Two Upcoming Webinars on War and Racism

September 16th, 2020 - by Cole Harrison / Massachusetts Peace Action & Pivot to Peace

Global Cooperation or New Cold War? The People’s Foreign Policy

Cole Harrison / Massachusetts Peace Action

Join us on September 16 @ 7:00 pm with Max Elbaum and Tobita Chow

(September 14, 2020) — “If Trump loses in November and can be forced out of office, building opposition to US militarism and the foreign policies of a Biden administration will likely be the social justice movement’s biggest challenge,” writes Max Elbaum in Organizing Upgrade. Meanwhile, both the Trump Administration and the Biden-led Democratic Party are moving on a path of confrontation with China, writes Tobita Chow in The Nation.

Our webinar on the contours of US foreign policy, the danger of a new era of great power confrontation, and the politics of the people’s movement for social and economic justice will feature a discussion with these two strategists.

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Max Elbaum has been active in peace, anti-racist and radical movements since joining SDS in Madison, Wisconsin in the 1960s. The third edition of his book, Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che, was released by Verso in 2018.

He was editor of War Times, a free antiwar weekly during the anti-Iraq war movement of the early 2000’s, and is now a member of the editorial collective of Organizing Upgrade, founded in 2017 to gather left organizers to discuss strategy and share organizing models that respond to the profound dangers and the real opportunities of this political moment.

Tobita Chow is the director of Justice Is Global, a special project of People’s Action that is building a movement to create a more just and sustainable global economy and defeat right-wing nationalism around the world. Tobita has been organizing campaigns for corporate accountability and racial and economic justice in Chicago since 2009.

He was a key leader in bringing Moral Mondays to Illinois and served as Chair of the Board of Directors of The People’s Lobby. He holds a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Chicago and a Master’s Degree in Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Cosponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action, Organizing Upgrade, and Justice is Global.

Standing Against Racism & War — The Only Road to Peace

Pivot to Peace

Join us on September 20th, 2020 at 3pm ET/ 12pm PT for our second live-streamed webinar.

(September 14, 2020) — People from all walks of life are coming together to fight another pandemic – racism. As the US prepares for confrontation and “major power conflict” with China, millions of Asian-American people are experiencing the racial effects of a new Cold War. We, people inside the United States from a diverse range of backgrounds, are standing together to say NO to racism.

Today, a new wave of Anti-Asian racism, persecution and discrimination is being directed against Chinese-Americans and Chinese students studying at US universities. The newest wave of anti-Asian racism inside the United States is the direct result of the reorientation of US military policy that puts our country on a “major power conflict” with China. Now is the time for all people of conscience to stand together to say NO to racism and war, and YES to peace with China.

Featured Speakers

Julie Tang is a retired judge of the San Francisco Superior Court and previously, an Assistant District Attorney in San Francisco . She helped create and presided over the first Domestic Violence Court in San Francisco in 1997. Upon retirement in 2015, Judge Tang works as a part-time mediator and a full-time peace activist. In 2017, she helped co-found the ‘Comfort Women” Justice Coalition that built a “Comfort Women” Memorial in San Francisco. Previously, she had co-founded the “Rape of Nanjing” Redress Coalition in 1998. In 2020, she and a group of peace activists co-founded the “Pivot to Peace” organization dedicated to advocating for world peace, in particular, peace between the US and China. 

Dale Minami, besides being a top lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area in personal litigation, is famously known for leading a legal team of pro bono attorneys in successfully reopening Korematsu v. United States, resulting in the erasure of Fred Korematsu’s criminal conviction for defying the internment of Japanese Americans. He has also been involved in many civil rights class actions suits for minorities and pushed for minorities in the judicial appointment process. 

Minami is a co-founder of the Asian Law Caucus, the Asian-American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area, the Asian Pacific Bar of California and the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans. Minami dedicates his life to equality and justice for all Americans. 

Sameena Rahman is an anti-war activist based in Los Angeles, and is currently a graduate student. She became interested in the anti-war and the anti-imperialist movement based on her experiences growing up in the Middle East, and experiencing Islamophobia post-9/11.

Dr. Steven Pei is an engineering professor at the University of Houston. He is a former president of the Houston 80-20 Asian-American Political Action Committee (PAC) and the founding chair of United Chinese-Americans ( He also works with a group of volunteers to advocate for transparency, oversight, and accountability of government to ensure justice and fairness for Asian Americans, in particular, the recent investigation and prosecution of Chinese-American scientists.

Carlos Martinez is an activist and author from London, England. He runs the politics/history blog Invent the Future, and is convenor of the No Cold War campaign. His first book, ‘The End of the Beginning: Lessons of the Soviet Collapse’, was published by LeftWord in 2019.

Satya Vatti is an immigrant from South-East India, and an anti-war activist based in New Mexico, where she is a leading organizer of the US peace and anti-war movement. She is also a recent nursing school graduate.

Husayn Karimi is a graduate student in Computer Science at MIT, where he also completed his Bachelor’s degree. Karimi is active on campus in campaigns to fight racist discrimination and harassment.

Sheila Xiao is a research analyst at Rio Hondo Community College. She is an activist and organizer with Pivot to Peace.

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