Zaps – November 2010
MULTICULTURAL – The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) will have its 20th annual conference on November 3-6 in Las Vegas with a series of intensive institutes, as well as more introductory talks and workshops, advocating educational equity and social justice.
Contact: NAME Office, 2100 M Street, Washington DC 20037; www.nameorg.org.
UNITY CONFERENCE - The Fifth Annual Unity Conference, co-sponsored by the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, is scheduled for November 4-5 in Jackson, Mississippi, featuring panels and discussions, plus guest speakers Isabel Garcia and Bill Fletcher, Jr. among others.
Contact: MIRA, PO Box 1104, Jackson, MS 39215; 601-968-5182; www.yourmira.org.
RESISTERS - The annual gathering of New England War Tax Resisters and Supporters is scheduled from November 5-8 in Cambridge and Boston. This 25th Anniversary Gathering will bring together tax resisters and activists from across the region for mutual support, learning, and collaboration.
Contact: NEWT, 41A Brent St., Dorchester, MA 02124; 617-282-3783; www.nwtrcc.org.
JUAREZ ART EVENTS - An art exhibit at the Parks Gallery in Taos, New Mexico is scheduled from November 6-20 in memory of the girls and women assaulted and murdered in Juarez, Mexico over the past 15 years. A poetry reading by Valerie Martinez in memory of the Juarez women is scheduled for November 14 at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos.
Contact: [email protected].
BOOKFAIR - The 9th Annual New Orleans Bookfair is scheduled for Saturday, November 6 at the 500-600 blocks of Frenchmen Street to celebrate independent publishing and alternative media.
DISSIDENT FOLK – The annual Dissident Folk & Arts Festival, featuring musicians, poets, film and theater artists, is scheduled for3-11 PM November 6.
GATHERING – The national Gathering of the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) is scheduled for November 6 at Conway Hall in London, featuring speakers and entertainment highlighting arms issues under the new British regime.
MEDIA DEMOCRACY - November 6 is Media Democracy Day and events promoting non-corporate independent media are planned in Vancouver, British Columbia and Chicago, Illinois.
GREEN – Green Festival San Francisco is scheduled for November 6-7 at the Concourse Exhibition Center. A joint project of Global Exchange and Green America, the festival showcases sustainable projects and such speakers as Bill McKibben, Amy Goodman, Thom Hartmann, and Dolores Huerta, among others.
SUMMIT – Global Summit II: Humanity Uniting for a Sustainable Future is scheduled for November 8-10 at the Fort Mason Center Herbst Pavilion in San Francisco. The event features, speakers, music, and "solutions councils" on climate, women's health, scarcity, resources, and free speech.
RADIO – The AMARC 10 Global Conference will be held November 8-13 in La Plata, Argentina. The World Assembly of Community Radio Broadcasters hosts more than 400 community broadcasters and stakeholders from over 110 countries to share skills and promote social justice and sustainable, democratic, and participatory human development.
MUMIA TRIAL – The Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition has called for a full mobilization in Philadelphia on Tuesday, November 9 as the Third Circuit Appeals Court meets to decide whether Mumia Abu-Jamal is to be executed or get life in prison without parole, following a Supreme Court decision on a related case. Simultaneous demonstrations are planned in cities around the world against the political prosecution of the renowned activist.
Contact: The Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, PO Box 10328, Oakland, CA 94610; 510-268-9429; www.freemumia.org.
ANTI-WALL - November 9-16 is a week of education about and demonstrations against Israel's Apartheid Wall in the West Bank, now 60 percent completed, which violates international law and a 2004 ruling by the ICJ.
DRAWATHON – A Drawathon to Bring Our War $$ Home is scheduled for November 11 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Space Gallery in Portland, Maine. Sponsored by the Union of Maine Visual Artists, Code Pink Maine, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, and Maine Veterans For Peace.
Contact: Pat Taub, 207-372-8889, [email protected].
RADICAL LAWYERS – A Troublemaker's Guide to Surviving Law School, Part One is scheduled for November 11, 7-9 PM at the NYU Law School and features a panel of attorneys talking about what motivated them to get through law school as a radical student on their way to becoming the radical lawyers they are today.
HEALTHCARE - The Health care-NOW! 2010 Strategy Conference is scheduled for November 13-14 in Philadelphia to make plans to win guaranteed single-payer national health insurance.
Contact: Healthcare-NOW!, 1315 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19107; 800-453-1305; www.healthcare-now.org
THEATER - A Theater of the Oppressed workshop is scheduled for November 13-14 in Seattle, Washington, sponsored by Mandala Center for Change in association with Global Visionaries. Theatre of the Oppressed is a form of popular community-based education which uses theater as a tool for social change.
DIRECT ACTION – The annual November vigil to protest the School of the Americas, (now officially WHINSEC) is scheduled for November 19-21 at Fort Benning, Georgia, with additional events (teach-in, concerts, anti-militarization organizers' conference) at the Columbus Convention Center.
DAY OF MOURNING - A National Day of Mourning demonstration is traditionally scheduled for noon on Thanksgiving Day (November 25) at Coles Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts, commemorating the slaughter of Native Americans.
CLIMATE – UN climate talks are scheduled for November 29 through December 10 in Cancun, Mexico.
HR DAY – Friday, December 10 is Human Rights Day, commemorating the 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a 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.
BOOKFAIR – Northern California's Humboldt County Anarchist Bookfair is scheduled for December 11 from 10 AM to 6 PM at the Manila Community Center in between Eureka and Arcata.
CUBA TOURS – Tours that allow Americans to break the blockade and visit Cuba are available through Canada via Cuba Education Tours, including for the Havana International Jazz Festival, December 12-21.
Contact: Cuba Education Tours, 877-687-3817; www.cubafriends.com.
SOCIAL FORUM – The 2011 World Social Forum is scheduled for February 6-11 in Dakar, Senegal for discussions among citizen activists for alternatives to the dominant corporate-military system under the banner "Another World is Possible."
Campaigns / Resources
IRAN STATEMENT – The Campaign for Peace & Democracy is circulating a statement for signatures calling to "End the war threats and sanctions program against Iran, and support the struggle for democracy inside Iran."
ART/Posters – The Syracuse Cultural Workers' catalog "Tools For Change" is available online or in print, featuring art, music, apparel, calendars, and more by an artist collective committed to social justice.
Contact: Syracuse Cultural Workers, PO Box 6367, Syracuse, New York 13217; 800-396-1449; www.syracuseculturalworkers.com.
AFGHANISTAN – In The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan, edited by Nick Turse, leading commentators examine the Afghan debacle and its parallels with previous British and Soviet occupations.
ANARCHIST BIO – In Carlo Tresca: Portrait of a Rebel, Nunzio Pernicone traces the amazing life of an early 20th century Italian-American newspaper editor, labor agitator, anarchist, anti-communist, street fighter, and opponent of fascism.
CAPITALISM - In The Ecological Rift: Capitalism's War on the Earth, John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York argue that the source of our ecological crisis lies in the paradox of wealth in capitalist society, arguing for a change in social relations as the solution.
CENSORED – Censored 2011, edited by Mickey Huff, Peter Phillips, and Project Censored, presents the annual list of the top 25 censored stories, with additional narrative by the original reporters.
DEBT – In Debt, the IMF, and the World Bank: Sixty Questions, Sixty Answers, Éric Toussaint and Damien Millet explain how developed economies have systematically and deliberately exploited less-developed economies by forcing them into unequal trade and political relationships.
GANGS – The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of an American Gang by Natalie Y. Moore & Lance Williams chronicles the evolution of a group of poverty-stricken teens transformed into a dominant gang accused of terrorism, offering insight into the way in which minority crime is targeted in the community, reported in the media, and prosecuted in the courts.
GLOBALIZATION – Black Bloc, White Riot: Anti-Globalization and the Genealogy of Dissent by Bernardine Dohrn, foreword by AK Thompson, revisits the struggles against globalization and explores the connection between political violence and the white middle class.
IMMIGRATION – In Breaks in the Chain: What Immigrant Workers Can Teach America about Democracy, Paul Apostolidis investigates the life stories of a group of Mexican immigrant meatpackers, revealing the surprising power of activism by workers and their allies.
OBAMA – In The Empire's New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power, Paul Street assesses Obama's newly emergent record on domestic and foreign politics against his original agenda for change.
Contact: Paradigm Publishers, 2845 Wilderness Place, Suite 200, Boulder, CO 80301; 800-887-1591; www.paradigmpublishers.com.
PEACE - In Radical Peace: Refusing Violence, William Hathaway offers first-person experiences of war resisters, deserters, and peace activists in the U.S., Europe, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
QUEER - Queer (In)justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States by Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie, Kay Whitlock (edited by Michael Bronski) is an historical examination of the queer experiences—as criminal defendants, prisoners, and survivors of violent crimes.
SNCC WOMEN – Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC, edited by Faith S. Holsaert, Martha Prescod Norman Noonan, Judy Richardson, Betty Garman Robinson, Jean Smith Young, and Dorothy M. Zellner, offers a new oral history of women in the 1960s U.S. civil rights movement.
SOCIOLOGY - Sociology Is a Martial Art: Political Writings by Pierre Bourdieu, edited by Gisèle Sapiro, offers a survey of this dissident sociologist who helped inspire the mass movements against neoliberalism and globalization.
TELEVISION - In Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV, Jennifer L. Pozner examines how "unscripted" (but carefully crafted) "reality" TV shows glorify retrograde stereotypes that most people would assume got left behind 35 years ago.
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