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The Peace Park Antinuclear Vigilers hope friends will come to celebrate 24 years of standing at the White House gates, 24 hours a day, since June 3, 1981. The activists are part of Proposition One, a grassroots movement for disarmament of nuclear weapons and the conversion of nuclear and other arms industries to provide for human and environmental needs. Check out and sign their online petition.
Three Iraqi labor leaders have been assassinated this year. US Labor Against the War is bringing six Iraqi labor leaders to the US, and DC Labor for Peace and Justice is sponsoring a happy hour to raise money for their stay in DC from June 10 to 15. Help bring Iraqis to DC and attend the upcoming events, where you will hear about life in Iraq and how Iraqi workers fare under the coalition – from Iraqis who are living there.
Friday, May 27, 2005
The Washington Area Clinic Defense Task Force (WACDTF) is an all-volunteer, non-violent group founded in the 1980s to promote peaceful and safe access to women's health clinics in the DC metropolitan area. WACDTF is looking for new escorts in and around the capital area. Escorts are generally needed each Saturday, rain or shine, between 7 and 11 a.m., depending on the clinic. The next training will be on Saturday, May 28, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library (7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church).
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
In 1898, after what was called a "splendid little war" – the Spanish American War – Puerto Rico was added to the list of U.S. possessions. A group of Puerto Rican youngsters was sent to study in the U.S. – to the Carlisle Indian School, Tuskegee, and Hampton Industrial School (see this earlier DC Metro Action post, "A Forgotten Chapter in American History").
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
The Virginia Grassroots Coalition has been trying to engage Congressman Tom Davis in a dialogue about Social Security. Davis so far has refused to meet with his constituents to talk about President Bush's plans to privatize Social Security and cut benefits. Virginia United to Protect Social Security has offered to organize a town hall meeting with local residents to talk about these plans, but has received no response from Davis. If you live in Virginia's 11th Congressional district, call the Congressman's office at 703/916-9610 and ask him to attend the town hall and talk to his constituents.
Monday, May 23, 2005
Seven activists go on trial on Wednesday, May 25, at 9 a.m., at the DC Superior Court (500 Indiana Ave. NW, Room 120) for protesting against genocide in Darfur at the Sudanese Embassy.
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Sankofa Video and Books and the Blackout Arts Collective present "Arts Under the Stars," a weekly gathering of artistic expression. This family-friendly event features artists of color who work in different media, and the public is encouraged to bring art to share as well.
EarthRights International (ERI) is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment, our earth rights.
Monday, May 16, 2005
This in from Adam Eidinger, a car-free Metro rider:
The DC Office of Planning will hold a briefing on the revision of the District's Comprehensive Land Use Plan for Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Join with EmpowerDC and learn how to start and sustain tenants' associations, preserve Section 8 housing, protect the rights of Section 8 voucher holders, and find out what will happen after Section 8 expires. The event is on Saturday, May 14, at 11 a.m., at the Mount Pleasant Library (16th and Lamont Streets NW). For more information, or to suggest a topic for discussion, call EmpowerDC at 202/234-9119.
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
The May meeting of the DC Irish Northern Aid Committee is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, at Flanagan's Pub in Bethesda (7637 Old Georgetown Rd., two blocks from the Bethesda Metro, with a public parking garage next door). Come out to gather prior to the meeting for dinner and to socialize at 6:30 p.m.
The Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet and the Center for Democracy & Technology will host a legal briefing on the issues at stake in the Federal Election Commission's proposed rulemaking on Internet communications. Three nationally recognized experts in campaign finance law will explain how the FEC's proposed Internet rules will affect bloggers, political activists, parties, political committees, corporations and unions, with particular emphasis on the blogging community.
Two years ago, peace advocates from around the world mourned the death of a courageous 23-year-old American woman who gave her life defending the human rights and freedom of Palestinians. The film "Rachel Corrie: An American Conscience" weaves together the story of Corrie's involvement in the International Solidarity Movement with those of others from around the world who have traveled to the Occupied Territories to stand in solidarity with Palestinians in non-violent resistance to the Occupation.
The DC Women's Human Rights Action Team is a group of community activists dedicated to advancing women's human rights, focusing specifically on issues surrounding violence against women on a local, national and international level. The group's next meeting, open to the public, is on Wednesday, May 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Amnesty USA office (600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE).
Monday, May 09, 2005
The Rhythm Workers Union will host an evening of rhythm consciousness with a drumming workshop, rhythm games and an all-out jam session. Learn to drum, then learn to drum together. Spoken word artists, poets, singers, musicians and dancers are welcome!
Thursday, May 05, 2005
Without stable, effective Metro service, our region would face an overwhelming increase in traffic congestion and air pollution. Join with the Sierra Club Metro DC and talk to our neighbors one-on-one about Metro's long-term funding crisis, and about action they can take to ensure a future with more and better Metro service.
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
On Thursday, May 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the MLK Memorial Library (901 G St. NW, 2nd Floor) will host a opening reception for "No More Hiroshimas! No More Nagasakis!" – a photo exhibit by Alexandra Silverthorne, the 2004 DC Area Youth Delegate to the World Conference Against A and H Bombs. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit runs until May 29.
Monday, May 02, 2005
In their new book, "Voices of A People's History of the United States" celebrated historian Howard Zinn and his co-author Anthony Arnove gather inspiring speeches, fiery poems and sharp political essays by the people who built the social justice movements. Zinn and Arnove will read from and discuss their new book on Monday, May 2, at 7 p.m., at Politics and Prose Bookstore (5015 Connecticut Ave. NW). For more information, call the store at 800/722-0790 or visit its website.
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