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.

Baltimore Racial Justice: 2016 Maryland Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Date: 
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

Event Info: Baltimore Racial Justice Action is partnering with Associated Black Charities and the University of Baltimore's College of Public Affairs to present a legislative wrap-up of the 2016 Maryland legislative session.  With the 2016 Legislative Session now over, find out what advocacy efforts were successful and which ones were stalled.  Ultimately, the event will seek to answer if any real change was accomplished, and will look forward to the 2017 session for what progress can be made.  While the event is free, you must register to attend.

Protest Sidwell Friends' Eviction of Hospice Patients

Date: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Join the Tenants' Advoacy Coalition for their picket line protest in front of the Sidwell Friends School in protest of Sidwell Friend's purchase of the Washington Home.  Tell them that they should not evict the sick and dying from the Washington Home!  Join their picket line, and feel free to bring your homemade sign.

For more information, contact the organizers here.

American University Rally with Dining Workers

Date: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 2:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Join the American University Student Worker Alliance as they rally to demand fair treatment from Aramark, the corporation that manages dining services on campus.  Despite ongoing worker and student mobilization, management has continued to treat workers like criminals. Workers also contend with exhausting understaffing, racial slurs from management, and a general culture of disrespect and dehumanization. Join workers and show Aramark that the community is watching and will not back down.

Trans Rights: Know Your Rights in Public Accomodations

Date: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Join Public Accomodations Manager Kristen Barry for this presentation and Q & A hosted by the DC Center for the LGBT Community, and discuss the need for non discrimination protections for Trans and Gender Identity in Public Accommodations. This seminar comes on the heels of a forthcoming report, Room for Change, that explores the findings of a testing investigation into the levels of discrimination in retail stores based on gender identity and race in the DMV area.

Raise the Wage: #DCfor15 Canvas

Date: 
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 10:30am
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: This Saturday, join ROC-DC as they hit the streets, telling DC voters about our petition to raise the wage to $15 per hour for all and collecting the signatures needed to put it on the people's ballot box come November! Meet up at the African American Civil War Memorial, at the 10th St exit of the U St metro station.

For more information, check out the Facebook event page here.

How To Talk About Islamophobia: DC Trainer's Network Event

Date: 
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Join the Peace Center for our May skillshare for the monthly DC Trainer's Network series!  This workshop will be a basic 101 on how to talk about structural Islamophobia in ways that doesn't further perpetuate prejudice, hatred, and the dehumanization of Muslim communities and anyone perceived as Muslim. We will discuss tangible ways you can step in and disrupt Islamophobia, support local Muslim organizers, and Muslim communities in the District. 

TENAC Candidate Forum

Date: 
Monday, May 16, 2016 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Care about Affordable Housing? Tenants' Rights? Fees for Everything? Over-Gentrification? Then join the DC Tenants' Advocacy Coalition (TENAC) for their annual forum with DC candidates for public office before the DC Primary this June.  Take part in putting questions about tenants' rights and economic justice to the people trying to represent DC!

For more information, please contact the organizers here.

Implementation of ACA and People with HIV

Date: 
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 9:30am to 11:00am
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: the Kaiser Family Foundation will hold a policy briefing to discuss these questions with a panel of experts. The Foundation will also release a report of findings drawn from a second round of focus groups with people with HIV in five states – California, Florida, Georgia, New York and Texas – to assess experiences with coverage in the ACA era.

Gallery Exhibition: "Nakba Never Forgotten"

Date: 
Monday, April 25, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Join the opening reception at the gallery for the exhibition from the Nakba Museum Project of Memory and Hope. All art is made by Palestinians living in the West Bank, and the organizers hope to give Palestinians a platform to express how the Nakba has influenced, and continues to influence, their lives. The goal is to use these stories and artwork humanize Palestinians and create a deeper conversation about Palestinians in the United States.

Purchasing Power Happy Hour with DC Paid Family Leave Campaign

Date: 
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Help harness collective purchasing power in support of Paid Family Leave for DC - and enjoy some great local treats! Take action and schmooze with other Paid Family Leave supporters, AND buy local pizza, baked goods, and non-alcoholic beverages from just a few of our coalition partners that support DC Paid Family Leave. Please RSVP so organizers have the right amounts of food from our coalition partners: Flying Fish Coffee & Tea, Angelico La Pizzeria, and Grassroots Gourmet!

The Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and the Arab Studies Institute present: Covering the Middle East MEIS Graduate Student Panel

Date: 
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
State/Region: 
Virginia

Info: MEIS Graduate Student Panel

featuring:

The War Economy in Syria By Musaab Batlchi
Digital Media Trends in Knowledge Production on the Middle East By Alicia Cagle
Oil as a Divisive Force: A Comparison of Statist and Rentier Countries in the Middle East By Jordan Cohen
A Case for Inclusion: Human Rights Conditions Facing Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon By Alexa Brand
The State of Syria's Banking Sector, 2001-2011 By Thomas Sullivan

The Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and the Arab Studies Institute present: Roger Owen A.J. Meyer - My Life in Middle East Studies

Date: 
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 6:00pm
State/Region: 
Virginia

Info: Roger Owen first visited Egypt, Lebanon, and Palestine in 1956 in the late colonial period and has been a keen observer of the various political paths taken by the post-independence Arab states ever since. From the forthcoming book 

A Life in Middle East Studies 

(Tadween Publishing, 2016)


OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

For more information please visit here. 

Beyond the Classroom presents "The Hand That Feeds"

Date: 
Monday, April 25, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

Info: Beyond the Classroom, University of Maryland Series on "People Power: Activism for Social Change!" presents the award-winning documentary: THE HAND THAT FEEDS.

Punk Rock Karaoke Benefit for CISPES!

Date: 
Friday, April 22, 2016 - 9:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Info: Join the Punk Rock Karaoke NorthEast once again for a raucus night of punk sing-a-longs for a cause. This is a benefit- all the money raised will be going to The Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) and their ongoing work campaigns. The Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) is a grassroots solidarity organization that has been supporting the Salvadoran people’s struggle for social and economic justice since 1980.

FreePurvi: Vigil for Purvi Patel’s Release

Date: 
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 6:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Info: For the last several weeks, the pro-life movement and its leaders have been in a frenzy to disassociate themselves from the idea that the pro-life movement supports punishing and incarcerating people who obtain abortions-Purvi Patel's imprisonment proves that wrong, as she is currently serving a 41 year sentence for feticide because she ordered medication online to self-induce abortion when she was too afraid to go to a clinic.

Tomas Young's War: Washington DC book launch

Date: 
Friday, May 6, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Info: Mark Wilkerson and Martha Raddatz will discuss the life of Tomas Young, a paralyzed Iraq War veteran who spent his last ten years battling heroically with his injuries, while courageously speaking against America's wars. Based on hours of interviews with Young and those close to him, Wilkerson's book puts the reader alongside Young as he struggles with life as a paralyzed veteran, suffering frustration and humiliation as he attempts to reenter society and resume as normal an existence as possible.

Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night - No Borders

Date: 
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Join DC Stampede to celebrate May Day and international solidarity! This month, write to those inside immigration detention centers, whose crime is crossing an invisible line on a map. Organizers will provide a list as well as "how-to" information if you haven't written to a prisoner before.

Collective Courage - Author Event with Jessica Cordon Nembhard

Date: 
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 7:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Info: In Collective Courage, Jessica Gordon Nembhard chronicles African American cooperative business ownership and its place in the movements for Black civil rights and economic equality. Not since W. E. B. Du Bois’s 1907 Economic Co-operation Among Negro Americans has there been a full-length, nationwide study of African American cooperatives. Collective Courage extends that story into the twenty-first century.

The Importance of Rural Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: The case of the DRC- speech with the Ambassador

Date: 
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Info: A conversation on development with H. E. Francois Balumuene, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

SUSTAINING THE POLITICAL REVOLUTION-How Do We Tackle Climate and Equity in a Transformative Way?

Date: 
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Info: In the U.S. and around the world, people are grappling with a massive transition from a fossil fuel, militarized, unequal Wall Street economy to a new economy that puts people and planet first. What are strategies to make the transition "just" for communities of color, for working people, and for the poor in ways that deepen democracy? We believe that real, transformative solutions need to cut across issues instead of perpetuating silos. Join IPS experts as we discuss how we promote equity in a finite planet.

SUSTAINING THE POLITICAL REVOLUTION-Inequality and Presidential Politics: Opportunities for Changing the Game

Date: 
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Info: Candidates Sanders, Clinton, and Trump have each brought inequality into the heart of the presidential debates in very different ways.  How can progressive people seize this moment to put forward game-changing ideas that build power and engage the public in game-changing campaigns that address inequality? Join some of IPS’s economic policy experts as we discuss game-changing rules to reverse runaway inequality.

SUSTAINING THE POLITICAL REVOLUTION-Demilitarization, Disarmament, Drugs, and Diplomacy of the Decade

Date: 
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Info: The U.S. has been using war to challenge terrorism for 15 years now, and terrorism is doing just fine. And if the 2016 presidential race comes down to Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump, there will be a candidate backed by neoconservatives facing off against a candidate backed by neo-fascists.  The drug war too has long been a cornerstone of our modern culture wars, but its shelf-life is approaching the expiration date. Where would our presidential candidates take us on military spending, and would Congress go along?

Working Together for Worker Justice

Date: 
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: The Institute for Policy Studies believes that dynamic social movements, equipped with cutting edge research and analysis is the key to meaningful change. Join staff from the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and IPS as they present their partnership as a case study for collaboration between a movement-building group and a research and policy advocacy organization. They'll discuss how a need to work together emerged, lessons learned along the way, and theirr ideas and plans for moving forward.

Sustaining the Political Revolution: How Poetry, Policy, and the Playwriting Dance for Change

Date: 
Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: The Insitute for Policy Studies is not just a think tank for ideas and policy — it’s also a place for artistic action. For many years, IPS has been a home for radical poets, hosted political plays, and has brought together visual artists, musicians, and novelists. From Split This Rock (who shares this new space with us) to their latest venture, Epicenter, IPS has been at the forefront of radical culture. Come and meet IPS and the artists they are working with to help build a better world.

Save Union Arts

Date: 
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 8:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Info: Rally to express your concern regarding case #15-19 which would displace the artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs currently housed within the Union Arts Building at 411 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20009. The Union Arts building at 411 New York Ave NE is the last collective art space of its kind in Washington, DC. The Union Arts building has served as the hub of creative activity within the district for over 40 years. the rights and needs of the Union Artists were disregarded in June 2015 when the property was bought by developers D.B Lee and Brooke Rose

Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan

Date: 
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Info: Artists transforming Afghanistan- a roundtable lunch. 

featuring Afghan artists from the Turqoise Mountain exhibit at the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery. 

For more information and to RSVP please visit here. 

Your Voice, Your Future: Freedom of Speech- The State of the First Amendment

Date: 
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 7:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Info: An expert panel will discuss speech on campus, internet speech, rights of protesters and artistic expression.

Panelists include:

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