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.

May Day in Cuba 2015: To Cuba with love

Date: 
Sunday, April 26, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, May 3, 2015 (All day)
State/Region: 
Other

Due to the historic opening of relations between the US and Cuba after half a century of US hostility, and the huge success of their February 150-person “To Cuba With Love”, they decided to organize another trip–– this time to coincide with May Day, a day when hundreds of thousands of Cubans come out in the street to celebrate International Workers Day.

The Fight For Internet Neutrality

Date: 
Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Matt Wood is a Policy Director of Free Press, an activist organization fighting to preserve a free press and to protect the Internet from a corporate takeover, among other objectives. Matt helps to shape the Free Press policy team's efforts to protect the open Internet, prevent media concentration, promote affordable broadband deployment and safeguard press freedoms. He was formerly employed by the Media Access Project, has worked for PBS, and is a former editor-in-chief for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Review.

Beyond the Classroom presents the Academy Award-nominated documentary "The Square"

Date: 
Monday, March 9, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

Beyond the Classroom: University of Maryland
Seminar Series on "People Power: Activism for Social Change!"
(Rescheduled due to snow day on February 16th)

Beyond the Classroom presents the award-winning documentary “THE SQUARE” (Egypt, 2013)

“We go to the square to discover that we love life outside it, and to discover that our love for life is resistance.”

What does it mean to risk your life for your ideals? 

New Beginnings...Building Multicultural Communities of Healing, Hope, and Joy

Date: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 11:15am to 1:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Join them for a special presentation by Deborah Drennan, Executive Director at Freedom House, a temporary home for survivors of persecution seeking asylum in the United States and Canada. Drennan will discuss how the Freedom House sanctuary and its services begin the healing process for many refugees, through the organization's guiding principles that all people deserve to live free from oppression and to be treated with justice, compassion, and dignity.

9 Rise Party and Meeting - Get Money Out of Politics

Date: 
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 9:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

On Thursday morning, those arrested for interrupting the Supreme Court on the 5th Anniversary of Citizens United will have their court hearing. Join us in the evening starting at 9pm to support them and celebrate together. You're also welcome to attend if you'd like to learn more about 99 Rise and how you can get involved. 

For more information, click here

A Muslim and a Catholic wake up in Merica

Date: 
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 8:00pm to 11:00pm
State/Region: 
Other

Listen to the show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/weresisters/2015/02/25/a-muslim-and-a-catholic-wake-up-in-merica - Tonight 7 pm cst on Werisisters radio and JREV join Isa Hodge as they talk about current affairs and the state of Israel. With our government in a tug of war over Uncle Bibi speech. Also we will be talking about Obama and his brash actions lately.

DC Childcare Collective New Member Orientation

Date: 
Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 1:00pm to 6:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Love working with kids?
Want to support social justice movements in DC?
Have some spare time?

Join The DC Childcare Collective! Help spread the word!

The DC Childcare Collective (DCCC), a small all-volunteer group, is founded on the belief that mothers, women of color, and people from low-income backgrounds are the most critical leaders of social justice movements.

Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat's Egypt

Date: 
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 12:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

 In this talk, Professor Al-Arian will explore the causes for the re-emergence of the Muslim Brotherhood following its two-decade absence from Egyptian society. The decade of the 1970s was a vibrant era that saw the rise of a dynamic student movement in Egypt. Coupled with Sadat’s release of veteran Muslim Brotherhood figures from prison, the opportunity arose for a renewed Islamic movement to take root within an increasingly fraught political atmosphere.

Iyad Burnat in Washington DC - 2015 US Speaking Tour

Date: 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Iyad Burnat is the coordinator of the Popular Committee for Freedom and Justice in Bil’in, Palestine, a small farming village 7 miles west of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. For ten years Iyad and the Popular Committee have organized the people of Bil’in to participate in weekly non-violent demonstrations against the confiscation of their land, destruction of their olive trees, and Israel’s illegal Separation Wall and settlements. 

10 Years of ThinkProgress and the Future of Digital Media

Date: 
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

The digital media landscape has changed drastically in the 10 years since ThinkProgress was founded. The prevalence of smartphones has dramatically accelerated the pace of the news cycle. Social media is the new homepage, with more than half of online adults using two or more social media sites. How has this changed the news? How has this changed reporting on the issues that matter most? How have Americans adapted to receiving information? Where will we be in another 10 years?

Brazil to DC: Banco Palmas and Bottom-Up Solidarity Economics

Date: 
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Be part of an inspiring discussion on Banco Palmas: Bottom-Up Solidarity Economics, 15 Years Resisting and Innovating ‏lead by João Joaquim de Melo Neto, a community leader & founder of Banco Palmas, the first locally-owned Brazilian Community Development Bank (CDB) to emit a local currency. The CDB began as a community initiative to solve its high unemployment, deteriorated infrastructure (water, roads, electricity, etc.), and depressed local economy. 

ONE DC's Annual Membership Meeting & Election for 2015

Date: 
Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 2:00pm
State/Region: 
DC
Virginia

Membership dues and donations are used to build a people's movement funded by the people. Join ONE DC and support us in building power with long time DC residents to organize for an equitable city.

For more information please click here.

TransLAW Annual Fundraiser & Celebration

Date: 
Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 6:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

TransLAW raises funds to help folks who can't afford to pay the costs associated with a legal name change and updating the name and gender marker on identity documents.

For more information please click here.

Al-Helm: MLK in Palestine

Date: 
Friday, February 27, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Order tickets via Eventbrite:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/al-helm-mlk-in-palestine-tickets-15832664927?aff=efbevent

Arab American and the Univeristy of The Dirstrict of Columbia are proud to present a film screening of "Al-Helm: MLK in Palestine," with a Q & A with Academy Award nominated Director and Producer Connie Field. Doors open at 7:00 and the screening starts at 7:30 pm. Hope to see you there!

CODEPINK: Women For Peace - Back From Cuba with Love!

Date: 
Friday, March 6, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Come join us for a lively and interactive report-back of CODEPINK’s historic 150-person delegation to Cuba! 

See photos, videos, anecdotes, and impressions from a potpourri of DC activists and the dynamic CODEPINK team.

Our presentation will be hosted at the colorful and vibrant new location of Busboys and Poets in Takoma Park. Owner Andy Shallal has brilliantly themed his new restaurant around the Cuban island, including murals and various artwork - the perfect location for this event!

Community Action for LGBTQ Youths of Color

Date: 
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

As the nation observes Black History Month and the #blacklivesmatter movement is gaining momentum, the Gay-Straight Alliance Network recognizes the power that young LGBTQ people of color have had in demanding justice and equity for all. From the Civil Rights Movement and Stonewall to Ferguson, the leadership of young LGBTQ people of color is at the forefront. Reminding us that there is no hierarchy of oppression and that our struggles for justice (collective liberation)—like our identities—will always intersect. 

Come by to: 

Capitol Hill Days

Date: 
Friday, April 10, 2015 (All day) to Tuesday, April 14, 2015 (All day)
State/Region: 
DC

The Population Connection the annual advocacy conference, Capitol Hill Days. This weekend consists of informational sessions and interactive advocacy training focused on the pressing need for U.S. investment in international family planning, leading up to lobby visits on Capitol Hill.

For more information, click here

Fundraiser for Rasmea Odeh

Date: 
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 7:30pm to Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 1:00am
State/Region: 
DC

An evening to celebrate the resilience of Palestinian Community Leader Rasmea Odeh and raise funds for her legal defense fund on March 13, 2015. The DC Palestinian Film & Arts Festival will screen "Women in Struggle" a remarkable and powerful film by Buthina Canaan Khoury that chronicles the struggles of Palestinian women imprisoned by Israel. The screening will be followed by our Dance for Freedom, an evening to share music and art.

**All Proceeds Will Go Directly to Rasmea's Legal Defense Fund**

Blackonomics- Film, Panel Discussion, & Food

Date: 
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

Please join New Lens in a screening and discussion about black identity and the building of strong communities. When New Lens began our most recent video we asked people to describe the black community and repeatedly we heard the word "broken." This event will grapple with whether this is true and if it is, what it means to mend what is broken and build a thriving community. 

For more information, click here

Free Speech and Free Press: Laws, Limits and Liberty

Date: 
Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

CAIR and the Newseum will co-host a town hall meeting on free speech at the Newseum's Knight Conference Center in Washington, D.C.

The event, “Free Speech and Free Press: Laws, Limits and Liberty,” will feature a panel of experts representing a spectrum of views and organizations to discuss how societies and lawmakers around the world are struggling over where — and if — to draw the line on free speech and free press protection.

Other issues to be discussed will include:

Spring Rising: An Anti-War Intervention in DC: Rally and March

Date: 
Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 12:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Noon Rally at Lafayette Park in front of the White House

1pm March from the White House, through Chinatown to the Capitol

See here for the Facebook event. RSVP here.

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