Zaps – October 2008

AUCTION/FUNDRAISER – The Center for the Study of Political Graphics is holding its 19th anniversary dinner party & auction on October 4 at Union Station in Los Angeles.
SPACE NUKES The annual International Week of Protest to Stop the Militarization of Space is scheduled for October 4-12; resources to help plan educational events or demonstrations available.
ANTI-WAR MARCH – A March and Rally Against the War is scheduled for October 11 in Boston sponsored by the Stop the Wars Coalition.
DISSIDENT FOLK – The annual Dissident Folk & Arts Festival is scheduled for October 11 from 6-11 PM at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon New York.
EDUCATORS The 8th Annual Conference, "Teaching for Social Justice: Building Power, Making Change," will be held Saturday, October 11 from 9 AM to 5 PM at Mission High School in San Francisco. The free event features workshops and resources.
WOMEN IN POLITICS – The Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction are holding the Third Global Congress of Women in Politics and Governance on October 19-22, 2008 at the Dusit Hotel, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
FREE CONFERENCE – The annual free conference A World Beyond Capitalism is scheduled for October 25-26 in Olympia, Washington. Proposals and suggestions for workshops, speakers, and events are being accepted.

ELECTION – United for Peace & Justice has launched a Voter Engagement Campaign to mobilize the peace vote in the 2008 elections. It has three major components: intensive "bird-dogging" of candidates to make them answer questions and respond to public concerns; mass distribution of congressional voter guides on candidate’s positions on getting out of Iraq, seeking peace with Iran, abolition of nuclear weapons, and more; generating extensive "free media" about this campaign and the issues.

Contact: UFPJ, PO Box 607, Times Square Station, NY, NY 10108; 212-868-5545;
RELIEF – Late summer hurricanes destroyed much of Haiti and Cuba’s infrastructure and relief operations are underway. The Campaign for Labor Rights (CLR), a project of the Alliance for Global Justice, has established the Haitian Workers Hurricane Relief Fund to aid Haiti’s embattled union and its members, the Confederation of Travailleurs Haitiens (CTH). IFCO-Pastors for Peace is sending aid, including a Peace Construction Brigade, to Cuba.

EDUCATION – Teaching for Change offers teachers and parents the tools (media, speakers, lessons) to transform schools into centers of justice—catalog or materials available online of via the mail.
PROPOSALS  Papers, as well as talk and panel topics, screenings, and performances, are being accepted until January 4 for the biennial conference of the Working Class Studies Association (WCSA) to be held June 3-6 in Pittsburgh. The theme: Class Matters.


ABU-JAMAL In Prison My Whole Life, a new documentary about the wrongful conviction and death row incarceration of Mumia Abu-Jamal, is opening this fall in select theaters around the country.
SLACKER – Michael Moore’s new documentary, Slacker Uprising, chronicles his 62-city swing state tour of college campuses just prior to the 2004 election. It’s distributed via the web, available for free download or as a $10 DVD.


CULTURE It’s Bigger than Hip Hop: The Rise of the Post-Hip Hop Generation by M.K. Asante, Jr. documents how this voice of rebellion has evolved, highlighting oppressions that still exist.

Contact: St. Martin’s Press, 175 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10010; 212-674-5151;
DRUG WAR – In Beyond Bogota: Diary of a Drug War Journalist in Colombia, Garry Leech does what most reporters won’t: goes to the countryside to talk to farmers, guerrillas, union organizers, indigenous communities, and others about a dirty, U.S. funded war in South America.

Contact: Beacon Press, 25 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02108; 617-742-2110;
GREENWASHINGGreen, Inc.: An Environmental Insider Reveals How a Good Cause Has Gone Bad by Christine MacDonald offers an insider expose of big money, and corporate friendly environmental NGOs.
HAITI On That Day, Everybody Ate by Margaret Trost chronicles one woman’s participation in a volunteer food program offering much needed free food to children in Haiti.
IMMIGRATION – In Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants, David Bacon both examines the policies and human effects of immigration.

Contact: Beacon Press, 25 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02108; 617-742-2110;
POVERTY – In A People’s History of Poverty in America, Stephen Pimpare overturns prejudiced assumptions by documenting the real lives and opinions of poor people in U.S. history—the latest edition to a "People’s History" series.

Contact: The New Press, 38 Greene Street, 4th Floor, NY, NY 10013; 212-629-8802;
PRISON REFORM – In Beyond Prison: The Fight to Reform Prison Systems around the World, the late Ahmed Othmani relates the story of his own brutal detention followed by a lifetime fight for prisoners’ human rights.
RACE How Race Survived U.S. History: From the American Revolution to the Present by David Roediger traces the development and durability of racial division, bias, and privilege in the U.S. including a consideration of the Obama phenomenon.