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.

Devising Hope: A Theatrical Performance at Street Sense

Date: 
Monday, July 25, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Join Street Sense artists and local high school students as they perform a series of scenes and monologues that touch on some of the most integral aspects of the human experience: family, love, misconceptions, deferred dreams, and the definition of ‘home’. This 75-minute staged reading is the product of theatre exercises and conversations shared between students and persons experiencing homelessness.

From Homelessness to Hopefulness: An Art Gallery at CHAW

Date: 
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Join Street Sense as they present a gallery of illustrations and photographs sharing their unique perspective on homelessness. Complementing the art show is a performance by Street Sense's theater group, Devising Hope, as well as NEST, a solo dance performance by Sandra Atkinson of Light Switch Dance Theatre. The night will end with a Q&A with the artists about the power of art for a voiceless community.

Anti-Trump Demonstration

Date: 
Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 2:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

TENAC is especially troubled by the ascendancy of Donald Trump because of his longstanding, outrageously negative record on housing, rental and otherwise, as well as his reactionary views on minorities (especially Latinos, African-Americans, Asians, and women, et. al.) and on social welfare, budget and tax policies.

“Overcoming Restrictions: Resistance through Publication & Expression” with Leila El-Haddad & Dr. William Youmans

Date: 
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Join The Jerusalem Fund for the final event of the 2016 Summer Intern Lecture Series, “Mobility: Israel’s Structural Restrictions and Palestine’s Resistance” on July 26, 2016. Panelists Leila El-Haddad and Dr. William Youmans will examine and discuss the less concrete but equally powerful restraints on the mobility of ideas in the Palestinian context. These include Israel’s suppression of political and literary expression, manipulation of the news, media blackouts, and outright censorship.

DC Night Out for Safety and Liberation

Date: 
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 - 5:30pm to 9:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Join BYP100 DC, BLM DC, and DC's Movement for Black Lives Collective for a conversation on what true public safety looks like in our city. Vendors, performances, food, story-telling, music, and fun for all ages - Night Out for Safety and Liberation is a space for our community to imagine ideas of safety that are not rooted in policing and incarceration - with specific focus on solutions beyond mythic "community-policing".

PROTEST AGAINST SIDWELL FRIENDS' SALE OF THE WASHINGTON HOME

Date: 
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

The demonstration long planned against the Sidwell Friends' sale of the Washington Home will be held on Friday, July 29th from Noon to 2 PM, in front of Sidwell Friends School.  DC Tenants Advocacy Coalition sincerely hopes you can attend and invite as many as possible.  The sale of the Washington Home must be stopped and your efforts can help, by showing opposition for the sale and resultant displacement of residents, and with it, support for UDC's lawsuit claiming denial of tenants' rights to long-term, perm

It's a Coup, Social and Environmental Implications of Brazil's Political Turmoil

Date: 
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Amazon Watch and the Center for Economic and Policy Research invite you to a "Green Bag" presentation: It's a Coup, Social and Environmental Implications of Brazil's Political Turmoil. Maria Luisa Mendonça is in Washington, DC as part of an initiative asking U.S. Members of Congress, unions and NGOs to endorse a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, urging his caution in any interactions with the interim authorities, and to refrain from any public statements that could be interpreted as showing support for the impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff.

The American Muslim March on Washington: Americans Against Terrorism, Hate and Gun Violence

Date: 
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 2:00pm to 8:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

In response to the mass-shooting in Orlando, Florida on June 12, the American Muslim community is organizing a major Peace Rally in Washington, D.C. where all Americans can send a strong message to the rest of our nation and to the world that we stand united against Terrorism, Hate & Gun Violence.

Hosted by IMAAM Center.

For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/983509258413278/

Black Lives Matter Unity & Awareness Concert

Date: 
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Join Oppression.org in challenging institutional racism and police killings of black and brown people through a creative, peaceful, positive means. Their special guest, Rev. Graylan Hagler, along with a number of premier hip hop artists will address the topic at this family friendly event.

For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/173701153046657/

This Bridge Called Our Health DC Summer Healing Series: Dreaming Ourselves Free

Date: 
Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

Hosted by This Bridge Called Our Health, a healing justice platform centering women/femmes/ of color founded by long time friends and community healers, Danielle Stevens and Annie Alexandrian.

All Guantánamo is Ours

Date: 
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Coinciding with the celebration of July 26, marking the anniversary of the beginning of the Cuban Revolution, the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity along with other organizations, will be featuring the new Cuban film "All Guantánamo is Ours" in San Francisco, Washington DC and in Boston.

The 37 minute film with English subtitles will be an opportunity for people to learn about how the Cuban people feel about the US Naval base in Guantanamo and their desire for its return.

Cecil 2016 Rally

Date: 
Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 2:00pm to 11:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Since the death of Cecil the Lion, the world has become aware of the horrors of Trophy Hunting and Poaching. Many people across the world have taken to the streets to speak up for the voiceless and challenged law makers in their countries to change. Many countries hosted massive rallies numbering in the thousands with Israel and Spain's rally topping at a record number of 15,000 each.

The Anti-Watch Party

Date: 
Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

On the final night of the Republican National Convention, join Alliance for Justice Action Campaign (AFJAC) for the Anti-Watch party, featuring conservative code word bingo, drinks to ease the pain, surprise guests, music, and a healthy dose of criticism. 

$10 suggested donation at the door. AFJAC will provide two free drink tickets and happy hour specials will run all night. 

Protest at Debbie Wasserman Shultz's Office: Reject the DNC's New Form of Climate Denial

Date: 
Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 11:15am to 2:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Join Beyond Extreme Energy as they launch an afternoon of action at the Washington, DC office of Debbie Wasserman Shultz. We must show her and her colleagues that a party that fails to act adequately on the climate, one that continues to perpetuate environmental racism, is no party for the people.

Picnic to Strengthen Rent Control

Date: 
Sunday, August 28, 2016 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

While DC Council is on recess, we're building power and revving up to put big pressure on councilmembers upon their return.

Join Jews United for Justice on the north side of Malcolm X Park (Meridian Hill) for a picnic on Sunday, August 28th to reconnect with JUFJ friends, hear an update about our rent control campaign, make political art, and help pass two pieces of legislation that provide greater protections for DC renters.

“Humanize Not Militarize” National Youth Film Festival WORLD PREMIERE

Date: 
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Ferguson. Gaza. Along the border between the U.S. and Mexico. In communities around the world, we see how militarism and policing affects everyday life. What do we need to Humanize not Militarize society?

This project of American Friends Service Committee involves a traveling poster exhibit and a youth film festival inviting people to respond to these important questions. How are you impacted by militarism, and where do you see people responding to & resisting militarism?

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee's 36th National Convention: Inspiring Change Through Action

Date: 
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 1:00pm to Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 1:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

In keeping with this year's theme, the 2016 Convention will feature speakers, panelists, and awardees who have taken action to promote and inspire positive change in the broader Arab-American community. Likewise, our convention panels, workshops, working lunches, and banquet dinners will focus on issues of importance to the Arab-American community, including civil and human rights, as well as domestic and foreign policy.

Youth Open Mic

Date: 
Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Youth-focused and youth-led, Youth Open Mic is a monthly series that features student poets, singers, musicians and actors from the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Middle school and high school students are encouraged to come share their art in our supportive, progressive, artistic atmosphere. Youth Open Mic is presented by Busboys and Poets in partnership with DC Youth Slam Team and Split This Rock. (Note: Adult language may be used.) Cost: $5 Sponsored by Split This Rock and Busboys and Poets.

Split This Rock FREE Writing Workshop

Date: 
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Split This Rock in collaboration with The Beltway Poetry Slam hosts this FREE bi-monthly writing workshop that bears witness to injustice and provokes social change. Get ready to write with poet, activist and workshop facilitator Katy Richey. This event is open to all ages and there is no need to RSVP.

Jews say "Black Lives Matter"

Date: 
Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

As Jews, our history and tradition compels us towards action and solidarity. If the last week has shown us anything, it’s that now is the time to act. We have unique connections to structures of power and privilege, and therefore pathways for making change. We want to unpack what that specific responsibility and obligation means, what it could look like to take advantage of that in the movement for Black lives.

This gathering is not affiliated with any official group or organization.

Meditate the Vote – “The Real Conversation” with Sister Jenna

Date: 
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

As we prepare for the 2016 National Conventions, join The Medidation Museum after work over a meal at Busboys & Poets as Sister Jenna, director of the Meditation Museums (MD & VA) and host of the globally broadcast America Meditating Radio Show, discusses "Meditate the Vote" - a people's movement for socially conscious choice conceived by the America Meditating Radio Show and an alliance of friend

March on Washington Film Festival

Date: 
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 (All day) to Saturday, July 23, 2016 (All day)
State/Region: 
DC

The March on Washington Film Festival, a production of The Raben Group, strives to increase awareness of the events and heroes of the Civil Rights Era and inspire renewed passion for activism. The festival uses the power of film, music, and the arts to share these important stories.

For more information, please visit: http://marchonwashingtonfilmfestival.org/

Muslim American Women Policy Forum: Planning Meeting

Date: 
Friday, July 15, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

*****This is a space for people that identify as Muslim******

In the wake of the recent murders of black people around the nation, the continued resistance to these murders and the call for black liberation, we must plan for the future and how the Muslim community in the area can organize, agitate and activate.

Please join the Muslim American Women Policy Forum at this meeting to discuss ways for us to step up and show solidarity and respond to calls for support from the Movement for Black Lives in the DMV.

Dan Zak - Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age

Date: 
Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 7:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

In his first book, Zak, a Washington Post reporter for nearly a dozen years, focuses on an act of public disobedience—and tells the seven-decade story of the country’s complicated relationship with nuclear forces, from the Manhattan Project to weapon stockpiles to energy plants. On July 28, 2012, three anti-nuclear activists, one of whom was eighty-two-year-old Sister Megan Rice, broke into the Oak Ridge complex, painted slogans on the wall, and waited to be arrested.

Elbridge Gerry Birthday Party 2016

Date: 
Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

Join Common Cause Maryland at a rally for redistricting reform on Thurs., July 14 at 10:30 AM in Lawyer’s Mall.  The Tame the Gerrymander Coalition will commemorate the 272nd birthday of Elbridge Gerry, the namesake of the gerrymander. Call on elected officials to reform the redistricting process in Maryland. There will be birthday cake and party games to celebrate this momentous occasion!

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