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Zaps - 01/11
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Zaps - January 2011
HEALTHCARE - The Vermont Workers' Center has scheduled a rally and assembly on a single-payer health system for the U.S. on January 5 in Montpelier. The Healthcare Is A Human Right Rally is scheduled for 12:30 PM and the People's Movement Assembly is scheduled for 1-3 PM.
Contact: Vermont Workers' Center, 294 N Winooski Ave., Burlington VT 05401; 802-861-4892; www.workerscenter.org.
ANARCHIST STUDIES - The Second North American Anarchist Studies Network Conference is scheduled for January 15 at the Steel Workers' Hall in Toronto, Ontario.
U.S. TORTURERS - January 11 is the ninth anniversary of the establishment of the Guantanamo Bay prison where the U.S. illegally houses "detainees" from around the world indefinitely, mostly without charge, and subjects them to physical and psychological abuse and torture. On January 22, 2009, President Obama lied when he promised to close the facility within the year. Witness Against Torture is planning events January 11-22 against this camp and others like it around the world.
MLK DAY - The Martin Luther King Day holiday is Monday, January 17. Community groups across the country will honor King by organizing a Day of Service and peace groups will highlight MLK's oft-overlooked anti-imperialist, antiwar activism. A rally and march for jobs and justice is scheduled in Detroit at noon.
SOCIAL FORUMS - The 2011 World Social Forum is scheduled for February 6-11 in Dakar, Senegal. Regional forums were held in 2010 to mark the 10-year anniversary of the WSF, but this year features another world event for discussions among citizen-activists for alternatives to the dominant corporate-military system under the banner "Another World is Possible."
THEATER - Vermont's Bread & Puppet: Cheap Art & Political Theater is doing a tour of southern and eastern states in February and March, starting in Philadelphia on February 10, but with open dates to fill as well. Check the current schedule and/or call with performance venue suggestions.
EVOLUTION - February 11-13 will be the sixth annual celebration of Evolution Weekend, intended 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.
TEACH-IN - The 10th Annual Local to Global Justice Teach-in "Solidarity Through Knowledge & Action" is scheduled for February 26-27 at Arizona State University in Tempe. Workshops and other events are designed for sharing experiences and knowledge between scholars and activists working on a wide range of social justice, human rights, and sustainability issues.
STUDENT STRIKE - Students in California are planning more actions this March, as with last year's mass actions, in response to draconian budget cuts affecting tuition and courses. Actions include a statewide strike and day of action on March 2, a conference on March 12, and a march on the state Capitol in Sacramento on March 14.
WOMEN'S STRIKE - March 8 is the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day with events planned around the world. Global Women's Strike also organizes protest, education, and direct action events around this day 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.
LEFT FORUM - The 2010 Left Forum is scheduled for March 18-20 at Pace University in New York City. This year's theme is "Toward a Politics of Solidarity" and will feature hundreds of panel discussions, art and film shows, and exhibitors.
CLIMATE - A national youth summit to strategize climate activism, Power Shift 2009, is scheduled for April 1-4 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC with workshops and discussions about organizing and legislative campaigns.
MIMUNDO - Since 2006, MiMundo.org has been providing photo essays and reports from marginalized communities in Central America, gaining increasing visibility through publication and gallery exhibits. The operation is now seeking tax deductible contributions through the non-profit Rights Action.
PUBLIC HEALTH - The Public Health and Social Justice website offers open access 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, war and peace, and food safety (including GMOs). It is aimed at students, teachers, and the general public; submissions welcome.
REFUGEES - The Carol Chomsky Memorial Fund has been created in honor of the late Carol D. Chomsky, linguist, peace activist, mother, and wife of Noam Chomsky. Donations will provide humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip and in the Palestinian refugee camps of Lebanon. Partnerships with individuals and aid agencies in the region assure the tax-deductible contributions get to the people for whom they are directly intended.
Contact: Carol Chomsky Memorial Fund, Inc., 1102 Shorewood Blvd., Madison, WI 53705; 608-215-9157; www.chomskyfund.org.
FILM OPENING - The North American launch of The Economics of Happiness, a one-hour documentary about the worldwide movement for economic localization, will take place in Seattle, Washington, January 11, 2011. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with special guests.
Human Terrain - The documentary Human Terrain: War Becomes Academic examines a U.S. military's counterinsurgency initiative under which social scientists are embedded with combat troops.
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HUMAN RIGHTS - The U.S. Human Rights Network will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the Advancing Human Rights 2013 Conference, December 6-8, in Atlanta, GA.
Contact: 250 Georgia Avenue SE, Suite 330, Atlanta, GA 30312; firstname.lastname@example.org; http:// www.ushrnetwork.org/.
AFRICAN/SOCIALIST - The Sixth Congress of the African People’s Socialist Party USA will be held December 7-11, in St. Petersburg, FL.
Contact: 1245 18th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33705; 727- 821-6620; info@aps puhuru.org; http://asiuhuru.org/.
SCHOOLS - The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) will host a workshop on the DSC “Model Code on Education and Dignity: Presenting A Human Rights Framework for Schools” at the Mid-Hudson Region NY State Leadership Summit on School Justice Partnerships, December 11 in White Plains, NY.
Contact: http://www.dignityin schools.org/.
ANARCHIST/BOOKFAIR - The Humboldt Anarchist Book Fair will be held December 14, in Eureka, CA.
Contact: humboldtgrassroots @riseup.net; http://humbold tanarchist bookfair.wordpress. com/.
CLIMATE - The World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities is hosting a follow-up event to the 2012 Rio de Janeiro symposium. The gathering will be held in Qatar on January 28-30, 2014.
Contact: http://environment.tufts. edu/.
LABOR - The United Association for Labor Education (UALE) will host Organizing for Power: A New Labor Movement for the New Working Class in Los Angeles, March 26-29. Proposals are due December 15.
Contact: LAWCHA, 226 Carr Building (East Campus), Box 90719, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0719;lawcha @duke. edu; http://lawcha.org/.
MEDIA FELLOWSHIP - The Media Mobilizing Project is seeking applicants for the first annual Movement Media Fellowship Program. The Fellow will work with MMP to produce the spring season of Media Mobilizing Project TV. MMPTV is a news and talk show that tells the stories of local communities organizing to win human rights and build a movement to end poverty.
Contact: 4233 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104; 215-821- 9632; milena@media mobilizing.org; http://www.media mobilizing.org/.
RACE - The 7th Facing Race: A National Conference will be held in Dallas, TX November 13-15, 2014. Organizers, educators, artists, funders and everyone interested in racial equity is invited to exchange best practices and learn about innovative models and successful organizing initiatives. Proposals must be submitted by January 24, 2014.
Contact: Race Forward, 32 Broadway, Suite 1801, New York, NY 10004; 212-513-7925; media @raceforward.org; http://race forward.org/.
VETERANS - They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars - The Untold Story, by Ann Jones, is about the journey of veterans from the moment of being wounded in rural Afghanistan to their return home.
Contact: Haymarket Books, PO Box 180165, Chicago, IL 60618; 773-583-7884; http://www.haymarketbooks.org/.
LIBYA - Destroying Libya and World Order: The Three-Decade U.S. Campaign to Terminate the Qaddafi Revolution, by Francis A. Boyle, is a history and critique of American foreign policy from Reagan to Obama.
Contact: Clarity Press, Inc., Ste. 469, 3277 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta, GE 30305; 404-647-6501; email@example.com; http://www. claritypress.com/.
CHILDREN - Fannie and Freddie by Becky Z. Dernbach is about two bumbling villains who gamble away the savings of the people of Homeville.
Contact: fannieandfreddiebook @gmail.com; http://fannieand freddie.org/.
PROTEST/COMIC - Fight the Power!: A Visual History of Protest Among English Speaking Peoples, by Sean Michael Wilson and Benjamin Dickson is a graphic narrative that explains how people have fought against oppression.
Contact: Seven Stories Press, 140 Watts Street, New York, NY 10013; 212-226-8760; info@ sevenstories.com; http://www. sevenstories.com.
CHILDREN - Brave Girl by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Melissa Sweet is the true story of Clara Lemlich, a young Ukrainian immigrant who led the largest strike of women workers in U.S. history.
Contact: http://www.harpercollins childrens.com/Kids/.
FESTIVAL - The 2014 Queer Women of Color Film Festival will be held June 13-15 in San Francisco. The festival is currently accepting submissions until December 31.
Contact: QWOCMAP, 59 Cook Street, San Francisco, CA 94118-3310; 415-752-0868; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.qwocmap.org/.
IRAQ/REFUGEES - Ten years after the U.S.-led war in Iraq, thousands of displaced Iraqi refugees are still facing a crisis in the United States. The Lost Dream follows Nazar and Salam who had to flee Iraq in order to avoid threats by Al- Qaeda-affiliated groups and Iraqi insurgents that consider them “traitors” for supporting U.S. forces in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Contact: Typecast Films, 888- 591-3456; info@type castfilms. com; http://type castfilms.com/.
HUMAN RIGHTS - Lyrical Revolt! III will be held December 4 in Syracuse, NY. The event will feature hip-hop musician Anhel whose album Young, Gifted, and Brown was just released. The event is sponsored by ANSWER Syracuse, Liberation News, and SyracuseHip Hop.com. Performers and artists are encouraged to send submissions.
Contact: email@example.com; http://www.answercoalition.org/syracuse/.
FOLK - Musician Painless Parker has released his album Music for miscreants, malcontents and misanthropes featuring “Fuck Yeah, the Working Class.”
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://painlessparkermusic.com/.
COMEDY - Political comedian Lee Camp’s new album Pepper Spray the Tears Away has been released.