Events, Books, Campaigns
LABOR DAY – The 29th annual Bread and Roses Festival, a celebration of the ethnic diversity and labor history of Lawrence, MA, will be held September 2, in honor of the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike. There will be music, dance, poetry, drama, ethnic food, historical demonstrations, walking and trolley tours.
Contact: PO Box 1137, Lawrence, MA 01842; 978-794-1655; http://www.breadandrosesheritage.org.
PALESTINE – Al-Awda’s Eleventh Annual International Convention, International Palestinian Refugees Right of Return Conference, will be held in Cleveland, OH, September 6-8.
Contact: [email protected]; http://www.al-awda.org.
VEGETARIAN – The 29th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival will take place September 6-8, in Toronto.
Contact: 17 Baldwin Street, 2nd floor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5T 1L1; http://festival.veg.ca/.
WAR – The Stop the War annual conference will take place September 14 in Central London. The Coalition will review work from the past year and plan activities for the year ahead.
Contact: 020-7561-4830; [email protected]; http:// www.stopwar.org.uk/.
ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR – The 8th annual Victoria Anarchist Bookfair, will be held on unceded Coast Salish Territory in Victoria, British Columbia, September 14-15. Events include workshops, book and information tables, readings, films, presentations, and more.
Contact: [email protected]; http://www.victoriaanarchistbookfair.ca.
OCCUPY WALL STREET – September 17 is the two-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Events are planned in New York City and worldwide.
PALESTINE/ISRAEL – The 12th Annual National Organizers Conference, from BDS group U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, will be held September 20-22 at George Mason University in Arlington, VA.
Contact: PO Box 21539, Washington, DC 20009; 202-332-0994; PEACE FESTIVAL – The second annual Peace Festival will be held September 21, in Paulsbo, WA, featuring live music, food, kids activities, talking circles, nonviolence training, and a tour of the GZ Peace Garden, Hosted by Ground Zero for Nonviolent Action.
Contact: 16159 Clear Creek Road Northwest, Paulsbo, WA, 98370; 360-930-8697; caretaker @gzcenter.org;
VegFest – Compassion Over Killing will host the DC VegFest, September 28. VegFest is a free festival celebrating the city’s diverse palate for animal-friendly cuisine and the benefits of a plant-based diet; features speakers, cooking demos, exhibitors, vendors.
Contact: http://www.cok.net/ events/#dc-2013-dc-vegfest.
ENVIRONMENT – The Green Festival, a project of Green America and Global Exchange, will take place in Washington, DC, September 21-22 in San Francisco, October 19-20 and in Los Angeles, November 9-10.
Contact: http://www.greenf estivals.org/.
SCHOOLS – The 4th Annual National Week of Action on School Pushout will take place during the week of September 28 – October 6, 2013.
Contact: http://www.dignityin schools.org.
LGBTQ – The 26th annual Out On Film Festival will take place October 3-10, in Atlanta.
Contact: [email protected]; http://outonfilm.org/.
RAZA – The Third Annual Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award will be awarded by El Centro de la Raza October 5 at the Building the Beloved Community Gala in Seattle, WA. Legacy Award applicants can self-nominate or be nominated by someone else. Application deadline is July 9.
Contact: 2524 16th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144; 206-957-4649; http://www.elcentrodelaraza.org/.
SLAVERY – Not For Sale’s 2013 Gala will be held October 5 in San Francisco.
SPACE MILITARIZATION – October 5-12 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.
Contact: 206-364-1178; socialjusticefilmfestival.
org; http://www.world homelessday.org/.
FILM FESTIVAL – The Seattle Social Justice Film Festival will be held October 10-13 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/.
SDS – Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) will be holding its 7th National Convention, October 11-13, at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN.
TEACHERS – The 13th Annual Conference, “Teaching for Social Justice: The Politics of Pedagogy,” will be held October 12 in San Francisco, CA. The free event features workshops, resources, and child- care.
Contact: 415-676-7844; [email protected]; http://www.t4sj.org/.
COLUMBUS – October 14 is Columbus Day. Many groups around the country, including the Transform Columbus Day Alliance, will challenge traditional ethnocentric views of Columbus as the sole discoverer of America, as well as challenging the celebration of invasion, cruelty, oppression, and cultural imperialism.
ONLINE MEDIA – The Online News Association 2013 Conference & Awards Banquet will be held October 17-19, in Atlanta, GA.
Contact: [email protected]; http://ona13.journalists.org/.
YOUTH – Power Shift 2013 will take place October 18-21 in Pittsburgh, PA. The event will bring over 10,000 youth leaders to build a movement to fight fracking, divest from fossil fuels, build a clean energy future, and stop the climate crisis.
Contact: [email protected]; http://www.wearepowershift.org/.
RESTORATIVE PRACTICES – The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IRP) will host its 16th World Conference, October 21-23, 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/.
POLICE BRUTALITY – October 22 is a National Day Against Police Brutality.
ARTS – The 76th Annual Conference For Community Arts will take place October 30 to November 2, in Chicago. 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@ national guildorg; http://community artsed.nationalguildorg/.
MEDIA – The Union for Democratic Communications and Project Censored are sponsoring a joint conference on media democracy, media activism, and social justice to be held November 1-3 at the University of San Francisco. Proposals for presentations, workshops, and panels from activists and critical scholars are invited.
Contact: http://www.democratic communications.net/conference/udc, 2013.
EDUCATION – The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) will host its annual conference in Oakland, CA, November 6-10.
WOMEN’S STUDIES – The National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) will host its annual conference November 7-10, in Cincinatti, OH, under the theme Negotiating Points of Encounter. The keynote speaker is writer and teacher Elizabeth Alexander.
Contact: NWSA, 11 E Mount Royal Ave., Suite 100, Baltimore, MD 21202; 410-528-0355; [email protected]; http://www.nwsa.org/.
MEDIA – The 13th annual Media Democracy Days Vancouver (MDD) will host free public events including a panel and keynote, November 9.
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.
WOMEN/LAW – The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) will host its Women, Law & Legal Advocacy seminar November 14-16, in Washington, DC.
Contact: 1001 Connecticut Avenue NW, #930 Washington, DC 20036; 202-872-1585; plen @plen.org; www.plen.org.
WORKERS – The Vermont Workers Center will celebrate its 15th anniversary, November 9, in Barre, VT.
Contact: 294 N Winooski Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401; 802-861-4VWC; http://www.workerscenter.org/.
DRONES – CODEPINK, the Institute for Policy Studies, the Nation Magazine, and National Lawyers Guild (Georgetown Chapter) are hosting a drone summit titled Drones Around the Globe: Proliferation and Resistance, in Washington, DC, November 16-17.
Contact: [email protected]; http://www.codepinkalert.org/.
SCHOOL OF AMERICAS – The annual November vigil to protest the School of the Americas is scheduled for November 22-24 at Fort Benning, GA.
Contact: SOA Watch, PO Box 4566, Washington, DC 20017; 202-234-3440; [email protected]; http://soaw.org.
CUBA/WOMEN – The 2013 Women’s Research Delegation to Cuba & International Women’s Conference in Havana will be held November 22 to December 1.
Contact: http://www.womenand cuba.org/.
HUMAN RIGHTS – The U.S. Human Rights Network will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the Advancing Human Rights 2013 Conference, December 6 to 8, in Atlanta, GA.
Contact: 250 Georgia Avenue SE, Suite 330, Atlanta, GA 30312; [email protected]; http:// www.ushrnetwork.org/.
CLIMATE – The World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities has extended an invitation to submit expressions of interest to take part in a followup event to the 2012 Rio de Janeiro symposium. The gathering will be held in Qatar on January 28-30, 2014.
LABOR – Fast food workers across the nation have been participating in campaigns to increase wages and for union rights. Groups working on these issues include Fast Food Forward (NYC), and Good Jobs Seattle. Workers are also fighting against McDonald’s fee-laden pay cards.
Contact: http://www.fastfood forward.org/; http://goodjob sseattle.org/; http://lowpayis notok.org/; http://www.youtube. com/watch?v=mc3nXKGkuWw.
LEONARD PELTIER -Amnesty International is currently promoting an action to urge President Obama to free political prisoner Leonard Peltier from prison.
Contact: http://blog.amnestyusa. org/americas/5-reasons-president-obama-should-release-leonard-peltier/.
MUSIC – The 26th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference will be held February 19-23, in Kansas City, MO, with keynote speaker Graham Nash.
Contact: 509 Delaware St. #101, Kansas City, MO 64105; 816- 221-3655; [email protected]; http://www.folkalliance.org/.
LABOR – The 2014 Labor Notes Conference will be held April 4-6, in Chicago.
Contact: Labor Notes, 7435 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI, 48210; 313-842-6262; [email protected]; www.labornotes.org.
WAR RESISTER – Soldier Box: Why I Won’t Return to the War on Terror, by Joe Glenton, is about the author’s refusing a second tour of duty in Afghanistan, being accused of desertion by the military, and his activism afterwards.
Contact: Verso Books, 20 Jay Street, Suite 1010, Brooklyn, NY 11201; 718-246-8160; [email protected]; http://www. versobooks.com/.
HACKING – Biohackers: The Politics of Open Science, by Alessandro Delfanti, is a definitive account of the early, formative history of biohackers who are insisting on openness for their scientific enterprise. Delfanti examines key actors and the philosophy of free software in order to re-imagine and reconstitute their ethos so as to be built upon openness and access.
Contact: Pluto Books, 345 Archway Road, London, N6 5AA, 0208-3482724; http://pluto@p lutobooks.com; www.plutobooks. com/.
FOOD – The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food by Wayne Roberts is about a world food system.
Contact: Between the Lines, 401 Richmond Street, #277, Toronto, ON MSV 3A8, Canada; [email protected]; http://www.btlbooks.com/.
TROY DAVIS – I Am Troy Davis, coauthored by Jen Marlowe and Davis’ sister Martina Davis-Correia, is the story of Troy Anthony Davis, who was put to death by the State of Georgia on September 21, 2011.
Contact: Haymarket Books, PO Box 180165, Chicago, IL 60618; 773-583-7884; http://www.haymarket books.org/.
CLIMATE/ACTIVISM – In Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point, Subhankar Banerjee brings together first-person narratives from activists, writers and researchers who address issues of climate change, resource war, and human rights.
Contact: Seven Stories Press, 140 Watts Street, New York, NY 10013; 212-226-8760; [email protected]; http://www.sevenstories.com.
CUBA/MAFIA – Gangsterismo, by Jack Colhoun, is about the integral, extensive role of mobsters in the Cuban exile movement. The narrative unfolds against a broader historical backdrop of which it was a part: the confrontation between the United States and the Cuban revolution, which turned Cuba into one of the most perilous battlegrounds of the Cold War.
Contact: OR Books; [email protected]; http://www.orbooks.com/.
PALESTINE – State 194 is the story of Palestine after Prime Minister Salam Fayyad launched a plan to seek UN membership in 2009, and the inability to have peace in Palestine.
Contact: http://www.participant media.com/.
FUKUSHIMA – Fukushima, Never Again tells the story of the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdowns in northeast Japan in March of 2011 and exposes the cover-up by TEPCO and the Japanese government. This is the first film shown in the United States that interviews the mothers of Fukushima, nuclear power experts, and trade unionists who are fighting for justice and the protection of the children, the people of Japan, and the world.
Contact: Labor Video Project, PO Box 720027, San Francisco, CA 94172; 415-282-1908; [email protected]; http://www.fukushimaneveragain.com/.
COMMUNITY RADIO – The Prometheus Radio Project advocates for independent media at the federal level and assists community groups to apply for and start their own local community radio stations. The group is organizing around the historic passage of the Local Community Radio Act.
Contact: [email protected]; http://prometheusradio.org/.
RADIO – Radio Dispatch is a political internet radio show hosted by writers and comedians Molly and John Knefel.