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.

Film Showing: "Our Black Shining Prince: A Film Tribute to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)"

Date: 
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 7:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Phil Portlock will be presenting his film, "Our Black Shining Prince: A Film Tribute to El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)."  Phil is a native Washingtonian, photographer, writer, producer of numerous video documentaries on African and African-American history, and a social justice activist.  Through narration, music and vivid images, this 40-minute presentation captures the short but transformative life of El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X) from his early life in the Midwest to his rise as national spokesman for the Nation of Islam.

Slugg: A Boy’s Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration - Author Talk by Tony Lewis Jr.

Date: 
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Slugg: A Boy's Life in the Age of Mass Incarceration is a blueprint for survival and a demonstration of the power of love, sacrifice, and service. The son of a Kingpin and the prince of a close-knit crime family, Tony Lewis Jr.'s life took a dramatic turn after his father's arrest in 1989. Washington D.C. stood as the murder capital of the country and Lewis was cast into the heart of the struggle, from a life of stability and riches to one of chaos and poverty.

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights hear to examine EPA’s track record of protecting civil rights

Date: 
Friday, February 5, 2016 - 9:00am
State/Region: 
DC

Info: The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is holding a hearing Friday, Feb. 5., to examine EPA’s  track record of protecting civil rights with regard to the placement of coal ash disposal facilities near minority and low income communities. Coal ash is the toxic waste that remains after coal is burned in power plants. EPA has found that communities of color and low-income communities suffer greater risk from coal ash pollution than the general population.

Using Alternative Justice Systems in Kenya to Address Accountability Gaps

Date: 
Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Info: The Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG) cordially invites you to a roundtable event entitled “Using Alternative Justice Systems in Kenya to Address Accountability Gaps."  The roundtable will feature PILPG’s Kenya Chief of Party, Atieno Odhiambo. PILPG's Kenya program strengthens domestic accountability for election-related and politically-motivated human rights abuses.  In late 2007, tensions arising from the disputed Kenyan elections erupted into violent conflict, leaving more than 1,100 people dead and 300,000 people displaced.  Today, se

Capitol Hill Days Conference- Family Planning

Date: 
Friday, April 15, 2016 (All day) to Tuesday, April 19, 2016 (All day)
State/Region: 
DC

Info: Come to DC and lobby on Capitol Hill! Attendance is free, but registration is required.

Help make international family planning a priority today

For more info go HERE

Contact: Alex Behette at 202-332-2200 x7739 or abehette@popconnectaction.org. 

Movies that Matter- "Spotlight" Film Clips & Discussion with Martin Baron

Date: 
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 6:15pm
State/Region: 
DC

Info: "Spotlight" movie clips and behind-the-scenes interview and discussion with Martin Baron, the Washington Post executive editor who is portrayed in the film. "Spotlight" is being hailed as one of the best movies of the year for its depiction of the investigation of the Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal by the Boston Globe. Baron--who was the editor of the Globe and spearheaded the investigation--was directly involved in the making of the film, which raises important issues across media.

Rebuild the Roundabout!- Protest for Bahrain

Date: 
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Info: In February 2011, thousands of Bahrainis gathered for a month-long vigil around the Pearl Roundabout to protest for the government to recognize their rights. One month later, the government violently assaulted the movement, demolishing the Roundabout. Five years later, join ADHRB as we Rebuild the Roundabout at the Bahraini embassy in Washington, DC, and show the Bahraini people that we stand in solidarity with their cause.

DMV Interfaith Youth Summit on Racial Justice

Date: 
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

Info: Featuring Artist and Activist Bree Newsome, Renowned African American and History Scholar Dr. Renee Harrison and Inspiring Youth Activist and Leader Makayla Gilliam-Price.
As local high school students grow a grassroots movement supporting racial justice, we’ll have space to continue the conversations, deal with the beautiful and ugly history and keep the movement alive!

Witness and Memory: Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here 2016

Date: 
Monday, February 29, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Info: Poetry reading by Safia Elhillo, with introductory remarks by Beau Beausoleil.  Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here began as a call from San Francisco poet Beau Beausoleil in 2007 for writers, and it quickly moved on to incorporate artists, artist books, and printmakers, all responding to bear witness to the tragic loss of a center of literacy and humanity in Iraq.

Reflections on "The Promised Land" Play with Safia Elhillo

Date: 
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 8:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Info: Safia Elhillo will respond to The Promised Land, a play about Sudanese refugees in Israel by Shahar Pinkhas and Shay Pitovsky, running  February 16-28. 

DC Labor FilmFest Previews

Date: 
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Info: 

Help decide what films are shown at this year’s DC Labor FilmFest! They’ll screen and discuss trailers for films under consideration, including "Hard Labor", "Sherpa," "Waydowntown" and more. 
PLUS: Busboys & Poets' delicious food and drink will be available for purchase and all participants will receive a LaborFest t-shirt!

This event if FREE

RSVP HERE

 

 

The Successes and Failures of the Negotiation Process: A Palestinian Perspective

Date: 
Monday, February 8, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Info: The Palestine/Israel issue is one of the most intractable conflicts in history; failures of peace have been attributed to culture, religion, and nationalism. While these factors are rooted in its history, modern-day dynamics continue to impede the peace agreement. Palestinian Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat will provide insight into the successes and failures of peace negotiations with Israel to explore these issues. The discussion will be approached from a Palestinian perspective and will address the role of the U.S.

The Jerusalem Fund: Understanding the Current Palestinian Revolt: Its Context and Consequences for Palestinian society

Date: 
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Info: Since the fall of 2015 the world has witnessed a deadly spate of attacks on Palestinians by Israeli soldiers, police, and settlers, with over 160 Palestinians killed. The violence began with tensions at Al Aqsa mosque and spread quickly beyond East Jerusalem to the West Bank, Gaza, and Israel as soldiers employed shoot-to-kill tactics, claiming that their assailants, many of them youth at checkpoints, were threatening them with knife attacks.

Memorial Service for Concepcion Picciotto

Date: 
Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 10:00am
State/Region: 
DC
Event Info: Memorial Service at Luther Place Memorial Church at 10:00 am, followed by procession. to Luther Place Memorial Garden for placing Concepcion’s ashes.
 
After the service, there will be a march to the White House to the site of Concepcion's vigil.  The organizer hopes that all who attend the service can take part in this march.

Silence is Violence: Who's Next- An exploration of the #BlackLivesMatter movement through youth theater

Date: 
Monday, February 29, 2016 - 7:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Info:

Students and Professional Artists return for a night of creative response to the #BlackLivesMatter movement in 2016. 

"Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority"

Date: 
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 7:30pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

Come to Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse in Baltimore! Steve Phillips will present "Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority."

Film Screening: "Valentino's Ghost: Why We Hate Arabs, 2015"

Date: 
Friday, February 5, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:45pm
State/Region: 
DC

Narrated by Mike Farrell, Valentino's Ghost (oringally releasd in 2012) exposes the way America's foreign policy agenda in the Middle East influences Hollywood and mainstream media portrayals of Arabs and Muslims. Valentino's Ghost tracks the transition from the Arab as "Romantic Hero" to the Arab today as the embodiment of evil.

DC Fair Food Fundraiser

Date: 
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 7:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Join DC Fair Food, The The Coalition of Immokalee Workers, and other allies for a night of fun and fundraisng for this spring.

THERE WILL BE RAFFLES, LIVE MUSIC, DANCING & KARAOKE!

RSVP on Facebook HERE.

Film Screening: Journey into Europe; Islam, Immigration, and Identity

Date: 
Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

The current state of Islam in Europe, and Islam’s role in the development of European history and civilization, is a subject of constant debate. The conversation is often shaped by misinformation and mistrust, leaving many unsure of Islam’s place in the political and social future of the European continent.

VACOLAO’s ACTION ALERT ON SB390 – DRIVERS LICENSES FOR IMMIGRANTS

Date: 
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 1:00pm
State/Region: 
Virginia


The Virginia Senate Transportation Committee intends to hold a hearing on SB390 that would provide temporary driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants who meet certain qualifications. You can attend the hearing for SB 390 before Senate Transportation Committee.


HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Center for the Study of Weapons of mass Destruction: After the Iran Deal: The Future of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime

Date: 
Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Info: The international nuclear agreement with Iran is principally a nonproliferation accord that, if fully implemented, will effectively close Iran’s main pathways to a nuclear weapon for at least the next decade. But the nuclear agreement also will have far-reaching strategic consequences affecting the probability of future proliferation and regional security risks in an increasingly unstable Middle East. The WMD Center is pleased to host Assistant Secretary of State Thomas M. Countryman to discuss the Iran deal and U.S.

GAZA 5K

Date: 
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 7:00am
State/Region: 
DC

Info: 

Proceeds from the Gaza 5K walk/run benefit UNRWA’s Community Mental Health Program for Palestinian children in Gaza suffering from psychological trauma and PTSD due to the prolonged crisis of the summer 2014 and the continued blockade. Many of these already vulnerable children have now lived through three traumatic rounds of violence, witnessing death, destruction, and displacement. It's estimated that almost 100% of children in Gaza now require immediate counseling.

DNSIB Action on Gun Manufacturers

Date: 
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 10:00am
State/Region: 
Maryland

Info: Join faith and citizen leaders from DC, MD, VA and NY to hold gun manufacturers accountable for safe and responsible sales. 1 of 9 guns sold at Realco were found on crime sites. We are calling on gun manufacturers to stop doing business with the 1000 or so bad apple dealers (out of 100,000 total) that provide the majority of guns involved in violent crimes.

Hosted by DNSIB (Do Not Stand Idly By)

RSVP: here

Democracy Spring: DC Hub Launch Party

Date: 
Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 7:15pm to 9:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: It’s time to take mass nonviolent action on a historic scale to save our democracy. This April, demand a Congress that will take immediate action to end the corruption of big money in our politics and ensure free and fair elections in which every American has an equal voice.  The campaign will begin on April 2nd with a 10-day march from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to DC, where on April 11th, thousands will gather to reclaim the Capitol building in a powerful, peaceful, and massive sit-in that no one can ignore.

Lunch with Familias Unidas por La Justicia

Date: 
Monday, February 15, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: The Washington DC Industrial Workers of the World would like to invite you, or a representative of your organization, to attend a catered lunch with Ramon Torres, the President of Familias Unidas por la Justicia.  Come enjoy excellent food, discuss with one another, how you can further the Familias Unidas struggle.

Support Farm Workers In Their Whole Foods Action

Date: 
Monday, February 15, 2016 - 4:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Help the farm workers who pick your berries fight for human rights!  Join farmworker and President of Familias Unidas, Ramon Torres, on Presidents Day, Monday Feb. 15, 2016, when the DC Familias Unidas Solidarity Committee holds a picket in front of the Whole Foods at 2201 I St. NW, in downtown DC following a short rally at 4:00pm in the nearby Washington Circle.

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