Cleveland Peace Action Movie Night
Tuesday, October 19th, 7 pm
A BOLD PEACE! tells the story of how Costa Rica abolished its army in 1948, allowing investment in health, education and the environment, enhancing the well-being of its citizens.
Cleveland Peace Action Education Fund presents a virtual film screening on Tuesday, October 19 at 7:00 pm ET. Guests are welcome to participate in a live chat beginning at 6:30 pm ET, watch the livestream film screening beginning promptly at 7:00 pm ET, and join the live post-screening discussion at 8:00 pm ET.
“A fascinating documentary…Tells the remarkable story of war avoided, or transcended, again and again and again…By the film’s end, this way emerges not simply as possible, not simply as a curiosity, but as the model for the future.” – Robert Koehler, Huffington Post
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 – view the program here – passcode: #R!1Ep9F
This hybrid program, on Zoom and at Parma Public Library, should not be missed. It powerfully deconstructs the seemingly unwitting way the U.S. keeps waging wars.
Mainstream media narratives of Middle East conflicts are often false or incomplete. Even as the U.S. “withdraws” from the region, the extent and depth of its Middle East presence and influence is profound. Our presenter Oliver Boyd-Barrett will discuss how U.S. military and covert presence in the region (with particular reference to Syria and Iran) continues to seriously damage both the region and U.S. long-term interests.
Oliver Boyd-Barrett, Professor Emeritus at Bowling Green University, is an expert on communications, media, and U.S. foreign policy and how taxpayers, Congress, and other world leaders are manipulated into supporting war and occupation around the world. Boyd-Barrett has written or edited some 25 books and 150 scholarly articles. Here’s his bio
Reserve your spot and join the discussion in the large meeting room at the Parma Public Library. Room seats 100: a limit of 40-50 reservations will ensure physical distancing. Get your free ticket here
OR join on Zoom, wherever you are. Register here
Statement by Mark Weber, President, Cleveland Peace Action
One month ago, the last United States soldiers left Afghanistan ending our nation’s longest war. This week, amid partisan finger-pointing, we are subjected to the spectacle of Congressional hearings over how but not why the U.S. mission to this war-torn nation ignominiously failed just like our military presence in Vietnam collapsed 46 years ago. In both cases, our country lavished hundreds of billions of dollars to prop up corrupt local elites that preyed on the people who lived amid repression and poverty. In Afghanistan, successive U.S. administrations lied about why we were in one of the poorest nations of the world. As in Vietnam in the 1960’s, in the 1980’s, we used the logic of the Cold War to justify arming the mujahideen fighters to overthrow a secular, modernist government committed to significant social reforms including education for Afghan women. In doing so, we enabled the first takeover by the Taliban in the 1990’s. Then in the period 2001 to the present, we spent almost $2.3 trillion in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban. We lavished money on local warlords, transforming them from being corrupt local leaders with armed militias at their backs to being corrupt multi-millionaires with political muscle and with armies at their backs. Money from Washington flowed freely into the poverty-stricken nation. However, very little of this money reached the people who needed it. The people who continued to suffer saw little reason to back a U.S. puppet regime that seemed indifferent to the vast majority of Afghani citizens who lived outside of a few urban centers like Kabul and Herat. In addition, according to the Watson Institute of Brown University, the butcher’s bill for our two-decade long sojourn in Afghanistan amounted to more than 7,000 US service members, 150,000 Afghan service members, and 335,000 Afghan civilians. Almost 31,000 US service members committed suicide as a result of participating in all of the post-9/11 US-sponsored wars.
Cleveland Peace Action says: ENOUGH! Since the end of the Second World War, we have sacrificed blood and treasure in countless wars waged in the name of anti-communism, oil, and now “anti-terrorism.” Our policymakers, from elite universities and foundations, have studied the lessons of the history of this period. However, they have refused to heed any of these lessons. The pull of ideology, and the interests of arms manufacturers and military contractors like Blackwater have shaped our policy. The sons and daughters of working-class Americans and the civilians in the war zones we have created have been slaughtered so that U.S. corporations can reap huge profits. Of the $2.3 trillion the Department of Defense spent on the Afghan adventure, the Watson Institute estimates that between 35% to 50% went to private defense contractors. Let us conclude by urging all Americans to organize against future Afghanistan’s, whether in North Korea or Iran or Venezuela. Such adventures have been and always will be “a rich man’s war; but a poor man’s fight.”
On Friday, August 6th, as the Tokyo Olympics come to a close, we will gather at the Rockefeller Lagoon, Rev. M.L. King Drive, near E. 105th St.
Speakers include Karen Jiobu, who was confined in a Japanese-American internment camp during WWII. Music by Charlie Mosbrook, poetry by Clarissa Jakobsons and the late Daniel Thompson. Paper crane folding, Japanese lantern decoration, and a lantern float at sunset.
7:00 pm – Gathering to decorate lanterns and fold paper cranes
7:30 pm – Program
8:40 pm – Sunset lantern float on the lagoon
Please bring your own chair. Make sure any valuables in your car are not visible.
Nuclear war! How can the unthinkable be thinkable? The U.S. government is now modernizing its nuclear arsenal at a cost of over $1 Trillion*. While our tax dollars support unthinkable war, remedying economic and racial inequity or rebuilding infrastructure go begging.
On August 6th, 1945, a small nuclear weapon was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, a second bomb exploded over Nagasaki. At least 129,000 to 226,000 people were killed, with half dying slow deaths from burns, radiation, other injuries, and malnutrition**. Hibakusha, the remaining survivors, still suffer the effects. Targeting Asian civilians in 1945 echoes today as racism still plagues our nation.
- We understand the grave and existential threat of nuclear war.
- We declare that nuclear weapons must never again be used.
- We resolve to rid the world of the threat of nuclear war.
- We will pressure our elected representatives to de-fund nuclear weapons and use those funds to make life better for all.
It’s up to us! Join us to say “Never Again!”
Cleveland Peace Action has been working for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1981. We welcome co-sponsors Cleveland Non-violence Network, InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF), and Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland.
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Tuesday, July 13th, 2021
Speaker: Todd Nelson, PhD
Russia Against the World: Understanding the Russian Worldview will look at the Putin government’s perception of Russia’s role in the world. This includes Russian military interventionism, cyber interference and why Putin is willing to engage in such practices when he knows that Russian participation will be obvious. His discussion will also focus more broadly on Russian aggression in Ukraine and the history which ties this together since World War II, which still plays such an important role in Russian society.
Todd Nelson is an assistant professor in the Political Science Department at Cleveland State University. He has done extensive research in the areas of Russian Politics, Memory Politics, Human Rights, Genocide and Mass Killings.
Free and open to the public.
We’ll do our virtual best to provide “interesting conversation and camaraderie,” as always. As for food and drink, it’s BYO. Grab a brew or whatever is your cup of tea. Curl up at home and join us via laptop or phone. You can actively participate with or without video.