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We Are All DC: FY 2016 Budget Recommendations

Originally Published on The Fair Budget Coalition's Website 

“We are Washington, D.C.—a city headed in the right direction. Our hardworking and compassionate residents know that there is still work to be done and progress to be made—in all eight wards—to help the District reach its full potential.” - Mayor Muriel Bowser

On Charlie Hebdo, freedom of speech, terrorism, and the value of lives

By: Yazan al-Saadi

Published  on Al-Akhbar English on Thursday, January 8, 2015    

An attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a controversial French satirical magazine, and the mainstream discourse immediately rehashes the same concepts and talking points about the importance of safeguarding freedom of speech, battling an ill-defined notion of terrorism, and maintaining Western values. However, the essential issue of whose lives have value continues to be disregarded.

Anatomy of a Mexican Massacre

Anatomy of a Mexican Massacre

Originally Published in The Daily Beast on 10.18.14 by Jason McGahan

For almost a century a teacher’s college in rural Mexico has been training educators and activists. Last month, dozens were abducted and slaughtered—by the police.
MEXICO CITY — Twelve days ago, police and unidentified gunmen believed to be members of a drug cartel ambushed a caravan of college student activists in the state of Guerrero, about half way from Mexico City to Acapulco.

Emmett Till, Michael Brown and the Ongoing Struggle for Racial Justice

By Peter Dreier

Originally Published in Truthout.

In 1964, at the height of the civil rights movement, the great organizer Ella Baker said, "Until the killing of black men, black mothers' sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother's sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest."

“There Is No Military Solution” — But Obama Launches a New U.S. War in Syria

by Phyllis Bennis

Originally Published in CommonDreams

President Obama’s decision to bomb Syria stands in stark violation of international law, the UN Charter, and the requirements of the U.S. Constitution. It contradicts his own commitment, stated a year ago in the UN General Assembly, to reverse Washington’s “perpetual war footing.”

And it portends disaster for the people of Syria, the region, and much of the world.

Not Another "War on Terror" Educational Resources

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Like many of you, the Washington Peace Center has been appalled at the violence and chaos in Iraq and Syria.  ISIS’s tactics and agendas are awful and frightening.  However, we also know that more US air strikes and military intervention are not the path to safety and justice for those living in those areas. We've started collected educational resources for you to inform yourselves and your community and take action for peace.  We'll try to keep this page updated with upcoming events as well. 

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Call for Immigrant Rights Advocates to Boycott White House Meetings

President Obama met with three Central American presidents at the White House Friday afternoon to address the influx of unaccompanied child migrants. According to The Hill, Obama claims to have come to agreement with El Salvador’s Salvador Sánchez Cerén, Honduras’ Juan Orlando Hernández, and Guatemala’s Otto Pérez Molina to “address poverty and violence” in order to stem the immigration tide.

A Summer of Activism

Carlo and Erin protesting in solidarity with D.C. taxi drivers.

This page is a compilation of reportbacks from actions attended by the Peace Center's Peace Organizing Interns, Carlo Chavarria and Erin Riordan, Summer 2014. Thanks for all you do to further peace and justice!

May 28th
Author Event: Missing Class
Written by Erin Riordan

Washington’s Role in Triggering the Child Migrant Crisis

Rare is the occasion that power systems voluntarily expose the true character of their policies. Mountains of disinformation and distortion are critical to keep the prying eyes of the public at bay. President Obama recently broke with this norm on the White House lawn. In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulous he angrily denounced Central American parents for sending their children to the US border. “Don’t send your children to the border … they’ll get sent back,” he inveighed.

Urgent call from Gaza Civil Society: Act Now!

Originally published in Electronic Intifada

We Palestinians trapped inside the bloodied and besieged Gaza Strip call on conscientious people all over the world to act, protest and intensify the boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel until it ends this murderous attack on our people and is held to account.

Don’t Go Back to Iraq! Five steps the U.S. can take in Iraq without going back to war.

By Phyllis Bennis Originally Published by the Institute for Policy Studies

This is how wars begin.

Barack Obama says we’re not going back to Iraq. “American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq,” he said on June 19th, “but we will help Iraqis as they take the fight to terrorists who threaten the Iraqi people, the region, and American interests as well.”


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