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Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control
By Medea Benjamin
Terminator Planet : The First History Of Drone Warfare, 2001-2050
By Nick Turse and Tom Engelhardt
Kill Or Capture: The War On Terror And The Soul Of The Obama Presidency
By Daniel Klaidman
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The mechanization of warfare has been going on for a long time, even if “…by crank, pivot, and screw,” as Herman Melville described the Civil War battle of the Monitor and the Virginia (formally, the USS Merrimack). In A Utilitarian View Of The Monitor's Fight, he noted how mechanization changed the role of combatants:
War yet shall be, but warriors
Are now but operatives…
Our 21st Century operatives—drone operators—have become emblematic of the current wars. Tom Engelhardt writes, “In a sense, our wars abroad could be thought of as the equivalent of so many drones. We send our troops off, then go home for dinner and put them out of our mind.” Engelhardt is the co-author, with Nick Turse, of Terminator Planet: The First History Of Drone Warfare, which is a compilation of articles from the website run by Engelhardt, TomDispatch.
In a dispatch from 2010, Engelhardt noted that “what started as a 24/7 assassination campaign against al-Qaeda’s top leadership” has “…morphed into the first full-scale drone war (and, as in all wars from the air, civilians are dying in unknown numbers).”
According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll (February, 2012), “83 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s drone policy.” No questions were asked about civilian deaths from drone strikes. Those polled may not have heard of Malik Gulistan Khan, who, along with four of his family members, were the first innocent victims of Obama’s drone policy—killed by the president’s first drone strike three days after his inauguration. Khan, a Pakistani citizen, tribal elder and member of a local pro-government peace committee, was not a “bad guy.” No Taliban or al Qaeda terrorists were killed in the strike on his house.
In Kill or Capture, The War On Terror And The Soul Of The Obama Presidency, Daniel Klaidman reports that Obama was disturbed by those innocent deaths. He insisted on a full accounting, first learning of the CIA’s two types of drone targeting—“signature” strikes (also called “crowd killing”) and “personality” strikes. A form of profiling, signature strikes are based on the surveillance of groups of men that fit “defining characteristics associated with terrorist activity,” but aren’t positively identified as terrorists. Personality strikes are centered on “high value” terrorists who are positively identified before a drone operator remotely launches missiles.
The president was “uncomfortable” with signature strikes, but he didn’t end the drone program. Klaidman writes, “Obama’s willingness to back the program represented an early inflection point in his war on terror. Over time, the program grew exponentially, far beyond anything that had been envisioned by the Bush administration.”
Depending on the source, there were 45 (New America Foundation) or 52 (Bureau of Investigative Journalism) drone strikes in
Obama didn’t publicly acknowledge the “secret” drone program in
Kilcullen was described as “no soft-headed peacenik” in an LA Times article (
About two and one-half weeks after his testimony, CBS’s “60 Minutes” aired “a remarkably one-sided report” on drone strikes in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to the media watchdog group, FAIR, which noted, “Though the drones have been criticized for killing civilians in both countries, CBS viewers heard from no critics of the weapons.”
That type of reporting probably is one reason the American public has never seemed to be particularly aware or concerned about civilian deaths from drone strikes. As Medea Benjamin writes in Drone Warfare, Killing by Remote Control, drone warfare is “repeatedly and consistently presented as the cost-free magic wand that can eliminate terror.”
In her well-researched book, Benjamin makes a point of focusing on drone warfare’s cost in innocent lives. She dedicates her book to Roya, a 13-year-old Afghan refugee she met in
Engelhardt and Turse estimate that the minimal number of insurgent deaths from drone strikes is currently 2,000 to 3,000, scaling the figure because there is no “efficient or reliable method” for counting the kills where there are few, if any, journalists or sources. The number of current civilian casualties is a “big question mark,” according to Turse, with the added difficulty that the numbers have been skewed by the Obama administration, which counts all males of military age killed in drone strikes as militants (unless there is contradicting intelligence).
Engelhardt cites a Bureau of Investigative Journalism figure of 175 children killed from drone strikes in the Pakistani tribal areas. “So we know something,” he states, “but what we know is limited. What we know, which is probably more important, is that every area where drones are being used, things are getting worse” (History News Network interview).
According to a 2012 Pew Research Center poll of Pakistanis “familiar with the drone campaign: 94 percent overwhelmingly believe the attacks kill too many innocent people; only 17 percent back American drone strikes against leaders of extremist groups, even if they are conducted in conjunction with the Pakistani government.”
In September, a drone strike in
On civilian deaths from drone strikes, Benjamin believes that the figures from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism are probably among the best. It is one of the few organizations that has sources in the areas of the strikes. She also notes the opinions of Shahzad Akbar and Noor Behram. Akbar, a Pakistani lawyer who represents drone victims, who thinks that the majority of causalities are civilians. Appearing on “Democracy Now!” with Benjamin this year, he said that he “wanted to reach out to Americans so that they can make an informed judgment on drones. Their opinion matters, and it’s going to matter in the next elections, as well.” In 2011, Behram, who photographs the outcomes of drone strikes, figured, “For every ten to fifteen people killed, maybe they get one militant.” That is similar to a 2009 Brookings Institute estimate that drone strikes in
A new report, Living With Drones: Death, Injury, and Trauma to Civilians From US Drone Practices in
The 165-page report, from the human rights clinics at Stanford and NYU law schools, was a 9-month effort that included two research trips in
The first paragraph of the “Executive Summary of Living With Drones” describes the “dominate narrative” in the
Retirement Heist: How Companies Plunder and Profit from the
Nest Eggs of American Workers
By Ellen E. Schultz
Portfolio/Penguin 2011, 216 pp.
Review from UE News
We already know that employers are stealing workers’ pensions and that they’ve been doing it for more than 20 years. But in this well-researched and well-argued book, Ellen Schultz, an award-winning investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal, documents the complex ways in which they’ve been doing it, how they profit from these crimes, and how gaping loopholes in laws and regulations let them get away with it.
Interestingly for UE members, the first corporate leader Schultz mentions is Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric, recounting a speech he gave to investors in December 2010. Immelt told them that the GE pension “has been a drag for a decade,” and that to relieve itself of this financial burden, GE was going to keep future employees out of the pension. But Immelt’s presentation was fundamentally untrue. Says Schultz: the company’s pension and retiree plans, huge and well-funded, “had contributed billions of dollars to the company’s bottom line over the past decade and a half,” and the company had not contributed a cent to the workers’ pension plan since 1987.
One of the ways GE made money from the pension fund was by selling chunks of it when it spun off a division of the company. For example, Schultz writes that when GE sold an aerospace unit to Martin Marietta in 1993, it transferred 30,000 employees and $1.2 billion in pension assets—$531 million more than was needed to cover the pension liabilities. But all that was included in the sale price, so “GE effectively got to put half a billion dollars from its pension plan into its pocket.”
With case studies involving some of the biggest names in corporate America, Schultz describes the elaborate schemes by which employers have gutted workers’ pension plans and retiree health care to finance downsizings, boost corporate profits and, in many cases, pay for the obscenely generous benefits of top managers and executives.
She describes how some companies have transformed their pensions into “cash-balance plans,” presented as a change that will benefit employees, when in fact cash-balance plans are a way to disguise retroactive pension cuts. A similar scheme called the “pension equity plan” also enables employers to cut workers’ pension benefits; the calculations are so complex that most employees don’t realize they’ve been fleeced until they’re about to retire. These and other innovative ways of robbing workers have been developed by what she calls “a new breed of benefits consultants” that emerged over the past two decades, who specialize in cutting retirement benefits for ordinary employees while boosting executive compensation.
The many complicated and sinister schemes to loot retirement benefits that Schultz describes can be depressing and mind-boggling to follow. She humanizes these stories by introducing us to individual retirees who were the victims of these plots, who struggled for months or years to even grasp what was happening to them. Some of these people fought back, in some cases achieving limited success, but often failing in a system of “benefits law” which the corporations have largely rigged in their own favor.
The book deals with the looting of pensions in the private, corporate sector. But, in the final pages, she says a few words about the developing crisis of public employee pension plans. The same consultants and financial firms who engineered the pillage of private pensions, she writes, are now playing “a non-starring role in the public pension debacle.” She adds: “The scapegoat game continues. Corporate employers are still blaming aging workers, rising ‘legacy costs’ and ‘spiraling’ retiree health care costs for their financial woes—not their own actions that squandered billions of dollars in pension assets, their thinly-masked desire to convert benefits earned by and promised to retirees into profits for executives and shareholders, and their willingness to sacrifice retiree plans, and the well being of retirees, for short-term gains.”
What’s the answer? Schultz calls for tightening laws to stop many of the abuses she’s uncovered. “Pension law requires that the plan be managed for the ‘exclusive benefit’ of the participants,” she writes, but the law “is like a toothless dog.” She wants “laws that make it tougher for companies to terminate their pensions to capture the surplus money,” and tightening of loopholes that enable corporate executives to divert the money in pension and retiree health plans.
While the reforms she proposes would help protect those workers and retirees who still have defined benefit pensions and retiree healthcare, they could not help the millions who have already lost these benefits. Because Schultz’s scope is limited to the past two or three decades, she does not look back to the origins of employer-based pensions, and therefore misses the underlying problem.
Social Security, as originally conceived by members of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Committee on Economic Security in 1934 and 1935, was intended to provide full retirement security as well as “all forms of social insurance”— health insurance, accident insurance, unemployment benefits, maternity benefits, etc. To get the original Social Security Act through Congress in 1935,
This was the notion that Social Security should provide only a minimal, subsistence retirement benefit, to be “supplemented” by employer pensions, savings, and other income.
After World War II, with the failure of efforts to expand Social Security’s coverage of retirement and healthcare, unions turned, often reluctantly, to bargaining pensions and health insurance with employers. (An excellent history of these developments is Jennifer Klein’s 2003 book, For All These Rights: Business, Labor and the Shaping of
The system of employer-based pensions and health insurance “supplementing” Social Security was never complete—even in the boom years of the 1950s and 1960s, huge sections of the working class had no pensions or health coverage. In our time, we’re witnessing the collapse of that system, with healthcare becoming unaffordable even with insurance, and defined benefit pensions rapidly disappearing. Retirement Heist is a very important indictment of corporate
Are Conservative Documentary Films on the Rise?
Review by Bill Berkowitz
If you were the generous sort, you might call Dinesh D’Souza the Neil Armstrong of conservative filmmaking. D’Souza, a controversial longtime Christian conservative political activist and provocateur, has landed where no other conservative making documentary films has landed before—on the list of the top ten highest-grossing documentary films in history.
Although D’Souza’s thesis about President Obama was eviscerated by Bill Maher on HBO’s “Real Time” in late August, 2016: Obama’s America is now at number two on the list of all-time documentary box office moneymakers, trailing only Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 by $90 million.
D’Souza, who co-directed the documentary with John Sullivan, told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column: “We’re really ramping it up to the next level, theaters are begging for the film because they know our per-screen average is the highest in the country right now. We are on-track to surpass Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and who knows, we could even reach Michael’s Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 box office numbers. That film had a major distributor and opened in 900 theaters, we opened in one. And we don’t have a big
Later, D’Souza told the Guardian that, “The product is selling because people sense there is real information here. Not allegations, not assertions, but real information that is valuable in assessing the future of the country.”
The Michael Moore Factor
The success of Michael Moore’s documentaries inspired a spate of conservatives to make movies. At first, this resulted in a spate of anti-Moore documentaries: Canadian filmmakers Debbie Melnyk and Rick Caine made Manufacturing Dissent, a film investigating
Despite D’Souza’s optimistic comment, no conservative documentary has yet come close to touching the box office success of Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 (released some five months before the 2004 election), which is still listed as the number one grossing documentary film in history. In fact, according to boxofficemojo.com, three of
Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista (Gingrich Productions) have made a number of films including, Nine Days that Changed the World and A City Upon A Hill, which, according to its website, “explores the concept of American Exceptionalism from its origin to the present day.” While none of the Gingrich films have gotten major theatrical play, Gingrich Productions distributes a fair number of DVDs via its website and during personal appearances.
David Bossie’s Citizens United has also been in the forefront of conservative filmmaking. One of CU’s films, Hillary: The Movie, had less to do with box office numbers than with political impact, as it was that film that ultimately helped lead to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.
At the Republican Party Convention, Citizens United premiered Occupy Unmasked, a film directed by Stephen K. Bannon, who last year made The Undefeated, a Sarah Palin vanity project. Occupy Unmasked, according to a FoxNews. com report, “takes cameras into the Occupy camps in
Occupy Unmasked, inspired by and featuring the late Andrew Breitbart, does exactly what you expect it to do—throw a load of elephant dung about the origin and leaders of the Occupy Movement up on the screen and call itself a documentary film.
D’Souza’s film is based on an earlier book titled, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, and Obama’s
D’Souza added: Obama “is shrinking American power abroad and expanding the power of the state at home and he’s doing both things simultaneously. It’s part of his sort of anti-colonial or third-world agenda—an agenda that was very powerfully held by his father and one that Obama adopted at a young age.”
Esquire’s Mark Warren recently reported that, “Glenn Beck says that only D’Souza knows the truth about Obama and his deeply un-American designs for the country which we all call home...[and] Rush Limbaugh...says that his new documentary may well constitute a turning point in this election.”
Warren also reminded readers that D’Souza has a history of playing fast and loose with the facts: “Remember, it is D’Souza who five years ago published The Enemy At Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11,” in which he blamed the deaths on September 11, 2001 not on the religious fanatics who were actually responsible for it, but on his fellow Americans. The ‘cultural left’ who, by its failure to stone homosexuals to death in the public square, and its insistence on speaking so freely and having so much sex, provoked the violence of crazy Muslims, giving them no choice but to kill us en masse. That’s what D’Souza’s book actually says.”
Of the film, Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir recently wrote: “Somebody in...D’Souza’s shaggy, piecemeal right-wing screed 2016: Obama’s
“As far as actual argumentation about Obama goes, there’s nothing new here that Sarah Palin didn’t try in 2008: The president spent his childhood and young manhood pallin’ around with terrorists of various stripes and haunted by the specter of his Kenyan radical dad, and those influences have shaped him into a creature of unique deviousness. While the birthers may not be precisely correct when it comes to troublesome factual details—D’Souza does not endorse, disavow or even mention the kookier conspiracy theories—they’re right at the level of essence and insight. Obama is a dyed-in-the-wool anti-American who was born in a hospital with a funny name, reared on his absent father’s ‘Third World collectivism’ and elected president in a nationwide racial pity party after concealing crucial elements of his own background. He is ‘weirdly sympathetic to Muslim jihadis’ and hopes to enable a ‘United States of Islam’ in the
D’Souza slams Michael Moore
D’Souza told the Daily Beast’s Meghan McCain that being compared to Michael Moore was “almost an insult”: “Michael Moore is a creative, entertaining, and ridiculous figure. I admire his entrepreneurship. I admire the fact that he knows how to pack a punch. But when you combine the sleight of hand, the manipulation of facts, the ignoring of facts, intellectually, it’s a disgrace. I’m a college president. If I were at the intellectual level of Michael Moore, this movie would be a dud.”
McCain asked if he thought he was “smarter than Michael Moore?” He pointed out that saying he was smarter than
Whether D’Souza’s film does anything more politically than entertain Mitt Romney’s base remains to be seen. What is probably the most predictable outcome of 2016: Obama’s
Bill Berkowitz is a freelance writer covering conservative movements.
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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.