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Net Briefs - 12/10
BP Funds Climate Ed
Evening with Evo
Jailed for Activism
Tea Party Threat
Resistance in Oaxaca
Faces of ELAM
Labor's Civil War
Zaps - 11/10
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Net Briefs - November 2010
Thepeoplesresponse.org to the groundbreaking of the George W. Bush Library & Policy Institute is to organize a peaceful march and rally in Dallas on November 16, 2010. Organizers invite people to join them to remind past, present, and future Administrations that the truth cannot be buried or changed. Will the George Bush Policy Institute develop the same kinds of policies that brought pre-emptive war, economic crisis, environmental disaster, unprecedented presidential power, and diminished civil and human rights? They speculate that items unlikely to be found in the Bush lie-bury will include:
- Dick Cheney's papers
- The 35 Articles of Impeachment
- Video of Congressperson Dennis Kucinich reading all 35 articles
- Statements in support of Bush's impeachment
- The 35 Articles of Impeachment and the Case for Prosecuting George W. Bush
- The 269 War Crimes
- U.S. v. Bush
- Historians' ranking of Bush as worst president ever
- The Downing Street Minutes
- The White House Memo (Jan. '03)
Politico.com makes note of the fact that never in modern political history has there been so much secret money gushing into an American election. By Election Day 2010, independent groups will have aired more than $200 million worth of campaign ads using cash that can't be traced to its original source, predicts Fred Wertheimer, president of the nonprofit group Democracy 21. "And this is just the beginning.... Unless we get some changes to mitigate this problem, I would expect we will see $500 million or more in 2012."
From Truthout.org comes a "Democracy Now!" report on the foreclosure fraud scandal. A coalition of as many as 40 state attorneys general is expected to announce a joint investigation into the recent revelations that major lenders may have committed fraud while forcing thousands of people out of their homes. Major banks and lenders are also back-pedaling in light of these allegations. On Friday, October 8, Bank of America became the first bank to halt foreclosures in all 50 states. JPMorgan Chase and Ally Financial had already suspended foreclosures in 23 states. But both Wall Street and the White House are against the moratoriums. On Monday, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association warned that, quote, "It would be catastrophic to impose a system-wide moratorium on all foreclosures and such actions could do damage to the housing market and the economy." While senior congressional Democrats have joined the calls for a national moratorium on foreclosures, the White House is arguing against punishing the industry.
Kevin Zeese sent a reminder that California's Proposition 19, if passed, would end marijuana possession arrests and allow local jurisdictions in California to make marijuana legal. He notes the incredible statistic—that is, "Since the founding of the Drug Enforcement Administration in 1973, 15 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana." Zeese also notes that the DEA's aggressive national law enforcement efforts have resulted in a marijuana arrest every 38 seconds, but that approximately 90 percent of youth have described marijuana as "easier to buy than alcohol or prescription drugs."
Amid plenty of mass media coverage of Tea Partying (and virtually none for progressive events), www.unitedforpeace.org reminds us via mass emails that on October 2, antiwar activists across the U.S. marked the 10th anniversary of the Afghanistan War with protests. Mock drone attacks dramatized the human cost of war in Madison, WI, Boston, MA, and Washington, DC. There was a die-in in Springfield, OR, and on Long Island, NY, Veterans for Peace and other peace activists demonstrated for an end to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. In San Francisco, Daniel Ellsberg joined a panel on "Anti-War Perspectives from the Left and Right. "
Also, 175,000 people from all walks of life and from all 50 states gathered at the Lincoln Memorial under the umbrella of One Nation Working Together. UFPJ distributed over 5,000 posters, 25,000 stickers, and almost 15,000 leaflets making the connections between cutting military spending, ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the urgent need to revitalize our economy and create new green jobs here at home.
From firstname.lastname@example.org comes the news that on October 1, 2010 at 1:00 PM EST, U.S. military veterans, members of Veterans for Peace, hung an enormous banner on the front of the Newseum in Washington, DC, wrapping their message around the First Amendment chiseled in five stories of limestone (see photo). Several veterans dropped the banner down the front of the Newseum, while others distributed special edition copies of the War Crimes Times, explaining the action and what they considered obscene: "The American public should be shocked that we are still killing and crippling thousands of innocent people in these countries as well as our own soldiers—that's what's truly obscene," said Mike Ferner who served in Vietnam. "Blowing people's arms and legs off, burning, paralyzing them, causing sewage to run through their streets, polluting the water that kills and sickens children, terrorizing and bombing people and their livestock with flying robots—that defines obscenity. If this banner shocks and offends a single person who hasn't been shocked and offended by what's being done in our name, we've accomplished our mission."
License to Kill
From ccrjustice.org comes news that CCR and the ACLU have filed a joint lawsuit to challenge the legality and constitutionality of a licensing scheme that requires lawyers to seek government permission to represent individuals that same government intends to kill. The U.S. government has claimed the power to target and kill U.S. citizens and other individuals anywhere in the world outside of any battlefield without charge, trial, or a judicial process of any kind. Not only is the government trying to kill U.S. citizens without due process, it is also trying to stop lawyers from representing them to challenge the government's actions.
The suit charges that the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury has exceeded its authority by subjecting pro bono legal services to a licensing requirement and that OFAC's regulations violate the First Amendment, the Fifth Amendment, and the principle of separation of powers. They are asking the court to invalidate the regulations and to make clear that lawyers can provide representation for the benefit of designated individuals without first seeking the government's consent.
News of a protest in Mexico comes from email@example.com. More than 300 people from 60 countries gathered in the small village of Temacapulín, Mexico for Rivers for Life 3, a global gathering of dam-affected people and their allies. The village, located on the Rio Verde, is fighting a large dam that would flood the entire town. It is one of Mexico's longest-inhabited towns. "The whole village of Temacapulín is against the El Zapotillo Dam. We have tried many ways to stop the dam, but the government is completely deaf to our voices," said Marco von Borstel, of IMDEC, the Mexican Institute for Community Development and one of the organizers of the event. A cover story in the journal Nature brought even greater urgency to the global struggle to protect rivers. The magazine reports that the world's rivers are in crisis, suffering from the cumulative impacts of dams, pollution, agricultural runoff, the conversion of wetlands, and the introduction of exotic species.
Truthout.org forwards an article by Marjorie Cohn about the release of a Puerto Rican political prisoner after 30 years in U.S. prison. Carlos Alberto Torres was convicted of conspiring to use force against the lawful authority of the United States over Puerto Rico and punished for being a member of an armed clandestine organization called FALN (Armed Forces of National Liberation), which had taken responsibility for bombings (no deaths or injuries resulted). Torres was not accused of taking part in these bombings, only of being a member of the FALN.
In 1898, Puerto Rico was ceded to the United States by Spain as war bounty in the treaty that ended the Spanish-American War. Nevertheless, the U.S. invaded Puerto Rico and has occupied it ever since. Puerto Ricans have always resisted foreign occupation. Every year for 29 years the UN Decolonization Committee has passed a resolution calling for independence. There have been similar declarations from the Non-Aligned Movement and recent submissions to the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review. Cohn writes: "...there is a damper on the celebration, as Torres leaves behind his compatriot Oscar López, a 67-year-old decorated Vietnam War veteran. While celebrating Torres's release and the movement for Puerto Rican independence, we need to commit ourselves to continue the struggle until Oscar López Rivera and Avelino González Claudio, as well as all political prisoners in U.S. prisons, also walk free."
Atilio Boron's article on the failed coup in Ecuador, forwarded from machetera.wordpress.com, notes that the coup was not, as various Latin America media reported, an "institutional crisis," as if what happened had been a jurisdictional conflict between the executive and the legislature, rather than an open insurrection by one branch of the executive, the National Police, whose members make up a small army of 40,000, against the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of Ecuador, who is none other than the legitimately elected president. Neither was it, as U.S. Under Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs Arturo Valenzuela claimed, "an act of police insubordination." Boron further notes that all the media oligopolies offered a distorted version of what occurred, carefully avoiding talking about an attempted coup. Instead they referred to it as a "police uprising."
Boron points out that the coup was carried out by a group of social and political actors at the service of the local oligarchy and imperialism, who will never forgive Correa for having ordered the removal of the U.S. military base at Manta and the audit of Ecuador's foreign debt and its incorporation into ALBA, among many other actions.
The coup failed: (1) because of the rapid and effective mobilization of significant sectors of the Ecuadoran population which, in spite of the danger that existed, took to the streets and plazas to manifest their support for President Correa; (2) because the popular mobilization within Ecuador was accompanied by an urgent and extraordinary meeting of UNASUR in Buenos Aires—the clear backing received by Correa from the governments of South America and several from Europe was effective because it made clear that the future of the coup makers, had their plans ultimately proved successful, would have been ostracism as well as political, economic, and international isolation; and (3) President Correa would not give in and forcefully resisted the harassment and the kidnapping to which he was subjected.
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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: 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.