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Outrage ’69: “The Question of Equality”‏, Hartford, March 5, 7PM

Come OUT Come OUT—From Wherever You Are!

 OUTRAGE ‘69

Outrage 69 The Question of Equality Image

 Join Queers Without Borders to view OUT RAGE ’69 a video from the KQED four part documentary, “The Question of Equality.” This important movie tells our story up front and out-front through interviews and archival footage. Outrage ’69 speaks from within and without our movement with issues ranging from the multi-issue Gay Liberation Front, the split up and the forming of the GAA by those interested in a predominately white single issue movement, Sylvia Rivera’s response to the denouncing of drag queens at the 1973 PRIDE, the founding of the NGTF, a discussion of White Power within the GAA and much more.

This is a movie not to be missed by anyone who is interested in our Queer and Diverse history as told by those who lived through those days.

Thursday April 5, 2012

Doors open at 7:00, Movie at 7:30

La Paloma Sabanera Coffee House

405 Capitol Avenue Hartford, Ct. 06106

 *free will offering accepted

www.queerswithoutborders.com

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Trayvon Martin Killing Sparks Rallies For Justice in Hartford

Racism Killed Trayvon Martin

By SAMAIA HERNANDEZ
The Hartford Courant
March 31, 2012

Protesters huddled around a podium at a North End intersection, braving the rain
and raw temperatures Saturday morning to engage in what has become an
international conversation on racism.

The killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old black student in Sanford,
Fla., who was shot by a neighborhood watch guard on Feb. 26, is just one example
of the effects of racism in the United States, according to more than 100 who
clapped and chanted for justice.

Martin’s death prompted activists to call for fair policing in Connecticut,
better parenting in city homes and a renewed focus on education — which they
said have all been polluted by racism.

“This happened during the day. Where should [Martin] have been?” asked Hartford
City Councilman Kyle K. Anderson, standing on the corner of Albany Avenue and
Main Street. “In school, getting his education.”

Martin had been suspended from school at the time of the shooting.

The rally in the North End was just one of several in Connecticut on Saturday.
Activists also gathered in front of the Capitol building and at campuses in New
Haven and Storrs.

Many of the protesters linked the killing to racial profiling.

“Racial profiling has a trickle-down effect on the general public, which
leads to hate crimes,” said Mary Sanders, a member of the Community Party in Hartford. “The best way for folks to honor Trayvon’s memory is to protect the Trayvons in Connecticut by supporting change to Connecticut’s racial profiling laws.”

The Courant, in a recent look at more than 100,000 traffic stops reported in
Connecticut towns, found that Hispanic and African American drivers were much
more apt to get a ticket than whites — for the same offenses.

The legislature’s Judiciary Committee this month approved amendments to the
state’s anti-racial-profiling law that would require the state Office of Policy
and Management to develop a standardized form to be used during police stops,
and would shift to OPM the responsibility for analyzing the information gathered
on those forms. Proponents argue that the changes will improve compliance and
assure that police departments are held accountable if they mistreat motorists.

On Saturday, however, a diverse crowd was in agreement that action must be taken
to combat racism.

“We thought that with the election of President Obama that racism would end.
Racism is still alive in this country,” Mayor Pedro E. Segarra said.

“It looks like there needs to be some federal intervention here,” Segarra said
of Martin’s case.

Segarra said his father was shot to death at age 19, a victim of what he called
Latino-on-Latino violence.

Frank O’Gorman, a member of the Queer Liberation Front, linked the teen’s
killing to what he said was the white supremacy influencing police, courts,
government and education.

“Sanford is Connecticut, where African Americans and Latinos make up 23
percent of the general population but 80 percent of the prison population. Now that looks suspicious,” he said.

Sixteen-year-old Kejuan Williams said he doesn’t worry about local police
treating him fairly. He said he feels safe in his hometown of Enfield, but has
concerns about safety in Hartford.

“It’s a very tragic story,” Williams said, who joined protesters across the
country donned in hoodies to symbolize racial stereotypes. “The fact that
[Martin] was young, he was a normal kid, and he likes Skittles.”

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The White Supremacist System Killed Trayvon Martin

[The following speech was delivered by Frank O’Gorman of Queer Liberation Front at the “Justice for Trayvon Martin” Rally in Hartford on Saturday, March 31, 2012.]

We are here today
because we cannot be elsewhere.

We are here today
to unite across race and creed
to say despite our differences . . .
– an innocent life struck down
– a mother’s inconsolable anguish
– a father’s quiet grief
touches all of us
because though our skin be black, brown, yellow, red or white
our hearts are all the same color.

We are here today
because a life has been cheapened
a sacred and beautiful life
the life of a son of Africa.

A life once filled with promise and dreams
has been disrespected
treated like something to be disposed of . . . and forgotten . . . without a name.
We are here today to say,
“HOW DARE YOU PROFANE!”
what is holy . . .
a young black man . . .
with a name . . .
Trayvon Martin.

We are here today
because grief by itself is hard enough to bear
but this is a parents’ surreal nightmare.

This is whitewashed murder
where the killer becomes the victim

where George walks
and Tayvon is on trial but can’t talk:

Black, strike one
Male, strike two
Young, strike three

The crime has become wearing a hoodie . . . “looking suspicious,”
Not racism,
not prejudice
not racial profiling
not stalking
not pulling a trigger at point blank range.
No . . . wearing a hoodie . . . “looking suspicious.”

Grief by itself is hard enough to bear:
“First they killed my son, then they killed his reputation.”
I swear, We swear:
IF THERE IS NO JUSTICE, THERE WILL BE NO PEACE!

We are here today
because Sanford is not a thousand miles away.

Sanford is East Haven
where a white police officer shot to death Malik Jones in 1997.
That looks suspicious.

and where for years police routinely profiled, harrassed and assaulted African-Americans and Latinos.
That looks suspicious.

Sanford is Hartford
where a white police officer shot to death Jashon Bryant in 2005.
That looks suspicious.

In each case the white police officers were acquitted.
Now that looks suspicious.

Sanford is Plainfield
where racist thugs severely beat 16-year old Nashawn Williams in 2008.
That looks suspicious.

No one was charged.
That looks suspicious.

Sanford is New Haven
where students where infiltrated and spied upon for the crime of being Muslim.
That looks suspicious.

Sanford is West Hartford
where janitors at Kingswood-Oxford, earning only the minimum wage after 10 years on the job, were fired last December for the crime of speaking Spanish.
That looks suspicious.

Sanford is Middletown
where the owner of a coffee shop assaulted a young customer for the crime of being gay.
That looks suspicious.

Sanford is Connecticut where African-Americans and Latinos make up 23% of the general population but 80% of the prison population.
Now that looks suspicious.

Sanford is California where Shaima Alawadi was beaten to death last week for the crime of being an Iraqi immigrant.
That looks suspicious.

White people in the United States have perfected the art
of blaming the victim
while justifying injustice and oppression
as self-evident, God-given, inalienable freedoms.

Thus we are told
George Zimmerman was acting in self-defense
That he has a right to carry a gun
That he was acting within the law
in being judge, jury and executioner of Tayvon Martin.

We are here today
to expose these lies
these white lies.

We are here to name the true culprit
in the murder of Trayvon Martin:

It is not being Black or wearing a hoodie.

It is the white supremacy system
upon which this nation was founded
and which infects every institution of this society:
the police, the courts, the government, the military, the education system, the media,
and the economic system where white supremacy
goes by the name “corporate capitalism”;
all of these institutions blessed by a Christian religion
that has been hijacked by white supremacy.

Indeed many white Christians will worship an imaginary white Jesus
on the cross this coming Friday, Good Friday,
while being blind and indifferent to the suffering of Christ
in the lives of black and brown-skinned people in the United States
and throughout the world
under the oppressive systems of white supremacy.

We are here today
because we cannot be elsewhere.

We are here today
to speak out.
For if our voices were silent,
these very stones we are standing on
would cry out:

IF THERE IS NO JUSTICE, THERE WILL BE NO PEACE!

JUSTICE FOR TAYVON!

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Connecticut Calls For Justice For Trayvon Martin!

Photo of Trayvon Martin

3 Rallies in Connecticut March 27-31:Justice for Trayvon Martin, Shaima Alawadi and all victims of racism!Tuesday March 27, 2012 at 6PMCourt House – Elm St and Church St, New Haven
Sponsored by A.N.S.W.E.R. CT

On Feb. 26 in Seminole County, Fla., George Zimmerman killed Trayvon Martin.
The 17-year-old Black youth was walking home from the store.
Martin was unarmed with only a pack of Skittles and a can of iced tea in his pockets.
Zimmerman, captain of the local neighborhood watch, pursued Martin and gunned him down
in broad daylight, in front of many witnesses.

Zimmerman stated that the unarmed Black teen appeared “suspicious” and “threatening.”
Local police did not arrest Zimmerman at the time.

Justice demands that Zimmerman be arrested and charged in the killing of Trayvon Martin
and the Sanford Police Department be investigated.

Shaima Alawadi was a Muslim woman, an Iraqi living in California and a mother of 5.
She was attacked this past week, beaten on the head with a tire iron and found in a pool
of blood by her 17-year-old daughter.
Shaima Alawadi died Saturday afternoon from her injuries.

The attacker(s) left a note at her home that read, “go back to your country, you terrorist.”

We must build a fight-back movement against bigotry, racism and Islamophobia.
Join us Tuesday March 27, 2012 at 6PM to say no to racism and anti-Muslim bigotry!

http://www.facebook.com/events/339404776106567/

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JUSTICE FOR TRAYVON MARTIN

The people of Hartford will take to the streets
on Saturday, March 31 at 10am to call for justice
for Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old boy MURDERED in Florida
by racist George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman HAS NOT been arrested or charged for killing Trayvon Martin.

Join us to call for the arrest of George Zimmerman,
and to show solidarity with the family of Trayvon.

Let the world know that OUR COMMUNITY WILL NOT ACCEPT the murder of an unarmed
young Black man by a racist vigilante in the guise of a “neighborhood watch” member!

A Black teen in a hoodie DOES NOT equal “suspicious!”

Trayvon Martin was LYNCHED and we DEMAND JUSTICE NOW!!

Let us show our strength as a community!

MEET AT ALBANY AND MAIN 10AM SATURDAY, MARCH 31!

Speakers include: Minister Cornell Lewis; City Council Members Cynthia Jennings
and Kyle Anderson; Laresse Harvey of Civic Trust Lobbying; J. Stan McCauley
“The People’s Mayor”, Kamora Herrington of the National Black Justice
Coalition’s National Advisory Board, concerned citizen and parent; Frank
O’Gorman of People of Faith and Queer Liberation Front

For further information, call 860-461-2611

Download Flyer below:

http://faithct.net/sites/default/files/justice-for-trayvon-martin-hartford.pdf

http://www.facebook.com/events/208948682544608/

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Hoodies Up New Haven- A March for Trayvon Martin

Saturday, March 31, 2012
3:00pm until 6:00pm

Sponsored by the Black Student Alliance at Yale

On February 26, 2012, 17-year-old African-American Trayvon Martin was shot and killed
in Sanford, Florida by unofficial neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman admits to killing Martin, but claims he was acting in self-defense.
A month after Martin’s death, no arrests have been made and Zimmerman remains free.

Join us as we march&rally for justice for Trayvon, for the arrest of Zimmerman,
and in support of amending the Alvin Penn Racial Profiling Act being considered
in the CT legislature.

We’ll start at the Dixwell Community “Q” House and march to the New Haven Green.

WEAR YOUR HOODIE TO THE MARCH!!!

http://www.bsay.org/hoodiesupnewhaven

Sponsoring Organizations
The Black Student Alliance at Yale [BSAY]
My Brother’s Keeper
MEChA de Yale
Yale Chapter of the NAACP
The Connecticut African American Emancipation Committee [CAAEC]
Unida Latina en Accion
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity
UNH NAACP
SCSU NAACP
Yale College Democrats
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority

El 26 de febrero del 2012, un joven afro-americano de 17 años llamado
Trayvon Martin fue baleado y muerto en la ciudad de Sanford, estado de Florida.

El hombre responsable se llama George Zimmerman y era el autoproclamado
vigilante de su barrio.

Y el dice que lo hizo en defensa propia.
Un mes después de los hechos George Zimmerman sigue impunemente libre.

Unase a Unidad Latina en Accion y otros grupos en una marcha para pedir justicia
para Trayvon Martin, el immediato arresto de George Zimmerman y en apoyo al reciente
proyecto de ley en contra del perfilamiento racial presentado en la legislatura
estatal de Connecticut.

La marcha comienza en 197 Dixwell Avenue y termina en el Green.

http://www.facebook.com/events/262248417195485/

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Bayard Rustin Born 100 Years Ago Today

Saturday, March 17, 2012, will mark the 100th birthday of the late civil rights activist Bayard Rustin.  Rustin was a proud Black gay man who was an indispensable architect of the Civil Rights Movement. His most noteworthy achievements include serving as chief organizer of the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, mentoring the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and helping to form the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). As an effective bridge builder across a broad range of demographics, he spent more than 60 years involved in social, racial, economic, class, labor, anti-war and other justice movements, both domestically and internationally.

However, the story of this visionary strategist and activist, who dared to live as an openly gay man during the violently homophobic 1940s, 50s, and 60s, has rarely been told in mainstream or Black media.

Rustin was the driving force behind the 1963 March on Washington

“Every year, during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday we hear the iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, which was delivered at the 1963 March on Washington,” saysMandy Carter, one of the founders of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and a current NBJC Leadership Advisory Council member. “Yet, most people do not know that Bayard Rustin, an out Black gay man, was the key organizer for that groundbreaking event. America needs to know that Bayard existed. Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and same-gender-loving people need to know that Rustin stood firm in his identity and, by his very presence, challenged others in the Civil Rights Movement to overcome homophobia.”

Carter adds, “As a young Black lesbian coming out in the mid-60s, there were no representations of out Black lesbians and gay men in the media. It would have had a profound impact on me to have had Bayard Rustin as a role model and to have known that I too could live authentically and be respected as an out Black lesbian social justice activist.”

To honor Rustin’s courage and his invaluable legacy, NBJC will spend this year celebrating the beloved “unsung hero” through its commissioned Bayard Rustin Centennial Project and in ongoing collaborations with Walter Naegle, Bayard’s surviving partner and Executor/Archivist of the Estate of Bayard Rustin. NBJC is also working with Nancy Kates and Bennett Singer, co-producers and co-directors of Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, a biographical documentary that asserts Rustin’s significance in American history. The recipient of more than 25 awards, Brother Outsider has been screened at The United Nations, The Kennedy Center, and for Members of Congress.

“The National Black Justice Coalition is looking forward to spearheading this collaborative movement to bring greater visibility to the invaluable legacy of Bayard Rustin.  We recognize and value that our mission mirrors his life’s work – to eradicate racism and homophobia,” says NBJC’s Executive Director Sharon Lettman-Hicks.

“Furthermore, his identity as an out Black gay man in the Civil Rights Movement lends validity to our belief that legal rights and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of all ethnicities are not just civil rights, but human rights, and that Black LGBT people absolutely deserve a place at the table of equality.”

NBJC’s Bayard Rustin Centennial Project is honored to join in the year-long series of celebratory events taking place across the country and to build upon more than 30 years of Black LGBT community tributes to the late, great, beloved freedom fighter.

For more information, visit www.NBJC.org or  www.Rustin.org/100

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Protest Homophobia of NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 17th

On Saturday, March 17, the NYPD takes off the mask…

BE THERE TO PROTEST NYPD HOMOPHOBIA!!!
Separate church and state… Separate bigots and public servants!
Sat. March 17 @ 11am
Fifth Ave. between West 56th & 57th St @ The St. Patrick’s Day parade  
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This Saturday, tens of thousands of cops will march in an explicitly anti-gay parade of hate – Mayor Bloomberg, too. The NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade, once a celebration of Irish New York, is now a “solemn procession” of the religious right. It was redesigned so that anti-gay bigots could parade using the church’s special right to discriminate. The parade officially sends an “anti-gay message” – and the NYPD is its biggest participant.

How much does the NYPD support religious anti-gay bigots? The NYPD actively fought to keep Irish queers out of the parade, fought queers’ right to protest the parade, and now sends thousands of officers to march in NYPD contingents. Most recently, when a dozen queer rights and immigrant/cultural groups joined forces to tell NYPD Commissioner Kelly that police endorsement exacerbates anti-queer violence, and to demand that the NYPD pull out of the parade, Commissioner Kelly didn’t even bother to respond.

PROTEST NYPD HOMOPHOBIA & ANTI-QUEER VIOLENCE

Separate church and state… Separate bigots and public servants!

Sat. March 17 @ 11am

Fifth Ave. between West 56th & 57th St

For more info: www.irishqueers.org

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In-Equality Forum’s Choice of Israel Is Appalling

From our Sisters and Brothers of Palestinian Queers for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions:

We, Palestinian Queers for BDS (PQBDS) and Pinkwatching Israel, are appalled by the Equality Forum’s decision to highlight Israel as the featured nation of their 2012 Summit in Philadelphia this May. While attempting to celebrate the purported advancements of LGBT civil rights within Israeli society, the Equality Forum is partnering with the Israeli Embassy in Washington and the Israeli Ministry of Tourism in promoting the Tel Aviv gay tourism agenda. Even more disturbing is the Equality Forum’s willingness to provide Israel with a platform to market itself as a state that protects human rights. We call upon the Equality Forum leadership to reverse their complicity in Israel’s propaganda campaign.

The State of Israel realizes that its crimes have been exposed to the world. Israel is one of the largest violators of United Nations resolutions and has committed major atrocities against countless innocent civilians. Palestinians—both queer and straight—who live in Israel suffer from significant discrimination and displacement and are denied fundamental rights merely because they do not belong to the Jewish ethno-religious group. Additionally, those Palestinians who live in the Israeli-occupied territories of the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem, and the West Bank have faced decades of a brutal apartheid regime. Israel also denies millions of Palestinians who live in exile or in refugee camps the right to return to their ancestral homes as enshrined by United Nations Resolution 194.

Rather than end its ongoing ethnic cleansing and military occupation, Israel has instead pumped millions of dollars into the “Brand Israel” campaign which includes state propaganda aimed at altering its image around the world. A central pillar of this has been “pinkwashing,” or the shifting of discourse away from Israel as an apartheid state to Israel as a so-called gay haven.

In response, queer Palestinian and Arab grassroots organizations and initiatives, includingalQawsPinkwatching Israel, and PQBDS, have worked tirelessly to highlight the myriad forms of persecution that we face, including Israel’s denial of our basic rights such as freedom of movement.

Rather than stand in solidarity with queer human rights activists who are resisting Israeli state hegemony, the Equality Forum has designated Michael Oren as its keynote speaker. In addition to being a propagandist for war crimes, Oren is the Israeli ambassador to the United States. This is akin to the Equality Forum inviting a white South African ambassador as a keynote speaker during the apartheid era. We condemn the Equality Forum’s direct links with the Israeli Embassy in Washington and the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.

PQBDS and Pinkwatching Israel also denounce the decision of the Equality Forum to aggrandize Israel by rendering invisible the gay-rights violations within Israel as well as the oppression of queer and straight Palestinians. The Equality Forum is flaunting its disregard for decades of Palestinian and Israeli anti-occupation activism, including the 2005 Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions call. As a result, many people of conscience are joining the chorus criticizing the Equality Forum, including Sherry Wolf and Uri Horesh.

If the Equality Forum chooses to proceed with this agenda of Israeli state-sponsored propaganda and to promote gay tourism in an apartheid state, then we request that speakers and participants—who are genuinely committed to equality, social justice, and human rights—boycott the 2012 Equality Forum Summit.

Palestinian Queers for BDS

Pinkwatching Israel

 

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United National Anti-War Coalition Conference Schedule, March 23-25, Stamford

UNAC Conference Schedule

(Click here to register)

Friday, March 23, 2012
Registration—4:30 pm to 9:00 pm
8:00 pm – 9:45 pm–Opening Panel: The Shifting Strategies of Empire


Chair: Joe Lombardo
, Co-Chair UNAC

David Swanson, War is a Crime.org

Col. Ann WrightDissent: Voices of Conscience

Andrew Murray, UK Trade Unions Congress General Council

Bernadette Ellorin, BAYAN (Philippines)

Abayomi AzikiwePan Africa Newswire

Kazem Azin; Solidarity Iran

Adaner Usmani, Labor Party of Pakistan

Ahmed Shawki, Egypt Solidarity Campaign

Xiomara de Zelaya, Presidential candidate, Honduras.

 

UNAC CC meeting: 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm


Meeting Rooms available for groups preparing workshops, formulating resolution, etc. until 11:00 pm

 

Saturday, March 24, 2012

 

Registration opens at 7:00 am.

 

8:30 am – 9:00 pm—Welcome:  International Greetings, UNAC Report and Conference Process


Marilyn Levin
, UNAC Co-Chair.
9:00 am – 10:00 am—Panel: The NATO/G8 Summits: Our Response to their Agenda of War and Austerity


Chair: Pat Hunt
, Chicago Peace Action, Chicago CANG8

Joe Iosbaker, Chicago United National Antiwar Coalition

Ashley Smith, UNAC Administrative Committee

Margaret Kimberly, Black Agenda Report

Leah Bolger, Veterans for Peace

Monami Maulik, Desis Rising Up and Moving

Medea Benjamin, Code Pink

Leili Kashani, Center for Constitutional Rights

Sara Flounders, International Action Center.

 

10:00 am – 10:30 am—Voting on Conference Rules; Introduction of Action Plan and Major Resolutions

 

Marilyn Levin, UNAC Co-Chair

Jeff Mackler, Northern California UNAC.


Raging Grannies Perform

10: 45 am -12:15 pmWorkshop Series One
12: 30 pm – 1:45 pm—Lunch with Panel: The War at Home on the Black Community: Mass Incarceration, Unemployment, Stop and Frisk

 

Chair: Ana Edwards, Virginia Defenders

Jack Bryant, President Stamford CT NAACP

Dr. Khalilah Brown-Dean, author, Once Convicted, Forever Doomed: Race, Ex-Felon Disenfranchisement, and Fractured Citizenship

Glen Ford, Executive Director of Black Agenda Report

Nellie Bailey, Occupy Harlem

Bruce A. Dixon, Managing Editor, Black Agenda Report; State Committee member; Georgia Green Party

Larry Holmes, Occupy 4 Jobs

Jasiri X, Hip Hop artist.
1:45 pm – 3:45 pmPlenary Session
4:00 pm – 5:30 pmWorkshop Series Two
5:45 pm – 7:15Workshop Series Three


7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
—Dinner with Panel: Islamophobia, the Attack on Civil Liberties, and the War on Workers


Chair: Chris Gauvreau
, UNAC Administrative Committee

Anthony Arnove, Co-editor with Howard Zinn, Voices of a People’s History of the United States

Imam Talib Abdurrashid, President of Muslim Leadership Council of Metropolitan New York

Meredith Aby, Committee to Stop FBI Repression

Teresa Gutierrez, May 1st Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights

Clarence Thomas, Oakland ILWU Local 10

Mike Fuqua, Longview Striker, member of ILWU Local 21

Scott Olsen, Iraq Veteran’s Against the War, injured by police at Occupy Oakland

Jeff Mackler, Northern California UNAC

Lamis Deek, Al-Awda New York

Gamelyn Oduardo, a leader of Puerto Rican Student Strike

George Friday, National Field Organizer, Bill of Rights Defense Committee

Cyrus McGoldrick, NYC Council on American Islamic Relations

James Yee, former chaplain at Guantanamo

Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, Muslim Peace Coalition.

 

After Dinner Performances: Chris Nauman, Jasiri X

 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

 

9:00 am – 11:00 amPlenary Session.

 

11:00 am – 11:40 am—Victims of Political Repression Speakout

 

Chair: Judy Bello, Hancock 38

Pam Africa, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal

Ralph Poynter, Lynne Stewart Defense Committee

Nathan Fuller, Bradley Manning Support Network

Mariano Cordoso, Central Connecticut State University

Representative, Yale Muslim Student Association

Sarah Martin, Committee to Stop FBI Repression

Steve Downs, Project SALAM

 

11: 40 am. Break for picking up bag lunches.

 

12:00 pm -1:15 pm—Plenary Panel: Global Economic Meltdown, Warming, and War.


Chair: Nada Khader
, WESPAC

Bill McKibben, editor, The Global Warming Reader and architect of the successful XL pipeline campaign

Vijay Prashad, author of The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World

Richard Wolff, author, Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It.

 

1: 30 pm – 3:00 pmWorkshop Series Four

 

3: 15 pm – 4:15 pm—NATO G8 Protest Organizing Session

 

Chair: Pete Shell, UNAC Administrative Committee

 

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm—Closing Remarks

 

Joe Lombardo, Co-Chair UNAC

 

WORKSHOPS UNAC CONFERENCE 2012 – MARCH 23-25







SATURDAY, MARCH 24

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 SATURDAY, MARCH 24

SESSION 1   10:45 AM-12:15 PM

 SATURDAY, MARCH 24

SESSION 2    4:00 PM-5:30 PM

SATURDAY, MARCH 24

SESSION 3    5:45 PM-7:15 PM

1

All Out for May
1st Mobilization

Afghanistan
After Ten Years of Occupation

Egypt, One Year
After the Revolution: Where is the Struggle Headed?

2

Antiwar
Strategies in Black Community Organizations

Defeating
Africom and NATO: Building Solidarity with Africa in the Struggle Against
Imperialism

End the
Occupation of Haiti

3

Crisis in Asia:
US Geopolitical Strategy & Intervention in the Asia-Pacific Region

Honduras: The
Struggle for Land, Democracy & Sovereignty

From Egypt to
NYC:
Anti-Radicalization Laws, Surveillance, the War on
Terror Industrial Complex, NDAA & How We Fight Back

4

Democratizing
Money: Banking in the Public Interest

Iran:
Solidarity, Not Intervention

Influencing
the  Electoral
Conversation from a Peace & Justice Perspective

5

Faith-Based
Organizing for Nonviolent Resistance

Linking Endless
War & Econ. Crisis: Bring Our War $$ Home

Music &
Songs to Move the Movement

6

Honduran
Immigrants Chat with Xiomara De Zela. Topic: Election in 2013!  (Private Session)

No Torture! No
Indefinite Detention

No Nukes:
Nuclear Power, Weapons & War

7

MuslimPeace
Coalition Meeting (Private)

Occupy Movement,
Labor & Community Struggles: A Fruitful Collaboration

Propaganda &
Communications on Permanent War

8

NATO & G-8:
Two Arms of American Empire

Palestine:
Strategies for Liberation

Social Struggles
in Colombia: Analyzing the Role of Colombian Student Strike & Union
Movement

9

Negotiating
Peace: What US Might Do for Colombia

Search for Human
Rights & Justice in South Asia

Targeting Iran:
The Truth Behind the Hype

10

Occupying the
Military Industrial Complex

Taking Back Our
Schools – Guide for H.S. Counter-Recruitment

Understanding
& Organizing Against Expanding Wars & Repression in Yemen, Pakistan,
Bahrain

11

Prisons: The New
Torture Machines

The Economy,
Unemployment & the Military: Alternatives to Save Our Country & the
Jobless

Veterans Peace
Teams – Defending Occupations

12

U.S.
Geopolitical Nuclear Weapons in Europe & Outer Space & Campaigns for
Withdrawal

What War? US
Turns from War on Iraq to Permanent Occupation

We Are Not Your
Soldiers: Stop Militarization of Our H.S. Campuses

13

Women, Peace,
and Security

 

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SUNDAY, MARCH 25

SESSION 4    1:30 PM-3:00 PM

1

A Criminal
Assault: Hydrofracking 

2

Border
Militarization, War, and Resistance in the U.S. & Europe: Migrant Workers
Rising Globally

3

Boycott,
Divestment, and Sanctions
Join Palestinian Nonviolent Resistance to Occupation

4

Campus
Fightback: International Student Resistance to the Economic Crisis and War

5

Climate Change
Related Conflicts in South Asia

6

Confronting
Robotic (Drone) Warfare at Hancock AFNG Base

7

Contradictions
of the Imperialists’ Agenda for Full Spectrum Dominance

8

Iran: Analyzing
the West’s Politico-Economic Warfare

9

Labor Against
Austerity & War

10

Law as a Weapon
of War

11

Lessons from the
Past & Now: Activist Strategies for Ending Warfare & Converting from
a War Economy

12

Rethinking
Pakistan: People’s Struggle & War on Terror

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