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Film: ‘PLUNDER: The Crime of Our Time’

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

Danny Schechter (aka "The News Dissector") explores how the financial crisis was built on a foundation of criminal activity uncovering the connection between the collapse of the housing market and the economic catastrophe that followed.

Conference: Resist the Corporate Takeover of American Society

Church of the Reformation 212 E. Capitol St. NE, Washington, DC

The interfaith Network of Spiritual Progressives, Tikkun Magazine and conference chair Rabbi Michael Lerner are pleased to present a conference bringing together spiritual and secular progressives alike in the movement toward "The Caring Society;" a world based on peace, social justice, generosity, environmental sanity, and recognition that our well-being is tied to the well-being of everyone else on the planet.

Author Event: The Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind America’s Favorite Soft Drink

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

The Coke Machine takes readers deep inside the Coca-Cola Company and its international franchisees to reveal how they became the number one brand in the world, and just how far they'll go to stay there.
Ever since its "I'd like to teach the world to sing" commercials from the 1970s, Coca-Cola has billed itself as the world's beverage, uniting all colors and cultures in a mutual love of its caramel-sweet sugar water. The formula has worked incredibly well-making it one of the most profitable companies on the planet and "Coca-Cola" the world's second- most recognized word after "hello." However, as the company expands its reach into both domestic and foreign markets, an increasing number of the world's citizens are finding the taste of Coke more bitter than sweet.

Film: Wal-Mart; The High Cost of Low Price

Plymouth Congregational Church 5301 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC

Walmart has plans to establish four stores in DC by 2012. Notorious for threatening small businesses, causing the loss of more jobs, and bringing lower wage standards for all workers to communities, concerned District of Columbia citizens and social justice advocates are coming together to spread the news and resist the potentially disastrous implications for the District of Columbia.

51 Years Later: Fulfilling The Legacy of Patrice Lumumba

The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church 1313 New York Ave., NW , Washington, DC

January 17, 2012 is the 51st anniversary of the assassination of Patrice Lumumba by the United States and Belgium in cahoots with select Congolese elites. Congolese and friends of the Congo throughout the globe commemorate Lumumba's assassination each year to bring attention to the Congolese people's pursuit of freedom and liberation in the heart of Africa. Since  the assassination of Lumumba the foreign multi-national corporations of the 1% profit from the plundering of the Congo's abundant mineral resources and are complicit in the super-exploitation of Congolese labor. They are also the underlying engine of the violent conflict in the country. Join us for a day of demonstration, film screening and teach-in on the current crisis in the Congo and how you can join the global movement in support of self-determination in the heart of Africa.

Amazon Watch Spring Green-Bag Lunch Series

Center for International Environmental Law 1350 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC

Want to learn about how big corporations are taking Latin America to court? IPS Associate Fellow Manuel Pérez Rocha will address extractive corporations suing Latin American countries in International Tribunals at Amazon Watch's Spring 2012 "Green-Bag Lunch" Series in Washington, DC.

Brownbag: Pacific Rim Mining Company vs. El Salvador

Center for International Environmental Law 1350 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC

The Institute for Policy Studies joins the Center for International Environmental Law, and Oxfam to invite you to the D.C. community discussion on the amicus curiae brief in the Pac Rim Cayman LLC v. Republic of El Salvador case.