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.

39th Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards

Date: 
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: On September 21, 1976, agents of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet detonated a car bomb that killed IPS colleagues Orlando Letelier, a former Chilean diplomat and director of the Transnational Institute, and Ronni Karpen Moffitt, an IPS development associate, in Washington, DC.

Each year in October the Institute for Policy Studies hosts​ ​the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards ​to honor these fallen colleagues​​ while celebrating new champions of the human rights movement from the United States and abroad.

Rally Against Jeb Bush's Super PAC

Date: 
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:00am
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Join Move On to protest Jeb Bush's super PAC. Super PACs are influencing elections by enabling a very few corporations and the super-wealthy to overshadow the political power of the people. Bush's super PAC, "Right to Rise" announced that they raised $103 million–-most of it before he had officially announced his candidacy for President. For this reason, Move On is holding a rally to insist that elections cannot be bought and demand that they are returned to the people!

MARXISM TODAY CLASS BY CPUSA

Date: 
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

Event Info: 1st session. In The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, Frederick Engels states in a bold way how the breaking up of primitive communalism created classes and class struggle. The book outlines in chronological order the stages of class and class-divided societies, namely slavery, feudalism and capitalism/imperialism.

Why is this important today? It's important because most people do not understand the role of the state and its political and economic structures which are the two pillars of any class-divided society.

DALAI LAMA AWAKENING - SPECIAL EVENT HONORING THE DALAI LAMA’S 80TH BIRTHDAY

Date: 
Monday, August 3, 2015 - 6:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Narrated by Harrison Ford, DALAI LAMA AWAKENING presents the profound and life-changing journey of innovative Western thinkers who travel to India to meet with the Dalai Lama. Born from over 500 hours of video shot over a 15 year period, the film is a Director’s Cut of Khashyar Darvich’s award-winning DALAI LAMA RENNAISANCE.

Re-Envisioning Masculinity: A Feminist Workshop for Men

Date: 
Sunday, August 16, 2015 - 12:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Location TBD. Event is geared towards addressing misogyny, homophobia and trans*phobia amongst men in movement spaces. There will be a panel of local women organizers from various movements speaking about the intersections of race, gender, class, religion and safety with different liberation movements. Specific attention will be given to what men need to do to name, address and confront patriarchy in the Black Lives Matter and related solidarity movements.

Crummell School RFP Meeting

Date: 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Attend this critical meeting and show your support for the historic Crummell School and the Ivy City community!  The Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development is hosting this meeting to solicit input into the proposed redevelopment of Crummell School.  Empower DC urges everyone to come and voice your support for the school to be restored for community uses including recreation and workforce development, as has long been advocated by the under-served Ivy City community and is recommended in DC's Comprehensive Plan.

As One Project Launch Party

Date: 
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: It is The As One Project's hope that you will join them as they do their part to address the epidemic of sexual violence in this society. They hope that you will take time to check out their's new website, learn about their mission, and spread the word about the work that they are doing.

Author Talk and Book Signing: Her Lost Year & The Fear of Islam

Date: 
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 9:00am to 11:00am
State/Region: 
Virginia

Event Info: 9 a.m.Her Lost Year: A Story of Hope and a Vision for Optimizing Mental Health. Tabita Green will speak about her family's experience with modern psychiatry and discuss her vision for social change to promote kids' mental health. Tabita Green is a writer, speaker, and community organizer in Decorah, Iowa. Learn more: tabitagreen.com

JUFJ Rent Court Reform Meeting

Date: 
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 7:00pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

Event Info: Baltimore's Rent Court Reform campaign is kicking into high gear. Learn more about Baltimore's affordable housing crisis and how JUFJ's campaign to repair the rent court process will ameliorate this devastating issue.

Right to Housing Alliance's Jessica Lewis will be leading an in depth conversation about the unfair process of rent court. Get some insight, then take action together to continue the push for safe and fair housing for all Baltimoreans.

Location to be announced soon. Sign up and you will be notified.

Generation ADA: Rise Up! 2015 March & Rally at the U.S. Capitol

Date: 
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 10:00am to 12:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

This annual tradition is an opportunity to take grassroots advocacy to the streets! Participants will march from the Grand Hyatt to Capitol Hill carrying signs and chanting in support of disability rights! Then, marchers will converge in front of the Capitol for an empowering rally. Complementary Do-It-Yourself Protest Sign Kits will be provided to Conference registrants who wish to participate.

For more information, click here.

DC stampede: Canvassing for No New Animal Lab

Date: 
Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
State/Region: 
Virginia

Event Info: The national No New Animal Lab campaign works to prevent the University of Washington from expanding animal testing with a new facility. The university has been cited multiple times for mistreatment of animals and this facility will give them control over thousands more.

From Familiar Histories to New Beginnings New Story Leadership Reflections

Date: 
Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: The end of a story is a time to reflect. It is the one instance where one can turn around and look at how far the story has come, from where it began to where it ends. Like one might reflect at the end of the day, the students will reflect at the end of the program on all that they have accomplished: where they triumphed, where they fell, how they got back up, and what new stories they will craft after this one is over. This event marks an end to a story and the beginning of a new one, and New Story Leadership hopes you will be there to share this moment.

Apache Convoy to DC: Washington DC

Date: 
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 9:00am
State/Region: 
DC

Join the Apache Stronghold for a protest to Save Oak Flat on the National Mall. A sacred run will take place in the morning, leaving from Rock Creek Park and arriving at the National Mall. Be there to meet the runners as they arrive after traveling all the way from Oak Flat in Arizona.

DC Celebration of Resistance

Date: 
Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 6:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

On Sunday evening, July 19th, people from the DC area will get together to eat dinner, celebrate resistance, and talk about activism in DC. Food and drinks will be provided.

It will be a good time to meet other resisters in the area and celebrate the work that we've been doing!

#MuseumSquareStays

Date: 
Monday, July 20, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: The Museum Square building, at 4th and K St. in Chinatown, is home to half of Chinatown's remaining Chinese-American residents. They may be forced out by the building's owner, possibly as soon as this winter.

The people of DC can take a stand for development without displacement, and help the tenants stay in their homes.

Jews United for Justice, Andy Shallal, and Think Local First DC are throwing a party for neighbors and local businesses to celebrate and support the tenants of Museum Square in their struggle.

2 Year Anniversary of Tyrone West's Murder

Date: 
Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 5:00pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

Event Info: Saturday, July 18, 2015 will mark the two year anniversary of the beating death of Tyrone West by 10+ Baltimore Police and Morgan State University officers.

On that evening at 5, the West Family will gather at the intersection of Kitmore & Kelway, in Northeast Baltimore, where the incident all began, when Tyrone was profiled ("Driving While Black") by two plainclothes Baltimore Police officers and viciously attacked.

Join the West Family.

The Latin American Alternative: 16 Years of Progressive Transformations in Venezuela and Latin America

Date: 
Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: It can be argued that the Greek people's rejection of neoliberal policies in a referendum a few days ago would not have occurred, had the road not been paved by a wave of progressive governments in Latin America that refused to follow the model of the Washington Consensus and instead sought important transformations, becoming the first alternative in many years to neoliberal hegemony.

From Farm to Fork: Shaping Agribusiness in Africa & the Diaspora

Date: 
Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 7:30pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

All the way from Ghana, meet inspiring Dali Lama Fellows, Sam Norman Sali and Emmanuel Ampadu of Sesa Mu Farmers Initiative
who are shaping the future of food in Africa and the Diaspora. The future of Africa begins with the youth to create a healthy and wealthy Africa.

And who is growing Africa food in America? Togo’s own Yao Afantchao for more than 20 years he has dedicated his life to
preserving African heritage foods by growing them and educating the community.

Respectful Confrontation introduction evening

Date: 
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 6:00pm to 9:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: St. Stephen's Church will sponsor an introductory evening on Respectful Confrontation.  This introduction is filled with exercises and theory to offer you a comprehensive, experiential overview of what is explored in the foundations of the practices of Respectful Confrontation.  The combination of theory, dynamic exercises, martial arts principles and applicable life tools result in a noticeable shift in behavior, deeper insight into yourself, and an ease with tackling challenging situations with integrity and understanding.

​End Impunity and Defend Sovereignty: A culminating action of the International Peoples’ Tribunal

Date: 
Monday, July 20, 2015 - 9:30am to 1:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Join a historic march and rally in Washington D.C. to conclude the International Peoples' Tribunal (IPT) -- where victims of human rights abuses will assert their right to hold states to account and testify on crimes against the Filipino people by President Benigno S. Aquino III and the US Government as represented by President Barack Obama.

Civil Resistance and Peacebuilding: How They Connect

Date: 
Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:00am
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Organized non-violent citizen movements sometimes use confrontational, even disruptive, tactics such as protests and boycotts, yet such campaigns can contribute to democratic development and long-term peace. Join on July 16 as USIP President Nancy Lindborg, Kerri Kennedy of the American Friends Service Committee and Manal Omar, Acting Vice President, Center for Middle East and Africa, USIP, explore this nexus of civil resistance and peacebuilding in the first of a new series by the USIP Global Campus.

My Sister's Keeper: Addressing Violence Against Women Children and Passengers on Public Transportation

Date: 
Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: On Saturday July 11, 2015, the Federal City Alumnae Chapter partners with community and local organizations to host "My Sister's Keeper: Addressing Violence Against Women Children and Passengers on Public Transportation." This is an anti-violence community initiative In response to the upward trend of violence in Washington D.C., which has affected all 8 wards and public transportation. The groundbreaking initiative kick-off will lay the foundation of addressing violence while connecting residents to community resources.

SOA Watch Mailing Party

Date: 
Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: School Of the Americas (SOA) Watch is getting ready to send out their Annual Report on Thursday, July 9th and hope you can join for some pizza, cold beer and awesome company!

For more information, please email katherine@soaw.org.

DC for Democracy July Meetup

Date: 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Info: Join DC4D for their July meetup, once again at Trusty's on Capitol Hill. They will be taking a deeper dive into the emerging public financing campaign that they discussed last month, splitting into three working groups: Policy, Grassroots, and Online Organizing. In those breakout discussions, they will brainstorm what a successful campaign will look like and what role DC4D and their members can play.

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