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Zaps - April 2011
CLIMATE - A national youth summit to strategize climate activism, Power Shift 2011, is scheduled for April 1-4 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC with workshops and discussions about organizing and legislative campaigns.
AWARDS - The International Labor Rights Forum is holding an awards ceremony and reception in Washington, DC on April 6 to reflect on the 100-year anniversary (March 25) of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and to honor groups and individuals in the international anti-sweatshop movement.
CONVERGENCE - A convergence in Washington, DC for Latin America solidarity and against U.S. militarization is planned for April 4-11, sponsored by SOA Watch and the Latin America Solidarity Coalition. Events include fasts, direct actions, a two-day conference (April 8-10), and a lobbying day (April 11).
ANTIWAR DEMOS - The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance has called for a march on the Pentagon in Washington, DC on April 8 and a coalition of groups through the United National Antiwar Committee has called for rallies and marches in San Francisco and New York on April 9.
HUMAN RIGHTS - The annual Get On The Bus for Human Rights, scheduled for April 8, draws upwards of 1,200 participants riding buses, commuter trains, and carpooling to New York City to take 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.
ABORTION RIGHTS - The 30th annual CLPP conference "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom" is scheduled for April 8-10 at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, featuring workshops and training.
BOOKFAIR - The 5th Annual NYC Anarchist Bookfair is scheduled for April 9 at the Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan. Also, a film festival and additional events are scheduled for the night before.
MEDIA REFORM - The 5th National Conference for Media Reform is scheduled for April 8-10 in Boston and brings together thousands of activists and media-makers to help democratize communications media.
DAY OF ACTION - Rising Tide North America has called for a Chain Reaction Day of Action Against Extraction, with various events nationwide on April 20, the one-year anniversary of the BP oil spill.
EARTH DAY - April 22 is Earth Day, with diverse local actions around the world promoting a sustainable ecology. A festival is scheduled for Santa Barbara, California on Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17.
PROTEST - A protest is being planned for Friday, April 22 at Hancock Air National Guard Base in Mattydale, near Syracuse, New York, against the widespread use of drones in Afghanistan and elsewhere. The base is a key facility in the drone system.
MAY DAY - May 1 is May Day, also International Workers Day. Events are being held worldwide, such as the May Day Unity Coalition rally at noon in Union Square in NYC.
Contact: May Day United, 646-535-6291; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.maydayunited.org. May 1st Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights, 55 West 17 Street, #5C, NY, NY 10011; 212-633-6646; MayDay2010@peoplesmail.net; www.may1.info.
Opportunities & Resources
ESSAYS - The Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation invites submissions to the 2011 Daniel Singer Prize competition of up to 5,000 words on the topic: "In some Western countries, right-wing populism has been able to channel much of the anger caused by the financial crisis and its effects. Why has the left been marginalized? How can this be overcome?" Deadline is July 31.
HEALTH INFO - The website Public Health and Social Justice offers slide shows, articles, syllabi, and hundreds of external links relevant to numerous social justice topics, including environmental health, women's health, drug policy and privacy, and food safety. Aimed at students, teachers, and the general public. Submissions welcome.
TRAVEL - An educational Rainbow Cuba Tour is scheduled for May 7-15, a trip for lesbians, gays, and all others seeking to learn about gender and sexual equality in Cuba. Tour participants will meet Cuban activists promoting LGBT rights and join them in rallies and forums against homophobia, as well as social and educational activities.
MEXICO - Mexico's Revolution Then and Now by James D. Cockcroft offers a centennial explanation of the world's first predominantly anti-capitalist revolution and describes how the revolutionary process has played out over the past ten decades.
NATIVE AMERICANS - In The American Indian Intellectual Tradition: An Anthology of Writings from 1772 to 1972, editor David Martínez offers 31 essays that exemplify Native American intellectual culture across two centuries.
Contact: Cornell University Press, Sage House, 512 East State St., Ithaca, NY 14850; 607-277-2338, ext. 251 or ext. 258; www.cornellpress.cornell.edu.
PAMPHLET - When peace activists may be forced to fight back, Self-Defense for Radicals by Mickey Z offers advice from Emma Goldman, Bruce Lee, Angela Davis, and even Patrick Swayze on how to get out of a scrape.
PANTHERS - Marshall Law: The Life and Times of a Baltimore Black Panther by Eddie Conway, with an introduction by Mumia Abu-Jamal, is an autobiography of an American political prisoner now serving his 40th year, from an inner-city childhood to political awakening in the military, from the rise of the Black Panther Party to COINTELPRO repression and a sham trial, prison life, escape attempts, labor organizing on the inside, and beyond.
POLITICAL PRISONER - Part memoir, part indictment of the U.S. prison system, Susan Rosenberg's An American Radical: Political Prisoner in My Own Country recounts her journey from activist to revolutionary to a prisoner who suffered the dehumanizing torture of American maximum-security confinement for 16 years before being pardoned in 2001.
Contact: Citadel Press, Kensington Publishing, 119 West 40th Street NY, NY 10018; 800-221-2647; www.kensingtonbooks.com.
PROUDHON - Property is Theft! A Pierre-Joseph Proudhon Reader, edited by Iain McKay, collects works (some available In English for the first time) of this largely self-educated worker whose incendiary ideas were more influential than those of Karl Marx during his lifetime, a source of inspiration and debate since 1840.
REBELS - In Rebel Girls: Youth Activism and Social Change Across the Americas, Jessica K. Taft describes how teenage girls are active participants and leaders in a variety of social movements, from anti-war walkouts to anarchist youth newspapers, rallies against educational privatization, and workshops on fair trade.
QUEER HISTORY - Part of the People's History series, Queer America: A People's GLBT History of the United States by Vicki L. Eaklor provides a decade-by-decade overview of major issues and events in GLBT history.
Contact: The New Press, 38 Greene Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10013; 212-629-8802; www.thenewpress.com.
THE SIXTIES - Edward P. Morgan argues in What Really Happened to the 1960s: How Mass Media Culture Failed American Democracy that the radical ideals of participatory democracy underlying much of the 1960s activism have been buried in pop culture accounts amid sensationalism, right-wing demagoguery, and cooptation.
SOCCER - In Soccer vs. the State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics, Gabriel Kuhn reflects on both the commercialism and nationalism of the world's most popular sport, as well as its working class rebelliousness.
STATE POWER - State Power and Democracy: Before and During the Presidency of George W. Bush by Andrew Kolin examines the evolution of the police state through the pinnacle of repression under the indefinable, never-ending "war on terror."
Contact: Palgrave Macmillan, 175 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10010; 888-330-8477; us.macmillan.com.
TIMORESE - In Step by Step: Women of East Timor, Stories of Resistance and Survival, edited by Jude Conway, 13 outspoken East Timorese women tell their life stories, from living in a Portuguese colony through Indonesian occupation, resistance, until independence and continued struggles for equality and basic rights.
TORTURE - The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse, edited by Marjorie Cohn, is an interdisciplinary work detailing U.S. participation in torture and cruel treatment of prisoners both at home and abroad and discusses what can be done to hold those who set the torture policy accountable.
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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.