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Zaps - April 2010
MUMIA - A one-day conference, "Live From Death Row: Mumia at the Crossroads in the Age of Obama," is scheduled for April 3 at Columbia University, Barnard College Campus, in NYC. Workshops are scheduled during the day, with speakers (Vijay Prashad, Kathleen Cleaver) in the evening.
Contact: Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal, www.emajonline.com.
PERMACULTURE - Eco Homo: A Queer Co-Creative Permaculture Gathering is scheduled for April 3-11 at Wolf Creek Sanctuary in Oregon and will feature a hands-on ecological exploration of sustainable living and culture preservation, from wildcrafting to grey water harvesting.
ABORTION RIGHTS - The annual CLPP conference "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom" is scheduled for April 9-11 at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. The event features more than 40 workshops and trainings.
GREENFEST - Green festivals are scheduled for San Francisco (April 10-11) and Chicago (May 22-23). A joint project of Global Exchange and Green America, Green Fests feature speakers, workshops, displays, music, and other events.
HUMAN RIGHTS - The 15th annual Get On The Bus for Human Rights, scheduled for April 16, draws upwards of 1,200 participants riding buses, commuter trains, and carpooling to New York City to take peaceful action in front of embassies, consulates and corporate headquarters in support of human rights. Sponsored by Amnesty International USA Local Group 133 of Somerville, Massachusetts.
BOOKFAIR - The 4th Annual NYC Anarchist Bookfair is scheduled for April 17-18 at the Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan. There will be an exposition of books, zines, pamphlets, art, film/video, and other media productions, plus panels, presentations, workshops, and skillshares).
PEOPLE'S LOBBYING - Educating, organizing, and lobbying, sponsored by SOA Watch, are scheduled for April 17-19 in Washington, DC. The School of the Americas Watch works in solidarity with the people of Latin America and the Caribbean to close the U.S. military's infamous death squad school and to change oppressive U.S. foreign policy.
CLIMATE CONFERENCE - The Peoples' World Conference on Climate Change is scheduled for April 19-22 in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The conference was announced by President Morales in response to the failure of the UN Copenhagen conference to address the underlying causes in the capitalist model, and instead offer real solutions and plans.
EARTH DAY - April 22 is Earth Day, with diverse local actions around the world promoting a sustainable ecology, and a festival scheduled for Santa Barbara, California on Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18.
BENEFIT - A fundraiser for the Maia Project for clean drinking water and the Middle East Children's Alliance is scheduled for Sunday, April 25 from 3-6 PM at UMass Boston Campus Center, with speakers Laila Farsakh, Noam Chomsky, Nancy Murray, and Ziad Abbas; plus a slide show, music, and a benefit sale.
NUKE TREATY - Anti-nuclear groups and activists from around the world are coming to New York City for a two-day conference, "For a Nuclear Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World," on April 30 through May 1, and to celebrate an International Day of Action Against Nuclear Weapons on May 2 with a march from Times Square to the UN for a Peace Festival. The events are timed to coincide with a meeting of government leaders for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference starting in May.
MAY DAY - A May Day Unity Coalition is planning events for May 1, 2010 in NYC.
MEDIA - The Making Media Public Conference is scheduled for May 6-9 in Toronto, Canada, focused on focused on four interrelated themes: history, labor, policy, and alternative/independent and community media.
SPACE WEAPONS - The annual membership meeting of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space is scheduled for May 9 in NYC, in conjunction with other international events centered around the UN's Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference.
CLASS CONFERENCE - The Center for Study of Working Class Life is hosting its 2010 conference How Class Works June 3-4 at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
BIKING - Join Bikes Not Bombs Sunday, June 6 for their 23rd annual Bike-A-Thon and Green Roots Festival in Boston, Massachusetts.
RADIO - The 35th Annual Community Radio Conference is scheduled for June 9-12 in St. Paul, Minnesota, with discussion, affinity groups, and dozens of workshops.
LABOR - The Pacific Northwest Labor History Association's 42nd annual conference, "The Union Makes Us Strong: Inspiration, Guidance, and Hope During Hard Times," is scheduled for June 11-13 in Portland, Oregon.
SOCIALISM - This year's annual Socialism Conference (with two sessions) is scheduled for Chicago (June 17-20) and San Francisco (July 1-4), featuring talks and panel discussions.
MEDIA - The 12th annual Allied Media Conference will be held June 18-20 in the McGregor Conference Center at Wayne State University in Detroit. Participatory workshops and skillshares will emphasize DIY alternative media to advance visions of a just and creative world.
Contact: Allied Media Projects, 420 Cass Ave., Detroit MI 48201; www.alliedmediaconference.org.
SOCIAL FORUM - The second United States Social Forum is scheduled for June 22-26 in Detroit, Michigan. The social forum movement has brought together thousands of people around the world working for participatory grassroots alternatives to a hierarchical system of corporate exploitation of peoples and the environment. The theme of the USSF is Another World Is Possible, Another U.S. Is Necessary.
CARAVAN - The 201st annual Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba is scheduled for July 3 through August 3. Through mid-July, volunteers will travel across the U.S. and Canada collecting aid and educating about the unjust blockade against Cuba, before an orientation in Texas July 18-20, followed by travel to and from Cuba until August 3. People can participate by attending or hosting local events, donating materials, or traveling along.
NUKE-FREE - The Nuclear Resister, Nukewatch, and the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) are hosting a national gathering July 3-5 at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee to declare independence from nuclear weapons and power, culminating with nonviolent direct action at nearby Oak Ridge, where OREPA has sustained a nonviolent campaign for over 20 years.
Contact: Felice and Jack Cohen-Joppa, The Nuclear Resister, 520-323-8697, email@example.com, www.nuclearresister.org; Bonnie Urfer and John LaForge, Nukewatch; 715-472-4185; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nukewatch.com.
DIRECT ACTIONS - The Campaign to Legalize Democracy has called for communities to declare their independence and demonstrate against corporate rule and "personhood" on July 4, from floats in town parades to sit-ins and giant Monopoly boards. Info sheet with suggestions available at the DUHC website.
COMMUNITY MEDIA - The Alliance for Community Media 2010 National Conference is scheduled for July 7-10 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hands-on workshops and skillshares will be offered by this grassroots coalition of community media groups.
Contact: ACM, 1100 G Street, NW, Suite 740, Washington, DC 20005; 202-393-2653; www.alliancecm.org.
LA RAZA - The annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference is scheduled for July 10-13 in San Antonio, Texas, with workshops, presentations, and panel discussions.
Contact: NCLR Headquarters Office, Raul Yzaguirre Building, 1126 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-776-1718; www.nclr.org.
DEMOCRACYFEST - The 7th Annual DemocracyFest will be held July 23-24 in Las Vegas, Nevada. DemocracyFest is a political festival for liberal and progressive activists, which features training, speakers, and entertainment; teaching people how to make a difference and have fun doing it.
EDUCATION FORUM - The Rouge Forum 2010 conference, "Education in the Public Interest," will be held at George Williams College conference center in Williams Bay, Wisconsin from August 2-5.
CO-OPS - The 2010 National Worker Cooperative Conference is scheduled for August 6-9 at Clark Kerr Conference Center at UC Berkeley in California.
COMMUNITIES - The Communities Conference is a networking and learning opportunity for anyone interested or involved in co-operative or communal lifestyles, with workshops, events, and entertainment scheduled for August 13-15 at the Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, Virginia.
URPE - Each summer, the Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE) holds a 4-day workshop/retreat with papers and workshops, formal and informal. This year's event is titled "Capitalism and Global Climate Change" and is scheduled for August 15-18 in Camp Deer Run in Pine Bush, New York.
VETERANS - Veterans for Peace celebrates its 25th anniversary at this year's annual convention August 25-29 in Portland, Maine, with workshops, talks, and strategy sessions, with a final day rally and march.
Contact: Contact Veterans For Peace, 216 S. Meramec Ave., St. Louis, MO 63105; 314-725-6005; www.vfpnationalconvention.org.
TAX RESISTERS - Find out more information about the huge costs of militarism and the war tax resisters who courageously oppose it. Learn the facts to counter the coming spin by the right and corporate media.
Contact: War Resisters League, 339 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10012; 212-228-0450; email@example.com; www.warresisters.org. And the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee, PO Box 150553, Brooklyn, New York 11215; 800-269-7464; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.nwtrcc.org.
ESSAYS - The Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation invites submissions to the 2010 Daniel Singer Prize competition, up to 5,000 words, on the topic: "Given the devastating effects of the present crisis on working people, what proposals for radical reform can be raised which are both practical to the vast majority while moving us towards the goal of socialism?" Deadline is July 31.
PROPOSALS - The 2010 Rouge Forum for progressive educators is scheduled for August 2-5 in Chicago, and proposals for papers, panels, or performances are being accepted through mid-April.
ANIMATIONS - Political cartoonist Ted Rall is producing, along with David Essman, political animations available online.
BLACK RADIO - In Disappearing Voices: The Decline of Black Radio offers a history of African American radio and suggestions for a revival.
FISH - The End of the Line delves beyond the surface of the seas to reveal a troubling truth beneath: an ocean increasingly empty of fish, destroyed by decades of over-fishing; based on the book by Charles Clover.
LAW - In William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, filmmakers Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler explore the life of their father, the late radical civil rights lawyer.
YES MEN - The Yes Men Fix the World is the true story of two conscientious mischief-makers who pose as the representatives of companies they despise, with bitingly humorous results.
CAPITALISM - In Low Wage Capitalism, Fred Goldstein describes this economic approach as demonstrably unfair, irrational, and prone to intermittent crises—available online or in print.
COAL - In Climate Hope: On the Front Lines of the Fight Against Coal, Ted Nace reveals the organizing methods and political tactics that enabled underdog activists in state after state to take on and defeat Big Coal.
COOPERATION - In Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political, activist Judy Rebick advocates for methods of co-operation and consensus over confrontation and partisanship in achieving political goals.
Contact: Penguin Group, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014; www.us.penguingroup.com.
HEALTHCARE WORKERS - Labor's Civil War in California: The NUHW Healthcare Workers' Rebellion by Cal Winslow documents the grassroots rise and struggles of a new healthcare union.
GAZA - In This Time We Went Too Far: Truth and Consequences of the Gaza Invasion, Norman Finkelstein shows how the massive destruction visited on Gaza was not an accidental byproduct of the Israeli invasion but its barely concealed objective.
HUMAN RIGHTS - In A Shameful Business: The Case for Human Rights in the American Workplace, James A. Gross issues a call for the transformation of the American workplace based on genuine respect for human rights, instead of the terrible conditions that exist today.
IRAQ - The graphic novel Iraq: Operation Corporate Takeover, written by Sean Michael Wilson and illustrated by Lee O'Connor, outlines how present day Iraq is a classic example of how corporations reap profit from conflict.
Contact: War on Want, Development House, 56-64 Leonard St., London EC2A 4LT UK; www.waronwant.org.
LYND - From Here To There: The Staughton Lynd Reader offers a new collection of the longtime left activist and author's writings, edited and with an introduction by Andrej Grubacic.
MELTDOWN - In And Out Of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives by Leo Panitch, Sam Gindin, and Greg Albo analyzes the relations between politics and economics and the possibility of left alternatives within the current recession.
ORGANIZING - Creative Community Organizing: A Strategy Manual for Rabble-Rousers, Activists, and Quiet Lovers of Justice by Si Kahn offers an inspirational biography and educational motivation to act.
ORIENTALISM - In The Pen and the Sword: Conversations with Edward Said, David Barsamian offers five wide-ranging interviews with the internationally renowned Palestinian scholar and critic Edward Said from 1987-94; re-released with new preface.
RELIGION - In God and His Demons, Michael Parenti explores the evil created in the name of "god," and the threat posed by fundamentalists.
Contact: Prometheus Books, 59 John Glenn Dr., Amherst, New York 14228; 800-421-0351; www.prometheusbooks.com.
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CUBAN 5 - From May 30 to June 5, supporters of the Cuban 5 will gather in Washington DC to raise awareness about the case and to demand a humanitarian solution that will allow the return of these men to their homeland.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com.
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, music, exhibitors, and more.
Contact: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-522-0222; mailbikesnotbombs.org; www.bikesnotbombs.org.
LEFT FORUM - The 2013 Left Forum will be held June 7-9, at Pace University in NYC.
Contact: 365 Fifth Avenue, CUNY Graduate 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.
Contact: 1990 M Street, Suite 610, Washington, DC, 20036; 202-244-2990; convention @adc. 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 the University of Havana, plus visits to a co-op and educational and medical institutions.
Contact: email@example.com; http://www.globaljustice center.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 in the U.S.
LITERACY - The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) will hold its conference July 12-13 in Los Angeles.
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 across the continent to learn skills and build one big union.
PEACESTOCK - On July 13, the 11th Annual Peacestock 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.
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.
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.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://yeacamp.org/.