[act-ma] [UJP] Medea Benjamin: Ground the Drones, Shrink the Pentagon, Create Peace

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======== MEDEA BENJAMIN: GROUND THE DRONES, SHRINK THE PENTAGON, CREATE PEACE 

*Thursday, January 31, 2012, 7pm
First Church in Cambridge, Margaret Jewett Hall
11 Garden St., Cambridge - 3 blocks from Harvard Sq T*

Medea Benjamin, founder of Global Exchange and CodePink Women for Peace, has  
recently returned from solidarity trips to Gaza and to protest U.S. drone  
strikes in Pakistan. She will sign copies of her new book, /Drone Warfare:  
Killing by Remote Control./

Benjamin has been an advocate for social justice for more than 30 years.  
Described as "one of America’s most committed -- and most effective --  
fighters for human rights" by New York Newsday, and called "one of the high  
profile leaders of the peace movement" by the Los Angeles Times, Medea has  
distinguished herself as an eloquent and energetic figure in the progressive  
movement. In 2005 she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries  
nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women  
who do the essential work of peace worldwide. In 2010 she received the Martin  
Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Since the September 11, 2001 tragedy,  Medea has been working to promote a  
U.S. foreign policy that would respect human rights and gain us allies  
instead of contributing to violence and undermining our international  
reputation.  In 2000, she was a Green Party candidate for the California  
Senate.  During the 1990s, Medea focused her efforts on tackling the problem  
of unfair trade as promoted by the World Trade Organization. Widely credited  
as the woman who brought Nike to its knees and helped place the issue of  
sweatshops on the national agenda, Medea was a key player in the campaign  
that won a $20 million settlement from 27 US clothing retailers for the use  
of sweatshop labor in Saipan. She also pushed Starbucks and other companies  
to start carrying fair trade coffee.

Her work for justice in Israel/Palestine includes taking numerous delegations  
to Gaza after the 2008 Israeli invasion, organizing the Gaza Freedom March in  
2010, participating in the Freedom Flotillas and opposing the policies of the  
Israel lobby group AIPAC. In 2011 she was in Tahrir Square during the  
Egyptian uprising and In 2012 she was part of a human rights delegation to  
Bahrain in support of democracy activists; she was tear-gassed, arrested and  
deported by the Bahraini government. 

A former economist and nutritionist with the United Nations and World Health  
Organization, Benjamin is the author/editor of eight books. Her latest book  
is called /Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control/, and she has been  
campaigning to get lethal drones out of the hands of the CIA. Her articles  
appear regularly in outlets such as /The Huffington Post/, /CommonDreams/,  
/Alternet/ and /OpEd News/.

Sponsored by United for Justice with Peace; co-sponsored by Women's  
International League for Peace & Freedom and Massachusetts Peace Action (list  
in formation). Sliding scale donation $5-10 requested to cover costs, no one  
turned away. Proceeds after expenses will be donated to legal costs of  
anti-drone protesters.

United for Justice with Peace [1] is a coalition of peace and justice  
organizations and community peace groups in the Greater Boston region. The  
UJP Coalition, formed after September 11th, seeks global peace through social  
and economic justice.

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The U.S. & Middle East Wars: Gaza, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya… [5] Wed Jan  
16 7:00pm Episcopal Divinity School Cambridge Medea Benjamin: Resisting the  
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Cambridge Massachusetts Peace Action Annual Meeting [7] Sat Feb 9 1:00pm  
First Baptist Church Newton Center Walk for Peace For the People – For the  
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Dorchester Panel Discussion on Immigration Reform [9] Thu Feb 21 11:00am tbd  
Boston area
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