Recent Events


Events

MAY DAY – Workers of the world will celebrate the 125th anniversary of International Worker’s Day. Born 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.

JOE HILL – November 2015 marks the centenary of the judicial murder of IWW organizer and songwriter Joe Hill. Events are planned nationwide throughout the year, with a vigil November 19 in Salt Lake City.

Contact: http://joehill100.com.

MEDIA – The Union for Democratic Communications 2015 conference on media democracy, media activism and social justice to be held May 1-3 at the University of Toronto.

Contact: http://udc2015.wordpress.com/.

WORKERS / FILM – The 4th Annual Workers Unite Film Festival will be May 1-22, in New York City.

Contact: http://www.workersunitefilmfestival.org/.

MARIJUANA – On May 2, the first Saturday in May, marijuana legalization activists will hold informational and educational events, rallies and marches in over 300 cities around the world.

Contact: http://cannabisparade.org/.

HUMAN RIGHTS – The Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center and the U.S. Human Rights Network will present the 10th Annual Human Rights Institute, May 7-9.

Contact: 123 William Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10038; 646-459-3031; hri@urbanjustice.org; http://www.urbanjustice.org/.

ANTIWAR – The “Stop the Wars at Home & Abroad” conference will be May 8-10, in Secaucus, NJ, hosted by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC).

Contact: PO Box 123, Delmar, NY 12054; 518-227-6947; UNACpeace@gmail.com; https://www.unacpeace.org/.

MOTHER’S DAY – The 19th Annual Mother’s Day Walk For Peace will be May 10, in Dorchester, MA.

Contact: http://mothersdaywalk4peace.org/.

MORALES/SHAKUR – The 2015 Spring Concert To Benefit The Guillermo Morales – Assata Shakur Center will be May 16, 2015 in New York City.

Contact: moralesshakursc@gmail.com; http://defendmorales-shakur.org/.

INCARCERATION/YOUTH – May 17-23 is National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth. Events are organized in cities nationwide.

Contact: http://savethekidsgroup.org/2015noyouthinprison/.

MALCOLM X – May 19th is the birthday of Malcolm X. Calls have been issued for a holiday, Claim Malcolm X Day, to celebrate the birthday of a freedom fighter.

Contact: claimmalcolmxday@gmail.com.

FEMINISM/SCI-FI – The feminist science fiction convention WisCon 39 is scheduled for May 22-25 in Madison, WI.

Contact: WisCon, SF3, PO Box 1624, Madison, WI 53701; concom37@wiscon.info; http://www.wiscon.info/.

FOOD/MONSANTO – March Against Monsanto will be May 23 in New York City.

Contact: http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/.

MULTICULTURE- The 28th annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) will take place May 26-30, in Washington, DC. Student scholarships are available.

Contact: SWCHRS, 3200 Marshall Avenue, Suite 290, Norman, OK 73072; 405-325-3694; ncore@ou.edu; www.ncore.ou.edu.

CLASS/INEQUALITY – The Fighting Inequality: Class, Race, and Power conference will be presented by the Labor and Working-Class Association, and the Working-Class Studies Association. May 28-31, at Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

Contact: LAWCHA, 226 Carr Building (East Campus), Box 90719, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0719; lawcha@duke.edu; http://lawcha.org; http://fightinginequality.org/.

LEFT FORUM – The 2015 Left Forum will be held May 29-31, at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

Contact: 212-817-2003; leftforum@leftforum.org; http://www.leftforum.org.

MOUNTAINTOP – The 10th Annual Mountain Justice Summer Camp will be held May 30-June 7, in Charleston, WV. It will be a week of workshops, field trips to view Mountain Top Removal coal mines, direct actions, and service project.

Contact: Mountain Justice, PO Box 86, Naoma, WV 25140; http://mountainjustice.org.

WHISTLEBLOWING – June 1-7 is International Week to Support Whistleblowing. Events and actions are planned all over the world.

Contact: Stand Up For Truth, c/o Institute for Public Accuracy, 980 National Press Building, Washington, DC 20045; 202-347-0020’ dcinstitute@igc.org; http://standupfortruth.org.

RURAL ARTS/CULTURE – The 2015 Rural Arts and Culture Summit will be June 2-4, in Morris, MN. This year’s theme, “From the Ground Up: Cultivating Creative People and Places” will highlight the important role of art and culture in shaping the rural narrative.

Contact: Springboard for the Arts, 218-770-3485; michele@springboardforthearts.com; http://www.ruralartsandculturesummit.com/.

JUSTICE – The Justice Conference 2015 will be held in Chicago, June 5-6. The Justice Conference is an annual national primary conference that seeks to educate, inspire and connect a generation of men and women around a shared concern for biblical and social justice, the vulnerable and oppressed.

Contact: http://thejusticeconference.com/.

BIKES – Bikes Not Bombs is holding its 28th annual Bike-A-Thon in Boston, MA on June 7.

Contact: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-522-0222; mail@bikesnotbombs.org; www.bikesnotbombs.org.

MEDIA – The 17th annual Allied Media Conference will be held June 18-21, in Detroit.

Contact: Allied Media Projects, 4126 Third St., Detroit, MI 48201; 313-718-2267; http://alliedmedia.org/.

FILM / LGBTQX / PALESTINE – The Outside the Frame: Queers for Palestine Film Festival will be held June 19-21, in San Francisco.

Contact: info@outsidetheframefest.org; http://outsidetheframefest.org.

US SOCIAL FORUM – The United States Social Forum will meet June 24-28 in Jackson, MI; June 24-27 in San Jose, CA; and June 25-28 in Philadelphia, PA.

Contact: USSF 2010, Detroit, MI 48226; info@ussocialforum.net; http://www.ussocialforum.net.

YOUTH/INCARCERATION – The Second Chance Conference: A Time To Act, will be held June 26, in Toronto.

Contact: lreece@secondchanceconference.com; http://www.secondchanceconference.com/.

VEGAN FEST – The 5th annual Mad City Vegan Fest will be held in Madison, WI, June 27. The annual event features food, speakers, and exhibitors.

Contact: 122 State Street, Suite 405 B, Madison, WI 53701; madcityveganfest@gmail.com; http://veganfest.org/.

SOCIALISM – The Socialism 2015 Conference is scheduled for July 2-5 in Chicago, featuring talks and panel discussions.

Contact: info@socialismconference.org; http://www.socialismconference.org.

NATIVE MEDIA – The Native American Journalists Association will co-host the National Native Media Conference is July 9-12, in Washington, DC. Other co-hosts include Native Public Media and Vision Maker Media.

Contact: NAJA, OU-Gaylord College, 395 W. Lindsey St., Norman, OK 73019-4201; 405-325-1649; http://www.naja.com.

LABOR – The Eastern Conference For Workplace Democracy will be held at Clark University in Worcester, MA, July 10-12.

Contact: info@east.usworker.coop; http://east.usworker.coop/.

PEACESTOCK – On July 11, the 13th Annual Peacestock: A Gathering for Peace, will take place near Cannon Falls, MN. The event is a mixture of music, speakers and community for peace. Sponsored by Veterans for Peace and others.

Contact: Bill Habedank, 1913 Grandview Ave., Red Wing, MN 55066; 651-388-7733; billhabedank@yahoo.com; http://www.peacestockvfp.org.

LA RAZA – The annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference is scheduled for July 11-14 in Kansas City, 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.

POLICE BRUTALITY – The Million People’s March Against Police Brutality will be July 12 in Newark, NJ.

Contact: People’s Organization For Progress, PO Box 22505, Newark, NJ 07101-2505; 973-801-0001; info@njpop.org; http://njpop.org/wordpress/.

NETROOTS – The 10th annual Netroots Nation conference will take place July 16-19, in Phoenix, AZ, with writers, social justice advocates, labor and organizational leaders, grassroots organizers and online activists.

Contact: Netroots Nation, 1559B Sloat Blvd #316, San Francisco,CA 94132; http://www.netrootsnation.org.

TEACHERS – The Badass Teachers Association (BAT) will meet in Washington, DC for BAT’s Teacher Congress, July 23-26.

Contact: http://www.badassteacher.org/.

WOMEN – The 2015 Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute will be held July 24-August 2, in New Orleans, under the theme: We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest: Organizing for Racial Equity.

Contact: 718-398-4783; sli@urbanbushwomen.org; https://www.urbanbushwomen.org.

WEAPONS/SPACE – The Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space will hold its annual conference July 29 – August 2, in Kyoto, Japan. The conference is currently accepting submissions for its video contest.

Contact: PO Box 652, Brunswick, ME 04011; 207-443-9502; globalnet@mindspring.com; http://www.space4peace.org/actions/video_contest_rules.htm.

ACTIVIST CAMP – Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp will have sessions in July and August in CA, OR, and NY. YEA Camp is designed for activists 12-17 years old who want to make a difference in the world.

Contact: info@yeacamp.org; http://yeacamp.org/.

FOLK FESTIVAL – The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival will be held July 31-August 2, in the Berkshires, NY.

Contact: falcridge@aol.com; http://www.falconridgefolk.com/.

SCHOOLS – The Satyagraha Institute 2015: Training Leaders in the Traditions of Nonviolence, will be August 4-22, in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Contact: Satyagraha Institute, c/o Carl Kline, 825 Fourth Street, Brookings, SD 57006; 605-692-8465; info@satyagrahainstitute.org; http://www.satyagrahainstitute.org.

VETERANS/PEACE – Veterans for Peace is holding the 30th annual convention is August 5-9 in San Diego, CA. This year’s theme is, Peace & Reconciliation in the Pacific.

Contact: http://www.vfpnationalconvention.org/.

MEDIA – Alliance for Community Media (ACM) and the National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture (NAMAC) will host a joint conference in Pasadena, CA, August 12-14.

Contact: http://www.allcommunitymedia.org/annual-conference.

NONVIOLENCE – The first national gathering of Campaign Nonviolence will be August 6-9, in Sante Fe, NM, featuring presentations, workshops, and vigils as Los Alamos.

Contact: http://paceebene.org/.

DISSIDENT ARTS – The Dissident Arts Festival will take place August 15-16, in New York City. The Dissident Arts Festival is the annual showcase of radical arts and activism, where revolutionary New Music meets Topical Song and Free Jazz cavorts with Dissident Poetry, Theatre and Film.

Contact: John Pietaro, 646-599-0060; leftmus@earthlink.net; http://www.dissidentarts.com/.

COMMUNITY CONFERENCE – The 31st annual Twin Oaks Women’s Gathering will be held August 21-23.

Contact: 138 Twin Oaks Road # W, Louisa, VA 23093; 540-894-5126; twinoaks@ic.org; http://womensgathering.org/.

Misc

REFUGEES – Justice For Refugees From the US (Just-US) is a non-profit advocating on behalf of Americans who are refugees. Just-US is fundraising and promoting a petition calling on President Obama to address the concerns of US citizens who have sought asylum, available through their website.

Contact: http://refugeesfromtheusa.org/.

Books

WORKING CLASS – The 2015 Hampton Reader is a collection of essays and analyses from their first year. It includes the most popular material from 2013-14 in addition to four exclusive essays.

Contact: The HI Newsletter by The Hampton Institute, PO Box 4058 Clifton Park, NY 12065; info@hamptoninstitution.org; http://hamptoninstitution.org/.

MENTAL HEALTH/CAPITALISM – What is the relationship between capitalism and mental health? In Heroes: Mass Murder and Suicide, Franco “Bifo” Berardi embarks on an exhilarating journey through philosophy, psychoanalysis and current events, searching for the social roots of the mental malaise of our age.

Contact: Verso Books, 20 Jay Street, Suite 1010, Brooklyn, NY 11201; 718-246-8160; jessica@versobooks.com; http://www.versobooks.com/.

 

Film

LAND/ALDO LEOPOLD – Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time is the first feature documentary about Aldo Leopold’s life and contemporary legacy. The film challenges viewers to contemplate their own relationship with the land.

Contact: Bullfrog Films, PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547; 800-543-3764; info@bullfrogfilms.com; http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/.

CAPITALSIM – “Capitalism Must Die,” a slide presentation that later evolved into the book, is now a 26-minute video introduction (with comics) to what capitalism is and why it must be abolished.

Contact: http://youtu.be/jLQTlGwMBrw.

IMPERIALISM – Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism is a brief video definition of imperialism, It also discusses what we mean by the “anti-imperialist struggle” and how to take our place in that fight.

Contact: http://stephaniemcmillan.org.

Music/Media

ROCK/ARMENIA – System of a Down has launched its Wake Up the Souls Tour, to commemorate and raise awareness of the Armenian genocide 100 years ago.

Contact: http://www.systemofadown.com/.