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FILM: Local Organizations Team up to Show "Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience"

East Michigan Environmental Action Council - Mon, 08/19/2030 - 8:02pm
What: Film screening of "Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience" with Question and Answer session to follow afterwards

When: September 6th, 2013

Time: 8PM

Where: Cass Corridor Commons
             4605 Cass Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201

East Michigan Environmental Action Council, 5E, Heru, and the American Indian Health and Family Services invite you to the film screening of, Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience, on September 6th, 2013. The showing will take place in the D. Blair Theater of The Cass Corridor Commons.

Focusing on the lives and experiences of the Native/Indigenous community in the Midwest, Our Fires Still Burn is a one hour documentary that works to dispel the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the United States. The narrative that Native and Indigenous peoples no longer exist in the US has been perpetrated in many forms since the beginning of colonization in the US, with perhaps the most famous example being the book (and movie), The Last of the Mohicans. The narrative usually argues something along the lines that because Native peoples are now dead (or are actively dying), we need non-Native peoples to "save and recover" (read; loot) Native artifacts (very often including actual bones of human beings). Another strand of the narrative argues that names like Washington Red Skins are actually compliments that honor long dead tribes rather than the offensive insults that Native/Indigenous peoples say they are.

Our Fires Still Burns argues that the narrative that Native/Indigenous peoples are dead is harmful in that it invisibilizes and makes unnecessary the voices of the very much alive Native/Indigenous community. But as Our Fire Still Burns shows, Native and Indigenous peoples continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive, and make great contributions to society.

The film viewing of Our Fires Still Burn will appeal to native and non-Native alike, and will be followed by a question and answer session featuring many of the people appearing in the film, as well as film director Audrey Geyer.  Ms. Geyer is an independent video producer and director whose programs have been broadcasted locally and nationally on PBS. She is the founder and current executive director of Visions, an independent video production company local in Metro Detroit. Visions work focuses on creating documentaries that tell the stories of communities that are underrepresented in mainstream media.

As East Michigan Environmental Action Council co-director, Diana Copeland says, the most important thing to do right now in light of various attacks on marginalized communities in Detroit is to build community responses to those attacks, "Conversations that happen where we can begin to get to know each other are essential and will only make our communities stronger."
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Albuquerque Picks Up The Pieces After Trump Blows Through Town

SWOP - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 6:31pm

Community begins healing after hateful, divisive Trump rally.

Over the last year we’ve all heard Donald Trump’s hateful, divisive and often violent speech aimed at much more than half of the population as he campaigns to be president. We’ve also seen a rise in racism, xenophobia and misogyny from a small but significant segment of Donald Trump supporters, in what many have called a resurgence of white nationalism.

Last week Donald Trump announced that he would bring his violent hate speech to New Mexico, a state with the largest per capita concentration of Chicano, Latino, Immigrant, and Native people in the country.

Local community and civic organizations understood quite well that Trump’s decision to come to Albuquerque would provoke protest, anger and division in our state. Our answer was to step up and provide leadership when no one in the City of Albuquerque seemed ready to do so.

Our governor and mayor stayed away, maybe afraid of any political consequences. Albuquerque’s police department marched forward with their usual confrontational attitude toward people exercising their 1st amendment rights.

We opened our offices to organizations and local residents of all colors, young and old, to create a space for everyone to celebrate our communities, and to say ‘no’ to the violent, hateful, divisive rhetoric of this presidential campaign.

Our message was simple: “We’re better together.”

To our dismay and surprise local police departments and the secret service seemed to stage the controversial event to provoke confrontation between protesters and rally attendees. Community members against hate were penned in the middle of the street with no shade, and bottlenecked rally attendees to walk down a path down the side of the pen.

On multiple occasions the peacekeeping team organized out of these efforts diffused situations that could have led to more serious confrontations, particularly when local police departments failed to provide security for peaceful, lawful demonstration and rally attendees.

We are proud of our peacekeeping efforts. We are proud of our city for standing up against divisive hate speech, racism, misogyny and patriarchy. As community organizations with long lasting ties to communities in the city and across the state, we felt that creating a message and space for New Mexicans to peacefully demonstrate against Donald Trump was the right thing to do. While we would never condone any type of violence, we are also not in a place to provide policing for the city of Albuquerque. That’s APD’s job.

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The Strategy Center—Finally—Gets the Tanks and M-16s Out of the LA School System

Labor/Community Strategy Center - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 7:00pm
Today, after 18 months of ferocious uphill organizing the Labor/Community Strategy Center reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles School Police Department.

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New Mexico rejects bigotry, unites to #StandUpToTrump

SWOP - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 5:39pm

Over the last year we have seen the rise of a political candidate in a party already seething with fear mongers, bigots, and divisive rhetoric. Donald Trump has been so incendiary that the conservative establishment, already rife with its own destructive policy priorities and rhetoric, now seeks to distance themselves from their own horrible creation. We’ve also seen a rise in racism, xenophobia and misogyny from his supporters, in what many have called a resurgence of white nationalism.

Donald Trump has made it clear that Women, Black and Brown people, workers, students, Muslims, immigrants, Asians are not part of his vision to ‘Make America Great Again’. He has now set his sights on New Mexico, the state with the largest per capita population of Brown people (Chicano, Latino, Native American, etc). As New Mexicans, as Chicanos, and as human beings we stand against Donald Trump and the divisive bigotry that he represents, and we know that we are stronger when we stand together as a united front against hate and oppression. Together we can say ‘no’ to the dangers of division, discrimination and hate, and ‘yes’ to a better future for everyone.

The very people we’ve heard Trump attack over the last year make up more than half of our fighting chance in a 21st century economy and culture. Shifting demographics reveal that the future belongs to our communities, and we truly believe that we are at our greatest when we confront our challenges and work to build a better future together. We love our families, we love our city, and we love New Mexico; we’ve all heard Trump’s message and it is not welcome here. ¡Ya basta!

Join us at May 24th 4pm at the corner of 2nd Street and Tijeras (right across from the Convention Center) to tell Trump that he’s not welcome in our estado querido- fuera pendejo, and take Susana with you when you go!

We are looking for help with peacekeepers for the demonstration- there is a training Monday, 5/23 at 5:30 pm at the SWOP office (211 10th street SW 87102).

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16th Annual Malcolm X Jazz Arts Festival & After Party!

Malcolm X Grassroots Movement - Sat, 05/21/2016 - 11:25am

The Celebration continues Saturday May 21st following the 16th Annual Malcolm X Jazz Fest. Come hang out with the Oakland Chapter of The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, local artists, and your community. Free before 9pm, $10 suggested donation at the door, drink specials ALL NITE, catering by The Healing Kitchen Catering.

Featured DJs:
Iam Jahi of Public Enemy 2.0 https://www.facebook.com/PE2.0NOW/?fref=ts
Ras Rican
Emanne DjEmancipacion
Fantauzzi Brothers Kahlil Jacobs Fantauzzi Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi

Help us raise funds to send Bay Area youth to Camp Pumziko in Georgia the week of July 11, 2016

Co-Sponsors: Malcolm X Grassroots Movement Oakland Chapter, East Side Arts Alliance, Healing Kitchen Catering, Community READY Corps, and Alena

To make donations and contributions click below:

Info for all day 16th Annual Malcolm X Jazz Festival: 


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Register for Camp Pumziko 2016

Malcolm X Grassroots Movement - Sat, 05/21/2016 - 11:01am

Registration is open for Camp Pumziko 2016!

Camp Pumziko – “We Come In Peace, Ready to Defend!”

The name of our camp is taken from a Kiswahili term, which means “at ease or at peace.” Our slogan embraces the concept of peace and preparedness. Our defense comes in instilling a sense of pride in our Afrikan heritage as well as discipline and responsibility to make the communities we live in safe and viable. Camp Pumziko is a project of CAD.

July 10-16, 2016

F. D. Roosevelt State Park

2970 GA Highway 190

Pine Mountain, GA 31822

NASO Member $150 after June 24th $175

Non NASO Member $175 after June 24th $200

To register and pay for your child visit http://www.cadnational.org/camp_pumziko

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USAS at the People’s Summit — Register Now!

USAS - Fri, 05/20/2016 - 11:31am


What’s going to happen after election day? The People’s Summit this June 14-17 needs your help to answer that question. 

This year, shit’s gone down in the best way: we’ve seen unprecedented uprisings against police violence, everyday people proclaiming their support for socialism, and student workers across the country raising their voices to demand #15OnCampus. But on the flip side, the likely Republican nominee has been riling up racists, millions of workers can’t afford to support a family, and college presidents think it’s acceptable to punish students for exercising their right to free speech.

USAS members know that the fight doesn’t start or end with a presidential election. As students, we have strategic power over our corporate universities, and we know how to put our generation’s “potential” into practice. What is the role of our student movement within this historic political moment? How can we support and strengthen other fights in our communities, and how can community members have our backs?

At The People’s Summit, we’re going to meet with thousands of workers and allies to make a plan. Register now! 

We’re convening with groups like National Nurses United, the Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, and Democratic Socialists of America to strategize and collaborate in an unprecedented way.

Do you want to meet badass community organizers from your region, and make a joint plan to build people power in your city and state? This is where they’ll be!

Do you have ideas about how our riled up generation can take the reins and cause some serious mayhem? Then the People’s Summit needs your voice! 

Whether you’re a seasoned organizer or brand new, your ideas and talents are crucial to this Summit. 

We’ll see you in Chicago. Click here or head to bit.ly/usaspsummit for a discounted USAS member registration rate.


Where will I sleep? 

Wherever you’d like! There are many hotels located around McCormick Place, and you can reach out to email hidden; JavaScript is required /* */ for info on discounted hotel rates. If you’d like to *bring your own linens* and sleep with us in a college dormitory, please fill out the form below!

What’s the program? 

What if I can’t afford to pay for my own travel? 

Lucky for you, we’ve got lots of options. If you can organize some friends to join you, or there’s already a contingent joining from your city, then you can hop on a Rally Bus.

Or, you can apply for a travel scholarship using the form below. Keep in mind that we have limited funds, and any fundraising you can do locally will help to make the Summit stronger.

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Bubble Gun Suspension May Prompt New Legislation

Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:24am
May 18, 2016Original story at The Denver Channel


After a 5-year-old Colorado girl was suspended for bringing a Princess bubble gun to school, one Denver organization is working to ban early-childhood suspensions and expulsions.

"You would think you didn't need a law to protect very, very young children from being unnecessarily removed from their classroom and their right to education, but we feel this is necessary," said Daniel Kim, Director of Youth Organizing for Padres & Jovenes Unidos. 

Kim said they are organizing to propose legislation to ban preschool to second grade suspension and expulsions, except in the most extreme cases.

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Campaigns: Local Denver CampaignPadres & Jóvenes UnidosEnd the School to Jail Track
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DPS Backs Off Proposal to Eliminate High School P.E. Requirement

Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:20am
May 18, 2016Original story at Chalkbeat Colorado

Denver Public Schools is backing away from a proposal to eliminate a requirement that high school students take one year of physical education after fielding criticism from P.E. teachers, community groups and physical education advocates.

The proposal to cut mandatory P.E. was part of a larger package of high school graduation requirement changes that also included eliminating one year of arts-related or career and technical education classes.

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Campaigns: Padres & Jóvenes UnidosHealth Justice
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DPS Shouldn't Drop PE as a Graduation Requirement

Padres & Jovenes Unidos - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:18am
May 16, 2016Original story at Denver Post

In Colorado, where childhood obesity, cardiovascular risk factors, type 2 diabetes, asthma and joint problems are all on the rise, Denver Public Schools — our state's largest school district — is considering eliminating the requirement that all graduating high school students take the equivalent of one year of physical education.

If that seems like a stark contradiction to you, let me assure you, it is.

It is clear we are failing to adequately teach and instill the value of health and wellness in students. One of the most important ways that students learn these skills is through high-quality physical education.


Read the rest here: http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_29900037/dps-shouldnt-drop-pe-requirement

Campaigns: Padres & Jóvenes UnidosHealth Justice
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CVH - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 9:24pm

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Detained, Deceived and Deported: Experiences of Recently Deported Central American Families

NNIRR - Wed, 05/18/2016 - 7:02pm
Story Type:  Press Release Story Publisher:  American Immigration Council

Washington D.C. - Today, the American Immigration Council released Detained, Deceived and Deported: Experiences of Recently Deported Central American Families by Guillermo Cantor, Ph.D. and Tory Johnson. 

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Sing Tao Daily - 勞動節工人大遊行 續爭加薪住房權利

Chinese Progressive Association - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 2:38pm


May 2, 2016


由「進步工人聯盟」等組織在屋崙市舉辦的五一國際勞動節大遊行,昨天在東屋崙的捷運站集合,然後,浩浩蕩蕩的步行到San Antonio公園。大約二千名勞工、社區組織代表等參與,慶祝近年來通過積極爭取而獲得的成果。


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Ingleside-Excelsior Light - Community Garden 'Sisterhood Farms' Breaks Ground in the Ocean View

Chinese Progressive Association - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 2:08pm

Will Caruthers

April 26, 2016

Neighbors, city employees and elected officials held a groundbreaking ceremony April 20 for a new large-scale community garden called “Sisterhood Farms.”

Many attendees had been part of three-year planning process since the idea was proposed by Peter Vaernet, a community activist and farm enthusiast who resides in Ocean View.

The name complements the community gardens location on a public plot of land on Brotherhood Way.

“It’s just a tremendous thing that our community has come together like this in all of its diversity to work on this garden and design this garden in a way that we’d like to see happen,” District Eleven Supervisor John Avalos said. “That’s a rare thing in San Francisco and it’s even rarer when it happens in this part of San Francisco.”

The idea for Sisterhood Farms came to Vaernet after it became clear that demand for land was surpassing the capacity of the planters at Brooks Park, a neighborhood garden he set up in 2004.

Vaernet was particularly interested in giving the residents of the apartments at Ocean View Village a place to farm. The city hired the Chinese Progressive Association to do outreach and translate for the monolingual Chinese residents who attended the groundbreaking ceremony.

Although he held a shovel at the ceremony, Vaernet has tried to be as hands off with the project as possible, passing most of the organizing to the supervisor and Public Works.

“I’m stepping back now, in the sense that I’m retiring, so we need to have people down here take ownership of [Sisterhood Farms],” Vaernet said.

Vaernet hopes that the farm will activate the neighborhood as community meeting space and provide a place to grow food in an area which has lacks access to a neighborhood grocery store.

“People on Arch Street say they don’t really feel welcome on Brotherhood Way, but once you develop it a bit it becomes a village meeting place,” Vaernet said

He added that he hopes the gardens will eventually spread all the way to the playground at Head Street.

The project will be funded by $150,000 allocated from the 2015-2016 budget and a $150,000 grant from the San Francisco Environment Fund.

After the groundbreaking, residents were invited to a planning event at the I.T. Bookman Center, one block north of the community gardens.

The planning session highlighted the next step in the community garden’s future—community construction and governance.

Public Works will first construct a concrete pathway flanked by several ADA accessible planter boxes and a stairway connecting Brotherhood Way to Ramsell Street. In June, the construction of additional planter boxes will be led by community members with assistance from city workers.

Links: Ingleside-Excelsior Light - Community Garden 'Sisterhood Farms' Breaks Ground in the Ocean View
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UE's History of Fighting for Women Workers Featured in Nationwide History Exam

UE - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 2:33pm
10 May, 2016

UE's history of fighting for equality for women workers is featured in a question on this year's Advanced Placement (AP) United States History Exam from The College Board. High school students across the country who score well on the AP exam can earn college course credit before they start college. 

The questions have now been publicly released. In the section "Document Based Questions," students answer questions citing historical documents provided to them. The first question is, "Explain the causes of the rise of a women’s rights movement in the period 1940–1975," and the documents provide include an excerpt from the 1952 pamphlet "UE Fights for Women Workers." 
That pamphlet was written by Betty Friedan, at the time a reporter for the UE News. In the 1960s she was a leading figure in the women's movement and the author of "The Feminine Mystique" (1963). 

You can read the UE quote on page 8 of the copy of the exam at the following link.

2016 AP U.S. History Exam

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SF Chronicle: The difference between progressives and moderates is ...

Chinese Progressive Association - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 6:02pm

Joe Garofoli

March 13, 2016

Sorting out progressives from moderates

If there is one place that can parse the distinction between progressives and moderates, it’s California — particularly the Bay Area. The Chronicle asked some left-leaning leaders to define the difference.

“Progressives work to make long-term change that lift up all parts of society, not just some. They push the edge of what is politically possible and fight for aspirational demands that fundamentally transform society. Moderates uphold the status quo and make short-sighted compromises that primarily benefit those already at the top, leaving many behind to fight for the crumbs.”

— Alex T. Tom, executive director of the Chinese Progressive Association

“Often, the term ‘moderate’ is simply a euphemism for corporate-funded Democrats whose positions on issues of economic security are in direct contrast to the ideals the Democratic Party has historically championed. It’s not ‘moderate’ to oppose working people’s efforts to lift themselves up through higher wages, joining unions or paid sick days.”

— Art Pulaski, executive secretary-treasurer of the 2.1 million member California Labor Federation

“The difference between a moderate and progressive Democrat is really a question of how fast that change should occur. Moderates may say, ‘Let’s push the utility companies for more clean energy.’ Progressives bypass the utilities and launch CleanPowerSF. Moderates fought for civil unions. Progressives started marrying people.”

— Supervisor London Breed, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors

“Progressives push, they lean forward. They want to be Capt. Kirks — take us to where no man or woman has gone before. You can want to take someone to where no one has gone before, but if you haven’t prepped for it, you’re in real trouble, because you may run into Klingons”

— U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Los Angeles, the fourth-highest-ranking Democrat in the House and member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, most of whom including him, support Clinton

“With the dominant shift of the Democratic Party into neoliberalism, there is a need for a term that invokes a distinctive vision. A liberal Democrat would push for deregulation of the private industry while cutting social programs, like (Jimmy) Carter or Bill Clinton. They both deregulated, while one cut housing and the other welfare. A progressive, like Franklin Roosevelt, regulated the stock market while ensuring all Americans were protected from severe destitution.”

— Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness

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Judge issues Temporary Restraining Order halting Texas agency’s effort to license family detention center as a childcare facility

NNIRR - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 7:32pm
Story Type:  Press Release Story Publisher:  Grassroots Leadership

(AUSTIN, Texas) — A judge in Austin today issued a Temporary Restraining Order preventing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services from implementing 40 TEX. ADMIN. CODE § 748.7 to issue a childcare license to the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.

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People's Convention success & victory in the movement to #FreeVictor!

VWC - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 5:21pm

This Saturday and Sunday, over 400 people gathered at Montpelier High School for the Vermont People’s Convention & Just Transition Assembly, discussing how to build a movement for people and the planet with the power to change what’s politically possible in Vermont. 

It was a packed weekend, with activities ranging from screenprinting, to strategizing, to socializing over excellent food thanks to WoodBelly Pizza and the People’s Kitchen. Some highlights included an energizing opening on the history of the “Just Transition” framework, a people of color caucus, discussions between frontline state service providers and people receiving services, and weekend-long activities for young people and children. (Huge shout-out to the childcare providers!)

Click here to view photos from the People’s Convention.

On Sunday, May 1st, we held a May Day rally and march calling for the release of Victor Diaz, a dairy farmworker and Migrant Justice leader who’s been detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) since April 21st, when he was arrested by plainclothes agents at a Mexican cultural event in Stowe.

Thanks to our collective efforts, and the 2000+ people who signed a petition calling on ICE to halt Victor’s deportation, this afternoon Migrant Justice announced that Victor will be released on bail and returned to Vermont!

While this is a huge step forward, we still need your support in pressuring ICE to drop its deportation case against Victor.  Can you click here to sign the petition today?

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Join Us to Celebrate CAAAV’s 30th Anniversary

CAAAV - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 6:01pm

For the past 30 years, CAAAV has been building power in low-income pan-Asian communities from organizing South Asian taxi drivers, Filipina domestic workers, Southeast families for social service access, tenants for responsible community development, and for police accountability.

On Wednesday, May 25, we will be hosting our fundraising gala, themed “The People Build the Place, the People Build the Power.” Join us for a festive night of awards, food, performances, and community.


Where: 1199SEIU (310 W 43rd St, New York, New York 10036)
When: Doors Open at 5:30PM, Program Starts at 6:30PM

Introducing our #CAAAV30A Gala Honorees:

Our Leaders Zhi Qin Zheng and Nayrin Muhith

Our Allies Picture the Homeless

& 30 Years of Women Who Built CAAAV

We look forward to celebrating with you while we reflect on our 30 years of rich history and move towards 30 more.

Click here to buy your ticket and click here to invite your friends on facebook.

Have any questions about the event? Contact justice@caaav.org. See you on the 25th!

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