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Music, Messages, and the Movement

Southeast Neighborhood Library 403 7th Street SE, Washington, DC

Throughout every stage of the struggle for social change music has both fueled and united people and helped galvanize the movement. Marvin Gaye still keeps us asking “What’s going on?” James Brown helped teach people to be “Black and proud” and to "say it loud". Song has been a communal act of expression that sheds light on injustices from slavery, to the Jim Crow segregation of the Civil Rights and Black Power era, to social the inequalities of today, and it has also served as a creative release.

A Day of Action on Military Spending

Lafayette Park 16th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

People in more than 35 countries, as well as Columbus, Dallas, Kansas City and dozens of other cities throughout the United States will participate in the first Global Day of  Action on Military Spending. This global action will come one day after the release on April 11 of the 2010 figures for global military expenditures by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. In 2009, the world spent more than $1.5 trillion on the military.

Photogra-fundraiser Exhibit with Drew Kleibrink

IPS Conference Room 1301 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC

As natural calamities and man-made disasters are devastating human and animal-kind,  in the collection “Through the Lens,” Kleibrink uses abstractionist techniques to remind us that there is still much beauty and magic left in the world to inspire us into action. The Institute for Policy Studies opens its doors to the public for a spectacular photo exhibit and you are invited.

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Opening Exhibit and Reading

Gallery 31, The Corcoran Gallery of Art 500 17th St NW, Washington, DC

The Corcoran Gallery of Art presents 'Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here', a collection of 130 broadsides celebrating our collective cultural voice and representing the deaths and injuries of the March 2007 car bomb on al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad.

100 Thousand Poets for Change, DC: Poetry Walk of Shame

Outside the Embassy of Yemen 2319 Wyoming Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Join Split This Rock and Foreign Policy in Focus, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies, as we give voice to some of those poets for one day. We’ll take a short walk to the embassies of three countries -- Yemen, Burma,... and Turkmenistan -- where citizens have no right to free speech, where poets, writers, and other freedom lovers have been threatened, arrested, and murdered for their words and their activism.

IPS Holiday Party 2011

You're invited to what might be the best IPS holiday party ever! Join us at the 5th and K street Busboys & Poets for food, beverages, great music, our annual holiday skit, an auction and raffle of wonderful items, and a gathering of positive and progressive people.

Author Event: Harry Belafonte’s “My Song; A Memoir”

Busboys & Poets - 14th & V 2021 14th Street NW, Washington, DC

Join us for a lively discussion with American singer, songwriter, actor and social justice activist, Harry Belafonte to celebrate the publication of My Song; A Memoir! Mr. Belafonte is a multiple icon for: progressive activists, from civil rights to labor and anti-war and beyond.

Panel Discussion on Arts Funding in DC

Busboys & Poets - 14th & V 2021 14th Street NW, Washington, DC

DC government funding for the arts has declined over 65% from Fy09 to Fy12, and private funding is down as well. Join DCCAH director Lionell Thomas, Busboys and Poets founder Andy Shallal, Ward Two councilmember Jack Evans and for a panel discussion on Arts Funding in DC moderated by Robert Bettmann of the DC Advocates for the Arts.

Arts Advocacy Day

Wilson Building 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC

Help support the budget of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities by advocating for the Arts on Arts Advocacy Day. On this day, community leaders speak out about what the District needs for the arts to thrive locally.

Split This Rock Poetry Festival 2012

Various venues in U Street neighborhood Washington, DC

Split This Rock offers participants opportunities to speak out, make common cause, and explore the many ways poets are working for change through their writing, activism, and community work.

Portrait Unveiling of Marcus Raskin

Busboys & Poets - 14th & V 2021 14th Street NW, Washington, DC

Join us for the Unveiling of a Portrait of Marcus Raskin by Portrait Artist Robert Shetterly, who has finished this piece as part of his compelling series, "Americans who Tell the Truth.

Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins

Arena Stage - The Mead Center for American Theater 1101 Sixth Street SW, Washington, DC

The Institute for Policy Studies is proud to join CodePink and the Women's Media Center as co-sponsors of this Arena Stage performance by Kathleen Turner. Join us for a post-performance reception with Ms. Turner and Gloria Feldt.

IPS Holiday Party 2012

Come join us for the one and only "Triple Dozen" Holiday Party on 12-12-12 with the Institute for Policy Studies, as we close the year celebrating with our friends and supporters.

Split This Rock 5th Anniversary Gala

McLean Gardens Ballroom 3811 Porter Street, NW, Washington, DC

Join IPS, Split This Rock and Richard Blanco, poet of the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, for a mimosa brunch celebration.