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Drastically Cutting the military budget – Henry Lowendorf

ICSS 20200823
Sun, Aug 23, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Drastically Cutting the Military Budget

Why Is It Not a Campaign Issue?

Hunger and homelessness stalk the poor. Jobs lost in the pandemic and the resulting economic collapse may not come back or will be even lower wage than before. Public education and transportation along with protecting the environment are on the chopping block, while the billionaires are raking in money. Our cities and states are economically strapped. Yet, elected officials have no idea how to run them without raising local taxes, laying off workers, or slashing benefits. Meanwhile wars are plentiful. The more than a trillion dollars Congress annually votes to send to the Pentagon is hardly a topic of conversation or a campaign issue as a source of salvation at any level.

Our speaker, Henry Lowendorf, with the Campaign to Move the Money from military to human needs, will address what we can do about it. A biologist by profession, Lowendorf has been a peace activist since the mid-1960s. In 2016, he led a peace delegation to Syria on a mission to stimulate the US peace movement to honestly discuss the war on that country. He chairs the Greater New Haven (CT) Peace Council, is a member of the US Peace Council Executive Committee, and chair of the Peace and Solidarity Commission of the Communist Party, USA.

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75th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombing – Raj Sahai

ICSS 20200809
Sun, Aug 9, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm7
75th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Atomic Bombing

Two Atomic bombs dropped three days apart August 6 and August 9, 1945, on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the two Japanese cities, changed the trajectory of the world. To the US citizens, it was portrayed by the US government and the Mass Media as necessary to end WWII with a country that had started it by a surprise attack on the US Naval Base in Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 7, 1941, bringing a reluctant US into war with Japan. It was argued that this Atomic bombing saved lives, by ending the war a few days later when Japan surrendered unconditionally. But was it in fact the case and was it necessary? What else did it do? And how do the Americans view this event 75 years later?
Raj Sahai, who studied this issue on the 50th anniversary will present his analysis of this world changing event – the Atomic Bombing of Japan, and what are the lessons that can be drawn for today, when the danger of war in Asia has again escalated.

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Coronavirus and the crises of neoliberalism – Basudev Nag Choudhary

ICSS 20200712
Coronavirus and the crises of neoliberalism. By Basudev Nag Choudhary

Sun, Jul 12, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Covid-19 and the crisis of neoliberalism The COVID-19 disease caused by the novel corona virus has turned into a global pandemic with almost 5.5 million people confirmedly infected and over 3.5 hundred thousand deaths around more than a hundred countries. Irrespective of the fact whether the virus is a bio-weapon or naturally mutated, our aim is to show how it has impacted upon the global capitalist economy. Contrary to what is being campaigned from the mainstream institutions, it will be shown that the capitalist economy already fallen into the jaws of death has temporarily been able to keep breath by utilizing such pandemic situation. However, it is nothing but they have bought some time. Speaker: Basudev Nag Choudhary Moderator: ICSS Member Raj Sahai

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