Zaps – May 2010
NUKE TREATY – Anti-nuclear groups and activists from around the world are coming to New York City for a conference, "For a Nuclear Free, Peaceful, Just and Sustainable World," from April 30 through May 1, and to celebrate an International Day of Action Against Nuclear Weapons on May 2 with a march from Times Square to the UN for a Peace Festival. The events are timed to coincide with a meeting of government leaders for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in May.
MAY DAY – A May Day Unity Coalition is planning events for May 1 in NYC. May Day events in the recent past featured demonstrations in favor of pro-worker (and pro-immigrant) reform and against deportations, foreclosures and bank bailouts.
MEDIA – The Making Media Public Conference is scheduled for May 6-9 in Toronto, Canada, focused on four interrelated themes: history, labor, policy, and alternative/independent and community media.
JOBS – Demonstrations and rallies in favor of a real jobs program are planned for noon on Saturday, May 8 in Washington, DC and in San Francisco. The DC rally will be in front of the Labor Department Building and the San Francisco rally will be at the New Federal Building.
CLASS CONFERENCE – The Center for Study of Working Class Life is hosting its 2010 conference How Class Works June 3-4 at SUNY-Stony Brook.
BIKING – Join Bikes Not Bombs Sunday, June 6 for their 23rd annual Bike-A-Thon and Green Roots Festival in Boston, Massachusetts.
RADIO – The 35th Annual Community Radio Conference is scheduled for June 9-12 in St. Paul, Minnesota, with discussion, affinity groups, and dozens of workshops.
LABOR – The Pacific Northwest Labor History Association’s 42nd annual conference, "The Union Makes Us Strong: Inspiration, Guidance, and Hope During Hard Times," is scheduled for June 11-13 in Portland, Oregon.
MEDIA – The 12th annual Allied Media Conference will be held June 18-20 in the McGregor Conference Center at Wayne State University in Detroit. Participatory workshops and skill- shares will emphasize DIY alternative media to advance visions of a just and creative world.
Contact: Allied Media Projects, 420 Cass Ave., Detroit MI 48201; www.alliedmediaconference.org.
SOCIAL FORUM – The second U.S. Social Forum is scheduled from June 22-26 in Detroit. The social forum movement has brought together millions of people around the world working for participatory grassroots alternatives to a hierarchical system of corporate exploitation of peoples and the environment. The theme of the USSF is Another World Is Possible, Another U.S. Is Necessary.
CARAVAN – The 21st annual Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba is scheduled for July 3 through August 3. Through mid-July, volunteers will travel across the U.S. and Canada collecting aid and educating about the unjust blockade against Cuba, before an orientation in Texas July 18-20, followed by travel to and from Cuba until August 3.
NUKE-FREE – The Nuclear Resister, Nukewatch, and the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance (OREPA) are hosting a national gathering July 3-5 at Maryville College in Tennessee to declare independence from nuclear weapons and power, culminating with nonviolent direct action at nearby Oak Ridge, where OREPA has sustained a nonviolent campaign for over 20 years.
Contact: Felice and Jack Cohen-Joppa, The Nuclear Resister, 520-323-8697, [email protected], www.nuclearresister.org; Bonnie Urfer and John LaForge, Nukewatch, 715-472-4185, [email protected], www.nukewatch.com.
DIRECT ACTIONS – The Campaign to Legalize Democracy has called for communities to declare their independence and demonstrate against corporate rule and "personhood" on July 4, from floats in parades to sit-ins and giant Monopoly boards. Info sheet with suggestions is available at their website.
COMMUNITY MEDIA – The Alliance for Community Media 2010 National Conference is scheduled for July 7-10 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hands-on workshops and skillshares will be offered by this coalition of community media groups.
Contact: ACM, 1100 G Street, NW, Suite 740, Washington, DC 20005; 202-393-2653; www.alliancecm.org.
LA RAZA – The annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) conference is scheduled for July 10-13 in San Antonio, Texas, with workshops, presentations, and panel discussions.
Contact: NCLR Headquarters Office, Raul Yzaguirre Building, 1126 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-776-1718; www.nclr.org.
ANTI-WAR – A National Antiwar Conference is scheduled for July 23-25 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albany, New York.
URPE – The Union for Radical Political Economics (URPE) four-day workshop/retreat with papers and workshops, formal and informal, is titled "Capitalism and Global Climate Change" and is scheduled for August 15-18 in Camp Deer Run in Pine Bush, New York.
Contact: Union for Radical Political Economics, Gordon Hall, University of Massachusetts, 418 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002; 413-577-0806; www.urpe.org.
VETERANS – Veterans for Peace celebrates its 25th anniversary at this year’s annual convention August 25-29 in Portland, Maine, with workshops, talks, and strategy sessions, with a final day rally and march.
Contact: Contact Veterans For Peace, 216 S. Meramec Ave., St. Louis, MO 63105; 314-725-6005; www.vfpnationalconvention.org.
ESSAYS – The Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation invites submissions to the 2010 Daniel Singer Prize competition, up to 5,000 words on the topic: "Given the devastating effects of the present crisis on working people, what proposals for radical reform can be raised which are both practical to the vast majority while moving us towards the goal of socialism?" Deadline is July 31.
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