Brown War Watch will have our final meeting of the semester Tuesday at 7pm to discuss ongoing conflicts, developments in the military industrial complex, and pathways to peace.
As a graduate student group at Brown University, and in order to comply with university policy, our official meetings will resume in the second week of January. That being said, war and peace and the efforts surrounding them don’t stop for the holidays. If you are curious to learn more about what we’re doing or what we’re talking about always feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our facebook or twitter.
All political and spiritual beliefs welcome, united in the quest for a more peaceful planet. End the Endless Wars!
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THIS WEEK’S TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION
On Cuba and the US: One of our members has graciously offered to present a bit on US-Cuba relations and History. Is Cuba a hapless country taken over by communists or an example of revolutionary resistance to American Imperialism? Through the presentation and following discussion we hope to all expand our understanding.
What does the Biden Cabinet mean for war and peace? While there has been some criticism (Business Insider, Jacobin, Scoop, In These Times) the worries of a hawkish cabinet are conspicuously absent from some US media (CNN [1,2], CNBC [1,2], Baltimore Sun). Is the incoming cabinet truly a return to an age of diplomacy that will make the world safer, or a harbinger of war and regime change to come?
Open floor – for any topic of discussion of concern or interest
In February of last year Brown War Watch hosted a film screening of The Nuns, the Priests and the Bombs. This powerful documentary highlights the plowshares movement, and the daring group of Catholic anti-nuclear weapon activists that broke into a nuclear weapons facility in protest against these devastating weapons.
A description of the film from the website:
Are they criminals or prophets sending a wake-up call to the world?
Since 1980, activists in lay and religious life have undertaken dramatic Plowshares protests, derived from the biblical injunction, “They shall beat their swords into plowshares,” incurring long prison sentences in an ongoing campaign to deter nuclear disaster.
Following the film screening was a panel featuring the film’s director, Helen Young, investigative journalist Alex Nunes, and activist Frida Berrigan. Check out the panel below:
What could be done if federal funds were diverted from the US war machine? About a year ago Brown War Watch along with the Watson institute at Brown hosted Co-chair of Massachusetts Peace action and MIT Molecular biology Professor Jonathan King to discuss exactly that. Check it out below:
A discussion of the film No Vietnamese Ever Called Me N—–, (1968) with Brown University Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies, Françoise Hamlin, hosted by Les Robinson, Brown War Watch Co-President and PhD Candidate in the Department of History at Brown.
Summary of film: The unflinching 1968 documentary follows 400,000 protesters along their march from Harlem to the United Nations building as part of the Spring Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam’s April 15, 1967, New York City march. Interwoven through the protest footage is an intimate interview with Black Vietnam war veterans that provides a radical perspective on the plight of returning Black G.I.s – disproportionately sent to fight the war overseas, returning home to a “Thank You” of continued racial and economic discrimination. Director David L. Weiss’ use of verité results in an electrifying portrait of Black anti-war protesters and veterans as they speak out about social protest, life in Harlem, and the connections between racism and war. The film captures the inextricable link between Black liberation and the anti-Vietnam war movement.
Other Key Issues: US-Saudi relations and the war in Yemen, Israel/Palestine, nuclear arms deals, climate change pressures, the shift from Trump’s approach of economic nationalism & unilateralism to one more grounded & supportive of international institutions & multilateralism, addressing strained alliances.
Increased hostilities within Ethiopia that threaten to destabilize the region Links: NYT, WSJ, Al Jazeera
Open floor discussion on topics of concern or interest.
With unsettling signs emerging from Bolivia on election day (10/18/2020) – including militarized streets & intimidation of international observers – we encourage the international community to keep their eyes steadfast on events there as democracy hangs in the balance.
If you’re wondering what you can do we’ve put together an action sheet that may help.
The action sheet contains info on who you can donate to, who to follow (on twitter) to keep up to speed with what’s happening, some sources to learn more, and a helpful tool to help you find the contact info for your reps in the house and senate. You can download a pdf that that includes hyperlinks below. Feel free to download and share!
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