Washington’s Role in Triggering the Child Migrant Crisis

Rare is the occasion that power systems voluntarily expose the true character of their policies. Mountains of disinformation and distortion are critical to keep the prying eyes of the public at bay. President Obama recently broke with this norm on the White House lawn. In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulous he angrily denounced Central American parents for sending their children to the US border. “Don’t send your children to the border … they’ll get sent back,” he inveighed.

Crisis in Gaza: A Discussion on Context and History with Phyllis Bennis

Date: 
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: Join the Institute for Policy Studies for an in-depth discussion on the underlying dynamics and root causes of the current invasion of Gaza. They'll discuss the latest news and developments and address questions such as:

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Baltimore Solidarity with Gaza

Date: 
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

Event Description: The Israeli assault on Gaza has left more than 400 people dead. The killing is entering its third week, so come out on Thursday to demonstrate, show your anger and make sure Baltimore stands in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle. Get there at 5:30 to hit rush hour.

More information and facebook event here.

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URGENT: National Day of Action for Gaza, 7/24

Date: 
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: As the violence in Gaza continues to escalate, CODEPINK is calling for all to take part in an urgent national day of action. Please join anytime during the day in Congress to lobby our representaties and senators to stop the bombing and advocate for the human rights of the Palestinians!

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Peace Proposals from Victims of Colombia's Armed Conflict

Date: 
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: In June, the government of Colombia and the FARC parties issued a ground-breaking declaration of principles on victims. They announced that they were inviting a delegation of victims to participate in the talks, and that other opportunities will be created for victims to be heard within the peace process. They requested that the United Nations and the National University convene a series of three regional and one national forum for victims to present their proposals.

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International Day of Al-Quds (Washington DC)

Date: 
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 4:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: On International Day of Quds, people of conscience gather to express solidarity with all the oppressed human beings of the world, and particularly the innocent civilians of Palestine who are victimized by the oppressive and racist zionist regime. All peace loving people are invited to voice their opposition to the unjust and illegal occupation of the great Al-Aqsa Mosque and the usurpation of the Holy Land by the Zionist regime.

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Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration

Date: 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 5:30pm to Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 9:00pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

Event Description: For the 30th year, the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee will gather to remember the atomic bombings of Japan on August 6 & 9, 1945, which killed more than 200,000 people. Other organizations involved in this year’s commemorations are the Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee of Homewood and Stony Run Meetings, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, Crabshell Alliance and the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore.

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Film Screening! Arna's Children

Date: 
Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 5:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: Join the Lamont Street Collective for a night of music, movies and conversation as we partner with Party For Your Right to Fight to raise money to support capoeira & other psycho-social programs for Syrian children in refugee camps in Jordan, and for Palestinian children in refugee camps in the West Bank. All perspectives are welcome!

4 pm music in Mt. Pleasant Square
5 pm Capoeira roda in Mt. Pleasant Square

7 pm Arna's Children Screening at the LSC

***$5 donation strongly suggested!***

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National March on the White House: End the Massacre in Gaza!

Date: 
Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 1:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: Join thousands of people in a National March on the White House on Saturday, August 2 at 1:00pm to condemn the Israeli massacre in Gaza. We are in the streets every day in cities around the country. What is needed now is a massive National March on Washington. Israel receives $4 billion in "aid" from the United States each year. This money is being used to commit war crimes against the Palestinian people in Gaza. Activists and allies are demanding that all U.S aid to Israel be ended now!

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Palestinian and Israeli Young Leaders-Forging a New Narrative

Date: 
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: New Story Leadership is proud to present our class of 2014, featuring inspiring presentations from young leaders from Israel and Palestine who are living and working together this summer in Washington, DC. Young voices throughout the world have decisively spoken up for change, demanding new leadership, greater freedom and the right to choose their own futures. Now the young generation of the Israeli - Palestinian conflict zone also want to act for change, and to engage you in this new conversation by sharing their stories and their hopes for peace.

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Al-Awda National Demonstration for #GazaUnderAttack!

Date: 
Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, calls for an immediate halt to the Israeli bombardment and further military invasion of besieged Gaza. Palestine; and an immediate halt to US military funding to Israel.After one week of an unprovoked military attack on the entire population of the Gaza Strip, which has left 171 dead, mostly civilians and scores of children, and over 1000 injured, it is well past time to end the Israeli genocide of Palestinians.

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Urgent call from Gaza Civil Society: Act Now!

Originally published in Electronic Intifada

We Palestinians trapped inside the bloodied and besieged Gaza Strip call on conscientious people all over the world to act, protest and intensify the boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel until it ends this murderous attack on our people and is held to account.

DIE-IN at White House for Gaza

Date: 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 6:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: With over 170 Palestinians murdered in Gaza and over 1,200 injured, we must stand in solidarity with Gazans and hold the U.S. government accountable for providing the Israeli government $3.1 billion annually. Please come out to the White House at 6:00 pm to show your support of Gaza.

For this event, WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DIE-IN. Please RSVP ONLY if you can participate (rain or shine!!). We also need sheets, flags, and keffiyehs to help cover volunteers representing those killed by this lastest massacre in Gaza.

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Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions: A New Path to Peace

Date: 
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: The 2005 call from Palestine Civil Society for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel has gained unprecedented momentum within the international community in recent years. Since 2005, universities, academic groups, banks and faith based organizations have all joined the BDS movement.

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Israel, Gaza, and the Potential for a Diplomatic Resolution to the Violence

Date: 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

On July 8th, the Israeli army commenced a military operation against Gaza with air and naval bombardments. Meanwhile, the military wing of Hamas has claimed responsibility for dozens of rockets launched from Gaza at Israeli civilian population centers all over the country, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

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EMERGENCY PROTEST Against the Bombing of Gaza!

Date: 
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 1:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: Get your Signs, Bullhorns and Voices ready! Join us as we rally in front of the White House, to raise our Voices in Solidarity against the recent bombing campaign of Gaza. Along with an end to the ongoing siege of Gaza, we demand an end to Israel’s raids, killings, beatings, and arrests in West Bank. Since June 12th, 2014 Israel has engaged in a brutal campaign of collective punishment against the Palestinian people. Bombing Gaza and raiding West Bank towns and villages.

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Bike Around the Bomb

Date: 
Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 9:30am to 1:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: Join on August 9th as Global Zero rides their bikes around downtown Washington DC, tracing the edge of a “small” nuclear blast. Together, we can remind our leaders that these weapons were designed to wipe cities like ours off the map.

Bike Around the Bomb (BAB) is a free event, open to the public, bringing people together to cycle the distance around a small nuclear blast. Held on the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, the ride will be a moment of solidarity and call to world leaders to ensure that it should never happen again.

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Emergency Protest Against the Bombing of Gaza

Date: 
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Bring pots, pans, drums, musical instruments, and whistles to make as much noise as possible!

Join the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, CODEPINK and others as they rally in front of the Israeli Embassy (3514 International Dr NW, Washington, DC 20008) on Friday, July 11th at 3:00pm to call for an end to the recent bombing campaign of Gaza along with an end to the ongoing siege of Gaza. They also demand an end to Israel’s raids, killings, beatings, and arrests in West Bank. We must act to stop this escalation before it continues any further and more lives are lost.

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Call Against Racism and Violence in Israel-Palestine & 2nd Anniversary of DC's SodaStream Boycott Campaign

Date: 
Sunday, July 13, 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: Come out to call for an end to violence in Israel-Palestine, including the death of all children and adults, as well as all of those injured during this recent wave of violence. Our July SodaStream boycott action marks the 2nd anniversary of the DC SodaStream Campaign, as well as JVP's “We Divest Week of Action.”

For further information, contact: 240-425-7581 or jvpdcmetro@gmail.com.

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Encrypt the Hood: Private and Secure Internet Usage in the NSA Age

Date: 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: This course will be a hands on workshop which will teach people how to use various Open Source Software (OSS) programs and apps that provide secure and private communication and information (file) sharing via the internet.  Participants will bring their laptops, tablets, and smartphones, and leave with working software and practices to communicate and share data securely (encrypted) and anonymously (privately).  What you will learn:
1) What search engine(s) you should be using.
2) How to make secure (encrypted) emails.

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Demonstration to End Collective Punishment and Settler Violence Against Youth in Palestine

Date: 
Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 4:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: A Diverse Coalition of DMV Community Members, Students, Activists, and Academics will be holding a demonstration in response to the egregious acts of violence Israel is imposing upon the Palestinians. In the wake of the disappearance of three Israeli settlers, Israel has escalated its brutal occupation in the form of massive raids and arrests, punitive housing demolitions, murders, and kidnappings carried out by the IOF. Since the discovery of the three settler's bodies, Netanyahu and other politicians have incited demands for revenge.

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Documentary film screenings of Lady of the Roses

Date: 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 7:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

"Lady of the Roses" is the name given to the late Shahindokht Sanati, a lady who went to the Lalehzaar region of Kerman before the Islamic revolution. She replaced poppies with roses and opium with rosewater, and took this so far as to transform the agricu ltural destiny of a whole region. The story is told by Homayoun Sanati, Shahindokhts spouse, three years after her death. He is the founder of Franklin Publishing, Offset printing house, Pars Paper Co. among others and is considered a one-of-a-kind figure in Irans culture, industry and management.

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Whither the Palestinians

Date: 
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: Iraq and Syria may be dominating the headlines, but the Israeli-Palestinian issue remains a volatile and unpredictable piece of the Middle Eastern puzzle. Join us as three veteran analysts and practitioners discuss the Palestinians and their politics, including the recent unity agreement, the impasse in the peace process, and the prospects for elections in the West Bank and Gaza.

This event is part of the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Middle East Forum of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Fourth of July Protest at the NSA

Date: 
Friday, July 4, 2014 - 10:00am
State/Region: 
Maryland

Event Description: Join the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore in its annual Fourth of July trek to protest at the National Security Agency.  This is Interdependence Day, and the criminal activity of the NSA must be challenged.  Car pooling will begin at 10 AM on Fri., July 4 for the demonstration from 11 AM to noon. 

Call for information about the car pooling—410-366-1637—or use the Canine Road entrance to meet at 11 AM in the visitor’s parking lot at Fort Meade.  Email mobuszewski@verizon.net.

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Don’t Go Back to Iraq! Five steps the U.S. can take in Iraq without going back to war.

By Phyllis Bennis Originally Published by the Institute for Policy Studies

This is how wars begin.

Barack Obama says we’re not going back to Iraq. “American forces will not be returning to combat in Iraq,” he said on June 19th, “but we will help Iraqis as they take the fight to terrorists who threaten the Iraqi people, the region, and American interests as well.”

Hearing on Family Shelter

Date: 
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Details: There will be a hearing about the family shelter on Monday, June 30th at 11 AM in room 500 of the Wilson Building. It will address 2 things: 1 -- the proposal to build a playground at the facility 2 -- the dignity of homeless families. Those who wish to testify should contact Mr. Malcolm Cameron of the Committee on Human Services by e-mail at mcameron@dccouncil.us or by telephone at (202) 724-8191.

 

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What do Iraqis Think? Public Opinion Highlights Fault-Lines in Current Iraqi Crisis

Date: 
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Details: Dr. Munqith al-Dagher is Iraq’s most experienced pollster, and since 2003 he has conducted hundreds of nation-wide surveys of public opinion.Based on this work, Dr. al-Dagher has identified a series of causes behind the Sunni dissatisfaction with the central government in Baghdad and possible warning signals that could apply to other countries with complex sectarian divides riven by the denial of rights to groups excluded from a meaningful role in governance.Please join Freedom House at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, for a discussion with Dr.

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White House Vigil

Date: 
Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

The United Nations has marked June 26th as the International Day in Support of Survivors and Victims of Torture. It is for that reason that Witness Against Torture travels to Washington D.C. to support events organized by the Torture Abolition and Survivors Coalition and other human rights organizations for Torture Awareness Week. Come out to the commenorative peace vigil to help pay homage to the victims of torture by celebrating life, remembering lost friends and family, and renewing a unifed commitment to develop a world where peace rules and torture is forever banned.

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