Saturday, June 10, 2017

Unity and Struggle journal marks hundredth annversary of the October Revolution 1917-2017

Unity and Struggle issue #34, focusing on the 1917 Great October Socialist Revolution's 100th anniversary, is out.  Unity and Struggle is a publication of the International Conference of Marxist-Leninist Parties and Organizations, which has member parties in the Americas, Africa, Europe, and Asia, and comes out in English, Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, Portuguese, and German.  To order a copy in the US, send $5 dollars in check, money order, or cash to George Gruenthal at:

192 Claremont Ave., #5D
New York, NY 10027
 
The price covers shipping in the USA, so contact him for the price if you are outside of the US.  He also sells copies of the Indian communist journal Revolutionary Democracy, which has a new issue out now as well.   
 
The table of contents (this issue in English is 220 pages):
 
Brazil
The Red Army and the Soviet People Saved Humanity from Nazism
Revolutionary Communist Party – PCR
Burkina Faso
The October Revolution: Its Teachings on the Question of Nations and Nationalities
Revolutionary Communist Party of Volta – PCRV
Denmark
Denmark and the Nordic countries: The rise and fall of the dream of peace and socialism without a revolution
Workers’ Communist Party of Denmark – APK
 
Dominican Republic
Hundredth Anniversary of the October Revolution: The Experience of the Soviets
Communist Party of Labor – PCT
 
Ecuador
The October Revolution and the Revolutionary Party of the Proletariat
Marxist-Leninist Communist Party of Ecuador – PCMLE
 
France
The Conditions of the Revolutionary Crisis in Russia and the Struggle against the Opportunist Currents
Workers' Communist Party of France – PCOF
Germany
The October Revolution and its Influence on the German Workers’ Movement
Organization for the Construction of the Workers’ Communist Party of Germany
 
Greece
October Revolution – Confirmation of the Leninist Theory of the Proletarian Revolution
Movement for the Reorganisation of the Communist Party of Greece 1918-55
 
India
The October Revolution and Education (1917-1932)
Revolutionary Democracy
 
Iran
The October Revolution and  the Victory of Leninism
Its Effects on the International Communist Movement and the Communist Movement in Iran
Party of Labor (Toufan)
 
Italy
Red October and the founding of the Communist International
Communist Platform – for the Communist Party of the Proletariat of Italy
 
Mexico
The Mexican Revolution of 1910-17 and the Great Socialist Revolution of October 1917
Communist Party of Mexico (Marxist-Leninist) – PCM(ML)
Norway
Alexandra Kollontai and the Bolshevik Influence on the Norwegian Labour Movement in the Period of the October Revolution
Revolusyon
 
Peru
The Alliance of the Working Class, the Poor and Middle Peasantry in the October Revolution and the Building of Socialism
Peruvian Communist Party (Marxist-Leninist) – PCP(ML)
 
Spain
Stalin and the Revolution
Communist Party of Spain (Marxist-Leninist) – PCE(ML)

Tunisia
The Role of Women in the Great October Revolution
Workers’ Party of Tunisia – PTT
Turkey
Culture and Revolution
Party of Labour (EMEP)

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Some June events and anniversaries

More events will probably be added later and events may be listed for interest rather than with complete endorsement. 

Student Action with Farmworkers 25th anniversary

Student Action with Farmworkers, based in Durham, was organized in 1992 and is hosting anniversary exhibits and events throughout NC and in Washington, DC this year.  There will be an exhibit at FLOC's office in Dudley May 26th to December 31st.  There will be an event August 5th 6-9:30pm at the Power Plant in Durham's American Tobacco complex.  Duke's Center for Documentary Studies will host an exhibit June 22nd to November 11th, with a reception September 10th 2-4pm.  For details, see:  saf-unite.org/content/saf-2017-exhibits-events


NC NAACP and Forward Together Movement press conference June 8th at NCCU

From their press release:
"North Carolina NAACP & Forward Together Moral Movement to hold a News Conference to discuss recent voting rights victories at the North Carolina Central University Law School.
 
In the past few weeks, the United States Supreme Court has handed down four straight voting rights victories for the NC NAACP, Forward Together Moral Movement, and the Fusion Electorate of North Carolina, affirming that the laws of our land will not tolerate the improper racial motives and discriminatory impacts of the voter suppression tactics employed by the Berger-Tillis-Moore extremist leadership of the North Carolina General Assembly.

'These egregious injuries to the efforts of the NAACP and its co-plaintiffs to eliminate racial discrimination from the voting rolls and practices of North Carolina call for tough, well-crafted remedies. For over 7 years we have had an unconstitutionally constituted legislature passing unconstitutional laws. It’s time for this to stop,' said Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, President of NC NAACP and Convener of the Forward Together Moral Movement. The NC NAACP, allies, and their lawyers will hold a press conference to discuss the recent Supreme Court victories and lay out next steps and issue demands.
WHO: NC NAACP & Forward Together Moral Movement
WHAT: News Conference to discuss recent Supreme Court voting rights victories
WHEN: Thursday June 8th, 2017 at 10:00 am
WHERE: Great Hall at North Carolina Central School of Law
640 Nelson Street, Durham, NC
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED


Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II
http://www.naacpnc.org/
North Carolina NAACP · PO Box 335, Durham, NC 27702, United States
 
World Oceans Day

This annual day for increasing awareness about the oceans and keeping them healthy will be June 8th (see:  www.worldoceansday.org/ ).    

50th anniversary of Israel's attack on the USS Liberty

The Israeli air force and navy attacked the USS Liberty in international waters off Egypt, killing 34 and injuring 171, during the 1967 war, on June 8th. 

Ajamu Baraka, former Green Party VP candidate, speaking in Durham June 9th

From the NC Green Party:

"Ajamu Baraka—the Green Party 2016 vice presidential nominee, human rights activist, and national organizer of Black Alliance for Peace—will be speaking 6-8pm this Friday, June 9, at the Vault in Durham (1104 Broad St.). NCGP co-chair Tony Ndege will open the talk for Mr. Baraka. We'll wrap up with a Q&A.

This event is free and open to the public. Donations to the NCGP are encouraged at our Donate Page.
Baraka's talk will kick off the NCGP's Spring Gathering, our statewide meeting of NCGP members and allied people, which is slated for the next day (Saturday, June 10) at the Seedbed in nearby Mebane, North Carolina. Friday evening, immediately following Baraka's talk in Durham, the NCGP is holding a potluck dinner, also at the Seedbed venue in Mebane—more details below on that. (Directions from the Vault in Durham to the Seedbed in Mebane.) To sign up to contribute to the potluck the evening of Friday, June 9, in Mebane at the Seedbed, contact Jan Martell at ninth.st (at) frontier (dot com) or (919) 286-2056.
Subject of the talk: Baraka will address the urgent need for an independent party of the left to challenge the right and provide a true progressive electoral alternative, accountable to its voters and membership base, which is something the mainstream corporate-funded parties have repeatedly failed to do. The 2016 elections revealed more than ever the deep crisis that the United States and humanity are facing, which has been decades in the making. It's become clear that the institutional levers of political and social power that are being offered to Americans as the only way to express their demands and grievances are under the complete corporate control. More and more people are realizing that the parties and organizations that serve the oligarchy, in an age when a handful of people own a majority of the global wealth, are incapable of being reformed. The only way forward is to build our own institutions and political organizations of alternative power, overturning the present system and forging a path toward a global society that puts people, planet, and peace over profit. The time to build that people power is now."

To RSVP, see ncgreenparty.nationbuilder.com/ and go to events and the Facebook event page is at:  www.facebook.com/events/268622460267509/ 

NC Green Party Spring Gathering June 10th

The NCGP's 17th Spring Gathering will be Saturday, June 10th 9am-4:30pm at the Seedbed in Mebane (just inside Alamance County, west of Hillsborough), and non-members are welcome.  For details, see ncgreenparty.nationbuilder.com/spring_gathering_2017 or www.facebook.com/events/433699956990372/ 

From the NCGP:  "In the aftermath of the 2016 elections, we meet in a time of awakening among US citizens. The stark reality of the failure of the two-party system is on display for the world to see, and the need for alternative political views has never been as widely recognized as now. The Green Party is bustling—we're building locally and statewide and are uniquely positioned to challenge the status quo parties in North Carolina and across the country. Come to celebrate, join, and plan with us to move North Carolina toward a lasting social and economic system that respects humanity, abhors war, and understands our fundamental relationship to the natural word in which we all live."

Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad!

The United National Antiwar Coalition ( www.unacpeace.org/home.html ) will have a national conference, Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad:  Building a Movement Against War, Injustice and Repression!, June 16-18 and the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia (403 North 3rd Street).  The webpage is at:  www.unacconference2017.org/p/registration-form.html, and there is a Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/events/1208020632638814/?notif_t=plan_user_joined&notif_id=1485905602475965 

National Pollinator Week - June 19-25th 

National Pollinator Week was established by Congress a decade ago, but is now an international week to promote awareness of the vital role of the animals that pollinate wildflowers and our crops, some in decline.  For more information, see www.pollinator.org/pollinatorweek/ .  Durham's first Pollinator Garden Tour, with 13 participating community gardens, will be Saturday, June 24th ( keepdurhambeautiful.org/our-events/durhampollinatorgardentour/ ) .  There will also be local events in Chapel Hill and Oxford. 

The City of Durham became an official Bee City June 6th, pledging to take steps to conserve honey bee and native bee populations, and pollinators in general ( keepdurhambeautiful.org/programs/durhambeecityusa/ ).

Earlier this year the rusty patched bumblebee was listed as endangered, the first time a bee has received this attention in the continental US.  It was once found across the Eastern US and upper Midwest, but has vanished from 87% of its historic range just since the late 90's, and other pollinators are also slowly disappearing, such as the regal spangled fritillary butterfly, at least historically found in northwestern North Carolina, and the related diana.  The petition to list it was submitted by the Xerces Society (xerces.org/2017/01/10/rusty-patched-bumble-bee-protected-as-an-endangered-species/ ), named for the Xerces blue butterfly, the final nail in its coffin being the expansion of a military base in California during WWII, apparently now parkland. 

Northstar Compass' final print edition content deadline June 30th

The Northstar Compass Signature Edition is coming out in October for the 100th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, and that will be the final paper edition, but the magazine, which covers communist organizing and news in the ex-Soviet states and other left news, mainly in Eastern Europe, including many photos, along with some articles on theory and Slavic culture, will continue online at:  sovietcompass.today/ and will post news from the International Council for Friendship and Solidarity with the Soviet People (of which US Friends of the Soviet People is a part).  Content for the final issue is due by June 30th, but preferably before then, and can be sent to sovietcompass at [gmail dot com] (also copy to bwz [at] [bell dot net]) or by mail to:
 
Northstar Compass
280 Queen Street West 2nd floor [I'm not sure that "2nd floor" is unnecessary]
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5V 2A1    

They are specifically looking for short inspirational personal anecdotes about the many achievements of Soviet socialism and greetings to the Friendship House in Canada or the new online effort.  They are also looking for articles for the October issue and ideas for the website. 

38th Annual Festival for the Eno

The Eno River Association's annual Festival will be July 1st-4th at West Point on the Eno in Durham.  For details and tickets see:   www.enofest.org/

July 4th celebrations

WILPF will table at Carrboro's event, Tuesday, July 4th 10am-4pm, I assume at the Town Hall. 

Local elections coming up

People can register to run for office in the City of Durham July 7-21st, for the elections October 10th and November 7th this year.  The Durham Board of Elections website is: dconc.gov/government/departments-a-e/board-of-elections and the State Board is at:  www.ncsbe.gov/ 

Election results are on at State Board's website and they are broken up by precinct Durham's website; in Durham County 535 (0.34%) write-in votes were registered for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, while there were 2000 (1.28%) miscellaneous write-ins, and Libertarian Gary Johnson got 3,999 (2.56%) votes. 

Witness for Peace Southeast seeking donations for youth delegation to Nicaragua

"Dear Friends and Supporters of Witness for Peace Southeast, 

I’m writing to ask your support to meet my goal of raising $2,000 for youth scholarships for our annual Fair Trade Youth Delegation to Nicaragua!
This delegation will take place from July 3rd to July 12, 2017, 
and includes 15 participants, including 3 sponsored by Movement of Youth (http://movementofyouth.org/), 1 from a Catholic Worker community (http://www.catholicworker.org/), and 4 Latinx teens from Greensboro, NC. 
 
The youth delegation was first organized by Witness for Peace Southeast co-founder Gail Phares in 1991, and they have educated hundreds of young people about the impacts 
of our government’s foreign policy and trade agreements.
 
Here are some of the activities of the delegation:

·      Learn about Nicaragua’s history, politics, and economics, and how that is connected with US foreign policy. 

·      Understand the impact of trade agreements such as the Central American Free Trade Agreement
Continue reading, including requests from youth who want to go this year, 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Check out the Spring 2017 issue of Revolutionary Democracy

A new issue of the communist journal Revolutionary Democracy, published twice a year in India (in English), but covering issues from around the world, has been published.  The publisher describes it as "a theoretical and political journal," mainly covering "problems facing the communist movement, particularly relating to Russia, China and India, the origins of modern revisionism, the restoration of capitalism in the USSR and developments in the international communist movement." The contents are below.  Ordering from the US distributor below costs $6 dollars (contact the distributor for the cost if ordering from outside the US), sent by check (made out to George Gruenthal), money order, or cash to:

George Gruenthal
192 Claremont Ave., #5D
New York, New York 10027

Revolutionary Democracy is available at some bookstores around the world, and I am looking for a local distributor.  I posted about the spring 2016 issue here.
 
  REVOLUTIONARY DEMOCRACY
Vol. XXII, No. 2
Contents
 
April, 2017
 
Release all Maruti-Suzuki Workers Now! NTUI........................ 3
Demonetisation in the Largest Democracy, N.K. Bhattacharyya.......... 6
Two Budgets, Differing Contexts, but a Single Thrust, Fiscal Consolidation and Reduction in Social Development, Part 1, K.B.Saxena.......................................................... 16
Chant of the Masked People, Nirmalangshu Mukherji.......... 34
Kashmir: When Ignorance Begets Tragedy and Farce, Gautam Navlakha.................... 45
Bharat Bandh: Most Successful General Strike Ever Despite Detentions............................. 53
Drought 2014-15, Jaya Mehta................................................ 55
Whither War of Aggression, Malem Ningthouja.................... 62
The Dream of Being in the Donbass, Sergei Golovchenko.. 66
Syria: Party of Labour of Iran (Toufan) Interview................. 80
Turkey: Step by Step Moving Towards a Dictatorship, EMEP...... 86
Modern Social Reformism and the KKE, EMEP................... 90
NUMSA and the Crisis in South Africa Today..................... 111
The Secret Mission of A.I. Mikoyan to China (January-February 1949), A. Ledovsky..... 120
Concerning the Situation in Japan, (January 8, 1950), J.V Stalin......................... 146
For the Motherland! For Stalin! From the history of political protests in the USSR, Lavrentiy Gurdzhiyev.................. 152
Report on 22nd Party of the CPSU (April 1962), Jagjit Singh Lyallpuri, Promode Das Gupta.................. 167
The Peasantry and Industrialisation in the Soviet Union and People’s China, Vijay Singh.......... 178
Trotskyism’s Latest Sortie (1932), L. Kasharsky.................. 183
Obituaries: Fidel Castro (1926-2016), ICMLPO.................. 227
Yevgeny Ya. Dzhugashvili (1936-2016), Lavrentiy Gurdzhiev.. 229
Elya Kerimova, (1952-2015), Proletarskaya gazeta...................
Against Formalism and ‘Leftist’ Ugliness in Art, Komsomolskaya Pravda.......
Ho Chi Minh on the Song ‘Mount Stalin’....................................

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Some events and anniversaries coming up May - July

Check for additional events added later on and note that events may be listed for interest rather than with complete endorsement. 

751 South under construction

I got confirmation that the project is being built, and I am looking into the details.  I might have missed media coverage, but there seemed to be little or no reporting in April.  The public should know what the current plan is and whether the promised jobs, etc. are actually produced.  Some groups I spoke with may monitor water quality, but the lower New Hope Creek/northern Jordan Lake area is kind of remote, so violations might not be noticed unless people actively check for them, though a plume of silt will probably be easy to see by boat or airplane this summer. 

Two anti-war petitions

Peace activist David Swanson is going to Russia this week and is taking peace messages from the American people - to add your own, see:  act.rootsaction.org/blastContent.jsp

There is a petition calling for negotiations with the DPRK at:  act.rootsaction.org/blastContent.jsp
It is framed as being about Trump, but aggressive hostility to the DPRK is bipartisan, though there are fears that Trump doesn't care or is oblivious to the dangers of using military force in Korea.  On the other hand Trump provokes an international crisis every few days or weeks, and it is possible the administration is aiming for negotiations rather than war.  In a recent Congressional vote on more sanctions against the DPRK it looked like the Democrats all voted for the bill, but one Republican voted against, whether for progressive or reactionary reasons.    

There is also a petition calling for the indictment of NC Representative Justin Burr for supporting vehicular terrorism with House Bill 330, which immunizes from civil liability drivers who run over people exercising their rights to assemble and protest:  www.credomobilize.com/petitions/indict-n-c-house-representative-justin-burr-for-inciting-terrorism  To read the short text of the bill, search for HB 330 at www.ncleg.net .  The bill does not apply "if the actions leading to the injury were willful or wanton," but that may be difficult to prove. 

NC Green Party asks for calls to legislators in support of democratizing ballot access

"Please call North Carolina state representatives NOW and ask them to support Senate Bill 656 to lower the ballot-access signature requirement in North Carolina from 94,211 petition signatures to 10,000 signatures!

What's Happening

A bill to lower the signature requirement for parties to qualify for the ballot may soon be heard in the NC House Elections and Ethics Law Committee. Senate Bill 656, the Voter Freedom Act of 2017, passed the NC State Senate unanimously in April. It would lower the signature requirement for a new political party to qualify for the ballot from 94,221 to 10,000 signatures. This bill would significantly lower the barrier for the North Carolina Green Party (NCGP) to get on the ballot! Had this bill been law in 2016, Stein/Baraka would've been on the NC ballot last November, as the NCGP gathered over 12,000 petition signatures for them.

The bill would also lower the signatures for an unaffiliated statewide candidate to a flat 5,000 signatures.

This is a big step forward for free, fair, and open elections in North Carolina. We need to do all we can to get this bill passed.

The bill also lowers the signature requirement for unaffiliated candidates running for district offices (General Assembly, Congress, etc.) and local offices from 4% to 3% of the qualified voters in the district.

Call to Action

EARLY THIS WEEK, we urge you to CALL the members of the NC House Elections and Ethics Law Committee (
listed here [ see www.ncleg.net ]) (spreadsheet here [ docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OrJY1eeK2ZNWubO24YrnEfVHJCENE-K3MzPIAGyAxmw/edit#gid=1671712310 ]). Simply urge them to support SB 656 and give it a hearing in the Elections and Ethics Law Committee. This is the first step in the process. If the bill is heard in committee, there’s a good chance it will pass the committee. And when that happens, we’ll be asking you to make another call, to your state representative, to urge them to vote YES on SB 656.

We recommend that you DO NOT mention that you support the Green Party when making your calls. Instead, simply say that you are a concerned North Carolina voter.

You can use some of the talking points below:

Why North Carolina Needs Ballot-Access Reform

  • No state has a higher signature requirement for new political parties to obtain access to the ballot than North Carolina does.
  • No state has a higher signature requirement for congressional candidates.
  • North Carolina required 10,000 or fewer signatures for more than 50 years (until 1983) with no administrative problems related to ballot access.
  • No state that requires as few as 5,000 signatures for access to the ballot has ever had more than eight candidates on the ballot for a statewide office, including North Carolina
  • 36 of the 50 states require 5,000 or fewer signatures for US Congress (15,000 fewer than North Carolina)
  • 36 of the 50 states require 10,000 or fewer signatures for statewide office (84,000 fewer than North Carolina)
  • 36 of the 50 states require 20,000 or fewer signatures to form a new political party (74,000 fewer than North Carolina)
  • All states require fewer signatures than North Carolina for a new political party and congressional candidates.
Other points
  • North Carolina’s election laws impose excessive and unreasonable requirements on new political parties and unaffiliated candidates far and above the standards in most states. It’s time for North Carolina to reduce these burdens.
  • If the state can arbitrarily exclude candidates from the ballot as it does now, the whole voting process is undermined.
  • The legislature is wrapping up its session and may adjourn in early June, so things may happen fast. The bill could be voted on in committee in one day and on the House floor the next, with little notice. Please make your calls today. This is the best chance we’ve had in many years for meaningful ballot-access reform in North Carolina.
Questions? Please e-mail us at vicechair@ncgreenparty.org. You can also sign and share our Demand for Equal Access to the Ballot to lower the signature requirement here: https://ncgreenparty.nationbuilder.com/opentheballot.

Solidarity!

Michael Trudeau
Vice Chair
vicechair@ncgreenparty.org
North Carolina Green Partyhttp://ncgreenparty.nationbuilder.com/ "


A letter on the proposal to eliminate NC's Office of Environmental Education:

"Greetings Environmental Educators, Advocates and Friends,
 
Imagine our state without the Office of Environmental Education. No state environmental education certification program. No email listserv to connect educators from mountains to sea. Far less progress in advocating for outdoor, ecological, environmental and experiential education in our state. 
 
If the office were to close, the over 700 candidates currently working on their NC Environmental Education Certification would be out of luck. Employers who rely on the distinction of this certification would no longer have this tool to aid in selecting applicants. The over 1,100 certified environmental educators who worked hard over years to complete the 200-hour certification would find their efforts invalidated by a certification the no longer exists.
 
Let's not let that happen. Our state's certification program is a source of great pride for those of us who have been a part of this program, and I'm willing to bet you or a close colleague are among those ranks. Dive deeper into the role the Office of EE serves in this state and you'll find essential services such as the grants and jobs listings, the listserv that you and 3,400 other rely on to share information across our state, the Discover River Basins program. involvement in crafting our state's environmental literacy plan, the list goes on.
 
Most recently, the good work of this office was spotlighted in an article by the National Science Teachers Association. Many of you may have attended or benefited from the collaboration highlighted between environmental educators and the Department of Public Instruction. 
The Office of Environmental Education needs your help this week. We need you to call, email and follow up on communications made to specific members of our State House of Representatives as well as State Senate. 
To recap, the State Senate passed a budget last week that eliminates the Office of EE and it's two positions. Here are the next steps as the State House creates a budget:
  1. The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources will choose what to fund for the Department of Environmental Quality, which includes the Office of EE. 
  2. From there the House Appropriations Committee will make final decisions on what to include in the budget. 
  3. The budget is then put to a House vote which may or may not include the same cut to the Office of EE that was in the Senate budget.
  4. Members of the House and Senate will convene to draft a budget that will be sent to the Governor.
If the House budget cuts the Office of EE as the Senate did, there's little chance we can save it. But, we've already heard that your efforts are making a difference and putting the importance of the Office of EE on the radar of our lawmakers. Now is the time to step it up if you've been writing. If you've silent, now is the time to act- while we still can.
 
I have attached a contact list of the individuals who we most need to contact. If you work or live in one of the districts of these individuals your voice will carry great weight. If you do not, your voice is still important. Tell your representatives how the loss of the Office of Environmental Education will impact your profession, those you serve, and you personally. Personal accounts will lead to the greatest impact. You may also consider including information from the attached Save the Office of EE Condensed Talking Points and Save the Office of EE Extended Talking Points.
Many of us are not comfortable making phone calls and emails such as these. Unfortunately, we don't have the luxury of sitting this one out. It's happening, and if you value your profession and the work we do NOW is the time to act.
 
Respectfully and Sincerely,
 
Jonathan Marchal
--
President,
Environmental Educators of North Carolina
NC Certified Environmental Educator"



Bike Month [and Backyard Wildlife Month]

May is Bike Month at the Durham County Library, with events throughout May and June.  See the front page of their website/Twitter and:  durhamcountylibrary.org/2016/04/dcl-holds-bike-rodeos-in-may-for-bike-month/

Wake County's Annual Book Sale and Festival of Reading

The sale, which sounds like the biggest annual book sale in the Triangle, will be May 4-7th; see:  www.wakegov.com/libraries/events/Pages/booksale.aspx

Student Action with Farmworkers 25th anniversary

Student Action with Farmworkers, based in Durham, was organized in 1992 and is hosting anniversary exhibits and events throughout NC and in Washington, DC this year.  An exhibit in Raleigh's Historic Oak View County Park is ongoing through May 7th.  The same exhibit will be at FLOC's office in Dudley May 26th to December 31st.  There will be an event August 5th 6-9:30pm at the Power Plant in Durham's American Tobacco complex.  Duke's Center for Documentary Studies will host an exhibit June 22nd to November 11th, with a reception September 10th 2-4pm.  For details, see:  saf-unite.org/content/saf-2017-exhibits-events

Victory Day 

May 9th commemorates the defeat of Germany in 1945, mainly in ex-Soviet and eastern European countries. 

Russian Revolution exhibit at UNC

I can't vouch for the content, but there is an exhibit, "A World on Fire in Flames of Blood:  Narratives of the Russian Revolution," marking the 100th anniversary, at UNC's Wilson Library until May 14th.  For more information, see:  blogs.lib.unc.edu/news/index.php/2017/01/russian-revolution-exhibition/ 

Climate Carnival

Abundance NC's Climate Carnival will be May 13th, 12-8pm at The Plant (220 Lomax Lane) in Pittsboro; for more information and tickets, see:  abundancenc.org/event/2017-climate-carnival/  Abundance NC promotes sustainability and adaption to the changing climate. 

Ritmo Latino

The NC Sierra Club's Capitol Group and probably others will table at Cary's 13th annual Ritmo Latino Festival, a celebration of Latino music, dance, and art at the Town Hall, Saturday, May 13th 12-6:30pm. 

US Mother's Day

This holiday on Sunday, May 14th has some peace and justice roots, though it is rarely noted now.  May 14th is also UNC's Spring Commencement and I've heard that the Eno River's mountain laurels usually bloom around then, so it is a good time to visit (though many spring wildflowers bloom in March and April as well).    

Anniversary of 1970 massacres and violence against US anti-war protesters

Protesters were killed May 15, 1970 at Jackson State, Mississippi and May 4th at Kent State, Ohio, and there was other violence that month, including the bayonetting of protesters at the University of New Mexico on May 8th and violence instigated by the AFL-CIO in New York the same day.   

Palestinian Hunger Strike Solidarity & Nakba Day Observance

Jewish Voice for Peace, Triangle-NC ( www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/ ) is organizing a protest at Durham's People's Plaza (near the bull statue) in solidarity with the ongoing hunger strike by Palestinians imprisoned by Israel and marking al-Nakba, the Catastrophe, May 15, 1948, when the Israeli government took over sovereignty of Palestine from the UK and proceeded to violently dispossess and expel much of the native Muslim and Christian Palestinian population.  According to JVP's protest flyer, more than 1500 prisoners have been on hunger strike since April 16th, demanding the restoration of visitation rights, phone access, better medical care, and an end to solitary confinement (something they share with prisoners in the US) and administrative detention, in which people are imprisoned for an arbitrary period without being charged or tried.  Since 1967, about 20% of Palestinians have seen the inside of an Israeli prison at some point in their life, and Israel currently imprisons about 6300 Palestinians for political reasons, of which 300 are children, about 56 women, and it is estimated that about 500 of these prisoners are in administrative detention, and 2 are children.  JVP recommends jewishvoiceforpeace.org/saluting-palestinian-prisoners-hunger-strike/ and nyti.ms/2pwmU47 for more information about the prisoner strike.  The Facebook page on the Durham protest is at:  www.facebook.com/events/1544127255607190/

A statement from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee:

Washington, DC | www.adc.org | May 15th, 2017 - Today, marks the 69th anniversary of the expulsion and dispossession of the Palestinian people from their homeland, the Nakba or Catastrophe, at the hands of Zionist paramilitaries. Over 400 Arab villages were depopulated and either razed or handed over to Jewish settlers, and over 700,000 Palestinians became refugees. From orange groves to libraries, Palestinian property was expropriated by the new state of Israel.  

The tragic event was midwifed by the erstwhile British Empire. Later this November, the Palestinian people will mark another sad anniversary: A century since British Foreign Secretary Lord Balfour penned a historic letter offering the blessing of His Majesty’s Government to the European Zionist movement to establish a Jewish state in Palestine. While Zionism, and Jewish colonial-settlers in Palestine, predate the November 1917 Balfour Declaration, the backing of the preeminent power of the day would forever alter the course of history.

The League of Nations Palestine Mandate awarded to Britain after WWI, however, explicitly stipulated that the sovereign power must establish representative government, but it would soon emerge that the British thought little of their obligation to respect Palestinian rights. In 1935, faced with growing Palestinian frustration, British colonial officers finally offered to establish a representative parliament, but this effort was obstructed by the pro-Zionist sympathies of the British House of Common, whose members believed that any expression of Palestinian self-determination would stand in the way of Zionism’s goal of a Jewish state in Palestine. As the eminent Palestinian historian Walid Khalidi has observed, the state that today boasts about its ostensibly status as the “only democracy in the Middle East” was only able to emerge through the denial of the democratic rights of the native Palestinian people.

And, so it was to be, that the Palestinians were to be continually ignored and subdued in the name of Zionism and the passions it stirred in the hearts of its Western patrons. “Zionism, be it right or wrong, good or bad,” Balfour wrote, “is rooted in age-long traditions, in present needs, in future hopes, of far profounder import than the desires and prejudices of the 700,000 Arabs who now inhabit that ancient land.” Moreover, his Declaration – which oddly but revealingly referred to Arabs, the vast majority in Palestine, as the “non-Jewish communities,” as if they were an adjunct to newly arrived Jewish immigrants – spoke of the “civil and religious rights” but never the political rights of the unnamed Palestinians.
Such a conspicuous disregard for the rights of one people because of an ideological (and, at times, religious) commitment to Zionism continues to reflect much of the world’s approach to Israel’s occupation of Palestine and unceasing denial of Palestinian rights.  

While Palestinians around the world remember the Nakba, Palestinian prisoners are on a hunger strike protesting their treatment by Israel, which systemically abuses jailed Palestinians, subjects many to periods of potentially indefinite “administrative detention” without charge, and coerces them to sign “confessions” that enables Israel’s military courts to score a 99% conviction rate. While many world leaders never tire of lecturing Palestinians to adopt peaceful measures of resistance, those same leaders are noticeable silent about the treatment of Palestinian prisoners and their form of peaceful struggle.

On this day, more than any other perhaps, Palestinians might be reminded about how little lofty words emanating from diplomats and foreign leaderships are worth. The Palestinians were promised self-determination only to see the Mandate end in the loss of their country, and the last several decades of a U.S.-brokered “peace process” has bequeathed more illegal Israeli settlers on Palestinian lands and a more entrenched military occupation. The Palestinian people, however, have never relied on the good graces of foreign powers. Today, joined by solidarity activists around the world, Palestinian civil society seeks renewed hope in the global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to hold Israeli accountable to international law and end a half-century of occupation. 

The international community still has a role to play, primarily the United States, and an obligation to the Palestinian people to finally secure their just rights. ADC will continue to advocate for the rights of the Palestinian people to freedom, justice, equality and self-determination.

Remember the Nakba by taking action to support human rights for Palestinians: 

  • The international community must hold Israel accountable for ongoing human rights violations and crimes committed against the Palestinian People, including forcible transfer, colonization and apartheid
  • The US Government and the International Community particularly the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to uphold and fulfill their obligations and responsibilities to provide humanitarian aid and assistance as well as protection to the Palestinian People
 
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Campaign:
 
You can also support Palestinian rights by participating in the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights. Click here to learn more about the BDS Campaign. [ bdsmovement.net/what-is-bds ]
 

UNC Board of Governors protest in Chapel Hill

The UNC BOG will meet in Chapel Hill (I assume at the UNC General Administrative building on Highway 54) either May 18th or 19th, and it is thought that the date is being kept vague to deter people from protesting against the proposal to prevent a UNC civil rights legal center from engaging in lawsuits.  The proposal is supposed to be discussed later in Asheville, but activists think it will really be decided at this Chapel Hill meeting.   

From the Durham County Library:

"SISTER CITIES: THE KAVALA - DURHAM CONNECTION
Sunday, May 21, 3 p.m.
North Regional
 
What does Durham, NC have to do with a 2,700 year-old city in Greece? The business that Washington Duke began on his small farm in 1865 grew into a world-wide industry that dominated life in Durham for most of the city’s history. In the 20th century, working for one of Durham’s tobacco companies might actually mean buying tobacco in Kavala, Greece. Come learn about Durham’s tobacco connection with its newest Sister City, Kavala, Greece.
 
Questions? Email jelevine [at dconc dot gov] or call 919-560-0268."
     
Longleaf Festival 2017

The 8th annual Longleaf Festival, celebrating the longleaf pine savanna that once covered much of eastern NC, vital for many species and once economically important for naval stores, will be May 20th, 11am-3pm at Wake County's Harris Lake County Park.  For more information, see:  www.wakegov.com/parks/harrislake/Pages/Longleaf-Festival.aspx

Dr Margaret Flowers talks about single payer in NC

Dr Flowers, a leading advocate nationally for universal single payer healthcare, as well as social and economic justice and peace, will speak about the urgent need for a movement for single payer healthcare this month in four cities across North Carolina, mostly sponsored by Healthcare for All and Healthcare Justice, affiliates of Physicians for a National Health Program.  From the NC Green Party: 

"CHARLOTTE - MAY 22 6:30PM - International House
RSVP:
https://ncgreenparty.nationbuilder.com/singlepayerhealthcare_charlotte_may2017
NCGP Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/309117179524130/

ASHEVILLE - MAY 23 6:00 PM (program starts 6:30)
Pack Memorial Library
RSVP:
https://ncgreenparty.nationbuilder.com/flowers_tour_2017_asheville
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1865140197069542/

GREENSBORO - MAY 24 7PM
Elliott University Center, UNCG - Alexander Room.
RSVP:
https://ncgreenparty.nationbuilder.com/flowers_tour_2017_greensboro
NCGP Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/824165391071168/

DURHAM - MAY 25 6:00 PM (program starts 6:30)
Stanford L. Warren Branch Library
RSVP: 
https://ncgreenparty.nationbuilder.com/flowers_tour_2017_durham
NCGP Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1349755721798271/

Dr. Margaret Flowers is a Baltimore-based pediatrician who practiced for 17 years. She served as congressional fellow for Physicians for a National Health Program in 2009-10. She is currently an adviser to the board. She is the co-director of Popular Resistance where she runs the Health Over Profit for Everyone campaign and she is on the leadership council of the Maryland Health Care is a Human Right campaign.Video Interviews:
w/ Chris Hedges - 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVHa_yS2aGk
w/ last year Dr. Jill Stein on The Real News Pt. 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQ9Ya76Erk4&t=865s "

World Turtle Day

World Turtle Day, May 23rd, is an annual event to increase awareness of turtles and tortoises, and was created by American Tortoise Rescue ( www.worldturtleday.org/ ).  Many turtles are unnecessarily killed on roads around here (and even turtles that look too injured to survive can recover if at least removed from the road, and if necessary taken to a wildlife rehabilitator, in part because they are cold-blooded and rugged animals), and it is possible that box turtles are in decline because of sprawl.  It might not be causing problems, but red-eared sliders, colorful aquatic turtles that used to be traded as pets, live in the Triangle and elsewhere in NC, but aren't native, while closely related yellow-bellied sliders are native.  On the coast there are issues with endangered species of sea turtle.   

This Changes Everything showing in Chapel Hill

This Changes Everything, a film by Avi Lewis and inspired and narrated by Naomi Klein's book, will be shown at Varsity Theatre on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill Tuesday, May 23rd at 7:30pm.  Tickets cost $11 dollars (see www.tugg.com/titles/this-changes-everything ).  This showing is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Non-Fiction Readers and the ECO Committee.     

Memorial Day Commemoration for Victims of War

The Orange County Peace Coalition is organizing this commemoration Monday, May 29th 2-3:30pm at the Chapel Hill Public Library.  Lori Khamala, Director of the American Friends Service Committee's Immigrants' Rights Program will be the keynote speaker. 

Orange County town hall meeting

WILPF and others are organizing a town hall-style meeting on a variety of issues with State Senator Valerie Foushee and State Representatives Verla Insko and Graig Meyer Saturday, June 3rd, 10am-noon at Carrboro's Century Center (100 North Greensboro Street). 

American Winter film showing in Durham

The Durham People's Alliance and the NC Justice Center are sponsoring a screening of the documentary American Winter, which follows eight families impacted by the deepest US economic crisis in the US since the 30's, at Motorco Music Hall (723 Rigsbee Avenue), Tuesday, June 4th at 7pm.  There is a $10 dollar suggested donation.  The doors open and there will be food trucks at 6:15pm and a brief panel discussion at 8:30.  For more information, see:  www.durhampa.org/_american_winter_film_screening    

June 5th is the UN's World Environment Day. 

World Oceans Day

This annual day for increasing awareness about the oceans and keeping them healthy will be June 8th (see:  www.worldoceansday.org/ ).    

50th anniversary of Israel's attack on the USS Liberty

The Israeli air force and navy attacked the USS Liberty in international waters off Egypt, killing 34 and injuring 171, during the 1967 war, on June 8th. 

Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad!

The United National Antiwar Coalition ( www.unacpeace.org/home.html ) will have a national conference, Stop the Wars at Home and Abroad:  Building a Movement Against War, Injustice and Repression!, June 16-18 and the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia (403 North 3rd Street).  The webpage is at:  www.unacconference2017.org/p/registration-form.html, and there is a Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/events/1208020632638814/?notif_t=plan_user_joined&notif_id=1485905602475965 

Northstar Compass' final print edition content deadline June 30th

The Northstar Compass Signature Edition is coming out in October for the 100th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, and that will be the final paper edition, but the magazine, which covers communist organizing and news in the ex-Soviet states and other left news, mainly in Eastern Europe, including many photos, along with some articles on theory and Slavic culture, will continue online at:  sovietcompass.today/ and will post news from the International Council for Friendship and Solidarity with the Soviet People (of which US Friends of the Soviet People is a part).  Content for the final issue is due by June 30th, but preferably before then, and can be sent to sovietcompass at [gmail dot com] (also copy to bwz [at] [bell dot net]) or by mail to:
 
Northstar Compass
280 Queen Street West 2nd floor [I'm not sure that "2nd floor" is unnecessary]
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5V 2A1    

They are specifically looking for short inspirational personal anecdotes about the many achievements of Soviet socialism and greetings to the Friendship House in Canada or the new online effort.  They are also looking for articles for the October issue and ideas for the website. 

38th Annual Festival for the Eno

The Eno River Association's annual Festival will be July 1st-4th at West Point on the Eno in Durham.  For details and tickets see:   www.enofest.org/

July 4th celebrations

WILPF will table at Carrboro's event, Tuesday, July 4th 10am-4pm, I assume at the Town Hall. 

Local elections coming up

People can register to run for office in the City of Durham July 7-21st, for the elections October 10th and November 7th this year.  The Durham Board of Elections website is: dconc.gov/government/departments-a-e/board-of-elections and the State Board is at:  www.ncsbe.gov/ 

Election results are on at State Board's website and they are broken up by precinct Durham's website; in Durham County 535 (0.34%) write-in votes were registered for Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, while there were 2000 (1.28%) miscellaneous write-ins, and Libertarian Gary Johnson got 3,999 (2.56%) votes. 

From an activist calendar in Chapel Hill:

"SLIDE SHOW OF NATIONAL FARM WORKER MINISTRY'S PROGRAMS Introduction to farmworker issues and support of their  organizing. Opportunities to help. 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 9,130 Hunt Street, Durham (park Senior Center across street). Triangle Friends of Farmworkers, Dave Austin, 919-433-6718.

ACT TO SUPPORT  UNC CENTER FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AND ITS MISSION  Center (www.law.unc.edu/centers/civilrights ) advances civil rights and social justice through education, fair housing, environmental justice, and community inclusion. UNC Board of Governors (BOG) now considers prohibiting Center from engaging in any advocacy or direct representation for equal justice. BOG’s vote will effectively shut down Center. Attend Public Hearing: 11 a. m., Thursday, May 11, Center for School Leadership Development, 140 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill; UNC BOG meeting: May 18-19, Center for School Leadership Development. Email BOG: public [at bog dot northcarolina dot edu] and UNC-CH Chancellor Carol Folt: chancellor [at unc dot edu]. Write letters to editor. 919-445-0190.

TRIANGLE TRASH – PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE  Speaker Blair Pollock, solid waste planner who initiated public recycling programs for Orange County beginning in 1987.  6:30 p. m., Friday, May 12, Recyclique, 2811 Hillsborough Road, Durham
(parking in Food Lion lot).  $ 5 suggested.  
http://communecos.org/.
 
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING  Film directed by Avi Lewis, inspired by Naomi Klein’s non-fictional bestseller, draws on nine countries, from which Klein makes case that from crisis of climate change, people can transform failed economic system into something radically better. 7:30 – 9:30 p. m., Tuesday, May 23, Varsity Theatre, 123 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. General admission $11.  https://www.tugg.com/events/this-changes-everything-czzb. Needed: 16 more to purchase online. Hosted by ECO Committee and UU Non-fiction Readers of Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist.
 
OPPORTUNITY TO HELP CHOOSING AND SHIPPING BOOKS TO NC PRISONERS. Join Prison Books Collective working at  Recyclique, 2811 Hillsborough Road, Durham. Volunteers meet Sundays at 1 - 4 pm to pack and mail books. http://prisonbooks.info/get-involved/volunteer/ . Contact: prisonbooks [at gmail dot com].

ONGOING VIGILS FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE
Raleigh: Stop the Arms Race and Build a Culture of Peace Vigil, 1st Wednesday of every month, Noon to 1 PM, Century Post Office on Fayetteville St (919-782-0667); Raleigh: End the death penalty (PFADP, AI-USA, NC-ACLU), 5 - 6 PM, Mondays, Central Prison, corner of Hunt Dr and Western Blvd (919-779-1912); Chapel Hill: 5-6 PM EDT [4:30 - 5:30 PM EST], Fridays, corner of Elliott Rd and East Franklin St; bring your sign(s) to show your concern or take one from collection (919-942-2535)."

A more recent calendar:

Some Triangle Peace and Justice Events May 18 - 30, 2017
 (Events listed in chronological order except for recurring events posted at end)
 
ACT TO SUPPORT  UNC CENTER FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AND ITS MISSION  Center (www.law.unc.edu/centers/ civilrights ) advances civil rights and social justice through education, fair housing, environmental justice, and community inclusion. UNC Board of Governors (BOG) now considers prohibiting Center from engaging in any advocacy or direct representation for equal justice. BOG’s vote will effectively shut down Center. Be present by 1 p. m., Thursday, May18, Center for School Leadership Development,140 Friday Center Drive, Chapel Hill, when Education Policy Committee of BOG meets to discuss proposal to shut down Center and/or midday Friday, May 19, for public comment period after full BOG meeting ends.  naacp5689 [at gmail dot com].
 
VANISHING OF THE BEES  Film on dilemma and potential solutions for endangered honey bees with commentary by Alice Hinman, director of Apiopolis, Raleigh’s Urban Bee Sanctuary. 6:30 p. m., Friday, May 19, Recyclique, 2811 Hillsborough Road, Durham (parking in Food Lion lot).  $ 5 suggested.  http://communecos.org/.   
THE CONFEDERATE FLAG: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT Teach-in featuring Karen Anderson, Executive Director, ACLU of NC; Alfred Brophy, UNC Law School Distinguished Professor; Ronda Bullock, Co-founder of we are: working to extend anti-racist education; Reginald Hildebrand, Emeritus Professor, UNC Department of History.  10 a.m. to Noon,, Saturday, May 20, Hargraves Community Center, 216 North Roberson Street, Chapel Hill.  Sponsored by Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP and NAACP Youth Council. naacp5689 [at gmail dot com].
 
WHERE TO INVADE NEXT  Screening and discussion of segments of Michael Moore's film on Tunisia, Iceland, and fall of Berlin  Wall. 1:15 p.m., Monday, May 22, Carol Woods’ Assembly Hall, 750 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill. Sponsored by Elders for Peace. judybellin [at gmail dot com].   
THE FIGHT FOR SINGLE-PAYER HEALTHCARE   Dr. Margaret Flowers, Baltimore-based pediatrician who served as congressional fellow for Physicians for a National Health Program in 2009-10,  and  currently is an adviser to the board.  She is co-director of Popular Resistance, where she runs Health Over Profit for Everyone campaign. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday, May 25, Stanford L. Warren Branch Library, 1201 Fayetteville Street, Durham.  Sponsored by North Carolina Green Party. Tony Ndege · cochair [at ncgreenparty dot org]. 
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING  Film directed by Avi Lewis, inspired by Naomi Klein’s non-fictional bestseller, draws on nine countries, from which Klein makes case that from crisis of climate change, people can transform failed economic system into something radically better. 7:30 – 9:30 p. m., Tuesday, May 23, Varsity Theatre, 123 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill. General admission $11.  https://www.tugg.com/events/ this-changes-everything-czzb. Hosted by ECO Committee and UU Non-fiction Readers of Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist. 919-818-8289.
IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES AS VICTIMS OF WAR  A Memorial Day commemoration with speaker Lori Khamala, Director, NC Immigrant Rights Program for American Friends Service Committee; proclamations from Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger and Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle; tribute to late peace activist John Heuer; readings; peace and justice songs by Raging Grannies. 2 to 3:30 p.m., Monday, May 29, Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive.  Sponsored by Orange County Peace Coalition. 919-929-3316, 919-419-1261.

JOIN QUARTERLY MEETING OF MOVEMENT TO END RACISM AND ISLAMOPHOBIA (MERI).  Hosted by Charles M. Jones Peace and Justice Committee of Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist. All welcome to get involved with work that MERI does (http://merinc.org/). 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, Straley Room, 106 Purefoy Road, corner of Mason Farm Road. Space may be limited so please contact Terri Brinton (tbrinton [at nc dot rr dot com] or 919-319-7512). 
OPPORTUNITY TO HELP CHOOSING AND SHIPPING BOOKS TO NC PRISONERS. Join Prison Books Collective working at  Recyclique, 2811 Hillsborough Road, Durham. Volunteers meet Sundays at 1 - 4 pm to pack and mail books. http://prisonbooks.info/get- involved/volunteer/ . Contact: prisonbooks [at gmail dot com].

ONGOING VIGILS FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE
Raleigh: Stop the Arms Race and Build a Culture of Peace Vigil, 1st Wednesday of every month, Noon to 1 PM, Century Post Office on Fayetteville St (919-782-0667); Raleigh: End the death penalty (PFADP, AI-USA, NC-ACLU), 5 - 6 PM, Mondays, Central Prison, corner of Hunt Dr and Western Blvd (919-779-1912); Chapel Hill: 5-6 PM EDT [4:30 - 5:30 PM EST], Fridays, corner of Elliott Rd and East Franklin St; bring your sign(s) to show your concern or take one from collection (919-942-2535)."


Witness for Peace Southeast seeking donations for youth delegation to Nicaragua

"Dear Friends and Supporters of Witness for Peace Southeast, 
I’m writing to ask your support to meet my goal of raising $2,000 for youth scholarships for our annual Fair Trade Youth Delegation to Nicaragua!
 
This delegation will take place from July 3rd to July 12, 2017, 
and includes 15 participants, including 3 sponsored by Movement of Youth (http://movementofyouth.org/), 1 from a Catholic Worker community (http://www.catholicworker.org/), and 4 Latinx teens from Greensboro, NC. 
 
The youth delegation was first organized by Witness for Peace Southeast co-founder Gail Phares in 1991, and they have educated hundreds of young people about the impacts 
of our government’s foreign policy and trade agreements.
 
Here are some of the activities of the delegation:

·      Learn about Nicaragua’s history, politics, and economics, and how that is connected with US foreign policy. 

·      Understand the impact of trade agreements such as the Central American Free Trade Agreement
Continue reading, including requests from youth who want to go this year,