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.

StreetsCamp

Date: 
Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info:

StreetsCamp is a one-day conference for smart growth supporters, urbanists, and people from across our region who want to make their communities better! In the morning, attend pre-planned sessions from some of the region's best organizations on topics from safe street design for walking and cycling to advocacy and organizing skills and tactics.

Social Innovation Lab - Media Uprising: Social Impact Through Social Journalism

Date: 
Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info:

For May's Social Innovation Lab #SocEnt is highlighting how journalism and media can be used for social impact. The event will open with a discussion with representatives from Internews and the Center for Media and Social Impact, and others, on how their work translates into tangible social Impact.

ASL Open Mic hosted by NatPlu

Date: 
Friday, May 29, 2015 - 11:00pm to Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 1:00am
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info:

A Busboys and Poetry event! On this night, American sign language users and viewers from all corners of life will come together to recite a poem, song, short skit or jokes. Come out and enjoy the wonderful environment while you eat, get your drink on and socialize. Great for those learning American sign language.
For more information, click here. 

Left Forum 2015

Date: 
Friday, May 29, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, May 31, 2015 (All day)
State/Region: 
Other

Event Info:

A unique phenomenon in the U.S. and the world, Left Forum convenes the largest annual conference of a broad spectrum of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, organizations and the interested public. Conference participants come together to engage a wide range of critical perspectives on the world, to discuss differences, commonalities, and alternatives to current predicaments, and to share ideas for understanding and transforming the world. The conference is held each year in New York City.

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.

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.

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