Saturday, August 18, 2018

Kateri Peace Conference 2018 - Geopolitical Imperatives

Fonda, NY; August 18, 2018

A Talk by Ann Wright and Ray McGovern

The Fierce Urgency of Now!

“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Every August for the past twenty summers, the National Kateri Shrine in Fonda, NY has played host to the Kateri Peace Conference. Year after year, this mid summer "meeting at the edge of the woods" has offered the Capital District an opportunity to explore and to find a way forward through the tangled and ever entwining paths of racism, militarism and excessive materialism to the noble and sustainable ground of peace and justice.

August after August, folks who care deeply about a just society have gathered to listen, to share and to learn in a day of personal reflection and commitment to fulfilling the dream of truth, justice and equality. Every meeting of this twenty year quest has been punctuated by a deep concern for the world, tempered by insight and inspiration for envisioning, walking and working towards what it could be. There has always been joy and celebration in finding companionship and community, a source of sustenance for the challenges on the road ahead.

Kateri 2018 promises to provide another milestone on this continuing journey. Anchored in the realities of the geopolitical moment, our conference will invite both presenters and participants to vision both greater clarity and purpose regarding " the now" in the " tides of the affairs of men”.

This year’s speakers are renowned for their courage in embracing the journey, seeking truth, and acting with compassion and an unbridled fierceness to stop the killing of the US war machine. We will continue this work seeking peace with justice, ending war, exploring nonviolent love in action and ways toward economic equality.

One of the constants of the Kateri Peace Conference is our willingness to embrace change and experiment with programming. Our hope has always been to reach out and engage the community as broadly and deeply as possible while providing a rich opportunity for feeding joy and a spirit of celebration.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Clare Grady - Kings Bay Plowshares Activist

Ithaca, NY; July 21, 2018

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Clare Grady is one of seven Catholic plowshares activists who entered Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in St. Mary’s, Georgia on April 4th, 2018.  They went to make real the prophet Isaiah’s command to “beat swords into plowshares”.

The seven chose to act on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who devoted his life to addressing what he called the “triple evils of militarism, racism and materialism.”  Carrying hammers and baby bottles of their own blood, the seven attempted to convert weapons of mass destruction.  They hoped to call attention to the ways in which nuclear weapons kill every day, by their mere existence and maintenance.

Kings Bay Naval base opened in 1979 as the Navy’s Atlantic Ocean Trident port.  It is the largest nuclear submarine base in the world.  There are six ballistic missile subs and two guided missile subs based at Kings Bay.

The activists went to three sites on the base: The SWFLANT administration building, the D5 Missile monument installation and the nuclear weapons storage bunkers.  The activists used crime scene tape, hammers and hung banners reading: “The ultimate logic of racism is genocide - Dr. Martin Luther King”, “The ultimate logic of Trident is omnicide” and “Nuclear weapons: illegal / immoral.”  They also brought an indictment charging the U.S. government for crimes against peace.

The activists at the nuclear weapons storage bunkers were Elizabeth McAlister, 78, of Jonah House, Baltimore; Fr. Steve Kelly SJ, 69, of the Bay Area, California; and Carmen Trotta, 55, of the New York Catholic Worker.

At the Strategic Weapons Facility Atlantic Administration building were Clare Grady, 59, of the Ithaca Catholic Worker; and Martha Hennessy, 62, of the New York Catholic Worker.

At  the Trident D5 monuments were Mark Colville, 55, of the Amistad Catholic Worker, New Haven, Connecticut; and Patrick O’Neill, 61, of the Fr. Charlie Mulholland Catholic Worker, Garner, North Carolina.

This is the latest of 100 similar actions around the world beginning in 1980 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Kathy Kelly - Let Yemenis Live

Syracuse, NY; July 16, 2018

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Since March 2015, a Saudi-Emirati led coalition has relied on U.S. support and participation in its airstrikes and blockade against Yemen.

Barrages of bombardment targeting civilian infrastructure, plus a paralyzing air, sea and water blockade have exacerbated suffering as Yemenis face near-famine conditions and widespread diseases, including cholera.

Author, speaker, peace activist, and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Kathy Kelly co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence (, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic wars.

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Introductions by Rev. Frederick D. Daley and Aly Wane.

Event sponsored by the Beyond War and Militarism committee
of the Syracuse Peace Council and CNY Solidarity Coalition.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Left Forum 2018 Playlist

June 1 - 3, 2018; John Jay College, NYC

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FRIDAY June 1 (All times are Eastern U.S.)

6:15 - 9:00 PM Opening Plenary - A Broken System: How We Got Here


10:00 - 11:50 AM Session 1 - Independent Power: Towards a Party for Working People

12:00 - 1:50 PM Session 2 - Advancing Worker Control Against the Capitalist Offensive and Saving Our Communities

2:00 - 3:50 PM Session 3 - The U.S. Family--Can It Be Saved?--Should It Be Saved? Marxist Feminist Questions

6:15 - 9:00 PM Saturday Plenary - One Fight, Many Fronts


12:00 - 1:50 PM Session 6 - Imagining an Authentic 21st Century U.S. Left

4:15 - 6:30 PM -  Closing Plenary - A Vision Moving Forward

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases

The Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases was held January 12 - 14, 2018 in Baltimore, MD.

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