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.

Jews United for Justice (JUFJ) BALTIMORE BRIEF AND DEBRIEF

Date: 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

Event Info: Want to talk about events on the ground in Baltimore, the movement for #JusticeForFreddie, the push for police accountability, and the Jewish response?

 For more information, please visit here.

DC JEREMIAH FELLOWSHIP GRADUATION

Date: 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 7:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: For the past year, Jews United for Justice's DC Jeremiah Fellows have been meeting twice a month to learn different models of putting ethics and values into action, for intimate conversations about urgent local issues with local leaders, and for intensive study of Jewish texts and traditions. Jews United for Justice (JUFJ) hasbeen deeply inspired by their commitment to making our region a more just place to live.

Shavuot Brunch on the Housing Crunch with Moishe House DC

Date: 
Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Local community organizing group Jews United for Justice has started a campaign to win strong DC investments in affordable housing and to strengthen laws that protect tenants. It’s important to the Jewish community that DC is diverse and affordable, and we have a role to play in fulfilling that vision.

Join us at Moishe House on Shavuot to eat, learn some traditional and modern Torah on housing, and get the details on how we can work as neighbors to create and preserve affordable housing in our city!

EMERGENCY Sunset Vigil in Washington DC to Sunset the PATRIOT Act

Date: 
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 7:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: This protest is being organized by your friends at Demand Progress, Restore the Fourth, CREDO, MoveOn.org, Free Press, and Fight for the Future.

WHAT: Mass vigil at sunset against mass surveillance - happening in 50 cities across the U.S.

WHEN: Thursday, May 21st as the sun is setting (aka 7pm in your time zone)

WHERE: Meet at the West Lawn of the US Capitol, on First St.

BRING: A cell phone, laptop, tablet, and candles with the protestsign.org already pre-loaded. Make a big sunset sign and write "Sunset the Patriot Act".

Why We Do What We Do: Strength In Diversity of Tactics in Civil Resistance

Date: 
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Civil resisters, opponents of war, torture and the death penalty, David Barrows and Eve Tetaz, along with former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern, will participate in a discussion with DC Lawyer and Peace Activist, Jane Zara.

How are we able to fulfill our common mission to speak truth to power while respecting one another's individuality of expression?

You will have the unique chance to exchange ideas with our panelists in the Q and A that will follow the discussion.

For more information, please email Jane Zara at janezara@gmail.com.

WWP & FIST Discussion: "Why we call the Baltimore Uprising a rebellion, not a riot"

Date: 
Sunday, May 24, 2015 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

Event Info: Workers World Party & FIST Discussions & Forums
"Why we call the Baltimore Uprising a rebellion, not a riot"
An important discussion on events in Baltimore and their historical significance.
*Discussion led by Lamont Lilly, a anti-police community organizer from Durham, North Carolina and a contributing writer to Workers World newspaper. See his article here.

Class Lives Story-Sharing DC

Date: 
Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 6:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: 

Three class-diverse contributors to "Class Lives: Stories from Across Our Economic Divide" - Camisha Jones, Betsy Leondar-Wright and Michelle Tokarczyk - will read from their heartfelt pieces and invite participants to share their own class stories as well.

Co-editor Maynard Seider and the authors will sign books.

Free and open to the public.

You can order food and enjoy a Busboys and Poets meal while listening. It's very close to the Takoma Metro station.

Impact Fashion Week - Ethical District Showcase

Date: 
Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 6:15pm to 9:15pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info:

This Ethical District Showcase starts as a networking mixer with a Panel Discussion including representatives from all across the fashion/maker and sustainability industries. Afterward, a few select ethical accessory designers and wellness companies will showcase products and services within a vendor market, and finally it ends with a runway show.

An Indigenous People's History of the United States: An Evening with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Date: 
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 7:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Join the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press for a lively presentation and discussion. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahome, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues.

Fortissima's Spring Concert: We Come From Women

Date: 
Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 7:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info:

In their 36th year, Fortissima: DC's Feminist Singers is delighted to bring you a collection of a capella and accompanied music celebrating generations of love and learning.

Their songs center women's lives and experiences, while crossing many musical genres. Through music, they advocate for the equality and liberation of all people, while keeping a sense of humor. 

The suggested donation is $20 but no one is ever turned away. They are also collecting nonperishable goods for the food pantry.

Lights! Camera! Impact! Video Storytelling Seminar for Nonprofits

Date: 
Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info:

Nonprofit organizations are recognizing the value of visual stories in communicating their mission, growing their membership, and raising critical funding. Whether your nonprofit plans to produce video in-house or hire professionals, you need to know how to ensure your videos can achieve your desired goal. This all-day seminar for nonprofits will help participants:

2015 Chavez Schools Public Policy Symposium

Date: 
Friday, June 5, 2015 - 9:30am to 11:00am
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Each year, every Chavez senior scholar presents and defends thesis findings on some of our nation’s most pressing public policy issues. This process is the culminating event of their high school experience and three students are chosen to present their thesis at the Public Policy Symposium.

Tribunal & People's Assembly on Police Terror and Structural Racism

Date: 
Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 2:00pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

Event Info:

Join hands with your sisters and brothers across the country that are holding tribunal sessions on police terror and structural racism. Come out to testify, speak out! Have you been abused or beaten by the police? This will be your opportunity to speak out.

if you are a student or a member of the community who would like to concretely support the struggle against racism and police terror, come out and learn what you can do to help.

Young Blacks Give Back: Mental Health Awareness Happy Hour

Date: 
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info:

$10 for extended happy hour.

Young Blacks Give Back Month coincides with Mental Health Awareness Month. Thursday Network will host a happy hour to raise money to support increased mental health awareness. Join them for conversation and networking (while supporting a black owned business!).

For more information, please visit here, and RSVP here.

Opening the Peace Process to Afro-Colombian Stakeholders (Peace Forum)

Date: 
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

With Colombian public support waning for the peace talks between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the peace process can be strengthened by finding ways to engage a broader set of civil society stakeholders. One important group excluded so far, the Afro-Colombian population, is working to have its needs and proposals heard at the peace table. How can Afro-Colombians and other excluded groups enhance their participation in the process, and what are the risks if they cannot?

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee National Convention

Date: 
Thursday, June 11, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, June 14, 2015 (All day)
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info:

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) will be celebrating 35 years of commitment to civil rights (1980-2015) at this year's ADC National Convention.

The 2015 convention will be hosted at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. Every year, the ADC is joined by hundreds of Arab-American community members, friends, and civil rights leaders to learn about and discuss issues affecting the Arab-American community.

For more information, please visit here.

Book Talk: “Code Red” by Jonathan Simon

Date: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 6:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Please join the University of the District of Columbia for a book talk (and signing) on “Code Red” by Jonathan Simon and a panel discussion on Computer Election Fraud. 

If computerized election theft WAS occurring, would you want to know?

Boston-based attorney Jonathan D. Simon -- co-founder and director of the Election Defense Alliance - has written a new book entitled CODE RED: Computerized Election Theft and the New American Century.

Come out to hear him and other experts share what they know.

Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night

Date: 
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 7:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info:

Join DC Stampede for our next night of solidarity with the people in our movements who have had their freedom taken from them. We’ll provide all the materials, a list of prisoners from various radical movements with short bios, and a quick “how to” for anyone who would like some guidance.

Government repression, as animal activists well know, has long attempted to chill dissent and divide movements. Let’s spend the evening fighting back against the state’s attempts to divide our communities.

Victory Party and Potluck for El Salvador Solidarity Cyclers

Date: 
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 6:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info:

Join CISPES as we welcome the dedicated 2015 Solidarity Cyclers back from their 3-day excursion!

A group of cyclists are undertaking a Herculean 180-mile ride through Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland over Labor Day weekend, and they aren’t just doing it for fun and exercise (though we imagine they will get lots of both). They are riding to raise funds so CISPES can continue to support the struggle of Salvadoran communities and workers against US-funded “development” projects that threaten human rights and environmental health.

Being Palestinian Makes Me Smile

Date: 
Friday, June 5, 2015 - 7:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Being Palestinian Makes Me Smile is the creation of Amer Zahr, a Palestinian-American comedian, writer, speaker, and professor. He has performed on stages throughout America and the Arab world. In addition to his on-stage experience, Amer has produced numerous comedy productions, including three of his own tours and the annual 1001 Laughs Dearborn Comedy Festival at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

Comedy and Palestine: A talk with comedian Amer Zahr

Date: 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Prominent Palestinian comedian Amer Zahr will present his views on the role and importance of comedy in sharing the Palestinian narrative with the American public. He draws on his experiences growing up as a child of Palestinian refugees to find humor in current events, culture, politics, and American and Arab societies. Amer's blog offers satire and humor on political and social affairs.

Conference: Hasta La Victoria! Farm Worker Justice in Global Supply Chains

Date: 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 9:00am to 2:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: This conference will bring together farmworker organizers from the United States and abroad to discuss the challenges faced by agricultural workers. They will explore policy options and grassroots strategies to improve working conditions in the agricultural sector and extend workers’ access to remediation.

2015 Labor Rights Defenders Awards

Date: 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 6:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: This year, The International Labor Rights Forum is celebrating one advocate committed to advancing workers' rights in the U.S. and two grassroots organizations fighting to end forced and child labor. Please join us in honoring the 2015 Award Recipients:

Film Screening: Shadows of Liberty

Date: 
Friday, June 5, 2015 - 5:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Shadows of Liberty reveals the extraordinary truth behind the news media: censorship, cover‐ups and corporate control. Filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay takes an intrepid journey through the darker corridors of the American media landscape, where global conglomerates call the shots. For decades, their overwhelming influence has distorted news journalism and compromised its values.  In highly revealing stories, renowned journalists, activists and academics give insider accounts of a broken media system.

Book Reading: DISSENT: THE HISTORY OF AN AMERICAN IDEA

Date: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 6:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Dissent is not new; since humans have had voices, they have raised them, as Young has demonstrated in his classic Dissent in America, a gathering of primary documents from the last four hundred years. Young has also produced a concise version of the book and has taught the subject at universities in Rome and Prague. His new book explores the particular ways dissenters have used their sense of injustice, periodically calling on the United States to keep its promises of freedom and equality.

Political Prisoner Letter Writing Potluck with CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou!

Date: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 7:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Come join CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou and the CODEPINK DC team at the PINK house to write letters of support to nuclear resistors, anti-war activists, whistleblowers, and other political prisoners serving time for their brave actions (courageous folks like Chelsea Manning, Megan Rice, Leonard Peltier, and more!). John Kiriakou, who knows first hand how meaningful these messages of encouragement can be, will be there sharing stories of his recent experience in the US prison system and his new ideas for prison reform.

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