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Pre-Emptive Strikes Against Protest at RNC: Marjorie Cohn, in truthout.org, reports that on May 21, the Minneapolis City Pages ran a recruiting story called "Moles Wanted" about how law enforcement was seeking help in preempting lawful protest against the policies of the Bush administration.
At the Convention local police and sheriffs, working with the FBI, conducted pre-emptive searches, seizures, and arrests—including the targeting of protesters by teams of 25-30 officers in riot gear, with semi-automatic weapons drawn, entering homes of those suspected of planning protests, handcuffing and forcing them to lay on the floor, while officers searched the homes, seizing computers, journals, and political pamphlets. Journalists were detained at gunpoint and lawyers representing detainees were handcuffed.
The raids targeted members of Food Not Bombs, an antiwar group that provides free meals in hundreds of cities all over the world. Also targeted were members of I-Witness Video, a media watchdog group that monitors the police.
Further evidence of the political nature of the police action was the boarding up of the Convergence Center, where protesters had gathered, for unspecified code violations. St. Paul City Council member David Thune said, "Normally we only board up buildings that are vacant and ramshackle."
On Sunday, the National Lawyers Guild and Communities United Against Police Brutality filed an emergency motion requesting an injunction to prevent police from seizing video equipment and cellular phones used to document their conduct.
During Monday's demonstration, law enforcement officers used pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion grenades, and excessive force. At least 284 people were arrested, including Amy Goodman, the host of "Democracy Now!," as well as the show's producers, Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar.
Anti-Immigrant Crusade: Rhonda Brownstein, Southern Poverty Law Center, reports on Alternet.org that since 1995, U.S. Rep. Bilbray (R-CA) has tried to deny American citizenship to children born in the United States of non-citizen parents. Bilbray is a former lobbyist for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a right-wing, anti-immigrant group that paid him almost $300,000 to lobby on its behalf between 2002 and 2005. The current version of Bilbray's perennially losing legislation is called the Birthright Citizenship Act of 2007. Brownstein comments on how bizarre it is for Bilbray to sponsor such a bill, since his mother was a non-citizen. But Bilbray carved out an exception that would conveniently apply to him—that a child born in the U.S. is considered a citizen so long as at least one parent is (1) a citizen; (2) a lawful permanent resident; or (3) in active military service. Bilbray's father was a U.S. citizen.
The crux of his argument was that the Fourteenth Amendment clause "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" denies citizenship to American-born children whose parents "owe allegiance to another country." Bilbray likes to cite the 1884 Supreme Court case of Elk v. Wilkins, which denied citizenship to a Native American.
Unconstitutional Dragnet Wiretapping Law: On July 10 the ACLU (reporting on aclu.org) filed a landmark lawsuit to stop the government from conducting surveillance under a new wiretapping law that gives the Bush administration unchecked power to intercept Americans' international emails and telephone calls. The FISA Amendments Act of 2008, passed by Congress and signed by President Bush, not only legalizes the secret warrantless surveillance program approved in late 2001, but it gives the government new spying powers, including the power to conduct dragnet surveillance of Americans' international communications.
State Department Refuses To Issue Passports To U.S. Citizens: On September 9, in McAllen, Texas, nine U.S. citizens sued the federal government, challenging the U.S. Department of State's refusal to issue passports because of their race and ancestry and because their births were attended by midwives. The class action lawsuit was filed by the ACLU, the ACLU of Texas, the law firm Hogan and Hartson LLP, and Refugio del Rio Grande, Inc.
The lawsuit charges that the State Department categorically questioned the citizenship of all midwife-delivered Mexican-Americans born in southern border states. According to the lawsuit, the State Department has been forcing these applicants to go to unreasonable lengths to prove their citizenship by providing an excessive number of documents that normally are not required. Then, even after the applicants supply further proof of their citizenship, the department responds by summarily closing their applications.
Confronting the Cardinal: In "Catholic Schoolgirls Confront Chicago Cardinal Who Met with Bush" a member of Chicago World Can't Wait writes of an incident that happened three days after the sixth year of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. At Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral, the most prominent Catholic church in the area, Cardinal George started his homily on Easter, when six well-dressed young people in the congregation stood up. One said loudly, "The sixth commandment says, ‘thou shall not kill.'"
The Cardinal stopped speaking as all eyes turned to the protesters. "Yet more than a million Iraqis have been killed since the invasion of Iraq," said a second protester. After calling out Cardinal George for meeting with the "war criminal," George Bush in January, several of the protesters screamed, squirted stage blood on themselves, and lay in the aisle to represent the ongoing bloodbath in Iraq.
The incident took less than 30 seconds. Ushers, aided by police, immediately escorted the six members of the street theater group Catholic Schoolgirls Against the War (later referred to as the Holy Name Six) out of the church and placed them under arrest. All were charged with felony criminal damage to property and two counts of simple battery for squirting the stage blood.
Two days later, the Chicago Archdiocese issued a statement condemning the action as "sacrilegious" and an attempt by a small group to use their partisan views to violate "the fundamental right of Catholics to practice their faith freely." (Support petition at icjpe.org/petitions.)
City of Peace: Bob Fitrakis notes (on freepress.org) that on March 17 the Citizens Grassroots Congress presented a Columbus City for Peace resolution to the Columbus City Council. Notably, 283 cities, 10 counties, and 17 states across the nation have passed peace resolutions, from Arrowsic, Maine to South Charleston, West Virginia to Missoula, Montana. Yet, the Columbus Dispatch, in a March 22 editorial, denounced the peace resolution as an "empty gesture." They cautioned the Council to "focus on city issues," not the war in Iraq. Fitrakis points out that, according to the National Priorities Project, taxpayers in Columbus will pay $135.1 million for additional proposed Iraq War spending for FY 2008
Labor Strike: Joshua Holland writes (alternet.org) that the executive board of the Vermont AFL-CIO, representing thousands of workers in countless sectors across Vermont, unanimously passed an historic resolution expressing their "unequivocal" support for the first U.S. labor strike against the war in Iraq. The strike, organized by the Longshore Caucus of the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU), sought to shutdown all west coast ports for a period of eight hours on May 1, 2008.
The resolution, among other things, called the war in Iraq "immoral, unwanted, and unnecessary" and stated that the vast majority of working Vermonters oppose the war and that the war will only be brought to an end by "the direct actions of working people."
Blockading the IRS: War Resisters League reports (warresisters.org) that on March 19, 31 people staged a nonviolent blockade at the national headquarters of the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, DC. The protestors placed yellow police tape saying WAR CRIME SCENE across the entrance to the building. New York City War Resisters League organizer Ed Hedemann, before he was arrested, said, "I'm doing my part to disrupt that relentless flow of money by standing in front of the IRS entrance and by refusing to send my taxes to the IRS."
Millionaires on the Ballot: Lindsay Renick Mayer, in a blog on opensecrets.org (April 24), tells us that the U.S. Supreme Court had its hands full with campaign finance dollars. The justices considered whether it was constitutional to "level the playing field" in congressional elections by increasing the dollar limit on individual contributions for candidates who face wealthy, self-funded opponents. It seems there is a millionaires amendment at issue in Davis v. the Federal Election Commission.
This amendment, which was written into the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (commonly called McCain-Feingold, because of its chief sponsors), kicks in when a self-financing candidate for the House puts at least $350,000 more than his or her opponent into the race. The law permits the opponent who's not tapping their own wealth to raise up to three times more than the normal contribution limit from individuals.
Also, his or her party can spend unlimited amounts to help the "poor" candidate. The self-funder must report expenditures more frequently than other candidates, publicly declaring any time he or she puts $10,000 more into the campaign. The Federal Election Commission reported that 110 congressional candidates have triggered the measure since it took effect in the 2004 election cycle.
Congress Funds More War: Maya Schenwar, in a truthout.org report on Friday, June 20, writes that the House of Representatives voted to approve $162 billion for the occupation, with no strings attached. The vote followed a series of compromises and revisions, ultimately resulting in major concessions from Democrats.
Only one restriction was included: a ban on permanent bases, which was also attached to the Defense Authorization bill that passed the House last month, and has been attached to several spending and authorization bills over the past couple of years (followed by stepped up use of the term "enduring bases").
Candidates' Female Employees: According to CNSNews.com staff writer Fred Lucas, both John McCain and Hillary Clinton employed a higher percentage of female employees—and paid them more—than Barack Obama. Additionally, McCain is the only one to pay women on his staff more than men.
Also, 55 percent of McCain's staff are women, while 46 percent of Obama's staff are females. Clinton had more than twice as many females as males on her staff (69 percent). For employees making at least $23,000/ year, women on McCain's staff make 104 percent of the average male's pay, while the average salary for males and females on Clinton's staff was about the same. Obama pays women only 82 percent of what he pays males. McCain has and Clinton had more women than men earning at least $100,000/year. For Obama, more men than women make six-figures. Ironically, both Clinton and Obama voted for a bill extending women's' right to sue for pay discrimination, while McCain opposed the bill.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's (Heavy) Hand in Government Affairs: The Center for Responsive Politics (opensecrets.org) writes (September 11) that the government takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac marks the shutdown of one of Washington's most robust influence machines. Together, the two mortgage buyers have pent nearly $200 million on lobbying and campaign contributions over the last two decades. So how much did Fannie and Freddie's contributions and lobbying contribute to Congress's hands-off approach? That's hard to determine, but there is hard data to measure the companies' investment in politicians—more than 350 current members of Congress collected a total of $4.8 million in campaign contributions associated with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac since 1989, but 28 lawmakers had up to $1.7 million of their own money invested in the companies last year.
U.S. Launches Missile Strike in Somalia: Sahra Abdi Ahmed, writing for Reuters, gives us the news that two U.S. missiles hit a house in southern Somalia on March 3, according to local officials, in an attack Washington said was directed at "known terrorists." It was the fourth U.S. strike in 14 months on Somalia.
Pinochet Suspects Arrests Ordered: Portside moderator (portside.org) makes note of the fact that, finally, a Chilean judge has ordered the arrest of nearly 100 former secret police and soldiers over rights abuses committed under General Augusto Pinochet. The round-up is one of the biggest since the military leader's rule ended 18 years ago. The 98 detentions are part of a probe into Operation Colombo, a 1975 plot to murder left-wing opponents of Pinochet. More than 3,000 people were killed or "disappeared" during military rule in Chile between 1973 and 1990. According to court documents, during Operation Colombo, Pinochet's feared secret police force, the Dina, seized 119 dissidents in July 1975 and killed them. It is then said to have published news accounts claiming they had died in battles between leftist factions outside Chile. The bodies of 42 of the dead were never found.
States' Budget Crises Will Hurt Millions: An Associated Press review of the budgets in all 50 states revealed that coverage would soon begin to be eliminated for hundreds of thousands of poor children, disabled, and the elderly. More than 10 million people would lose dental care, access to specialists, name-brand prescription drugs, or other benefits. About 20 million could see further cuts to doctors' reimbursements. Legislators are also considering cuts in aid to schools and universities, shrinking state workforces, and releasing prisoners before their sentences are completed.
Arizona must cut about $1.2 billion, or 11 percent of state spending. Florida already has cut $1 billion and is looking to shave another $2 billion from its $70-billion budget. In Arizona, primary care funding for community clinics would be cut by roughly 41,000 patient visits a year. In Hawaii care for Alzheimer's patients would be cut. In South Carolina 70,000 poor children could be denied regular checkups and more than 5,000 would lose meal deliveries as the state considers cutting nearly 5 percent from its current budget. In Ohio job and family services agencies face cuts. State colleges and universities in at least six states may have to boost fees for more than four million students. College-bound graduates in Florida and Idaho would lose scholarships. K-12 students in Alabama, Arizona, and Florida could face more crowded classrooms. Some lawmakers are looking to freeze teachers' pay or halt school construction.
Labor Healthcare Backing: The Marine Firemen, Carpenters and Theatrical Local has recently endorsed HR 676 and has been joined by Local 22 of the Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners (see pnhp.org). HR 676 is single payer healthcare legislation introduced by Congressperson John Conyers (D-MI). In San Diego, Local 297 of International Alliance of Theatre and Stage Employees (IATSE) also endorsed the Conyers legislation. HR 676 would institute a single payer health care system in the U.S. by expanding a greatly improved Medicare system to every resident. It would cover every person in the U. S. for all necessary medical care including prescription drugs, hospital, surgical, outpatient services, primary and preventive care, emergency services, dental, mental health, home health, physical therapy, rehabilitation, vision care, chiropractic and long term care. It would end deductibles and co-payments. HR 676 currently has 90 co-sponsors in addition to Conyers.
Internet Ads Hit Rock Bottom: A Z reader drew our attention to the following: On Wednesday, May 27, 2008, the Vancouver Sun had an article about a grandmother who was shocked when she saw an Internet ad on craigslist.com offering a 7-day-old baby for sale for $10,000. "A new baby girl, seven days old, healthy and very cute," read the ad. "Can't afford and unexpected. Looking for a good home. Please call ASAP." She called her husband, who looked at the ad over the Internet and said it was probably a hoax. "I said, ‘Even if it is, I'm calling police'," the grandmother recalled.
Vancouver police arrested the couple at an apartment in Vancouver's West End, but released them after they claimed the ad was a hoax. However, their baby was taken by a social worker and placed in government care. Vancouver police Tim Fanning said he had never heard of such a thing in his 27 years of policing. The father, who placed the ad using a computer found in the apartment, was taken to jail.
Asked if it was possible the baby mentioned on craigslist was being used to try to defraud someone seeking a baby, the officer said: "Anything is possible.... It's very disturbing on many levels."
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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.