March 2017
Volume 30  Number 3


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Is there any possible truth in this promise from a candidate who lost the popular vote, the vote of the people? What mechanism has Trump even hinted at that would provide for greater local government control anywhere? Trump’s determination to cut back on regulations is designed to empower corporations, not local governments, and certainly not individuals


You can see in the chaos a pattern: the political, religious and financial right collaborating to move America further from the norms of democracy with the triumph of one-party, one-man rule. There’s never been anything like it in our history.


The Oxfam report, in its conclusions, advocates a switch to a “human economy,” one in which governments are “accountable to the 99 percent,” businesses would be oriented toward policies that “increase prosperity for all,”

The Hill reports that the Trump budget may well slash Federal funding for the 25 programs that grew out of the Violence against Women Act.


After overseeing the aggressive prosecution and near-seven- year incarceration of Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, President Obama—in one of his last acts in office—commuted all but four months of her remaining sentence but ignored the fact that he had taken no action on the war crimes that Manning revealed


OBOR is not the name of an ancient king or kingdom, but it does resonate with an ambition imperial in its scope. OBOR—One Belt, One Road—is China’s “new Silk Road” and is spinning a web of connectivity by sea and land across Central Asia and into Europe


The fact is that Trump’s lack of clear foreign policy that aims at creating stability—not rash decisions to win lobby approval—is a dangerous political strategy


Riding the tide of the current popularity of George Orwell's dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, longtime war tax resister Ed Hedemann has proposed that new resisters reduce their payments to the IRS

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Over time, you notice that beneath VIO.ME’s sometimes mundane veneer, a series of radical changes are taking place. These are changes that offer alternatives to how we organize work, community and society at large.


Trump is a dedicated free trader. He just rejects multilateral, multi-country free trade deals like TPP and NAFTA. He wants even stronger, pro-U.S. business free trade deals and intends to renegotiate the existing multilateral treaties—to the benefit of U.S. multinational corporations and at the expense of the U.S. trading partners


Article 25 of the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) states that the right to health care is indeed a human right. Yet, it is estimated that close to 30 million Americans remain uninsured even with the ACA in place.


Racial justice activist Marienna Pope-Weidemann speaks to Peter Pedemonti, co-founder and director of the New Sanctuary Movement in Philadelphia. The...
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Trump’s presidency threatens immigrants, African Americans, Muslims, workers, women, children, the elderly, the disabled, LGBTQ people, and many others. Indeed, it threatens all that holds us together as a society. We the people—society—need to defend ourselves against this threat


Immigrant labor is more vital to many industries than it’s ever been before. Immigrants have always made up most of the country’s farm workers in the West and Southwest. Today, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, about 57 percent of the country’s entire agricultural workforce is undocumented. But the list of other industries dependent on immigrant labor is long—meatpacking, some construction trades, building services, healthcare, restaurant and retail service, and more


Events MEDIA – The Transformative Media conference will be held March 1-4 in Washington, DC. Contact: LABOR – The...
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MEDIA - The Transformative the Media conference will be held March 1-4 in Washington, DC.


LABOR - The Southern Labor Studies Association next conference will take place from March 2-5 in Tampa, FL.

Contact: Southern Labor Studies Association, c/o Department of History, P. O. Box 8795, The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795;

PRISON - The 6th annual Beyond the Bars Conference will take place March 3-5 at Columbia University.


VIETNAM/VETERANS - Veterans For Peace Annual Tour To Viet Nam will be March 5-21. The mission of the tour is to address the legacies of America’s war, as well as visit a beautiful country & form lasting ties of friendship & peace.

Contact: 216 South Meramec Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63105; 314-725-6005;;

WOMYN - March 8 is International Womyn’s Day. Events are planned nationwide.


ARTS - Arts Day is March 9, in Madison, WI. It’s a day of celebrating, networking, learning and speaking up, with people who care about Wisconsin’s future.

Contact: PO Box 1054, Madison, WI 53701; 608-255-8316;;

LABOR - The Southern Maine Workers' Center will hold its annual membership meeting in Portland, March 11.

Contact: PO Box 3902, Portland, ME 04101; 207-200-7692;;

YOUTH POETRY - Louder Than A Bomb National Symposium, the largest youth poetry festival in the world, through March 15-18, in Chicago, hosted by Youth Chicago Authors.


TRANSGENDER - The Keystone Conference: A Celebration of Gender Diversity, will be held March 22-26, in Harrisburg, PA.


LABOR/WOMEN - Workers United/SEIU (ILGWU) will host the Commemoration of the 106th Anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire on March 24, in New York City.


SOFTWARE - The LibrePlanet conference will be held March 25-26, in Cambridge, MA. LibrePlanet is an annual conference hosted by the Free Software Foundation.


YOUNG FEMINIST - The 12th Annual National Young Feminist Leadership Conference will be held March 25-27, in Washington, DC, sponsored by the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Contact: 1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 801, Arlington, VA 22209; 866-444-3652;;

PALESTINE - Al-Awda, The Palestine Right To Return Coalition will spearhead the National Rally to Support Palestine in Washington, DC March 26, 2017. This rally will march from the White House to AIPAC's annual convention, with CODEPINK, ANSWER Coalition and other groups participating.


NUCLEAR WEAPONS - Negotiations towards abolishing nuclear weapons will take place at UN headquarters in New York March 27-31 and June 15-July 7, with the participation of governments, international organizations and civil society representatives. Actions in support are planned worldwide.


PEACE - The Rotary Works for Peace World Peace Conference will be held March 31-April 1, in Ann Arbor, MI.


WAR/WEAPONS - The Global Network’s Annual Organizing Conference & Protest, Pivot Toward War: US Missile Defense and the Weaponization of Space, will be held April 7-9, in Huntsville, AL.

Contact: Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, PO Box 652, Brunswick, ME 04011; (207) 443-9502;;

ABORTION - The CLPP (Civil Liberties and Public Policy) annual conference, From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom, will take place April 7-9, 2016 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.

Contact: Civil Liberties and Public Policy, 893 West Street, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA 01002; 413-559-6976;;

CANNABIS - The annual National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference will be held April 7-11, in Washington, DC, hosted by Americans For Safe Access and others.

Contact: 202-857-4272;;

LEFT ECONOMICS - The Union for Radical Political Economies (UPRE) will host the conference Left-Wing Economics in a Right-Wing Climate, in Brooklyn, April 8. The Conference will bring together the theoretical perspectives of radical political economics and the organizational experiences of those engaged in struggle on the many crucial issues confronting us today.


PLANET - Friday April 21 in Seattle Ground Zero and allies, featuring Native Americans sisters and brothers, will paddle, walk, and speak out against nuclear weapons and the destruction of our planet and demand that the trillions of US Citizen tax dollars dedicated to destroying our planet be redirected to healing her, all the beautiful beings, and to respect the sanctity of life.

Contact: 16159 Clear Creek Rd. NW, Poulsbo, WA 98370; 360-930-8697;

CLIMATE MARCH - April 22 is Earth Day. Events are planned nationwide to Stop Trump’s Climate Agenda, including the March For Science in Washington, DC.


PEACE - The Building A World Beyond War: What Will It Take? conference, sponsored by Vermont Stands for a World Beyond War Coalition, will be held April 22, in Winooski, Vermont.


CREECH - The 3rd Annual national mobilization of nonviolent resistance to shut down killer drone operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan,Yemen, Somalia and everywhere, April 23-29 at Creech Air Force Base, Indian Springs, Nevada.Sponsored by CODEPINK: Women for Peace, Nevada Desert Experience , Veterans For Peace, and Voices for Creative Nonviolence!


CLIMATE - The People’s Climate Movement is April 29th in Washington, D.C. and across the country, for communities and climate. Throughout the first 100 days in office, the People's Climate Movement is organizing a country-wide arc of action, culminating on April 29th in Washington DC in a powerful mobilization to unite movements.


ANARCHIST/BOOKFAIR - The 9th Humboldt Anarchist Book Fair will be held April 29, in Arcata, CA.


CLIMATE/LABOR - The People’s Climate Movement will march for jobs, justice and the climate on April 29, in Washington, DC.


BLACK WOMEN - Black Women’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission will be April 29-30: One Year Anniversary Of The Black Women’s Truth And Reconciliation Commission.

Contact: Black Women’s Blutprint, P.O. Box 24713, Brooklyn, NY 11202; 347-533-9102;;

MAY DAY - May 1 is May Day. Workers of the world will celebrate the anniversary of International Worker’s Day. Born out of a call for an eight-hour workday in the United States, this day is an opportunity for all workers to show their solidarity with one another, as well as to renew the call for labor rights.


WOMEN/LABOR - The Regina V. Polk Women’s Labor Leadership Conference will be held May 3-7, in Grafton, IL.


WORKERS/FILM - The 6th Annual Workers Unite Film Festival will be May 5-25, in New York City.


MOVEMENTS/PROTEST - The First Mobilization Conference on Social Movements and Protest: Nonviolent Strategies and the State, will be held in San Diego, CA, May 5-6. The conference is planned as an informal and friendly gathering to present current work, discuss it, network.


MOVE - The MOVE Conference: By MOVE, About MOVE, 4 All, will be May 5-7, in Philadelphia.


IMMIGRANTS RIGHTS - The Immigrants’ March will be May 6, in Washington, DC. Grassroots actions are being planned nationwide.


MARIJUANA - On May 6, the first Saturday in May, marijuana legalization activists will hold informational and educational events, rallies and marches in over 300 cities around the world.


ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR - The 11th Annual New York City Anarchist Book Fair will be held in its original site at Judson Memorial Church, May 13, with workshops, books, childcare, video projections, art, panels, more.


MOTHER'S DAY - The 21st Annual Mother's Day Walk For Peace will be May 14, from Dorchester to Boston, MA.


INCARCERATION/YOUTH - May 15-21 is the 5th Annual National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth. Events are organized in cities nationwide.


FOOD/MONSANTO - March Against Monsanto will be May 20 in New York City and elsewhere.


NUCLEAR - The Alliance for Nuclear Accountability’s 29th Annual DC Days will take place May 21-24, in Washington, DC.


LABOR - The Pacific Northwest Labor History Association Conference will be held May 26-28, in Vancouver, BC Canada, under the theme Echoes of the 1917 Russian Revolution: Decades of Radicalism and Red Scares in the Labour Movements of the Pacific Northwest.

Contact: 206-406-2604;;

FEMINISM/SCI-FI - The feminist science fiction convention WisCon 41 is scheduled for May 26-29 in Madison, WI.

Contact: WisCon, SF3, PO Box 1624, Madison, WI 53701;;

AFRICAN LIBERATION - African Liberation Day is May 27. The African People’s Socialist Party will hold events in Washington, DC.

Contact: 1245 18th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33705; 727-821-6620;;

MULTICULTURE- The 30th Annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) will take place May 30-June 3, in Fort Worth, TX.

Contact: SWCHRS, 3200 Marshall Avenue, Suite 290, Norman, OK 73072; 405-325-3694;;

CLASS - The Working Class Studies Association (WCSA)

conference “Class Struggle: Race, Gender, and Revolution” will be held May 31-June 3.






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