July/August 2016
Volume 29
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However, real change does not come about only through conquering institutions, but through gaining support from a mobilized society. What remains of all our outrage? A regime in crisis, not ready yet to fall, but ready to be reconfigured

Corporate grocery chains are continuing their offensive, with Kroger the latest example. The company wants concessions, even though it doesn’t need them—it’s making record profits and just gave its CEO a handsome raise.

I live in a town of suspenders. The police chief is the current best example. He was just suspended for shooting his buddy in the back

Twenty years ago, none of the pain conditions now presented as requiring opioids would have been presented that way. Nor were between 40 and 52 people a day dying from opioids

The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, has been suspended from her office while she goes on trial by the Senate. If convicted, she would be removed from office, which is what is meant in Brazil by “impeachment.” Anyone, even Brazilians, who have been trying to follow the last several months of political maneuvering may be excused if they are somewhat confused by the many turns this process has taken

On May 15th of every year, for the past 68 years, Palestinians have commemorated their collective exile from Palestine.


You will know our presidents and presidential candidates by the company they keep

Democratic Hillary Clinton supporters got churlish when they heard media reports last spring that Clinton was favored over Donald Trump...
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That Nixon facilitated the ousting of Allende via collusion with the Chilean military and Allende’s political enemies comes as no surprise to students of the American war in Vietnam

In June 1942, a pair of German university students formed the White Rose, a German resistance movement that used a series of leaflets to decry Nazi militarism and call for an end to the war.

Americans understand that Memorial Day, or “Decoration Day,” as my parents called it, has something to do with honoring the nation’s war dead. It is also a day devoted to picnics, road races, commencements, and double-headers. But where did it begin, who created it, and why?

In Los Angeles during the 1992 uprising, many longtime Mexican American residents said, “We’re not the ones rioting, it’s those...
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Sullivan claims that the NYT has and should maintain “abiding attention to society’s have nots.” To the war on labor and decline of labor unions, which they have scanted for years?

The U.S. chose an almost undamaged city full of civilians as the target that would best bring the Japanese to their knees. Now that is something to “ponder,” as Obama suggested, but chose not to do. It doesn’t take much pondering to begin to wonder whether incinerating thousands of civilians might not be a war crime

The devastating wars raging across the Middle East can be explained in large part by America’s commitment to a doctrine of global militarism called “full spectrum dominance

The news is full of tragic and shocking stories of the flight of refugees, such as the 12.6 million Syrians internally or externally displaced and 800 drowned this year in the Aegean sea. Today, more desperate refugees are seeking shelter in Europe than at any time since World War II. According to the United Nations Population Council, there were 232 million international migrants worldwide in 2013


Early in Exposed, his fascinating and disturbing new book on surveillance, social media, and the state, Columbia University legal scholar and critical theorist Bernard Harcourt includes two illustrations

Sally Denton’s book The Profiteers, demonstrates that the Bechtel Corporation—which spent an estimated $6.2 million in political contributions and $6.2 million in lobbying during the last election cycles—should be in the same class of villains.


EVENTS   SOCIALISM – The Socialism Conference is scheduled for July 1-4 in Chicago, featuring talks and panel discussions. Contact:...
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SOCIALISM -The Socialism Conference is scheduled for July 1-4 in Chicago, featuring talks and panel discussions.
Contact: info@socialismconference.org; http://www.socialismconference.org. 

CUBA - The 27th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba is traveling through the US from July 5-15. The Caravan will educate about the important role US citizens can play in lifting the U.S. blockade of Cuba and the travel ban. We will visit congressional offices and invite caravan event organizers and supporters to join us in these meetings.
Contact: https://ifconews.org.

TEACHERS - The Badass Teachers Association (BAT) and many others will convene The People’s March for Education and Social Justice Event July 8-10, in Washington, DC.
Contact: http://www.badassteacher.org/.

AMERICAN-ARAB - The National American-Arab Cultural Festival will take place July 9, in Washington, DC.
Contact: 1990 M Street NW, Suite 610, Washington, DC 20036;  202-244-2990; adc@adc.org. http://www.adc.org/. 

PEACESTOCK - On July 9, the 14th Annual Peacestock: A Gathering for Peace, will take place near Cannon Falls, MN. The event is a mixture of music, speakers and community for peace. Sponsored by Veterans for Peace and others.
Contact: Bill Habedank, 1913 Grandview Ave., Red Wing, MN 55066; 651-388-7733; billhabedank@yahoo.com; http://www.peacestockvfp.org.

SOCIAL FORUM - The Toronto Peoples’ Social Forum, will be held in Toronto, July 10-11.
Contact: http://www.peoplessocialforum.org/. 

BLACK NEW YORK - The Many Worlds of Black New York is a study conference held July 11-15 in New York City by the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University.
Contact: http://www.columbiastsi.com/.

LEONARD PELTIER - The Peltier Justice Ride 2016 will be July 12-24, from Banks, OR to Washington, DC. People can participate in many ways.
Contact: http://www.peltierjustice.com/.

DNC & RNC - Peoples Power Assemblies is organizing Shut Down the RNC & DNC, Build the Movement to Smash Capitalism & Racism, in Cleveland, July 17; and Philadelphia, July 26.
Contact: http://peoplespowerassemblies.org/.

FEMINIST CAMP - Feminist Camp is open to all who are interested in learning more about transforming feminist theory into practice. Camps are scheduled June 5-10 in New York City, and July 18-29 in Amherst, MA.
Contact: http://www.feministcamp.com/.

FREEDOM SCHOOL - The Youth Organizing Institute of North Carolina will be holding the 6th Annual Freedom School, various dates July 19-August 12.
Contact: http://empoweryouthnc.org/. 

WOMEN - The 2016 Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute will be held July 22-31, in Brooklyn, under the theme: You, Me, We: Understanding Internalized Racial Oppression & How it Manifests in Our Artistic Community.
Contact: 718-398-4783; sli@urbanbushwomen.org; https://www.urbanbushwomen.org. 

PEOPLES’ CONVENTION - July 23, The People’s Revolution will convene The People’s Convention in Philadelphia, a grassroots attempt to reclaim democracy by uniting behind a common policy framework, rather than a personality or party.
Contact: https://thepeoplesrevolution. org/the-peoples-convention/.

CLIMATE - Power Shift 2016 will be in Philadelphia, PA, July 23-24; Detroit, MI, August 12-14; Orlando, FL, September 9-11. Power Shift brings young climate leaders together for movement-building organizing skills, shared excitement, and strong relationships needed for a long -term commitment to the grassroots work that will help realize a just, clean energy-powered future.
Contact: http://powershift2016.org/.

LA RAZA - The annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference is scheduled for July 23-26 in Orlando, 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.

CLEAN ENERGY - The March for a Clean Energy Revolution will be July 24, the night before the Democratic Convention, in Philadelphia.
Contact: http://www.cleanenergymarch.org/.

ACTIVIST CAMP - Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp will have sessions in July and August in CA, OR, and NY. YEA Camp is designed for activists 12-17 years old who want to make a difference in the world.
Contact: info@yeacamp.org; http://yeacamp.org/. 

FOLK FESTIVAL - The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival will be held August 5-7, in the Berkshires, NY.
Contact: falcridge@aol.com; http://www.falconridgefolk.com/.

HEALTHCARE - NESRI (National Economic & Social Rights Intiative) and its partners in the Healthcare Is a Human Right Collaborative will hold their annual convening in Portland, Maine, August 5-7. The convening will bring together member-leaders for exchanges and strategic planning sessions between the state Healthcare Is a Human Right campaigns.
Contact: http://healthcareisahumanright.org/.

HIROSHIMA/NAGASAKI - Ground Zero Center’s weekend of events commemorating the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki takes place from August 7-9, and will include a demonstration at one of the entrance gates to the Bangor Trident base on August 8th, and a peace flotilla on Hood Canal adjacent to the Bangor base.
Contact: 16159 Clear Creek Rd. NW, Poulsbo, WA 98370; 360-930-8697; http://www.gzcenter.org/.

SCHOOLS - The Satyagraha Institute: Training Leaders in the Traditions of Nonviolence, will be August 7-19, in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Contact: Satyagraha Institute, c/o Carl Kline, 825 Fourth Street, Brookings, SD 57006; 605-692-8465; info@satyagrahainstitute.org; http://www.satyagrahainstitute.org.

VETERANS/PEACE - Veterans for Peace is holding the 31st annual convention is August 11-15 in Berkeley, CA. This year’s theme is, Peace At Home, Peace Abroad: A Just and Sustainable Future for the World’s Children.
Contact: http://www.vfpnationalconvention.org/.

DISSIDENT ARTS - The Dissident Arts Festival will take place August 13, in New York City. The Dissident Arts Festival is the annual showcase of radical arts and activism, where revolutionary New Music meets Topical Song, Free Jazz, Dissident Poetry, Theatre and Film.
Contact: John Pietaro, 646-599-0060; leftmus@earthlink.net; http://www.dissidentarts.com/.

MEDIA - Alliance for Community Media (ACM) and the National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture (NAMAC) will host a joint conference in Boston, MA, August 18-20.
Contact: http://www.allcommunitymedia.org/annual-conference. 

PEACE - The 18th Annual Kateri Peace Conference: Confronting the Politics of Fear, will be held August 19-20, in upstate New York
Contact: http://kateripeaceconference.org/. 

WOMEN’s  CONFERENCE - The annual Twin Oaks Women’s Gathering will be held August 19-21.
Contact: 138 Twin Oaks Road # W, Louisa, VA 23093; 540-894-5126; twinoaks@ic.org; http://womensgathering.org/. 

CLIMATE JUSTICE - The Rising Tide North American Continental Gathering will be August 31-September 2, in Washington, DC.
Contact: networking@risingtidenorth america.org; http://risingtidenorthamerica.org/. 

VETERANS/ANTI-MIL - The IVAW (Iraq Veterans Against the War) National Convention will be September 2-5, in Stony Point, NY.
Contact: PO Box 3565, New York, 10008-3565; 646-723-0989; http://www.ivaw.org/. 

COMMUNITY CONFERENCE - The annual Twin Oaks Community Conference will be held September 2-5. The conference is committed to equality, participatory government, ecology, and non-violence.
Contact: 138 Twin Oaks Road # W, Louisa, VA 23093; 540-894-5126; twinoaks@ic.org; http://communitiesconference.org/. 

ARTS & CULTURE - The first Kinderland Arts & Activism Festival benefiting Camp Kinderland will take place in Tolland, Massachusetts over Labor Day weekend, September 3-5, 2016. The festival will bring together musicians, artists, and dancers, with activists and organizers for a celebration of art as an agent of peace.
Contact: http://campkinderland.org/festival/about-the-festival/. 

LABOR DAY - The 32nd Annual Bread and Roses Heritage Festival, a celebration of the ethnic diversity and labor history of Lawrence, MA, will be held September 5, in honor of the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike.
Contact: Bread & Roses Heritage, PO Box 1137, Lawrence, MA 01842; 978-794-1655; info@breadandrosesheritage.org; http://www.breadandrosesheritage.org/. 

LGBT - The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) will have its convention September 8-11, in Miami, FL.
Contact: info@nlgja.org; http://nlgja.org/2016. 

OCCUPY WALL STREET - September 17 is the five-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Events are planned in New York City and worldwide.
Contact: http://occuevolve.com; http://www.nycga.net/. 

NATIVE MEDIA - The Native American Journalists Association and others will co-host Excellence In Journalism 2016, September 18-20, in New Orleans, LA.
Contact: NAJA, OU-Gaylord College, 395 W. Lindsey St., Norman, OK 73019-4201; 405-325-1649; http://www.naja.com. 

NONVIOLENCE - Campaign Nonviolence Week is September 18-25. Over 500 marches are being planned worldwide. See the Campaign Nonviolence website for list of events.
Contact: http://paceebene.org/.

NONVIOLENCE - World Beyond War will host a conference September 23-25, with workshops and other trainings, in Washington, DC.
Contact: http://worldbeyondwar.org/.

INDIE PUBLISHING - The Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo (RIPExpo) will be held September 24-25, in Providence. RI.
Contact: ripepvd@gmail.com; http://ripexpo.tumblr.com/. 

MEDIA - The Union for Democratic Communications 2016 conference on media democracy, media activism, and social justice September 29-October 1, in Detroit.
Contact: http://www.democraticcommunications.org/conference/.

LGBTQ - The annual Out On Film Festival will take place September 29-October 6, in Atlanta.
Contact: info@outonfilm.org; http://outonfilm.org/.

STREET BANDS - The 11th Annual HONK! Festival of activist street bands will take place October 7-9, in Somerville, MA.
Contact: HONK! Festival, 100 Jackson Street, Cambridge, MA 02140;  webmaster@honk fest.org;http://honkfest.org/. 

PEACE WALK - The 5th Maine Peace Walk will take place on October 11. The organizing team is made up of individuals who are dedicated to creating a more peaceful, sustainable and just world.
Contact: Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space,  04011; (207) 443-9502; globalnet@mindspring.com; http://www.space4peace.org/. 

RESTORATIVE PRACTICES - The International Institute for Restorative Practicies (IIRP) will host its 21st World Conference, October 24-26, in Bethlehem, PA.
Contact: 610-807-9221; registrar@iirp.edu; http://www.iirp.edu/. 

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