Breaking the Silence 2022

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On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered a landmark speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence,” at Riverside Church in New York City. He drew the connections between US militarism, racism, and economic injustice, three ills that afflicted our nation then and still do today. 

On the steps of Cleveland City Hall, Monday, April 4, 2022 at 5:00 PM, a diverse group of community leaders and activists will read Dr. King’s speech. Last year, a broad coalition of Northeast Ohioans organized a virtual and intersectional reading and discussion – view hereThis year we gather in person!!  

Our local reading is one of many such events on this day. A national event, at 7:15 PM will feature a pre-recorded group reading of the speech, followed by a live panel discussion – register here

Co-sponsors: Black on Black Crime Inc., Carl Stokes Brigade, CLEAN Cleveland Environmental Action Network, Cleveland Jobs With Justice, Cleveland Move to Amend, Cleveland Nonviolence Network, Cleveland Peace Action, Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, End Poverty Now!, Hip Hop Congress, InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Colombia (IRTF), Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition, Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless, Ohio Poor People’s Campaign, Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership (OPAWL), SPAN Ohio, Survivors and Victims of Violence, Tamir Rice Foundation, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cleveland, Young Communist League, YWCA

CIFF46…Mission: Joy-Finding Happiness in Troubled Times

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Cleveland Peace Action is a Community Partner for this film.

Mission: Joy – Finding Happiness in Troubled Times
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Use our unique discount code “PEACE” for $1 off each ticket.

CIFF46 Streams On Demand

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM through
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM

A room has never heard more laughter than when His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu sit down in easy chairs to shoot the breeze in the spring of 2015. The delightful documentary MISSION: JOY – FINDING HAPPINESS IN TROUBLED TIMES features never-before-seen footage that inspired The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World. The film is a witness of the endearing friendship of an Asian Buddhist and an African Christian—both winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, who each manifested their own timeless legacies of nonviolence and compassion for others in their respective corners of the world. The story weaves together the friends’ childhoods and paths to prominence, while the icons reflect and field questions about life, death, and how to wring out happiness from places where none can be found. While their awe-inspiring reputations set an assumed tone of solemn reverence, the pair are human after all, and they flood the interaction with blissful moments of relatable, down-to-earth joy that’s refreshingly unexpected. —A.B.

Orientalism & Settler Colonialism in Palestine

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2022 – In case you missed it – view on YouTube

US “freedom” and the creation of the Israeli homeland were both built on the ashes of atrocities known as settler colonialism. Cleveland Peace Action’s settler colonialism series begins with Mazin Qumsiyeh, historian, naturalist, and front-line activist. Professor Qumsiyeh is on the receiving end of settler colonialism in the Occupied West Bank of Palestine and is a leading spokesperson for Palestinian human rights. He will present an historical view, the current situation on the ground in the Occupied West Bank, and how people in the US can turn around the struggle for freedom and self-determination for Palestinians.

Part II of our series on Recognizing Settler Colonialism features Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, February 11, 2022, on her new book, Not A Nation of Immigrants: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion.

The Israel Lobby: A Threat to Democracy

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On Tuesday December 7, 2021, Walter Hixson, retired distinguished professor of the University of Akron spoke on “The Israel Lobby: A Threat to Democracy.”

View this program now on YouTube

Professor Hixson has written numerous books, among them two books about the Israel Lobby: Israel’s Armor (2019) and Architects of Repression (2021). He is also a columnist and contributing editor for the magazine, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.  Q & A will follow Professor Hixson’s remarks.

This event is free and open to the public. Prior registration is requested.

Contact Mark Weber – 216-870-1594 – [email protected]

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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. 

To watch the film and chat: Go to the Film Screening Room and enter this video password: [email protected]

Screening Room opens with live chat: 6:30 pm ET – Film Screening: 7:00 pm ET – Post-Screening Discussion: 8:00 pm ET on Zoom. Read film synopsis and watch the trailer.

“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

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