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June 2016
Volume 29
Number 6

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Commentary

The “woman card.” It’s so much nonsense. Donald Trump is merely the latest to accuse a woman of playing identity politics because she, well, actually discussed the fact that the U.S. still has much to improve in terms of gender equality.

There’s only one way to make sure no more young girls are body-slammed by uniformed officers

Rev. Daniel Berrigan, the renowned anti-war activist, award-winning poet, author and Jesuit priest, who inspired religious opposition to the Vietnam war and later the U.S. nuclear weapons industry, died at age 94, just a week shy of his 95th birthday

The Panama Papers show us, once again, that capitalism is a system of absolute greed. It is a system where capitalist governments help their mates to hide their income and wealth while all the time businesses pretend they are paying their “fair share” of taxes.

On the night of April 22, three days after the presidential primary, seven words buried at the end of a Times Union blog let slip the fact that Sanders had won the 20th Congressional district

In just over a dozen words, the paper managed not only to trivialize everything two presidential candidates stood for, and not only to reference the myth that Nader caused Al Gore to lose an election he didn’t in fact lose, but also to obliterate the last six months of a presidential campaign that had permanently shaken up the political status quo

Features

The global war on terror sledgehammer strategy has spread jihadi terror from a tiny corner of Afghanistan to much of the world, from Africa through the Levant and South Asia to Southeast Asia. It has also incited attacks in Europe and the United States. The invasion of Iraq made a substantial contribution to this process, much as intelligence agencies had predicted

The United States has been intervening and fighting wars abroad almost continuously since World War II. This has involved frequent aggressions, using standard definitions of the word, with many of them extremely destructive. But these cannot be designated “aggression” in our well-honed propaganda system

The recent 0.5 percent growth rate is the latest in a steady declining U.S. GDP growth trend over the past year.

The official Pentagon budget for 2015 was $596 billion, but actual spending is far higher.

By now, I can tell that the kids are truly paying attention, so I let it all out. “The Taliban had surrendered a few months before I arrived in Afghanistan in late 2002, but that wasn’t good enough for our politicians back home and the generals giving the orders. Our job was to draw people back into the fight.”

Sounds a little like a joke (and in a sense it is): Two U.S. senators introduce a resolution based on fraudulent representations of reality, seeking to make the president insist that the Saudis bomb fewer civilians in Yemen

New information emerged recently about toxic contamination from chemicals used to manufacture Teflon pots and pans and many other consumer, military, and industrial products

Never underestimate the global myopia and indifference that lurks beneath the surface of the United States’ supposedly Leftist higher educational system

Activism

What are the systemic challenges to democratic and equitable control over public space? What kind of popular mobilizations can build towards systemic alternatives guaranteeing the human right to housing?

Reviews

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.

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WHISTLEBLOWING - June 1-7 is International Week to Support Whistleblowing. Events and actions are planned all over the world.

Contact: Stand Up For Truth, c/o Institute for Public Accuracy, 980 National Press Building, Washington, DC 20045; 202-347-0020’ dcinstitute@igc.org; http://standupfortruth.org.

JUSTICE - The Justice Conference will be held in Chicago, June 3-4. The Justice Conference is an annual national primary conference that seeks to educate, inspire and connect people around a shared concern for biblical and social justice, the vulnerable and oppressed.

Contact: http://thejusticeconference.com/.

BIKES - Bikes Not Bombs is holding its 29th annual Bike-A-Thon in Boston, MA on June 5.

Contact: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-522-0222; mail@bikesnotbombs.org; www.bikesnotbombs.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/.

PEACE - The Ohio Peace Festival will be June 6-14, in various parts of Ohio. The Ohio Peace Festival is a celebration of community, unity, and peace in all its forms. Emphasizing events by the people of Ohio for the people of Ohio, the Festival focuses on peaceful collaboration within and among communities.

Contact: 1501 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH, 43201; 614-327-8389; ohiopeacecollaborative@gmail.com; http://www.ohiopeace.com/.

RADIO - The 40th Annual National Federation of Community Broadcasters Community Media Conference will be held June 8-11, in Denver, CO, with break-out sessions, two keynotes, affinity group summits, panel discussions and tours around the host city.

Contact: 1101 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20004; 202-756-2268; comments @nfcb.org; http://www.nfcb.org/.

PEACE CONFERENCE - Peace, Justice and Security is an international conference on conflict resolution and festival hosted in Columbus, OH, June 8-13.

Contact: http://www.creducation.org/.

CLASS - The Center for Study of Working Class Life at SUNY Stony Brook will host the How Class Works 2016 conference at Stony Brook: June 9-11, 2016.

Contact: michael.zweig@stonybrook.edu; http://www.stonybrook.edu/workingclass/; http://www.stonybrook.edu/workingclass/.

WOMEN/PODCAST - Werk It: A Women’s Podcast Festival will be held June 15-17, in New York City.

Contact: http://www.wnyc.org/werkit/.

JUNETEENTH - June 16 is Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the announcement of the end of slavery in Texas and in the rest of the U.S. through the Emancipation Proclamation; June 19 is Juneteenth Independence Day.

Contact: http://nationaljuneteenth.com/Juneteenth_Movement.html.

MEDIA - The 18th annual Allied Media Conference will be held June 16-19, in Detroit. Held every summer, the conference brings together a community of people using media to incite change: filmmakers, radio producers, technologists, youth organizers, writers, entrepreneurs, musicians, dancers, and artists.

Contact: Allied Media Projects, 4126 Third St., Detroit, MI 48201; 313-718-2267; http://alliedmedia.org/.

VEGAN FEST - The annual Mad City Vegan Fest will be held in Madison, WI, June 18. The annual event features food, speakers, and exhibitors.

Contact: 122 State Street, Suite 405 B, Madison, WI 53701; madcityveganfest@gmail.com; http://veganfest.org/.

SOCIALISM - The Socialism 2015 Conference is scheduled for July 1-4 in Chicago, featuring talks and panel discussions.

Contact: info@socialismconference.org; http://www.socialismconference.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.

SEX WORK - The 6th National Desiree Alliance Conference will be July 10-15, in New Orleans, under the theme: The Sex Workers Rights Movement: Addressing Justice. Desiree Alliance organizes conferences to provide leadership and create space for sex workers and supporters to come together to advocate for human, labor and civil rights for all workers in the sex industry.

Contact: info@desireealliance.org; http://desireealliance.org/wordpress/conference/.

SOCIAL FORUM - The Toronto Peoples’ Social Forum, a grassroots Peoples’ Social Forum, will be held in Toronto, July 10-11.

Contact: http://www.peoplessocialforum.org/.

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/.

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.

NETROOTS - The annual Netroots Nation conference will take place July 14-17, in St. Louis, MO, with writers, social justice advocates, labor and organizational leaders, grassroots organizers and online activists.

Contact: Netroots Nation, 1559B Sloat Blvd #316, San Francisco,CA 94132; http://www.netrootsnation.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.

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/.

FOOD/MONSANTO - July 27 is Korean Armistice Day. Commemoration events are planned nationwide.

Contact: http://www.veteransforpeace.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/.

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.

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@risingtidenorthamerica.org; http://risingtidenorthamerica.org/.

 

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