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Building Sustainable Security
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall
Cambridge, MA
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Building Sustainable Security
A One-Day Conference  Saturday, November 21, 2015

Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall

Confirmed Speakers

Noam Chomsky Institute Professor Emeritus, MIT

Michael McPhearson Executive Director, Veterans For Peace

Harris Gruman RaiseUp Massachusetts; Executive Director, SEIU Massachusetts State Council

Carl Williams Staff Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts

Cassandra Bensahih Jobs Not Jails; Co-Executive Director, Ex-Prisoners United for Community Action (EPOCA)

Barbara Madeloni President, Masachusetts Teachers Association (MTA)

Chung-Wha Hong, executive director, Grassroots International

Susan Redlich 350 Massachusetts ~ divestment core team

Will Hopkins Executive Director, New Hampshire Peace Action

Jamie Eldridge, Massachusetts State Senator

In the name of national security, and benefiting an extractive corporate elite, our country has policies that undermine true security, bringing us catastrophic climate disruption, constant war and a culture that nurtures war, and growing inequality that destroys democracy and feeds poverty, racism, and mass incarceration.

Only large social movements can remove these barriers to genuine security and construct a society based on a different vision.

This conference will explore three pillars of sustainable national and world security:

A fairly-shared global prosperity based on economic, social, and racial justice
Emergency action to address climate change and build a new, fossil-fuel-free energy system
A Foreign Policy for All based on even-handed diplomacy, ending our disastrous military interventions, abolition of nuclear weapons, and reclaiming war resources for the urgent needs that face our world

Promising efforts to organize for change have fallen short.  Millions of Americans share our concerns, but we have not yet come together effectively.  The conference will focus on actions and capacity building using the frame of "sustainable security" to strengthen ties among our efforts so we can act more effectively.

Conference Program

Social Movements for Sustainable Security

Harris Gruman SEIU / RaiseUp Massachusetts  Carl Williams American Civil Liberties Union   Susan Redlich 350MA, divestment core team  Cassandra Bensahih Jobs Not Jails and Ex-Prisoners United for Community Action (EPOCA)  Barbara Madeloni President, Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA)

Sustainable Security and Peace

Noam Chomsky Institute Professor Emeritus, MIT

Michael McPhearson Executive Director, Veterans for Peace

International Workshops

Storm in the Middle East: Iran Deal, ISIS War, Syria, Yemen

Ukraine and a New Cold War with Russia?

New Initiatives toward Nuclear Disarmament

Security vs. the National Security State -- Technology, Privacy and the NSA

Links Between US Foreign Policy, Inequality, and Climate Change

The U.S. & China: Dangers & Alternatives to Military & Economic Containment

Climate Crisis: The Road Through Paris

From despair to empowerment--an experiential workshop

Struggling for Sustainable Security: Connecting the Movements

The People's Budget: State Senator Jamie Eldridge

Building Movements with Global Connections: Chung-Wha Hong, Executive Director, Grassroots International

Impacting Elections: BirdDogging the Presidential Candidates.   Roleplay : Will Hopkins, New Hampshire Peace Action

Domestic Workshops

A Green Economy for Massachusetts

Black Lives Matter

Alternatives to Violence, At Home and Abroad

Jobs Not Jails

Building Shared Prosperity in the Commonwealth with the Fair Share Amendment

Build Housing, Not Bombs

Governing Under the Influence: Bringing our issues into the 2016 election

Let's Talk about War

Building Movements with Global Connections

Networking Reception


Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall (View)
1585 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States


Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 14
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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