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Post-Election Net Briefs
After the Obama victory in the 2008 presidential election, Michael Albert speculated (prophetically?) in a Z article "What Now?" (December 2008) that the "most likely case will see Obama place the same old faces in his Administration to pursue the same old policies, save perhaps for a flawed health campaign that will be played up as the accomplishment of the ages and a bit more market regulation than the lunatic fundamentalist fringe—now known as the young Republicans in Congress—would have undertaken." Further, he predicted that Obama's emphasis would be on "the need to compromise to get things done, while lowering expectations raised by campaign promises of hope, change, and empowerment."
Albert also suggested that the grassroots organizing apparatus that Obama's campaign had built would fade into "total oblivion" as he "apologetically" extended the Iraq occupation, "regretfully" expanded the war in Afghanistan, and "confidently" enacted corporate bailouts.
Since 2008, what hasn't been clear is how to push for progressive gains when the government has been defined as progressive (by the right, as well as many on the left), but clearly isn't; and when the opposition that gains media attention and excitement is funded and led by the right wing, while substantial opposition from the left—anti-war, union/worker, and environmental—goes unreported, at least in the mainstream. What follows are some of the net briefs—media advisories, voting research, and commentary—that were emailed to Z after election 2010. For those of us who see the Obama administration's policies as mostly "business as usual"—sometimes a little better than Clinton and Bush, sometimes worse even than Reagan, perhaps this information will help point to what needs to be done.
Elections.gmu.edu was one of the few mainstream sources in the U.S. that mentioned the percentage of the "voting-eligible population" that actually voted, which they estimated in mid-November was 40.3 percent. The overall total was similar to the 2006 mid-term election, but significantly less than the last two presidential elections: 60-62 percent.
Ruy Teixeira and John Halpin, senior fellows at the American Progress Action Fund (which focuses on political theory, communications, and public opinion analysis), provided the following facts and figures:
· House. Republicans gained around 65 House seats, the largest post-World War II seat gain by either party in a midterm election. Approximately 52 percent of votes for House seats went to Republicans and 45 percent to Democrats.
· Senate. Republicans picked up six seats in the Senate.
· Governorships. The GOP picked up an estimated net of five governorships, though they did lose California.
· Age. About 11 percent of 2010 voters were 18-29 years of age, down from their 18 percent share in 2008. They supported Democrats by a 17-point margin (57 percent to 40 percent). This is a significant drop from 63 percent to 34 percent in 2008. Seniors were 23 percent of voters, up from their 16 percent share in 2008. Senior support for Republicans in 2010 was 59 percent to 38 percent, a 22-point shift from 2008.
· Race. Voters were 78 percent white and 22 percent minority. The minority figure is a decline of 4 percent from the 2008 level of 26 percent. Congressional Democrats carried Hispanics 64 percent to 34 percent, not far off their 68 to 29 percent in 2008; Black voters were even stronger for Democrats—90 to 9 percent—which is in line with their 93 to 5 percent and 89 to 10 percent preferences in 2008 and 2006; White voters supported Congressional Republicans by 60 percent to 37 percent. This 23-point margin compares to an 8-point margin in 2008 and a 4-point margin in 2006. Congressional Democrats lost white working class voters by 29 points in 2010. Democrats also suffered losses among white college graduates—by 6 points in 2008 and 18 points in 2010.
· Ideology. 41 percent said they were conservatives compared to 34 percent in 2008; moderates were 39 percent compared to 44 percent in 2008.
· Gender. Democrats lost women by a single point in 2010 and men by 14 points.
· Independents. There was a sharp swing among independents in 2010. The GOP carried this group by 18 points, 56 to 38 percent. That compares to an 8-point Democratic win among independents in 2008.
Open Secrets/Center for Responsive Politics emailed "Who's Buying This Election?" in which they point out that close to half the money fueling outside ads came from undisclosed sources. At the federal level, more than $123 million was donated by anonymous sources to nonprofit organizations that ran television and radio advertisements, sent out direct mailers, and bought up Internet ad space. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a business association that isn't required to disclose its donors, spent $35 million on "electioneering communications," targeting broadcast messages that included a visual or audio reference to federal candidates.
The next three of the top five outside spenders were all conservative groups that share office space, operatives, and a similar lineage—American Action Network, headed by former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN), spent $26.6 million; American Crossroads, a 527-organization turned "Super PAC" promoted by Karl Rove, spent $21.6 mostly advocating against Democrats; American Crossroads' sister 501(c)4 organization is not required to disclose its donors. This group, Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, has spent $17.1 million on independent expenditures and electioneering communications.
According to VerifiedVoting.org, 25 percent of the nation's registered voters used paperless electronic voting machines on Election Day. In 11 states, paperless voting accounts for most or all ballots. Specifically, six states have paperless e-voting statewide (DE, GA, LA, MD, NJ, and SC); in five states paperless voting accounted for a heavy majority of votes (IN, PA, TX, TN, and VA); and in Kansas, at least 40 percent of the vote is estimated as paperless. On a more positive note, 40 states have moved toward requiring voter-verified paper records (VVPR), either through legislation or administrative decision, though seven states will not fully implement their VVPR requirements until sometime later.
In September, the Brennan Center for Justice (www.brennancenter.org) released a report that describes "repeated failures" with local voting systems that "disenfranchise voters and damage public confidence in the electoral system," criticizing as unreliable the reliance on private companies that sell and service voting equipment.
The report joins a half-dozen other investigations released during the past 10 years, from various academic and independent research sources, exposing the vulnerability of electronic voting systems to inappropriate manipulation (vote stealing) either by outside hackers or private contractors; inaccurate and politicized purging of voter registration rolls; inadequate and unused auditing mechanisms for actual votes and ballots, especially in electronic systems; and a system that discriminates against poor and minority voters in poll access and vote counting—both structurally by unequal distribution of electoral resources and through orchestrated vote suppression campaigns.
In this November's election, dozens of anomalies and problems are still being collected by watchdog sites such as votingnews.blogspot.com, including vote flipping (going from one candidate to another) on ES&S machines in Pennsylvania that required technicians to perform Election Day "recalibration"; widespread failure of Diebold machines (now owned by ES&S) in Utah; and the usual reports of bungled tallies, incorrect ballots, and questionable election resource allocation causing long lines in some districts. Scattered vote suppression incidents against minorities were reported in several states (CA, FL, KS, MN, SC, & TX), though apparently not the nationwide suppression campaign that some had feared. Incidents included automated "robocalls" to Latino voters in California and Kansas, telling them to be sure to vote on Wednesday (a day late) and attempted voter intimidation at polls by Tea Party activists in Minnesota, South Carolina, and Texas.
According to Teixeira and Halpin, the clearest message from the exit polls about the swing toward the GOP was the economy. More than three-fifths (62 percent) selected the economy as the most important issue and Republicans received 54 percent to 44 percent support among that group. Half of voters said they were "very worried" about economic conditions and these voted Republican by 70 to 28 percent. Similarly, 41 percent of voters said their family financial situation was worse than 2 years ago and this group voted Republican by 63 to 34 percent. Of the 37 percent who described the state of the national economy as "poor," 71 percent supported the GOP.
In addition, more voters (35 percent) blamed Wall Street for today's economic problems rather than President Bush (29 percent) or President Obama (23 percent), but the Wall-Street-blaming voters supported Republicans by 56 to 42 percent. The Obama administration's association with bailing out Wall Street bankers apparently had a negative effect on Democratic performance, according to Teixeira and Halpin, who also note that "the election did not appear to be a total repudiation of the new health care reform law"—47 percent said they wanted to see it remain or expand, while 48 percent wanted it repealed.
A 52 percent majority wanted either to keep the Bush tax cuts only for those earning less than $250,000 or let them all expire, compared to 39 percent who wanted to keep all the tax cuts.
In "Elections a Setback for Peace" from ZSpace, Tom Hayden notes that the "November election was a setback for the peace movement, not only because of the defeat of Senator Russ Feingold, but for deeper reasons." He points out that both parties kept "Afghanistan off the table" during campaign, even though, from June-November alone, 274 American soldiers were killed and 2,934 were wounded on the battlefield with a cost to taxpayers (under Obama) of $12.5 billion per month, $113 billion per year.
Chairships. One of the more worrisome Congressional chairs changing hands is reported on by CommonDreams.org which published "Certified Right-Wing Extremists Set to Take Control of House Foreign Affairs Panels" by Alexander Main, a policy analyst at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Main points out that as a result of the elections, Cuban-American representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is expected to replace Howard Berman as chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
As the New York Times noted in July 1990, Ros-Lehtinen, together with Senator Connie Mack (Rep. Mack's father) and Jeb Bush, "lobbied hard" in favor of the release of right-wing Cuban Orlando Bosch, a convicted terrorist who U.S. officials believe to be responsible for dozens of bombings including the 1976 bombing of an airliner that killed 76 civilians. In April 2002, as a coup was unfolding in Venezuela, she referred to air force colonel Pedro Soto, who had been among the first officers to call for a coup against the democratically-elected government of Hugo Chavez, as a "great patriot." As the Miami Herald reported in 2005, Ros-Lehtinen and two of her Florida colleagues lobbied on behalf of another Cuban terrorist—Luis Posada Carriles—who was imprisoned in Panama for his role in a plot to kill Fidel Castro. In 2006, she openly called for the assassination of Fidel Castro in an interview: "I welcome the opportunity of having anyone assassinate Fidel Castro…." Three days after the military coup that overthrew the democratic government of Honduras, Ros-Lehtinen delivered a letter to President Obama expressing support for the coup and criticizing the Administration for endorsing OAS and UN resolutions condemning it.
Redistricting. Every ten years (in the year after a census), most states re-draw the borders of their Congressional districts. Despite many attempts at reform, this usually results in some form of gerrymandering. According to a post by Justin Levitt on ElectionLawBlog.org:
· 189 Congressional seats will be drawn in states where Republicans are likely to control the redistricting process
· 26 seats will be drawn in states where Democrats are likely to control the process
· 145 seats will be drawn in states with divided control
· 68 seats more or less await the results of races too close to call
An article by David Edwards at RawStory.com adds: "Republicans took the majority in at least 14 state legislatures and now control both legislative chambers in 26 states—and control the ability to redistrict in 16.
Climate Deniers. ThinkProgress reports that many of the 100 new Republican legislators hold extreme right views:
· 50 percent deny the existence of humanmade climate change; 86 percent are opposed to any climate change legislation that increases government revenue
· 39 percent have already declared their intention to end the 14th Amendment's guarantee of birthright citizenship; 32 percent want to reduce legal immigration
· 91 percent have sworn to never allow an income tax increase on any individual or business—regardless of deficits or war
· 79 percent have pledged to permanently repeal the estate tax
Teixeira and Halpin note that "political commentators are notoriously prone to over-interpreting election results and extrapolating singular causes for victories and losses. These interpretations usually underlie some desire to influence ideological debates and power struggles or to shape media stories about the election. And 2010 is no different." They comment, "conservatives are wrong to assume that public negativity about government performance and the recovery measures translates into a massive ideological shift to the right on the role of government."
They mention a recently released pre-election survey on American attitudes toward government conducted by the Washington Post, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard University. The poll asked the public if they supported more, less, about the same, or no federal government involvement in dealing with a variety of issues. Majorities, ranging from 67 percent to 84 percent on five domestic policy issues, said they wanted to see either the same or more federal government involvement in the issue. Those wanting to see less or no involvement ranged from only 32 percent down to 16 percent.
On the question in the same poll about whether you'd rather have the federal government provide more services even if it cost more in taxes or have the federal government cost less in taxes, but provide fewer services, a slight plurality (49 percent) preferred the first government-expanding option over the second government-cutting option (47 percent). This compares with 28 percent selecting the government-expanding option in 1994, while 57 percent preferred the government-cutting option.
And what does the public say they want their representative in Congress to do? It turns out that by 57 percent to 39 percent, they want their representative to fight for more spending to create jobs. Teixeira and Halpin note that "conservative hype about a public thirsty to cut government is overblown and not backed by credible data. "
According to a Pew Research Center survey of 1,546 adults in April 2010 a bare majority (52 percent) reacted positively to the word "capitalism" and majorities of Democrats (81 percent), independents (64 percent), and Republicans (56 percent) reacted positively to the word progressive. Similarly, a 2009 Rasmussen poll found that only 53 percent of Americans described capitalism as "superior" to socialism, while a 2010 Gallup poll found that 37 percent prefer socialism as "superior" to capitalism.
Michael Albert's advice in his 2008 article holds true now as it did then: "Whether we face optimistic government innovation that welcomes movement involvement or we face limited reform seeking to damp down movements or we face business as usual profiteering while eagerly repressing movements, people of good will have essentially the same task. We must push for progressive gains, even as we lay the groundwork for moving beyond reform into redefinition or—in the words of current punditry—transformation."
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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.