See also the calendar of our ally Popular Resistance.
February 18, 2017 - Washington, D.C.
Free Speech Rally For Journalists Arrested During Inauguration
Tell the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia: No Felony Charges for Peaceful Protesters
Saturday, February 18th
2 P.M. – 4 P.M. EST
4th & F St. N.W., Washington, D.C. (across from U.S. Attorney’s office, 555 4th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 205300)
The United States constitution guarantees the rights to free press and peaceful assembly. On January 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C., more than than 200 people were arrested and charged with felony rioting for protesting Donald Trump’s inauguration in a nonviolent manner. Among them were six journalists (Alex Rubinstein, Aaron Cantu, Shay Horse, Alexander Stokes Contompasis, John Keller, Evan Engel, and Matt Hoppard) assigned to cover the protests. Felony rioting carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
The official charging documents for the journalists reference their proximity to a large crowd – among whom several people allegedly damaged public property – not their individual actions. Attorney Jeffrey Light has filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Police Department alleging police targeted people for arrest “en masse, based on location alone.” In other words, hundreds of people are facing a decade in prison for protesting peacefully in the same general area as a few people who did not.
We believe these charges are politically motivated, intended to intimidate protesters and silence dissent against the Trump administration.
This rally is intended to show support for the arrestees and to urge the prosecuting U.S. Attorney to drop their charges. We will meet across from the U.S. Attorney’s Office (4th & Ft St. N.W., Washington, D.C.) Join the Facebook event for updates.
March 3 to 5, 2017 - Chicago, IL
Future of Left and Independent Politics Network
Website: Left Elect
We are now organizing a second national conference March 3-5 2017 in Chicago to gather candidates, individuals, and organizations committed to a left political alliance in opposition to the two-party system of corporate-capitalist rule. We believe a meeting after the 2016 election cycle will afford us an important opportunity to discuss our diverse experiences, and to continue to forge unity between our local efforts, campaigns, and electoral vehicles.
April 7-9, 2017 - Huntsville, AL
Pivot Toward War: US Missile Defense And Weaponization Of Space
Join us for the 25th anniversary of the Global Network at this important conference and protest in the community known as the ‘Pentagon of the South’.
Huntsville is the home of the Redstone Arsenal and the Space Command’s directorate for ‘missile defense’. Huntsville is the manufacturing site for the PAC-3, SM-3 missile defense (MD) systems while the controversial THAAD is built in another part of Alabama. Redstone Arsenal was the place where after WWII Nazi rocket scientists were brought by the U.S., using their scientific and technological expertise to help create the US space and weapons programs. The GN had a similar meeting in Huntsville in 2001.
The US is currently encircling Russia and China with MD systems based on Navy Aegis warships (SM-3 interceptor missiles) and with ground-based launchers (PAC-3 and THAAD). These systems are the ‘shield’ that would be used to pick-off Russian or Chinese retaliatory strikes after a Pentagon first-strike attack. MD systems were previously banned by the US-Russian Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty because they are destabilizing and give one side an advantage. George W. Bush pulled the US out of the ABM Treaty in 2001 and since that time the US MD program has been on steroids.
This conference, to be held in the heartland of the conservative south, will be a great opportunity for peace groups everywhere to learn more about the role of US MD systems which could be key triggers to start WW III. Help the growing global movement against MD and space weapons build greater opposition to these destabilizing programs.
We invite peace groups worldwide to become co-sponsors of this timely conference and to send representatives to join the protest at Redstone Arsenal on April 7 and the conference on April 8-9. Organizations interested in being listed as event co-sponsors are asked to pay $100 – $500 (whatever you can best afford).
April 21, 2017 - Seattle, WA
Save Our Planet
April 29, 2017 - Washington, D.C. and around the country
What: People's Climate March
RSVP now: Save the date & add your name — I WILL MARCH!
Find the event on Facebook.
Once you’ve RSVP’d, please share the event with your family and friends. We want to encourage everyone to show up in the streets and make your voices heard. Together, we will march for our families. We will march for our air, our water, and our land. We will march for clean energy jobs and climate justice. We will march to end environmental racism. We will march for our communities and the people we love.
Join the People's Climate March on April 29 in Washington D.C. or at a local event near you. RSVP now.
As Dr. King said, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Our struggles are bound together. The more we prioritize that, the stronger we’ll be in our resistance to Trump and the hate his administration is championing. We sincerely hope to see you there.
May Day March
March on May Day with the international working class.
Starts at 5 pm at Malcolm X Park, 2400 15th St, NW, Washington, DC
Please share this event widely. We want to get the word out now so we can start to build for a massive May Day! If you want to help plan let us know email@example.com. If you are part of a group that would like to participate please let us know now so you can get plugged in.Www.dcmayday.org