Over 4,000,000 Iraqi people displaced as a result of the war, is the largest number of refugees worldwide after Palestine. Between Iraq and Afghanistan, there are 1.6 million U.S. troops (young people) fighting the Bush Administration's "wars on terror," all subject to PTSD, maiming, and death. Join SALSA for a critical examination of what has happened since the 30,000-troop surge in Iraq just over a year ago with Phyllis Bennis and Farrah Hassen of the Institute for Policy Studies. Their talk will be preceded by a screening of the award-winning news program Democracy Now! hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez.
At the end of January over 100,000 people gathered on the edge of the Amazon rainforest for the 9th World Social Forum. Participants spent a week imaging a new world rising out of the ashes of today’s economic, ecological, and cultural crises.
Please join DC-based friends and colleagues for a brown-bag conversation featuring short reflections on climate justice, indigenous rights, labor, financial crisis and environmental issues and proposals that emerged from the Forum. If you were at the World Social Forum, we invite you to share your experience, too. Bring your own lunch and join the discussion!
The Arab Spring continues - hopeful, dangerous, transformative all at the same time. Egypt's new government struggles to craft new governance and a new foreign policy, including new relations with the U.S., Palestine and Israel. Palestinian refugees channel the Arab Spring through their Nakba Day marches to Israel's borders to assert their international law-mandated right of return.
Join participate in a dialogue with Saul Landau, an internationally known scholar, author, commentator, and filmmaker on foreign and domestic policy issues. Landau is also an expert on Cuba issues and has traveled to the Island on countless occasions. He will discuss the cases of the Cuban 5, Alan Gross, and how each case as implicationts for teh other.
Join us for a film and panel discussion as a pre-event leading to Occupy The U.S. Justice Department on, April 24th, the birthday of Mumia Abu Jamal. Justice on Trial navigates the tempest of the Abu-Jamal trial by reviewing the known facts of the case. It demonstrates that the major violations in the Abu-Jamal case -- judicial bias, prosecutorial misconduct, racial discrimination in jury selection, police corruption and tampering with evidence to obtain a conviction-- are not special to this case.