Zaps – November 2009













 
Events
 
GREEN CITIES – Future Cities 2009: Local Democracy in Action for a Carbon-Free, Nuclear-Free, Greener World is a conference scheduled for November 5-8 in Madison, Wisconsin, to stimulate municipal efforts to transition to a clean, peace economy.
 
 
CONFERENCE - A Conference on Democracy and Direct Action: Documenting Indigenous Responses to Neo-Colonialism and Globalization is scheduled for November 6-7 at Michigan State University. Keynote speaker is Ward Churchill, music by Rebel Diaz.
 
 
BOOKFAIR – The 8th Annual New Orleans Bookfair is scheduled for Saturday, November 7 at the 500-600 blocks of Frenchmen Street. It will be a celebration of independent publishing and alternative media.
 
 
SINGLE-PAYER - The Healthcare-NOW! 2009 National Strategy Conference is scheduled for November 14-15 in St. Louis, Missouri. Activists from around the country are gathering to push for real reform—single-payer universal healthcare such as HR676 instead of the insurance giveaway proposals pushed by corporate media.
 
 
DIRECT ACTION – The annual November vigil to protest the School of the Americas (now officially WHINSEC) is scheduled for November 20-22 at Fort Benning, Georgia. This year has greater importance with the ongoing coup in Honduras perpetrated by SOA graduates.
 
 
DAY OF MOURNING - The 39th National Day of Mourning demonstration is scheduled for noon on November 26 at Coles Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts, commemorating the slaughter of Native Americans.
 
 
CLIMATE ACTION – Mobilization for Climate Justice has called for a worldwide day of mass action on climate issues for November 30 (N30), the 10-year anniversary of the historic WTO protests in Seattle, also in advance of an important UN conference on global warming in December.
 
Contact: Mobilization for Climate Justice, [email protected], www.actforclimatejustice.org; Climate Justice Action, [email protected], www.climate-justice-action.org.
 
BOOKFAIR – Humboldt’s second annual Anarchist Book Fair is scheduled for December 5 at the Manila Community Center in Arcata, California.
 
 
IMMIGRATION - The National Immigration Law Center has scheduled the 7th National Low-Income Immigrant Rights Conference for December 6 in Arlington, Virginia. The purpose is to share information and experiences and to develop strategies around some of the core issues affecting immigrants.
 
 
CLIMATE TALKS - December 7-18 is the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The Copenhagen, Denmark meeting will elicit worldwide demonstrations, educational opportunities, and direct action protests to pressure for real commitments and against "false solutions" such as corporate-friendly "cap and trade."
 
 
HR DAY – Thursday, December 10 is Human Rights Day. On that date in 1948, 48 members of the UN, including the United States, adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a potentially revolutionary document that has yet to be implemented.
 
Contact: OHCHR-UNOG, 8-14 Avenue de la Paix, 1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland; www.un.org/en/rights.
 

 
Call for Proposals
 
WORKING CLASS – The Center for Study of Working Class Life is accepting proposals for papers, presentations, and sessions until December 14 for its 2010 conference How Class Works, to be held at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, June 3-5.
 
 

 
Web
 
ALTERNATIVES - Other Worlds is a website promoting alternatives to capitalist, patriarchal economic and social models, documenting more than a dozen case studies and promoting fundamental change towards a just society.
 
Contact: Other Worlds, PO Box 10095, Albuquerque, NM, 87114; 505-922-8262; www.otherworldsarepossible.org.
 
REPORTS - The Institute for Policy Studies has two new reports available for download: the 16th annual report on corporate greed: "Executive Excess: America’s Bailout Barons" and "Why A Real Recovery Must Be a Global Recovery."
 
 

 
DVD
 
EDWARD SAID – A new two-disc set about Edward Said (1935-2003) is the first in a series on intellectuals of the modern era from Icarus films. It contains the documentaries Out of Place (2005) by Sato Makato and The Last Interview (2004) by Mike Dibb.
 
 

 
Books
 
HEALTH & WEALTHSickness and Health: The Corporate Assault on Global Health, edited by Meredith Fort, Mary Anne Mercer, and Oscar Gish, includes essays examining how official and corporate actors of globalization enact policies that limit medical access and promote disease and death for many in the poor world.
 
 
ROOTS - Valerio Volpi’s The Roots of Contemporary Imperialism argues that the U.S. government’s endless world war and economic exploitation is a 200-plus year old system to defend the properties, wealth, and privileges of economic elites.
 
Contact: University Press of America, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 4501 Forbes Boulevard, Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706; 800-462-6420; www.univpress.com.