Sat., Mar. 8, 5:45 pm
SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014, 5:45 to 8 PM
PEACE ACTION MEETING
Staten Island Museum Auditorium
75 Stuyvesant Pl., Staten Island, NY 10301
(1 block up from Staten Island Ferry)
Fund our Communities!
Our speaker will be Jean Athey, coordinator of Peace Action Montgomery (MD) and chair of the Steering Committee of Fund Our Communities, Not the Pentagon, (www.OurFunds.org), a Maryland coalition composed of over 60 organizations whose mission is to establish a strong grassroots constituency for change in our nation’s priorities, away from war and militarism and towards peace and social justice. Jean is also secretary of the Board of the national organization Peace Action.
The Fund Our Communities coalition has sponsored town hall meetings throughout Maryland, organized a campaign to prevent a special tax break for Lockheed Martin, managed an innovative Pull the Pork political event, and sponsored a bus tour in MD called “Prosperity Not Austerity.” The latest campaign is passing a bill in the state legislature designed to show that jobs need not be dependent on military spending.
In April, 2011, Jean went to Afghanistan on a peace mission. In October 2008, she volunteered with the International Solidarity Movement in Palestine for the olive harvest and at the Jerusalem home of a family threatened with eviction. In 2006, she co-founded the Washington Region Religious Campaign Against Torture, a coalition of religious groups working to end U.S.-sponsored torture and hold accountable those who have participated in torture. Jean has worked at the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration; taught at the University of Oklahoma; and served in the Peace Corps in Tunisia. She received a Ph.D. in social services policy and administration from the University of Chicago.
On the agenda for the evening is a presentation of the report by the nomination committee for the PASI board. Elections are scheduled at the annual meeting on May 10, 2014. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.