News this week:
U.S. Troops will be deployed in Iraqfor 15 months instead of 12, starting now with the troops already there.Our government once more tried to make the blame Iran for arming militants
in Iraq – this time claiming Iran, a predominantly Shia nation, is arming Sunni
Here are a bunch of actions and events in the coming weeks and months, check them out and get involved, speak out and stand up for peace and justice! [Kurt Vonnegut would’ve wanted you to]
The Coalition of Immakolee Workers and the Student Farmworker Alliance had a great victory this week when McDonald’s agreed to demand more farmworkers’ rights from their suppliers just in advance of a huge mobilization at McDonald’s Headquarters this weekend. If you’re near Chicago this weekend check out the actions on the 13th & 14th.
Step It Up – National Day of Climate Action – Saturday the 14th!
Actions around the country, find one near you at http://stepitup2007.org/
San Francisco – April 21st: California Youth Antiwar Activist Conference at City
To end the war and occupation, we must coordinate our actions and consistently come together to strategize about what’s worked, what hasn’t, and how we’re going to achieve our goals. That is why we, student activists from throughout California, call on you to join us at an independent California Youth Antiwar Activist Conference
The purpose of the Conference is clear: We aim to create a network of antiwar youth that can facilitate actions and communication on a statewide level. The conference isn’t about telling you what to do, pressuring you to join any organization, or asking you to sit in workshops for hours, but to analyze where we’ve been, and strategize for where we’re going. We hope that the first of our future actions can be democratically decided at this conference.
DC – April 21st: Think Outside the Bomb Conference – American University
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, in conjunction with AU’s Nuclear Studies Institute and Americans for Informed Democracy. Learn about nuclear weapons today and what you can do to think outside the bomb.
Students at the University of Maryland Baltimore County Solidarity Coalition students want you to join them as they fast and sit-out for peace during this week of action. A number of schools have already joined their call will you? For more info and to check them out: www.umbcsoco.org/wiki/HungryForPeace
May Day [May 1st] Support Immigrant Workers – no one is illegal!
The 2ndAnnual Nation Student Writing Contest, deadline May 31st
They’re looking for original, thoughtful, provocative student voices to discuss ‘what is the most important issue for young people in the 2008 presidential campaign.’ Essays should not exceed 800 words and should be original, unpublished work that demonstrates clear thinking and superior quality of expression and craftsmanship.They’ll select five finalists (including at least one high-schooler) and one winner, who will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a Nation subscription. The winning essay will be published in the magazine and featured on our website. The five finalists will be awarded $200 each and Nation subscriptions, and their entries will bepublished at TheNation.com. The contest is open to students at US high schools and to undergraduates at US colleges and universities. Entries (only one per student) will be accepted through May 31. A winner will be announced by September 4. Please send entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chicago – United for Peace and Justice National Assembly, June 22-24th
save the date, for more info see www.UnitedforPeace.org
Atlanta – U.S. Social Forum, June 27-July 1st
The USSF will provide space to build relationships, learn from each other’s experiences, share our analysis of the problems our communities face, and bring renewed insight and inspiration. It will help develop leadership and develop consciousness, vision, and strategy needed to realize another world. The USSF sends a message to other people’s movements around the world that there is an active movement in the US opposing US Policies at home and abroad. Let’s have a strong youth presence at the Social Forum, there will be workshops by SPAN, United Students Against Sweatshops, National Youth and Student Peace Coalition and many, many others!
DC – Summer of Resistance Action Camp July 19-29
Youth from around the world will come to DC to change US government policies to stop the war and climate change through direct democracy. This will be an Action CAMP. Training in political theatre, organizing, street speaking and then relentless work downtown confronting and cajoling the powers that be to LISTEN TO YOUTH perspectives. Cost is $395. Scholarships available.
So it goes.