Volume 20, Number 12
Winter Soldier Campaign
Iraq veterans against the war -- Ivaw
Eighty and Still Protesting
Nut House Econ
Behind Burma's Repression
Nukes Are Back
Eleanor J. Bader
2 Book Reviews
U.S. & Eygpt
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EXHIBIT - Gaza Zoo, an exhibition of 40 prints by activist and artist Laray Polk at the Haley-Henman Gallery in Dallas, runs through January 5; hours, Wednesday-Saturday, 12-5 PM; Thursdays, until 8 PM by appointment.
Contact: Haley-Henman Gallery, 2335 Hardwick Street, Dallas, TX, 75208; 214-749- 1277; info@ haley henman.com; www.haley henman.com.
HR DAY - December 10 is Human Rights Day as declared by the United Nations. On that date in 1948, 48 members of the UN, including the United States, adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. See the official website for this potentially revolutionary document in over 300 languages, along with related info and press.
Contact: OHCHR-UNOG, 8-14 Avenue de la Paix, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland; www.unhchr. ch/udhr.
DAY OF ACTION - The World Social Forum has called for a Global Day of Mobilization and Action on January 26, 2008, to feature educational events and demonstrations against corporate oligarchy and in favor of grassroots alternatives. This day was called instead of having a central WSF in 2008.
Contact - globalaction@wsf 2008.net; www.wsf2008.net.
LA FORUM - A Los Angeles Social Forum is being proposed for April 2008; planning meetings are open and ongoing in December and January and organizations are encouraged to attend and offer proposal ideas.
Contact: LA Social Forum, PO Box 79612, Los Angeles, CA 90079; 213-596-8226; email@example.com; www.lasocialforum.org.
LEFT FORUM - The 2008 Left Forum is scheduled for March 14-16 at the Cooper Union in NYC and panel proposals will be accepted through December 15.
Contact: Left Forum, c/o PhD Program in Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016; 212-817-2003; leftforum @leftforum.org; www. leftforum.org.
EDUCATION - Proposals for the 2008 Rouge Forum Conference, “Education: Reform or Revolution?” will be accepted until December 15. The Rouge Forum—a group of educators, students, and parents seeking a democratic society—focuses on education this year, as one of the major socializing influences in our lives, hosted by Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, March 14-16.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.rougeforum.org.
WORKING CLASS - The Center for Study of Working Class Life is accepting proposals until December 17 for its 2008 conference, “How Class Works,” to be held at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, June 5-7, 2008. Guidelines for papers, presentations, and sessions available on the website.
Contact: www.workingclass. sunysb.edu.
ABORTION - In 1976, Congress passed the Hyde Amendment, which forbids federal funding for abortion. The only exceptions are in cases of rape, incest, and danger to the life of the woman. We urge you to join the “Hyde–30 Years is Enough!” campaign demanding an end to this injustice.
Contact: Hyde–30 Years is Enough! Campaign, c/o the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF), 42 Seaverns Ave., Boston, MA 02130; 617-524-6040; email@example.com; www.hyde30years.nnaf.org.
FNB - Three city governments in the United States are trying to stop Food Not Bombs from publicly feeding the hungry and working for peace. Amnesty International has declared Food Not Bombs volunteers “Prisoners of Conscience” if convicted for their work.
Contact: Food Not Bombs, PO Box 424, Arroyo Seco, NM 87514; 800-884-1136; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.foodnotbombs.net.
GIFTS - This holiday season, Leonard Peltier offers all his supporters an opportunity to give something back and honor the Lakota people. He respectfully requests your help making these holidays a little brighter and this winter a little warmer for the children at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Please send new toys, coats, socks, shoes, and clothing.
Contact: Leonard Peltier Holiday Gift Drive, C/O LPDC, 3800 N. Mesa #A2, El Paso, Texas 79902; 570-524-0749; email@example.com; www.leonardpeltier.net.
SOCIAL SECURITY - The 2007 Social Watch Report “In Dignity and Rights: Making the universal right to social security a reality” provides an overview of social security systems worldwide, with an approach that emphasizes the right of people to live in dignity with secure livelihoods.
Contact: Social Watch, Jackson 1136, Montevideo 11200, Uruguay; socwatch@socialwatch. org www.socialwatch.org.
UNIONS - New Unionism is the collective name for unions who want to make change and set agendas, rather than just reacting to them.
Contact: NewUnionism.Net, Suite 7 Peel House, 30 The Downs, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA142PX, UK; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.newunionism.net.
ANARCHISM - The objective of the Institute for Anarchist Studies is to create an opening for voices of hope. Their work includes grants and editorial assistance to writers and translators documenting resistance, the Renewing the Anarchist Tradition conference, Perspectives—a broad- based radical journal, the National Conference on Organized Resistance, and a new collaborative book series between AK Press and the IAS.
Contact: Institute on Anarchist Studies, PO Box 15586, Washington, DC 20003; email@example.com; www.anarchist-studies.org.
CENTRAL AMERICA - With its head office in Guatemala, Rights Action is a multi-faceted community development enviro- and human rights organization for funding people, communities, and human rights campaigns in Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and El Salvador.
Contact: Rights Action, PO Box 50887, Washington, DC 20091; 202-783-1123; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.rightsaction.org.
RADICAL SITE - Launched just before the protests against the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City, focusing first on real-time coverage, rabble.ca today is “news for rest of us”—articles, podcasts, book reviews, discussions, announcements, news links, art, and more. Always free.
Contact: email@example.com; www.rabble.ca.
ISRAEL - Through the example of Israeli Refuseniks we learn what happens when soldiers act out of conscience in the new documentary Raised to Be Heroes.
Contact: Bullfrog Films, PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547; 800-543-3764; info@bullfrog films.com; www.bullfrogfilms. com.
PANAMA - The Academy Award winning documentary The Panama Deception, about the illegal 1989 U.S. invasion, is now available as an extended version DVD.
Contact: Empowerment Project, 8218 Farrington Mill Rd., Chapel Hill NC 27517; 919-928- 0382; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.empowerment project.org.
PRISON - A documentary on death row political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, In Prison My Whole Life, takes a new and personal look at the frame-up.
Contact: info@inprisonmy wholelife.com; www.inprisonmy wholelife.com.
VIETNAM WAR - The Sixth Side of the Pentagon is a chronicle of the 1967 Mobilization to End the War in Vietnam protest march on the Pentagon by documentary essayist Chris Marker.
Contact: First Run/Icarus Films, 32 Court Street, 21st Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201; 718- 488-8900; mailroom@ frif.com; www.frif.com.
WAR - War With No End reveals the anti-war movement among America’s literary community, showcasing a wide range of views on “the long war,” from Arundhati Roy on the unsustainability of an “American way of life” to Naomi Klein on war as a lifestyle.
Contact: Verso Books, 180 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014; 212-807-9680; email@example.com; www.versobooks.com.
POETRY - Poets Against the Killing Fields is a new anthology by the Liberation Poetry Collective featuring ten poets who participated in a series of public anti-war readings in the Boston area over the past several years.
Contact: Trilingual Press, PO Box 391206, Cambridge, MA 02139; 617-331-2269; triling firstname.lastname@example.org; www. tanbou.com/trilingualpress.
CULTURE - For over a decade LiP: Informed Revolt concocted a deeply imaginative, iconoclastic mix of politics, culture, sex, and humor that took clear, sometimes uproarious aim at mass mediocracy and capitalist miserablism. Tipping the Sacred Cow, edited by Brian Awehali, is a collection of some of the best stories in its 11-year history.
Contact: AK Press, 674-A 23rd St, Oakland, CA 94612; 510-208-1700; info@akpress. org; www.akpress.org.
HISTORY - In the historic A Slave No More, Yale University’s David W. Blight tells the story of John Washington and Wallace Turnage, two slaves plotting their escape and then making their way as free men in a nation still raw from the Civil War.
Contact: Harcourt Trade Publishers, 15 East 26th St., New York, NY 10010; 800-543-1918; www.harcourtbooks.com.
CLASS - In The Unaffordable Nation: Searching for a Decent Life in America, Jeffrey Jones addresses the people of the U.S. in the most basic and equal of terms: in their capacities as working persons dependent upon their occupations, their employers, and the government.
Contact: Prometheus Books, 59 John Glenn Dr., Amherst, NY 14228; 800-421-0351; www.prometheusbooks.com.
GENDER - Jude Browne brings together prominent thinkers to address the elusive concept of The Future of Gender, addresses this crucial question with scholars from diverse backgrounds.
Contact: Cambridge University Press, 32 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013; 212-924-3900; www.cambridge.org/us.
ORGANIZING - In Calling All Radicals: How Grassroots Organizers Can Help Save Our Democracy, Gabriel Thompson argues that we can reclaim our democracy in the old fashioned way: through grassroots organizing.
Contact: Nation Books, 387 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10016; 212-822-0250; www.nationbooks.org.
FOREIGN POLICY - In Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia, John Gray offers a disquieting survey of contemporary right wing apocalyptic philosophy and politics currently holding and taking power in the West.
Contact: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 19 Union Square West, New York, NY 10003; 888-330-8477; sales@ fsgbooks.com; www.fsg books.com.
FOOD POLITICS - Manifestos on the Future of Food & Seed edited by Vandana Shiva is a pocket-sized collection that grapples with these enormous questions, daring to imagine a food system and world that is sustainable, healthy, and ultimately just.
Contact: South End Press, 7 Brookline St. #1, Cambridge, MA 02139; 800-533-8478; www.southendpress.org.
LEBANON - The War on Lebanon: A Reader, edited by Nubar Hovsepian, offers a collection of essays examining the ethical, legal, and strategic issues of the conflict, and the regional and global consequences in the wake of the Israeli invasion.
Contact: Olive Branch Press, 46 Crosby St., Northampton, MA 01060; 1-800-238-LINK; email@example.com; www.interlinkbooks.com.
The photo in the Vietnam Veterans Against the War Conference article in the October 2007 issue was misattributed to Bob Gronko. The photo was taken by Brooke Anderson.
The interview with Noam Chomsky in the November issue was conducted by Gabriel Matthew Schivone.
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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/.