July/August 2014
Volume 27
Number 7/8


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Throughout her career, writer and activist, Maya Angelou, published over 30 books, including 6 autobiographies, 6 children’s books, 2 cookbooks, nearly 10 volumes of poetry and at least 5 books of essays. Libraries, schools, and other public institutions bear her name


Five organizations—RootsAction.org, the Nation, the Center for Media and Democracy, the Progressive, Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR), and the Freedom of the Press Foundation—have joined together to start a campaign for protecting the confidentiality of journalists’ sources


Sinquefield “is one of the top right-wing political funders in the country, and the single top political spender in Missouri, where he has spent at least $31.5 million seeking to reshape Missouri laws, legislators, and policies


War has taken 200 million lives in the past 100 years and cost the world $2 trillion a year--and the U.S. half of that.


Marshall Island citizens file lawsuit to force action for climate change and total nuclear disarmament


U.S. dealings with the Ukraine crisis

Feature Chomsky

State power has regularly sought to create the misimpression that it is terrorists we are fighting; throughout, the basic principle remains; power must not be exposed to the sunight


Once again, justifying U.S. intervention


There seems to be an insurrection under foot

Being Left

A memoir focusing on what influences led to becoming active. Part of the Being Left Series published in Z Magazine in 1998


Daniel Burton-Rose interviews Staughton and Alice Lynd

feature marable

An interview  with Manning Marable on "Being Left." Socialism lost its way largely when it became decoupled from the processes of democracy. My vision of a just society is one that is democratic, that allows people’s voices to be heard, where the people actually govern."


An interview with Barbara Ehrenreich by South End Press on "Being Left": ..."you don’t know what you are doing all the time, you don’t know what kind of effect your actions are having, but you know that if you keep flipping marbles at a big crowd of marbles, eventually, bit by bit, they all might start moving."


David Barsamian interviews Winona La Duke on "Being Left": "They talk about the fact that what occurred in the Great Plains in terms of the whole rise and fall of the farming culture there is the result of the largest economic and ecological miscalculation in American history. What America has done to the Great Plains is what America has done to the continent."


The predictable perils of turning education into a poorly regulated business


The cumulative effects of years of inequality


The United States was largely pre-capitalist at the time that the U.S. Constitution was set up—something that ought to remind us in its own way that the barriers to genuine popular governance/sovereignty cannot be reduced simply to capitalism, however centrally the profits system stands as a barrier to democracy at home and abroad.


Review by Stephen Roblin. Podur’s insightful and concise overview of Haiti’s recent history is an important work of revisionist scholarship that contains valuable lessons, particularly for outsiders who want to contribute constructively to the ongoing struggle for freedom and dignity in Haiti.


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FREEDOM SCHOOL - The Youth Organizing Institute of North Carolina will be holding their 5th Annual Freedom School, July 8-25. They are currently fundraising.

Contact: http://empoweryouthnc.org/.

RESTORATIVE PRACTICES - The International Institute for Restorative Practicies (IIRP) will host a participatory symposium about implementing restorative practices in a variety of settings. July 7-9 in Toronto, Ontario; and July 21-23 in Bethlehem, PA. IIRP’s 17th World Conference will be held October 27-29, in Bethlehem, PA.

Contact: 610-807-9221; [email protected]; http://www.iirp.edu/.

NATIVE MEDIA - The Native American Journalists Association will co-host the National Native Media Conference  July 10-13, in Santa Clara, CA. Other co-hosts include Native Public Media and Vision Maker Media.

Contact: NAJA, OU-Gaylord College, 395 W. Lindsey St., Norman, OK 73019-4201; 405-325-1649; http://www.naja.com.

PEACESTOCK - On July 12, the 12th Annual Peacestock: A Gathering for Peace, will take place in Hager City, WI. The event is a mixture of music, speakers and community for peace. Sponsored by Veterans for Peace.

Contact: Bill Habedank, 1913 Grandview Ave., Red Wing, MN 55066; 651-388-7733; [email protected]; http://www.peacestockvfp.org.

IWW - The North American Work People’s College will take place July 12-16 at Mesaba Co-op Park in northern Minnesota. The event will bring together Wobblies from branches across the continent to learn new skills and build One Big Union.

Contact: http://workpeoplescollege.org/.

NETROOTS - The 9th annual Netroots Nation conference will take place July 17-20, in Detroit, 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.

LA RAZA - The annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference is scheduled for July 19-22 in Los Angeles, 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.

VETERANS - Veterans for Peace is holding the 29th annual convention July 23-27 at the University of NC at Asheville. This year’s theme is, Peace or Perish Abolish War on Planet and Poor.

Contact: http://www.vfpnationalconvention.org/.

OCCUPY - The Occupy National Gathering will be held in Sacramento, CA, July 31-August 3.

Contact: http://interoccupy.net/natgat2014/.

WOMEN/INEQUALITY - The 2014 Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute will be held July 25-August 3, in New Orleans, under the theme: The Free Southern Theater Model: Addressing inequality by claiming our places, our legacy, our stories.

Contact: 718-398-4783; [email protected]; https://www.urbanbushwomen.org.

CAPITALISM - The Center for Global Justice will host an international conference on the topic Moving Beyond Capitalism, July 29-August 5, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Presenters include Gal Alperovitz, Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese.

Contact: 5802 Bob Bullock Loop, Suite C1  #84-1A, Laredo, TX 78041; 347-983-5084; [email protected]; http://www.globaljusticecenter.org.

ACTIVIST CAMP - Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp will have sessions in July and August in CA, OR, and MA. YEA Camp is designed for activists 12-17 years old who want to make a difference in the world.

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

FOLK FESTIVAL - The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival will be held August 1-3, in the Berkshires, NY.

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

INDIE PUBLISHING - The Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo (RIPExpo) will be held August 2-3, at the Providence Public Library.

Contact: [email protected]; http://ripexpo.tumblr.com/.

MEDIA - Alliance for Community Media (ACM) and the National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture (NAMAC) will host a joint conference in Philadelphia, August 6-8.

Contact: http://www.allcommunitymedia.org/annual-conference.

VETERANS - Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) will host: 10 Years of IVAW: National Convention, August 8-10, in Sedalia, CO.

Contact: PO Box 3565, New York, 10008-3565; 646-723-0989; http://www.ivaw.org/.

DISSIDENT ARTS - The Dissident Arts Festival will take place August 16, in New York City. The Dissident Arts Festival is the annual showcase of radical arts and activism, where revolutionary New Music meets Topical Song and Free Jazz cavorts with Dissident Poetry, Theater and Film.

Contact: John Pietaro, 646-599-0060; [email protected]; http://www.dissidentarts.com/.

SEXUAL ASSAULT - The National Sexual Assault Conference, held August 20-22 in Pittsburg, PA, is an advocacy-based conference providing advanced training opportunities and information regarding sexual violence intervention and prevention.

Contact: National Sexual Violence Resource Center, 123 North Enola Drive, Enola, PA 17025; 717-909-0710; http://www.nsvrc.org.

SOCIAL FORUM - The 2014 Canadian Social Forum, a grassroots Peoples’ Social Forum, will be held in Ottawa-Gatineau, August 21-24.

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

COMMUNITY CONFERENCE - The 20th annual Twin Oaks Community Conference will be held August 29-September 1. 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://www.twinoakscommunity.org/.

LABOR DAY - The 30th annual Bread and Roses Festival, a celebration of the ethnic diversity and labor history of Lawrence, MA, will be held September 1, 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; [email protected]; http://www.breadandrosesheritage.org/.

VEGETARIAN- The 30th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival will take place September 5-7, in Toronto.

Contact: 17 Baldwin Street, 2nd floor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5T 1L1; http://festival.veg.ca/.

GALLERY - ArtRage Gallery will host a juried exhibition September 6-October 18, showing progressive art that inspires resistance and promotes social awareness.

Contact: ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave, Syracuse, NY 13203; 315-218-5711; http://artragegallery.org/.

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.

Contact: http://www.nycga.net/.

CLIMATE - The People’s Climate March will be held September 20-21, in New York City, to coincide with a UN summit on climate change.

Contact: http://peoplesclimatemarch.org/.

RAZA - El Centro de la Raza will host the Building the Beloved Community Gala, September 27, in Seattle.

Contact: 2524 16th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144; 206-957-4649; http://www.elcentrodelaraza.org/.

LGBTQ - The 27th annual Out On Film Festival will take place October 2-9, in Atlanta.

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

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

Contact: http://www.worldhomelessday.org/.

SDS - Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) will be holding its 9th National Convention, October 10-12, at University of Minnesota.

Contact: UMN SDS, 1930 Elliot Ave S #3, Minneapolis, MN 55404; http://www.newsds.org/.

COLUMBUS- October 13 is Columbus Day. Many groups around the country, including the Transform Columbus Day Alliance, 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.transformcolumbusday.org.

TEACHERS - The 14th Annual Conference, “Teaching for Social Justice: The Roots of Resistance,” will be held October 11 in San Francisco, CA. The free event features workshops, resources, and free childcare.

Contact: 415-676-7844; teachers4socialjustice @yahoo.com; http://www.t4sj.org/.

HISTORY/WWI - Georgian Court University and the Peace History Society will hold a conference on the theme: World War I: Dissent, Activism, & Transformation, October 17-18.

Contact: Georgian Court University, 900 Lakewood Ave., Lakewood, NJ 08701; 800-458-8422; [email protected]; http://www.georgian.edu/WWIconference.htm.

ENVIRONMENT - The APIEL (Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law) Conference 2014 will be held October 17-19, 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]; http://www.apiel.org/.

POLICE BRUTALITY - October 22 is National Day Against Police Brutality. The Stop Mass Incarceration Network (SMIN) is currently campaigning towards the day.

Contact: http://www.october22.org/; SMIN, PO Box 941 Knickerbocker Station, New York, NY 10002-0900; 347-979-7646; [email protected]; http://www.stopmassincarceration.net/.

WWI CENTENARY - Stop the War, No Glory, and a range of peace organizations are organizing meetings, debates, and cultural events to mark the First World War centenary, opposing attempts to use the centenary to “celebrate” a slaughter that killed 15 million people as a “just” and “noble” cause.

Contact: 020-7561-4830; [email protected]; http://stopwar.org.uk.

U.S. SOCIAL FORUM - The United States Social Forum is currently fundraising through 2014 to raise funds for the 2015 U.S. Social Forum.

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

WHISTLEBLOWERS - Launched by the Institute for Public Accuracy in June 2014, ExposeFacts.org represents a new approach for encouraging whistleblowers to disclose information that citizens need to make truly informed decisions in a democracy.

Contact: Institute for Public Accuracy, 980 National Press Building, Washington, D.C., 20045; 202-347-0020; [email protected]; http://exposefacts.org/.

FILM/FOOD - SHINE (Summer Help In English) is currently fundraising to bring the summer camp experience to Palestinian refugee youth in camps in Lebanon. SHINE offers students a productive and safe space during summer vacation to strengthen English language proficiency while exploring recreational skills. Camp starts July 7.

Contact: http://www.gofundme.com/ summerfunpalyouth. IBC-A


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