Jim Crow Returns: Millions of Minority Voters Threatened by Electoral Purge

Registering to Vote

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.

Support the MENA Category on the U.S. Census

Date: 
Monday, February 2, 2015 (All day)
State/Region: 
DC

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee calls on the Arab-American community to support the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) category for inclusion in the 2020 U.S. Census.  The U.S. Census Bureau announced that it will test the MENA category on the 2015 National Content Test, and is inviting comments on the proposed collection of information through February 2, 2015.

Stealing A Nation: An Exiled People Struggle for Justice

Date: 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 7:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Stealing a Nation, a documentary written and directed by John Pilger, tells the story of the Chagossian people—a group of people in the Indian Ocean forcibly exiled from their ancestral home in the late 1960s by the U.S. and the British governments. In the Chagossians’ place, the governments built one of the most strategically important U.S. military bases in the world on the island of Diego Garcia. Since that time, the Chagossians have been living in impoverished exile, fighting for their right to return home.

Civil War to Civil Rights- The Last Great Speeches of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Date: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 7:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

*Tickets: free; registration required

On the 150th anniversary of our sixteenth president’s second inaugural address, explore how the powerful words of Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., still speak to the polarizing divisions of our nation—and call today for a unified American identity. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews moderates this free panel discussion focusing on Lincoln’s address and King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech. Presented by Ford’s Theatre and Washington National Cathedral.

Solidarity 2: Home is Not a Commodity

Date: 
Friday, February 6, 2015 - 6:00pm to Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 7:00pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

ONE DC resource organizer and photographer, Dominic T. Moulden are partnering to host the upcoming photography exhibit “Solidarity 2: Home is Not a Commodity show to provide a worldwide look (South Africa, Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C.) at the idea of home and the universal human right to accessible housing.

Jewish Voice for Peace - National Membership Meeting

Date: 
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 8:30pm to Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 6:00pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

The National Membership Meeting is not just a place to talk about the issues and see old friends (although it is that too). It's also a place where new projects will be born, alliances will be solidified, and the next stages of our critical work will take root. It's a place where all our work will get stronger.

For more information please click here.

Global Divestment Day

Date: 
Friday, February 13, 2015 - 9:00am to Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 9:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Showing a global and growing force to be reckoned with, as the fossil fuel industry throws more money at fossil fuel expansion, let’s turn up the volume of the divestment movement. And let’s not stop until we win.

For more information please click here.

People and Places – 2015 Community Conferences

Date: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 1:00pm to Friday, March 6, 2015 - 3:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

People working to bring opportunity and prosperity to low- and moderate-income communities all over the country will converge in Washington, DC for three days of peer sharing and learning. Four national organizations have partnered to host this event at a significant time in the history of the community development movement.

REFUGEE WORKERS FROM IRAQ TO SPEAK IN BALTIMORE

Date: 
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 7:30pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

The stunning advances of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria have put all ethnic and religious groups in the area, including moderate Sunni Arabs, at risk.  For some groups the threat approaches genocidal proportions.  The U.S. has responded with air strikes. Yet, from President Obama on down, everyone agrees there is no military solution. The Fines will address “MISSING FROM THE WAR NARRATIVE: Why it will be hard for the U.S. to contain and weaken, let alone degrade and destroy, the Islamic State.” 

Mayor Bowser - Open House for the Mayor’s new office

Date: 
Monday, February 2, 2015 - 4:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Mayor Bowser's Open House is an opportunity to meet the Mayor, City Administrator, Deputy Mayors, Mayor's Office of Legislative Counsel, and Senior Advisor in addition to the other offices within the Wilson Building.

To register please click here.

Yemen - If this is a policy success, what does failure look like?

Date: 
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 12:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Last September, in announcing military operations against ISIS/ISIL, President Obama referred to Yemen as a US policy success, to the bafflement of many within and outside the country at the time. The jury was still out on our drone-dependent security/CT operations, the economy was in disarray and the political transition - a relative bright spot - was dimming. Recent events call the September judgment into even more question. What is really happening, and what does it mean for the US, the region, and the Yemenis?   

“People Power: Activism for Social Change” Series: Beyond the Classroom presents “The New Black”

Date: 
Monday, February 2, 2015 - 7:00pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

The New Black is a documentary that tells the story of how the African-American community in Prince George’s County, Maryland is grappling with the gay rights issue in light of the recent gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. The film documents activists, families, and clergy on both sides of the campaign to legalize gay marriage, and it examines homophobia in the black community’s institutional pillar—the black church.

Spring Rising: An Antiwar Intervention in DC

Date: 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 10:45am to Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 10:45am
State/Region: 
DC

Wednesday, March 18: Peace gathering and fellowship.

Thursday, March 19th: Lobbying on Capitol Hill, followed by a tour of the war machine: homes and offices of war criminals.

Nonviolent Direct Action Training

Date: 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 7:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Come out for a powerful training on nonviolent direct action training. This training will provide an overview of how to use nonviolent direct action strategically within a campaign. If you are working on labor, racial, immigrant, or gender justice campaigns, this is the training for you!  This training will be facilitated by Rosa Lozano and Noor Mir.

#StormSkanska with DC Stampede

Date: 
Friday, February 6, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
State/Region: 
Virginia

Join DC Stampede to #StormSkanska! The University of Washington (UW) plans to build a new animal lab that will imprison thousands of dogs, cats, mice, rabbits and other defenseless animals. DC Stampede is joining the national campaign against UW's Animal Research and Care Facility. This protest will put pressure on Skanska, the multinational construction company that is contracted to build the lab, to back out of its contract with the University of Washington so that the lab will never be built. 

Party & Fundraiser for Net Neutrality

Date: 
Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 8:00pm to Friday, February 6, 2015 - 1:00am
State/Region: 
DC

Starting at 8pm, learn about the fight for net neutrality so far, and what you can do to help ensure an open Internet for all. Celebrate the progress made so far. Grab some dinner or drinks.

From 9pm+, DJ Diaspora will be playing her all-vinyl mix of broken beat, deep house, electronic, and African and Latin beats. 

Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes

Date: 
Monday, February 16, 2015 - 7:00pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

Prince Georges Coutny Peace and Justice Coalition is hosting a film screening of Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes, which explores how corporations keep winning undue favors and influence via donations to politicians- and how leading outsider thinkers propose we change the terms of the game. Maryland campaign-finance activists will lead discussion on steps local citizens can take to restore democracy.  

For more information, contact justpeacepg@earthlink.net or 301-577-2350

 

Film Screening: A Path Appears presented by Community Cinema

Date: 
Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: A Path Appears investigates young women in America forced into a life of prostitution and the innovative programs that have evolved to achieve remarkable results in empowering their lives. Sex trafficking and prostitution. Domestic slavery. Teen pregnancy. The devastation of poverty. These troubling situations are happening not just halfway across the world, but also in our own backyards — in Chicago and Nashville and Boston.

Debatable Progress: The PA resolution and the signing of the Rome Statute

Date: 
Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: What should we make of the recent bids by the PA to the UN Security Council to set a timeline for the end of Israeli occupation, and its recent signing of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC)? There has been much debate about the efficacy and timing of these measures, while acknowledging that they are in theory good measures to take. In reality, they raise many questions and involve many challenges to implement on the ground. Will they bring a more positive outcome to the beleagured Palestinian people?

VOICES FROM THE HOLY LAND film series: Home Front Sunday

Date: 
Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 2:30pm
State/Region: 
Virginia

Event Description: 

After three generations, why is peace in Israel-Palestine so hard to achieve? How are issues of security, justice and human-rights playing out in this so-called “conflict?” How do we understand our own government’s policies and actions in being an “honest-broker” in the Middle East?

VOICES FROM THE HOLY LAND film series: Little Town of Bethlehem

Date: 
Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 2:30pm
State/Region: 
Virginia

Event Description: 

After three generations, why is peace in Israel-Palestine so hard to achieve? How are issues of security, justice and human-rights playing out in this so-called “conflict?” How do we understand our own government’s policies and actions in being an “honest-broker” in the Middle East?

VOICES FROM THE HOLY LAND film series: With God On Our Side

Date: 
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 2:30pm
State/Region: 
Virginia

Event Description: 

After three generations, why is peace in Israel-Palestine so hard to achieve? How are issues of security, justice and human-rights playing out in this so-called “conflict?” How do we understand our own government’s policies and actions in being an “honest-broker” in the Middle East?

VOICES FROM THE HOLY LAND film series: The Stones Cry Out

Date: 
Sunday, March 1, 2015 - 2:30pm
State/Region: 
Virginia

Event Description: 

After three generations, why is peace in Israel-Palestine so hard to achieve? How are issues of security, justice and human-rights playing out in this so-called “conflict?” How do we understand our own government’s policies and actions in being an “honest-broker” in the Middle East?

VOICES FROM THE HOLY LAND film series: Life in Occupied Palestine

Date: 
Sunday, February 22, 2015 - 2:30pm
State/Region: 
Virginia

Event Description: 

After three generations, why is peace in Israel-Palestine so hard to achieve? How are issues of security, justice and human-rights playing out in this so-called “conflict?” How do we understand our own government’s policies and actions in being an “honest-broker” in the Middle East?

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