Volume 21, Number 1
2007 Anti-War Protests
Readers & writers
Left Electoral Campaign
Venezuela Referendum Lessons
Darfur PR Scam?
Homegrown Terrorism Act Factsheet
Center for constitutional rights
Wisconsin books to prisoners
Review: "The Bubble"
Words of Choice
Eleanor J. Bader
We Own The World
Largely About Oil
Trade & Ghana
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ZAPS - January 2008
MLK DAY - The Martin Luther King Day holiday falls on Monday, January 21 this year. Diverse events are planned across the country, from volunteering in Memphis to a non-violent protest at Lockheed Martin in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
Contact: Volunteer Memphis, 22 North Front Street, Suite 780, Memphis, TN 38103; 901-523- 2425; www.volunteermemphis.org/mlkday.html. Lockheed Protest - Brandywine Peace Community, 610-544-1818; www.brandywinepeace.com.
DAY OF ACTION - The World Social Forum has called for a Global Day of Mobilization and Action on January 26, 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.
EXHIBIT - Through a combination of techniques such as painting, mono-printing, and sewing, Artist Annemarie Zwack began to create the series of quilted paintings against the war titled “Where the Wheel Was Born.” From February 2 through March 2, 2008 Zwack’s exhibit will find a home at the Hopper House Art Center in Nyack, New York.
THEATER - The Bread and Puppet Theater will be in Boston from February 4-10 offering performances, an art exhibit on Palestinian youth, and a “Cheap Art” Sale at the Boston Center for the Arts Cyclorama.
EVOLUTION - Evolution Weekend is scheduled for February 8-10 to demonstrate that religious people from many faiths and locations understand that evolution is sound science and poses no problems for their faith, affiliated with the Clergy Letter Project repudiating anti-science fundamentalism.
FILM FESTIVAL - Amnesty International presents Justice without Borders, the 16th Annual Seattle Human Rights Film Festival from February 13-17, featuring films of social conscience with lively forums responding to the human rights issues facing contemporary residents of empire.
TEACH-IN - The 7th Annual Local to Global Justice Teach-in comes to Arizona State University in Tempe on March 1-2, 2008. Our theme this year is “Turning Walls into Bridges.” This free event will feature talks by POOR magazine founder Tiny Gray-Garcia, labor activist and muralist Mike Alewitz, and social justice educator Mara Sapon-Shevin. Also enjoy workshops from local grassroots groups, delicious food, and great music, all dedicated to forging ties across diverse struggles.
MEDIA CONFERENCE - The 5th Annual 2008 NYC Grassroots Media Conference is scheduled for Sunday, March 2 from 9 AM to 6 PM at Hunter College. The theme is Speaking Truth to Power: Media Justice in Our Communities and will feature workshops, skills sharing, and exhibits.
ACTIVIST CONFERENCE - The 11th Annual National Conference on Organized Resistance (NCOR) will be held March 7-9, 2008 in Washington, DC. This weekend of learning and discussing local and international social justice issues through workshops, panel discussions, and skillshares is held on the main campus of American University.
WOMEN’S STRIKE - International Women’s Day, March 8, has also been a day of protest, education, and direct action to redress the ongoing oppression of women who do two-thirds of all the world’s work—most of it without pay or formal benefits and often in slave conditions.
WINTER SOLDIER - From March 13-16, 2008, Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) will gather in Washington, DC to give first-hand testimony to the brutality, criminality, and stupidity of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. Winter Soldiers, according to founding father Thomas Paine, are those who stand up for the soul of their country, even in its darkest hours. The event also honors the influential Winter Soldier campaign of Vietnam Veterans in 1971.
EDUCATION - The 2008 Rouge Forum Conference, “Education: Reform or Revolution?” will be hosted by Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, March 14-16. The Rouge Forum is a group of educators, students, and parents seeking a democratic society.
LEFT FORUM - The 2008 Left Forum is scheduled for March 14-16 at the Cooper Union in NYC. Discussion panels, workshops, info tables, and more are offered at this largest gathering in North America of the U.S. and international Left. Participants include: Naomi Klein, Grace Lee Boggs, Tariq Ali, Staughton Lynd, Billionaires for Bush, Mahmood Mamdani, Adam Hochschild, Jeremy Scahill, David Harvey, Max Elbaum, Stanley Aronowitz, Frances Fox Piven, Bill Fletcher, Jr., Patricia McFadden, Patrick Bond, John Bellamy Foster, Michael Albert, Carlos Vilas, Dennis Brutus, Deepa Fernandes, and many more.
PEACE DEMOS - March 19 is the five-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Demonstrations and marches will occur around the country in commemoration and to pressure the U.S. government to stop its ongoing criminal occupation, with a large gathering for nonviolent civil disobedience planned in Washington, DC.
BOOKFAIR - The 2008 Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair will take place on March 22-23 at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park.
LABOR CONFERENCE - Calling all troublemakers. The annual Labor Notes conference is scheduled for April 11-13 in Dearborn, Michigan. Young and old will come together for workshops and strategy in fighting back and taking what's ours from the corporate oligarchy. This year's theme: Rebuilding Labor's Power.
PEACE CONFERENCE - War and Its Discontents: Understanding Iraq and the U.S. Empire is a conference for historians and activists, co-sponsored by the Peace History Society. The conference will take place April 11-13, 2008, in Atlanta, GA.
LA FORUM - The Los Angeles Social Forum is scheduled for April 25-27, with planning still underway and opportunities available for organizations and individuals to help.
CLASS STUDY - The Center for Study of Working Class Life will have its annual conference, “How Class Works” at the State University of New York at Stony Brook June 5-7.
Contact: Michael Zweig, Director, Center for Study of Working Class Life, Department of Economics, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794; 631-632-7536; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.workingclass.sunysb.edu.
PEACE - Table/booth reservations are filling up for the 18th Annual A Call to Peace Festival, August 9 at the World Peace Sanctuary in Amenia, New York.
RADIO - Non-corporate radio news and music available in Boston and on the web from WZBC.
Contact: WZBC 90.3 FM, Boston College, McElroy Commons 107, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467; 617-552-3511; www.wzbc.org.
BOLIVIA - A documentary of geopolitics, people’s movements, indigenous culture, Cocalero is “a luminous portrait of working people in rare triumph against U.S. imperialism.”
SOUTH AFRICA - Angels in the Dust is the story of Marion Cloete who—with her husband and two daughters—abandoned a privileged life in a wealthy Johannesburg suburb to establish Boikarabelo, a village and school providing shelter, food and education to more than 550 South African children orphaned by AIDS.
BOLIVIA - Revolutionary Horizons: Past and Present in Bolivian Politics by Forrest Hylton and Sinclair Thomson chronicles the roots and results of Bolivia’s revolutionary moment.
CHINA - In Adam Smith in Beijing: Lineages of the 21st Century, Giovanni Arrighi argues that the United States’ disastrous failure in Iraq has made China the true winner of the War on Terror.
COLLECTION - Breakfast for Anarchists is the newest collection of rebel verse, urban tall tales, “news” poems, short fiction and anarcho-agitprop recipes from Montreal cabaret artist Norman Nawrocki.
COMMUNITIES - Communities Directory is a comprehensive guide to intentional communities and cooperative living with up-to-date information on over 900 intentional communities in North America.
Contact: Fellowship for Intentional Community, 138 Twin Oaks Road, Louisa, VA 23093; 660-883-5545; www.ic.org.
DATEBOOK - The Women Artists Datebook is a collection of artwork and poetry created by women. Also included are unique annotations, lunar cycles and menstrual calendars.
Contact: Syracuse Cultural Workers, 800-949-5139; www.syracuseculturalworkers.com.
EDUCATION - Please Stop Laughing at Us: One Survivor’s Extraordinary Quest to Prevent School Bullying is an intimate exposé of vulnerabilities in the American educational system, providing realistic solutions and advice.
Contact: Independent Publishers Group, 814 North Franklin St., Chicago, IL 60610; 800-888- 4741; www.ipgbook.com.
HAITI - Damming the Flood analyzes how and why Aristide’s enemies in Haiti, the United States, and France made sure that his second government, popularly elected with an overwhelming majority in 2000, was toppled by a further coup in 2004.
SATIRE - In As the World Burns: 50 Things You Can Do to Stay in Denial, two of America’s most talented activists—author Derrick Jensen and artist Stephanie McMillan—team up to deliver a bold and hilarious satire of modern environmental policy.
Contact: Seven Stories, 140 Watts St., New York, NY 10013; www.sevenstories.com.
SPOOF - The graphic novel Shooting War by Anthony Lappé and Dan Goldman is an irreverent spoof of the network news, the war in Iraq and the burgeoning “citizen journalist” movement, set in the near future.
Contact: Grand Central Publishing, 237 Park Ave., New York, NY 10017; www.hachettebookgroupusa.com.
ZIONISM - Combining family memoir with an account of the trajectory of Zionism during the 20th century, If I Am Not For Myself: Journey of an Anti-Zionist Jew by peace activist Mike Marqusee offers a complex personal and historical quest to understanding the Israel/Palestine debate.
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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.