Zaps – June 2011




ART EXHIBIT – The touring exhibit "New World Border" features works by more than 30 artists responding to the border wall currently being erected between the U.S. and Mexico. The show will be at the Meridian Gallery in San Francisco until July 30.




RADIO – The 36th Annual Community Radio Conference is scheduled for June 1-4 in San Francisco with discussions and workshops.


Contact: National Federation of Community Broadcasters, 1970 Broadway, Suite 1000, Oakland, CA 94612; 510-451-8200;;


FREE MANNING RALLY – A rally in support of accused "wikileaker" Bradley Manning, and in protest of his torture and indefinite detainment at the hands of the U.S. military, is scheduled for June 4 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he is currently held awaiting trial. Rideshares are being organized.


Contact: Bradley Manning Support Network,


APPALACHIA RISING – A March on Blair Mountain culminating in a rally and day of action is planned for June 4-11 in southern West Virginia's coalfields to demand an end to mountaintop removal, the strengthening of labor rights, sustainable job creation in Appalachian communities, and the preservation of Blair Mountain.


Contact: Appalachia Rising, PO Box 32, Arnett, WV 25007; 304-924-1506;;


ADC CONFERENCE – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) holds its annual conference June 10-12 in Washington, DC, with panel discussions and workshops on civil rights, media, the changes in the Mideast, etc.


Contact: ADC, 1732 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington DC, 20007; 202-244-2990;;


ECO-DEFENSE – The third annual Wild Roots Feral Futures (WRFF) eco-defense, direct action, and rewilding encampment is scheduled for June 14-22 in the forests of Southwest Colorado. This participatory camp community will feature skillshares, trainings, wild food walks, and more.




BIKING – Bikes Not Bombs is holding its 24th annual Bike-A-Thon and Green Roots Festival in Boston, Massachusetts on June 12, with several rides scheduled, music, exhibitors, and more.


Contact: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-522-0222;;


LABOR – The Pacific Northwest Labor History Association's 43rd annual conference, "When Unions Matter Most: Opportunities for Collaboration and Solidarity," is scheduled for June 17-19 in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Contact: PNLHA, 2402-6888 Station Hill Drive, Burnaby, BC, V3N 4X5; 604-540-0245;;


RENEWABLE ENERGY – The 22nd Annual Energy Fair, the nation's longest-running renewable energy education event of its kind, is scheduled for June 17-19 at Renew the Earth Institute in Custer, Wisconsin. A "Grassroutes Caravan" bike ride from Madison is scheduled for June 11-22.


Contact: Midwest Renewable Energy Association, 7558 Deer Rd., Custer, WI 54423; 715-592-6595;;;


SPACE WEAPONS – The Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space holds its 19th annual Organizing Conference from June 17-19 in North Andover, Massachusetts, with peace activists from around the world and a low-cost sliding scale fee to attend. Additionally, a vigil will be held at a Raytheon production plant on the afternoon of June 17, and a concert with Tetsu Kitagawa, one of Japan's leading peace and justice singer/songwriters, is scheduled for the evening of June 18.


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


PRISONERS – The Chicano Mexicano Prison Project (CMPP) will hold its 13th annual conference / summit on Raza prisoners and colonialism on June 19 at the Logan Heights Library in San Diego, Califaztlán. This year's theme is "Inside and Outside Prisons: Liberation Is A Struggle."


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MEDIA – The 13th annual Allied Media Conference will be held June 23-26 in the McGregor Conference Center at Wayne State University in Detroit. Participatory workshops and skillshares will emphasize DIY alternative media to advance visions of a just and creative world.


Contact: Allied Media Projects, 4126 Third St., Detroit, MI 48201;


BOOKFAIR – LA's third Anarchist Bookfair is scheduled for June 25 at Art Share Los Angeles, with workshops, panels, publishers, authors, art, food, and music.




FUNDRAISER – A book signing and fundraiser event for the embattled NUHW union is scheduled for June 25 at the Haymarket Brewery in Chicago. Authors Steve Early and Cal Winslow, authors of books on the "civil war" between competing healthcare provider unions in California, will be on hand.




NO NUKES – June 25 is Nuclear Abolition Day this year, coordinated by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and designated as a "global day of action." Calendar and ideas for local events available at the website.




TRAINING – An Earth Activist Training for permaculture design certification is scheduled for June 25 through July 9 at HeartRoot Farm in Audet, Quebec.


Contact: Earth Activist Training, PO Box 170177, San Francisco, CA 94117; 800-381-7940;;


SOCIALISM – The Socialism 2011 Conference is scheduled for July 1-4 in Chicago, featuring talks and panel discussions.


Contact: Socialism 2010, c/o Center for Economic Research and Social Change, PO Box 180296, Chicago, IL 60618; 773-583-7884;;


CARAVAN – The 22nd annual Pastors for Peace Friendship Caravan to Cuba is scheduled for July 2 through August 1. Through mid-July, volunteers will travel across the U.S. and Canada collecting aid and educating about the unjust blockade against Cuba, before an orientation in Texas July 17-19, followed by an educational program in Cuba July 22-30, followed by a return journey. People can participate by attending or hosting local events, donating materials, sponsoring a traveler, or coming along.


Contact: IFCO/Pastors for Peace, 418 W. 145th St., New York, NY 10031; 212-926-5757;;


LIBERATION EDUCATION – The third "Free Minds, Free People" conference is scheduled for July 7-10 in Providence, Rhode Island, bringing together teachers, students, researchers, parents and community-based activists to build a movement to develop education as a tool for liberation.




EASTERN CO-OPS – The Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy, Connecting our Workplaces; Building Cooperative Economies, is being held from July 8-10 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.


Contact: ECWD organizers Neily Jennings or Esteban Kelly, 802-448-0972;;


PROGRESSIVE SCI-FI – The Think Galacticon 3 conference is scheduled for July 8-10 at Roosevelt University in Chicago. A project of the Think Galactic Reading Group and Collective, the conference offers a space in which leftists and others can discuss how speculative fiction can inform our ideas about social justice.


Contact: Think Galactic, 1321 N Milwaukee, PMB 420, Chicago, IL 60642;;


COPWATCH – The 2nd International Copwatch Conference is scheduled for July 22-24 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Designed to help activists share strategies to take back their communities from oppressive and abusive police, the conference is open to anyone except law enforcement officials.


Contact: Winnipeg Copwatch, 2F-91 Albert Street Winnipeg Manitoba Canada R3B 1G5; 204-942-1588;;


LA RAZA – The annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference is scheduled for July 23-26 in Washington, DC, with workshops, presentations, and panel discussions.


Contact: NCLR Headquarters Office, Raul Yzaguirre Building, 1126 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-785-1670;


POPULAR ECONOMICS – The Center for Popular Economics is holding its 2011 Summer Institute July 24-30 at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. No background in economics is needed for this intensive training. This year's theme is Media, Democracy, and the Economy.


Contact: Center for Popular Economics, PO Box 785 Amherst, MA 01004; 413-545-0743;;


COMMUNITY MEDIA – The Alliance for Community Media 2011 National Conference is scheduled for July 27-30 in Tucson, Arizona. Hands-on workshops and skillshares will be offered by this grassroots coalition of community media groups.


Contact: ACM, 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102;


VETERANS – Veterans for Peace is holding this year's annual convention August 3-7 at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. This year's theme is Resilience, Resistance, and Non-Violent Revolution.


Contact: Contact Veterans For Peace, 216 S. Meramec Ave., St. Louis, MO 63105; 314-725-6005;


GREEN PARTY – The 2011 Annual National Meeting of the Green Party US is scheduled in conjunction with the NY Green Fest in Alfred, New York from August 5-7, with a fair, workshops, and forums open to the public besides the membership meeting.


Contact: Green Fest,,; GP-US Membership Meeting,,


COMMUNITIES – The Communities Conference is a networking and learning opportunity for co-operative or communal lifestyles, with workshops, events, and entertainment scheduled for August 19-21 at the Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, Virginia.


Contact: Twin Oaks Communities Conference, 138 Twin Oaks Road, Louisa, VA 23093; 540-894-5126;;




MUMIA – The 2010 documentary Justice On Trial, currently touring the country, is the latest look at the persecution of U.S. political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal, who still faces the death penalty.


Contact: Big Noise Films, Po Box 72, NY, NY 10013;;


POLLUTIONAfter the Apocalypse, a documentary about a village next to a nuclear testing site in Kazakhstan suffering high levels of birth defect.. Newly released, the film is opening this summer worldwide.


Contact: Tigerlily Films, The Glass room, Rich Mix Cultural Foundation, London, UK;;


SOLAR POWERBurning in the Sun is an inspirational documentary available on DVD about a young West African man installing solar panels in rural Mali where more than 90 percent of households lack electricity.


Contact: Bullfrog Films, PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547; 800-543-3764;;


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