Announcements


Events 

DRONES - Know Drones has issued an international call for Spring Days of Action, a coordinated campaign in April and May to “End Drone Killing, Drone Surveillance and Global Militarization.”

Contact: http://www.know drones.com.

HEALTHCARE - Drive For Universal Healthcare (DUH) is a “rolling” demonstration promoting HR 676 and single-payer legislation, and will be touring the west coast through May.

Contact: [email protected]; http://duh4all.org.

MAYDAY – 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.

JOURNALISM - The Berkeley School of Journalism will hold The Changing Face of America: Immigration and the Politics of Reform, An Institute for Journalists, May 1-4.

Contact: University of California, Berkeley, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, 121 North Gate Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-5860; 510-642-3383; http://journalism.berkeley.edu/conf/2014/ immigration/.

MOTHER’S DAY – The 18th Annual Mother’s Day Walk For Peace will be May 11, in Dorchester, MA.

Contact: http://mothersday walk4peace.org/.

IMMIGRANTS/REFUGEES - Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) will host the GCIR’s 2014 National Convening, Immigrants, Philanthropy, and America’s Future: Learning from the U.S. South, May 20-22 in Nashville, TN.

Contact: PO Box 1100, Sebastopol, CA 95473-1100; 707-824-4374; https://www. gcir.org/.

FEMINISM/SCI-FI - The feminist science fiction convention, WisCon 37, is scheduled for May 23-26 in Madison, WI.

Contact: WisCon, SF3, PO Box 1624, Madison, WI 53701; [email protected]; http://www.wiscon.info/.

FARM CONFERENCE – The Farm Conference on Community and Sustainability will be held May 23-25 in Summertown, TN, in partnership with the Fellowship of Intentional Communities. Tour green homes, see sustainable food production, learn about solar installations, alternative education, midwifery and more.

Contact: Douglas@thefarm community.com; http:// www.thefarmcommunity.com/.

MICHIGAN/RACISM – A mass demonstration will be held in Benton Harbor, MI on May 24, organized by Occupy the PGA and Rev. Edward Pinkney, to protest the murder of Benton Harbor residents, gentrification by Whirlpool and Governor Snyder with the Emergency Manager.

Contact: Rev. Edward Pinkney, 269-925-0001; [email protected]; https://occupythepga.wordpress.com/.

ANARCHY FEST - The Anarchist Bookfair will take place May 24-25 in Montreal.

Contact: http://www.anarchist bookfair.ca/; http://www.radicalmontreal.com/.

MULTICULTURE – The 27th annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) will take place May 27-31, in New Orleans. Student scholarships are available.

Contact: SWCHRS, 3200 Marshall Avenue, Suite 290, Norman, OK 73072; 405- 325-3694; [email protected]; www.ncore.ou.edu.

RADIO - The 39th Annual Community Radio Conference is scheduled for May 28-31, in Reston, VA, with discussions and workshops.

Contact: 1101 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20004; 202-756- 2268; comments @nfcb.org; http://www.nfcb.org/.

LEFT FORUM – The 2014 Left Forum will be held May 30-June 1, at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

Contact: 212-817-2003; [email protected]; http://www.leftforum.org.

VEGAN FEST – Mad City Vegan Fest will be held in Madison, WI, June 7. The annual event features food, speakers, and exhibitors.

Contact: 122 State Street, Suite 405 B, Madison, WI 53701; [email protected]; http://veganfest.org/.

BIKES - Bikes Not Bombs is holding its 25th annual Bike-A-Thon and Green Roots Festival in Boston, MA on June 8, with several bike rides scheduled, music, exhibitors and more.

Contact: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-522-0222; [email protected]; www.bikesnotbombs.org.

Arab-American - The 2014 American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) will take place June 12-15, in Arlington, VA.

Contact: 1990 M Street NW, Suite 610, Washington, DC 20036; 202-244-2990; [email protected]://www.adc.org/.

MOUNTAINTOP - The 10th Annual Mountain Justice Summer Camp will be held June 14-22 near Whitesburg, KY. 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; http://mountainjustice.org.

MEDIA - The 16th annual Allied Media Conference will be held June 19-22, in Detroit.

Contact: Allied Media Projects, 4126 Third St., Detroit, MI 48201; 313-718-2267; http://alliedmedia.org/.

SOCIALISM - The Socialism 2014 Conference is scheduled for June 26-29 in Chicago, featuring talks and panel discussions.

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

NATIVE MEDIA – The Native American Journalists Association and will co-host the National Native Media Conference is 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.peace stockvfp.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://workpeoples college.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/.

WOMEN - 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  legacy.

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; admin@global justicecenter.org; 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.falcon ridgefolk.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.all communitymedia.org/annual-conference.

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

Contact: http://www.peoples socialforum.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. A call for papers for the conference has been issued.

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

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 US Social Forum.

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


Books
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PEOPLE’S HISTORY – The Zinn Education Project has posted all the lessons from The Power in Our Hands by Bill Bigelow and Norm Diamond. The comprehensive labor history curriculum encourages students to recognize the struggles of ordinary workers to achieve justice at work and beyond.

Contact: Zinn Education Project, c/o Teaching For Change, PO Box 73038; Washington, DC 20056; 202-588-7205; zep@teaching f orchange.org; http://zinn edproject.org/materials/power-in-our-hands/.

UNIONS - Labor Notes has released How To Jump- Start Your Union: Lessons from the Chicago Teachers, which shows how activists transformed their union and gave members hope.

Contact: 7435 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48210; 313-842-6262; https://www. labornotes.org.

POETRY - With Our Eyes Wide Open: Poems of the New American Century, edited by Douglas Valentine, is an anthology composed of poets from America and around the world who write about the struggles of the world’s outcasts, immigrants and working classes.

Contact: http://www.westendpress.org.

ACTIVISM/EDUCATION - In Educating for Action: Strategies to Ignite Social Justice, scholar-activists Jason Del Gandio and Anthony J. Nocella II collect the voices of activists exploring topics such as community organizing and direct democracy, conflict negotiation, law, the educational system and lifestyle activism, social media skills and more.

Contact: New Society Publishers, PO Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC Canada V0R 1X0; 250-247-9737; ej@new society.com; http:// www. newsociety.com.

VICTIMHOOD - Histories of Victimhood, edited by Steffen Jensen and Henrik Ronsbo, is a volume of essays about the dilemmas surrounding the ways in which victims and victim- hood are socially, politically, and culturally constructed, asking: How do we recognize and acknowledge suffering without objectifying affected communities and individuals?

Contact: University of Pennsylvania Press, 3905 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; custserv@pobox.up[email protected]; http://www.upenn. edu/pennpress/. 

Film

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CLIMATE CHANGE - The Wisdom To Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism & Community examines the challenges that climate change poses and discusses meaningful action that can be taken by individuals and communities.

Contact: Bullfrog Films, PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547; 800-543-3764; info@bullfrog films.com; http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/.

DRONES - Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars is Robert Greenwald’s new movie that investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes at home and abroad through interviews and other footage.

Contact: 10510 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232; 310-204-0448; [email protected]; http://www.brave newfilms.org.

BP/DEEPWATER – Following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Nailah Jefferson’s Vanishing Pearls chronicles the untold story of personal and professional devastation in Pointe å la Hache, a close-knit fishing village on the Gulf coast.

Contact: http://www.affrm.com.   

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