May 2015
Volume 28
Number 5



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In the U.S. establishment’s patriotic history of the Ukraine conflict it is also important to black out the fact that the United States, so passionately opposed to Russian “aggression,” committed a vastly more deadly one in Iraq from 2003.


To many analysts, Washington and its western allies have only themselves to blame for China’s increasingly assertive push to build new multilateral institutions


When television cameras zoomed in on Kansas Governor Sam Brownback in the middle of the Kansas-Wichita State NCAA basketball game, a thunderous chorus of boos broke out. Viewers gained a rare glimpse of the politics behind March Madness


The Justice Department’s report on Ferguson, Missouri’s criminal justice system pointed out that African Americans were specifically targeted, seen “less as constituents to be protected than as potential offenders and sources of revenue.”


In a message delivered in a video on Facebook, incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a sinister call appealing to ingrained racism in Israeli society


Schechter infused almost all his work—whether it was for alternative or mainstream media—with his advocacy of human rights. In 1971, Schechter joined the Boston rock station WBCN-FM, where he found a following as “Danny Schechter, the News Dissector.” This Memorial was compiled from a number of emails to Z.


By the time I leave Kentucky’s federal prison center, where I’m an inmate with a 3 month sentence, the world’s 12th largest city may be without water. Estimates put the water reserve of Sao Paulo, a city of 20 million people, at 60 days

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In the U.S., those in charge of the Empire don’t fret over the deaths of Iraqi children. Hell, they don’t shed a tear for poor or dying U.S. children, so why should we expect the managers of Empire to offer any mercy to the enemy?


In Oregon, Democrats dominate all branches of politics. Yet the labor unions are still terrified. There is justifiable dread that anti-union “Right to Work” laws will be purchased into existence by out-of-state billionaires


For more than half a century, the United Nations has been the main forum for the United States to try to create a world in its image, maneuvering with its allies to forge global accords about human rights, nuclear tests or the environment that Washington insisted would mirror its own values.”


In recent months, “Progressive Democrats” have been hoping to breathe new life into the nation’s hopelessly 1%-dominated “two party system” by running the nominally socialist, technically Independent, and genuinely populist and domestically progressive U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)


The struggle to save the United States Postal Service is emblematic of the larger struggle against corporate plundering of public resources


Since 2011, the arrogant and ineffective mayor Rahm Emanuel, catered to his rich folks base (with “the actions of a mad king”). And he has treated the majority of Chicagoans with destructive disdain, whether he’s closing their schools, attacking teachers and other public employees, or ignoring police brutality and killing.


The environmental devastation from past and ongoing gold mining operations in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras has provoked a formidable Salvadoran social movement that has been educating and organizing communities for a total ban against metallic mining in El Salvador.


On February 11, 2015, the government of President Nicolas Maduro, along with a number of his senior officials, declared that Venezuela had faced an attempted coup. Contrarily, the mainstream media in the United States and in Europe viewed such allegations as ridiculous

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Among the important subcategories of bottom-up history are stories of the local chapters of important radical and revolutionary organizations whose national work has previously been the primary focus of scholarship and attention

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In 1971, eight activists burglarized an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania to confirm suspicions that the agency was spying on and disrupting the anti-war movement. The break-in was obviously unlawful. It also exposed the FBI’s notorious COINTELPRO surveillance program, which sought to destroy the social and political movements that challenged the American status quo


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MAY DAY - Workers of the world will celebrate the 125th anniversary of International Worker’s Day. 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.

JOE HILL - November 2015 marks the centenary of the judicial murder of IWW organizer and songwriter Joe Hill. Events are planned nationwide throughout the year, with a vigil November 19 in Salt Lake City.


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.


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];

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

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.


MORALES/SHAKUR - The 2015 Spring Concert To Benefit The Guillermo Morales - Assata Shakur Center will be May 16, 2015 in New York City.

Contact: [email protected];

INCARCERATION/YOUTH - May 17-23 is National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth. Events are organized in cities nationwide.


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];

FOOD/MONSANTO - March Against Monsanto will be May 23 in New York City.


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: Class, 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; [email protected];

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;

WHISTLEBLOWING - June 1-7 is International Week to Support Whistleblowing. Events and actions are planned all over the world.

Contact: Stand Up For Truth, c/o Institute for Public Accuracy, 980 National Press Building, Washington, DC 20045; 202-347-0020’ [email protected];

RURAL ARTS/CULTURE - The 2015 Rural Arts and Culture Summit will be June 2-4, in Morris, MN. This year’s theme, “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People and Places” will highlight the important role of art and culture in shaping the rural narrative.

Contact: Springboard for the Arts, 218-770-3485; [email protected];

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.


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];

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;

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

Contact: [email protected];

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];

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

Contact: [email protected];

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];

SOCIALISM - The Socialism 2015 Conference is scheduled for July 2-5 in Chicago, featuring talks and panel discussions.

Contact: [email protected];

NATIVE MEDIA - The Native American Journalists Association will co-host the National Native Media Conference is July 9-12, in Washington, DC. 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;

LABOR - The Eastern Conference For Workplace Democracy will be held at Clark University in Worcester, MA, July 10-12.

Contact: [email protected];

PEACESTOCK - On July 11, the 13th Annual Peacestock: A Gathering for Peace, will take place near Cannon Falls, MN. The event is a mixture of music, speakers and community for peace. Sponsored by Veterans for Peace and others.

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

LA RAZA - The annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference is scheduled for July 11-14 in Kansas City, with workshops, presentations and panel discussions.

Contact: NCLR Headquarters Office, Raul Yzaguirre Building, 1126 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-785-1670;

POLICE BRUTALITY - The Million People’s March Against Police Brutality will be July 12 in Newark, NJ.

Contact: People’s Organization For Progress, PO Box 22505, Newark, NJ 07101-2505; 973-801-0001; [email protected];

NETROOTS - The 10th annual Netroots Nation conference will take place July 16-19, in Phoenix, AZ, 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;

TEACHERS - The Badass Teachers Association (BAT) will meet in Washington, DC for BAT’s Teacher Congress, July 23-26.


WOMEN - The 2015 Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute will be held July 24-August 2, in New Orleans, under the theme: We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest: Organizing for Racial Equity.

Contact: 718-398-4783; [email protected];

WEAPONS/SPACE - The Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space will hold its annual conference July 29 - August 2, in Kyoto, Japan. The conference is currently accepting submissions for its video contest.

Contact: PO Box 652, Brunswick, ME 04011; 207-443-9502; [email protected];

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

Contact: [email protected];

FOLK FESTIVAL - The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival will be held July 31-August 2, in the Berkshires, NY.

Contact: [email protected];

SCHOOLS - The Satyagraha Institute 2015: Training Leaders in the Traditions of Nonviolence, will be August 4-22, in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Contact: Satyagraha Institute, c/o Carl Kline, 825 Fourth Street, Brookings, SD 57006; 605-692-8465; [email protected];

VETERANS/PEACE - Veterans for Peace is holding the 30th annual convention is August 5-9 in San Diego, CA. This year’s theme is, Peace & Reconciliation in the Pacific.


MEDIA - Alliance for Community Media (ACM) and the National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture (NAMAC) will host a joint conference in Pasadena, CA, August 12-14.


NONVIOLENCE - The first national gathering of Campaign Nonviolence will be August 6-9, in Sante Fe, NM, featuring presentations, workshops, and vigils as Los Alamos.


DISSIDENT ARTS - The Dissident Arts Festival will take place August 15-16, 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, Theatre and Film.

Contact: John Pietaro, 646-599-0060; [email protected];

COMMUNITY CONFERENCE - The 31st annual Twin Oaks Women’s Gathering will be held August 21-23.

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

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