The Greek Debt Crisis
Bombing for Ethnic Cleansing
Edward S. Herman
Conflict in Syria
John W. Whitehead
The Great Obama Bailout
Good News Clubs
The Christian Right Quiz
Steel Workers March
Military Threats in Iran
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Events, Campaigns, New Books
OCCUPY TOGETHER - Occupy Together is the unofficial hub for the various occupations springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall St. Over 1,000 cities and towns are currently participating.
SCHOOL OF AMERICAS - The School of Americas Watch will be in Washington, DC, April 14-17, for training, lobbying, civil disobedience, and to celebrate the resistance.
ABORTION RIGHTS - The 26th annual conference, From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom, will take place April 13-15, at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, featuring workshops and training.
Contact: Civil Liberties and Public Policy, 893 West Street, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA 01002-3359; 413-559- 6976; clpphampshire.edu; http://clpp.hampshire.edu/.
BOOKFAIR - The 6th Annual NYC Anarchist Book Fair will be held April 14 at Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan.
Presentations, panels, workshops will be held.
Contact: info@anarchistbook fair.net; http://www.anarchistbookfair.net/.
FARMERS/PEASANTS - April 17 is the International Day of Farmers Struggle. April 10-17 will be a continental (the Americas) week against trans- genetic maize. Activities are planned in 29 countries.
MILITARY SPENDING - April 17 is a Global Day of Action on Military Spending. Events are planned worldwide.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY - Georgia Southern University’s Department of Literature & Philosophy will host the Undergraduate Conference: Social Responsibility, April 13-14, in Statesboro, GA. Papers will be presented addressing the merits, demerits, and sustainability of social responsibility; as well as presentations which analyze ethical systems.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/.
EARTH DAY - April 22 is Earth Day, with diverse local actions around the world promoting sustainable ecology. A festival is scheduled for Santa Barbara, CA, April 21-22.
Contact: http://www.earthday.org/; http://www.sbearthd ay.org/.
MUMIA ABU-JAMAL/POLITICAL PRISONERS - Millions 4 Mumia, the American Friends Service Committee, and other groups are calling for supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal to be at the U.S. Justice Department on Mumia’s birthday, April 24, with the goal of freeing him and all political prisoners. The day is also being declared Occupy the Justice Department day.
Contact: infooccupythejustice department.com; http://www.millions4mumia.org/; http://afsc.org/.
HUMAN RIGHTS - The annual Get On the Bus for Human Rights event is scheduled for April 27. Organized by Amnesty International USA Group 133 of Somerville, MA, the event draws over 1,000 participants to take peaceful action in front of embassies, consulates and corporate headquarters in New York City.
Contact: email@example.com; http://www.gotb.org/.
PEACE FAIR - The 8th Annual Brooklyn Peace Fair will be held at Brooklyn College on April 28, under the theme Ending War, Promoting Peace. Featured speakers include Jeremy Scahill and Capt. Paul Chappell. There will be workshops, community organizing and cultural events.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.brooklynpeace.org.
DRONES - The peace group CODEPINK, the legal advocacy organization Reprieve, and the Center for Constitutional Rights are hosting the first international drone summit, Washington, DC, April 28-29. The summit will bring together drone-strike victims, human rights advocates, robotics technology experts, journalists and activists
Contact: email@example.com; http://www.codepinkalert.org/article.php?id=6065.
COKE - Killer Coke is planning actions for the next Annual Meeting of Shareowners of the Coca- Cola Company in Atlanta, GA, April 25.
MAY DAY - General Strike is called for May Day by many groups, and events are planned worldwide.
Contact: http://maydayunited.org/; http://www.may1.info/; firstname.lastname@example.org.
LABOR - The 2012 Labor Notes Conference, themed Solidarity for the 99%, will be held May 4-6, in Chicago. Thousands of union members, officers, and grassroots labor activists will attend the event, which features workshops, meetings and organizing opportunities.
Contact: 313-842-6262; http:// labornotes.org/conference.
NATO/G8 - The Coalition Against NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda is organizing protests at the NATO and G8 meetings being held in Chicago, May 19-21. A legal, permitted, family-friendly march and rally are planned for May 19. An Occupy Chicago month-long occupation is being planned to begin May 1. The Network for a Nato-Free Future will also be hosting a Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice May 18-19 at People’s Church in Chicago.
Contact: http://cang8.wordpress.com/about/; http://www. natofreefuture.org/.
PEOPLE’S SUMMIT - The People’s Summit for Social and Environmental Justice during Rio+20 is an event by global civil society that will take place between the 15th and the 23rd of June at Flamengo, in Rio de Janeiro—alongside the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), Rio+20.
Contact: email@example.com; http: //cupuladospovos.org.br/en/.
Opportunities & Resources
ESSAYS - The Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation invites submissions to the 2012 Daniel Singer Prize competition of up to 5,000 words exploring the question: “From Tahrir and Syntagma Square to the Indignados and the 99% movement, 2011 saw people in the streets challenging the monopoly of political, economic and financial power by elite minorities. What, if anything, is new about these movements and can they fundamentally change the status quo?”
Contact: The Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation, PO Box 2371, El Cerrito, CA 94530; danielsingerfdn @gmail.com; http://www. danielsinger.org/.
ORAL HISTORY - Occupy Our Stories is currently seeking submissions from the 99%. If you consider yourself a part of the 99%, tell us why. Record yourself, or interview a friend, family member or co-worker. Audio and written submissions accepted.
Contact: occupyourstories @gmail.com; http://www. occupyourstories.com/.
ECONOMY - In Obama’s Economy, Jack Rasmus shows how the Obama administration has failed to deliver economic recovery and social justice. The book offers alternative proposals which could realize these goals.
Contact: Macmillan, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10010; 646-307-5151; customerservic firstname.lastname@example.org; http://us macmillan.com/.
FEMINISM - Selma James is currently on tour promoting her new book, Sex, Race and Class - The Perspective of Winning, A Selection of Writings 1952- 2011. James’ writing helped redefine the working class to include sectors previously dismissed as marginal. She sums up her strategy for change as “Invest in Caring not Killing.”
Contact: PM Press, PO Box 23912, Oakland, CA 94623; email@example.com; http:// www.pmpress.org/.
EDUCATION - Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation, is a new book by Jeff Bale and Sarah Knopp, two teacher activists. The book draws on ideas and experiences of social justice educators concerned with fighting racism and for equality; recapturing the radical roots of the labor movement; and paints a radical critique of education in Corporate America.
Contact: Haymarket Books, PO Box 180165, Chicago, IL 60618; 773-583-7884; info @haymarketbooks.org; http: //www.haymarketbooks.org/.
ACTIVISM - Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street, is John Nichols’ account of the revolutionary spirit that is sweeping the nation.
Contact: Nation Books, 116 East 16th Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10003; 212-822- 0264; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.nationbooks.org/.
CHINA - The Pink Pagoda is the story of one man’s dedication to save baby girls in China. The book tells the story of Dr. Jim Garrow’s efforts to end gendercide, and being accused of human trafficking.
Contact: email@example.com; http://wndbooks.wnd.com/.
ARAB SPRING - A second, expanded edition of The Arab Revolt and the Imperialist Counterattack by James Petras, has been released. The book explores the growing militarization of U.S. policy in North Africa and the Gulf and the historic confrontation between the Arab democratic revolution and the imperial backed satraps.
Contact: Clarity Press Inc., Ste. 469, 3277 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305; 404-647- 6501; business manager @claritypress.com; http:// www.claritypress.com/.
BUSH/CHENEY - Cheating Justice: How Bush and Cheney Attacked the Rule of Law, Plotted to Avoid Prosecution, and What We Can Do About It, is a new book by Elizabeth Holtz- man and Cynthia L. Cooper. The book explains how the Bush-Cheney administration broke a multitude of laws, and how and why they must be brought to justice.
Contact: Beacon Press, 25 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108; 617-723-3097; http://www. beacon.org/.
EUROPEAN COUNTERCULTURE - Fortress Europe (The Big Shiny Prison Vol. II) is a 10 years in the making book of nonfiction journalism by Ryan Bartek. The book is an autobiographical road novel about the current state of European counterculture, with an emphasis on rock n’ roll and metal music. The book is available for free, as a PDF.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http:// ryanbartek.angelfire.com/blog/.
CLASS/DEMOCRACY - Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? is a new documentary that connects the dots to show how and why we live in an era of class warfare, and what people can do to restore democracy and economic fairness. The film explores the recent financial collapse and the devastation that ensues.
Contact: infoheistmovie@ gmail.com; http://www.heist-themovie.com/theFilm.html.
VIOLENCE/CHICAGO - The Interrupters tells the stories of three Violence Interrupters who try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. The film captures a period in Chicago when it became a national symbol for the violence in our cities.
Contact: 773-472-4366; email@example.com; http://interrupters.kartemquin.com/.
IRAQ/BASKETBALL - Salaam Dunk is a documentary about an Iraqi women’s basketball team at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani (AUIS) in Kurdistan. For the young women on the team, most of whom have never touched a basketball or been allowed to play sports at all, it is a blissful escape from the realities of living in a war-torn nation.
Contact: Typecast Films, 888-591-3456; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://typecastfilms.com/.
VETERANS - Hell and Back Again is a documentary about what it means to lead men in war; and what it means to come home—injured physically and psychologically—and build a new life. The film will appear on PBS’s series “Independent Lens” on May 24.
OCCUPY MUSIC - The Occupy Musicians is a new group formed with the idea that there should be a committed organization to feed protests with music and inspire creativity; and then take that to a wider audience beyond the protest.
Contact: http://www.occupy musicians.com/.
WOODY GUTHRIE - New Multitudes is a CD by Jay Farrar (Son Volt; Uncle Tupelo), Will Johnson (Centro-matic), Anders Parker (Varnaline), and Jim James (My Morning Jacket). The four wrote new songs using previously unrecorded lyrics written by Woody Guthrie. The four are touring the U.S. through the summer.
60s/COUNTERCULTURE - David Peel & the Lower East Side has released a new CD, Anthology, on GRA Records. The CD covers a spectrum of songs from 1967-2010. The band is touring in support of the release.
FOLK/ROCK - Todd Snider’s new album, Agnostic Hymns & Stoner
Fables, has been released and is currently streaming online. Snider is touring in support of the album.
Contact: email@example.com; http://www.todd snider.net/.
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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.