September 2015
Volume 28
Number 9



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Serious debates over what the minimum wage should be in various U.S. locales and jurisdictions should start with information on what it actually costs to live in the different places where Americans live.


Despite the saber rattling, the fiery speeches, and all the chest-thumping that has lasted for many years, Israel had lost its battle to lead another regional war against a formidable enemy in the Middle East.


The current situation in Greece resembles the debt peonage that many African countries have been subjected to for decades. They suffered the consequences of the so-called structural adjustment under the supervision of the international finance institutions and the result was economic and social devastation.


It was amusing to see Peter Baker refer to the Democratic Party legislators’ threat to President Obama’s possible “legacy” of...
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Given the West’s strategy of co-opting sectarian militias as proxy armies for its coming wars against Libya and Syria at this time, it was clear which of these men would be best suited for resurrecting the old “jihadi”-imperialist alliance. It is no coincidence, then, that just as these wars began to get underway, Bin Laden was taken out and his organization effectively handed over to Zawahiri


Georgia has been illegally and unnecessarily segregating thousands of students with behavioral issues and disabilities, isolating them in run-down facilities and providing them with subpar education, according to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.


The term “femicidio,” which encompasses the murder of women by domestic violence, in honor killings and in other categories of hate crime, has now entered our everyday language in Argentina. “The cause is our country’s macho culture,”

Earlier this year, the Plymouth Institute for Peace Research (PIPR) interviewed the recently released peace activist, Kathy Kelly


This interview takes place in the aftermath of the South African government release of the investigation into the Marikina massacre in which 34 platinum mine workers, protesting low wages and environmentally unsafe conditions were killed by police.


They just wanted to take a bat to them,” said former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, referring to the attitude...
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On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, the Bernie Sanders campaign organized house party meetings across the U.S. One estimate placed the number of meetings at 3,300, with over 100,000 people attending.


These are exciting days in Washington, as the government directs its energies to the demanding task of containing Iran in...
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In 2001, I was hired to help open the Center School, a small school in Seattle Public Schools, and I began teaching the Race Unit in 2002. Drawing in part from a district-wide training on racism called Courageous Conversations, the Race Unit established safe norms for racial dialogue


in the Nicholas Cage film Windtalkers, the Marine Corps strong-armed producers into deleting a scene where a Marine pries gold teeth from a dead Japanese soldier, which was a historically accurate detail


The U.S. military offices usually ask to see the entire script, not just the parts that relate to military involvement and, based on the entire script and the portrayal of the troops, will move it forward in the approval process.


Jeremy Kuzmarov reviews Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins by Andrew Cockburn: "Andrew Cockburn, the Washington editor of Harper’s magazine, provides a chilling history of American high-tech-warfare and assassination missions and their pitfalls exemplified in this incident dating to the Vietnam War."

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Mike Reizman reviews Lentil Underground: "if lentils are grown as part of a diverse sequence of crops that keep weed pressure at bay farmers don’t need to use any chemicals."


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LGBT - The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) will have its convention September 3-6, in San Francisco.

Contact: [email protected];

COMMUNITY CONFERENCE - The annual Twin Oaks Community Conference will be held September 4-7. The conference is committed to equality, participatory government, ecology, and non-violence.

Contact: 138 Twin Oaks Road # W, Louisa, VA 23093; 540-894-5126; [email protected]; http://communities

LABOR DAY - The 31st annual Bread and Roses Heritage Festival, a celebration of the ethnic diversity and labor history of Lawrence, MA, will be held September 7, in honor of the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike. There will be music, dance, poetry, drama, ethnic food, historical demonstrations, walking & trolley tours.

Contact: Bread & Roses Heritage, PO Box 1137, Lawrence, MA 01842; 978-794-1655; info@breadandroses; http://www.breadandr

VEGETARIAN - The 31st Annual Vegetarian Food Festival will take place September 11-13, in Toronto.

Contact: 17 Baldwin Street, 2nd floor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5T 1L1;

OCCUPY WALL STREET - September 17 is the three-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Events are planned in New York City and worldwide.


NONVIOLENCE - The Campaign Nonviolence Week will be September 20-27, with actions across the nation against mainstream nonviolence and to build a culture of peace.


FEMINIST ART - The third annual Feminist Art Conference will be held September 24-27, in Toronto.

Contact: [email protected];

IROQUOIS - The 2015 Conference on Iroquois Research will be held October 2-5, near Buffalo, NY.

Contact: [email protected];

LGBTQ - The 27th annual Out On Film Festival will take place October 1-8, in Atlanta.

Contact: [email protected];

IMMIGRANTS/REFUGEES - The Changing Face of the South: Investing in the Infrastructure to Support a Growing Immigrant Population conference will be held October 6-8, in Arkansas. Co-sponsored by Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), Neighborhood Funders Group, The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Grantmakers for Southern Progress.

Contact: PO Box 1100, Sebastopol, CA 95473-1100; 707-824-4374;

PALESTINE - The Students for Justice in Palestine conference will be October 9-11 at San Diego State University.


SPACE MILITARIZATION - October 3-10 is Keep Space for Peace Week, an international week of protest to stop the militarization of space.


HOMELESSNESS - October 10 is World Homeless Day. Events are planned worldwide.


RACISM - The Million Man March will be October 10, in Washington, DC.


FILM FESTIVAL - The Seattle Social Justice Film Festival will be held October 16-17 in venues around Seattle. Revived by the national group Books to Prisoners, the festival’s main theme is around prisoner justice and imprisonment.

Contact: http://www.socialjustice

TEACHERS - The 15th Annual Conference, “Teaching for Social Justice: The Roots of Resistance,” will be held October 10 in San Francisco, CA. The free event features workshops, resources, and free childcare.

Contact: 415-676-7844; teachers [email protected];

COLUMBUS - October 13 is Columbus Day. Many groups around the country work to challenge traditional ethnocentric views of Columbus the sole discoverer of America, as well as challenging the celebration of invasion, cruelty, oppression and cultural imperialism.

Contact: http://www.transform

ENVIRONMENT - The APIEL (Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law) Conference 2014 will be held October 24-25, at the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville. The conference brings together hundreds of eco-minded and socially conscious activists, attorneys, students, scientists and citizens in the interest of social justice.

Contact: PO Box 20363, Knoxville, TN 37920; [email protected];

ENVIRONMENT - The Green Festival, a project of Green America and Global Exchange, will take place in in Los Angeles, September 25-27; San Francisco, November 13-15; in Portland, December 11-13.


RESTORATIVE PRACTICES - The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) will host its 19th World Conference, October 26-28, in Bethlehem, PA. The theme is: Restorative Works: What Works, What Doesn’t, How and Why.

Contact: 610-807-9221; [email protected];

POLICE BRUTALITY - October 22 is National Day Against Police Brutality. The Stop Mass Incarceration Network (SMIN) is currently campaigning towards #RiseUpOctober on October 24.

Contact:; SMIN, PO Box 941 Knickerbocker Station, New York, NY 10002-0900; 347-979-7646; [email protected];

DRUGS - The biennial International Drug Policy Reform Conference will be held November 18-21, in Washington, DC. The conference brings together people from around the world committed to finding alternatives to the war on drugs.



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