Food for Thought
Lessons from Wisconsin
Port Huron Turns 50
Outraged Over Atrocities
Edward S. Herman
The Arab Spring
Libya, Africa, and AFRICOM
May Day 2012
Taking on Methyl Iodide
EDUCATING WITH MUSIC
Books, Rhymes, Life
The Obama Syndrome
Do No Harm
Ten Economic Crises
Victory for Colombian Students
A Drone World
Advertisements You'll Never See Again
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Events, Campaigns, Books, & Films
OCCUPY TOGETHER - Occupy Together is the unofficial hub for the various occupations springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.
VETERANS/ART - The “War Is Trauma” portfolio will be shown at the
LA RAZA - The annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference is scheduled for July 7-10 in
Contact: NCLR Headquarters Office,
COKE - Killer Coke is planning actions for a special meeting of the shareowners of the Coca-Cola Company, in
PEACESTOCK - On July 14, the 10th Annual “Peacestock: A Gathering for Peace” will take place at Windbeam Farm in
Contact: Bill Habedank,
CHILDREN’S DEFENSE - The Children’s Defense Fund national conference will gather 3,000 leading researchers, educators, policymakers, faith leaders, and advocates including 1,000 young adult leaders from July 22-25 in
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.childrensdefense.org.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), in partnership with the National Organization for Men Against Sexism will hold their conference “Preserving Our Roots While Looking to the Future,” July 22-25, in
Contact: http://www.ncadv.org; http://www.nomas.org.
POPULAR ECONOMICS - The Center for Popular Economics is holding its 2012 Summer Institute July 23-27 at
Contact: Center for Popular Economics,
CUBA/PASTORS - The 23rd annual Pastors for Peace Friendship Caravan to
Contact: IFCO/Pastors for Peace,
COMMUNITY MEDIA - The
FOOD CONFERENCE - The 6th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference will be held August 2-5 in Burlington, VT. The conference brings together food service professionals, farmers, educators, policy makers, students, and many others. This year’s theme is “Digging In!”
Contact: http://farmtocafeteria conference.org.
VETERANS - Veterans for Peace is holding its 27th annual convention from August 8-12 in
Contact: Veterans For Peace,
ECONOMICS - The Union For Radical Political Economics will hold a conference from August 10-13 in
Contact: email@example.com; http://www.urpe.org/.
DISSIDENT ARTS - The Dissident Arts Festival is scheduled for August 17 (Brooklyn, NY) and 18 (
Contact: John Pietaro, 646-599-0060; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www. dissidentarts.com/.
FOOD NOT BOMBS - The Food Not Bombs World Gathering will be held August 20-26 in
PEOPLE’S CONVENTION - The Vermont Workers’ Center has called for a massive grassroots cross-movement event August 21-September 2 in
COMMUNITIES - The Communities Conference is a networking and learning opportunity for co-operative or communal lifestyles, with workshops, events and entertainment; scheduled for August 31-September 3 at the Twin Oaks Community in
Contact: Twin Oaks Communities Conference, 138 Twin
WALL STREET SOUTH - From September 1-6, poor and working people from across the world plan to march on the Wall Street of the South in
CUBA/WOMEN – U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration delegation, “Global Economic Crisis: Women Working Together to Advance Economic Justice and Human Rights,” will be held September 1-11. Applications are due by August 1.
ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR - The 7th annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair, will be held on unceded Lekwungen Territory in
Contact: email@example.com; http://www.victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca.
FOOD/MONSANTO - The week of September 17 is a week of action against Monsanto’s control of the world’s food supply at the expense of food democracy. Events are planned worldwide.
PEACE DAY - September 21 is the UN’s International Day of Peace. The UN’s website features a worldwide calendar of events throughout the month promoting peace and opposing violence and war in diverse places worldwide.
Contact: www.international dayofpeace.org; international dayofpeace.org/participate /events_calendar.html.
CLIMATE CHANGE - The Peace and Justice Studies Association with Tufts Initiative on Climate Change and Climate Justice, will hold its annual conference October 4-6 at
Contact: http://www.justice withpeace.org.
HEALTHCARE - A demonstration for Universal Healthcare has been called for October 6 on the National Mall in
Contact: http://duh4all.org; http://www.healthcarenow.org..
TEACHERS - The 12th Annual Conference “Teaching for Social Justice: Acts of Courage and Resistance” will be held October 6 in
Contact: 415-676-7844; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.t4sj.org/.
IRAN/WAR - United For Peace and Justice has initiated and launched the Iran Pledge of Resistance with numerous member groups and other peace and social justice organizations. The pledge is to take action against war with
Contact: http://www.iranpled ge.org; http://www.unitedforpeace.org.
Opportunities & Resources
ESSAYS WANTED - The Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation invites submissions to the 2012 Daniel Singer Prize competition of up to 5,000 words on the question: “From Tahrir and Syntagma Squares to the Indignados and 99% movement, 2011 saw people in the streets challenging the monopoly of political, economic and financial power by elite minorities. What is new about these movements and can they change the status quo?” The submission deadline is August 1.
Contact: The Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation,
WOMEN FILMMAKERS- The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) is now accepting entries for its sixth annual festival scheduled to take place March 7-10, 2013. POWFest showcases the art and cinematic contributions of women directors from around the world and seeks to present films that have been directed or co-directed by women.
FEMINIST/LABOR - Woolworth’s department store was the Walmart of the early 20th century. Women who worked the counters, cash registers, and storerooms were overworked, underpaid, and sexually harassed.
Contact: Haymarket Books,
LABOR/CORPORATE - Dead Man Working by Carl Cederstrom and Peter Fleming, follows the dead worker working from the daily tedium of the office, to the humiliating mandatory team building exercises, to the awkward encounters with the funky boss who pretends to hate capitalism and tells you to be authentic. When the corporation has colonized life itself and even our dreams, the question of escape becomes ever more pressing and desperate.
POLICE BRUTALITY - Stolen Lives: killed by law enforcement, provides important and compelling exposures of the nationwide epidemic of police brutality and murder. People who have been killed, their families and loved ones, and communities under the gun speak through the pages and tell their stories.
Contact: The October 22nd Coalition; 800-NO-BRUTALITY; info@October22.ORG; http://www.stolenlives.org.
OVERLOOKED STORIES - Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco. The book focuses on five commonly overlooked segments of the national mosaic, including the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation;
Contact: Nation Books,
FOOD - Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution by food journalist Jennifer Cockrall-King, examines alternative food systems in cities around the globe that are shortening their food chains, growing food within their city limits and taking their “food security” into their own hands.
Contact: Prometheus Books,
CLASS/WELFARE - Killing the Poormaster: A Saga of Poverty, Corruption, and Murder in the Great Depression investigates the story of an unemployed mason accused of murdering
OBAMA - Columnist and political cartoonist Ted Rall’s The Book of O(bama): From Hope and Change to the Age of Revolt traces the Obama years and the frustrations of people with what has come of the “hope and change” of 2008.
Contact: Seven Stories Press,
CIA - The CIA’s Greatest Hits by Mark Zepazauer, details the history of the agency from its inception in 1947 through 1994. Newly revised edition includes the wars in
Contact: Soft Skull Press; 510-704-0230; email@example.com; http://softskull.com.
FEDERAL BUDGET - A People’s Guide to the Federal Budget by Mattea Kramer and National Priorities Project, is for everyone who wants to understand and participate in a process that affects us all.
Contact: Interlink Publishing Group,
NUCLEAR - The Path to Zero: Dialogues on Nuclear Dangers is a series of reasoned dialogues from scholars and practitioners of peace, Richard Falk and David Krieger. The dialogues probe key questions about our nuclear reality.
Contact: Paradigm Publishers, 5589 Arapahoe Ave., Suite 206A, Boulder, CO 80303; 303-245-9054; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.paradigmpublishers.com.
POETRY/PRISON - Marilyn Buck was a lifelong militant who spent over 30 years as a political prisoner in
Contact: City Lights Books,
CONSERVATION - Mr. Hornaday’s War is a biography of William Temple Hornaday, first director of the Bronx Zoo, who helped launch the American conservation movement. The book explores the contradictions of Hornadays life as a crusader against the wholesale slaughter of wildlife and also as a former trophy hunter.
Contact: Beacon Press,
MILITARY RAPE - The Invisible War is a new movie by Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated; Twist of Faith) about one of American’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the
Contact: Docurama Films, New Video Group, 902 Broadway FL 9,
FARMING/MONSANTO - Bitter Seeds, the final film in Micha Peled’s Globalization Trilogy (When Walmart Come To Town and China Blue) exposes the havoc Monsanto has wreaked in rural farming communities in
Contact: Bullfrog Films,
SB1070 - The documentary SB1070 aims to show the political, economic, social, and human conditions under which the state of
Contact: Renato Avalos Broadcasting LLC, 5800 N 19 Ave #209,
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: email@example.com; 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; 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; email@example.com; 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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; email@example.com; 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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; email@example.com; 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; firstname.lastname@example.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 University of Havana, plus visits to a cooperative, urban garden, community development project, social research centers, and educational & medical institutions.
Contact: email@example.com; 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; 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 throughout the U.S.
SOCIALISM - The Socialism 2013 Conference is scheduled for June 27-30 in Chicago, featuring talks and panel discussions.
Contact: email@example.com; 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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: email@example.com; 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; 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: email@example.com; 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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/; email@example.com.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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; email@example.com; 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: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.nomas.org/.
OCCUPY - An Occupy National Gathering will be held in Kalamazoo, MI, August 21-25.
Contact: email@example.com; 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.