Sunday, July 15, 2018

Abolish NATO

This is a statement from European members of the International Conference of Marxist - Leninist Parties and Organizations (ICMLPO, www.cipoml.net/ ): 

On the occasion of NATO’s summit, in Brussels, in July 2018 and of all the mobilisations that will be organized to denounce this war mongering military alliance, we say :

 
No to NATO
No to European war policy
International solidarity against reaction and the policy of war and austerity of imperialism
The 11th and 12th July, the representatives of 29 States, members of the biggest military coalition, led by US imperialism, will hold their annual meeting in NATO’s bunker, Brussels.
In continuing Obama’s program, but with his own provocative style, Trump has pressured his allies to raise their war budgets to 2% of the GNP and they all agreed. In all the NATO members states, the governments are increasing the budgets devoted to new weapons by tens of billions of Euros, crowns, liras, etc., at the expanse of the budgets for education, health, social demands. The militarisation of economies and States is developing rapidly.
The Nordic countries are more and more involved in the US, NATO and EU strategy of encircling Russia, transforming this strategic zone into a vast camp of training for thousands of soldiers, tanks, aircrafts and vessels, and of electronic spying, surveillance and guidance of missiles through satellites and huge radars.
At the same time, all the facilities are given to NATO troops and vehicles to travel all around the EU countries, under the leadership and control of a new ‘logistical” command centred in Ulm (Germany).
In the context of sharp crisis of the worldwide imperialist system, the contradictions between imperialist powers are increasing. Trump is destabilizing the existing imperialist “order” and its “multilateral” agencies, rules and treaties, in order to reinforce US hegemony. NATO is also impacted, even if the “common interest” between the US and the big imperialist powers in Europe against Russia are prevailing, as can be seen in the relationships between the EU and NATO.
Under the pressure of French and German imperialist powers, the EU is developing a “common policy of defence”, with several initiatives, such as PESCO, European fund for defence, etc. Billions of Euros are devoted to developing new weapons for the European market first and for getting a bigger share of the international market for weapons. The Middle East reactionary monarchies, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, etc. are “good” clients, no matter if their policy has nothing to do with the “democratic values of Europe”.
In fact, the ruling class in Europe tramples on these same “values” towards migrants who are trying to escape the wars waged by the same imperialist powers (in Africa, in the Middle East – and the misery that they provoke by plundering the wealth of these continents (oil, raw material, water, soil, etc.). The reinforcement of “Frontex” – a kind of European Police of borders goes along with the reinforcement of the collaboration with NATO in the Mediterranean Sea. The result: more difficulties and dangers for the migrants, constant police harassment, more drowning...
The militarization is presented by Macron and Merkel as one of the best way to promote a new step for European integration. This fact shows the reactionary nature of the EU. The big monopolies of the weapon industries, especially German and French ones, have contracts of billion of Euros, for years, which mean billions of sure profits. This is of course a matter of friction between the US and EU monopolies.
We support the growing people’s opposition to the policy of war, militarisation and against NATO and European war policy
The peoples’ opposition to this policy of war is developing on the local, national, regional and international level. We support them strongly in each of our countries and work to develop international solidarity and common work between all these movements, under the slogan: no to NATO, no to European War policy.
We support the opposition to raising the budgets of war, under the slogan:
Money for education, health and social demands; no money for bombs, no money for wars”.
We support the opposition to US and NATO bases, in the different countries where they are installed and demand the withdrawal of all the nuclear missiles and bombs in the air bases.
We stand clearly for the dissolution of NATO.
We extend this mobilization against the foreign military bases of the States that are members of NATO, especially, the French bases in Africa and against the military operations of the EU and European States in Africa, especially in Mali, in the Middle East, etc.
We continue to oppose the war against Syria, which is extending to the whole region and say “no” to any kind of war against Iran.
We support the struggle of the Palestinian people for its national rights and denounce strongly the policy of Israel, the war criminal Netanyahu and its international supporters: Israel is closely linked to the US and NATO and participates in many common military exercises.
We mobilize against the policy of “modernization of nuclear weapons”, promoted by US imperialism and also followed by France, UK, etc. and the evolution of the doctrine of employment as “first strike”.
We support the popular movement of opposition in the Nordic countries to militarisation and the transformation of this zone into a battlefield between the US, NATO and EU on one hand and Russia on the other hand.
We are convinced that the peoples’ movement can develop broadly, on clear anti-imperialist bases, that does not rally to one imperialism against another but seeks to develop the ties with peaceful, democratic, anti-war, internationalist, anti-imperialist, revolutionary movements all over the world.
We insist on involving the workers’ movement, the trade union movement, the women’s movement and the youth in this large front, against war, militarisation, for freedom and social progress.

The International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations, of Europe.
June 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018

A note on Durham Spark at 13 and a summer calendar

A note for the 13th anniversary of Durham Spark

My first post was June 6, 2005 ( durhamspark.blogspot.com/2005/06/about-this-blog-or-my-first-post.html ) and I'm proud to have kept this blog going for 13 years (a good prime number), though there are shortcomings; for example I wanted to have more original, journalistic content and detailed analysis, posts aren't very frequent, and I planned to post about this anniversary on June 6th.  The title probably needs clarification.  I was looking for a title along the lines of the Toledo Blade, Charleston Mercury, and Madisonville Meteor, but with an 'industrial' and 'political' quality, and settled on the Durham Spark.  It is hard to recall now, but I don't think I intended to emulate the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party's Iskra (Russian for spark), initially run by Lenin. 

Calendar:

More items will be added later on and some may be listed without full endorsement.

Plastic Free July challenges people to last a month without single-use plastic products:   www.plasticfreejuly.org/  Plastic is becoming common in the oceans, killing oceanic birds and even whales that ingest it.  It is predicted that plastic pollution will outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050.  Plastic litter is also common along roads and in popular parks around here.  I think the General Assembly repealed a ban on plastic bags on the Outer Banks a few years ago.      

June is NC LGBT Pride Month (  governor.nc.gov/news/governor-roy-cooper-proclaims-june-lgbt-pride-month

Chapel Hill Peace Vigil

Is 5 - 6pm on Fridays at the corner of East Franklin and Elliot streets (Village Plaza shopping center, near Whole Foods).


Upcoming library book sales


Friends of the Durham Library sales ( durhamcountylibrary.org/friends/ ):  August 4, September 15-16, October 27, and December 1-2. 

The next Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library book sales will be September 7-9 and December 7-9 ( friendschpl.org/wp/book-sales/ ).
 
Like the Durham libraries, Lee County libraries have ongoing booksales at the branches.

Elected Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was overthrown June 28, 2009, with the support of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Obama Administration.  This rightist coup contributed to the violence and poverty in Honduras, for example the assassination of environmentalist Berta Cáceres March 2, 2016, and the result is high levels of unauthorized immigration to the US ( www.soaw.org/border/ ).  If people in the US want to reduce undocumented immigration, a start would be to stop fomenting and abetting political and economic oppression in Latin America and elsewhere.      


The Stonewall Riots began June 28, 1969.  
 
US - Cuba Friendship Caravan event in Durham
 
The Pastors for Peace project will be at the Community Family Life and Recreation Center in Lyon Park (1309 Fayetteville Street) 3 - 5pm June 30th. 
 
Mexico will have a general election July 1st, and left populist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador seems likely to be elected president.    
 
The Battle of Gettysburg was July 1 - 3, 1863 in Pennsylvania, and was the Civil War battle with the most casualties, missing, wounded, or killed.  Together with the Federal victory at Vicksburg, Mississippi on July 4th it is seen as a major turning point.   
 
July 3, 1988 the USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air Flight 655 in Iranian airspace and while the ship was in Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, killing 290 civilians (66 children) from several countries.  The US government paid restitution, but refused to apologize and the captain and crew of the Vincennes received various awards.   

The 13 Colonies declared independence from the UK July 4, 1776, though the Revolutionary War/War for Independence had already begun, in 1775

There will be a July 4th celebration in Carrboro on the 4th, 10am - 3:30pm at the Town Hall, with tablers including the Triangle branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

Eno River Festival

This 39th edition of the annual celebration will be Wednesday, July 4th and Saturday July 7th at West Point on the Eno ( www.enofest.org/#welcome ).

Emma Goldman:  Dangerous Woman

Dr Sally Ann Drucker will discuss anarchist Emma Goldman's life (June 27, 1869 - May 14, 1940) and activism, July 7th at 2pm at Durham's Southwest Regional Library. 

July 12 is Día del Árbol (Day of the Tree), Mexico's version of Arbor Day (see Wikipedia and www.arborday.org/celebrate/world-dates.cfm ). 

The Storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution was July 15, 1789, and July 15th is an important holiday in France today.

"FIGHT FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS AND DEFEATING GAG RULE Join those concerned about civil rights outside Senator Thom Tillis's Raleigh office while Population Connection's Health Empowerment Rights meets inside with Senator Tillis's staff to demand an end to Trump's Global Gag Rule. RSVP and learn more on Facebook here [ www.facebook.com/events/844998915695374/ ]. 2:30- 3:30 p.m., Monday, July 16, 310 New Bern Avenue, Suite 122, corner of Person Street.  Amanda period murray at populationconnection period org]" [from the Chapel Hill activist calendar]

#NoPipelines #RiseTogether weeks of action July 16 - 31  ( www.nobayoubridge.global/risetogether )

Rally and Letter Delivery to Save Net Neutrality

It will be Thursday, July 19th at 12pm at 2741 Campus Walk Avenue, Durham 27705 and is part of a national day of action organized by Demand Progress.

Popular Resistance Classrooms Not Computers National Teach - In July 19 and December 28, 8 - 9:30pm EST  ( popularresistance.org )

The Energy Crisis Inside the Greek Debt Crisis

UNC anthropologist Sandy Smith - Nonini will discuss her recent fieldwork in Greece at Recyclique (2811 Hillsborough Road, Durham; communecos.org/ ) Friday, July 20th at 6:30pm.  There is a suggested donation of $5 dollars.  Parking is available behind the building or at the nearby Food Lion. 
 
National Moth Week is July 21 – 29 ( www.nationalmothweek.org/ ). 

The comment period on the US Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal to reduce the protected area for the endangered red wolf in eastern North Carolina ends July 30th ( www.fws.gov/southeast/faq/red-wolf-proposed-10j-rule-and-draft-environment-assessment-announcement/ ). 

Map Your Local News Ecosystem workshop

Saturday, July 21st at 1pm at Durham's Southwest Regional Library News Voices:  North Carolina Director Fiona Morgan will lead a discussion of the local media network, to help participants get more from the media. 

Frank Hyman talk

Durham political activist and writer Frank Hyman will give a talk titled:  "The Founding Fathers Wanted to Avoid a Tyranny of the Majority, but Instead We're Stuck with a Tyranny of the Minority," on the control of the Federal government by a party with a minority of support, enacting unpopular policies, and what can be done.  This will be July 21st at 10am at Durham's Southwest Regional Library. 

The Farmworker Organizing Committee (FLOC) seeks volunteer drivers

FLOC needs some help getting workers from nearby farms to meetings Sunday, July 22nd and Saturday, August 18th.  There is not a great need for drivers, but they could still use more volunteers and there will be future meetings. 

Peacebuilding in the Holy Land

This announcement was sent out on a few email lists:

 "Two speakers on Peacebuilding in the Holy Land, 11:30 July 22
 
Last fall, two NC graduate students traveled to Israel/Palestine in an Interfaith Peace Builders delegation.  This Sunday they will reflect on their journey and their research before and after.
Melissa Gamble, African American Duke Divinity Master’s Program student, will discuss 
“The Theology of Palestinian Liberation as it intersects with Black Liberation Theology."

Kylie Stephens, a student in the Peace and Conflict Resolution program at UNCG, will discuss 
“The Right of Return: Moving Beyond Perceptions and Toward Peacebuilding.”

Come hear from our visitors and join in the discussion, 11:30 a.m., upstairs in the Overlook Room! 
Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church, 304 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill 27514
 
Free Sunday parking is available in the Planetarium lot next to the church." 
 
First Annual Community Love Cookout

Witness for Peace Southeast is organizing this solidarity cookout to celebrate community organizers and share experiences.  It will be a Shelter #4 in Raleigh's Pullen Park (520 Ashe Avenue, Raleigh, 27606), Sunday, July 22nd 5 - 8pm

July 23, 2002 British officials met to discuss US Iraq policy, resulting in the Downing Street Minutes or Memo, which seems to say that a disingenuous case for war was being presented and bombing in preparation for war was already going on, among other revelations.  Several other documents illuminating the path to the war of aggression against Iraq were also leaked. 

The 2018 Gardener's Fair, organized by the Durham Garden Forum, will be Tuesday, July 24th, 6:30 - 8pm at Duke Gardens.  For more information, email durhamgardenforum at gmail period com. 

The 22nd annual International Seminar on Problems of the Revolution in Latin America, organized by the PCMLE and the JRE youth organization, will meet July 25 - 27th in Quito, Ecuador.

Build Relationships with Local Media

News Voices:  North Carolina Director Fiona Morgan will discuss how people can dialogue with journalists for better coverage, Thursday, July 26th at 6:30pm at Durham's East Regional Library.

Raleigh Fundraiser for FLOC

There will be a reading by author Sandra Cisneros at NCSU Thursday, August 2nd to benefit FLOC.  I don't have further details yet. [It will be in the Hunt Library Auditorium at NCSU, 1070 Partners Way, Raleigh, at 7pm.  The NC State Bookstore will sell books for signing after Cisneros' talk, benefitting FLOC.  For more information, call 919 513 3481.]   

Atomic bombs were dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki August 6th and 9th 1945, respectively. 

Fundraising Concert for the NC Farmworker Union, FLOC

Triangle Friends of Farmworkers and the National Farm Worker Ministry are organizing a fundraising event Tuesday, August 7th at 130 Hunt Street in Durham starting at 7:30pm (open at 7pm).  There will be a FLOC update and a concert by folk singer and composer Rod MacDonald.  Free parking is available at the Senior Center across the street.  For more information or tickets, contact daustin at mindspring period com.  Tickets are $20 dollars (negotiable, and larger amounts appreciated), and can  be sent to Dave Austin, 130 Hunt Street, Apt 407, Durham, North Carolina 27701.  To donate to FLOC directly, see:  www.cmwj.org/wordpress/

German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was born August 27, 1770 in Stuttgart, Germany; his works were an important influence in the later development of Marxism. 

Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice! national day of action September 8th.  An event is being planned in Raleigh, details TBA:   actionnetwork.org/events/rise-for-climate-action-raleigh?referrer=karen-bearden&source=direct_link

Mexico's Independence Day is September 16th, commemorating Miguel Hidalgo's Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores) in 1810.

Henrietta Boggs film showing

September 15th to October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month, and there will be a showing of First Lady of the Revolution:  A Southern Belle's Journey Through Love, Exile, and Revolution September 20th at 6:30pm in the Durham Arts Council's PSI Theatre (120 Morris Street).  Henrietta Boggs was born May 6, 1918 in South Carolina, was a debutante in Alabama, and married Costa Rican anti-communist liberal leader Jose Figueres Ferrer, though they divorced in 1954.  She moved back to the US, where she was employed by Costa Rica's UN delegation. 

The North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture report will be published September 26th. 

There will be a general election in NC November 6th (www.dconc.gov/home/showdocument?id=24338 ).     

School of the Americas Watch Border Encuentro 2018 will be November 16 - 18 at the southern border in Nogales Arizona/Sonora ( www.soaw.org/border/2018-encuentro/ ). 

The First International Conference Against US/NATO Military Bases will also be November 16 - 18, in Dublin, Ireland ( NoUSNATOBases.org ). 

Monday, June 18, 2018

New issue of Revolutionary Democracy released

A new issue of the English language Indian Marxist-Leninist journal Revolutionary Democracy (revolutionarydemocray.org) has been released.  To get a copy in the US, send $5 dollars to:

George Gruenthal
192 Claremont Ave., #5D
New York, NY 10027
USA
 
(contact him for shipping costs for other countries).   
 
In this issue:
 
On the Bicentenary of the Birth of Karl Marx
 
The BJP Government’s Last Budget: Slogans for Working People and Profits for the Rich, NTUI.
 
Privileging Growth, Undermining Rights, K.B. Saxena
 
Book Review: Indian Big Business in the Nehruvian Period, Bernard D’Melo

Book Review: Selected Writings of Clara Zetkin, Amna Hafeez Mobeen and Rabbia Aslam
 
The Jalandhar Auto Rickshaw Workers Strike, Amanpreet Singh, Raj Meha

Higher Education, ‘Autonomy’ and Social Justice: Keeping the ‘Poor’ Poor, Simin Akhter Naqvi 
Correspondence: Timir Basu, Zbigniew Wiktor and Prem Suwal

Book Review: B.R. Ambedkar, India and Communism, Introduction by Anand Teltumbde, Chaman Lal

Obituary: Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (1939-2018), Rafael Martinez
France: No to the Trivialization of French Military Interventions, PCOF

Tunisia: “What are we waiting for? A new campaign to reject the austerity policies of the ruling coalition, Workers’ Party

Italy: The Political Crisis of the Bourgeoisie Deepens, Piattaforma Comunista
 
Bolivia: Evo Morales Opens the Doors to Fracking, Attacks Tariquia and Signs More Contracts with His Transnational ‘Partners’, Revolutionary Communist Party of Bolivia

Iran: Long live the raging movement of the people of Iran! The Party of Labour of Iran (Toufan)
 
Centenary of the Great October Socialist Revolution:
Role of Trade Unions in the October Revolution, Padam Kumar

From the October Revolution to the Construction of Socialism in One Country, Bikram Mohan

The 1917 Russian Revolution and its Impact on International Law, S. Anandha Krishna Raj

What About the International Revolution? Criticism of Stefan Engel’s “Dawn of the International Socialist Revolution” and the MLPD’s Positions, Diethard Möller
 
The Stalin Works: How We Do It, Sergey Rychenkov

Regarding the 1964 Programme Document of the CPI (M), Parimal Dasgupa
 
The Secret Mission of A.I. Mikoyan to China II, (January-February 1949), A. Ledovsky
 
Letter to Comrade Togliatti, J.V. Stalin. Preface by The Editorial Board of “Teoria e Prassi”

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Unity & Struggle issue 36 available

A new issue of Unity and Struggle, publication of the International Conference of Marxist - Leninist Parties and Organizations (ICMLPO, www.cipoml.net/) is out, available in the USA for $5 dollars sent here:

George Gruenthal
192 Claremont Ave., #5D
New York, NY 10027
 
Contact George for the shipping cost to other countries.  
 
In this issue:
 
Bolivia
The Semi-Bonapartism of Evo Morales
Revolutionary Communist Party – PCR
Brazil
Military Intervention in Rio de Janeiro Increases
Violence and Illegal Drug Trade
Revolutionary Communist Party – PCR
Burkina Faso
Popular Struggles Are Developing in Our Country!
Revolutionary Communist Party of Volta (PCRV)
Colombia
Something Smells Rotten
Communist Party of Colombia (Marxist-Leninist) – PCC(ML)
Denmark
The Working Class and Labour Aristocracy
in Denmark Today
Workers' Communist Party of Denmark – APK
Dominican Republic
A Necessary and Militantly Rigorous Question:
Reform or Revolution?
Communist Party of Labor – PCT
Ecuador                                                                              
The Popular Referendum of February 4: The People Win,
the Popular Organizations and the Left Advance
Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Ecuador – PCMLE
Germany
One Hundred Years of the November Revolution in Germany
Organization for the Construction of the Workers’ Communist Party of Germany
India
From the October Revolution to the Construction of
Socialism in One Country
Revolutionary Democracy
Italy
The Rise of Bourgeois Nationalism and the Tasks
of the Revolutionary Proletariat
Communist Platform – for the Communist Party of the Proletariat of Italy
Ivory Coast
The Ivory Coast Is Heading towards Chaos
Revolutionary Communist Party of the Ivory Coast
Mexico
Mexico: The Working Class and the Peoples Face
New Challenges
Communist Party of Mexico (Marxist-Leninist)
Morocco
The Forms and Content of the Militancy of the Masses,
the Class and Their Links
Democratic Way
Peru
Without a Communist Party and an Organized People,
There Is No Revolution
Peruvian Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist)
Spain
The Pedagogical Ideas of Marx
Communist Party of Spain (M-L) PCE(ML)
Tunisia
An Approach to the Unity of the Left, or Reflections
on a Big "Left" Party
Workers’ Party of Tunisia – PTT
Turkey
The Structuralist Class Analysis of Poulantzas –
A Theoretical Critique
Party of Labour (EMEP) – Turkey
Venezuela
The Venezuelan People Are Resisting and Fighting
Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Venezuela – PCMLV

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Some early summer events and anniversaries

More items will be added and some may be listed without full endorsement.   

Workers' Memorial Day

The NC AFL-CIO is sending emails asking the NC Commissioner of Labor / NC Department of Labor to attend the Workers' Memorial Day commemoration next year (it was marked April 27th this year). 

May is National Bike Month.    

June is NC LGBT Pride Month (  governor.nc.gov/news/governor-roy-cooper-proclaims-june-lgbt-pride-month ) 

Chapel Hill Peace Vigil

It is now on the DST schedule, 5 - 6pm on Fridays at the corner of East Franklin and Elliot streets (Village Plaza shopping center, near Whole Foods).


2018 library book sales


The huge Wake County Public Libraries book sale will be May 3-6 at the Expo Center at the State Fairgrounds (www.wakegov.com/libraries/events/Pages/booksale.aspx  ).

Amazingly, FODL has already announced its book sales for the year, and there are many (maybe a lot of library books are being retired in recent years):  April 28, June 9-10, August 4, September 15-16, October 27, and December 1-2.  There will be a flash sale of adult and young adult fiction books May 18th 4 - 7pm at the usual location at Books Among Friends at Northgate Mall.   

The next Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library book sales will be September 7-9 and December 7-9 ( friendschpl.org/wp/book-sales/ ).
 
Like the Durham libraries, Lee County libraries have ongoing booksales at the branches.
 
International Workers' Day / May Day is May 1st, a Tuesday this year. 

Durham May Day march

The Durham Workers' Assembly is organizing a rally and march.  There will be an opening rally at 6pm at the Durham Police Headquarters (505 West Chapel Hill Street) and a march at 6:30 ending at 7pm in the Durham County Jail/DPAC area.  For more information, see:  www.facebook.com/events/1640701615984073/?active_tab=about 

Single - payer health insurance talks

Dr Ed Weisbart, MD, CPE, FAAFP, chair of the Missouri branch of Physicians for a National Health Plan and formerly Chief Medical Officer of Express Scripts, will offer a conservative economic arguments, such as reduction of the national debt and improving the health care market, for single-payer health insurance in Chapel Hill and Durham in early May:

Thursday, May 3rd at the United Church of Chapel Hill (1321 MLK Boulevard) at 6:30pm.
Friday, May 4th at Epworth United Methodist Church (3002 Hope Valley Road, Durham) at 9:30am.
May 4th at the Duke University Hospital North Medical Auditorium (2301 Erwin Road) at 12pm.
May 4th at the Carolina Meadows Lecture Hall (100 Whippoorwill Lane, Chapel Hill) at 4pm.

For more information and livestreaming, see:   www.facebook.com/healthcareforallyall/

End Medical Neglect!  Protest to Kick CCS Out of Durham

The Inside - Outside Alliance is organizing a protest Friday, May 4th 6 - 7pm at the Durham County Jail (219 South Mangum Street) against Correct Care Solutions, the for-profit medical provider for Durham's prisoners.  For details, see:  www.facebook.com/events/165573414133903/

Karl Marx was born 200 years ago, May 5, 1818, in Trier, Germany.   

Marx at 200:  A birthday celebration and political discussion

The Durham Branch of the Workers World Party is hosting an event at 6pm on May 5th at Lions Park (516 Dennis Avenue, Raleigh).  There will be refreshments and childcare will be available.  For more information see:  www.facebook.com/events/347497955757909/

Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) commemorates the Mexican victory over invading French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 and has become an important Mexican-American holiday and is celebrated in several countries.  Mexico celebrates its independence day September 16th, marking events in 1810. 

Free Comic Book Day is also May 5th (www.freecomicbookday.com/  ). 

Children's Book Week is April 30th to May 6th (everychildareader.net/cbw/ ) . 

The annual Haw River Festival will be May 6th in Saxapahaw ( hawriver.org/events/upcoming-events/ ).

Primary elections in North Carolina will be Tuesday, May 8th.  Any runoffs will be June 26th or July 17th, and the general election will be November 6th (there is a schedule at:  www.dconc.gov/home/showdocument?id=24338 ).   

May 9th is Victory Day, marking the end of World War II in Europe.

Nancy MacLean speaking in Durham

Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains, will speak Wednesday, May 9th 2 - 4pm at Extraordinary Adventures in Chapel Hill (200 South Elliot Street).  This is a fundraiser for women's graduate scholarships offered by the Orange, Durham, and Chatham Counties Branch of the American Association of University Women.  For details see:  durhammag.com/event/aauw-scholarship-event-democracy-in-chains-with-dr-nancy-maclean-author/ 

VUSE boycott actions

There will be a picket by the YAYA, the youth wing of the National Farmworker Ministry (NFWM) Thursday, May 10th at the Circle K at 4100 Hillsborough Road in Raleigh ( www.facebook.com/events/840658282948249/ ).  10 YAYA members are coming from Florida to join this event and others. 

There will be a Triangle Friends of Farmworkers picket at the Circle K near the intersection of Highway 54 and Fayetteville Road in Durham Tuesday, May 14 5 - 5:45 pm ( www.facebook.com/trianglefriendsoffarmworkers/ ).

The NFWM is also organizing a picket at a Circle K in Greensboro (1550 West Lee Street) May 16th 5 - 6pm ( www.facebook.com/events/157742458397099/ ).

There will be a picket at the Circle K at the corner of Franklin and Estes streets in Chapel Hill, May 18th 5 - 5:45pm. 

People are being asked to sign the Farm Labor Organizing Committee's petition to 7-11, Couche Tard (Circle K and Kangaroo), and WAWA:  actionnetwork.org/petitions/until-reynolds-signs-an-agreement-with-floc-drop-vuse?source=direct_link&

Groups are asked to endorse the boycott by writing to the CEO of Reynolds American.

For more information see:  nfwm.org/boycott-reynolds-american-vuse/

National Public Gardens Day is May 11th, the Friday before Mother's Day weekend:  www.publicgardens.org/programs/national-public-gardens-day/about-national-public-gardens-day

International Migratory Bird Day is Saturday, May 12th. 

Nakba memorial / solidarity with Gaza rally

There will be a rally 2 - 4pm at the Peace and Justice Plaza (in front of the old post office on Franklin Street across from UNC) Saturday, May 12th, marking the dispossession of the native inhabitants of Palestine in 1948 and Israeli violence against the people of Gaza today.   

NCBG Spring Plant Sale and Festival

The NC Botanical Garden will hold its annual spring plant sale Saturday, May 12th, 3 - 7pm.  The Garden and nearby nurseries will sell native plants, and there will be live music, food trucks, educational events, and a raffle.  For more information, see:  ncbg.unc.edu/2018-events/

Resistance Rodeo 2018

This Durham People's Alliance event with many groups tabling will be at Durham Central Park May 12th 4 - 7pm.  The first Resistance Rodeo was last year.  For more information see www.durhampa.org/resistance_rodeo_2018 .

Mother's Day in the US is Sunday, May 13th and has pacifist and social welfare roots. 

I've heard that this is also the time to see the mountain laurels blooming at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, south of Hillsborough, across the Eno River, and probably elsewhere along the Eno (www.ncparks.gov/occoneechee-mountain-state-natural-area ).  The end of the ice ages left brown elfin butterflies stranded on Occoneechee, white pines at the White Pines Nature Preserve south of Pittsboro, and Eastern hemlocks at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve in Cary.  In many cases species that live on mountains are very at risk from climate change, because they can only retreat up, and at some point there may be nowhere else to go for cooler conditions.  Non-native pests also threaten the hemlocks. 

May 13, 1985 police surrounded the MOVE house in Philadelphia and a few hours later bombed it by helicopter.  In all, 11 members of MOVE, including 5 children, were killed, with 2 survivors (1 adult and 1 child), and around 61 houses in the neighborhood burned to the ground.

Poor People's Campaign:  A Call for Moral Revival May 13 - June 21 ( www.poorpeoplescampaign.org )

There will be a rally Monday, May 14th 2 - 4pm in Raleigh's Bicentennial Mall with the theme of Somebody's hurting our children:  child poverty, women, and people with disabilities

Nakba Day is May 15th, marking the dispossession of the native Palestinians in 1948 through violence, such as at Deir Yassin. 

Nahida Halaby Gordon, PhD, editor of the book Palestine is Our Home, will speak at Durham's First Presbyterian Church (305 East Main Street) Monday, May 14th at 12:30pm.  Feel free to bring lunch and there will be light dessert and beverages.  Organized by the Coalition for Peace with Justice (www.cpwj.org/).   

The last known sighting of a Costa Rican golden toad was May 15, 1989 and they are thought to be extinct.  The species was first described scientifically in 1966.  There is still debate about the cause, but this might be an early example of anthropogenic climate change killing a species.  Possibly the cause was a chytrid fungus epidemic, possibly assisted by climate change, and a major threat to frog species in many countries.          

The NC General Assembly reconvenes May 16th. 

NC Public Schools Day of Advocacy

There will be various events Wednesday, May 16th organized by the NC Association of Educators from 10am - 5pm in downtown Raleigh, including a Rally for Respect at 3pm at Bicentennial Plaza.  Several school systems have cancelled classes on the 16th.  For more information see:   www.facebook.com/events/1934619103516020/

Endangered Species Day is Friday, May 18th. 

Vietnamese revolutionary and statesman Ho Chi Minh was born May 19, 1890. 
 
The 9th annual Longleaf Festival will be May 19th at Harris Lake County Park in Wake County ( www.wakegov.com/parks/harrislake/Pages/Longleaf-Festival.aspx ). 

Palestinians Speak Justice tour

There will be talks on Palestinian Liberation Theology Sunday, May 20th 8am - 12:30pm at Durham's St Philips Episcopal Church (403 East Main Street).  The speakers are the executive director of the Friends of Sabeel North America, Tarek Abuata and Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, Jerusalem founder Rev Naim Ateek.  For more information see:  www.facebook.com/events/1815823395388396/

Balance and Accuracy in Journalism May meeting

The regular time and location have been changed, to hear from Palestinian liberation theologist Reverend Naim Ateek; from BAJ's email:

"The April 30 Democracy Now remembrance of Dr. James Cone
featured his articulation and founding of black liberation theology.
This powerful message emerged in the same decades as the theology of liberation
that swept Latin America.
 
By changing the time and place of our May program, we have 
the unusual opportunity to hear a talk by Anglican priest Naim Ateek,
founder of Sabeel, the Jerusalem based Palestinian liberation theology 
organization, whose book tour brings him to Chapel Hill on May 20.
 
    At 4PM Sunday May 20, in the Overlook Room of  
       Chapel of the Cross, 304 East Franklin St. 
                      Chapel Hill, NC 27514
               Balance & Accuracy in Journalism
                                    with 
               Friends of Sabeel North America
                                  presents
                       Rev. Dr. NAIM ATEEK 
       on PALESTINIAN LIBERATION THEOLOGY
 
Ateek’s book, A Palestinian Theology of Liberation: 
The Bible, Justice, and the Palestine-Israel Conflict, offers 
broad principles for achieving security, peace, and justice 
for all the peoples in Israel/Palestine.
Copies will be available for purchase at the talk.
 
The 5:15 service at Chapel of the Cross will feature
a sermon by Rev Ateek."  

Raising Wages NC Lobbying Day

There will a lobbying day to raise the minimum wage to $15 dollars an hour Tuesday, May 22nd starting at 10am at the General Assembly.  Participants will receive training and free transportation is available from Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, and Wilmington.  For more information see:  actionnetwork.org/events/raising-wages-nc-lobby-day?source=direct_link&referrer=group-north-carolina-afl-cio 

World Turtle Day is Wednesday, May 23rd ( www.tortoise.com/ ).

Memorial Day - Remembering Victims of War May 28 Chapel Hill Public Library 2 - 3:30pm

During the Tulsa Race Riot May 31 - June 1, 1921 in Oklahoma there was fighting on the ground and incendiaries were dropped from private aircraft. 

Naksa Day is June 5th.  According to Wikipedia it marks Palestinian losses after the 1967 war. 

Durham Spark went public June 6, 2005. 

The Israeli military tried to sink the USS Liberty in international waters bordering Egypt June 8, 1967, killing 34 and wounding 174. 

Durham Pollinator Garden Bike Tour  

Keep Durham Beautiful is organizing an 8 to 10 mile bike tour of pollinator gardens in Durham Saturday, June 9th from 10am to 2pm.  It will start at the Durham Bike Co-op and end at Honeygirl Meadery, and there will be rides back to the starting point.  There will be a mead tasting, refreshments, and goodies from Burt's Bees.  There is a fee, $10 dollars beforehand, or $15 on the 9th.  For more information see:  www.keepdurhambeautiful.org or www.facebook.com/events/2037953089813275/

The Korea Peace Network (www.koreapeacenetwork.org/) will lobby in Washington, DC June 11 - 12.

Kim Jong Un is scheduled to meet with Trump June 12th in Singapore. 

Ernesto (Che) Guevara was born June 14, 1928 in Rosario, Argentina, but became famous for his role in the ongoing Cuban Revolution, and also fought in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Bolivia, and traveled to many other countries.

Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to go into space, on June 16, 1963, piloting Vostok 6 and spending about three days in orbit.  According to Wikipedia, with this mission, Tereshkova logged more time in space than the entire US astronaut corps at the time. 

Bulgarian communist Georgi Dimitrov was born June 18, 1882 and was a general secretary of the Comintern and prime minister of Bulgaria.  Among other things, he is famous for his definition of fascism and advocating popular fronts against the fascists. 

National Pollinator Week is June 18 – 24 ( www.pollinator.org/pollinator-week ).

The summer solstice is June 21st. 

The Korean War officially began June 25, 1950, but fighting was already going on between revolutionary and counterrevolutionary forces, for example the Jeju Uprising officially began April 3, 1948. 

The Stonewall Riots began June 28, 1969.  

The Battle of Gettysburg was July 1 - 3, 1863 in Pennsylvania, and was the Civil War battle with the most casualties, missing, wounded, or killed.  Together with the Federal victory at Vicksburg, Mississippi on July 4th it is seen as a major turning point.    

July 3, 1988 the USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air Flight 655 in Iranian airspace and while the ship was in Iranian territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, killing 290 civilians (66 children) from several countries.  The US government paid restitution, but refused to apologize and the captain and crew of the Vincennes received various awards.   

Eno River Festival

This 39th edition of the annual celebration will be Wednesday, July 4th and Saturday July 7th at West Point on the Eno ( www.enofest.org/#welcome ).  

July 12 is Día del Árbol (Day of the Tree), Mexico's version of Arbor Day (see Wikipedia and www.arborday.org/celebrate/world-dates.cfm ). 
 
National Moth Week is July 21 – 29 ( www.nationalmothweek.org/ ). 
Atomic bombs were dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki August 6th and 9th 1945, respectively. 
 

Chapel Hill activist calendar: 

"Some Triangle Peace and Justice Events May 16 to 28, 2018
(Events listed in chronological order except for recurring ones posted at end)

TEACHER RALLY IN RALEIGH WEDNESDAY MAY 16   Many NC school systems (Carrboro-Carrboro City Schools, Orange, Durham, Wake) have confirmed they will take a day off during protest, led by  N.C. Association of Educators (NCAE). NCAE President Mark Jewell notes a precipitous decline in school funding since the recession.  Teacher pay has also been a focal point of NCAE; raises approved by lawmakers in recent years lifted North Carolina’s teacher pay ranking from near bottom to an estimated 37th this year, trailing national by $10,000.
 
HELP NATIONWIDE BOYCOTT OF RJ REYNOLDS’ E-CIGARETTE  Chapel Hill joins 45-minute monthly rallies at same Circle-Ks, suppliers of VUSE, to get RJR’s attention to negotiate with Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) to end abuses and human rights violations in its supply chain. Demand Circle-K take VUSE off its shelves.  5 - 5:45 p.m., Friday, May 18, Circle K convenience store, corner of East Franklin Street and Estes Drive. Contact  919-918-7713.
 
PALESTINIAN LIBERATION THEOLOGY  Anglican priest Naim Ateek, founder of  Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, a Christian liberation theology organization based in Jerusalem. A partner of Presbyterian Church USA, Sabeel has Friends of Sabeel chapters in many countries. Copies of Ateek’s book, A Palestinian Theology of Liberation , available.  4 p.m., Sunday, May 20, Overlook Room, Chapel of the Cross, 304 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. Sponsored by Balance & Accuracy in Journalism  with  Friends of Sabeel North America.  919-542-2139.
 
THE DEEP STATE HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT Screening of former GOP congressional analyst Mike Lofgren's talking to Bill Moyers about America's " Deep State,"  in which elected and unelected figures collude to serve powerful vested interests, followed by discussion.1:15 p.m., Monday, May 21 , Carol Woods Assembly Hall, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill. Forum for Peace and Justice, [judybellin at gmail period com].
 
JUSTICE ON JONES STREET LOBBYING & ADVOCACY DAY,  MAY 22  UU Justice Ministry of NC's 1st annual day at NC General Assembly calls us to let legislators hear UUs on issues such as voting rights, public education, gun violence, health care, environment.  9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 22, First Baptist Church, 101 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh. Learn about legislative process, how to talk with legislators, issues that may be considered; then lobby.  Please register: https://tinyurl.com/JonJ2018. [info at uuforwardtogether period org], 919-249-7939. 

RECLAIMING THE RULE OF LAW:  NC COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON TORTURE NCCIT executive director Catherine Read and board member Christina Cowger review CIA torture program and North Carolina's role in facilitating that program.  Then they focus on North Carolina Commission of Inquiry on Torture: genesis, goals, accomplishments, plans, and how public can participate. Video testimony from survivors. Q&A follows. 7 p.m., Thursday, May 24, Beth Meyer Synagogue, 504 Newton Road, Raleigh. 919-637-7678. 
 
ONGOING WAR ON IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES Memorial Day commemoration for victims of war featuring Rev. Issac S. Villegas, Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship in North Carolina. Memorial Day proclamations from offices of Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle and Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger. Readings, Music, and Poetry emphasizing costs of human displacement and casualties. Songs for Peace and Justice by Raging Grannies. 2 – 3:30 p.m., Monday, May 28, Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. Orange County Peace Coalition, 919-929-3316. 
 
UNC STUDENT FIGHT AGAINST  WHITE  SUPREMACY
 Effort  to educate public about Silent Sam statue and build support to remove it. Submit comments to NC Historical Commission Monuments Study Committee: www.ncdcr.gov/comment-relocation-monuments. Join Women’s International  League  for Peace and Freedom—Triangle Branch to vigil and distribute information about history of  Silent Sam’s presence on  UNC campus.  Noon to 2 p.m., Wednesdays, Silent  Sam, East Franklin Street by Pettigrew Hall.  Community contact: [ekkeel2me at gmail period com]  or 252-944-7474.
 
MORE WAYS TO ASSIST SENDING BOOKS TO NC PRISONERS Prison Books Collective‘s volunteer workdays packing free books remain 1 to 4 p. m, Sundays, 4312 Etta Rd, Durham, when books may be donated. Donate money online or mail. Directions and information: https://prisonbooks.info/, [prisonbooks at gmail period com]."


Some additions:

POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN: A NATIONAL CALL FOR MORAL REVIVAL Join publicized, non-violent direct action, over 6 weeks  from May 13 to  June 23 to force a serious national examination of enmeshed evils of systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation, and war economy.  Theme for Week 5: Everybody's Got a Right to LIve:  Education, Living Wage Jobs, Income, Housing.  2-3:30 p.m., Monday, June 11. Bicentennial Plaza (between Jones and Edenton Streets, Raleigh. Info: northcarolina [at] poorpeoplescampaign [period org]. Take signs.
HELP NATIONWIDE BOYCOTT OF RJ REYNOLDS’ E-CIGARETTE  Raleigh joins 45-minute monthly rallies at same Circle-Ks, suppliers of VUSE, to get RJR’s attention to negotiate with Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) to end abuses and human rights violations in its supply chain. Demand Circle-K take VUSE off its shelves.  5:30- 6:15 p.m., Tuesday, June 12, Circle K convenience store, 4100 Western Blvd, Raleigh. National Farm Worker Ministry.  Contact  salan [at] nfwm [period org].

POOR PEOPLE’S CAMPAIGN: A NATIONAL CALL FOR MORAL REVIVAL Join publicized, non-violent direct action, over 6 weeks  from May 13 to  June 23 to force a serious national examination of enmeshed evils of systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation, and war economy.  Theme for Week 6: A New and Unsettling Force: Confronting the Distorted Moral Narrative. 2-3:30 p.m., Monday, June 18. Bicentennial Plaza (between Jones and Edenton Streets, Raleigh. Info: northcarolina [at] poorpeoplescampaign [period org]. Take signs.

 
HELP NATIONWIDE BOYCOTT OF RJ REYNOLDS’ E-CIGARETTE  Chapel Hill joins 45-minute monthly rallies at same Circle-Ks, suppliers of VUSE, to get RJR’s attention to negotiate with Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) to end abuses and human rights violations in its supply chain. Demand Circle-K take VUSE off its shelves.  5 - 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, Circle K convenience store, corner of East Franklin Street and Estes Drive. Contact: 919-918-7713.
HELP NATIONWIDE BOYCOTT OF RJ REYNOLDS’ E-CIGARETTE  Durham joins 45-minute monthly rallies at same Circle-Ks, suppliers of VUSE, to get RJR’s attention to negotiate with Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) to end abuses and human rights violations in its supply chain. Demand Circle-K take VUSE off its shelves.  5 - 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, June 28, Circle K convenience store, 106 East NC 54, corner of 54 and Fayetteville Street, just north of I-40 exit to Fayetteville Street. Contact: daustin [at] mindspring."