November 2016
Volume 29
Number 11


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In early September 2016, Donald Trump announced his plan for a vast expansion of the U.S. military, including 90,000 new soldiers for the Army, nearly 75 new ships for the Navy, and dozens of new fighter aircraft for the Air Force. Although the cost of this increase would be substantial—about $90 billion per year. it would be covered, the GOP presidential candidate said, by cutting wasteful government spending


Instead, let’s look again at the vast, diverse majority of the protesters. This is what democracy looks like. We cannot let politicians use the protests as an excuse to back reactionary “law and order” measures. Instead, we must march and vote together for policies that will lift up the whole and ensure the justice that makes true peace possible.


Before the summit convened, it was already clear that rich governments would not be placing the needs of refugees and migrants above their narrow national self-interest.


In recent years, powerful alliances of Native American nations and their rural white neighbors have stopped major resource corporations from carrying out their plans, in a common defense of the same land and water they have historically fought over. Last year, tribes and white ranchers and farmers, who had joined forces in the Cowboy Indian Alliance, blocked the northern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline


Every year, violence in the home and the community devastates the lives of millions of women.” Even with the possibility of a female. president, the battle for full equality still isn’t over.


It seemed like an odd contrast, the work of a 19th-century socialist on a nuclear-powered submarine, and it led me to create “A Provisional Memorial to Nuclear Disarmament


The latest in a series of scientific reports detailing the disastrous course of global warming, “Explaining Ocean Warming: Causes, Effects and Consequences,” concludes that the mean global ocean temperature will increase by as much as 4 degrees Celsius by 2100


There are similarly devastating impacts of markets, including not only worsening economic meltdowns (e.g. 1998, 2000-01, 2008) but also the ideology now known as the financialization of nature, which is based on the view that a market problem, like the threat of extinction posed by poachers, can be treated best with a market solution


The only way Donald Trump does not become president of the United States is if Hillary Clinton does


Much like the Balkans before it, Syria is emerging as a metaphor for the fragmentation and chaos that the modern world barely contains


If the vote had gone the other way, Colombia might have shown the world that even intractable civil wars can come to an end. It would have been a message to Syria and the Congo, a message of the power of negotiation towards a new civil compact. But this did not come to pass.


Across Guatemala, indigenous communities are organizing to challenge logging in the country’s vast forests


There is good reason to believe that we have already entered the Sixth Extinction, a period of destruction of species on a massive scale


Judge Boasberg’s deference to law, to government agencies, to oil pipeline companies is all consistent with his membership in a ruling class club


Race riots have returned to the United States this election year, leading cable news talking heads to claim that urban violence provoked by police killings of Black men in places like Milwaukee and Charlotte, North Carolina has “discredited the cause” of racial justice


Events, demonstrations, new book releases

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SURVEILLANCE - As part of the 2016 Convention, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee will be hosting a session titled “The Growing State of Surveillance and the Fallacy of Protection,” October 1, in Washington, DC.

Contact: 1990 M Street NW, Suite 610, Washington, DC 20036;  202-244-2990; adc@adc.org. http://www.adc.org/.  

MUSIC FESTIVAL - Harry Belafonte’s group Sankora will have its first annual social justice festival Many Rivers To Cross, featuring many artists, October 1-2, in Chattahoochee Hilla, GA.

Contact: https://www.sankofa.org/. 

SPACE MILITARIZATION - October 1-8 is Keep Space for Peace Week, an international week of protest to stop the militarization of space.

Contact: http://space4peace.org/.  

STREET BANDS - The 11th Annual HONK! Festival of activist street bands will take place October 7-9, in Somerville, MA.

Contact: HONK! Festival, 100 Jackson Street, Cambridge, MA 02140;  webmaster@honkfest.org; http://honkfest.org/.  

SCHOOL OF AMERICAS/BORDER - The annual vigil to protest the School of the Americas is scheduled for October 7-10, by School of the Americas (SOA) Watch. This year the conference is moved from Fort Benning, GA to the militarized US/Mexico border in Nogales Arizona/Sonora.

Contact: SOA Watch, PO Box 4566, Washington, DC 20017; 202-234-3440; info@soaw.org; http://soaw.org. 

TEACHERS - The 16th Annual Teaching for Social Justice Conference, Intersection of Teaching and Power, will be held October 8 in San Francisco, CA. The free event features workshops, resources, and free childcare.

Contact: 415-676-7844; teachers4socialjustice@yahoo.com; http://www.t4sj.org/. 

SDS - Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) will be holding its 11th National Convention, October 8-9, in Minneapolis, MN.

Contact: UMN SDS, 1930 Elliot Ave S #3, Minneapolis, MN 55404; http://www.newsds.org/.

 PEACE WALK - The 5th Maine Peace Walk will take place on October 11 – 26. The organizing team is made up of individuals who are dedicated to creating a more peaceful, sustainable and just world.

Contact: Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, PO Box 652, Brunswick, ME 04011; (207) 443-9502; globalnet@mindspring.com; http://www.space4peace.org/.                         

 COLUMBUS - October 10 is Columbus Day. Many groups around the country work to challenge traditional ethnocentric views of Columbus the sole discoverer of America, as well as challenging the celebration of invasion, cruelty, oppression and cultural imperialism.

Contact: http://www.transformcolumbusday.org.  

FILM FESTIVAL - The Seattle Social Justice Film Festival will be held October 13-16 in venues around Seattle.

Contact: http://www.socialjusticefilmfestival.org/.  

IROQUOIS - The 2016 Conference on Iroquois Research will be held October 14-16, near Albany, NY.

Contact: francis.scardera@sympatico.ca; http://www.iroquoia.org/.  

SCHOOLS - The Dignity in Schools Campaign will be holding the 7th Annual Week of Action Against School Pushout from October 15-23. The week of action is organized to raise awareness about the school pushout in the nation's schools and lift up local member campaigns that are pushing back against school pushout.

Contact: http://www.dignityinschools.org/.  

POLICE BRUTALITY - October 22 is the 20th National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality. Events are planned in various cities nationwide.

Contact: http://www.october22.org/; http://www.stopmassincarceration.net/.  

ENVIRONMENT - The APIEL (Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law) Conference will be held October 22-23, at the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville. The conference brings together hundred of eco-minded and socially conscious activists, attorneys, students, scientists and citizens in the interest of social justice.

Contact: PO Box 20363, Knoxville, TN 37920; apiel.info@gmail.com; http://www.apiel.org/.

 RESTORATIVE PRACTICES - The International Institute for Restorative Practicies (IIRP) will host its 21st World Conference, October 24-26, in Bethlehem, PA.

Contact: 610-807-9221; registrar@iirp.edu; http://www.iirp.edu/.  

PALESTINE - The Students for Justice in Palestine conference will be November 4-6 at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, with the theme “Critical Mass: With Our Roots in Resistance, Forging a Just Future.”

Contact: http://www.nationalsjp.org/. 

BLACK IS BACK - The annual Black is Back national conference will be held November 5-6 in Washington, DC, and will be a Convention of resistance beginning with a rally and march on the White House on November 5th.

Contact: 917-818-0466; http://www.blackisbackcoalition.org/. 

EDUCATION - The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) will host its 26th annual conference, NAME: The Multicultural Lens of Equity for ALL, in Cleveland, OH, November 9-13.

Contact: http://nameorg.org.  

RACE - The 2016 Facing Race national conference will take place November 10-12, in Atlanta, GA. The conference is a national, multi-racial gathering of leaders, educators, journalists, artists and activists.

Contact: arc.org/facingrace/. 

ARTS - The 78th Annual Conference For Community Arts will take place November 2-5, in Chicago, IL. The conference provides professional development and networking opportunities for staff, faculty, trustees and teaching artists at more than 350 arts education organizations and programs.

Contact: 520 8th Ave., Suite 302, New York, NY 10018; 212- 268-3337; guildinfo@ nationalguildorg; http://communityartsed.nationalguild.org/.  

WOMEN'S STUDIES - The National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) will host its annual conference November 10-13, in Montreal, Quebec, under the theme Decoloniality.

Contact: NWSA, 11 E Mount Royal Ave., Suite 100, Baltimore, MD 21202; 410-528-0355; wsaoffice@nwsa.org; http://www.nwsa.org/. 

ZULU/HIP-HOP - November 11-13 is Universal Zulu Nation’s 43rd Anniversary and the 42nd Anniversary of Hip Hop Culture in New York City. Events are planned in Florida.

Contact: http://www.zulunation.com/. 

BROOKLYN FOR PEACE - Brooklyn For Peace will honor Moustafa Bayoumi, Frances Fox Piven, Opal Tometi, and Granny Peace Brigade at the organization’s Pathmakers To Peace event, November 17.

Contact: 41 Schermerhorn Street, PMB 106, Brooklyn, NY 11201; 718-624-5921; bfp@brooklynpeace.org; http://www.brooklynpeace.org/.






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