Berkshire Citizens for Peace and Justice

June 8, 2017  “A Nuclear Arms Race or a Nuclear-Free World?”

This is a presentation by Larry Wittner in regard to the reality that all the nuclear powers are engaged in their latest nuclear weapons buildup, with the U.S. government alone spending $1 trillion on nuclear  “modernization.”  This nuclear arms race is being challenged this spring by UN negotiations to ban nuclear weapons.  What outcome will prevail? A discussion will follow Larry’s presentation. 

Wittner is a Professor of History emeritus at the State University of New York/Albany.  He began his career as a peace activist in the fall of 1961, when he and other college students picketed the White House in an attempt to block resumption of U.S. nuclear weapons testing.  Since then, he has participated in a great many peace movement ventures, and has served as president of the Peace History Society and as convener of the Peace History Commission of the International Peace Research Association.  Currently, he is co-chair of the national board of Peace Action, the largest grassroots peace organization in the United States.   A former co-editor of the journal Peace & Change, he is also the author or editor of thirteen books, including Rebels Against War, The Biographical Dictionary of Modern Peace Leaders, Peace Action, Working for Peace and Justice, and the award-winning trilogy, The Struggle Against the Bomb, which is available in abbreviated form as Confronting the Bomb.  His hundreds of published articles and book reviews have appeared in journals, magazines, newspapers, and online publications around the world.  He has given lectures about peace and disarmament in dozens of nations, and has spoken  about such issues at the Norwegian Nobel Institute and at the United Nations.               

Saturday, June 17, 2017 – Upcoming event

See map and description below:

The Women’s March to Ban the Bomb is a women-led initiative building on the momentum of movements at the forefront of the resistance, including the Women’s March on Washington.

March and rally at 12 PM – 4PM Saturday, June 17th 2017 in New York City!

  • 12:00 PM meet at the assembly point outside of Bryant Park along W40th Ave. Join the movement, get inspired, build solidarity, make some friends and get ready to march!

  • 12:30 PM march begins along the route outlined above ending at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza where the rally begins!

  • 1:15 PM-4:00 PM Rally at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza with speakers, booths and musical performances.

Thursday, June 15, 2017   As this is a Third Thursday, we will not have a program this night.  Instead, we will meet at 8:00 p.m. in order to plan what BCP&J should do next, particularly in relation to a schedule for the month of July.

Thursday, June 22, 2017  Bannon’s War (a Frontline special)

FRONTLINE goes inside Trump advisor Stephen Bannon’s war — with radical Islam, Washington, and White House rivals. The film from veteran filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team tells the story of Bannon’s fight to deliver on President Trump’s promises, with a confrontational style based on his personal crusade to dramatically transform America.

 “Bannon has long made it clear that blowing up the political establishment is his goal,” Kirk says. “Our new film is an investigation of who Bannon is, what shaped his worldview, how he got here, and his influence and footing within the Trump administration.”

Engineered by Stephen Bannon, it was no accident that the announcement of President Trump’s travel ban happened with little warning on a Friday afternoon.

Drawing on nearly 30 in-depth interviews with political insiders, Bannon’s former associates at Breitbart, authors, and journalists, the film tells the inside story of Bannon’s fight to deliver on Trump’s promises, with a confrontational style based on his personal crusade to dramatically transform the way our government works.

From how Bannon helped to orchestrate the rollout of Trump’s controversial travel ban, to his role in the power struggles and policy clashes that have defined the early days of Trump’s presidency, to his uncertain future within the administration, “Bannon’s War” is a meticulous portrait from one of the most acclaimed investigative teams in broadcast journalism.

Thursday, June 29, 2017  Two Films.  First, a 15 minute film on the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP).  AVP is a very successful program designed to give prison inmates other options than violent ones when faced with confrontational challenges.

The second film – In An Ideal World

Over seven years, “In An Ideal World” follows three men in CA’s Soledad prison — John, a white separatist murderer, Sam, a black ex-gang member and Ben, a warden. Challenged for the first time by a mixed-race program, and with pressure from the courts to integrate, the men struggle to move beyond the stark realities of America’s prison system. AVP plays a modest part in the film.


NOTE:  Our regular 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. vigil will take place at Park Square as usual every Thursday.  It is in its 15th year without a Thursday when there was no one present.  Please join us if you can.