Zaps – April 2008


ABORTION RIGHTS – The 22nd Annual "From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom" conference takes place April 4-6, 2008 at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. The conference, a project of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program and the Population and Development Program, is free and open to the public.

Contact: Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program, Hampshire College, 893 West Street, Amherst, MA 01002; 413-559- 5416;;
ORGANIZINGOn April 11, from 10 AM to 4 PM, the Adler Institute on Social Exclusion and the Jane Addams Hull House Association presents "Disrupting the Status Quo: Exposing Bias Building Community," a conference in Chicago for individuals interested in advancing social change. 

Contact: Adler School of Professional Psychology, 65 East Wacker Place, Suite 2100, Chicago, IL 60601; 312-201-5900;

– The annual Labor Notes conference is scheduled for April 11-13 in Dearborn, Michigan. Young and old will come together for workshops and strategy in fighting back and taking what’s ours from the corporate oligarchy. This year’s theme: "Rebuilding Labor’s Power." 

Contact: Labor Notes, 7435 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48210; 313-842-6262;; www.

– "War and Its Discontents: Understanding Iraq and the U.S. Empire" is a conference for historians and activists, co-sponsored by the Peace History Society. The conference will take place April 11-13, 2008, in Atlanta, Georgia. 

EDUCATION CONFERENCE "Social Justice in Education" is the theme of a conference at Lincoln High School in San Diego on April 12. Organized by the Association of Raza Educators (ARE), the conference will explore the role of teachers and students in struggling, inside and outside the classroom, against oppression and marginalization within the educational system.

Contact: Association of Raza Educators, PO Box 740337, San Diego, CA 92114;; www.

– Planning is still underway for the Los Angeles Social Forum in late April; check the website or call for more details. 

Contact: LA Social Forum, PO Box 50359, Los Angeles, CA 90050; 213-596-8226;;

– The Center for Study of Working Class Life will have its annual conference, "How Class Works" at the State University of New York at Stony Brook June 5-7. 

Contact: Michael Zweig, Director, Center for Study of Working Class Life, Department of Economics, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794; 631-632-7536;;

The 2008 National Conference for Media Reform is scheduled for June 6-8 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Thousands of activists, journalists, and policymakers will hold discussions, workshops, and skillshares. Scholarships and work exchanges available. 

Contact: NCMR, 877-888-1533 x210;;

– The 2008 National Conference of Democratic Workplaces will be held this June 19-22 in New Orleans. Proposals for conference workshops, speakers, and events are now being accepted. 

Contact: US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, PO Box 170701, San Francisco, CA 94117; 415-379-9201;;

An educational and activist delegation to Honduras with Rights Action is planned for July 7-12. Participants will learn about community and Indigenous Garifuna resistance to large scale "development" projects (including Goldcorp Inc.’s open pit, cyanide leeching gold mine and large scale tourist plans on Honduras’s north Caribbean shore) and about community development alternatives. 

Contact: Rights Action, PO Box 50887, Washington DC 20091;
860-352- 2448;;

Campaigns & Organizations 

United for Peace and Justice, the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Jewish Voice for Peace, Peace Action, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, and the Council for the National Interest are calling on the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittees to end military aid to Israel as the first step towards Middle East peace. Sign-on letters for congress are available from the campaign organizers. 

Contact: US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, PO Box 21539, Washington, DC 20009; 202-332-0994;;

– The Center for Media Justice’s upgraded website is now live. Be assured, CMJ is the same bold, brown and visionary organization previously known as the Youth Media Council, though now with national outreach, while keeping our focus on community organizing and youth rights in the Bay Area. 

Contact: Center for Media Justice (CMJ), 1611 Telegraph Ave. suite 510, Oakland, CA, 94612; 510-444-0640;;

– The Center for Responsive Politics is a non-partisan organization tracking money in U.S. politics, its effect on elections and public policy. The CRP website,, offers a resource for campaign contributions, lobbying data, and analysis. 

Contact: The Center for Responsive Politics, 1101 14th St., NW, Suite 1030, Washington, DC 20005; 202-857-0044;;


–, GRAIN, and BIOTHAI have launched a collaborative publication, Fighting FTAs: The growing resistance to bilateral free trade and investment agreements. It is available online in multiple formats and languages, including multimedia and printable PDF files, open to all as
copyleft media. Fighting FTAs looks in-depth at so called Free Trade Agreements and how social movements are fighting back.


– The annual report of Human Rights Watch, World Report 2008, is now available. 

Contact: Seven Stories Press, 140 Watts Street, New York, NY 10013;


– The University Against Itself provides a brief history of labor organizing on American campuses, analyzes the state of academic labor today, and speculates about how the university workplace may evolve for employees. 

Contact: Temple University Press, 306 University Services Building (083-41), Philadelphia, PA 19122; 800-621-2736;

– New research into the bizarre world of Reverend Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church and ultra-conservative owner of the Washington Times and United Press International, is revealed in John Gorenfeld’s Bad Moon Rising

Contact: PoliPointPress LLC, 80 Liberty Ship Way, Suite 22, Sausalito, CA 94965; 415-339- 4100;; 

Race and Arab Americans Before and After 9/11 edited by Amaney Jamal and Nadine Naber brings the varied terrain of Arab American histories to bear on conceptualizations of race in United States. 

Contact: Syracuse University Press, 621 Skytop Road, Suite 110, Syracuse, NY 13244; 315-443-5534;;

Progressive Nation: A Travel Guide with 400+ Left Turns and Inspiring Landmarks by travel writer and political activist Jerome Pohlen puts progressive milestones on the map, celebrating men and women who made revolutionary changes in America. 

Contact: Independent Publishers Group, 814 North Franklin St., Chicago, IL 60610; 800-888- 4741; 

World Tribunal on Iraq: Making the Case Against War is a damning indictment that examines every aspect of the Iraq war and occupation—including its legality, its environmental impact, the use of torture, and the role of the media. 

Contact: Interlink Publishing Group, Inc., 46 Crosby Street, Northampton, MA 01060; 1-800-238-LINK;;

War on Terror, Inc.: Corporate Profiteering from the Politics of Fear by Solomon Hughes examines the crucial debate on the role of corporations in warfare and national security. 

Contact: Verso, 180 Varick St, New York, NY 10014; 212- 807-9680;;

– At a time when the outcry is minimal and the voices are tragically few, Ewuare Osayande’s Misogyny & the Emcee challenges all forms of inter and intra-racial violence perpetuated against Black women and girls. 

Contact: Talking Drum Communications, PO Box 42634, Philadelphia, PA 19101;

Fidel Castro Reader edited by David Deutschmann and Deborah Shnooka is the first selection of Fidel Castro’s speeches to be published since the 1960s. 

Contact: Ocean Press, 511 Avenue of the Americas, #96, New York, NY 10011;;

Guys and Guns Amok: Domestic Terrorism and School Shootings from the Oklahoma City Bombing to the Virginia Tech Massacre by Douglas Kellner connects each case with male socialization and a search for identity in a culture obsessed with guns and militarism.

Contact: Paradigm Publishers, 3360 Mitchell Lane, Boulder, CO 80301; 303-245- 9054;

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