Events

See also the calendar of our ally Popular Resistance.

 

June 16-18, 2017 Richmond, VA

A National Conference: "Stop the Wars at Home & Abroad: Building a Movement Against War, Injustice & Repression!"

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Greater Richmond Convention Center 403 N 3rd St., Richmond, VA 23219

Hosted by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC - unacpeace.org)

Join activists from the many domestic and international struggles as we build unity against the Trump Regime and the underlying system responsible for imperialist wars, poverty, racism, sexism, the oppression of LGBTQ people, attacks on undocumented immigrants, environmental destruction and all forms of injustice. A conference website will be up and running soon. Meanwhile, hold the dates and plan to join us June 16-18 in Richmond, Virginia!

 

June 17, 2017 New York, NY

Women's March to Ban the Bomb

Website: WomenBanTheBomb.org

NUCLEAR WEAPONS ARE ABOUT TO BE BANNED AND WE NEED YOUR VOICE!

In one of its final acts of 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted with overwhelming support a landmark resolution to begin negotiations on a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. This historic decision heralds an end to two decades of paralysis in multilateral nuclear disarmament efforts.

Throughout June and July of 2017, governments will negotiate the ban on nuclear weapons at the United Nations. WILPF and our coalition are hitting the streets to celebrate and also demand a good treaty that prohibits these weapons of mass destruction once and for all!

The Women’s March Ban the Bomb is a women-led initiative building on the momentum of movements at the forefront of the resistance, including the Women’s March on Washington. It will bring together people of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, races, abilities, nationalities, cultures, faiths, political affiliations and backgrounds to march and rally at 12 PM -4 PM Saturday, June 17, 2017 in New York City!

 

July 13-16, 2017 Newark, NJ

Green Party National Meeting

 

July 14-16, 2017 Nibezun, Passadumkeag, Maine

Healing the Wounds of Turtle Island

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/139392306480617/

Prophecy of the Eastern Gate

Our ancestors tell us that the Eastern Gate is where we will gather to begin the healing of this land. It is here in the East where first contact was made between the Native peoples and the newcomers. It is here that the first blood was spilled between our people, and our history of violence began. So, it is here on this same land that the healing must begin.

The Wabanaki, the people of the first light, are the keepers of the Eastern Door. We are the first peoples to greet Kihsus, the Sun, each morning, and Nipawset, the Moon, each evening. Now, we open our hearts and our homes to greet all of you, so that together we may begin to heal the wounds of Turtle Island and set a new path forward for all life.

This ceremony will be a coming together of people from all over the world, to acknowledge the common wound that we all carry from our shared history of violence. No matter where we come from, we all carry the wounds of historical trauma within us. Whether we were the victims, the perpetrators, or the witness to that violence, that wound is imprinted on our spirits. Now, the time has come for us to acknowledge that wound, together, so that we can heal it and begin working together to heal Mother Earth.

The first day will be for healing the wounds carried within the hearts and minds of the people. The second day will be for healing the wounds of Mother Earth. And, the third day will be for healing the energetic and spiritual imprint of that wound that lays over the Earth.

The ceremonies will be conducted by spiritual elders from Indigenous communities around the world, and by spiritual leaders from other traditions. We will be gathering on healing ground, along the Penawahpskek (Penobscot) River, at Nibezun in Passadumkeag, Maine.

People from every corner of the world, and from all walks of life are welcome. We ask that you come with a good heart, and good mind, and carry the intention of healing with you.

Please note that this is not a pow wow or a festival. This is a ceremony.

There will be no drugs or alcohol allowed on site. We ask those attending to remain clean and sober during the ceremony and for seven days prior. There will be no drugs or alcohol allowed on site. If anyone is found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol they will be asked to leave. Our minds and spirits must be clear.

We ask all participants to please bring their own reusable plates, cups, and utensils.
We request that there be NO bottled water brought to the event. Please bring reusable drinking containers. Water will be available on site.
We ask that people be respectful and modest in their attire.

Location: Nibezun, Passadumkeag, Maine
Destination Airport: The closest airport is the Bangor Inernational Airport in Bangor, Maine, which is approximately 40 minutes from the site. The airport in Portland, Maine is approximately 2 hours 45 minutes from the site, and the airport in Boston is about 4 1/2 hours away.
Lodging: There is some camping space on site. It will be available on a first come first serve basis. There is also a campground nearby in Passadumkeag – Point Passadumkeag River Cabins and Campground (207)290-0269
The closest Hotels/Motels are: The Milford Motel, The Black Bear Inn and The University Inn.
Meals: We will provide lunch and dinner on site.
Parking: There are a limited number of spaces available for parking at the site. So, we will be setting up a shuttle that will run in the morning, at noon, and in the evening. The site of the shuttle will be announced as we get closer to the event.

 

July 21-23, 2017 Cleveland, Ohio

Website: LaborFightback.org

Labor Fightback National Conference - A Call to the Third National Conference of the Labor Fightback Network

For the labor movement, business as usual is no longer an option. If the eight-year aftermath of the 2008 economic crash did not send the message loudly enough, the November 2016 election of Donald Trump as president of the United States surely has done so. The jury is in; the verdict is unanimous. It has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt that what the labor movement has been doing is no longer working.
 
Organized labor’s campaign to bring back the “good old days” — when employers and unions shook hands over contracts that provided a pay raise in each year of the agreement, increased health and retirement benefits, and high enough wages to support a family comfortably — may have made sense at one time. During the quarter century after the Second World War, American workers, by and large, enjoyed a better standard of living than any working people at any time or place in history. But those days are gone, and they are not coming back.
 
Organized labor’s very survival is in question. The threat that a labor-hating Republican Congress will pass a national “right to work” law and send it to the desk of a labor-hating Republican president is a clear-and-present danger. Indeed, the human species’ very survival is in question, as the science-denying Congress and president green-light pipelines for Bakken crude oil and dirty oil from tar sands. Efforts to curb the causes of climate change are off the agenda under this administration. In this light, the AFL-CIO officials’ support for the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline is inexcusable.
But all is not doom and gloom. Far from it! The working class majority is fighting back against Trump — and challenging the entire establishment in the process. Millions have taken to the streets in the historic January 21 Women’s March and in protest actions taking place up and down the country on an almost daily basis. The Resistance movement is growing by the day, and it is already scoring some victories — such as the decision by Andrew Puzder to withdraw his nomination as incoming Secretary of Labor.

Immigrant rights activists are demanding “Not One More Deportation!” Black Lives Matter activists are demanding an end to police killings and a halt to the disenfranchisement of Black voters. Labor and community activists are protesting the illegal travel ban and denouncing the rise of Islamophobia, as they ratchet up the fight for a $15 minimum wage and a union. “We Won’t Go Back!” to the days of back-alley abortions and Jim Crow segregation is a chant that is sweeping the country.
The big question now is: What direction for this Resistance movement? Does it get channeled back into the Democratic Party, as so many politicians are already urging, or does it chart a new and independent course?And what should labor’s role be in all this? If the strategies employed by the labor movement in recent years have not worked, what will?

Should the labor movement continue to rely on Democrats and heed the call to bring back the Democrats in 2018? Can the Democratic Party be “reformed,” as Bernie Sanders is proposing?

Or should labor embrace a new strategy, an independent mass-action strategy (including mass strike action, following the example of ILWU Local 10′s port shutdown in Oakland, Calif., on Inauguration Day) with hundreds of thousands of union members in the streets, in union contingents, joining with the millions who, since the epic January 21 Women’s March, have launched this ever-growing Resistance movement? Should labor not be making common cause with the activists and youth fighting against misogyny, racism and police violence, homophobia, immigrant-bashing, Islamophobia, environmental degradation, and other such scourges?

And should such a mass-action strategy not be coupled with the drive to promote labor’s own independent political voice in the electoral arena, including the possibility of running independent labor-community candidates for local office?
 
These discussions are already taking place on the campuses, in the union halls, and on the shop floors. New appeals are springing forth calling on Bernie Sanders to form his own party (a petition by Bernie activists has gathered thousands of endorsers around this call), or calling on labor to form its own party.
There is a growing sense that labor needs a new strategy, a new direction. But what direction is this exactly?
 
We need to share our ideas, our proposals, our energy, and our dedication to a better future — indeed, simply a future – for working people. For that reason the Labor Fightback Network calls on working people dedicated to peace and social justice, whether union members or not, to attend a national conference at Cleveland State University in Cleveland, Ohio, from the afternoon of Friday, July 21, through the morning of Sunday, July 23.
 
We need you to be there. Information on workshops, speakers, registration, housing, costs, and other logistics will be forthcoming. Please make plans to attend!

 

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