Zaps – September 2008

EXHIBITION – Cartoonist and artist Angelo Lopez will have work on display in Gallery Saratoga in Saratoga, California September 2 to October 5 with an opening reception Saturday, September 6 from 1-6 PM.

Contact: Gallery Saratoga, 14435 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070;
ANARCHY FEST – The third annual Victoria Festival of Anarchy & Bookfair is planned for September 7-14, with the Bookfair on the last two days; features workshops, presentations, music and more.
SIGNING Writer and activist Jeff Nall will do a signing and discuss his book, Perpetual Revolt: Essays on Peace & Justice and The Shared Values of Secular, Spiritual, and Religious Progressives, from 5-7 PM on Saturday, September 13 at Urban Think! bookstore in Orlando, Florida.

Contact: UrbanThink! Bookstore, 625 East Central Blvd. Orlando, FL 32801;;
TALK – Cartoonist Stephanie McMillan will present a slide show and talk about her comics and graphic novel at 8 PM Wednesday, September 17 at Books and Books in Coral Gables, Florida.

Contact: Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33134; 305-442-4408;;
WOMEN’S CONFERENCE From October 3-6 in San Francisco, the Radical Women Conference: The Persistent Power of Socialist Feminism features international speakers about the role of women of color and immigrants in forging labor solidarity; multi-racial organizing; and youth and queer leadership.

Contact: Radical Women, 5018 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118; 206-722-6057;;
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.

Contact: Center for the Study of Political Graphics, 8124 West Third Street, Suite 211, Los Angeles, CA 90048; 323-653-4662;;
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.

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

Contact: John Pietaro, 845-591-2161;;
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.

Contact: The Center for Asia Pacific Women in Politics (CAPWIP),
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.

Contact: AWBC 2008, c/o Multicultural Outreach Media, PO Box 6086, Olympia, WA 98507; 206-337-1556;;

BOOKS TO PRISONERS – The Prison Book Program is planning a book drive in late September (donations also accepted by cash; $3 sends a book to a prisoner).

Contact: Prison Book Program, c/o Lucy Parsons Bookstore, 1306 Hancock Street, #100, Quincy, MA 02169; 617-423-3298;;
CUBAN FIVE – September 12 marks ten years of unjust incarceration in the U.S. of five men known as the Cuban Five, who were imprisoned for trying to get the U.S. government to investigate anti-Cuba terrorists within the U.S.

Contact: National Committee to Free the Cuban Five, 2489 Mission St., #24, San Francisco, CA 94110; 415-821-6545;
ELECTIONS – Another election, another vote theft? Groups organizing to monitor, document, and maybe even thwart the dirty tricks and unverifiable electronic voting systems include Black Box Voting, among others.

Contact: Black Box Voting, 330 SW 43rd St., Suite K, PMB 547, Renton, WA 98055; 206-335-7747;;
FARMWORKERS – The United Farm Workers is conducting a campaign to force the giant Giumarra Vineyards of California to provide much needed health and disability benefits to its workers and their families suffering in dangerous conditions; numerous other campaigns also underway.

Contact: UFW, PO Box 62, 29700 Woodford-Tehachapi Road, Keene, CA 93531; 661-823-6250;
HEALTHCARE – More unions, organizations and representatives are signing on to support the universal single-payer plan still under consideration in Congress.

Contact:, PO Box 882122, Port Saint Lucie FL 34988; 800-680-9310;;

INDIAN DISTRO – Eight independent publishers based in India have formed the Independent Publishers’ Distribution Alternatives to better distribute and promote progressive ideas.

Contact: IPD Alternatives, 35 A/1, Shahpur Jat, New Delhi 110 049, India;;
NEW UNION – United Progressives is a new organization intended to become a true people’s union aiming for a peaceful, participatory democracy, a just economy, and a sustainable future, uniting progressives and their opinion through polling on issues, and building constituencies for progressive change.

Contact: United Progressives, 44 Music Square East #702, Nashville, TN 37203; 615-653-4210;;
RADICAL BOOKINgs – Evil Twin Booking Agency can schedule politically charged events for campuses, cafes, and other venues—from spectacle performances such as the Yes Men and the Lost Film Fest to various documentary films to speakers such as Vandana Shiva or Greg Palast.

Contact: ETBA, 215-473-0308;;

VOTING – Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections is a new documentary now available on DVD examining election fraud in 2004, 2006, and the real potential for theft in 2008, from uncounted ballots to electronic "flips."

Contact: David Earnhardt, 2123 8th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37204; 615-327-0600 or;

FORUM – Emerge United is a new website designed to provides space for artists and others to share thoughts and plots, plan and post events and activities, art, music, and more. Now seeking participants.

WAGE LABOR – Against Wage Labour now has a printable PDF newsletter at its website, as well as online articles and resources.

WOMEN & PEACE – The international women’s non-profit organization Peace X Peace has a new website designed as a global community connecting women in developing countries and industrialized nations to take action for peace, become citizen journalists, and participate in a global roundtable.

Contact: Peace X Peace, 1601 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 400, Washington DC, 20009; 703-391-8932;;

ART CATALOG – The Syracuse Cultural Workers’ catalog "Tools For Change" is available online or in print, featuring art, music, apparel, and more by an artist collective committed to revolutionary social change; latest offering is a bi-lingual poster "Immigration: 10 Myths."

Contact: Syracuse Cultural Workers, PO Box 6367, Syracuse, New York 13217; 800-949-5139;
HISTORY The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture is a new academic journal geared to a broader audience, available in print (ISSN: 1754-1328) and online, published by Routledge twice a year.

Contact: 800-354-1420;
SUBMISSIONS Twelve Ten, the semi-annual publication of the U.S. Human Rights Network, is accepting submissions until October 1 for its winter/spring edition "What would Human Rights in the US look like under a new administration?"

Contact: Janvieve Williams Comrie, Director of Communications, US Human Rights Network, 250 Georgia Avenue Suite 330, Atlanta, GA 30312; 404-588-9761;;

COLLECTION The World According to TomDispatch features a collection of essays, blogs, and reports from the progressive website maintained by Tom Englehardt.

Contact: Contact: Verso Books, 20 Jay Street, 10th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201; 718-246-8160;;
DEMOCRATS Savage Mules: The Democrats and Endless War by satirist Dennis Perrin recounts the bleak war-mongering history of the Democratic Party to puncture the illusion of mainstream political alternative.

Contact: Contact: Verso Books, 20 Jay Street, 10th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201; 718-246-8160;;
DESCHOOLINGEverywhere All the Time: A New Deschooling Reader edited by Matt Hern presents historical and contemporary educational alternatives to the mind-crushing bureaucratic nightmare of the traditional system.

Contact: AK Press, 674-A 23rd St., Oakland, CA 94612; 510-208-1700;;;
EDUCATION Schooling and the Politics of Disaster edited by Kenneth J. Saltman examines how in the wake of disasters, educational systems are frequently privatized or re-visioned in a neoliberal corporate model.

Contact: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 270 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016; 212-216-7842;
LABOR Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path Toward Social Justice by Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Fernando Gapasin offers critical analysis and a plan for a new direction.

Contact: University of California Press, 2120 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, CA 94704; 510-642-4247;;
MCCAIN Gook: John McCain’s Racism and Why It Matters by Irwin Tang focuses on the Republican candidate’s disturbing attitudes toward race and war, from his title quote to his fierce opposition to an MLK holiday to the present.

Contact: The it Works / Paul Revere Publishing, 12111 Forsythe, Austin, TX 78759;;
NO NUKESPrescription for Survival: A Doctor’s Journey to End Nuclear Madness by Bernard Lown tells the first-hand story of a grassroots anti-nuclear organization started by U.S. and USSR doctors.

Contact: Berrett-Koehler, 235 Montgomery Street, Suite 650, San Francisco, CA 94104; 415-288-0260;;
PEAK OIL – Plan C: Community Strategies for Peak Oil and Climate Change by Pat Murphy offers examples and suggestions for low energy living.

Contact: New Society Publishers, PO Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC Canada, V0R 1X0; 250-247-9737;;
POETRY Poems Against War: Music & Heroes edited by Gregg Mosson is the sixth volume of the annual Poems Against War and features poet-activists from around the country.

RACISM Speaking Treason Fluently by Tim Wise is an examination of the way in which racial privilege shapes the lives of white Americans, in every realm of daily life: employment, education, housing, criminal justice, and elsewhere.

Contact: Soft Skull Press, 19 West 21st, Suite 1101, New York NY 10010; 718-643-1599;
SPACE – A newly revised and expanded edition of War Stars: The Superweapon and the American Imagination by H. Bruce Franklin exposing the fanatical U.S. pursuit of penultimate WMD is now available.

Contact: University of Massachusetts Press, PO Box 429, Amherst, MA 01004; 413-545-2 217;;
VISION The World We Wish to See: Revolutionary Objectives in the Twenty-First Century by Samir Amin offers a critique of the failed neoliberalism of the 20th century, while proposing a new internationalism for the 21st.
Contact: Monthly Review Foundation, 146 W. 29th Street, New York, NY 10001; 212-691-2555;;

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