The Wisconsin Struggle: The Next Phase

The Wisconsin Struggle: The Next Phase

Over the past year, a broad coalition of progressive forces came together in Wisconsin to build massive resistance to a conservative onslaught on worker rights and social programs. This movement has inspired millions across the country and the world. Please join leaders of this movement as they talk about lessons from the Wisconsin movement, and the next phase of the struggle.

Dedication of the Howard Zinn Room

Busboys and Poets is proud to name its newest event space in honor of esteemed historian, activist and educator, Dr. Howard Zinn. Dr. Zinn’s book “A People’s History of the United States” has become a staple in history and civics classes across the country. Join IPS and Busboys and Poets’ Hyattsville location will host a two part event to celebrate the formal dedication of its newest event space, the Howard “Zinn Room”.

Energy Finance: Perspectives from the Experts

Energy Finance: Perspectives from the Experts

With a global climate crisis fueled by rising greenhouse gas emissions on one hand and 1.6 billion people lacking access to electricity on the other the global community faces a serious quandary: How do we increase energy access while ensuring that our growing energy supply is clean and renewable? How can we structure a financing regime that meets both our environmental and social goals?

Benefit Concert with Simon Shaheen

Benefit Concert with Simon Shaheen

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is marking its 10th annual conference with a special benefit concert with world-renowned violinist and oud player, Simon Shaheen.

Labor Lessons Through the Lens of Liberia

Labor Lessons Through the Lens of Liberia

Attend this lunchtime briefing with Austin Natee, who heads the Firestone Agricultural Workers Union of Liberia (FAWUL). Under Austin’s leadership FAWUL has been fighting to end the abuse of child labor and advance the rights of the workers in Firestone’s operations in Liberia, West Africa. Earlier this year, FAWUL received the Iqbal Masih Award from the U.S. Department of Labor. The award was established by Congress to recognize the work of an individual, company, organization or national government to end the worst forms of child labor. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis said “This award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of the Firestone Agricultural Workers Union to combat the worst forms of child labor internationally.” Austin is here in the U.S. for the annual convention of the United Steelworkers which represents Firestone workers in the U.S. and has been working in solidarity with the workers in Liberia.

Brown Bag Discussion: The Arab Spring Missing From Headlines

Brown Bag Discussion: The Arab Spring Missing From Headlines

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.

The Attack on the Gaza Flotilla: One Year On

The Attack on the Gaza Flotilla: One Year On

This event will focus on the attack on the Gaza-bound Freedom Flotilla in May 2010 and the ongoing, illegal blockade of Gaza. We will hear from Professor Ahmet Dogan, the father of Furkan Dogan, an 18-year-old American citizen killed during the brutal attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, and from advocates who will discuss the current situation in Gaza and their efforts to get answers about U.S. knowledge of, and response to, the attack.

Economic Insecurity Continues and Communities Respond

Are you facing hard times or concerned about local and global “norms” of economic insecurity? Trends confirm the difficulties that lay ahead, yet deep, meaningful and hopeful communities of mutual aid and resilience are emerging.  Join us to learn more about these new groups in Portland.

Solidarity in Hard Times

We shouldn’t have to face harsh economic realities all alone. Increasingly people are coming together in small groups known by various names: common security clubs, mutual aid groups, resilience circles, and unemployed support groups. Come learn about these new groups in Seattle

Brown Bag Discussion: Venezuelan Deputy Modesto Ruiz On Afro-Venezuelans

Brown Bag Discussion: Venezuelan Deputy Modesto Ruiz On Afro-Venezuelans

During the last decade, Afro-Venezuelan communities, historically marginalized and forgotten in Venezuela, have increasingly begun to organize themselves and effectively impact progressive policy measures. The Institute for Policy Studies’ Foreign Policy in Focus project invites you to a brown bag discussion with Venezuelan Deputy Modesto Ruiz Espinoza, President of the Subcommittee on Legislation, Participation, Warranties, Duties and Rights of African descendants in the Venezuelan National Assembly.

Africa and the Diaspora: The Role and Potential of Region 6

Africa and the Diaspora: The Role and Potential of Region 6

In 2008 (verify date) The African Union established “Region 6”. In addition to the 5 geographic regions of the continent, a 6th region would encompass Africans living outside the continent in the Diaspora.  The goal of “Region 6´ is to create a mutually beneficial link bridging the Diaspora and the African continent. 

Film: Not Just A Game; Power Politics and American Sports

Film: Not Just A Game; Power Politics and American Sports

Not Just A Game; People, Politics, and American Sports, the powerful new documentary based on Dave Zirin’s bestselling book A People’s History of Sports, argues that far from providing merely escapist entertainment, American sports have long need at the center of some of major political debates and struggles of our time. The result is as deeply moving as it is exhilarating: nothing less than an alternative history of political struggle in the United States as seen through the games its people have played.