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Within a matter of months, the U.S. government seems likely to become the only nation in the world still rejecting the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child


The Obama administration released its draft five-year plan for oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf and for the first time it includes waters off the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, But environmental advocates blasted it for putting coastal ecosystems and economies at risk.

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First, let’s be clear on some points. Islam set in motion a system to abolish slavery over 1,200 years before the slave trade reached its peak in the western world. First, let’s be clear on some points. Islam set in motion a system to abolish slavery over 1,200 years before the slave trade reached its peak in the western world. Freeing the slaves, who were owned by pagan Arab tribes, was a recurring theme in the Koran


Hypocrisy runs deep in the imperialist and colonial-settler states. The United States has regularly and deliberately bombed and killed journalists in states under attack, including Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan, among others


Information about the CIA program only reached the public because Risen took the risk of putting it in a book.


Two years have passed since one of the great political and social thinkers of our time Stephane Hessel died. Hessel...
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Twenty-one years ago, in January 1994, the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) captured the world’s imagination when it rose up to demand justice and democracy for the indigenous people of Chiapas, taking on the Mexican government and global capitalism itself. The EZLN is named after Emiliano Zapata, a hero of the Mexican Revolution


Arguably, no other country thus far in the 21st Century raises the question of an “exit strategy” from neoliberal capitalism more concretely, and with greater possibility and hope, than Bolivia


In the United States, however, American Indian names and logos—appropriated from indigenous people the U.S. military and white settlers largely exterminated in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries—persist in professional, collegiate, and high school athletics and also in the military


Would you want to change places with a despised war criminal? Would you really like to change places with John McCain or Henry Kissinger? With Dick Cheney or George Bush or Donald Rumsfeld or any of hundreds of other predators still at large?


Abdullah Al-Arian is Assistant Professor of History at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar


Doing History from the Bottom Up turns standard academic method upside down


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AIPAC/ISRAEL - CODEPINK and partner organizations will Shut Down AIPAC on March 1, in Washington, DC.

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

DRONES - March 4-6, a national mobilization is planned at Creech Drone Base in Nevada, to shut down assassin drone operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen. Sponsored by CODEPINK: Women for Peace, Nevada Desert Experience, Veterans for Peace and Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

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

GENDER  - The Remember the Triangle Fire Coalition connects individuals and organizations with the 1911 Triangle Factory Fire, and will host a symposium and book launch of Betty A. Rearson’s A Pioneer in Education for Peace and Human Rights and Key Texts in Gender and Peace, on March 5 in New York City.


LABOR - The Southern Labor Studies Association’s next conference will take place from March 5-8, 2015 at the University of Maryland, College Park on, March 5, and in Washington, DC on March 5-8.

Contact: Southern Labor Studies Association, c/o Scott R. Nelson, President, Lyon G. Department of History, P. O. Box 8795, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795;

PRISON - The 5th Annual Beyond the Bars Conference will be held March 6-7, at Columbia University in New York City, featuring Michelle Alexander, organized by the Criminal Justice Caucus, the Center for Justice at Columbia University and the Beyond the Bars Fellows.


FERGUSON / SPRING BREAK - #OperationHelporHush has partnered with local leaders, organizers, and organizations to provide an Alternative Spring Break experience for college students to volunteer in Ferguson, MO from March 7-April 11 for up to one week during their scheduled college or university break.

Contact: FergusonAlternativeSpring [email protected]; http://fergusonalter nativespring

MOUNTAINTOP - The Mountain Justice Spring Break will be held March 7-14 at Natural Tunnel State Park in Southwest VA, hosted by RReNEW Collective and Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards (SAMS).

Contact: Mountain Justice, PO Box 86, Naoma, WV 25140;;;

ARTS - Arts Day is March 11, in Madison, WI. Panel discussions, performances, meetings, arts & crafts, and other activities are planned around the theme of strengthening the economy, education and quality of life of the community.

Contact: PO Box 1054, Madison, WI 53701; 608-255-8316; [email protected];

ANTI-WAR - Cindy Sheehan and the Soapbox People’s Network will hold it’s ANTI-war reenactment, March 13-17, in Washington, DC.

Contact: http://cindysheehanssoapbox.

WORKERS/SAFETY - “The Future of Railroads: Safety, Workers, Community & the Environment” conference is designed for railroad workers, environmental activists, trackside residents and all concerned to explore safety and environmental concerns and to educate concerned citizens and railroad workers alike about mutual concerns. The conference is March 14 in Richmond, CA; and March 21 in Olympia, WA.

Contact: Railroad Workers United, PO Box 2131, Reno, NV 89505; 206-984-3051; http://railroadworkers

ANTI-WAR - Spring Rising: An Anti-War Intervention in DC, will take place March 18-21, originally proposed by Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox and the Soapbox People’s Network, and endorsed by many more groups.

Contact: [email protected];

TRANSGENDER - The Keystone Conference: A Celebration of Gender Diversity, will be held March 18-22, in Harrisburg, PA.

Contact: [email protected];

RADIO - The National Federation of Community Broadcasters will hold six regional summits between March 19-July 24, in Saint Louis, Nevada City, Albuquerque, Twin Cities, Durham, and Olympia.

Contact: 1101 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20004; 202-756-2268; comments;

SOFTWARE - The LibrePlanet conference will be held March 21-22, in Cambridge, MA. The annual conference brings together software developers, policy experts, activists, and computer users to learn skills, share accomplishments, and face challenges to software freedom.


YOUNG FEMINIST - The 11th Annual National Young Feminist Leadership Conference will be held March 21-23, in Washington, DC, sponsored by the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Contact: 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 801, Arlington, VA 22209; 866-444-3652; [email protected]; http://www.feminist

rights - The RightsCon convention will be held March 24-25, in Manila, Philippines. The event features leaders, highlights emerging voices, host strategy and implementation sessions, and provide opportunities to showcase new initiatives.

Contact: 888-414-0100; conference@ accessnow. org; https://www.rightscon. org/.

feminist/WOMEN OF COLOR - INCITE! Color of Violence 4 Conference, Beyond the State: Inciting Transformative Possibilities, will be March 26-29, in Chicago, IL.

Contact: [email protected];

LABOR - Labor Notes’ NYC Troublemakers School will be held March 28 at the James Baldwin School in Manhattan, consisting of skill-building workshops, education, and strategy discussions.

Contact: 718-284-4144;samantha@labor;

CANNABIS - The 3rd annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference will be held March 27-31, in Washington, DC, hosted by Americans For Safe Access and others.

Contact: 202-857-4272; info@safeaccess;

YOUTH POETRY - The Louder Than a Bomb youth poetry festival finals will be held March 28, in Chicago, hosted by Youth Chicago Authors.


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];

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://ideasand

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


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];

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.gatheringf

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];

VIETNAM/VETERANS - Veterans For Peace Annual Tour To Vietnam 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; bfp@veteransfor;

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://anarchist

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];

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  and community development professionals.

Contact: 330-672-3028; [email protected];

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;

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.


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

Contact: http://www.workersunite

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.


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://

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

Contact: PO Box 123, Delmar, NY 12054; 518-227-6947; [email protected];

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


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];

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];

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];;

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; leftforum@;

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;

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