Hope Out Loud


November 2018 Conference:
Why We Need Peace to Survive
Developing a Connecticut Strategy

Fund Peace, Not Wars: The United States is the richest country in the world. Yet over $717 billion tax dollars – 61%!! of our Federal Discretionary Budget – go to war. Connecticut is under water. Our cities are under water. How do we make sure our schools have everything they need so students can learn, so we all have affordable health care and housing, our air is clean to breathe, our water is safe to drink, we and our neighbors have good jobs and our country invests in clean, green energy?

Half-day Conference for jobs, peace, healthcare and education, social justice, economic equity and environmental sustainability.

Saturday, November 10th  (10 to 3 pm, lunch provided)

Chapman Hall Room 808
Middlesex Community College
100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT
Featured Speakers:

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After the results of the 2018 Congressional election cycle are tallied, the issue of developing a strategy for a peace agenda to move our state and our country forward will be discussed. Join us on Saturday, November 10th to discuss the challenges, Hear about how US / NATO militarism is changing the African continent with a case study on the Congo. This will be followed by an overview of the human cost of war with a case study of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The reasons for support of US militarism will be discussed in the context of “Military Keynesianism – the Concept President Dwight Eisenhower Warned Us Against.” This will be followed by a panel “Engaging the Public: Panel on Media, Social Media and Outreach” as we develop a Connecticut strategy.

New priorities are needed now:

  • Attacks on Medicaid, Food Stamps and other programs for America’s most vulnerable
  • Libraries closing in Hartford
  • Devastating changes to environmental protections in the face of severe environmental events
  • Localities faced with cuts education support and even bankruptcy
  • Unfunded deteriorating infrastructure
  • The return to ‘Law and Order’ mentality while militarizing law enforcement rather than improving the relationship of the police to their communities
  • All these while increasing the huge amount of our resources to a war machine that long ago stopped serving national issues

60 Percent of Discretionary Spending is Military and Veterans

Visit the event on Facebook: Why We Need Peace to Survive; Developing a Connecticut Strategy

Sponsored by:

Exhibit tables available:

If you advocate for a peace, justice or social issue, contact us about a literature  / outreach table at the November Conference.

For more information:

For more information: contact – skrevisky@mxcc.commnet.edu



2018 Hartford Area Hiroshima / Nagasaki Remembrance

Hiroshima / Nagasaki Remembrance

A shared call for the abolition of nuclear weapons
Promoting a vision of a nuclear-free world

6:30 – 9:00 PM, Sunday, August 6th
Unitarian Society of Hartford
50 Bloomfield Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105

Door open at 6:00 pm

  • Potluck begins at 6:30 pm — please bring food to share
  • Program of music, speakers & poetry begins at 7:00 pm
  • Candle-Lighting Ceremony featuring creation of a large candlelit peace sign on the meeting house lawn(this will be outdoors, as weather permits)

Sponsored by:
CT Coalition for Peace and Justice
Hope Out Loud
No Nukes/No War
Unitarian Society of Hartford
United Nations Association of Connecticut

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For more information:
(860) 561-1897


2018 Hiroshima / Nagasaki related peace events in New Haven


United Day of Action Against U.S. Wars at Home and Abroad

The United States’ policy of destructive endless wars and expensive military interventions has driven our country and the whole world into an increasingly dangerous crisis — politically, socially, economically and with catastrophic impact on the environment and health. To further deepen the crisis, the Defense Department’s new “2018 Defense Strategy” calls for a “more lethal, resilient, and rapidly innovating Joint Force … that will sustain American influence and ensure favorable balance of power” for the U.S. around the globe, and warns that the “costs of not implementing this strategy are … decreasing U.S. global influence … and reduced access to markets.” In line with this intensified militaristic policy, Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, announced recently that the U.S. military will stay in Syria indefinitely, that the U.S. is planning to partition Syria by creating a 30,000-strong pro-U.S. force on Syria’s northern territory (which has already led to a confrontation with Turkey), and that all units of the U.S. military are now going through military exercises in preparation for war!

People in the U.S. and around the world are under ever increasing attack. Our tax dollars are used for more war, to build walls and jails as the voices of racism, sexism, Islamophobia and homophobia get louder, while human needs are ignored.

This ever-increasing militarization of U.S. government policy at home and abroad calls for an urgent response by all of us.

The time is now to return to the streets as a united movement to make our anti-war and social justice voices heard. As you may know, the recent well-attended and broadly sponsored Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases adopted a resolution calling for united spring actions against U.S. wars at home and abroad. You can see the full text of the resolution on our web site: NoForeignBases.org. The Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases is proposing a united day of regional actions on the weekend of April 14 – 15. That weekend is right before Tax Day, Earth Day, and May Day, which gives us the ability to draw attention to the increase in military spending and the unpopular new tax bill, to point out that the U.S. military is the largest polluter in the world and address the growing deportation and vilification of immigrants, as well as violation of labor rights.

National Website:

For the National April 15, Spring Action website and other events nationwide, click => here

Location:

April 15, 2 P.M. rally at Herald Sq (34th & 6th) with a march to Trump tower. 

Directions to 34 Street-Herald Sq Station served by subways B, D, F, M, N, Q, R W.

Facebook Spring Action Event Pages:

Transportation:

Round Trip on Metro North; New Haven to Grand Central and Return

Arrive inside Union Station, New Haven, at 10 AM. Give yourself time to find a parking spot. Group must travel together on single group ticket leaving from New Haven Union Station (With prior-arrangement, a space in the group can be picked up at West Haven train station (free parking). Train departs New Haven at 10:45 arriving NYC at 12:50. Those at West Haven will be picked up at 10:50 AM. We must return together from Grand Central on a train leaving Saturday at 7:04 PM. Note: when traveling in a group there are no individual Metro North tickets. We will identify you as a member of the group.

Ticket must be purchased at the Metro North station.

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Downloadable Flyers:

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Donations:

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Articles


Connecticut Joins the Call To Global Action Against Illegal U.S. Occupation Of Guantánamo

ACTIONS: February 23, 2018

  • Noon – 1:00 PM: Rally at Abraham A. Ribicoff Federal Building, 450 Main Street Hartford, CT
  • 1:15 – 1:45 PM: Peaceably Assemble and vigil at Old State House Square; deliver letter to Senator Blumenthal demanding closure of Guantánamo

Background

The Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases calls upon peace activists in the U.S. and around the world to organize actions, of whatever size and nature, on or around February 23rd, 2018, to protest the continuing occupation of Guantánamo in Cuba by the United States military. February 23rd, 2018 is the 115th Anniversary of the seizure of Guantánamo from the Cuban people. The United States forced the Cuban Constitutional Congress to cede the Bay of Guantánamo to United States control. With the success of the Cuban Revolution, the Cuban Government has insisted on the abrogation of the one-sided Treaty. The United States has refused, leaning on the original terms that BOTH countries must agree on the termination of the Treaty. Since 1959, Cuba has not recognized the imposed treaty and has refused to cash the United States’ annual check for $4,085.00 in payment.

The United States has now turned Guantánamo into a torture chamber, a prison where the prisoners do not have any legal protections or rights, a shameful disrespect by the United States of human rights and International Law.

Based on the Resolution unanimously adopted at the Conference Against U.S. Military Bases we demand that the United States Government promptly withdraw all its forces and personnel from Guantánamo Bay and immediately declare ALL agreements ceding control of Guantánamo Bay to the United States to be null and void.

Video – All Guantánamo is Ours

All Guantanamo is Ours, a 37 minute film with English subtitles, shows the perspective and sentiment of the Cuban people, in particular those living in the towns around Guantanamo, about the illegal occupation of the U.S. Naval Base. The film is unique in revealing what the occupation looked like before and after the revolution. The protagonists in this documentary are the people living there who with their voices denounce this injustice convinced that one day that territory will be returned to Cuba.

In an interview, Josefina Vidal, Ministry of Foreign Relations General Director for the United States explained the significance of Guantanamo. “The occupation of the Naval Base is illegal and it is occupied against the will of the government and the people of Cuba who since 1959 have been demanding its return. That is why until Cuba can recuperate Guantanamo’s total sovereignty and control we will not be able to say that there are normal relations between Cuba and the United States.”

This documentary by filmmaker and journalist Hernando Calvo Ospina has been produced by Resumen Latinoamericano and the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity.

Endorsers

  • Greater New Haven Peace Council
  • Greater Hartford Cuba Coalition
  • Connecticut Coalition for Peace and Solidarity
  • Hope Out Loud
  • Hartford Catholic Worker
  • Veterans for Peace – CT
  • Greater Hartford Coalition on Cuba

Flyer

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If you can’t attend the rally, contact your members of Congress and ask that “Guantanamo be closed and returned to Cuba.”

  • Contact information for the Connecticut congressional delegation can be seen => here
  • The general Congressional switchboard number is 202-224-3121.

For more information:

  • Contact: Steve 860-759-3699; SKrevisky@mxcc.commnet.edu

No Foreign Bases: Challenging the Footprint of US Empire – Closing Guantanamo

No Foreign Bases: Challenging the Footprint of US Empire (By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance)

The United States cannot be a moral or ethical country until it faces up to the realities of US empire and the destruction it causes around the world. The US undermines governments (including democracies), kills millions of people, causes mass migrations of people fleeing their homes, communities and countries and produces vast environmental damage.

A new coalition, The Coalition Against US Foreign Military Bases, held its inaugural event January 12-14, 2018 at the University of Baltimore in Maryland. The meeting was framed by a Unity Statement that brought together numerous peace and justice organizations. The basis for unity was:

“U.S. foreign military bases are the principal instruments of imperial global domination and environmental damage through wars of aggression and occupation, and that the closure of U.S. foreign military bases is one of the first necessary steps toward a just, peaceful and sustainable world.”

A map of numerous United States bases was developed by The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University

Guantanamo

At the conference, a resolution was adopted and a call was issued to close the base at Guantánamo.

Call To Global Action Against Illegal U.S. Occupation Of Guantánamo

Dear Advocates of Peace, Justice and Peoples’ Sovereignty:

The Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases calls upon peace activists in the U.S. and around the world to organize actions, of whatever size and nature, on or around February 23rd, 2018, to protest the continuing occupation of Guantánamo in Cuba by the United States military.

February 23rd, 2018 is the 115th Anniversary of the seizure of Guantánamo from the Cuban people as a result of the provoked Spanish-American War. The United States forced the Cuban Constitutional Congress to cede the Bay of Guantánamo to United States control.

With the success of the Cuban Revolution, the Cuban Government has insisted on the abrogation of the Treaty. The United States has refused, leaning on the original terms that BOTH countries must agree on the termination of the Treaty. Since 1959, Cuba has not recognized the imposed treaty and has refused to cash the United States’ annual check for $4,085.00 in payment.

The United States has now turned Guantánamo into a torture chamber, a prison where the prisoners do not have any legal protections or rights, a shameful disrespect by the United States of human rights and international law.

Based on the Resolution unanimously adopted at our Conference Against U.S. Military Bases (full text of the Resolution follows), we call upon on our Brothers and Sisters around the world to organize actions against U.S. illegal occupation of Guantánamo and demand that the United States Government promptly withdraw all its forces and personnel from Guantánamo Bay and immediately declare ALL agreements ceding control of Guantánamo Bay to the United States to be null and void.

Please send us the information about your planned events so we can publicize them for you on our web site.

Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases
January 26, 2018
www.NoForeignBases.org
info@NoForeignBases.org

Full text of the resolution: Resolution On Global Day Of Actions Against Guantanamo

WHEREAS, February 23, 2018 is the 115th Anniversary of the seizure of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by the United States to create a foreign Military Base, a result of the U.S. provoked Spanish-American War, and further

WHEREAS, the United States used its military power to force the Cuban Constitutional Convention to accept the seizure in its Constitution, and further

WHEREAS, upon the success of the Cuban Revolution in 1959 Cuba demanded the repudiation of the Treaty, ceased cashing the annual U.S. Payment of $4,085 and called for the complete sovereignty of the Bay by the Cuban Government, and further

WHEREAS, the United States has refused to return Guantanamo Bay to the Cuban people, citing the forcibly imposed Clause in the Treaty that BOTH parties must agree to the cancellation of the Treaty, and further

WHEREAS, U.S. occupation of Guantanamo Bay provides United States military dominance in the Caribbean and South America and is a threat to the independence and sovereignty of the peoples in that vast area, and further

WHEREAS, under U.S. control, Guantanamo Bay has become a center of torture and abrogation of human rights, violations of elementary U.S. and international standards that are condemned by the civilized world,

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Bases unanimously calls upon the global peace movement to organize, on or around February 23, 2018, Actions

For a flyer, click => here

Local contacts for a tentative Friday afternoon, February 23, 2018 event in Hartford

  • Hartford:  Alex Koskinas, koskinasa175@gmail.com
  • New Haven: Henry Lowendorf, grnhpeacecouncil2@gmail.com
  • Middletown: Stephen Krevisky,  SKrevisky@mxcc.commnet.edu

Organizing for Peace &
Resisting the Politics of Fear:
A Call to Action

Article in The Chronicle, MxCC Holds Peace & Justice Conference, by Dortha Cool Willetts

We have the money to create good jobs, pay for health care and education, clean the environment and pursue a life of liberty and happiness

Half-day Conference for jobs, peace, healthcare and education, social justice, economic equity and environmental sustainability.

Saturday, November 18th  (11 to 4 pm, lunch provided)

Chapman Hall Room 808
Middlesex Community College
100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT
Featured Speakers:

  • Bruce Gagnon, Secretary/Coordinator Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space; 2006 recipient of the Dr. Benjamin Spock Peacemaker Award; Vietnam-era veteran.
  • Bill Curry, former head of nuclear Freeze Voter;candidate for Governor of CT; Presidential advisor
  • Rev. Henry Brown & Henrietta Beckman, Mothers United Against Violence, Hartford

For a flyer, click => here

Visit the event on Facebook: Organizing For Peace & Resisting the Politics of Fear

New priorities are needed now:

  • Attacks on Medicaid, Food Stamps and other programs for America’s most vulnerable
  • Libraries closing in Hartford
  • Devastating changes to environmental protections in the face of severe environmental events
  • Localities faced with cuts education support and even bankruptcy
  • Unfunded deteriorating infrastructure
  • The return to ‘Law and Order’ mentality while militarizing law enforcement rather than improving the relationship of the police to their communities
  • All these while increasing the huge amount of our resources to a war machine that long ago stopped serving national issues

60 Percent of Discretionary Spending is Military and Veterans

Visit the event on Facebook: Organizing For Peace & Resisting the Politics of Fear

Sponsored by:

For more information: contact – skrevisky@mxcc.commnet.edu


Just how many military interventions has the United States had in its history?
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Town / City level Resolutions putting human needs before military expenditures 

US Peace Council Initiative: Click to see the Resolution

US Peace Council-National People’s Campaign: to download, click => here

Peace Commission Resolution 2017 PASSED BY ALDERS Calling for Hearing on Funding Human Services in New Haven: to download, click => here

Model Resolution for US cities: to download, click => here 


 

2017 Hiroshima / Nagasaki Remembrance

Hiroshima / Nagasaki Remembrance
A Call to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

6:00 – 9:00 PM, Sunday, August 6th
Unitarian Society of Hartford
50 Bloomfield Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105

Door open at 6:00 pm
Potluck begins at 6 pm — please bring food to share
Program of music, speakers & poetry begins at 6:30 pm
Candle-lighting Ceremony at 8 pm (this will be outdoors, as weather permits)

Sponsored by:
CT Coalition for Peace and Justice
Hope Out Loud
No Nukes/No War
Unitarian Society of Hartford
United Nations Association of Connecticut

For more information, click => here

For a flyer for Hartford, click => here  

Visit us on => Facebook

For more information:
(860) 561-1897


Vigils in New Haven for Nuclear Abolition

2017 New Haven Remembrance

NUCLEAR WEAPONS ARE INHUMANE.
Poetry and Candle Ceremony
August 6th 7:00 p.m. -­ 8:30 p.m.
New Haven Green, Flagpole


2017 Vigils 

Silent Vigil for Hiroshima
Saturday, August 6th
8:15 a.m.
New Haven Green, Flagpole

Silent Vigil for Nagasaki
Tuesday, August 9th
11:00 a.m.
New Haven Green, Flagpole


For More Info:

Web Site: Greater New Haven Peace Council

or

Greater New Haven Peace Council
PO Box 3105
New Haven, CT 06515-0205
grnhpeacecouncil@gmail.com

City of New Haven Peace Commission

For a flyer, click => here

 


Town / City level Resolutions putting human needs before military expenditures 

US Peace Council-National People’s Campaign: to download, click => here

 

Peace Commission Resolution 2017 PASSED BY ALDERS Calling for Hearing on Funding Human Services in New Haven: to download, click => here

 

Model Resolution for US cities: to download, click => here 


Connecticut
Town Specific
Cost of Wars on Terror

(Updated through Fiscal Year 2017)