Events, New Releases
LITERACY – The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) will hold its conference July 12-13 in Los Angeles.
Contact: 10 Laurel Hill Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003; http:// namle.net/conference/.
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 across the continent to build one big union.
PEACESTOCK – On July 13, the 11th Annual Peacestock will take place at Windbeam Farm in Hager City, WI. Sponsored by Veterans for Peace.
Contact: Bill Habedank, 1913 Grandview Ave., Red Wing, MN 55066; 651-388-7733; bill habedankyahoo.com; http://www. peacestockvfp.org.
LA RAZA – The annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference is scheduled for July 18-19 in New Orleans, 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.
LABOR – The Eastern Conference For Workplace Democracy will be held at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, July 26-28.
Contact: [email protected] coop; http://east.usworker.coop/.
WAR RESISTERS – The War Resisters League will hold its 90th anniversary conference, Revolutionary Nonviolence: Building Bridges Across Generations and Communities, August 1-4, at Georgetown University. The event will focus on the U.S.’ long history of anti-militarism.
Contact: 339 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012; 212-228- 0450; [email protected]; http://www.warresisters.org.
POPULAR ECONOMICS – The Center for Popular Economics is holding its 2013 Summer Institute August 4-9 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. This year’s theme is The Care Economy: Building a Just Economy with a Heart.
Contact: Center for Popular Economics, PO Box 785, Amherst, MA 01004; 413-545-0743; [email protected]; www.populareconomics.org.
VETERANS – Veterans for Peace is holding the 28th annual convention August 6-11 in Madison, WI. This year’s theme is, Power To The Peaceful.
Contact: http://www.vfpnational convention.org/.
DEMOCRACY – The Democracy Convention will take place August 7-11 in Madison, WI. Topics include media, education, defense, race, environment and others.
WOMEN – The National Women’s Political Caucus will hold its 21st Biennial National Convention, August 9-11, 2013, in Austin, Texas.
OCCUPY – An Occupy National Gathering will be held in Kala- mazoo, MI, August 21-25.
Contact: [email protected]; http://occupynationalgathering.net
LABOR – The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and The King Center have joined together to call for events—including an August 24, 2013 March on Washington—commemorating the 50th anniversary of the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech.
Contact: Labor Fightback Network, P.O. Box 187, Flanders, NJ 07836; 973-944-8975; [email protected]; http:/ /laborfightback.org/conference.
COMMUNITIES – The Communities Conference is a networking and learning opportunity for co-operative or communal lifestyles; scheduled for August 30-September 2 at the Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, Virginia.
Contact: http://www.communities conference.org/.
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/.
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.
LGBTQ – The 26th annual Out On Film Festival will take place October 3-10, in Atlanta. The submission deadline is July 15.
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. Application deadline is July 9.
Contact: 2524 16th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144; 206-957- 4649; http://www.elcentrode laraza.org/.
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 free childcare.
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, work to challenge traditional ethnocentric views of Columbus the sole discoverer of America, as well as challenging the celebration of invasion and cultural imperialism.
Contact: http://www.transform columbusday.org.
POLICE BRUTALITY – October 22 is National Day Against Police Brutality.
Contact: http://www.october22. org/.
HAITI – International Action, which brings clean water and chlorinators to Haiti, seeks office space capable of housing up to six people and their office equipment.
Contact: Zach Bremer, [email protected]; 202- 488-0735; http://www.haitiwater.org/.
EDUCATION – The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) will host its annual conference in Oakland, CA, November 6-10.
CUBA/WOMEN – The 2013 Women’s Research Delegation to Cuba & International Women’s Conference in Havana will be held November 22-December 1.
Contact: http://www.womenand cuba.org/.
ASSISTANCE – Both the Senate and House Agricultural Committees passed their versions of the “Farm Bill” which will set agricultural policy for the next 10 years. Currently, both versions are unacceptable as they contain devastating and nonsensical cuts to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), which will mean that low-income families will have less food.
Contact: 1023 15th St. NW, Suite 401, Washington, DC 20005; http://www.everychildmatters.org/
HAITI/WOMEN – Haiti’s government is considering a legal reform measure that would prohibit and punish all sexual assault. MADRE and the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict are launching a petition to raise support for this push to address violence against women in Haiti.
Contact: 121 West 27th Street, #301, New York, NY 10001; 212-627-0444; [email protected] org; http://www.madre.org.
KEYSTONE XL – Credo, Rainforest Action Network and The Other 98% are currently organizing with signers of the KXL Pledge of Resistance.
Contact: http://credoaction.com/; http://ran.org/act/pledge_resistance/.
SYRIA/MIDDLE EAST – The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) is currently seeking funds to assist more than 200,000 refugees fleeing violence in Syria.
Contact: https://www.mecafor peace.org.
ESSAY CONTEST – The Daniel Singer Foundation is seeking an original essay of no more than 5,000 words to address some aspect of the current scene in the spirit that Singer exemplified. Submissions must be received by Saturday, August 31, 2013.
Contact: The Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation, PO Box 2371, El Cerrito, CA 94530; [email protected]
CALL FOR PAPERS – Women of Color Beyond Faith: Free- thought, Feminism and Social Justice is a planned essay collection addressing these themes and more. Submission deadline is September 30, 2013.
Contact: [email protected]; http://freethoughtblogs.com/.
MONSANTO – Senator Jeff Merkley has proposed an amendment to the Senate Farm Bill that would repeal the Monsanto Protection Act.
Contact: http://act.credoaction. com/sign/mon_prot_act/.
CAPITALISM – The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and the Economic Dissolution of the West, Towards a New Economics for a Full World, by Paul Craig Roberts, is a challenge both to economic theory and to media explanations of the ongoing 21st century economic crisis.
Contact: Clarity Press, Inc., Ste. 469, 3277 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta, GE 30305; 404-647-6501; [email protected]; http://www. claritypress.com/.
ART/OPPRESSION – Bury My Clothes is poet Roger Bonair-Agard’s meditation on violence, race, and the place in art at which they intersect.
Contact: Haymarket Books, PO Box 180165, Chicago, IL 60618; 773-583-7884; http://www.haymarket books.org/.
FEMINISM – In Feminism and the Making of Socialism, by Sheila Rowbotham, Lynne Segal and Hilary Wainwright, inspired by the activism of the 1970s, the authors seek to apply their experiences as feminists to creating stronger bonds of solidarity in a new kind of Left movement.
Contact: http://www.merlinpress. co.uk/.
AMERICAN ISLAM – In Light without Fire, Scott Korb tells the story of the founding of America’s first Muslim institution of higher education, Zaytuna College, in California, in the post-9/11 U.S.
Contact: Beacon Press, 25 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108; 617-723-3097; http://www.beacon.org/.
MCKINNEY – Cynthia McKin- ney is a peace advocate and human rights activist. Her new memoir is titled Ain’t Nothing Like Freedom.
Contact: Clarity Press, Inc., Ste. 469, 3277 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta, GE 30305; 404-647-6501; [email protected]; http:// www.claritypress.com/.
CUBA – In The Economic War Against Cuba, A Historical and Legal Perspective on the US Blockade, Salim Lamrani explains U.S. economic sanctions against Cuba: their origins, their provisions, how they contravene international law, and how they affect the lives of Cubans.
Contact: Monthly Review Foundation, 146 W 29th Street, Suite 6W, New York, NY 10001; 212- 691-2555; [email protected]; http://monthlyreview. org/.
LAOS – Two new books, both dealing with the secret war in Laos that took place during the 1960s, and whose geographical focus is the same area of northern Laos, have been released. One is a novel, The Plain of Jars, while the other is a reprint of a 1972 anthology of bombing survivor stories, Voices from the Plain of Jars.
Contact: [email protected]; http://plainofjars.net/.
PALESTINE – In The Castle, four ex-convicts—Vilma Ortiz Donovan, Kenneth Harrigan, Casimiro Torres, and Angel Ramos—defy the grim statistic that two out of every three prisoners released in the United States will be back in prison within three years.
Contact: http://www.thecastlethe play.org/.
FOLK FESTIVAL – The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival will be held August 2-4, in the Berkshires, NY.
Contact: http://www.falconridge folk.com/; [email protected]
DISSIDENT ARTS – The Dissident Arts Festival will take place August 24, at the Brecht Forum in New York City. The Dissident Arts Festival is the annual showcase of radical arts and activism.
Contact: John Pietaro, 646-599-0060; leftmus @earthlink.net; http://www. dissidentarts.com/.
PALESTINE – Doc Jazz’s new album, Intifada, is a collection of songs about the Palestinian cause, including “Right of Return,” “The Wall Must Fall” and “We Resist.”
Contact: http://www.docjazz. 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.
Contact: [email protected]; http://prometheusradio.org/.