Malden: Rallies for Peace in Ukraine

Start: Thursday, January 26, 202312:00 PM

End: Thursday, January 26, 2023 1:00 PM

This event is organized by Massachusetts Peace Action and Peace in Ukraine.

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Rally at Congressional offices for peace in Ukraine.  We join with the Peace In Ukraine coalition to say:

DIPLOMACY to End the War in Ukraine
$$$ for Climate, Healthcare & Housing
NOT Weapons for Endless War

Thursday, January 26, 12 noon

Rally Locations:

Rep. Katherine Clark‘s office – 157 Pleasant St., Malden.  12 Noon.  Contact: Steve Gallant

Rep. Jake Auchincloss‘ office.  Gather at Washington St and Crafts St, Newton, at 12 Noon.  Rally and flyer passersby, then walk a block to Rep. Auchincloss office.  Contact: Susan Mirsky

Rep. Stephen Lynch‘s office.  Meet at 12 noon at small park, 1279 Hancock St, Quincy, which is half a block from Rep. Lynch’s Quincy office. Contact: Cole Harrison

Rep. Jim McGovern‘s office. 12 E Worcester St, Worcester, MA 01604.  Contact: Claire Schaeffer-Duffy

Rep. Seth Moulton‘s office, 21 Front St, Salem. Contact: Arthur McDonald.

The Ukraine-Russia war demands our urgent attention. We condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but we also condemn NATO expansion and US/NATO provocations of Russia over decades, as well as US refusal to negotiate with Russia over these issues.

In the lead-up to Russia’s invasion, Ukraine’s eastern provinces rebelled in 2014 after a popular uprising followed by an illegal change of government in Kyiv. The Minsk II agreement provided a framework to settle the conflict, but Ukraine, backed by the West, refused to implement it. We must reject simplistic narratives that claim one side is all good and the other all evil. There is blame to go around and war is itself the greatest evil.

The Ukraine war has killed tens of thousands, caused a food crisis in the Middle East and Africa which is getting worse, and an energy crisis in Europe which is enriching US oil companies and destroying the climate. Working people are seeing rapid inflation and looming recession. We have already spent $50 billion on military aid to Ukraine and are planning to spend more.  We need that money at home! The conflict is escalating and it could easily spiral out of control and result in world-destroying nuclear war.

There is no military solution. The only solution is a ceasefire followed by negotiations to settle the outstanding issues. We call on the U.S. to support negotiations instead of hindering them, to stop sending arms that escalate the conflict, and to sit down with Russia to address U.S./Russian security issues, including reestablishing strategic stability, arms control, US missile bases in Eastern Europe, and conventional force deployments.

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