September 2014
Volume 27
Number 9


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A memorial to a historian, author, and socialist who pulled the rug out from under the origin tale of American liberalism. His book, The Triumph of Conservatism was not only a "book of history but of heresy."


Netanyahu’s war on Gaza means to distract from the slowly building collective sentiment among Palestinians throughout Palestine, and among Palestinian citizens in Israel


Embolden by influencing the appalling anti-gay laws in Uganda, U.S. religious right-wing leaders appear to have set their sights on Ukraine's gay laws

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"The U.S. media treatment of the destruction of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 follows a long-established pattern of rapid and indignant acceptance of politically serviceable official claims..."


Elbit Systems has made millions exporting surveillance and defense material worldwide


What's happening at Market Basket's 71 stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine is nothing short of remarkable. Thousands of workers supported by hundreds of thousands of consumers standing against corporate greed


Disregard for Palestinian life in the West helps explain not only why Palestinians resort to violence, but also Israel’s latest assault.


Why fossil fuels can't solve the problems created by fossil fuels


"It has become fashionable among some U.S. 'progressives' to attribute contemporary social problems to the misbehavior of 'sociopaths'--people who have no conscience


According to the Prison Policy Institute, there are 330,000 people in state or federal prison for drug offenses. The U.S. bail bonds industry does $2 billion annually.


An interview with David Wagner on poverty, homelessness, activism, and social welfare


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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; info@ breadandrosesheritage.org; 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/.

ENVIRONMENT - The Green Festival, a project of Green America and Global Exchange, will take place in Los Angeles, September 12-14; Chicago, October 24-26; San Francisco, November 14-16.

Contact: http://www.greenfestivals.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://people sclimatemarch.org/.

PEACE DAY - September 22 is International Peace Day. An interactive town hall discussion of how we get to peace will be held in Washington, DC with Andy Shallal, Barbara Wien, and David Swanson.

Contact: http://davidswanson.org.

JUVENILE JUSTICE - GULD (Growing Up Locked Down) is a three-day juvenile justice conference that will include a diverse and comprehensive slate of programs, panels, workshops, leadership seminars, think- tank gatherings, and arts and entertainment offerings focused on the urgent state of New York’s juvenile justice system, September 24-26. Presented by The Gathering for Justice, and Justice League NYC.

Contact: http://www.generation alalliance.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.elcentro delaraza.org/.

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

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

SCHOOLS - The 4th Annual National Week of Action on School Pushout will take place during the week of October 4-11, under the theme: Education is the Key! Don’t Lock Us Out. States spend $5.7 billion a year on the juvenile justice system instead of our schools.

Contact: http://www.dignityinschools.org/.

SPACE MILITARIZATION - October 4-11 is Keep Space for Peace Week, an international week of protest to stop the militarization of space.

Contact: http://space4peace.org/.

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

Contact: http://www.worldhomel essday.org/.

SDS - Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) will be holding its 9th National Convention, October 10-12, at the 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, are working 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. Immigrant-rights groups are organizing a Day of Not One More Deportation.

Contact: http://www.transform columbusday.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/WWI conference.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; apiel.info @gmail.com; http://www.apiel. org/.

FILM FESTIVAL - The Seattle Social Justice Film Festival will be held October 20-26 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 filmfestival.org/.

POLICE BRUTALITY - The Stop Mass Incarceration Network (SMIN) has announced October 2014 as the Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation, leading to nationwide demonstrations October 22. SMIN is currently seeking artistic contributions for the campaign, from amateur as well as professional artists.

Contact: http://www.october22. org/; SMIN, PO Box 941 Knickerbocker Station, New York, NY 10002-0900; 347-979-7646; stopmassincar ceration@gmail. com; http://www.stopmassin carceration.net/.

RESTORATIVE PRACTICES - The International Institute for Restorative Practicies (IIRP) will host its 17th World Conference, October 27-29, in Bethlehem, PA. The theme is: Restorative Works: What Works, What Doesn’t, How and Why.

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

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; office@stopwar. org.uk; http://stopwar.org.uk.

CORRUPTION - November 4 is the March Against Corruption, an international campaign to raise awareness about the corrupting influence of money and special interests in governance and public policy making; to provide a forum for people, to organize and speak out against corruption; and to educate the public about the consequences of corruption.

Contact: http://marchagainstcorruption.com/.

EDUCATION - The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) will host its annual conference in Tucson, AZ, November 5-9.

Contact: http://nameorg.org.

MILITARY JUSTICE - The Global Seminar on Military Justice Reform will be held at YaleLawSchool, November 7-8, in New Haven, CT.

Contact: [email protected]; http://www.law. yale.edu/.

RACE - The 2014 Facing Race national conference will take place November 13-15, in Dallas, TX. The conference is a national, multi-racial gathering of leaders, educators, journalists, artists and activists.

Contact: arc.org/facingrace/.

WOMEN/LAW - The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) will host its Women, Law & Legal Advocacy seminar November 13-15, in Washington, DC.

Contact: 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, #930 Washington, DC 20036; 202-872-1585; [email protected]; www.plen.org.

WOMEN’S STUDIES - The National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) will host its annual conference November 13-16, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, under the theme Feminist Trangressions.

Contact: NWSA, 11 E Mount Royal Ave., Suite 100, Baltimore, MD 21202; 410-528-0355; [email protected]; http://www.nwsa.org/.

ARTS - The 76th Annual Conference For Community Arts will take place November 19-22, in Los Angeles. The conference provides professional development and networking opportunities for staff, faculty, trustees and teaching artists at more than 350 arts education organizations and programs.

Contact: 520 8th Ave., Suite 302, New York, NY 10018; 212-268- 3337; guildinfo@ nationalguild org; http://communityartsed. nationalguildorg/.

SCHOOL OF AMERICAS - The annual vigil to protest the School of the Americas is scheduled for November 21-23 at Fort Benning, GA, by School of the Americas (SOA) Watch. SOA Watch is facing repression of their protest and assembly rights and is circulating an online petition and other actions.

Contact: SOA Watch, PO Box 4566, Washington, DC 20017; 202-234-3440; [email protected]; http://soaw.org.

U.S. SOCIAL FORUM - The United States Social Forum is currently fundraising through 2014 to raise funds for the 2015 US 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; info@expose facts.org; http://exposefacts.org/.

LEFT FORUM - The Left Forum has announced the expansion of the work of the Forum. Left Forum will sponsor classes and develop events throughout the year. They will experiment first with activities we can most easily arrange to test their feasibility and effectiveness. They invite your attendance and feedback.

Contact: 212-817-2003; leftforum @leftforum.org; http://www.leftforum.org.


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