SHAKING THE TREE
The Budget & Ecological Crisis
Edward S. Herman
GAY & LESBIAN COMMUNITY NOTES
Same-Sex Marriage And AIDS
The Road to Marriage Equality
Violence in Mexico
Beyond the Tea Party
Resisting Resource Colonialism
Housing and Health
Emerging Labor Responses
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ANARCHY FEST - The sixth annual Victoria Anarchist Book fair is scheduled for September 10 and 11, in
Contact: info@victoriaanarchist bookfair.ca; www.victoriaanarchist bookfair.ca.
GATHERING/PROTEST - The National Gathering of the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) has scheduled protest actions for September 13 in
RACISM - The 17th annual Anti-Racist Action Network Conference will take place Saturday, September 17, in
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; southside email@example.com; antiracistaction.org.
MILITARY SPENDING - The Progressive Democrats of America are hosting the “Military Industrial Complex at 50” conference in
Contact: micat50cville.org; www.pdamerica.org.
BOOK FAIR - The Twin Cities Anarchist Book fair is scheduled for September 16-18 in
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; tcanarchist.org.
PEACE DAY - September 21 is the UN’s International Day of Peace. The UN’s website features a worldwide calendar of events throughout the month promoting peace and opposing violence and war in diverse places worldwide, including
Contact: www.internationaldayofpeace.org; international dayofpeace.org/participate/events_calendar.html.
CLIMATE - “Moving Planet,” a climate action day, is planned for Saturday, September 24. The carbon/climate connection group 350.org has registered events and teach-ins worldwide to promote moving away from fossil fuels, and to demand government action on climate issues, including
CLASS WAR - “The War on the Working Class” is the title of a conference scheduled for October 1 at
Contact: Union for Radical Political Economics, Gordon Hall,
OCCUPATION - Inspired by the courageous, nonviolent uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Greece, Spain, and elsewhere, over 50 populist organizations and thousands of activists have joined the October 2011 movement and are planning protests on October 6 at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC. The event will begin with a concert and rally at noon, with the stated goal “to kick off massive sustained occupation and nonviolent civil resistance to rampant corporatism and militarism.”
OCCUPATION - United for Peace and Justice (UJP)-
Contact: email@example.com; justicewithpeace.org.
POLICE BRUTALITY-October 22 is the National Day Against Police Brutality. The October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation will have various events around the country.
Contact: october22-ny.org; www.october22.org.
GREEN FESTIVAL - Green Festivals are scheduled for
SPACE FOR PEACE - The annual International Days of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space is scheduled for October 1-8. Resources to help plan educational events or demonstrations are available online and by request. Participants include United Against Drones (U.S./UK), and the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.space4peace.org; unitedagainstdrones.wordpress.com.
TEACHERS - The 11th annual conference, “Teaching for Social Justice-The Power of Community” will be held Sunday, October 9 from 9 AM to 5 PM at
Contact: Teachers for Social Justice,
PEACE CONFERENCE - The Gandhi-King Conference on Peacemaking (GKC) and the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) will hold their first annual jointly-sponsored event, “A Living Movement: Toward a World of Peace, Solidarity, and Justice,” on October 21-23, at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN. The conference includes workshops, presentations, papers, and other community-building events.
Contact: email@example.com; www.gandhikingconference. org.
LABOR - United Workers, a National Economic & Social Rights Initiative (NESRI) partner, has organized the first Fair Development Conference in
Contact: conference@united workers.org; www.nesri.org.
MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION - The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) will host its 21st annual conference in
Contact: name@NAMEorg.org; nameorg.org.
RESISTERS - The National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee (NWTRCC) is holding the “Nuclear Weapons: Don’t Buy Them, Don’t Own Them,” conference in
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.nwtrcc.org.
DIRECT ACTION - The annual November vigil to protest the School of the
Contact: SOA Watch,
CLASS - The Center for Study of Working Class Life has announced the “How Class Works-2012 Conference,” to be held at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, July 7-9, 2012. Proposals for papers, presentations, and sessions are welcome until December 12, 2011.
Contact: Center for Study of Working Class Life, Dept. of Economics, SUNY at Stony Brook,
WORKSHOP - The University of Wisconsin Extension School for Workers presents a two-day workshop for union activists on September 14 and 15. This innovative new class, featuring and designed by internationally renowned labor cartoonist Mike Konopacki, will help labor leaders and other activists understand how art can become an important tool in mobilizing. We will address such questions as how do we tap the artistic talent among our members, how do we utilize the power that art has to parody our opponents, and how can we utilize art to get more rank and file involvement in our organizations? The class offers hands-on-training for the artistically inclined and for those who are not.
Contact: www.solidarity.com/hk cartoons/Artmobilization.html
TRAINING - The
Contact: Register at afgj.org or email email@example.com for more information.
RACISM - In a revised and expanded third edition, Paul Kivel’s Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice, offers instruction for white people to understand and stand up to racism.
Contact: New Society Publishers,
YOUNG LORDS PARTY - Haymarket Books reissues the long- out-of-print Palante, the first book by and about the Young Lords Party in
Contact: Haymarket Books,
RADICAL HISTORY - Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times is the story of some of the 1960’s most important groups. Authors Amy Sonnie and James Tracy tell a deeply-sourced narrative history of the groups JOIN, the Young Patriots, Rising Up Angry, White Lightning, and the October 4th Organization.
Contact: MelvilleHouse Publishing,
VENEZUELA - In The Revolution in Venezuela: Social and Political Change under Chavez, a range of authors consider the nature of social change in contemporary Venezuela and explore a number of themes to elucidate the sources of the nation’s political polarization.
CLIMATE CHANGE - Kivalina: A Climate Change Story is a muckraking account of the peril faced by one small village in
Contact: Haymarket Books,
EPIDEMIC - While outbreaks of the spruce beetle have occurred over the years, Empire of the Beetle: How Human Folly and a Tiny Bug Are Killing North America’s Great Forests asserts that misguided science, out-of-control logging, bad public policy, 100 years of fire suppression, and climate change have released the world’s oldest forest manager from all natural constraints.
Contact: Claire McKinney,
WHISTLEBLOWING - No Fear: A Whisteblower’s Triumph Over Corruption and Retaliation at the EPA, is a new book by Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, a seminal figure in modern civil liberties legislation. Coleman-Ade bayo presents an account of her grassroots fight against the EPA’s persistent bigotry.
Contact: Independent Publishers Group,
RELIGION - Prophetic Encounters: Religion and the American Radical Tradition, offers a history of the relationship between religion and the movements for social change in
Contact: Beacon Press,
ACTIVISM - Sojourning for Freedom portrays pioneering black women activists from the early twentieth century through the 1970s, focusing on their participation in the U.S. Communist Party (CPUSA) between 1919 and 1956. Author Erik S. McDuffie considers how women from diverse locales and backgrounds became radicalized, joined the CPUSA, and advocated a pathbreaking politics committed to black liberation, women’s rights, decolonization, economic justice, peace, and international solidarity.
Contact: Duke University Press,
ANTHROPOLOGY - Weaponizing Anthropology details the rapid militarization of anthropology and incursions by the CIA and other intelligence agencies onto American university campuses after 9/11. Author David Price combines his expertise of the history of anthropologists’ collaborations with military and intelligence agencies with an activist stance opposing current efforts to weaponize anthropology in global counterinsurgency campaigns.
Contact: AK Press, 3500 Parkdale Ave, Building 1, Suite 3, Baltimore, MD 21211; 410-878- 7706; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.akpress.org.
CAPITALISM - In Anti-Capitalism, activist and scholar Ezequiel Adamovsky debunks the assumption that though capitalism is flawed, it is the best system we have. Adamovsky details the struggle against rising corporate power as it unfolds in academia, in radical newspapers, and in villages and cities.
Contact: Seven Stories Press,
DISSENT - Hell No: Your Right To Dissent in 21st-Century
Contact: The New Press,
ECONOMICS - The Flaw tells the story of the credit bubble that caused the financial crash of 2008, and explains how excessive income inequality leads to economic instability.
Contact: Bullfrog Films,
NUTRITION - Got the Facts on Milk? is a partly-animated documentary that questions the popular belief in the health benefits of milk. The film addresses questions about dairy’s role in cancer, osteoporosis, asthma; as well as economic, ethical and environmental considerations.
Contact: Evolotus PR; 818-783-0569; www. evolotuspr.com; milkdocumentary.com/trailer.
Contact: Bullfrog Films,
PUBLIC EDUCATION - New DVDs for the National Educators’ Conference to Fight Back for Public Education offered by Labor Beat include Fighting The Banks, Community/Teacher Collaborations, Lessons from Madison, Wisconsin, and Defending Public Education in the USA.
Contact: Labor Beat, 37 S. Ashland,
FOOD - Based on the recent decision by the Olympia (WA) Food Co-op to boycott Israeli products, Challenging Power is an independently produced documentary from Johan Genberg (From the Edge of the Blade).
Contact: Trickle Up Films; 360-866-8644; email@example.com; www.trickleupfilms.org/challenging-power.
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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/.