Beyond War and Militarism Committee

Alternative Education Series

2018 Events


Greta Zarro: The Social and Ecological Imperatives of War Abolition. 

September 17th, 2018

Currently Organizing Director of World Beyond War, and previously a community organizer with the leading non-profit Food & Water Watch, Greta worked on issues related to fracking, genetically engineered foods, climate change, and the corporate control of our common resources. Greta describes herself as a vegetarian sociologist-environmentalist. She is interested in the interconnections of social-ecological systems and sees the profligacy of the military-industrial complex, as part of the larger corporatocracy, as the root of many cultural and environmental ills.


Kathy Kelly: Let Yemenis Live: Ending U.S. Complicity in the War Against Yemen


July 16th, 2018

We were thrilled to have author and peace activist Kathy Kelly with us on July 16, discussing the humanitarian catastrophe of the Saudi-led coalition's war on Yemen. Since March 2015, a Saudi-Emirati led coalition has relied on US support and participation in its airstrikes and blockade against Yemen. Massive bombardments targeting civilian infrastructure plus a paralyzing aire, sea, and water blockade has exacerbated suffering as Yemenis face near-famine conditions and widespread diseases. As the US supplies Saudi Arabia with millions of dollars worth of weapons, Kathy urges us: "Be the cogs that stop the war machine."


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Don't Bank on the Bomb.


June 26th, 2018 

Join the Beyond War and Militarism Committee, Cooperative Federal, and Hansen’s Advisory Ser vices to learn how to “ Win Beyond Washington” through socially responsible banking and investing.


Protecting our Environment from Militarism.

April 17th, 2018

How weapons production, deployment, waste disposal, and the war budget devastate and contaminate our planet, and impede environmental restoration. Featuring commentary form Dr. Jack Manno, Senior SUNY ESF Professor Emeritus.


Puerto Rico: The World’s Oldest Colony.


March 19, 2018

Following a screening of the Telesur segment entitled “Puerto Rico: Colonial Bondage & Resistance”, activist and attorney Julio Urrutia wove personal narratives into a discussion on the legacy of U.S. colonialism and militarism at last night's event, "Puerto Rico: The World's Oldest Colony.” In addition to shedding light on the U.S.’s lack of support after Hurricane Maria, topics included the sterilization of Puerto Rican women, contamination on the island of Vieques after bomb testing, and the issues of debt and depopulation looming beyond the question of independence vs statehood. For taking action in solidarity with Puerto Rico, Julio encouraged us to push our legislators toward eliminating the debt and supporting increased aid to the island.


North Korea and the Nuclear Issue Myth vs. History.


February 19th, 2018

The United States has 83 military sites and about 23,400 military personnel in South Korea, a country around the size of Massachusetts. Some of the sites lie about 80 miles from Pyongyang.


Exploring the Intimate Link Between War and Racism.


January 18th, 2018

System-wide violence in US communities is the twin of US aggressive wars abroad. MLK taught that the antiracist and the antiwar movements must go arm
in arm. Three eloquent speakers—each on the frontlines of local movements for racial, immigrant and worker justice—will share their perspectives and reveal the
relevance of MLK’s insight today


2017 Events


End the 64-year Korean War. 


November 20th, 2017

An event sponsored by Syracuse Peace Council and CNY Solidarity Coalition. 


Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. 


October 16th, 2017

Display of the 1964 political  black comedy film that satirizes the Cold War fears of a nuclear conflict between the Soviet Union and the United States


The 2018 US Budget: For War, or Justice? and What Does It Mean To Us?


September 18th, 2017

The speakers, Jarred Jones, District director for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Joe Nehme, District director for Sen. Chuck Schumer maintained a discussion around these points: 

- New information on current budget process.

- How the military budget affects our community.