CUBAN 5 – From May 30 to June 5, a number of intellectuals, authors, labor and religious figures, attorney, and supporters of the Cuban 5 will gather in Washington, DC to advocate for a dialogue between the U.S. and Cuba, to raise awareness about the case of the Cuban 5 and to demand a humanitarian solution that will allow the return of these men to their homeland.
MANNING – On June 1, a rally will be held at Fort Meade in support of Bradley Manning.
BIKES – Bikes Not Bombs is holding its 24th annual Bike-A-Thon and Green Roots Festival in Boston, MA on June 3, with several bike rides scheduled, music, exhibitors and more.
Contact: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-522-0222; mail@ bikesnotbombs.org; www.bikesnotbombs.org.
LEFT FORUM – The 2013 Left Forum will be held June 7-9, at Pace University in New York City.
Contact: 365 Fifth Avenue, CUNY Graduated Center, Sociology Dept., New York, NY 10016; http://www.leftforum.org/.
VEGAN FEST – Mad City Vegan Fest will be held in Madison, WI, June 8. The annual event features food, speakers, and exhibitors.
Contact: 122 State Street, Suite 405 B, Madison, WI 53701; [email protected]; http://veganfest.org/.
ADC CONFERENCE– The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) holds its annual conference June 13-16, in Washington, DC, with panel discussions and workshops on civil rights, media and other topics.
Contact: 1990 M Street, Suite 610, Washington, DC, 20036; 202-244-2990; [email protected] http://convention.adc.org/.
CUBA/SOCIALISM – A Cuban-North American Dialog on Socialist Renewal and Global Capitalist Crisis will be held in Havana, Cuba, June 16-30. There will be a 5 day Seminar at University of Havana, plus visits to a co–operative, urban garden, community development project, social research centers, and educational & medical institutions.
Contact: [email protected]; http://www.globaljusticecenter.org/.
Contact: 4126 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48201; http://alliedmedia.org/.
LITERACY – The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) will hold its conference July 12-13 in Los Angeles under the heading, Intersections: Teaching and Learning Across Media.
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 branches across the continent to learn new skills and build One Big Union.
PEACESTOCK – On July 13, the 11th Annual Peacestock: A Gathering for Peace, will take place at Windbeam Farm 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.peacestockvfp.org.
ACTIVIST CAMP – Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp will have sessions in July and August in Ben Lomond, CA; Portland, OR; Charlton, 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/.
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.
Contact: [email protected]; http://east.usworker.coop/.
WOMEN/LYNNE STEWART– Radical Women is asking for support letters and cards to be sent to Lynne Stewart, a civil rights attorney and political prisoner who is currently in jail. She has breast cancer and authorities have denied her request for transfer from her Texas prison to the New York City hospital where she received medical attention during a prior bout of breast cancer. Send messages and cards to: Lynne Stewart 53504-054, Federal Medical Center Carswell, P.O. Box 27137, Fort Worth, TX 76127.
Contact: 747 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109; 415-864-1278; RadicalWomenUS @gmail.com; http://lynnestewart.org/; http://www.radicalwomen.org/.
HAITI/WOMEN – Haiti’s government is considering a legal reform measure that would prohibit and punish all sexual assault, including marital rape. MADRE and the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict are launching a petition to raise international 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]; http://www.madre.org.
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.
FOLK FESTIVAL – The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival will be held August 2-4, in the Berkshires, NY.
Contact: http://www.falconridg folk.com/; [email protected]
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 long U.S. history of antimilitarism.
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. No background in economics is needed for this intensive training. 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.
DEMOCRACY – The Democracy Convention will take place August 7-11 in Madison, WI. The convention brings together nine conferences including topics such as media, education, defense, race, environment and others.
MEN – The 38th National Conference on Men & Masculinity: Forging Justice: Creating Safe, Equal and Accountable Communities, presented in partnership with HAVEN, will be held in Detroit, MI, August 8-10.
Contact: [email protected]; http://www.nomas.org/.
OCCUPY – An Occupy National Gathering will be held in Kalamazoo, MI, August 21-25.
Contact: [email protected]; http://occupynationalgathering.net/.
COMMUNITIES – 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, 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]; http://www.dissidentarts.com/.
COMMUNITIES – The Communities Conference is a networking and learning opportunity for co-operative or communal lifestyles, with workshops, events and entertainment; scheduled for August 30-September 2 at the Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, Virginia.
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 & trolley tours.
Contact: PO Box 1137, Lawrence, MA 01842; 978-794-1655; http://www.breadandrosesheritage.org/.
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.
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; teachers4socialjustice @yahoo.com; http://www.t4sj.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, Zbrehmer@ haitiwater.org; 202-488-0735; http://www.haiti water.org/.
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.
CUBA/WOMEN – The 2013 Women’s Research Delegation to Cuba & International Women’s Conference in Havana will be held November 22-December 1.
GITMO – A new petition on change.org has been launched asking President Obama to close Guantanamo Bay
ESSAY CONTEST – The Daniel Singer Foundation is seeking an original essay of no more than 5000 words to address some aspect of the current scene in the spirit that Singer exemplified.
Contact: The Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation, PO Box 2371, El Cerrito, CA 94530; [email protected]
SHADOW GOVERNMENT – Dr. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, the 2012 Green Party presidential and vice-presidential nominees, marked the beginning of Earth Week by announcing a new Green Shadow Cabinet that will serve as an independent voice in U.S. politics, putting the needs of people and protection of the planet ahead of profits for big corporations.
Contact: [email protected]; http://greenshadowcabinet.us/.
NEWS/MEDIA – The Real News is currently fundraising for its new studio in Baltimore.
COMEDY/KIDS – Comedian Jen Kirkman has released her new book, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a Happy Life Without Kids.
ART/OPPRESSION– Bury My Clothes is poet Roger Bonair-Agard’s meditation on violence, race, and the place in art at which they intersect. Among oppressed communities, he asserts, art is about survival, about establishing personhood in a world that says you have none—a mode of creation that has transformed both the world of art, and the world itself.
Contact: Haymarket Books, PO Box 180165, Chicago, IL 60618; 773-583-7884; http://www.haymarketbooks.org/.
FEMINISM – In Feminism and the Making of Socialism, by Sheila Rowbotham, Lynne Segal and Hilary Wainwright, inspired by the activism of the 1970s, and facing the imminent triumph of the Right under Margaret Thatcher, the authors sought to apply their experiences as feminists to creating stronger bonds of solidarity in a new kind of Left movement. In three new essays to this new edition of Beyond the Fragments the authors return to the fraught question of how to consolidate diverse upsurges of rebellion into effective, open, democratic Left coalitions.
AMERICAN ISLAM – In Light without Fire, Scott Korb tells the story of the founding of America’s first Muslim institution of higher education, ZaytunaCollege, in California, in the post-911 U.S.
Contact: Beacon Press, 25 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108; 617-723-3097; http://www.beacon.org/.
MCKINNEY– Cynthia McKinney is an internationally renowned 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/.
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.
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 currently organizing around the historic passage of the Local Community Radio Act.
Contact: [email protected]; http://prometheusradio.org/.
COMEDY – Comedian Lee Camp is currently fundraising to continue his political comedy The Moment of Clarity Show.