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Journal of the 16th Year
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After the Marches
C overage of t he anti-war marches of early 2003 may have disappeared from the myopic mainst ream media, but the effects these unparalleled events had on millions of participants around the world will undoubtedly be more lasting. The stakes are high. The United States has openly threatened to abandon as “ irrelevant ” the system of international law s , treaties, and institutions created specifically to prevent a catastrophic third world war. Most marchers understood the gravity of this — despite the lack of dialogue on the subject within corporate channels of communication — and now wish to continue to press for peace instead of perpetual war, justice instead of retribution, democracy instead of corporate oligarchy .
Many reports of the protests revealed marchers who had not previously engaged in political action, but who were so concerned by the policies of the U.S. that they braved the threat of ridicule and ostracism (especially within the U.S.) to voice their anxiety. At Z, we’ve noticed a marked increase of interest in Z Magazine, ZNet and Z Video Productions within the past year among those new to a viewpoint that does not equate capitalism with democracy . This is undoubtedly true for many other left media outlets as well.
We, within the left media, need to make sure we continue to reach out to the newly politicized public and listen to their concerns. Likewise, those who have started to see beneath the veil of corporate media absurdities need to continue to educate themselves using the vast array of resources available through non-corporate means — alternative publications, alternative radio, alternative video, and progressive websites — despite the pressure from all sides to re-assimilate into the corporate-patriotic mindset.
To that end, Z will continue to offer analysis of world events, report s of actions in opposition to oppression , and suggestions for alternative visions.
Additionally, we regularly offer listings in our Zaps sectio n of media, groups, and events intended to promote positive social transformation. In previous issues , we’ve also offered long lists of websites presenting progressive points of view. Below, is a short list of progressive alternative video producers, distributors and advocacy groups trying to break into the most heavily fortified, but most “mass” of communication media.
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CUBAN 5 - From May 30 to June 5, supporters of the Cuban 5 will gather in Washington DC to raise awareness about the case and to demand a humanitarian solution that will allow the return of these men to their homeland.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com.
BIKES - Bikes Not Bombs is holding its 24th annual Bike- A-Thon and Green Roots Festival in Boston, MA on June 3, with several bike rides, music, exhibitors, and more.
Contact: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-522-0222; mailbikesnotbombs.org; www.bikesnotbombs.org.
LEFT FORUM - The 2013 Left Forum will be held June 7-9, at Pace University in NYC.
Contact: 365 Fifth Avenue, CUNY Graduate Center, Sociology Dept., New York, NY 10016; http://www.leftforum.org/.
VEGAN FEST - Mad City Vegan Fest will be held in Madison, WI, June 8. The annual event features food, speakers, and exhibitors.
Contact: 122 State Street, Suite 405 B, Madison, WI 53701; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://veganfest.org/.
ADC CONFERENCE - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) holds its annual conference June 13-16 in Washington, DC, with panel discussions and workshops.
Contact: 1990 M Street, Suite 610, Washington, DC, 20036; 202-244-2990; convention @adc. org http://convention.adc.org/.
CUBA/SOCIALISM - A Cuban-North American Dialog on Socialist Renewal and Global Capitalist Crisis will be held in Havana, Cuba, June 16-30. There will be a 5-day Seminar at the University of Havana, plus visits to a co-op and educational and medical institutions.
Contact: email@example.com; http://www.globaljustice center.org/.
NETROOTS - The 8th Annual Netroots Nation conference will take place June 20-23 in San Jose, CA. The event features panels, trainings, networking, screenings, and keynotes.
Contact: 164 Robles Way, #276, Vallejo, CA 94591; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.netrootsnation.org/.
MEDIA - The 15th annual Allied Media Conference will be held June 20-23, in Detroit.
Contact: 4126 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48201; http://alliedmedia.org/.
GRASSROOTS - The United We Stand Festival will be hosted by Free & Equal, June 22 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The festival aims to reform the electoral process in the U.S.
LITERACY - The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) will hold its conference July 12-13 in Los Angeles.
Contact: 10 Laurel Hill Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003; http://namle.net/conference/.
IWW - The North American Work People’s College will take place July 12-16 at Mesaba Co-op Park in northern Minnesota. The event will bring together Wobblies from across the continent to learn skills and build one big union.
PEACESTOCK - On July 13, the 11th Annual Peacestock will take place at Windbeam Farm in Hager City, WI. The event is a mixture of music, speakers, and community for peace. Sponsored by Veterans for Peace.
Contact: Bill Habedank, 1913 Grandview Ave., Red Wing, MN 55066; 651-388-7733; email@example.com; http://www. peacestockvfp.org.
LA RAZA - The annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference is scheduled for July 18-19 in New Orleans, with workshops, presentations, and panel discussions.
Contact: NCLR Headquarters Office, Raul Yzaguirre Building, 1126 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-785-1670; www.nclr.org.
ACTIVIST CAMP - Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp will have sessions in July and August in Ben Lomond, CA; Portland, OR; Charlton, MA. YEA Camp is designed for activists 12-17 years old who want to make a difference.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://yeacamp.org/.