Events, New Releases, Campaigns
KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE/CLIMATE – Bold Nebraska, The Other 98%, Hip Hop Caucus, CREDO, Rainforest Action Network, 350.org and Oil Change International have launched the Keystone XL Pledge of Resistance. The pledge asks signers to engage in peaceful civil disobedience.
HISTORIANS/WAR – Historians Against the War will host their national conference, April 5-7, in Baltimore, MD. The 2013 theme is The New Faces of War. The conference will feature panels, roundtables and workshops.
Contact: PO Box 442154, Somerville, MA 02144; [email protected]
MEDIA – The sixth National Conference for Media Reform will be held April 5-7 in Denver. The conference is the country’s largest conference devoted to
media, technology, and democracy issues.
Contact: http://www.free press.net/.
DRONES – On Saturday, April 6, CODEPINK and Quaker House of Fayette- ville, NC will “Line up against Drones” in a peaceful vigil outside the entrance to Fort Bragg to call for a ban on militarized drones.
Contact: Yadkin Rd., Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, NC, 28310; 910-323-3912; [email protected]
IMMIGRATION – On April 10, immigrant families from across the U.S. will descend on Washington, DC to send a message that immigration reform is needed now. Organized by Make the Road NY and other groups.
Contact: http://www.respectanddignity.org/; [email protected]
ABORTION RIGHTS – The 27th annual conference, From Abortion to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom, will be held April 12-14 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.
Contact: Civil Liberties and Public Policy, 893 West Street, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA 01002; 413-559-6976; [email protected]; http://clpp.hampshire.edu/conference.
DRONES/AFRICA – A “U.S. Drones Out of Africa and Everywhere” march and rally at the White House is planned for Saturday, April 13. April Days of Action: A Political Uprising to Stop Drone Spying & Killing” has been called by groups like World Can’t Wait. Events are planned countrywide.
Contact: http://nodronesnet work.blogspot.com/; http://www.answercoalition.org/.
MILITARY SPENDING – April 17 is a Global Day of Action on Military Spending. Events are planned worldwide.
SWAN – The Service Women’s Action Network will present Truth and Justice: The 2013 Summit on Sexual Violence, April 17-18, in Washington, DC. The summit gives survivors and their families the opportunity to share their experiences with congress- members, policy experts and one another; along with key panels by law and policy experts.
GREEN ENERGY – Toledo Move to Amend and Western Lake Erie Sierra Club will present, Going for the Green: Confronting the Dirty Energy Dilemma in Toledo, OH, April 27.
Contact: https://moveto amend.org/oh-toledo.
LABOR – May 1 is May Day. Workers of the world will celebrate the 124th anniversary of International Worker’s Day. Born out of a call for an 8-hour workday in the United States, this day is an opportunity for workers to show their solidarity with one another, as well as to renew the call for labor rights.
LABOR – The Pacific Northwest Labor History Association’s 45th annual conference will be held May 3-5, in Portland, OR. This year’s theme is Labor Under Attack: Learning from the Past and Preparing for the Future. A call for presentations is currently underway.
Contact: PNLHA, 27920 68th Ave. East, Graham, WA 98338; 206-406-2604; [email protected]; http://www3.telus.net.
MARIJUANA – On the first Saturday in May, marijuana legalization activists will hold educational events, rallies, and marches in over 300 cities around the world.
ECONOMICS – The Union For Radical Political Economics will hold its 39th annual conference May 9-11 in New York City.
MOTHER’S DAY – The 17th Annual Mother’s Day Walk For Peace will be May 12 in Dorchester, MA.
FEMINIST SCI-FI – The feminist science fiction convention WisCon 37 is scheduled for May 24-27 in Madison, WI.
Contact: WisCon, SF3, PO Box 1624, Madison, WI 53701; [email protected]; http://www.wiscon.info/.
MULTICULTURE – The 26th annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) will take place May 28-June 1, in New Orleans.
Contact: SWCHRS, 3200 Marshall Avenue, Suite 290, Norman, OK 73072; 405-325-3694; [email protected]; www.ncore.ou.edu.
MEDIA – The 2013 Alliance for Community Media Annual Conference will be held May 29-31, in San Francisco, CA. Participants will include educators, community leaders, media professionals, journalists, nonprofit leaders, policymakers, and students.
RADIO – The 38th Annual Community Radio Conference is scheduled for May 29-June 1, in San Francisco, CA, with discussions and workshops.
Contact: 1101 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20004; 202-756-2268; comments@ nfcb.org; http://www.nfcb.org/.
BIKES – Bikes Not Bombs is holding its 24th annual Bike-A-Thon and Green Roots Festival in Boston, MA on June 3, with bike rides, music, exhibits, and more.
Contact: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-522- 0222; [email protected]; www.bikesnotbombs.org.
LEFT FORUM – The 2013 Left Forum will be held June 7-9, at Pace University in New York City.
Contact: 365 Fifth Avenue, CUNY Graduated Center, Sociology Dept., New York, NY 10016; http://www.leftforum.org/.
CUBA/SOCIALISM – A Cuban/North American Dialog on Socialist Renewal and Global Capitalist Crisis will be held in Havana, Cuba, June 16-30. There will be a five-day seminar at the University of Havana, plus visits to a co-operative, urban garden, community development project, social research centers, and educational & medical institutions.
Contact: [email protected];http://www.globaljusticecenter.org/.
MEDIA – The 15th annual Allied Media Conference will be held June 20-23, in Detroit.
Contact: 4126 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48201; http://alliedmedia.org/.
LA RAZA – The annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference is scheduled for July 20-23 in New Orleans, with workshops, presentations and panel discussions.
Contact: NCLR Headquarters Office, Raul Yzaguirre Building, 1126 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-785-1670; www.nclr.org.
HAITI/WOMEN – Haiti’s government is considering a legal reform measure that would prohibit and punish all sexual assault, including marital rape. MADRE and the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict are launching a petition to raise international support.
Contact: 121 West 27th Street, #301, New York, NY 10001; 212-627-0444; [email protected]; http:// www.madre.org.
SYRIA/MIDDLE EAST – The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) is currently seeking funds to assist more than 200,000 refugees fleeing violence in Syria.
VETERANS – Veterans for Peace is holding the 28th annual convention August 6-11 in Madison, WI. This year’s theme is, Power To The Peaceful.
COMMUNITIES – The Communities Conference is a networking and learning opportunity for co-operative or communal lifestyles, with workshops, events and entertainment, scheduled for August 30-September 2 at the Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, Virginia.
DRONES – Drones are making the world less stable and creating new enemies. Their remoteness provides those responsible with a sense of immunity. Roots Action has organized an online petition.
DEMOCRACY/INDIA – Combining conviction, political analysis, and beautiful writing Arundhati Roy’s Field Notes on Democracy is a series of essays examining the dark side of democracy in contemporary India.
Contact: Haymarket Books, PO Box 180165, Chicago, IL 60618; 773-583-7884; http:// www.haymarketbooks.org/.
CIVIL RIGHTS/ACTIVISM – March, a graphic novel, is a firsthand account of John Lewis’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, documenting his beginnings as sharecropper to becoming one of the “Big Six” leaders of the civil rights movement.
Contact: Top Shelf Productions, PO Box 1282, Marietta, GA 30061-1282; chris @topshelfcomix.com; http://www.topshelfcomix.com/.
SOCIAL CHANGE – Principles of Social Change by Leonard Jason, a DePaul University professor of psychology and director of its Center for Community Research, examines how change can be accomplished more effectively. .
Contact: 212-726-6291; [email protected]; http://www.oup.com/us/.
FBI/WAR ON TERROR – In his new book, The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism, author Trevor Aaronson documents how the FBI has lured mentally ill men into terrorism plots, and then provided everything they needed, including the bomb and transportation, to take part in terrorism plots.
Contact: Ig Publishing, 392 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238; http://igpub.com/.
RACIAL OPPRESSION – In The Origin of Racial Oppression in Anglo-America Theodore Allen develops the ground-breaking thesis that the “white race” was invented as a ruling class social control formation.
Contact: Verso Books, 20 Jay Street, Suite 1010, Brooklyn, NY 11201; 718-246-8160; [email protected]; http://www.versobooks.com/
ALTERNATIVE RADIO – David Barsamian’s Alternative Radio celebrates 27 years of radical broadcasting with Howard Zinn “Against War,” Noam Chomsky “The Threat of Democracy,” and Michelle Alexander “Incarceration Nation.” See their complete listings on their website.
Contact: AR, PO Box 551, Boulder, CO 80306; 800-444-1977; [email protected]; http:// alternativeradio.org.
FOOD – Edible City, a documentary, tells the stories of the pioneers who do something truly revolutionary: grow local Good Food Systems.
Contact: Cinema Politica, PO Box 55097 (Mackay), Montreal, Quebec, H3G 2W5; www.cinemapolitica.org/.