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Washington Peace Center director Sonia Silbert was interviewed on WPFW 89.3 FM about the Activist Awards Grassroots Gala. See some quotes below from Sonia and some of the awardees, and click here to listen to the full interview.
This article was originally published in teleSUR by Cyril Mychalejko
"The disappearance of 43 youth from the Ayotzinapa school has touched people in a way that previous events have not, but it is the tip of the iceberg," said Dawn Paley, author of "Drug War Capitalism."
Originally by Greg Palast, published in Al Jazeera America.
Election officials in 27 states, most of them Republicans, have launched a program that threatens a massive purge of voters from the rolls. Millions, especially black, Hispanic and Asian-American voters, are at risk. Already, tens of thousands have been removed in at least one battleground state, and the numbers are expected to climb, according to a six-month-long, nationwide investigation by Al Jazeera America.
By Sarah Lazare
Originally published in Common Dreams.
As the U.S. expands its air bombardment of Iraq and Syria, Tuesday marks another milestone for a nation at war: the 13th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, the longest officially recognized war in U.S. history.
by Will Merrifield
The exploding housing costs that have accompanied the influx of new residents into DC have brought mass displacement of life-long residents and a subsequent spike in family homelessness. Currently, in the District, a person making minimum wage must work approximately 132 hours per week, 52 weeks a year, or earn $27 an hour at 40 hours per week to afford a 2 bedroom apartment at “Fair Market Rent”.
In an era in which our political system is dominated by plutocracy, grassroots social movements are essential for progressive change. But too often our movements find themselves at loggerheads over the seemingly conflicting need to preserve our environment and the need for jobs and economic development. How can we find common ground?
John Patrick Judge passed at the age of 66, just as he had lived – with courage in the midst of pain. An internationally acclaimed researcher, writer and speaker, as well as a lifelong anti-militarist anti-racist activist, and community organizer, Judge died on April 15 due to complications from a stroke suffered in early March.
Power – the ability to transform yourself + the world around you through expression, connection, love +community towards a shared vision
Few in our nation's capitol city think twice when they throw stuff "away" -- nor do they think about who lives where "away" is. Fitting a national trend ofenvironmental racism, it should be no surprise that DC's waste has long impacted communities of color in one of the most segregated metropolitan areas in the country.
Hundreds of the world’s top climate scientists are in agreement: Climate change is happening, we’re already feeling its effects and it’s only going to get worse. The newest report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released Monday morning in Japan (Sunday night ET), gives “the starkest warning yet” of global warming’s impacts. In many ways, the effects are expected to be insidious and nuanced rather than apocalyptic: They’ll increase by degrees, and worsen societal problems that we’re already facing.
America After 9/11
Since 9/11, the Department of Justice has prosecuted more than 500 terrorism cases, yet there remains scant public understanding of what these federal cases have actually looked like and the impact they have had on communities and families. Published by The Nation in collaboration with Educators for Civil Liberties, the America After 9/11 series features contributions from scholars, researchers and advocates to provide a systematic look at the patterns of civil rights abuses in the United States’ domestic “war on terror.”
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On Oct. 12th, a Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Sahar Shafqat joined Co-Directors, Dia and Darakshan, along with our intern, Amirah, at the Washington Peace Center office for a critical conversation that lasted over two hours. With the depth of the conversation, we decided to produce a two-part edition in order to capture the honest vulnerability and intimate look into the global to local connections that are so important to movement and community building.
Anti-racism Statement from the Washington Peace Center
In community and solidarity from the board and staff
In 2014, the board and staff of the Washington Peace Center (WPC) developed a strategic plan for the next three years to continue to deepen our work and prioritize intentionally creating spaces for collaboration, reflection, and movement building.
The Washington Peace Center continues our new critical conversation series with Dia Bui, Co-Director, and Elizabeth Falcon, Executive Director of DC Jobs with Justice, who discusses her transition into labor from housing, upcoming local campaigns, union engagement in racial justice and the "Ill Be There" Awards.