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The TPP would encourage further out-sourcing and job and tax revenue loss, a further weakening of labor’s bargaining power, windfalls for the wealthy from enhanced copyright and patent protection, along with reduced government revenue for social spending

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Not only does the conventional wisdom in U.S. media blame the bloody exploits of IS on the region itself, as if the U.S. and western interventionism are not, in any way, factors at least worth pondering


According to a report by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, “At least 2,464 people have now been killed by U.S. drone strikes outside the country’s declared war zones [Afghanistan and Iraq] since President Barack Obama’s inauguration six years ago.”


An emerging big irony of United States of America v. Jeffrey Alexander Sterling is that the government has harmed itself in the process of gunning for the defendant


Drones are on the verge of being able to stay in the air for weeks and maybe months on end. They can not only have weapons for shredding people like a giant disposal might, but also super cameras


When Clarke invokes the “front page rule,” it seems to be his acknowledgement that peace protesters like members of Code Pink play a valuable role informing public opinion. Believing that the means you use determines the end you get, they hold out for alternatives to war and killing


The proper definition of terrorism, often forgotten, is not only inflicting violence on civilians but doing so in order to...
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Greece and Syriza have not sold out. To declare such is premature at best and counterproductive politically at worst. Yes, Greece blinked at the February 28 deadline. If it hadn’t what would have been the consequences?


The reality in most cases is that there are many in-between or other alternative options, not just two mutually exclusive ones…. There are two ways in which one can commit a false dilemma. First, one can assume that there are only two (or three, though that case is strictly speaking be a ‘false trilemma’) options when there really are many more


By late June 2015, the Supreme Court will decide whether the U.S. Constitution recognizes the right to same-sex marriage. Although same-sex marriage is a true culture war issue, the chances are good that the Court will extend marriage rights to gays and lesbians.

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Syria was shaped by the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement (in which Britain and France divided up things that didn’t belong to either of them), the 1917 Balfour Declaration (in which Britain promised Zionists land it didn’t own, and the 1920 San Remo Conference at which Britain, France, Italy, and Japan used rather arbitrary lines to create the French Mandate of Syria and Lebanon, the British Mandate of Palestine (including Jordan), and the British Mandate of Iraq.


Journalists have described how the fumes from burning trash settled over the Ballad air base like fog, and how soldiers would try to filter out some of the pollution by placing wet towels over air-conditioning intakes at night, which would turn black by the morning.


It doesn’t matter who has been in the White House—Barack Obama or Teddy Roosevelt—the U.S. will not tolerate countries with governments and cultures that put the needs of their own people first and refuse to promote or succumb to U.S. demands and pressures.


This book, with this central theme, could not have appeared at a more appropriate moment. The United States government has initiated a program, planned to extend over several years, to celebrate the Vietnam War


Can a dedicated socialist have a significant impact on American life? Lauren Coodley’s biography of prominent socialist novelist and agitator Upton Sinclair shows that, with a lot of talent and fortitude, that kind of influence is possible


When Rudolf Rocker’s Nationalism and Culture was released in 1937, it was hailed by no less an assemblage of luminaries than Albert Einstein, Bertrand Russell, and Thomas Mann. The historian Will Durant called it “magnificent” and “profound,” and even the New Republic gave it a positive notice


Co-operatives—not to be flippant—are big business. They exist in 100 countries, have more than 800 million members, and provide some 100 million jobs. Co-ops market half the world’s agricultural production, and 120 million people in 87 countries go to credit unions for their banking and financial services needs. Health care co-operatives service some 100 million people in more than 50 countries. In the U.S. alone, some 30,000 co-ops provide over 2 million jobs


The song “Strange Fruit” lives on as legendary poetry and music that makes perhaps the strongest argument against race hatred of any artwork. Though it will forever be associated with Billie Holiday, the piece’s relevance calls for it to be renewed and relived, over the course of generations and, likewise, struggles.


The radical left in Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador enshrines participatory democracy in their constitutions; and it rejects the state-centered strategy of the old left. It also repudiates neo-liberalism


MISSION Z MAGAZINE is an independent magazine of critical thinking on political, cultural, social, and economic life in the U.S....
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ABORTION - The 29th annual conference, From Abortion to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom, will be held April 10-12 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.

Contact: Civil Liberties and Public Policy, 893 West Street, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA 01002; 413-559-6976; [email protected]; http://clpp.hampshire.edu/conference.

COLONIALISM/ANTI-BLACKNESS - Otherwise Worlds: Against Settler Colonialism and Anti-blackness Conference is a conversation and intellectual & political exchange between Native Studies and Black Studies, focusing on how anti-Black racism intersects with settler colonial logics. April 10, at the University of California, Riverside.

Contact: 900 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92521; 951-827-1012; http://ideasandsociety.ucr.edu/conferences/otherwise_worlds.

MILITARY SPENDING - April 13 is a Global Day of Action on Military Spending. Events are planned worldwide.

Contact: http://demilitarize.org/.

RACISM/POLICE - On April 13 Justice League NYC and others will march from New York City to Washington, DC to demand Congress act on legislation to end racial profiling, demilitarize police forces, and invest in communities.

Contact: The Gathering for Justice, 310 West 43rd Street, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10036; http://march2justice.com.

WOMEN TECH & CULTURE - AdaCamp Montreal, the 7th AdaCamp, will be held April 13-14 in Montreal, Quebec. The conference is dedicated to increasing women’s participation in open technology and culture.

Contact: [email protected]; http://adainitiative.org/2015/01/.

BLACK LIVES MATTER - The New York Justice League will #March2Justice, from New York City to Washington, DC, beginning April 13, stopping in cities and towns along the route for rallies and mobilizations, demanding that Congress act on legislation to end racial profiling, demilitarize police forces and invest in communities.

Contact: http://www.gatheringforjustice.org/.

BLACK LIVES MATTER - The Stop Mass Incarceration Network (SMIN) has called for a national strike on April 14 to stop police murder.

Contact: 347-979-7646; [email protected]; www.stopmassincarceration.net.

VIETNAM/VETERANS - Veterans For Peace Annual Tour To Viet Nam will be April 16-May 2. The mission of the tour is to address the legacies of America’s war, as well as tour a beautiful country and form lasting ties of friendship and peace.

Contact: 216 South Meramec Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63105; 314-725-6005; [email protected]; http://www.veteransforpeace.org/.

ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR - The 9th Annual New York City Anarchist Book Fair will be held in its original site at Judson Memorial Church, April 18, bringing publishes, designers, writers, artists, musicians and activists from all over North America to Greenwich Village, one of the birthplaces of the anarchist movement.

Contact: [email protected]; http://anarchistbookfair.net/.

CLIMATE - Global Climate Convergence is organizing two days of action - Mother Earth Day (April 22) and May Day (May 1) - including civil disobedience, boycotts and creative community alternatives, building towards the first People’s Global Climate Strike in December 2015 in solidarity with the Paris UN Climate protests.

Contact: [email protected]; http://globalclimateconvergence.org/.

NUCLEAR WEAPONS - A call to action has been issued by a number of organizations for April in NYC just before the UN’s Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference (April 28–May 9), held every five years, to protest the lack of progress in getting rid of nuclear weapons.

Events include an international conference (April 24-25), a mass march to the UN followed by a rally and peace festival (April 26), an Interfaith Service for Nuclear Weapons Abolition.

Contact: 718-768-7306; [email protected]

EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP - The 29th Annual Ohio Employee Ownership Conference will be held April 29 in Akron, OH. The Conference is directed towards business owners, current employee owners, and economic & community development professionals.

Contact: 330-672-3028; [email protected]; http://oeockent.org/.

ETHNIC STUDIES - The 2015 conference of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association will be held April 30 - May 3, in Toronto, with the theme: “Sovereignties and Colonialisms: Resisting Racism, Extraction and Dispossession.”

Contact: PO Box 20581, Seattle, WA 98102; https://www.criticalethnicstudies.org.

MAY DAY - May 1 is May Day. Workers of the world will celebrate the 125th anniversary of International Worker’s Day. Born out of a call for an eight-hour workday in the United States, this day is an opportunity for all workers to show their solidarity with one another, as well as to renew the call for labor rights.

MEDIA - The Union for Democratic Communications 2015 conference on media democracy, media activism and social justice to be held May 1-3 at the University of Toronto.

Contact: http://udc2015.wordpress.com/.

WORKERS / FILM - The 4th Annual Workers Unite Film Festival will be May 1-22, in New York City.

Contact: http://www.workersunitefilmfestival.org/.

MARIJUANA - On May 2, the first Saturday in May, marijuana legalization activists will hold informational and educational events, rallies and marches in over 300 cities around the world.

Contact: http://cannabisparade.org/.

HUMAN RIGHTS - The Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center and the U.S. Human Rights Network will present the 10th Annual Human Rights Institute, May 7-9.

Contact: 123 William Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10038; 646-459-3031; [email protected]; http://www.urbanjustice.org/.

ANTIWAR - The “Stop the Wars at Home & Abroad” conference will be May 8-10, in Secaucus, NJ, hosted bt the United National Antiwar Coalition.

Contact: PO Box 123, Delmar, NY 12054; 518-227-6947; [email protected]; https://www.unacpeace.org/.

MOTHER'S DAY - The 19th Annual Mother's Day Walk For Peace will be May 10, in Dorchester, MA.

Contact: http://mothersdaywalk4peace.org/.

MALCOLM X - May 19th is the birthday of Malcolm X. Calls have been issued for a holiday, Claim Malcolm X Day, to celebrate the birthday of a freedom fighter.

Contact: [email protected]

FEMINISM/SCI-FI - The feminist science fiction convention WisCon 39 is scheduled for May 22-25 in Madison, WI.

Contact: WisCon, SF3, PO Box 1624, Madison, WI 53701; [email protected]; http://www.wiscon.info/.

MULTICULTURE- The 28th annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) will take place May 26-30, in Washington, DC. Student scholarships are available.

Contact: SWCHRS, 3200 Marshall Avenue, Suite 290, Norman, OK 73072; 405-325-3694; [email protected]; www.ncore.ou.edu.

CLASS/INEQUALITY - The Fighting Inequality: Clase, Race, and Power conference will be presented by the Labor and Working-Class Association, and the Working-Class Studies Association. May 28-31, at Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

Contact: LAWCHA, 226 Carr Building (East Campus), Box 90719, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0719; [email protected]; http://lawcha.org; http://fightinginequality.org/.

LEFT FORUM - The 2015 Left Forum will be held May 29-31, at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

Contact: 212-817-2003; [email protected]; http://www.leftforum.org.

MOUNTAINTOP - The 10th Annual Mountain Justice Summer Camp will be held May 30-June 7, in Charleston, WV. It will be a week of workshops, field trips to view Mountain Top Removal coal mines, direct actions, and service project.

Contact: Mountain Justice, PO Box 86, Naoma, WV 25140; http://mountainjustice.org.

JUSTICE - The Justice Conference 2015 will be held in Chicago, June 5-6. The Justice Conference is an annual national primary conference that seeks to educate, inspire and connect a generation of men and women around a shared concern for biblical and social justice, the vulnerable and oppressed.

Contact: http://thejusticeconference.com/.

BIKES - Bikes Not Bombs is holding its 28th annual Bike-A-Thon in Boston, MA on June 7.

Contact: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-522-0222; [email protected]; www.bikesnotbombs.org.

MEDIA - The 17th annual Allied Media Conference will be held June 18-21, in Detroit.

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

FILM / LGBTQX / PALESTINE - The Outside the Frame: Queers for Palestine Film Festival will be held June 19-21, in San Francisco.

Contact: [email protected]; http://outsidetheframefest.org.

US SOCIAL FORUM - The United States Social Forum will meet June 24-28 in Jackson, MI; June 24-27 in San Jose, CA; and June 25-28 in Philadelphia, PA.

Contact: USSF 2010, Detroit, MI 48226; [email protected]; http://www.ussocialforum.net.

YOUTH/INCARCERATION - The Second Chance Conference: A Time To Act, will be held June 26, in Toronto.

Contact: [email protected]; http://www.secondchanceconference.com/.

VEGAN FEST - The 5th annual Mad City Vegan Fest will be held in Madison, WI, June 27. The annual event features food, speakers, and exhibitors.

Contact: 122 State Street, Suite 405 B, Madison, WI 53701; [email protected]; http://veganfest.org/.


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