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Zaps - 07-08/10
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Zaps - July-August 2010
RAINBOW CAMP - The 2010 Rainbow Gathering is scheduled for July 1-7 in Pennsylvania. Advocating for a more inclusive United States National Forest, the event creates an unofficial, temporary eco-city in the wilderness, complete with kitchens, plumbing, medical care, sanitation, and childcare, and culminates with an elaborate prayer for World Peace.
DISARMAMENT SUMMER - Think Outside the Bomb, a youth-led network for nuclear abolition in the U.S., is conducting a national tour, with stops in cities throughout the south and west, culminating in a convergence and encampment on San Ildefonso Pueblo land near Los Alamos, New Mexico, July 30 through August 9.
EXHIBIT - “Out of the Closet and Into the Street: Posters of LGBT Struggles & Celebration” will be on display at the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum in West Hollywood July 3 through September 26.
CARAVAN - The 21st annual Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba is scheduled for July 3 through August 3. 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.
TRAINING - An Earth Activist Training for “social permaculture” is scheduled for July 3-17 in Bellingham, Washington. Co-taught by Starhawk, with guest teachers Bill Aal and Margo Adair of Tools for Change, this course offers a design certificate with a focus on organizing, activism, and social justice.
PEACE CAMP - Peace of the Action is planning a Summer Camp OUT NOW with Cindy Sheehan from July 4-17 in Washington, DC, featuring direct action and educational events opposed to U.S. occupation and war.
COMMUNITY MEDIA - The Alliance for Community Media 2010 National Conference is scheduled for July 7-10 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 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.
ANTI-WAR - A National Antiwar Conference is scheduled for July 23-25 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albany, New York.
BIKE4PEACE - Former Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney will join others from Bike4Peace in a cross-country tour departing San Francisco on July 24 and arriving in Washington, DC on September 22, World Car-Free Day, for a Critical Mass bike convergence.
EDUCATION FORUM - The Rouge Forum 2010, Education in the Public Interest, will be held at George Williams College conference center in Williams Bay, Wisconsin from August 2-5.
CHIAPAS - The independent collective, Chiapas Against The Grain, is offering programs to learn Spanish and Tsotsil in a socio-cultural context, with visits to different projects, themed discussions, and videos, August 2-13 or August 16-27, with a July 15 registration deadline.
CO-OPS - The 2010 National Worker Cooperative Conference is scheduled for August 6-9 at Clark Kerr Conference Center at UC Berkeley, 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 - The Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE) 4-day workshop/retreat istitled “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, 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.
ARTIVIST - The 7th Annual Artivist Film Festival & Artivist Awards, dedicated to addressing human rights, children’s advocacy, environmental preservation, and animal rights is scheduled for October 5-9 in Hollywood, California.
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 that are both practical to the vast majority while moving us towards the goal of socialism?” Deadline: July 31.
SUPPORT - MediaChannel.org, founded in 2000 by Danny Schechter and Rory O’Connor to inspire debate, collaboration, action, and citizen engagement, is struggling through a financial crisis. It has been kept alive through fundraisers of late, but is now asking for creative ideas, as well as financial support to keep going in a difficult media environment.
MIGRANTS - The documentary Which Way Home investigates the personal side of immigration as child migrants from Mexico and Central America risk everything to make it to the U.S. riding freight trains.
NEWS SHORTS - In Big Noise Dispatches 06, the latest installment of the Dispatches shorts news series on DVD, Jeremy Scahill investigates Blackwater’s role in the Nisur Square massacre, Greg Palast tracks American debt speculators to Liberia, and the resurgent white power movement in America, and East St. Louis de-industrialization are all explored.
RACE - In a lecture based on his book Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity (City Lights, 2010), activist and author Tim Wise discusses the pitfalls of “colorblindness” in the Obama era and argues for deeper color-consciousness in both public and private practice.
ACORN - In Seeds of Change: The Story of ACORN, America’s Most Controversial Antipoverty Community Organizing Group, John Atlas chronicles past ACORN campaigns to organize unions, fight the subprime mortgage crisis, promote living wages, struggle for affordable housing, and help Hurricane Katrina’s survivors.
BODY IMAGE - Ancient Bodies, Modern Lives: How Evolution Has Shaped Women’s Health by anthropologist Wenda Trevathan explores a range of women’s health issues viewed through an evolutionary lens.
CIVIL RIGHTS - In Freedom Summer: The Savage Season that Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy, Bruce Watson offers a moment-by-moment account of the historic 1964 campaign, based on letters, diaries, and interviews with participants and residents.
Contact: Penguin Group, Viking Adult, 375 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014; 212-366-2000; www.us.penguingroup.com.
FOREIGN POLICY - Hopes and Prospects is a collection of lectures and essays from the past few years by Noam Chomsky, which survey the dangers and possibilities, from Latin American progressivism to U.S. delusions of exceptionalism.
GRAMSCI - The biography Antonio Gramsci by Antonio A. Santucci (preface by Eric J. Hobsbawm; translated by Graziella DiMauro with Salvatore Engel-DiMauro) offers a synthesis of the Italian philosopher/political theorist’s life and thought.
MAPS - Following up on his earlier book, The Power of Maps, Denis Wood’s new Rethinking the Power of Maps describes how cartography facilitated the rise of the modern state, demystifies hidden assumptions of mapmaking, and explores the promises and limitations of diverse counter-mapping practices today.
MINERS - In When Miners March by William C. Blizzard, the epic West Virginia Mine Wars is explored, the largest open and armed rebellion in U.S. history.
NIGERIA - A Swamp Full of Dollars: Pipelines and Paramilitaries at Nigeria’s Oil Frontier by Michael Peel reveals the confrontations between oil companies, villagers, and rebels within the largest U.S. trading partner in sub-Saharan Africa.
Contact: Lawrence Hill Books, Chicago Review Press, 814 N. Franklin St., Chicago, IL 60610; 312-337-0747; www.chicagoreviewpress.com.
PAST PEACENIKS - In her new book, War No More: The Antiwar Impulse in American Literature, 1861-1914, Cynthia Wachtell reveals the buried history of prominent Americans questioning the morality of warfare, including Melville, Whitman, Hawthorne, and Twain.
PROTEST - Protest Nation: Words That Inspired a Century of American Radicalism, edited by Timothy Patrick McCarthy and John McMillian, brings together the historic speeches, letters, broadsides, essays, and manifestos of American dissidents.
Contact: The New Press, 38 Greene Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10013; 212-629-8802; www.thenewpress.com.
U.S. INVASION OF IRAQ - In Blood On Our Hands: The American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq, Nicolas J.S. Davies takes apart the wall of propaganda surrounding one of history’s most significant military disasters and most serious international crimes.
Contact: Nimble Books, 1521 Martha Ave., Ann Arbor MI 48103; www.nimblebooks.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: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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; 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; 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; 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 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; firstname.lastname@example.org; 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: email@example.com; http://yeacamp.org/.