Volume , Number
NOTE: Z Magazine subscribers and sustainers have access to all Z Magazine articles here and in the archive. The latest Z Magazine articles available to everyone are listed in the Free Articles box at the top of the table of contents, and are starred in the list below. Questions? e-mail Z Magazine Online.
Challenging Canadian Mining Companies
Canadian mining companies, which constitute almost 60 percent of the worlds exploration and mining companies, have made Latin America the worlds most popular resource frontier. The Toronto stock exchange is the worlds largest single source of financing for the global mining industry. At the forefront of Canadian mining investment in Latin America are the so-called junior explorers, who are involved in speculative exploration projects in many environmentally sensitive regions and/or lands inhabited by indigenous communities. The juniors now account for more than half of this years $7 billion worldwide exploration total. But the juniors rarely have the expertise or capital to undertake mining themselves. Their properties are seen as less politically risky and thus attractive acquisitions by the mining giants like BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, and Newmont if and when they have obtained the necessary permits to begin mining.
In their drive to realize the profits of speculation, however, junior companies frequently try to impose projects on communities that have said no to mining, creating serious conflicts in the process. Not so long ago, the most serious cases of human rights abuses and environmental degradation were associated with the giants of the mining industry. However, as they became the targets of international advocacy campaigns by environmental and human rights groups, they sought to minimize their exposure to politically risky investments. Thus, in recent years, allegations of forced dislocation, assaults and even killings by security forces, contamination of lands, support for repressive regimes, and violation of workers and indigenous rights are more often associated with junior explorers, many of them incorporated in Canada or listed on a Canadian stock exchange.
The Ugly Canadian Mining Company
A series of roundtable discussions took place in Canada involving the mining industry, the Canadian government, and civil society, about if and how to regulate the global mining industry. One of the most compelling arguments for holding mining companies criminally liable for their misdeeds is the case of the Vancouver-based Ascendant Copper Corporation (ACC). This junior mining company is trying to impose a large-scale open pit copper mine known as the Junin project on communities in an 1,800- square-kilometer rural area of northwestern Ecuador. Known as Intag and characterized by cloud forests and family farms, most of the 15,000 residents have emphatically said no to mining. Intag, located 50 miles northwest of Quito in Cotacachi County in the province of Imbabura, is part of both the Choco and the Ecuadorian Andes biodiversity hotspots and is exceptionally rich in water resources.
Graham Saul, International Program Director for Friends of the Earth (FOE) Canada, called Ascendants Junin project a poster child for the ugly Canadian mining company. Ascendant is fueling a local conflict and actively undermining democratically elected officials in Ecuador. Even before Ascendant came to Intag, it had already been involved in conflicts with indigenous peoples in the Napo province where it has concessions, according to the coordinator of the Ecological Mining Action Campaign in Quito.
Ascendant acquired the Junin copper project in 2004. The rural Intag communities have been resisting the project since 1995. The previous owner of the project, Bishimetals Exploration of Japan, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation, had concluded in their environmental assessment that mining in Junin would result in massive deforestation, contamination of rivers with toxic metals, and the resettlement of more than 100 families from 4 communities. When Bishimetals refused to acknowledge widespread community opposition, local residents burned down the companys mining camp. Mitsubishi pulled out of the project shortly thereafter. To protect the community against future mining threats, Carlos Zorrilla, the president of the Organization for the Defense and Conservation of Intag (DECOIN), helped raise funds for the purchase of 5,000 acres of land to set up an environmental preserve and pursue sustainable and community-based projects such as growing and processing organic coffee for export. Many of these projects provide income to village women and they have taken a prominent role in organizing against the proposed mine.
In 2000 Cotacachi County, where the proposed mine is located, was recognized as the first Ecological County in Ecuador. Parts of the 504,000 acre Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve are within Cotatcachi County. Cotacachi Caypas is arguably the most biodiverse protected area in the world, home to over 3,000 plant species and to a wide range of mammals, amphibians, and bird species severely threatened by extinction.
In response to widespread local opposition, Ascendant set up and funded the Corporation for the Development of the Communities of Garcia Moreno (Codegam), a front organization led by Ronald An- drade, an ex-congressperson previously investigated by the Ecuadorian congress for corruption. Codegam offered communities all kinds of public projects, such as roads, new schools, etc., on the condition they go along with mining. At other times Codegam resorted to more violent tactics. In April 2005 Codegam and a few dozen pro-mining people brought by Ascendant stormed the Cota- cachi Municipal building and held 19 community leaders, including township officials and representatives of grassroots organizations, inside the building, demanding to see the anti-mining indigenous Mayor Auki Tituana. He refused to meet with anyone until the place was vacated by the aggressors.
Codegam tried on various occasions to create a new county so Ascendant wouldnt have to deal with the requirements of Cotacachi Countys ecological ordinance. To enforce this ordinance, said Beatrice Olivastri, CEO of FOE Canada, theyre insisting that all mining and prospecting arrangements located in Intag be canceled and are proceeding with legal steps to accomplish this. It is the height of arrogance to think that Ascendant, a Canadian junior mining company, believes it can ignore or bypass this significant environmental law. What part of no does Ascendant not understand?
At the same time, landowners in Intag reported that Ascendant had acquired title to land illegally. Some of the land in question was within Junins community reserve. Some individuals have never lived on the lands they claim to own, including an Ascendant employee who managed to get someone at Inda, the national land office, to issue a document stating that he has been a homesteader (posesionario in Spanish) for 15 years. Others who sold their possession rights to DECOIN are reselling them to the company for many times the original sale price. In still other cases the new illegal claimants are claiming land that belongs to legal owners of titles. DECOIN has hired a team of lawyers in Quito to take the government officials involved in this scam to court. In the meantime, community members are blocking Ascendants attempts to gain entry to community lands.
OECD Complaint in Canada
Ascendants official support in Intag is limited to the single parish of Garcia Moreno. In a letter dated April 2005 Ronald Andrade of Codegam and the Garcia Moreno parish president asked the head of the armed forces in Ecuador to militarize the Intag area due to the alleged high level of insecurity. DECOINs Carlos Zorrilla warns that if government troops are ever sent to put down local resistance to the Junin project there will be a bloodbath.
In May 2005, with the help of FOE Canada and MiningWatch Canada, Zorrilla traveled to Ottawa to file a complaint with Canadas Department of International Trade against ACC for alleged violations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Developments (OECD) guidelines for multinational corporations. The complaint stated that ACC had not disclosed material information to the public and potential shareholders concerning its Junin project, including information on: local government actions challenging the legality of the Junin concessions; a land ownership dispute that could lead to militarization of the project area; and intense opposition from local representatives and government officials to the potential forced relocation of four communities. Im here because Canadians need to understand the real risk of violence that is emerging as a result of this companys activities, said Zorrilla. It is time for this countrys authorities to stop pretending they have no influence over this kind of corporate behavior. The Canadian government must take action to curb the excesses of Canadian mining companies operating and exploring overseas.
FOE Canada and MiningWatch Canada organized the No Means No to Ascendant in Ecuador campaign. They initiated the campaign by releasing a documentary film about the Junin conflict the day before Ascendants annual meeting in Vancouver. (The film is The Curse of Copper and can be viewed at www.ascendantalert.ca.)
Zorrilla said that he and other mine critics have been threatened with guns and machetes after they started fighting the companys exploration plans. Weve all received death threats, Zorrilla told a reporter for the Ottawa Citizen. All of the threats were allegedly carried out by members of Codegam, according to Zorrilla. Among the companys high-profile leaders is Cesar Villacis Rueda, a former army general with close ties to Ecuadors military intelligence and a graduate of the infamous School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia. The general has said that he believes that people who work for human rights, indigenous rights, and workers rights are part of a triangle of subversion.
ACCs CEO Gary Davis denied any firsthand knowledge of death threats, but admitted to a reporter for the Ottawa Citizen that Codegam had been persecuting its opponents. In June 2005 the company fired Villacis Rueda and told employees that such actions will not be tolerated in the future. Codegam employees, led by its president Ronald Andrade, later turned on their financial sponsor and criticized Ascendant for failing to live up to previous agreements with Codegam and the communities.
In December 2005 representatives of 20 communities of the Intag area met in the community of Chalguayacu Bajo and decided to dismantle and set fire to the facilities of the mining company. The action was taken to protest the proposed Junin mine, Ascendants funding of Codegam, and their aggressive land buying in their communities. The facilities consisted of a building that was the companys base of operations. To the people of Intag it was a potent reminder of the companys unwanted presence in the community.
No one was hurt and company employees were allowed to take out valuables before the building was set on fire. While DECOIN did not participate in the action and does not condone the use of violence, they explain the reaction of the local people was caused by the constant abuses which preceded the protest. The events are the product of 18 months of assaults, intimidations, death threats, highway closings, violent aggression against representatives of the county government of Cotatachi, and many other measures against opponents of the Junin mining project, according to a DECOIN press release. Ascendants Gary Davis claimed that, This attack was perpetrated by a very small percentage of the regional community stakeholder population and is not representative of the majority view of the general communities.
The company immediately accused certain leaders of DECOIN as being responsible for the fire, even though no DECOIN members were present at the event. After the fire, Zorrilla had to testify before the district attorney in response to a new accusation by Ascendant claiming that he was behind the burning. Previously, the company had put in an official request asking the Ministry of Foreign Relations to investigate Zorrilla. Ascendant has also claimed that the opposition to their project comes from foreigners.
The company has used the burning of their mining camp as a pretext for bringing in a private security firm called GOESIP. Company guards are now a constant public presence in the community, often at points far from Ascendant properties. International human rights observers who are part of the Intag Solidarity Network (ISN), and who have been present in the Intag region since February 2005, warned in a July 2006 report that, A very dangerous situation is arisingcommunity conflict may converge with Ascendants paramilitarization of the region, resulting in a Colombianization of the Intag region. Once this process starts, a vicious conflict cycle may result, one that could be very hard to stop.... It is clear that Ascendant seeks to rip communities apart in its strategy to defeat the resistance. Among the companys activities denounced by the ISN were the following:
- The use of death threats against mining opponents
- Employing armed guards who dont wear visible identification or uniforms when operating in public spaces
- The mis-representation of activities and local realities in Intag through misleading statements and press releases
- Trespassing on community property (in Junin, for example), despite signs stating that miners are not welcome
- The manipulation of resource scarcity within communities and offering services in exchange for declarations of support for the company
In addition to employing private security firms, ACC has contracted Daimi Services, a public relations company, to try to win the hearts and minds of local residents and provide the social impact component of their environmental impact statement (EIS), a prerequisite for obtaining a mining license. On several occasions community members from Junin and other communities adjacent to the project area have detained employees of Daimi Services and prevented them from entering communities to carry out the studies necessary for the EIS. They have vowed to keep ACC employees from going into the community-owned and managed ecological reserve where the community runs a successful ecological tourism project. The reserve sits atop the copper deposit claimed by the company. On one occasion the police sent their SWAT team to the rescue of the detained employees. However, once the communities explained why they had taken this measure, the police expressed support for their action. The employees were released unharmed and there were no arrests. There were lawsuits, however, for kidnapping against six community residents. Company employees, in their attempt to obtain a social license to operate, now have to be accompanied by fully-armed bodyguards whenever they go to communities to talk about the benefits of mining and Ascendant. All of this conflict stimulates the conditions for paramilitarization and the cycle of violence so clearly illustrated in neighboring Colombia.
March on Quito
Ascendants website claims it places high importance on working with local organizations. It also says that community consultation and engagement are key elements in the companys approach in the region of its operations. In May 2006 the communities of Intag held the company to its word. The democratically elected parish presidents that represent the communities of Intag met in a provincial assembly and passed a declaration demanding that Ascendant leave Ecuador. The company was given 15 days to leave. This is the first time so many local governments have publicly called for the immediate expulsion of a mining company in Ecuador. ACC refused the demand and after the 15 days, the communities reassembled and called for a protest march on Quito.
In July 2006 approximately 400 men, women, and children came from Intag to the capital city of Quito to march against the Junin mining project. They were joined by another 300 from Quito and filled one of the capitals main streets with colorful signs (Get out, Ascendant) and anti-mining chants. The crowd demonstrated in front of the Ministry of Energy and Mines until the minister agreed to meet with a delegation composed of the Cotacachis mayor, presidents of the local parish governments of Intag, and community activist Pobilio Perez. The minister promised that he would strictly abide by the law and, if there were any illegalities, the companys concession would be revoked.
Early on October 17, 2006 about 19 persons identifying themselves as police, some in uniform, 2 with black ski masks, all armed with handguns or automatic weapons arrived at the home of DECOINs Carlos Zorrilla. He was not there. They arrived in five unmarked cars without license plates; at least one of the cars is said to belong to Ascendant. The police did not display name tags and when asked by a man working for Zorrilla, they refused to identify themselves. The police failed to produce a search warrant, but nonetheless proceeded to ransack Zorrillas home in front of his wife and son. Some time later, another individual, who claimed to be the prosecutor from the city of Cayambe, appeared with warrants that he briefly showed Zorrillas wife. At the end of the search, when the family was outside the house and no witnesses were present, police claim to have discovered a hand gun and a paper bag allegedly containing drugs. Neither the drugs nor the weapon had been in the house prior to the arrival of the police, according to members of the Zorrilla family.
The police apparently acted on a complaint by a U.S. citizen, Leslie Brook Chaplin, filed July 23 regarding an assault and robbery that had supposedly taken place during the peaceful rally against Ascendants Junin project in Quito in July. Eyewitnesses have reported that there was no violence at any point during the rally and that the complainant had been distributing leaflets on behalf of Ascendant in the midst of the rally. A few days later, Chaplin went to the police and accused Zorrilla of stealing a $1,200 video camera and $500 in cash. The entire exchange between Zorrilla and Chaplin was filmed by at least one person.
Based on these made-up charges, Ecuadors legal system initiated a criminal lawsuit against Zorrilla, but never bothered to notify him of the charges. The court appointed a public defender who also failed to notify Zorrilla that he was charged and could present evidence during the 90-day period assigned to prove he was innocent. When the 90-day period expired, the district attorney asked the judge to issue the warrants. All of a sudden, the authorities discovered where Zorrilla lived and raided his home.
The Ecumenical Human Rights Commission (CEDHU) of Ecuador immediately condemned the police action as part of the campaign of persecution, intimidation, and aggression waged since 2004 by the Canadian Ascendant Copper Corporation mining company against the leaders and residents opposing mining activity in the Intag region since 1995. They criticized Chaplin for accusing a leader with a spotless background of dedication to serving the communities of the Intag area. But CEDHU reserved its strongest condemnation for our judicial and police institutions, involved in such crooked moves against Intag residents, acting as eager pawns for the Ascendant Copper Corporation.... This lawsuit, presented by Ascendant as theft and injury, is actually just another attack against the collective cause of defending the villages of Intag. Ascendant denies any responsibility for, or involvement in, the warrant or the governments actions against Carlos Zorrilla.
After 30 days on the run while an international publicity campaign was organized on behalf of Zorrilla, the judge revoked the arrest warrant. No sooner had the warrant been revoked, than another one was issued for illegal possession of the gun the police planted in his home.
Zorrilla is not alone in being victimized by lawsuits. Ascendant tried to shut down the Intag community newspaper and filed ten criminal lawsuits against approximately 40 people of Junin and nearby communities in an attempt to silence the opposition. Instead of silencing the opposition ACC has inspired more resistance. In September 2006 the Imbabura Provincial Government where the Junin mining project is located asked the Ministry of Energy and Mines to suspend ACCs exploration license. The rejection of the Junin mining project by local governments was now unanimous.
Ascendant Invades Junin
In the pre-dawn hours of December 1, a group of about 50 heavily armed persons attacked a road control post set up by the community of Junin to limit access to their community and forest reserve. When community members gathered at the control post to nonviolently resist the entrance of the armed group, they were hit with tear gas as the armed group tried to force its way through the post. When the community members refused to retreat the armed group fired hundreds of rounds from their hand and machine guns indiscriminately, wounding one of the community members. The invaders were forced to retreat after their ammunition ran out. The communities had won the first battle.
The attempted invasion resumed at 4:00 AM the next day. According to the account provided by the Ecumenical Human Rights Commission (CEDHU) in Quito: ...a group of personssome dressed as civilians, others from Otavalo and Intag, but associated with the Ascendant Copper Corporationused tear gas, automatic weapons and handguns in the area of Chalguayacu Alto (Garcia Moreno Parish: Cotacachi County, Imbabura province) injuring some members of the local population. As a consequence of this confrontation, the campesino Israel Perez suffered a bullet wound. The community captured 25 of these invaders, with the aim of turning them over to the police.
CEDHU reported the attempted invasions to General Luis Garzon (First Army Division, in Quito), who confirmed that an Army helicopter had been hired for delivering provisions, but assured the human rights organization that no active Army personnel had taken part in the operation. CEDHU reports that the paramilitary forces are the employees of an agricultural company, Empresa Faleircorp. ACC has contracted Empresa Falericorp to develop the land in Junin which Ascendant claims to own. CEDHU asked the Ministry of Defense to fully investigate the paramilitary groups used by ACC. We hold the Minister of Energy and Mines and Ascendant Copper Corporation responsible for these new measures which threaten the human rights of Intags communities, and for all the other consequences resulting from these premeditated armed incursions said Sister Elsie Monge, executive director of CEDHU.
On December 6, 4 people were wounded, one seriously, when a pro-mining crowd of about 100 in the area of Garcia Moreno stopped approximately 400 people from all over Intag and other parts of Cotacachi County, along with the governor of Imbabura and Cotacachi County, who were headed to Junin to witness the transfer of the 57 security guards who were captured by the communities previously, to government authorities. The pro-mining crowd threw rocks and tires that had been set on fire, fired shots, and threw Molotov cocktails at the group.
Following these incidents, the Undersecretary for Environmental Protection of the Ministry of Energy and Mines ordered ACCs general manager in Ecuador to stop all activities at its Junin mining project: As is publicly known, in the last few days grave confrontations have taken place in the communities within the area of influence of the Junin Mining project, which is under the responsibility of the company you represent, putting at risk the security and integrity of the inhabitants of the area.... Therefore, as the environmental authority in charge in the mining sector, this Subsecretary requires that the company you represent refrain from carrying out activities until this requirement [approval of Environmental Impact Study] is fulfilled. The subsecretary later rejected ACCs EIS because of insufficient consultation with the affected communities. This effectively stops the project. At the same time as ACCs permit was suspended the Minister of Energy and Mines suspended all mining activities in the south of the country due to the unusual levels of violence surrounding the Ecaucorrientes mining projects, owned by another Canadian mining company, in the Condor Range.
After hearing testimony that Canadian mining companies are leaving a path of destruction in countries all over the world, the Canadian government rejected the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade for tighter regulations on Canadian mining companies abroad. Instead, it continues to rely on voluntary codes of conduct that dont work.
Al Gedicks teaches sociology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and is the author of Resource Rebels: Native Challenges to Mining and Oil Corporations (South End Press, 2001). The author has relied heavily upon reporting from the Intag Solidarity Network (www.intag solidarity.org).
Z Magazine Archive
AnnouncementsLABOR - May 1 is May Day. Workers of the world will celebrate the 124th anniversary of International Worker’s Day. Born out of a call for an 8-hour workday in the United States, this day is an opportunity for all workers to show their solidarity with one another, as well as to renew the call for labor rights.
FARM CONFERENCE - The Farm Conference on Community and Sustainability will be held May 24-26 in Summertown, TN, in partnership with the Fellowship of Intentional Communities. Tour green homes, see sustainable food production, learn about solar installations, alternative education, midwifery, and more.
Contact: Douglas@thefarmcommunity.com; http://www.thefarmcommunity.com/.
PALESTINE - The Conference of the Palestinian Shatat in North American will be held June 3-5 in Vancouver. The conference will examine the future of the Palestinian liberation movement.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.palestinianconference.org/.
LABOR - The Pacific Northwest Labor History Association’s 45th annual conference will be held May 3-5, in Portland, OR. This year’s theme is Labor Under Attack: Learning from the Past and Preparing for the Future. A call for presentations, workshops and papers is currently underway.
Contact: PNLHA, 27920 68th Ave. East, Graham, WA 98338; 206-406-2604; PNLHA1@aol.com; http://www3.telus.net.
MARIJUANA - On the first Saturday of May marijuana legalization activists will hold informational and educational events, rallies and marches in over 300 cities around the world.
ECONOMICS - The Union For Radical Political Economics will hold its 39th annual conference May 9-11 in New York City.
RECLAIM THE DREAM - The 2013 Poor People’s Campaign & March from Baltimore to Washington D.C. will be May 11. Communities, schools and unions interested in participating are encouraged to contact the Baltimore People’s Assembly.
Contact: 410-500-2168; 410-218-4835; BaltimorePeoplesAssembly@gmail.com; Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Baltimore and the Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly, 2011 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218.
MOTHER’S DAY - The 17th Annual Mother’s Day Walk For Peace will be May 12th, in Dorchester, MA. The walk began in 1996 for families who had lost children to violence. The day has become a way for thousands of people to financially support the work of the Louis Brown Peace Institute.
Contact: http://www.ldbpeaceinstitute.org/; http://mothersdaywalk4peace.org/.
NATO 5 - An International Week of Solidarity with the NATO 5 has been called for May 16-21. Supports call on supporters to raise awareness of the NATO 5 and support funds for the defendants on the one-year anniversary of their preemptive arrests.
Contact: email@example.com; https://nato5support.wordpress.com.
MOUNTAINTOP - The 2013 Mountain Justice Summer Activist Training Camp will be held May 19-27 in Damascus, VA. It will be a week of workshops, field trips to view Mountain Top Removal coal mines, direct actions, and service project.
FEMINIST SCI-FI - The feminist science fiction convention WisCon 37 is scheduled for May 24-27 in Madison, WI.
Contact: WisCon, ? SF3, PO Box 1624, Madison, WI 53701; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.wiscon.info/.
ANARCHY FEST - A month-long Festival of Anarchy is scheduled for May in Montreal. The festival includes The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair (May 19-20).
Contact: http://www.anarchistbookfair.ca/; http://www.radicalmontreal.com/.
LABOR - The International Labor Rights Forum will present: Down the Supply Chain, Driving Corporate Accountability, on May 22 in Washington, DC. The Labor Rights Awards Ceremony and Reception will honor pioneers in supply chain worker organizing, working solidarity and international labor rights policy.
MULTICULTURE - The 26th annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) will take place May 28-June 1, in New Orleans.
Contact: SWCHRS, 3200 Marshall Avenue, Suite 290, Norman, OK 73072; 405-325-3694; email@example.com; www.ncore.ou.edu.
MEDIA - The 2013 Alliance for Community Media Annual Conference will be held May 29-31, in San Francisco, CA. Participants will include educators, community leaders, media professionals, journalists, nonprofit leaders, policymakers and students.
RADIO - The 38th Annual Community Radio Conference is schedule for May 29-June 1, in San Francisco, CA, with discussions and workshops.
Contact: 1101 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20004; 202-756-2268; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.nfcb.org/.
BRADLEY MANNING - On June 1, a rally will be held at Fort Meade in support of Bradley Manning.
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 scheduled, music, exhibitors and more.
Contact: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-522-0222; email@example.com; www.bikesnotbombs.org.
LEFT FORUM - The 2013 Left Forum will be held June 7-9, at Pace University in New York City.
Contact: 365 Fifth Avenue, CUNY Graduated 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 on civil rights, media and other topics.
Contact: 1990 M Street, Suite 610, Washington, DC, 20036; 202-244-2990; email@example.com 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 University of Havana, plus visits to a cooperative, urban garden, community development project, social research centers, and educational & medical institutions.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.globaljusticecenter.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; email@example.com; 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 throughout the U.S.
SOCIALISM - The Socialism 2013 Conference is scheduled for June 27-30 in Chicago, featuring talks and panel discussions.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.socialismconference.org.
LITERACY - The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) will hold its conference July 12-13 in Los Angeles under the heading, Intersections: Teaching and Learning Across Media.
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 branches across the continent to learn new skills and build One Big Union.
PEACESTOCK - On July 13th, the 11th Annual Peacestock: A Gathering for Peace, 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.
CHILDREN’S DEFENSE - July 15-19, join clergy, seminarians, Christian educators, young adult leaders and other faith-based advocates for children at CDF Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee, for five days of spiritual renewal, networking, movement building workshops, and continuing education about the urgent needs of children at the 19th annual Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.childrensdefense.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 in the world.
Contact: email@example.com; http://yeacamp.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.
LABOR - The Eastern Conference For Workplace Democracy: Growing Our Cooperatives, Growing Our Communities, will be held at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, July 26-28.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://east.usworker.coop/.
WOMEN/LYNNE STEWART- Radical Women is asking for support letters and cards to be sent to Lynne Stewart. Stewart is a civil rights attorney and political prisoner who is currently in jail. She has breast cancer and authorities have denied her request for transfer from her Texas prison to the New York City hospital where she received medical attention during a prior bout of breast cancer. Send messages and cards to: Lynne Stewart 53504-054, Federal Medical Center Carswell, P.O. Box 27137, Fort Worth, TX 76127.
Contact: 747 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109; 415-864-1278; RadicalWomenUS@gmail.com; http://lynnestewart.org/; http://www.radicalwomen.org/.
HAITI/WOMEN - Haiti’s government is considering a legal reform measure that would prohibit and punish all sexual assault, including marital rape. MADRE and the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict are launching a petition to raise international support for this push to address violence against women in Haiti.
Contact: 121 West 27th Street, #301, New York, NY 10001; 212-627-0444; email@example.com; http://www.madre.org.
SYRIA/MIDDLE EAST - The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) is currently seeking funds to assist more than 200,000 refugees fleeing violence in Syria.
FOLK FESTIVAL - The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival will be held August 2-4, in the Berkshires, NY.
Contact: http://www.falconridgefolk.com/; firstname.lastname@example.org.
WAR RESISTERS - The War Resisters League will hold its 90th anniversary conference, Revolutionary Nonviolence: Building Bridges Across Generations and Communities, August 1-4, at Georgetown University. The event will focus on the U.S.’ long history of antimilitarism.
Contact: 339 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012; 212-228-0450; email@example.com; http://www.warresisters.org.
POPULAR ECONOMICS - The Center for Popular Economics is holding its 2013 Summer Institute August 4-9 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. No background in economics is needed for this intensive training. This year’s theme is, The Care Economy: Building a Just Economy with a Heart.
Contact: Center for Popular Economics, PO Box 785 Amherst, MA 01004; 413-545-0743; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.populareconomics.org.
VETERANS - Veterans for Peace is holding the 28th annual convention August 6-11 in Madison, WI. This year’s theme is, Power To The Peaceful.
DEMOCRACY - The Democracy Convention will take place August 7-11 in Madison, WI. The convention brings together nine conferences including topics such as media, education, defense, race, environment and others.
MEN - The 38th National Conference on Men & Masculinity: Forging Justice: Creating Safe, Equal and Accountable Communities, presented in partnership with HAVEN, will be held in Detroit, MI, August 8-10.
Contact: email@example.com; http://www.nomas.org/.
OCCUPY - An Occupy National Gathering will be held in Kalamazoo, MI, August 21-25.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://occupynationalgathering.net/.
COMMUNITIES - The Communities Conference is a networking and learning opportunity for co-operative or communal lifestyles, with workshops, events and entertainment; scheduled for August 30-September 2 at the Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, Virginia.
LABOR DAY - The 29th annual Bread and Roses Festival, a celebration of the ethnic diversity and labor history of Lawrence, MA, will be held September 2, in honor of the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike. There will be music, dance, poetry, drama, ethnic food, historical demonstrations, walking & trolley tours.
Contact: PO Box 1137, Lawrence, MA 01842; 978-794-1655; http://www.breadandrosesheritage.org/.
OCCUPY WALL STREET - September 17 is the two-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Events are planned in New York City and worldwide.
TEACHERS - The 13th Annual Conference, “Teaching for Social Justice: The Politics of Pedagogy,” will be held October 12 in San Francisco, CA. The free event features workshops, resources, and free childcare.
Contact: 415-676-7844; email@example.com; http://www.t4sj.org/.
HAITI - International Action, which brings clean water and chlorinators to Haiti, seeks office space capable of housing up to six people and their office equipment.
Contact: Zach Bremer, Zbrehmer@haitiwater.org; 202-488-0735; http://www.haitiwater.org/.
MEDIA - The Union for Democratic Communications and Project Censored are sponsoring a joint conference on media democracy, media activism and social justice to be held November 1-3 at the University of San Francisco. Proposals for presentations, workshops and panels from activists and critical scholars are invited.