Over the past few months there has been escalating talk about the possibility of a U.S. war with Iran. Israel, the U.S.’s closest ally in the region, is threatening attacks which could pull us into war. President Obama and the Republican presidential candidates are saying that “all options are on the table” to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. This is despite the fact that top U.S. intelligence officials have made consistent statements that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program nor is there evidence they intend to establish one.
Massachusetts Peace Action and other peace groups have been working to prevent our engagement in another pointless, disastrous war. They placed ads in the MBTA subways and buses, and have a petition campaign, as well.
Mass Peace Action board members Shelagh Foreman and John Maher will talk to us about why sabre-rattling is the wrong approach to dealing with Iran, and what we need to do to try fight further military escalation in the Middle East.
Mass Peace Action’s Program Director, Shelagh Foreman, has been on the forefront of peace and justice issues for many years. She was a founding member of Mass Freeze, the statewide nuclear freeze organization, which merged with SANE to form Massachusetts Peace Action. She has worked consistently on nuclear disarmament and focused on bringing Peace Action’s message to our elected officials. She represents MAPA on the Political Committee of Mass Alliance and is a core group member of 20/20 Action.
John Maher is on the Board of Mass Peace Action. He was an organizer for SDS in the 1960’s. He worked in a factory, taught in Cambridge and Somerville public schools, was director of education and outreach for Oxfam, and was executive director of Neighbor to Neighbor, which works for progressive working class power in Massachusetts politics. He is on the steering committee of the Eastern Massachusetts campaign to Fund Our Communities / Cut Military Spending 25%. He recently published Learning from the Sixties: Memoir of an Organizer.
Mass Peace Action is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to develop the sustained political power to foster a more just and peaceful U.S. foreign policy.
Preventing War with Iran
Wednesday, 6/20/2012 7:00 pm USA Eastern Time
Occupy Boston Radio – OBR.FM
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