Venezuela has designated the month of May, the same month as the historic African Liberation Day, as Afro-Venezuelan Month. Afro-Venezuelan communities have been historically marginalized and forgotten in Venezuela. However, the country’s Bolivarian Revolution has increasingly seen this sector of the population organize and effectively impact progressive policy measures. The Institute for Policy Studies’ Foreign Policy in Focus project and Cimarrones-Howard University invites you to a brown bag discussion with Roraima Yurimar Gutierrez Moreno and John Daniel Morocoima Gudino. Both will be speaking about Afro-Venezuelan culture, education and social movements in Venezuela, particularly among the country’s youth.
Photos of life in Lebanon’s Palestinian refugee camps by children aged five through 12 give a glimpse into their hopes amid tragic surroundings.
At this congressional briefing and screening view two four-minute compelling videos which chronicle how the filmmakers – and the people they interview – would spend the more than $1 trillion already spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The filmmakers will also offer brief introductions to their work and to life in their communities.
Split This Rock and the Institute for Policy Studies co-sponsor a poetry reading by Palestinian writer/filmmaker Hind Shoufani, modatered by E. Ethelbert Miller
Millennials aren’t taking to the streets as often as their predecessors, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t paying attention.
The progressively spectacular art of the renowned Beehive Collective is coming to DC to join forces with the powerful social justice poetry of Mark Nowak. The theme of this blend of sight and sound display will address the true cost of coal and how regular people are challenging its impact.
The Beehive Collective is appreciated internationally for its educational graphics campaigns, at a regional level for its stone mosaic murals and apprentice program, and locally for its dedication to the revitalization of the old Machias Valley Grange Hall, a landmark building in their small, rural town. The Hive has been going and growing since 2000, at full speed! Their most recent campaign is exposing the cost industry’s strip mining injustices in the Appalachia.
Mark Nowak, Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College, will read from his recent book, Coal Mountain Elementary. A singular, genre-defying treatise from one of America’s most innovative political poets, Coal Mountain Elementary remixes verbatim testimony from the surviving Sago, WV miners and rescue teams, the American Coal Foundation’s curriculum for schoolchildren, and newspaper accounts of mining disasters in China with photographs of Chinese miners taken by renowned photojournalist Ian Teh.
This event is cosponsored by Foreign Policy In Focus, Split this Rock, and SALSA. A suggested donation of $5 would be appreciated for the travel and lodging expenses of the Beehive Collective but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. You can register for the event here.
We all have a stake in building a more humane and just society—including young activists across the globe.
The Institute’s co-founder outlines his upcoming report, proposing a dialogue on nine essential themes for social reconstruction in the 21st Century.