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Will Parrish writes:

"Think Outside the Bomb" Conference
New York City, Nov. 4–5, 2006


From November 4–5, 2006, young people from throughout the Northeast will converge at PACE University to organize for a nuclear-free world.

The Think Outside the Bomb Conference is being sponsored by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Abolition 2000 NY Metro, with support from Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR) Metropolitan Area.


The conference will focus on nuclear disarmament, nuclear energy, and the hazards of the nuclear fuel cycle — as well as the connections between these issues.

Think Outside the Bomb Conference

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Jessica Thrift writes:

First-Ever Festival for Gender Equality
Brooklyn, NY, Ausust 27, 2006


Brooklyn to Host First-Ever Festival for Gender Equality!
Connect! Create! Educate!
(August 27, 2006 * 11am – 4pm)

In a world where boys are still made fun of for wanting to jump double-dutch and girls are still kicked off the basketball courts because they might “break a nail” while playing, Girls for Gender Equity is proud to organize the first New York City Festival for Gender Equality on August 27th 11am – 4pm. Open to all New Yorkers, it will be held at Von King Park in Brooklyn, NY and feature entertainment by musicians, spoken word artists, and theater performers; workshops and other fun activities for children and adults; free food and giveaways; and appearances from local politicians. Over 50 community organizations will participate including Brooklyn Children's Museum, Forest Hills Community House, Global Action Project, Loisaida, New York Police Department, Planned Parenthood, Schomburg Center, Street Harassment Project, and Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls.

The Gender Equality Festival is a free public event for education, networking, resource sharing, community interaction, arts and recreation. Workshops on a wide variety of topics – responding to street harassment, media literacy, HIV/AIDS, communicating with your child, youth leadership, yoga, health care access, democratic education and more – will be offered throughout the day to children and adults. The Grand Street Campus girls’ soccer team will lead a mother-daughter soccer clinic, where girls and their sisters, mothers, cousins, friends, aunts and grandmothers are all invited to learn basic skills and then show them off in a short game.

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ABC No Rio CELEBRATION - Friday July 21

To all ABC No Rio supporters and patrons; past &
present volunteers and participating artists,
activists, musicians, performers, poets, and writers;
neighbors and fellow-travellers:

On June 29 we at long last acquired title to our
building at 156 Rivington Street!!!

We couldn't have done it without you!!!

Please join us for an Open House and Celebratory
Gathering to mark this momentous occasion!!!

FRIDAY JULY 21

8:00pm to midnight-ish

(drink cheap beer, eat free snacks, listen to tunes
and testimonials, grin wildly while hanging-out with
your favorite ABC No Rio characters as they tell you
"believe it - it's true!")

ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington St, LES

F/J/M/Z to Delancey / Essex

Anonymous Comrade writes:

Dance for Your Rights!

Metropolis in Motion

New York City, July 22, 2006

This is an invitation to come
DANCE with us on July 22nd from 2pm to 4pm in front of the Mayor's house!* This is an open-air event to call attention to the Cabaret Laws which restrict dancing in NYC...

Here we are in a city of an estimated 15 million people,** and there are only 244 currently legal places dance... And that number includes "adult dancing" venues... Its time to dance in the streets and remind our city that DANCING IS NOT A CRIME!

We are a Metropolis in Motion!

http://metropolisinmotion.org

We will provide some music for us all to move & groove & shake to, but like all the best things in life *


YOU* are the one who will move & groove & shake the afternoon, so please --


Dress Up, Bring Friends, Bring Music, Bring your Congas & Guitar, your Tapshoes and Flamenco dress, Tamborine, Voice, Accordian & your joyful exuberant spirit!

Stay Informed, Get Involved, Questions & Join the list at:
info@metropolisinmotion.org>info@metropolisinmotion.org


Internet not your thing? Here's the Hotline: 1-646-365-3018

DETAILS:

The cabaret laws in NYC are an infringement of our constitutional right to freedom of expression. Originally passed in the 1920s to keep the races from intermingling, the laws are now used to fine and close down clubs and bars, and are increasingly used to target the political and underground art related nightlife. As such, we're staging a large-scale, participatory art/dance performance to build public awareness and gain media attention about the cabaret laws. We hope that our efforts will build support for court appeals challenging the constitutionality of the law.

*And/Or in the corner of Central Park closest to his house...

**Source: NYC Dept. of City Planning

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/census/popcur.sht ml

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ABC No Rio Celebration

New York City, July 21, 2006

To all ABC No Rio supporters and patrons; past &
present volunteers and participating artists,
activists, musicians, performers, poets, and writers;
neighbors and fellow-travellers:


On June 29 we at long last acquired title to our
building at 156 Rivington Street!!!


We couldn't have done it without you!!!


Please join us for an Open House and Celebratory
Gathering to mark this momentous occasion!!!


FRIDAY JULY 21
8:00pm to midnight-ish

(drink cheap beer, eat free snacks, listen to tunes
and testimonials, grin wildly while hanging-out with
your favorite ABC No Rio characters as they tell you
"believe it — it's true!")


ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington St, LES

F/J/M/Z to Delancey / Essex

www.abcnorio.org

OPPOSING ANTISEMITISM IN THE MOVEMENT:
A WORKSHOP FOR ACTIVISTS


When: Sunday, July 23, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Bluestockings, 172 Allen Street, between
Stanton and Rivington Streets, Manhattan (directions
below).

Antiauthoritarians and social justice activists often
think they're immune from racism and prejudice. But
many Jewish activists' experience shows that forms of
antisemitism are alive and well in the social justice
movement. This not only drives away many Jewish
activists, but profoundly affects our work as a
movement. This workshop brings together two longtime
activists who have studied how the left responds to
antisemitism for an evening of instruction and
experience-sharing that will help us understand and
combat its effects in the activist community.

Antisemitism is more than a "prejudice." It's a
political worldview that can creep into the work of
even dedicated fighters against oppression and
injustice. This workshop will begin with the
essentials: What is antisemitism? How is it different
from what we've been taught it is? We will then
explore the ways that antisemitism manifests itself
today within movements against capitalism, the state,
corporate globalization, and other forms of
oppression, and what problems have kept the left from
tackling antisemitism historically. We will look at
how antisemitism damages the struggle for justice.
Finally, we will discuss how we as activists can get
better at seeing and fighting antisemitism where it
arises.

friendsofdaniel writes:


"If They Come for You in the Morning"

Benefit Art Show for Daniel McGowan



The Show:




Thursday, July 27 & Friday, July 28, 2006, 5–10pm

ABC No Rio, 156 Rivington St, Lower East Side, NYC

Co-sponsored by Visual Resistance and Family and Friends of Daniel McGowan

Contact: visual.resistance@gmail.com



On Thursday, July 27 and Friday, July 28, Visual Resistance will present If they come for you in the morning, a benefit gallery show featuring over 70 renowned and emerging artists at ABC No Rio in New York's Lower East Side.



The show will feature some of the most respected and prolific street artists working today, including the Barnstormer's David Ellis, Banksy, Swoon, Borf, Chris Stain, Arofish, Kelly Burns, GoreB, Josh MacPhee, and MOMO, as well as veterans of the landmark political comics journal World War 3 Illustrated, including Eric Drooker, Seth Tobocman, Peter Kuper, Nicole Schulman, and Christopher Cardinale, as well as dozens of other participating artists.



All proceeds from the show will benefit the legal fund of local environmental and social justice activist Daniel McGowan, who currently faces life plus 335 years in prison on federal charges of arson, property destruction, and conspiracy. Daniel was arrested during Operation Backfire, a multi-state sweep of environmental activists who have now been charged with virtually every unsolved earth and animal liberation case in the Northwest. Daniel has pled not guilty to all charges.



All artwork in the show will be reasonably priced, with selected prints starting at $5. Don't go home empty-handed!

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Opposing Antisemitism in the Movement:
A Workshop for Activists

New York City, July 23, 2006

When: Sunday, July 23, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Bluestockings, 172 Allen Street, between Stanton and Rivington Streets, Manhattan (directions below).

Antiauthoritarians and social justice activists often think they're immune from racism and prejudice. But many Jewish activists' experience shows that forms of antisemitism are alive and well in the social justice movement. This not only drives away many Jewish activists, but profoundly affects our work as a movement.

This workshop brings together two longtime activists who have studied how the left responds to antisemitism for an evening of instruction and experience-sharing that will help us understand and combat its effects in the activist community.

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Visual Resistance writes:

If They Come For You In The Morning

A Benefit Art Auction for Daniel McGowan

New York City, July 27-28, 2006

On Thursday, July 27 and Friday, July 28, Visual Resistance will present “If they come for you in the morning,” a benefit gallery show featuring over 60 renowned and emerging artists at ABC No Rio in New York’s Lower East Side.

The show will feature some of the most respected and prolific street artists working today, including the Barnstormer’s David Ellis, Swoon, Borf, Chris Stain, Arofish, Kelly Burns, GoreB, Josh MacPhee, and MOMO, as well as veterans of the landmark political comics journal World War 3 Illustrated, including Eric Drooker, Seth Tobocman, Peter Kuper, Nicole Schulman, and Christopher Cardinale, as well as dozens of other participating artists.

All proceeds from the show will benefit the legal fund of local environmental and social justice activist Daniel McGowan, who currently faces life plus 335 years in prison on federal charges of arson, property destruction, and conspiracy. Daniel was arrested during Operation Backfire, a multi-state sweep of environmental activists who have now been charged with virtually every unsolved earth and animal liberation case in the Northwest. Daniel has pled not guilty to all charges.


The show will be run as a minimum-bid auction, with artwork priced as low as $5. Selected work will also be available for purchase online here. The show is free to the public.

Visual Resistance is a Brooklyn-based street art collective that uses art to transform public space and is active in local activist campaigns around urban development, freedom of speech, and political repression. Since 2004, Visual Resistance has curated international poster campaigns, created memorial installations for city bicyclists killed by cars, and participated in the 2006 Whitney Biennial.


ABC No Rio is a community center for art and activism founded in 1980 by artists committed to political and social engagement.


When: Thursday and Friday, July 27–28th from 5 to 10 pm.

Where: ABC No Rio at 156 Rivington Street between Clinton and Suffolk Streets. F / JMZ trains to Delancy-Essex

Participating artists include: Arofish, Borf, Kelly Burns, Celso, Christopher Cardinale, Dark Clouds, Eric Drooker, Elbow Toe, David Ellis, GoreB, Infinity, Klutch, Peter Kuper, Josh MacPhee, Colin Matthes, Magmo, MOMO, RB827, Cristy Road, Nicole Schulman, Chris Stain, Swoon, Seth Tobocman, and dozens more.


Contact: Ryan Nuckel

visual.resistance@gmail.com

(347) 218-2536

Web address: http://visualresistance.org/mcgowan

Download high-resolution images: here

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Family & Friends of Daniel McGowan writes:

Info Session on Daniel McGowan's Case
New York City, July 6, 2006

Location: Bluestockings Books, 172 Allen Street, Manhattan. 7PM
Info session, a short film and letter writing on Daniel McGowan's case.

We will be starting with the short piece on the Green Scare entitled "#1 Terrorist Threat?" by Source Code. More on that piece at
http://sourcecode.freespeech.org/sc302EcotageDL

Who is Daniel McGowan?
Daniel McGowan is an environmental and social justice activist, unjustly arrested and charged in federal court on multiple counts of arson, property destruction, and conspiracy, relating to two incidents that occurred in Oregon in 2001. Daniel has asserted his innocence by pleading not guilty to all charges. He is facing a minimum of life in prison if convicted.

Daniel is from New York, and has been an active member of the community, working on diverse projects such as military counter-recruitment, demonstrations against the Republican National Convention, Really Really Free Markets, and supporting political prisoners such as Jeff "Free" Luers and others. Daniel was a graduate student earning a Master's degree in acupuncture and was working at WomensLaw.org, a nonprofit group that helps women in domestic abuse situations navigate the legal system, which is where he was arrested by federal marshals on December 7, 2005.

Daniel had originally been indicted separately, but his arrest comes in the context of a well-coordinated, multi-state sweep of numerous activists by the federal government, who has charged the individuals with practically every earth and animal liberation case left unsolved in the Northwest. Many of the charges, including Daniel's, are for cases whose statute of limitations were about to expire.

In order to help Daniel, his family and friends have created a support network (Family and Friends of Daniel McGowan) to assist in raising funds for Daniel's legal representation which is expected to be hundreds of thousands of dollars. We are asking friends and supporters to donate what they can to help Daniel's family with the legal bills.

http://www.supportdaniel.org
friendsofdanielmcg@Yahoo.com

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