Nuclear Ambitions is to be updated and republished next year.Dr. Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, a native of Iran, is a public health advocate and a human rights activist. She is an award-winning environmental toxicologist who received the 2015 Rachel Carson Prize for her work on uranium contamination in Iraq and its public health catastrophic consequences. Her groundbreaking research in the toxicology of war contaminants has received international recognition. The BBC, the Guardian, the Independent, CNN, and NBC have extensively reported on her discoveries.

LEARN MORE AND REGISTER.


Peace Action

STOP STARVING THE AFGHAN PEOPLE!

The entire Afghan economy is on the brink of collapse. That’s happening because the U.S. and allied governments, after the Taliban takeover, choked off resources: suspending aid, freezing over $10 Billion in Afghan government resources, and applying international sanctions.

If this angers you too, can you write your members of Congress and President Biden today? Ask that the U.S. stop blocking critical funds from reaching Afghans who are suffering.

The result of the coercive economic measures against Afghanistan, the UN says, is the worst economic shock to a country they’ve ever seen.[2] More than half the population — 23 million people — are in desperate need of food. A staggering 97% of the 40 million population are at risk of sinking into poverty as the country goes into winter.

Sitara, an Afghan woman experiencing the human reality behind these numbers, described “seeing an old man with kids searching the potato fields hoping to find some remaining potatoes, to be able to feed themselves that night, although the crops had been harvested two months ago. If the Taliban and the international community don’t pay attention and do not help people, everybody will die.”[3]

Please write your Congressmembers and President Biden today. Ask them to free up the resources Afghanistan needs to address this humanitarian catastrophe.

The Biden administration is blocking transfers from the roughly $9.5 billion in Afghanistan Central Bank accounts in the U.S.. This is to punish and put pressure on the Taliban. But many independent analysts are doubtful that withholding aid and funds can significantly change the Taliban's calculations. The Taliban is a brutal and oppressive movement, but destroying the entire nation's economy is not the best way to address that. Meanwhile, there is growing and vivid evidence of the human pain this policy is causing in the hospitals of Kandahar and around the country. At the very least, the U.S. must follow the recommendations of many aid and human rights groups and disseminate Afghan assets parked in the U.S.. This could be done in a sustained way with monitoring in place to ensure support reaches those who need it the most.

Please write to your elected officials today.

It’s not just aid groups and human rights groups calling for an end to this policy of freezing aid and assets. Members of the foreign policy establishment have pointed out these destructive economic policies could backfire by creating a more volatile, violent and unstable state. As an Obama-era state department official expert on Afghanistan policy puts it, “If you are going to prevent state failure in Afghanistan, if you are going to prevent universal poverty, the total collapse of the economy, there is at the end of the day no way to do that other than to accept that you are going to be working with the Taliban rather than working against them”.[4]

Many of you have been members of Peace Action for a long time. You know we've long been working to make humanitarian aid a part of the solution in Afghanistan. The type of economic hardball the administration is playing is simply making Afghanistan’s long nightmare worse. It's cruel. With the U.S. troops finally leaving, now is no time for the U.S. to cause more suffering there. Please take action today.


Sign the petition to ask our Yemen champions in the Senate to force a vote on the Saudi weapons sale! After you sign, you can retweet the link to the petition here.

 Tragically,the Biden administration has actually maintained critical U.S. support for the Saudi bombing and blockade of Yemen, even as the latest figures indicate that 75 percent of Yemeni children face acute malnutrition.  

The Biden administration has recently announced two new weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, including a $650 million sale of missiles that can help the Saudis maintain the air blockade of Yemen’s airport. Leading international humanitarian organizations say that the airport blockade has killed 32,000 Yemenis who couldn’t fly out to receive medical care, and it also causes an “almost complete halt to commercial cargo such as medicine, medical supplies and equipment coming into the country.”

Over 100 members of the House and Senate have called on the Biden administration to use their leverage to force an end to the Saudi blockade and war. The administration has refused to use that leverage. This weapons sale amounts to a green light for the war.

You can help in just 60 seconds by signing and sharing our petition that urges our best Senate champions on Yemen to introduce a “resolution of disapproval” to force a vote to reject this unacceptable weapons sale.

We only need one Senator to introduce the resolution that can force a vote. Ask Senators Bernie Sanders, Rand Paul, Chris Murphy, Elizabeth Warren, and Mike Lee to do so today


Congresswoman Lee Introduced a Resolution to Monitor and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the U.S. Military. Barbara Lee’s legislation demands that the U.S. military account for its heavy carbon bootprint and track, reduce and report greenhouse gas emissions for all operations, including troop deployments, overseas bases and bombings. Gwen Moore is a co-sponsor.

  1. The carbon bootprint of the US military, larger than that of many countries. 
  2. The wars for oil and other resources – how they support the fossil fuel-based status quo.
  3. The unequal burden of both climate crisis and militarism on people of color, the poor, and future generations.
  4. The resources spent on militarism and war – redirect to respond to the existential threat of climate crisis.

 
Because it's 100 seconds to midnight,
 
The threat of nuclear war is now higher than it was during the Cold War.
That’s according to former Defense Secretary William Perry -- who is no peacenik.  
 
That’s why it’s more urgent than ever that our Representatives institute a policy of No First Use and No Sole Authority in order to reduce the grave peril posed by nuclear weapons. Ask your Senators and Representative and Congressional leadership to support legislation to institute a United States policy of No First Use of nuclear weapons.
 
It’s important that we act now. President Joe Biden's Nuclear Posture Review is underway, and it will determine his administration’s approach to nuclear policy. If we want to avoid a devastating nuclear war, we need to demonstrate broad public support for a policy of No First Use. Call and Email Congress to tell them to support a No First Use policy for nuclear weapons! 
 
There are two bills in Congress, the Markey-Lieu Bill (S.1148, HR.669) and the Warren-Smith Bill (S.1219, HR.2603), that would institute a No First Use Policy. These bills should be uncontroversial for anyone who wants to avoid a potentially disastrous nuclear war. Yet, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer haven’t used their leadership to make sure these bills get a vote. Call on your Representatives to institute a policy of No First Use and demand that Pelosi and Schumer bring the bills to a vote! 
 
 
The Midwest Nuclear Disarmament Working Group
(Chicago Area Peace Action, Peace Action Wisconsin, Union of Concerned Scientists, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Peace Action Michigan)
 
P.S. Don't forget to take action right now!
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Vote NO on the $8 TRILLION Pentagon Budget. Vote YES to fund $3.5T for healthcare, education, and green jobs!

This is URGENT. 📧Email and ☎️Call your Senators to tell them: we CAN afford healthcare, education, and green jobs! The people and planet CAN’T afford an $8 Trillion  Pentagon budget!

The Senate is poised to pass an outrageous $8 Trillion Pentagon budget [which is the cost over the next decade] in November. 😠Over HALF of that budget will go directly into the pockets of notorious war profiteers. 

At the same time, Senators are saying we “can’t afford” to pay $3.5Trillion [over the next decade] for healthcare, education, and green jobs and are threatening to cut funding for these programs IN HALF. 

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As your constituent, I’m reaching out to ask that you vote NO on the outrageous $780 billion National Defense Authorization Act and commit to passing a $3.5T reconciliation bill that funds healthcare, education, and green jobs.

 Sen. Ed Markey, Nov 30, 2021:

Colleagues, Sen Markey just gave a floor speech announcing his opposition to the NDAA as it stands with nuclear weapons as the focal reason why: https://twitter.com/SenMarkey/status/1465773336206663680.  Here’s a few excerpts.

We should not accept the logic that says we can afford to build a $100 billion dollar intercontinental ballistic missile that will never be used, but we cannot possibly afford paid family leave that Americans desperately need. Universal pre-kindergarten is too expensive but padding the wallets of defense firm executives with taxpayer dollars is money well spent. That’s insane. And immoral.
We should not have to fight tooth and nail to meet our commitment to replenish the Green Climate Fund to help save the planet, while being told to accept the need for new weapons systems that could lead to global annihilation.
It’s time we stop thinking of national security solely in terms of our inventory of bombers, missiles, and submarines. Trillions in defense spending did nothing to spare Americans from the greatest security threat in a generation – COVID-19.
...

I introduced amendments to the NDAA that would trim $75 billion dollars off the nuclear weapons enterprise, commit to robust diplomacy with Russia and China, and prevent the President – any President – from firing the first shot in a nuclear war.
If it is true what Ronald Reagan said that a “nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought,” then surely we should agree to shelve Donald Trump’s new sea-based warfighting nuclear weapons.
We could play Russian roulette with our future. Or we can adopt a saner nuclear policy. One that says we do not need the rubble to bounce over and over again to deter our adversaries and reassure our allies. One, through the President’s Nuclear Posture Review, that rejects the military-industrial complex efforts to make the world safe for nuclear weapons, rather than from them.

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    commented 2019-11-05 09:45:34 -0600
    I Have A Suggestion Peace Action of WI Annual Membership Meeting and Chili Supper On November 19th I Don’t Like Chili Of Any Kind I Never Liked It Since I Was A Kid So Next Year I Suggest It Be A Spaghetti Supper Or Something Else And Spaghetti Can Also Be Served Meat And Vegetarian