Peace@ThePub: Why Peace is a Feminist Issue

See video of Meghan Donovan’s Peace@ThePub talk

Meghan Donovan, is chair of CPA’s Advocacy Committee. She discusses war and militarism’s impact on women and girls; rape as a war crime; military sexual trauma; why permitting or requiring women to serve in combat is not a feminist act; and how women have been part of peace movements throughout history.

Peace@ThePub: Peace Activism in a Digital World

Shelley Rose, Ph.D.

Tuesday, February 11th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Market Garden Brewery, 1947 W 25th St, Cleveland

Dr. Rose will discuss the physical and online spaces of activism and protest events in the 20th and 21st century, including the use of social media as a tool for organizing in cases like Standing Rock. As a historian, she examines the changing modes of protest events as well as common practices between activist communities.

Shelley Rose, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of History at Cleveland State University who specializes in protest history and digital humanities. She is the author of several articles on gender, protest, and European history and leads the Protest Spaces transnational research network. 

Free and open to the public. Peace@ThePub is a monthly meeting featuring interesting conversation, camaraderie, food and drink.

Cleveland Peace Action Urges Congress to Support H.R. 2407

Cleveland Peace Action supports Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) for her reintroduction of House Resolution 2407. HR 2407 forbids U.S. aid to Israel to be used for the jailing and incarceration of Palestinian children in the West Bank, which has been under illegal Israeli military occupation for more than a half-century. Each year between 500 and 1,000 Palestinian children are thrown in jail by Israeli occupation forces. Then they are often subjected to torture and abuse before receiving a “trial” in a military tribunal, usually without legal representation and with court documents in Hebrew, not Arabic. Cleveland Peace Action applauds the example set by Rep. McCollum who has put her values of democracy, tolerance, and equal rights for all into practice with the reintroduction of this important bill. Cleveland Peace Action urges Cleveland Area voters to contact their U.S. Representatives and ask them to support HR 2407 by becoming a co-sponsor.

This action coincides with our No Rights/No Aid campaign urging Congress to restrict military aid to Israel until the rights of Palestinians are equal to the rights of Israeli Jews.

 For further information, please contact Cleveland Peace Action at [email protected] or 216-205.1427.

Stop the march towards war with Iran!

If you agree with our press statement below, contact your Senators and ask them to support S.1039 – Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019.    Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or use this link from AFSC. 

This statement by Don Bryant and Francis Chiappa was sent to the media on June 20, 2019

Cleveland Peace Action calls on the Trump Administration to reverse military escalations in the Gulf of Oman and vicinity, to cease its bellicose and dangerous rhetoric, and to either return to the bargaining table with Iran or opt back in to the Iran-US nuclear agreement.   While Secretary of State Pompeo was swift to blame Iran for the attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last Thursday, saying “the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred in the Gulf of Oman…that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication.” Yet there are at least three other proxy groups operating in the area that have such military capabilities: the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Israel. We should be wary of false intelligence as it has justified past wars.  

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Colombia In Context

by Mark Weber

Steve Cagan’s very informative talk last night got me to thinking. He mentioned that the United States was less of a presence in Colombia now than in years past. In the early 2000’s there was in South America what journalists dubbed the “pink tide.” In countries like Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, and Venezuela socialist or left populists came to power. Most famous was the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela led by Hugo Chavez. The United States feared that Colombia might be “lost” as well. Insurgent forces in Colombia controlled almost half of the country. I think these were mainly the FARC and the ELN, the two largest groups of insurgents at that time. The United States was determined to keep Colombia as an ally. U.S. representatives worked with then President Uribe (elected in 2002). The result was an agreement called Plan Colombia coupled with counterinsurgency training, which resulted in a spike in U.S. assistance making Colombia the highest recipient of U.S. aid after Israel. With an increase in military aid and funds for aerial  spraying of some coca growers in the remote parts of the country, Colombia moved much closer to the top of the U.S. strategic priority list. The aerial spraying program was and continues to be a failure.

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