Zaps – October 2008

AUCTION/FUNDRAISER - The Center for the Study of Political Graphics is holding its 19th anniversary dinner party & auction on October 4 at Union Station in Los Angeles.
SPACE NUKES - The annual International Week of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space is scheduled for October 4-12; resources to help plan educational events or demonstrations available.
ANTI-WAR MARCH - A March and Rally Against the War is scheduled for October 11 in Boston sponsored by the Stop the Wars Coalition.
DISSIDENT FOLK – The annual Dissident Folk & Arts Festival is scheduled for October 11 from 6-11 PM at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon New York.
EDUCATORS - The 8th Annual Conference, "Teaching for Social Justice: Building Power, Making Change," will be held Saturday, October 11 from 9 AM to 5 PM at Mission High School in San Francisco. The free event features workshops and resources.
WOMEN IN POLITICS - The Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction are holding the Third Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance on October 19-22, 2008 at the Dusit Hotel, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
FREE CONFERENCE - The annual free conference A World Beyond Capitalism is scheduled for October 25-26 in Olympia, Washington. Proposals and suggestions for workshops, speakers, and events are being accepted.

ELECTION - United for Peace & Justice has launched a Voter Engagement Campaign to mobilize the peace vote in the 2008 elections. It has three major components: intensive "bird-dogging" of candidates to make them answer questions and respond to public concerns; mass distribution of congressional voter guides on candidate’s positions on getting out of Iraq, seeking peace with Iran, abolition of nuclear weapons, and more; generating extensive "free media" about this campaign and the issues.

Contact: UFPJ, PO Box 607, Times Square Station, NY, NY 10108; 212-868-5545;
RELIEF - Late summer hurricanes destroyed much of Haiti and Cuba’s infrastructure and relief operations are underway. The Campaign for Labor Rights (CLR), a project of the Alliance for Global Justice, has established the Haitian Workers Hurricane Relief Fund to aid Haiti’s embattled union and its members, the Confederation of Travailleurs Haitiens (CTH). IFCO-Pastors for Peace is sending aid, including a Peace Construction Brigade, to Cuba.

EDUCATION - Teaching for Change offers teachers and parents the tools (media, speakers, lessons) to transform schools into centers of justice—catalog or materials available online of via the mail.
PROPOSALS  - Papers, as well as talk and panel topics, screenings, and performances, are being accepted until January 4 for the biennial conference of the Working Class Studies Association (WCSA) to be held June 3-6 in Pittsburgh. The theme: Class Matters.


ABU-JAMAL - In Prison My Whole Life, a new documentary about the wrongful conviction and death row incarceration of Mumia Abu-Jamal, is opening this fall in select theaters around the country.
SLACKER – Michael Moore’s new documentary, Slacker Uprising, chronicles his 62-city swing state tour of college campuses just prior to the 2004 election. It’s distributed via the web, available for free download or as a $10 DVD.


CULTURE - It’s Bigger than Hip Hop: The Rise of the Post-Hip Hop Generation by M.K. Asante, Jr. documents how this voice of rebellion has evolved, highlighting oppressions that still exist.

Contact: St. Martin’s Press, 175 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10010; 212-674-5151;
DRUG WAR - In Beyond Bogota: Diary of a Drug War Journalist in Colombia, Garry Leech does what most reporters won’t: goes to the countryside to talk to farmers, guerrillas, union organizers, indigenous communities, and others about a dirty, U.S. funded war in South America.

Contact: Beacon Press, 25 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02108; 617-742-2110;
GREENWASHINGGreen, Inc.: An Environmental Insider Reveals How a Good Cause Has Gone Bad by Christine MacDonald offers an insider expose of big money, and corporate friendly environmental NGOs.
HAITI - On That Day, Everybody Ate by Margaret Trost chronicles one woman’s participation in a volunteer food program offering much needed free food to children in Haiti.
IMMIGRATION - In Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants, David Bacon both examines the policies and human effects of immigration.

Contact: Beacon Press, 25 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02108; 617-742-2110;
POVERTY - In A People’s History of Poverty in America, Stephen Pimpare overturns prejudiced assumptions by documenting the real lives and opinions of poor people in U.S. history—the latest edition to a "People’s History" series.

Contact: The New Press, 38 Greene Street, 4th Floor, NY, NY 10013; 212-629-8802;
PRISON REFORM – In Beyond Prison: The Fight to Reform Prison Systems around the World, the late Ahmed Othmani relates the story of his own brutal detention followed by a lifetime fight for prisoners’ human rights.
RACE - How Race Survived U.S. History: From the American Revolution to the Present by David Roediger traces the development and durability of racial division, bias, and privilege in the U.S. including a consideration of the Obama phenomenon.