Events of Interest to Activists


Events

MUSIC – The Annual International Folk Alliance Conference & Winter Music Camp will be held February 15-19, in Kansas City, MO.

Contact: 509 Delaware St. #101, Kansas City, MO 64105; 816-221-3655; fa@folk.org; http://www.folkalliance.org/.

PROGRESSIVES – The annual Pennsylvania Progressive Summit will be held February 17-18, in Harrisburg. Hundreds of social justice advocates, labor organizers, legislators, bloggers and grassroots activists will come together to advance progressive policy and build the progressive movement.

Contact: 201 Washington St., #534, Reading PA 19601; info@keystoneprogress.org; http://www.paprogressivesummit.net/.

BLACK SOLIDARITY – The 22nd Annual Black Solidarity Conference at Yale University will be held February 16-19.

Contact: PO Box 206471, New Haven, CT 06520; http://www.yale.edu/bsc.

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH – The Take Root Conference will be held February 24-25, in Norman, OK. The conference aim is to root the fight for reproductive health, rights, and dignity in the struggle for social, racial, political, and economic justice.

Contact: http://take-root.org.

MEDIA – The Transform the Media conference will be held March 1-4 in Washington, DC.

Contact: http://tmcmedia.org/.

LABOR – The Southern Labor Studies Association 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; http://southernlaborstudies.org/.

WOMYN – March 8 is International Womyn’s Day. Events are planned worldwide.

Contact: http://www.international womensday.com/.

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; info@artswisconsin.org; http://www.artswisconsin.org/.

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; info@maineworkers.org; http://www.maineworkers.org/.

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.

Contact: http://youngchicagoauthors.org.

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

Contact: https://www.libreplanet.org/2017/.

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; nyflc@feminist.org; http://www.feministcampus.org/.

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.

Contact: http://al-awda.org/.

WAR/WEAPONS – The Global Network’s Annual Organizing Conference & Protest, Pivot Toward War: U.S. 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; globalnet@mindspring.com; http://www.space4peace.org/.                       

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.

Contact: urpe@urpe.org; http://urpe.org/.

PLANET – 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.

Contact: 16159 Clear Creek Rd. NW, Poulsbo, WA 98370; 360-930-8697; http://www.gzcenter.org/.

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!

Contact: https://shutdowncreech.blogspot.com/.

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 Blueprint, P.O. Box 24713, Brooklyn, NY 11202; 347-533-9102info@blackwomensblueprint.org;  http://www.black womensblueprint.org/tribunal.html.

NY 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.

Contact: nycabf@riseup.net; http://anarchistbookfair.net/.

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; info@apspuhuru.org; http://asiuhuru.org/.

CLASS – The Working Class Studies Association (WCSA) conference on Class Struggle: Race, Gender, and Revolutionö will be held May 31-June 3.

Contact: https://scholarworks.iu.edu/conferences/index.php/wcsa/WCSA17/index.

Books

POETRY – Bein a Strong Black Woman Can Get U Killed is Laini Mataka’s third collection of poetry published by Black Classic Press. The title is a lament for the strong Black woman “who carried the family in her belly, the community on her head, and the race on her back.”

Contact: P.O. Box 13414, Baltimore, MD 21203; 410-242-6954; email@blackclassicbooks.com; http://www.blackclassicbooks.com/.

CLIMATE CHANGE/FICTION – Welcome to the Greenhouse is a new compilation of new science fiction about climate change.

Contact: OR Books; info@orbooks.com; http://www.orbooks.com/.

NUCLEAR WAR – In From Madness to Madness: Inside Pentagon Nuclear War Planning, the memoir by Paul H. Jonstone, former senior analyst in the Strategic Weapons Evaluation Group (WSEG) in the Pentagon and a co-author of The Pentagon Papers, provides an authoritative analysis of the implications of nuclear war that remain insurmountable today.

Contact: Clarity Press, Inc., Ste. 469, 3277 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta, GE 30305; 404-647-6501; claritypress@usa.net; http://www.claritypress.com/.

RUSSIAN REVOLUTION – In A People’s History of the Russian Revolution, Neil Faulkner sets out to debunk myths about the tumultuous events of the Russian revolution. Faulkner shows how a mass movement of millions, organized in democratic assemblies, mobilized for militant action, destroyed a regime of landlords, profiteers and warmongers.

Contact: Pluto Press, 345 Archway Road, London, N6 5AA; 44-(0)-208-348-2724; pluto@plutobooks.com; http://www.plutobooks.com/.

Film

IRAQ – Tracing the emigrations of his family over more than half a century, the documentary Iraqi Odyssey from acclaimed expatriate Iraqi filmmaker Samir pays homage to the frustrated democratic dreams of a people successively plagued by the horrors of colonialism, dictatorship, war, and foreign occupation.

Contact: http://typecastfilms.com/.

SPORTS – Based on the political writings of acclaimed sports journalist Dave Zirin, the feature documentary Welcome to the Terrordome explores the various intersections of sports, politics, and commerce over the last several decades.

Contact: http://www.streetlegalcinema.com/.