Events

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May 18 - 21, 2018 - Detroit, Michigan

Extreme Extraction Summit

We are thrilled to announce that the 8th Extreme Energy Extraction Summit will be held May 18th through 21st, 2018 at the Commons in Detroit, a multi-use community and organizing space held down by East Michigan Environmental Action Coalition.

 

June 2-14, 2018 - March from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.

March of Our Lives

On June 2nd, poor families from across the country will gather in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, the poorest District in Pennsylvania, to march to Washington D.C. in the March for Our Lives.
 
This march will mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign and Resurrection City erected in 1968 on the National Mall. The march will begin on June 2nd from the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia and end on June 14th at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
 
Kensington is home to the highest death rate of ANY major U.S. city. In 2016, 64,000 Americans died from opioids – more than in the entire Vietnam War (55,000). In Philadelphia, there were 1,200 overdose deaths last year due to mostly opioids. It has quadrupled the murder rate.
 
Kensington is also home to the Kensington Welfare Rights Union (KWRU). The KWRU was created as a direct response to the cuts in public assistance at the same time that no jobs were being created for welfare recipients. Cheri Honkala went on to become the first welfare recipient to testify before Congress about the impact of the welfare cuts (see Myth of the Welfare Queen). At the time, politicians were slamming the poor by creating images of welfare queens and deadbeat dads instead of telling the real story which was one of poor single mothers and unemployed fathers, entering the prison system in record numbers to become a part of the prison industrial complex. This led KWRU to look for help and models of organizing outside of their own neighborhood and soon they linked with the poor in both urban and rural areas around the country that were facing the same plight, forming the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign.
 
From a neighborhood that once was filled with factories, offering a blue-collar life of making hats and cigars, now is ground zero in a drug war, where the number one source of income is drugs and the second welfare, and where mothers hope daily that their sons come home alive. It is these very real daily lives in a war zone that have given rise to the March for Our Lives 2018.
 
Yes, we the poor will march and speak for ourselves: the homeless, residents of Puerto Rico robbed of our land and culture, people in recovery, the disability community, the ‘welfare queens,’ the ‘deadbeat dads,’ homeless veterans, the hustlers, young and old, immigrants, the criminals, the ‘undeserving’ poor, black, white and Brown.

 

June 11-15, 2018 - Pomona, California

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The Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is pleased to announce its 99th annual meeting, to be held on the campus of the California State Polytechnic University (Cal Poly Pomona), Pomona, California. Membership in AAAS or its affiliated societies is not required to participate in or present research at the meeting.

All scientists, including graduate and undergraduate students, are invited to present their research results at the meeting, either orally or as posters. Persons paying the registration fee may attend all scientific sessions as well as participate in many other activities. Field trips require advance registration and payment of additional fees.

 

July 11-12, 2018 - Brussels, Belgium

Make Peace Great Again

As the world becomes more dangerous by the day, the need for action for peace has never been more vital.  With militarism on the rise, the need for a global people’s alternative – of justice, sustainability and peace – has never been more urgent. Since NATO’s last summit in 2017 we have seen an escalation of nuclear rhetoric between Trump and North Korea and frequent talk of the possibility of world war three. This is not a situation that is tolerable for humanity – to live in the shadow of annihilation and we, the peoples of the world, reject this warmongering.

We call on all peace-loving citizens and organizations to demonstrate their desire for peace, on the occasion of the next NATO summit meeting in Brussels in July 2018.

NATO is pressing its members to spend 2% of GDP on military budgets to fund wars and aggression. The economic interests of the military industrial complex are well-served since NATO allies have agreed to devote at least 20% of defence expenditure to major equipment spending. Since last year this became an obligation for the majority of EU members in the framework of PESCO (Permanent Structured Cooperation), even though EU member states submit to strict austerity policies.

  • We resist further increases in defense spending at the expense of social security and public services

The US announced a $1 trillion program for nuclear weapons ‘modernization’ which includes more ‘usable’ weapons. This comes with a new nuclear posture to increase the contexts in which nuclear weapons will be used. In addition, NATO’s role as a nuclear-armed alliance continues, with B61 nuclear bombs, currently being upgraded to the B61-12, also to make them more ‘usable’. These are stationed in five countries across Europe – Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Turkey. There is strong opposition to the siting of these weapons in Europe, including from the governments of some of the ‘host’ nations.

  • We pledge opposition to NATO’s nuclear role and all nuclear weapons. We urge our governments to sign the nuclear weapon ban treaty and to work towards nuclear disarmament

NATO’s expansion continues as Montenegro was confirmed as the 29th member in June 2017 in spite of overwhelming popular opposition within the country. Bosnia-Herzegovina is also in negotiations to join the alliance. This continued expansion has contributed to international tension as Russia sees itself increasingly surrounded by US and NATO bases.

  • We continue to oppose destabilizing NATO expansion

NATO’s actions and inflammatory rhetoric continue to escalate tension with Russia: the increasing NATO presence in the region was a major contributory factor to the conflict between Russia and Georgia in 2008 and in the continuing crisis in Ukraine. NATO has recently exacerbated the situation by announcing new bases in eastern Europe. Deployments of troops have arrived in Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland during 2017. The EU is increasingly linked to NATO. The establishment of PESCO is only the latest sign of the rapid and dangerous militarization of the EU as a pillar of NATO.

  • We oppose the increasing militarization of Europe, any so-called European Defence Policy, and NATO’s push to a new Cold War

NATO’s war continues in Afghanistan: begun by Bush in 2001 – the first step in his ‘war on terror’ – it continues today, the longest war in US history, involving all NATO countries. Ostensibly intended to drive out the Taliban and destroy al-Qaeda, it helped create and strengthen the conditions for a surge in terrorist organizations and associated fighting forces that continues today.This ‘war on terror’ rides roughshod over international law and gives ‘carte blanche’ to further interventions.

  • We demand an end to this war and to NATO’s military interventionism

NATO’s so-called commitment to peace and stability is false. Nuclear weapons, military spending and interventionism can never serve peace, only violence and war. NATO’s bases, activities and weapon systems are a significant source of pollution. Its ‘war on terror’ is responsible for countless victims, destruction and displacement, giving rise to waves of migration as people seek safety and security.

Worldwide, people are in need of real peace which means social justice, environmental security, equal access to resources, a warm welcome for refugees fleeing wars and oppression and more.

  • We demand disarmament for development

In the name of peace, and the future of humanity, we call for coordinated world-wide actions to take place on the eve of the Summit – on Wednesday 12 July at 5pm – in support of the demonstration, counter-summit and all peaceful protest during the Summit.

 

September 21-22, 2018 - Toronto, Canada

World Beyond War is planning an annual global conference in Toronto on September 21 and 22, 2018, at OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design University, 100 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T 1W1, Canada.
The agenda will include speakers, plenaries, workshops, discussions, poetry, music, and food. Likely topics focused on will include: building the war abolition movement globally and in Canada, using the rule of law against war, system-level designing for peace, Canada's role in warmaking, global governance, Indigenous rights, new laws against war, protecting the environment from war, departments of peace, science for peace, youth activism, divestment, closing bases, prosecuting the crime of war, truth and reconciliation, remediation, and restitution.
October 20-21, 2018 -Pentagon

To Confront the Bi-Partisan War Machine

In response to the continuing march of military aggression by the USA and to put an antiwar agenda back on the table of activists, we are calling for an Women’s (and allies) March on the Pentagon tentatively sent for the 51st anniversary of the 1967 big antiwar event in DC and subsequent march on the Pentagon that had 50,000 people!

If you don’t like Trump (and who doesn’t), we have something for you too! Just think TRUMP’S BLOATED FINGER IS ON THE NUCLEAR BUTTON!

However, this is NOT, nor will it turn into a Get Out the Vote Rally for the Democrat 1/2 of the War Party. This is a principled call to action against the entire rotten Empire.

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November 10-12, 2018 - Washington, D.C.

Mobilize Against Trump’s War Parade

People from all over the country will descend on Washington, D.C., to say NO to Donald Trump’s War Parade on Veterans’ Day weekend.

This is an outrage! It is an obscene glorification of war and a criminal waste of urgently needed money. At this very moment so many working people are unable to pay their medical bills and rent, millions in Puerto Rico still have no electricity, youth unemployment is still staggering, the drug epidemic is worsening, and the country’s infrastructure is crumbling. The United States spends more on the military than the next 10 countries combined. This is an advertisement for spending hundreds of billions more on the Pentagon and to line the pockets of weapons contractors.

The War Parade is aimed at stimulating a new war drive that will bring death and destruction to one (or more) of the countries on the Pentagon hit list, potentially Iran, North Korea, or Venezuela. The over-the-top celebrations of the war machine — in the false guise of “patriotism” — also serve to stifle dissent at home, as Trump has repeatedly shown with his racist attacks on #BlackLivesMatter protesters.

The people of this country, and the world, will not stand for it. We will not be led into the slaughterhouse of war — either as perpetrators or victims — so as to repair a wounded ego or a wounded Empire. Hundreds of thousands will pour into the streets to stop Trump’s agenda of militarism and racism.

 

January 8-9, 2019 - Washington, D.C.

NCSE 2019 Annual Conference

About the National Council for Science and the Environment

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2019 Annual Conference: Sustainable Infrastructure & Resilience

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