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December 2007


*December 10, 2007

    Human Rights Day


November 2007


*November 1, 2007, Register 11:30am, program 12:00pm
Rainier Square Conference Center
1333 Fifth Avenue, Seattle

Perspectives in International Economics

Paul Krugman
Professor of Economics and International Affairs
Princeton University; Columnist, New York Times

Have globalization and free trade policies increased economic inequality throughout the world, and if so, what are the alternatives? Paul Krugman, best-selling author, will discuss the social costs of exporting production, the shrinking social safety net throughout the world, and how nations can cope with increasing inequalities. Audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session following the lecture.

Sponsored by: World Affairs Council

$20 members/students, $25 non-members
Registration and information: 206-441-5910 or
event website


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June 2007


*June 26, 2007, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Washington State Bar Association, Conference Room
1325 4th Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle

World Peace Through Law Section - June Speaker Meeting
and Mini-CLE

The Inter-American Human Rights System

Consul Tinajro

Consul Tinajro will speak on the Inter-American human rights system, the Commission and the Court, the procedure for filing a case to the final judgment and how States have complied (or not) with the decision of the bodies. Consul Tinajro earned his LLM on International Human Rights Law from the University of Notre Dame and worked as a human rights attorney in Mexico.

Credits: 1.0 general CLE credit

Free to Section members; $25 for non-members
(the $25 will be applied towards WPTL Section membership), $7.75 law students

WPTL Section meetings are usually on the last Tuesday of the month, noon-1:00, at WSBA, 1325 4th Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle. All are welcome to these informal, brown-bag events.

Information: See World Peace Through Law Section Website

*June 25 - 27, 2007
Seattle Pacific University, Otto Miller Hall
Third Avenue W. and Nickerson, Seattle

United Nations Association - U.S.A. Mountain Pacific Regional Assembly
The United Nations and the United States - A New Era?

Come join us for our annual gathering of 20 chapters and divisions from Washington, Montana, Oregon, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Alaska. This is an opportunity to hear outstanding national and regional speakers, and panels from the chapters and divisions in the region. Topics for discussion will include global warming, Middle East peace initiatives, nuclear proliferation, and opportunities for international collaboration through WFUNA.

Registration is by mail, through the United Nations Association, Seattle Metropolitan Chapter, P.O. Box 85682, Seattle WA 98145-1682
Request a registration form: info@unaseattle.org, $150-175
Information: RWMcKelvey@msn.com or 206-568-1959, info@unaseattle.org
U.N.A. Seattle Chapter Website

*June 23, 2007, 10:00am - 12:00noon
Green Lake, South End at the Boathouse

2007 Annual Walk to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Join Voices with Native American and Alaska Native Women and Take Action to Stop the Violence

Speakers:
Crystal Tetrick, Associate Director
Health Care Operations, Seattle Indian Health Board

Other speakers TBA

Walk or run around Green Lake to help Amnesty International break the silence about the many forms of violence against Native American and Alaskan Native women. Invite your friends and family who cannot walk to pledge a donation to you for each block or mile along the way.

Cost of participation: $20 for adults and $15 for students
T-shirts are free for participants who raise $50 or more!

Proceeds from the walk will benefit Amnesty International’s Stop Violence Against Women Campaign and the August 11th Local Summit on Violence Against Native American Women.

sponsored by: Amnesty International

To pre-register and receive more information, please contact Laura Nuechterlein at: lauran68@gmail.com or go to A.I. Washington State Stop Violence Against Women Campaign

*June 19, 2007, 7:00pm and 9:30pm
The Triple Door
216 Union Street, Seattle

Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars Live in Concert

In honor of International World Refugee Day, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project is presenting a live concert with Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. An all ages show will begin at 7:00pm and a second 21 and over only show will begin at 9:30 pm.

Cost: $20 advance tickets, $22 at the door

Co-sponsored by: Northwest Immigrant rights Project and World Affairs Council

Information: see event website for details and registration.

*June 19, 2007
Capital Hill Arts Center
1621 - 12th Avenue, Seattle

World Refugee Day:
Refugee Artvocacy

This event will provide King County refugee artists and performers the opportunity to share their art and gain exposure while raising awareness of refugee issues.

Are you an artist, performer, or craftsperson? Are you also a refugee, asylee, or the child of a refugee? If you would like to show and/or sell your art, perform, or connect with the art communities in the Puget Sounds area, please contact Megan at the International Rescue Committee (megan.anderson@theIRC.org or 206-623-2105).

Sponsored by: International Rescue Committee (IRC)
IRC Seattle Website

Since 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) has provided relief, support, and resettlement services to refugees. Refugees are people who have escaped religious or political oppression and persecution in their home countries. Many have spent their lives searching for a new homeland. Refugee Artvocacy will offer the public an opportunity to learn more about experiences that refugees face, while giving participating artists a chance to network with the wider King County art community. Curators, photographers, graphic designers, and others are volunteering their time and expertise to help make this event a success.

*June 17, 2007, 7:00pm
Traditions Fair Trade Cafe
300 5th Ave & Water Street, Olympia

Dr. Mona El-Farra, Director of Gaza Projects
Middle East Children's Alliance

Dr. El-Farra is a Palestinian physician, activist and mother who founded the Rachel Corrie Children and Youth Cultural Center in 2003. She serves as a health development consultant for the Union of Health Work Committees in Gaza, and is Vice President of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society. Dr. El-Farra is an internationally-recognized human rights leader who speaks regularly at conferences in Europe and is currently co-writing a book with Noam Chomsky.

Dr. El-Farra will be in Olympia one day only during her first U.S. speaking tour, which will also take her to the U.S. Social Forum in Atlanta, the national conference of United for Peace and Justice in Chicago, and to "The World Says No to Israeli Occupation" - - a mass mobilization in Washington D.C.

All funds raised through donations on Dr. El-Farra's tour will go directly to serving the needs of women, children, and families in the Gaza Strip. Visit Dr. El-Farra's widely read blog, "From Gaza With Love". The event is free, though donations will be gladly accepted.

Sponsored by: The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, Olympia- Rafah Sister City Project and Veterans for Peace Rachel Corrie Chapter 109

Information: info@rachelcorriefoundation.org

*June 15, 2007, 7:00 - 9:30pm
Keystone Church
5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle

Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies
"Rosita"
(58 Minutes, Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater, U.S.)

Discussion follows, led by Marcy Bloom, U.S. liaison with GIRE (El Grupo de Informacion en Reproduccion Elegida (The Information Group on Reproductive Choice, Mexico) and former ED of Aradia Women's Health Center.

This documentary film, by award-winning filmmakers Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater (Silver Docs, Latin American Film Festival in London, Cinefestival in San Antonio), traces a young girl's journey from innocent victim to unwitting victor. When a nine-year old Nicaraguan girl becomes pregnant as a result of a rape, her parents -- illiterate compesinos working in Costa Rica -- seek a legal abortion to save their only child's life. Their quest pits them against the governments of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, the medical establishment and the Catholic Church. When their story gains international media attention, the repercussions ripple across Latin America and Europe.

"This film is not just for the activists in the reproductive rights movement, it is for all who work in social justice and who work to defend our human rights. Her story is both moving and inspiring and demonstrates the tragic reality of a young woman who was stripped of her dignity and denied her fundamental human right to decide her future." - Sylvia Hernandez, ED, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Rights.

This event is free and open to the public! ..but donations are kindly accepted.

Sponsored by: U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration, GIRE, and the Seattle NOW Chapter

Information: Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies Website

*June 9, 2007, 1:30pm
Harvard Exit Theater
807 E. Roy Street, Seattle

2007 Seattle International Film Festival Screening:
"Soldiers of Conscience"

Their country asked them to kill. Their hearts asked them to stop.
(USA 85 minutes)

Featuring Kevin Benderman, Joshua Casteel, Aidan Delgado, and Camilo Mejia

A documentary film about our soldiers in Iraq facing the most difficult moral decision of their lives: to kill or not to kill. Eight soldiers, torn between the demands of duty and the call of conscience, including four who decide not to kill – a realistic yet optimistic film about war, peace and the power of the human conscience.

Information: Seattle International Film Festival Website

*June 7, 2007, 7:00pm
Seattle Center, McCaw Hall, Seattle

2007 Seattle International Film Festival Screening:
"Soldiers of Conscience"

Their country asked them to kill. Their hearts asked them to stop.
(USA 85 minutes)

Featuring Kevin Benderman, Joshua Casteel, Aidan Delgado, and Camilo Mejia

A documentary film about our soldiers in Iraq facing the most difficult moral decision of their lives: to kill or not to kill. Eight soldiers, torn between the demands of duty and the call of conscience, including four who decide not to kill – a realistic yet optimistic film about war, peace and the power of the human conscience.

Information: Seattle International Film Festival Website

*June 3, 2007, 1:30 - 3:00pm
Hing Hay Park
Corner of King Street & Maynard Avenue
International District, Seattle

Remember the Tiananmen Square Massacre

The Government of China is attempting to erase the memory of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre. We are going to preserve it.

During the spring of 1989, the People of China created a miracle of peace in Tiananmen Square. For a time, the world finally seemed to be coming to its senses, and one of the greatest peaceful social revolutions in history joyously unfolded. That moment of beauty was crushed by the military of the ruling government in China. Tanks, assault rifles, and bayonets murdered brave civilians in the streets of Beijing, and destroyed the good hopes of the people of China for freedom and justice.

Please join us to commemorate Tiananmen Square. We must remember the victims.

Sponsored by: Federation for a Democratic China, Seattle Chapter
Amnesty International Puget Sound
Alliance for a Democratic China, Seattle Chapter
Release Dr. Wang Bing Zhang Foundation
China Social Democratic Party, Seattle Chapter
China Democratic Party, Seattle Chapter

Co-sponsors:
Global Alliance for Democracy and Peace, Seattle Chapter
Taiwanese Association of Greater Seattle
Victims of Mainland Chinese Property Owners
Seattle Human Rights Commission
Free Doctor Wang Bing Zhang Foundation
Visual Artists Guild
Ancient Sounds
Jin-Hui International Trade Co. Ltd.
Society for the Promotion of Peaceful Transformation in China

*June 1, 2007, 7:00 - 9:30pm
Keystone Church
5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle (Wallingford)

Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies:
"In Search of International Justice"
(66 Minutes, Judy Jackson, 2006)

This is the first film about a crucial new commitment to the International Rule of Law - so victims will no long suffer without being heard, and war criminals will be punished. Sixty years ago, with the Nuremberg Charter, the world first said, "never again." But these proved empty words for the victims of the cold war years. The superpowers couldn't agree on a universal code to punish war criminals. Tyrants ruled with impunity.

So the voices of their victims have echoed down through the decades, refusing to be silent, even in death. Joined by relatives who are unable to move on, until they know how their loved ones died. Different languages from different places, but with the same universal theme - begging to be delivered from the torment of living somewhere between life and death. Telling us that they will be able, finally, to rest, when we find out how they died. Insisting we listen.

It is because of these voices that international justice has been reborn. In 2002 the International Criminal Court was established in The Hague. So far 100 countries have signed on to the Court's mandate. However, the world's remaining superpower, the United States, is strongly opposed. Filmed in: Kosovo, Northern Uganda, Iraq, Rwanda, and Darfur.

This event is free and open to the public ..but donations are kindly accepted.

Information: Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies Website


May 2007


**May 31, 2007, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Washington State Bar Association, Conference Room
1325 4th Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle

*Please note: This is a one-time only change in date from the regular Tuesday schedule

World Peace Through Law Section - May Speaker Meeting
and Mini-CLE

Overview of Health and Human Rights

Roslyn Solomon, J. D., Director, Legal Programs
Uplift International and
Beth Rivin, M. D., M.P.H., Research Associate Professor
UW School of Law and
Vice President, Programs, Uplift International

This program surveys the current state of the relationship between health and human rights in international law, with particular examples for projects underway in Seattle and Tacoma.

Credits: 1.0 general CLE credit

Free to Section members; $25 for non-members
(the $25 will be applied towards WPTL Section membership), $7.75 law students

WPTL Section meetings are usually on the last Tuesday of the month, noon-1:00, at WSBA, 1325 4th Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle. All are welcome to these informal, brown-bag events.

Information: See World Peace Through Law Section Website

*May 30, 2007, 7:00pm
Harvard Exit Theater
807 E. Roy Street, Seattle

2007 Seattle International Film Festival Screening:
"The Devil Came on Horseback"

While working as a neutral observer for the African Union, a former Marine Captain became the one to record the horrific genocide happening in the western Darfur region of Sudan. This powerful documentary follows his attempts to bring photographic evidence of the ongoing crisis to the attention of the American government.

Information: SIFF Website or Film Website

*May 30, 2007, 9:30am - 4:00pm
University of Washington, Seattle, The Quad

Violence Awareness Event

We will be focusing on three different types of violence:

Domestic Violence, "More than a Woman/Man"
School Violence, "More than a Student" and
War, "More than a Soldier."

Tombstones will be featured, memorializing those who have passed because of one of these forms of violence. Participants will be encouraged to create their own tombstones to remember loved ones, write their stories on banners, and will be given white ribbons that symbolize the hope for a world that is free of violence.

Other organizations are invited to partner with us in this event by setting up a booth or table. Please help us raise awareness and take action against violence. Stop by, it's not a chance worth missing.

Sponsored by: More Than A Number (MTAN)
MTAN seeks to honor and remember victims of violence. We also want to promote a message of non-violence.

Information: Heather: hevj@u.washington.edu or Yoori: youryp@u.washington.edu

*May 30, 2007, All Day
Bellevue Community College
3000 Landerholm Circle S.E., Bellevue

United Nations Film Festival

Evening shows start at 5:30 pm followed by an opportunity for discussion and questions at the end of each film. For the film on the "Lost Boys of the Sudan," we will have one of the lost boys present, who is now a BCC student. For the film on "Israel," we will have a Palestinian girl, who is also a BCC student who was raised in Israel, present to answer questions.

Facilitator:
Jim Maynard, co-President
United Nataions Association, Seattle Chapter

BCC is an easy exit from I-90 just east of I-405. The campus is easily accessible, with free visitor parking, which will be particularly ample for the evening shows. For those who wish to spend the whole day at the festival, there is a cafeteria on campus.

Admission is free.

Sponsored by: United Nations Association of Seattle Metropolitan Chapter and Bellevue Community College

Information: 206-568-1959 or UNA, Seattle Website and BCC Events Website

*May 29, 2007, 7:30pm
Town Hall Seattlek Downstairs
1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle

Book Signing:
The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur

Brian Steidle

Former U.S. Marine Captain Brian Steidle served for six months in Darfur as an unarmed military observer for the African Union. There he witnessed first-hand the ongoing genocide and documented his experience with email, audio journals, notebooks, and photographs. With his sister Gretchen Steidle Wallace, he has turned his experience into a book and documentary feature film, both entitled The Devil Came on Horseback. Steidle bears witness to the genocide in Darfur and shows how one person’s actions can have the power to change the world.

Cost: $5

Sponsored by: Town Hall center for Civic Life and University Book Store

Information: 206-634-3400 or event website

*May 28, 2007, 1:30pm
Seattle Center, McCaw Hall, Seattle

2007 Seattle International Film Festival Screening:
"The Devil Came on Horseback"

While working as a neutral observer for the African Union, a former Marine Captain became the one to record the horrific genocide happening in the western Darfur region of Sudan. This powerful documentary follows his attempts to bring photographic evidence of the ongoing crisis to the attention of the American government.

Information: SIFF Website or Film Website

*May 25 - 28, 2007, 4:00 - 5:00pm
Seattle Center, Seattle

Ethical Global Travel

What tools do we have to travel and positively engage with the world? On Memorial Day Weekend at the Northwest Folklife Festival, the World Affairs Council will host a festival-long series on Ethical Global Travel featuring discussions on the Narrative Stage from 4:00-5:00pm with local organizations that focus on:

Friday, May 25:
Responsible Travel: When traveling, how can we increase our knowledge about local cultures and broaden our perspectives as global citizens?

Saturday, May 26:
Citizen Diplomacy: How can we as Americans be culturally sensitive and positively represent U.S. values and diverse perspectives while abroad?

Sunday, May 27:
Service Learning: What exciting volunteer opportunities exist that serve to contribute, engage and learn from local communities abroad?

Monday, May 28:
Eco-Tourism: In what ways can travelers experience the natural world while being ecologically and socially conscious?

Sponsored by: World Affairs Council

Information: event website

*May 24, 2007, 9:00pm
Capitol Hill Arts Center
1621 - 12th Avenue, Seattle

Redemption Songs: A Benefit Concert for Darfur

Since February 2003, the Sudanese government in Khartoum and the government-sponsored Janjaweed militia have used rape, displacement, organized starvation and mass murder to kill more than 400,000 and displace 2.5 million innocent people in the Darfur region of Sudan. Violence, disease and displacement continue to kill 500 people every day, and 3.5 million men, women, and children are completely reliant on international aid for survival.

All proceeds from the concert will go to humanitarian aid groups operating in displaced-persons camps in Sudan and refugee camps in neighboring Chad. Action steps to help stop the genocide will also be promoted at the event.

The night will feature the talents of Tiny Vipers, Handful of Luvin’, The Ironclads, and Street Named James.

Cost: $10 for students and $12 for community members.

Sponsored by: Save Darfur Coalition at UW

Information: event website or darfur@u.washington.edu

*May 24, 2007, 10:00am - 2:00pm
University of Washington, Seattle, Quad Lawn

Fair Trade Faire 2007

Join the Fair Trade Coffee Coalition for a day of fair trade activities to educate and engage the UW community around fair trade products.

-Spin the Fair Trade Wheel for a chance to win prizes
-Enjoy free samples from Guayaki, Theo's Chocolates, Sambazon, and Choice Tea's
-Come play pick up soccer in the Quad Lawn

Information: Facebook Listing
or Fair Trade Coffee Coalition at UW Website

*May 22, 2007, Register 6:30pm, Program 7:00pm
Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway, Seattle

Iran: The Grand Bargain

Christopher Preble, Director of Foreign Policy Studies
The Cato Institute

Cost: Members and Students $10, Non-members $15

Sponsored by: World Affairs Council and Ploughshares Fund

Information and registration: event Website

*May 21, 2007, 6:30pm
El Centro de la Raza
2524 16th Avenue South, Seattle

Land Ownership for the Poor: A Cornerstone for Economic Development

Lincoln Miller, COO
Rural Development Institute (RDI) and

Greg Rake, President
Agros

Lincoln Miller and Greg Rake will talk to Pangea about how land ownership can help rural families build thriving and self-sustaining ownership. RDI works to secure legal rights to land for poor farmers in Asia; Agros helps families in Mexico and Central America through holistic programs centered around land ownership.

Free and open to the public.
To attend, RSVP to info@pangeagiving.org

Sponsored by: El Centro de la Raza and World Affairs Council

Information: 206-329-9442 or El Centro de la Raza Website or event website.

*May 19, 2007, 8:30 am - 5:30pm
University of Washington, Seattle, HUB

Second Annual Summit on Global Health Disparities

This year's theme stresses taking action against health and justice inequalities, a common goal linking our differing student groups. The format of the conference, designed to give participants an interdisciplinary perspective into health injustice, will include opening and closing keynote speakers, nine break-out sessions of various topics, and a resource fair displaying avenues for action in social justice.

Cost: $12 Pre-Registration/$15 at the door

Sponsored by: Students for Equal Health

Information: equalhealth@u.washington.edu or UW Students for Equal Health Website

*May 18 - 19, 2007
Western Washington University, Communications Facility
Bellingham, WA

2007 CASCAID Peace & Justice Conference

The CASCAID Peace & Justice Conference is an annual opportunity for advocates, academics and activists to come together to exchange ideas. The emphasis is on sharing experiences, perspectives and methods related to building civil discourse, grassroots action and awareness. The 2007 Conference will address the theory and practice of peace and justice on personal, community, international and planetary scales.

See CASCAID Website for detailed information.

*May 17, 2007, No-Host Cocktails 6:00pm, Dinner 6:30pm
Women's University Club
1105 - 6th Avenue, Seattle

Center for Women and Democracy - Food for Thought
Discussion on Women's Delegation to Chile

The delegation met with Chilean leaders in many fields including: Education, Government, Women's Issues, Business, Human rights. Delegation members will discuss their experiences and insights into the parallels between the woman-led Chilean government and woman-led Washington State, and the topics of education, human rights, women's rights, poverty, economic development, leadership and mentoring, environmental issues, government, and politics.

Cost: $35. Join the Center for Women and Democracy today for $100, and this month's Food for Thought is free! Mail your check to Center for Women and Democracy, 24 Roy #429, Seattle WA 98109 or buy tickets online Women & Democracy Website

May 16 - 18, 2007, 7:00 - 9:00pm
University of Washington, Seattle, Miller 301

2007 UW Human Rights Film Festival

May 16
"Darfur Diaries"

This film seeks to provide space for the marginalized victims of the genocide occurring in Sudan to speak and engage with the world through their own voices.

May 17
"Total Denial"

Fifteen villagers from the jungles of Burma file suit in U.S. courts against a giant oil corporation for human-rights abuses. After ten years of fierce legal battles, the impossible victory is achieved through this groundbreaking case.

May 18
"Blood Diamond"

Set against the backdrop of the chaos and civil war that enveloped 1990s Sierra Leone, Blood Diamond tells the story of two African men whose fates become intertwined in a quest to recover a rare pink diamond that can transform their lives.

Admission is free.

Sponsored by: UW Amnesty International, UW Chapter with other student groups

Information: amnesty@u.washington.edu

*May 16, 2007, 7:00pm     Event Cancelled!!
University of Washington, Seattle, Kane Hall 210

2nd Annual Clowes Center Lecture
Veterans of Intercommunal Violence

Marco (aka Maco) Antonio Garavito, Director
Guatemalan Mental Health League and
Former Guatemalan Guerrilla Combatant

This is the second installment of the Clowes Center's Veterans of Intercommunal Violence speaker series, in which former combatants discuss the factors that led them to choose violence as a means for change, and the challenges of working for peace once they have laid down their arms.

The Guatemalan Mental Health League helps reunite families torn apart by the 36-year civil war by working to locate children, mostly from indigenous Mayan families, who disappeared during the conflict. The League collaborates with affected communities to provide mental comfort in the familial reintegration process, helping families reconnect and redevelop bonds that may have been broken because of the conflict.

Sponsored by: UW Comparative History of Ideas, Clowes Center

Information: Theron Stevenson - 206-685-4716 or theron@u.washington.edu

*May 14 - 25, 2007
University of Washington, Seattle, Suzzalo Cafe

Amnesty International Art Exhibit

Michele Frix, Host
Undergraduate Student, International Studies

Michele Frix was an intern for Amnesty International in Washington, D.C. last summer. Part of her job was to create a traveling photo exhibit about the femicides in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

There will also be a documentary "A Killer's Paradise" (time/location TBA) and possible panel discussion on the evening of the exhibit's opening.
Information: amnesty@u.washington.edu

*May 12 - 13, 2007
Antioch University, Seattle, Room 100
2326 Sixth Avenue, Seattle

A Forum: The Myth of Global Democracy and the Pursuit of Happiness

Join in stimulating dialogue concerning systems of governance and their relationship to pluralism and human societies, featuring lectures by renowned keynote speakers:

Michael Parenti (7 p.m. May 12) Lies, Wars, and Empire
David Korten (7 p.m. May 13) The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community

Global Issues & Perspectives is a free lecture series and is Open to the public. Note: There is a charge for the May 12 and 13 Forum on the Myth of Global Democracy; please see event website for details.

Sponsored by: Center for Creative Change

Information: Lorraine Fish - 206-268-4716 or e-mail globaldemocracy@antiochseattle.edu

*May 12, 2007

     World Fair Trade Day

*May 10, 2007, 7:00pm
University of Washington, Seattle, Smith Hall 309

UW Amnesty International Speaker:
Dr. Stephen Gloyd
, Professor and Director
UW International Health Program

Dr. Gloyd has worked for over 20 years in countries of Africa, Latin America, and Asia in clinical and public health practice. He currently is involved in projects with Ministries of Health in Mozambique, Cote d'Ivoire. He will be speaking about how patent laws, the interests of big pharmaceuticals, unsustainable debt, the Washington Consensus (IMF, World Bank)'s imposed structural adjustment programs (SAPs), and NGOs hinder people in the developing world from accessing essential, life-saving medicines.

Sponsored by: UW Amnesty International
Information: amnesty@u.washington.edu

*May 10, 2007, 6:00 - 8:00pm
University of Washington, Seattle
Ethnic Cultural Center, Chicano Room
3931 Brooklyn Avenue, Seattle

How Does White Culture Become Activist Culture?

Martin Friedman Peoples Institute Northwest

This event takes a critical look at antiracist organizing and is is part of The 3rd Annual White Privilege Awareness Week at the University of Washington,

Sponsored by: White Allies Against Racism
Information: theashleymiller@gmail.com

*May 9, 2007, 5:30 - 7:30pm
University of Washington, Seattle, Allen Library Auditorium

Film Showing: "Kamchatka"

Salvador Tinajero
Seattle's Mexican Consulate

Salvador Tinajero will host "Kamchatka." Kamchatka is an Argentine and Spanish 2002 film directed by Marcelo Piñeyro and written by Piñeyro and Marcelo Figueras. This film is set in Argentina during the Dirty War of the 1970s and tells the story of a family hiding from the government in rural Argentina.

Sponsored by: UW Latin American Studies
Information: lasuw@u.washington.edu

*May 8, 2007, 6:30 - 8:30pm
University of Washington, Seattle, Parrington Hall Forum, Room 309

World Red Cross Day
Landmines: a Hidden Threat

On World Red Cross Day the American Red Cross celebrates the international movement of which it is a part of by advocating and educating the community about critical humanitarian issues. For years, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has been working to eliminate deaths and injuries caused by landmines and unexploded ordnance.

Please join us for a panel discussion and presentation on the humanitarian issue of landmines and the effects they have on people around the world.

Every 22 minutes a man, woman or child somewhere in the world steps on a landmine. Most of the victims are innocent civilians and at least one of every four is a child. Many of the landmines are left over from conflicts that are years, even decades, old.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: American Red Cross
Co-sponsored by: UW Vietnamese Student Association

Information: American Red Cross Website or 206-323-2345 or email info@seattleredcross.org

*May 8, 2007, 6:30 - 8:30pm
University of Washington, Seattle, Smith Hall 211

Wal-Mart in the Blood: Labor and Community Responses to the Big-Box Economy

Susan Christopherson, Professor
Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University
The Limits to a Global Strategy - What we can Learn from Wal-Mart's failure in Germany

Steve Williamson, Strategic Campaigns Director
United Food & Commercial Workers Local 21

Peter Olney, Director of Organizing
International Longshore and Warehouse Union

This panel discussion addresses the 'Walmartization' of the global economy, and what labor and community-based organizations need to know in order to respond.

Sponsored by: UW Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
Event Website

*May 8, 2007, Register 6:00pm, Program 6:30pm
Cascadia Community College/University of Washington, Bothell
North Creek Events Center
18345 Campus Way N. E., Bothell

Eastside Speakers Series: Stories of AIDS in Africa

Stephanie Nolen, Celebrated Author and Journalist

Stephanie Nolen, the award-winning Africa Bureau Chief for Toronto’s Globe and Mail, focuses on over two dozen emblematic figures in Africa today: one for every million suffering. Through riveting, anecdotal stories, she explores the effects of an epidemic that well exceeds the Black Plague in scope, and the reasons why we must care about what happens.

Cost: WAC Members and Students $10, Non-members $15

Sponsored by: World Affairs Council, Cascadia Community College and University of Washington, Bothell

Information and registration: 206-441-5901 or event website

*May 7, 2007, 6:30pm
RealNetworks, Inc.
2601 Elliott Avenue, Seattle

YPIN: Revolutionaries and Champions-
Critical Ingredients for Ending Global Poverty

Sam Daley-Harris, President and Founder
RESULTS Educational Fund

RESULTS Educational fund is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to mass educational strategies to generate the will to end world hunger. Mr. Daley-Harris will discuss changes to microcredits, technologies creating change in poverty alleviation, the next steps needed and what the future holds in development work.

Sponsored by: World Affairs Council

Cost: free to members and students; $5 to non-members

Please pre-register: 206-441-5910 or on-line.
Information: event website

*May 4, 2007, 7:00pm
Swedish Medical Center, Glaser Auditorium
747 Broadway on First Hill, Seattle

Iran: War is Not the Answer

Catherine Thomasson, National President
Physicians for Social Responsibility

Mike McCally, Director
Physicians for Social Responsibility

Catherine Thomasson returned on March 14 from a Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) delegation to Iran. Come hear her eyewitness impressions. Mike McCally will outline National PSR initiatives to address the Iran crisis and other grave threats to health and survival.

Co-sponsored by: Washington Fellowship of Reconciliation and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility

Use Swedish main entrance to access Glaser auditorium. Parking is available on street or in Swedish parking garages. Use Metro routes 9, 12, or 60.

Information: wwfor@connectexpress.com or martinf@wpsr.org

*May 3, 2007, 7:00 - 9:00pm
University of Washington, Seattle, Smith Hall 120

Justice For Guatemala

Emilio Tojín López, Mayan Leader
Guatemalan Association For Justice and Reconciliation (AJR)

Emilio Tojín López will be discussing Guatemalan civil society's role in seeking legal justice (both on national and international levels) for the 1980's scorched earth campaign, which resulted in the intimidation, displacement, and murder of Guatemala's indigenous peoples.

Co-sponsored by: KBCS 91.3 FM, Amnesty International, UW and UPS Chapters, Center for Human Rights & Justice at the UW Law School, NISGUA, UW Latin American Studies Center, MAPS (UW Bothell), UUCAN, UW Guatemala Project

Information; Veryl Pow - visfortruth@gmail.com or Nari Corey-Wheeler - Corlen@u.washington.edu

See UW Amnesty International Group 94 Website for detailed information and other events.

*May 2, 2007, 7:00pm
University of Washington, Seattle, kane Hall 210

Can Fighting Terrorism Justify Torture?

Henry Shue
Senior Research Fellow at Merton and
Professor of Politics and International Relations
Oxford University

Torture is wrong. It is the paradigm of cruel, de-humanizing action. Yet we are sometimes justified, or at least excused, for doing wrong when the commission of wrong is the only means to the prevention of a great evil. Is terrorism such a great evil? Can torture be excused if it is the only weapon to prevent a terrorist catastrophe? Or is torture so profoundly threatening to civilized values that it has been a tragic mistake for the United States to unleash it even in the fight against terror?

Presented by: Program on Values in Society
UW Department of Philosophy

Information: Beverly Wessel - 206-685-8740 or wessel@u.washington.edu

*May 1, 2007, 3:00pm
Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion

May Day March and Rally for Immigration Reform

Please join Jobs with Justice and many others on May 1st in a march and rally to defend the rights of immigrant workers.

Sponsored by: Washington State Jobs with Justice

Information: 206-441-4969 or email - wsjws@igc.org
Washington State Jobs with Justice Website


April 2007


*April 30, 2007, 7:00pm
University of Washington, Seattle, Kane Hall 130

Diversity Book Talk Spring 2007
Women Empowered: Inspriring Change in the Emerging World

Phil Borges
Global Humanitarian, Documentary Filmmaker, Photographer and Author

Phil Borges will read and sign his book, Women Empowered.

The accomplishments of ordinary women in indigenous communities worldwide, many in developing and war-ravaged countries, who have broken through the barriers of oppression to make a positive difference in their communities are brilliantly told through radiant photography and riveting profiles. The heroic examples set by these women, whose bravery and determination enabled them to move beyond victimization to leadership, speak to the universal themes of courage, empowerment, and human rights.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: UW Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity
Supported by: UW American Indian Studies, UW Comparative History of Ideas, UW Department of Anthropology, UW Evans School of Public Affairs, UW School of Social Work, UW Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, UW Women’s Center, UWAA Multicultural Alumni Partnership, Seattle Mombasa Sister City Association, Seattle Limbe Sister Association, Atira Women’s Resource Society, CARE Seattle, Center for Women and Democracy, Global Partnerships & World Affairs Council

Information: cyn@u.washington.edu or 206-543-9779 GO-MAP Website
Phil Borges Website

*April 28, 2007, 2:00pm
Seattle Central Mural Amphitheater
305 Harrison Street, Seattle

BAMBOOCHA 2007

Come to a benefit concert featuring three local bands: Dynamic, The Sutures and The Lonely Forest.

Speakers will address the situation in Darfur. Get information and actions steps to take. T-shirts and food for sale. Proceeds to benefit 'Doctors Without Borders in Darfur'

Information: SAVEDARFUR Website or SaveDarfurWashingtonState Website

*April 26, 2007, 7:00 - 10:00pm
The Northside Grill
8550 Greenwood Avenue North, Seattle

Benefit Concert for Darfur

Come listen to African rhythms and dance at The Northside Grill, a Moroccan/American restaurant located in the Greenwood area of Seattle while supporting efforts to bring an end to the humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

Updates about the situation in Darfur will be provided

Opportunities to take action -- sample letters and action steps will be provided

Sponsored by: SaveDarfurWashingtonState

Information: savedarfurwa@hotmail.com or
The Northside Grill Website

See event website for details.

*April 26, 2007, 12:10 - 12:40pm
University of Washington, Seattle, Red Square

Die In for Darfur at UW

Participants dressed in black each with a sign explaining that he or she represents thousands who have died in Darfur will stage a "die in" to raise awareness and promote action to end the genocide in Darfur. There will be information about this humanitarian crisis, letters to elected officials, actions to take. Other Global Days for Darfur events will be promoted

Sponsored by: Save Darfur University of Washington (SDUW)

Information: Lauren Ciszak - ciszak@u.washington.edu or SAVEDARFUR Website

*April 25, 2007, 7:00pm
Whatcom Peace & Justice Center
100 East Maple, Bellingham, WA

Yaneth Pérez, President
Dawn of Women for Arauca, Colombia

Yaneth is working to defend women’s rights and create peace with social justice in one of the most war-torn regions of Colombia. Occidental Petroleum has a huge oilfield and pipeline in Arauca that is protected by the U.S. and Colombian military.

Sponsored by: Community Action for Justice in the Americas, Montana Human Rights Network, Whatcom Peace and Justice Center, and the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force

Info: 360-734-0217 or Whatcom Peace & Justice Center Website

*April 25, 2007, 7:00pm
Western Washington University
Science, Mathematics & Technology Building, Room 120
Bellingham

Panel Discussion on Darfur

A panel of experts will share their knowledge of Darfur. More details to be posted on event website.

Sponsored by: WWUStand

Information: email - wwustand@gmail.com

*April 25, 2007, 7:00 - 8:30pm
University of Washington, Seattle

UW Jackson School Lecture Series (5th of 6):
Hot Spots in Our World

Global Human Trafficking and Its Implications for Washington State

Sara Curran, Associate Professor
UW International Studies and Public Affairs

Sponsored by: UW Jackson School of International Studies

Visit the lecture series website for detailed information.
Registration: 206-897-8939 or 1-800-506-1325

*April 25, 2007, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Antioch University, Room 100
6th and Battery, Seattle

Becoming Culturally Competent

The key to cultural competency is integrating knowledge about individuals, groups of people and institutions into policies, practices and attitudes that respect diversity. Participants will learn skills and tools to become more culturally competent in working with others.

Advanced Registration Date: March 9, 2007
No refunds for cancellations after March 23, 2007
Sponsored by: Washington State Association for Multicultural Education - 206-522-5438 or info@wsame.org
event website

*April 24, 2007, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Washington State Bar Association, Conference Room
1325 4th Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle

World Peace Through Law Section - April Speaker Meeting
and Mini-CLE

Formation of a U. S. Department of Peace - Legislative Update

Matt Harris

Matt Harris will give the Section an expert update on legislation concerning a proposed U.S. Department of Peace (DoP) which is a proposed cabinet-level department of the executive branch of the U.S. government. The original idea of a Peace Department in the United States dates back to the administration of George Washington, but has been most recently reinitiated by Rep. Dennis Kucinich beginning in 2001. A bill for this purpose, HR 3760, was previously introduced in the House of Representatives on September 14, 2005. It has most recently been re-introduced via HR 808 on February 5, 2007. A Department of Peace would incorporate many of the functions of the current U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP). For example, USIP was the host organization for the bipartisan Iraq Study Group and supports many educational program.

Credits: 1.0 general CLE credit

Free to Section members; $25 for non-members
(the $25 will be applied towards WPTL Section membership), $7.75 law students

WPTL Section meetings are usually on the last Tuesday of the month, noon-1:00, at WSBA, 1325 4th Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle. All are welcome to these informal, brown-bag events.

Information: See World Peace Through Law Section Website

*April 23, 2007, 7:30pm
Temple DeHirsch Sinai
1511 East Pike, Seattle

Situation in Darfur

Ruth Messinger, President
American Jewish World Service

Ruth Messigner will speak about the situation in Darfur which continues to worsen. Messinger has visited Darfur and refugee camps in Chad in 2006 and 2005 from which she has brought back images and witness to the need for our voices to speak out strongly to end this humanitarian crisis. She is a dynamic speaker and a tireless advocate for Darfur.

The program is open to the public and free of charge.

Co-sponsors: Temple Beth Am, Temple DeHirsch Sinai and SaveDarfurWashingtonState

Information: event website

*April 19 - 21, 2007
Tacoma, Washington

World Affairs Summit
Global Issues, Local Life

Compelling conversations on three themes: peace and social justice; education; and our environment

Visit the World Affairs Summit Website or PDF File for detailed information.

Free and open to the public.

*April 19, 2007, 7:30pm
New Freeway Hall
5018 Rainier Avenue S., Seattle

Sexual Violence and Military Indoctrination

Megan Cornish, Antiwar Activist

Megan Cornish will examine why misogyny and sexual violence are pervasive in U.S. military training, especially in a time of war. The result is the rampant harassment, assault and murder of female soldiers and Iraqi women. Every day a new atrocity surfaces, from Marines' brutal rape and killing of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and her family to the suspicious death of African American Pfc. LaVena Johnson. Come discuss the causes and their cure. There will be plenty of time for comments after the presentation.

A delicious dinner with vegetarian option served at 6:30pm for a $7.50 donation.

Sponsored by: Radical Women

Information: 206-722-6057 or email - rwseattle@mindspring.com or Radical Women Seattle Website

*April 17, 2007, 7:00 - 8:00pm
University of Washington, Seattle, Kane Hall 130

Angela Davis on Civil Rights: Future Trajectories

Angela Y. Davis is known internationally for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression in the U.S. and abroad. Over the years she has been active as a student, teacher, writer, scholar and activist/organizer. She is a living witness to the historical struggles of the contemporary era.

Cost: A free ticket is required from the University Bookstore.

Sponsored by: The Graduate School

Information: 206-616-1825 or email - lectures@u.washington.edu

*April 19, 2007, 7:00pm
Cafe Wannabee
5049 Brooklyn Avenue N. E., Seattle

Darfur, Sudan: The Mysteries Behind the conflict
Answers to Your Darfur Questions

Grace Hall

A presentation addressing the causes and stimuli of the conflict in Darfur. A discussion about Darfur in the larger picture of the world we live in. A resource for people who want to be more involved in Darfur activism. A place to find out what you as an individual can do to make a difference.

Information: Cafe Wannabaee - 206-523-6294

*April 13, 2007, 7:00pm
Bethany United Church of Christ
6230 Beacon Avenue S, Seattle

(Corner of Beacon Avenue and Graham Street on Beacon Hill)

Film Screening: Aristide And The Endless Revolution

An hour south of Miami is the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation, Haiti. In 1991 its citizens elected a former Roman Catholic priest and exponent of liberation theology, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, as president. Popular among Haiti's poor and disenfranchised, Aristide become a target of Haiti's business interests (and the political parties that served those interests) because of his daring policies which tried to raise the standard of living for the huge majority of Haitians. During his second term in office, his government came under increasing pressure from many sides and by 2004 political violence had escalated sharply. On February 29, 2004, Aristide and his family left Haiti on a U.S.-dispatched airplane -- according to Aristide, against his will; the U.S. claims with his full cooperation.

Nicolas Rossier's powerful and informative documentary focuses on Aristide's later years as president, as he struggled to fulfill his promises of reform in the face of mounting domestic opposition (driven in large part by business and military interests) and, simultaneously, an increasingly hostile relationship with the United States. Featuring an exclusive interview with Aristide from his exile in South Africa as well as the views of a wide range of supporters and critics including U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roger Noriega, Colin Powell, and Noam Chomsky, and intermixed with searing glimpes inside strife-torn Haiti, Aristide and the Endless Revolution offers a moving testimony to the Haitian peoples' struggle against oppression and exposes the tangled web of hope, deceit, and political violence that brought the world's first black republic to its knees.

A collection will be taken to support the good works of the Beacon Hill Peace Group and the Seattle/Cuba Friendship Committee - a Task Force of the Church Council of Greater Seattle

Information: Tom Warner - 206 523-1720 or email - warner@scn.org

*April 13, 2007, 7:00 - 9:30pm
Keystone Church
5019 Keystone Place North, Seattle

Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies:
"Scared Sacred"

(105 min, Velcrow Ripper, 2004)

In a world teetering on the edge of self-destruction, award-winning filmmaker Velcrow Ripper sets out on a unique pilgrimage. Visiting the 'Ground Zeros' of the planet, he asks if it's possible to find hope in the darkest moments of human history. Ripper travels to the minefields of Cambodia; war-torn Afghanistan; the toxic wasteland of Bhopal; post-9/11 New York; Bosnia; Hiroshima; Israel and Palestine. This powerful documentary captures his five-year odyssey to discover if humanity can transform the 'scared' into the 'sacred'.

Deep in the jungles of Cambodia, Ripper meets Aki Ra, a child soldier forced to lay landmines for the Khmer Rouge. Today Aki wanders his ravaged country with a simple wooden stick, decommissioning thousands of mines each year. In the shattered land of Afghanistan, Ripper searches for a Sufi musician who was banned from performing or even listening to music, by the reign of fundamentalism. The musician discovered a way out: he filled his house with songbirds. In each Ground Zero, he unearths unforgettable stories of survival, of ritual, resilience and recovery.

This event is free and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted.

Sponsored by: Wallingford Neighbors for Peace and Justice

*April 12 - 15, 2007
University of Washington, Seattle, Kane Hall

Film, Faith & Justice 2007
A forum exploring the theology of social justice

Featuring the films of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival

Film, Faith & Justice is a landmark, week-end long event that looks at current issues of social justice and faith through film and dialogue. As host to the internationally respected Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, the weekend will engage in substantive conversations regarding the role of faith in contemporary issues of injustice.

The forum will include award- winning documentaries, nationally known theologians, among them Dwight Hopkins, William Cavanaugh, Shane Claiborne, as well as local leaders presenting lectures and participating in community panel discussions.

Sponsored by: The Other Journal

Information: Film, Faith & Justice Website

*April 12, 2007, 7:00pm
University of Washington, Seattle, Ethnic Cultural Theatre
3931 Brooklyn Avenue N.E., Seattle

Film Screening
"American Heritage Series: 500 Years Later"
A film by Owen Alik Shahadah

Beautifully filmed with compelling discussions with the world's leading scholars, "500 Years Later" explores the collective atrocities that uprooted Africans from their culture and homeland, and scattered them into the vehement winds of the New World, 500 years ago. Infused with the spirit and music of liberation, this epic documentary, considered a masterpiece, spans over 25 countries to explore the victories and struggles of a people who have fought and continue to fight for the most essential human right - freedom.

Post Show Discussion.

Tickets $5 at the door. (Door sales only.)

Sponsored by: The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival

*April 12, 2007, 6:00pm
Seattle Repertory Theatre
155 Mercer Street, Seattle

"My Name is Rachel Corrie"

Killed while trying to prevent Palestinian homes from being destroyed in the Gaza Strip, twenty-three year old Washington State resident Rachel Corrie died while trying to find meaning in a complex, chaotic and violent situation. Join us for an evening devoted to the story of this local activist. At 6pm we will present a discussion with Braden Abraham, the director of the production, and the Corrie family. The play, which is told through Corrie’s own words, begins at 7:30 and will be followed by a reception and panel discussion.

Cost: $25

Sponsored by: World Affairs Council
Co-presenters: Palestine Solidarity Committee, Puget Sound Jewish Voice for Peace, and Voices of Palestine

See event website for detailed information and registration.

*April 10, 2007, Reception 6:30pm, Program 7:00pm
University of Washington, Seattle, Smith Hall 205

Our History Is Still Being Written - The Story of Three Chinese-Cuban Generals in the Cuban Revolution

Armando Choy, Gustavo Chui, and Moisés Sío Wong tell the story of their participation in the Cuban revolution from its triumph in 1959 to today. In the book, Our History Is Still Being Written: The Story of Three Chinese-Cuban Generals in the Cuban Revolution, published by Pathfinder Press, they recount Cuba's more than five decades of revolutionary action and internationalism. from Angola to Venezuela today, where Cuban volunteers are collaborating to advance medical care, education, and urban agriculture. They tell the little-known history of Chinese immigration to Cuba, the involvement of Chinese in Cuba's revolutionary struggles, and the revolution's example in combating racist discrimination against Chinese and Blacks.

Panelists:
Tony Chan, Associate Professor
Department of Communication
University of Washington
Professor Chan is the author of Gold Mountain: The Chinese in the New World and Perpetually Cool: The Many Lives of Anna May Wong, 1905-1961
Moon-Ho Jung, Associate Professor
Department of History
University of Washington
Professor Jung is the author of Coolies and Cane: Race, Labor, and Sugar Production in the Age of Emancipation
Martin Koppel joined in interviewing Armando Choy, Gustavo Chui, and Moisés Sío Wong for the book Our History Is Still Being Written. Recently, he traveled with the authors on a seven-city tour of Cuba where the book was presented to audiences throughout the island.
Freedom Allah Siyam, Political Education Officer, BAYAN-USA
Bettie Luke, Moderator
Organization of Chinese Americans (Greater Seattle)

Free and open to the public.

Sponsors: UW Department of American Ethnic Studies, Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, Latin American Studies Program, BAYAN-USA and MEChA

*April 5, 2007, 5:30pm
University of Washington, Seattle, HUB, West Ballroom

Beyond Borders: Perspectives on U.S. Immigration
In conjunction with the Liberty and Justice For All Campaign, Hate Free Zone

This mini-conference will bring together the University of Washington campus community to talk about immigration. We want to celebrate the important contributions immigrants and refugees make to the U.S. culture and economy, explore common misperceptions about immigration, discuss the myriad obstacles immigrants face in this country, and talk about ways to bring justice and fairness to our immigration system. Beyond Borders is part of a nation-wide event organized by Hate Free Zone called "A Night of 1000 Conversations," an effort to re-ignite a national dialogue about immigration issues, mobilize our communities, and to influence Congress to seek fair legislation.

Beyond Borders will feature a short film called "Uprooted: Refugees of the Global Economy," followed by guest speakers Professor Arzoo Osanloo, Professor Mark Ellis, Cambodian refugee and activist Many Uch, and Hate Free Zone Executive Director Pramila Jayapal.

The night will end with an array of focus groups led by University of Washington professors and community leaders, giving participants the opportunity to engage in conversations on asylum and refugee rights, undocumented workers, Mexican immigration, immigrants and health care, and the racialized history of U.S. immigration, among other important topics.

Detailed information and registration: Behond Borders Website

*April 3, 4, 5, 9 and 10, 2007
King County Libraries
Issaquah, Redmond, Fairwood, Federal Way

America at a Crossroads Film Series

Hosted by Robert MacNeil, PBS Journalist

This documentary film series is a major public television event that explores the challenges confronting the world after 9/11. These films will bring a variety of voices, cultures and points of view to highlight the crucial issues of the day. Guest speakers and lively discussions will follow each screening.

The entire series will debut on KCTS Television beginning April 15.

Sponsored by: King County Library System, KCTS Television and the World Affairs Council

See America at a Crossroads Website for details.

*April 3, 2007
Seattle

Dine For Darfur

Each day you make decisions which affect your life — where you buy your coffee, your lunch, your dinner, your glass of wine. On April 3, 2007, we offer you the opportunity to make these same choices and have them make a difference in the world. Purchase your food and drink at a 'Dine for Darfur' establishment and 25% of that money will be generously donated to aid relief efforts in Darfur. By choosing to eat at participating restaurants on April 3, you are choosing to support Seattle's neighborhood restaurants in their effort to make a difference in the world.

See Dine for Darfur Website for details.

*Apri 2, 2007, 7:00 - 8:30pm
University of Washington, Ethnic Cultural Center
3931 Brooklyn Avenue N.E., Seattle

Women Workers: Sparkplugs of Labor Discussion Group
"Workers on the March, Civil Rights to Labor
Labor at the Crossroads"

This is an ongoing discussion series on this groundbreaking document. It examines the vibrant struggles that women have ignited in the labor movement. Authors Megan Cornish and Heidi Durham are longtime union activists in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 77.

Free and everyone is welcome. Wheelchair accessible.

Sponsored by: Radical Women. Free and everyone is welcome.

Information: 206-722-6057 or RWseattle@mindspring.com
Radical Women Seattle Website


March 2007


*March 31, 2007, 5:00 - 10:30pm
Knights of Columbus Hall
722 E. Union, Seattle

University of Washington Guatemala Project Benefit Auction

Join us for a benefit auction! All proceeds go to a scholarship fund to create opportunity in the coffee communities of rural Guatemala.

Tickets are $65 per person. Dress is semi-formal. Ticket includes catered dinner from Madison Park Cafe, live & silent auction and live entertainment.

The UW Guatemala Project is a vehicle for youth empowerment. The project aims to provide scholarships and leadership training for impoverished youth in Guatemala's coffee communities. It simultaneously challenges UW students to seek solutions to endemic problems of global poverty. We invite you to join us in the promotion of youth education on these two fronts.

Information: guatemala@u.washington.edu or Auction Website
Uw Guatemala Project Website

*March 29 - April 13, 2007, during Regular Business Hours
Seattle City Hall, Main Lobby
600 4th Avenue (between Cherry and James), Seattle

Photo Exhibit: "Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago: Color Photos of the 1966 Freedom Movement"
In celebration of National Fair Housing Month in April

Bernard Kleina
Veteran Photographer and Fair Housing Activist

"Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago" offers a rare color portrait of the Chicago Open Housing Campaign, one of the pivotal events in American civil rights history. Bernard Kleina has served as Executive Director of Illinois HOPE Fair Housing Center for over 36 years, and is one of the most respected advocates for fair housing in the country.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: Seattle Office for Civil Rights and King County Office of Civil Rights

Information: Jacque Larrainzar, Seattle Office for Civil Rights - 206-684-4507, or visit Seattle Office of Civil Rights Events Website

*March 29, 2007, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Seattle City Hall, Main Lobby
600 4th Avenue (between Cherry and James), Seattle

Photo Exhibit Opening Reception:
"Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago: Color Photos of the 1966 Freedom Movement"

In celebration of National Fair Housing Month in April

Bernard Kleina
Veteran Photographer and Fair Housing Activist

Mayor Greg Nickels will welcome guests at 6 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: Seattle Office for Civil Rights and King County Office of Civil Rights

Information: Jacque Larrainzar, Seattle Office for Civil Rights - 206-684-4507, or visit Seattle Office of Civil Rights Events Website

*March 29, 2007, 12:00 noon
Seattle City Hall, Bertha Landes Room
600 4th Avenue (between Cherry and James), Seattle

Photo Exhibit:
"Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago: Color Photos of the 1966 Freedom Movement"

In celebration of National Fair Housing Month in April

Bernard Kleina
Veteran Photographer and Fair Housing Activist

Bernard Kleina will discuss his photos.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: Seattle Office for Civil Rights and King County Office of Civil Rights

Information: Jacque Larrainzar, Seattle Office for Civil Rights - 206-684-4507, or visit Seattle Office of Civil Rights Events Website

*March 27, 2007, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Washington State Bar Association, Conference Room
1325 4th Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle

World Peace Through Law Section - March Speaker Meeting
and Mini-CLE

Perspectives on Kosovo

Mary Pat Treuthart, Professor
School of Law
Gonazaga University

Professor Treuthart will present a brief history of Kosovo, its current legal status, human rights concerns, and her experience volunteering for ABA-CEELI.

Credits: 1.0 general CLE credit

Free to Section members; $25 for non-members
(the $25 will be applied towards WPTL Section membership), $7.75 law students

WPTL Section meetings are usually on the last Tuesday of the month, noon-1:00, at WSBA, 1325 4th Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle. All are welcome to these informal, brown-bag events.

Pre-registration highly recommended by March 26. On-line Registration Form

Information: See World Peace Through Law Section Website

*March 27, 2007, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Antioch University, Room 100
6th and Battery, Seattle

The Role of Whites in a Multicultural Society

In this interactive workshop, for people of all colors, we will move beyond denial, blame, guilt and fear, to take an honest look at race relations in America and to define a positive role for whites in a diverse society. Participants will explore the concept of white privilege, where it comes from, how it works, and why it is invisible to some. We will share models of unity and consult on ways to bridge the barriers between whites and people of color, in order to construct harmonious and productive relationships.

Advanced Registration Date: February 14, 2007
No refunds for cancellations after February 27, 2007
Sponsored by: Washington State Association for Multicultural Education - 206-522-5438 or info@wsame.org
event website

*March 24, 2007, 11:00am
1702 Alki Avenue S. W., Seattle

Walk For Water: Seattle
World Water Day 2007

Join us at the Walk For Water! The Walk For Water is inspired by the 3-6 mile journey women and children make every day in “water stressed” countries. The time spent fetching water for their families prevents them from pursuing an education, maintaining their households or earning additional income. “Walk for Water” will draw attention to the world water crisis. The modest acts of many can make an extraordinary difference.

This event is free, but to guarantee a spot you'll need to register online. Upon registration, you will be issued a ticket. Please be sure to print your ticket and bring it with you to the event. Once you register, you will receive additional instructions on how to retrieve your ticket, or change your event selection. You can also create a personal Water Advocates page that you can use to invite your friends and family to join you on World Water Day 2007.

See event website for further details and to register.
World Water Day 2007 Website

*March 24, 2007, 9:00am - 4:30pm
Seattle, WA, U.S.A.

Regeneration on the Front Lines!

Cristien Storm, Counselor

This training workshop is for activists to help identify, heal from, and prevent trauma that can come up in human rights/ social justice work. At the end of the workshop participants will be able to develop and increase resiliency; identify leadership models that weave trauma care/ prevention into our work; address the complexities of how we place the self/ body in our work and how trauma care/ prevention supports radical social change and movement building.

Cristien has over two decades of experience in community work on anti-violence, social change, and human rights issues. She is a founding member and former Executive Director of Home Alive. Cristien has extensive experience developing community based anti-violence programs and curricula which address the broad scope of how violence, trauma, abuse, and secondary trauma inform the structures of our relationships, our organizations, and our progressive movements. Cristien was also a Researcher and Cultural Organizer for the Northwest Coalition For Human Dignity, supporting community response to hate crimes, bigotry and assaults by organized white nationalist groups in rural and suburban communities. Currently, Cristien is a counselor with a private practice in Seattle. She also runs IfYouDon'tTheyWill, a Seattle partnership providing support for communities responding to hate. Sliding scale available.

Information and registration: Cristien Storm - 206-769- 3160 or Cristiens@hotmail.com or Cristien Storm Website

*March 23, 2007, 7:00 - 9:30pm
Keystone Church
5029 Keystone Place N., Seattle (Wallingford)

Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies
"Relfections on Water"
(Hadas Levy, 2006)

"Reflections on Water" is a visual collage of local and international films covering a wide range of topics and genres. The program includes work that deals with political, social, and environmental issues surrounding water and interweaves people's personal stories and aesthetic explorations of water.

Under the banner of "Reflections on Water", art and activism flow together to weave creative expressions and ideas about water that contribute to an appreciation of this essential and sacred element. "The growing number of citizens and groups who belong to the water justice movement and the global justice movement at large who are fighting for a water secure future, believe in the beauty of this dream: that the global water crisis will become the source of global peace; that humanity will bow before Nature and learn to cooperate with the limits that Nature gives us and with each other." - Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke

Produced by Hadas Levy of ParaDocs Productions in Vancouver, B.C.

Free and open to the public! ..but donations are kindly accepted.

World Water Day is March 22, 2007.
Innformation: World Water Day Website and Wikipedia World Day for Water Website

*March 22, 2007, Register 6:45am, program 7;30am
Westin Hotel Grand Ballroom
1900 Fifth Avenue, Seattle

2007 International Women’s Day Breakfast Forum
Women And Land – An Avenue To Poverty Alleviation

David Bledsoe, Program Director, Women and Land
Rural Development Institute (RDI)
Deborah Espinosa, Program Manager, Africa, RDI
Radha Friedman, Associate Director, Development & Communications, RDI
Renee Giovarelli, Consultant, Women and Land

Celebrate International Women’s Day, a United Nations holiday celebrated globally, with a forum on Women and Land—one of the keys to global poverty alleviation.

Register Today! Registration is $35. To RSVP, please call RDI at 206-528-5880.

Sponsored by: world Affairs Council and Rural Development Institute

See event website for detailed information.

*March 20, 2007, 7:30pm
Town Hall, Seattle
1119 Eight Avenue, Seattle

Mike Farrell, Actor, Activist and Author

Best known for his eight years on M*A*S*H and five seasons on Providence, actor Mike Farrell is also a writer, director and producer. He has served on human rights and peace delegations to many countries around the world and is president of Death Penalty Focus, an organization dedicated to abolishing the death penalty.

In his soon-to-be released memoir, Just Call Me Mike: A Journey from Actor to Activist, Farrell describes his early years as a teenager in Hollywood and his professional development from a soap opera player to the star of two popular television series. The heart of the story though, is about his is struggle to be a responsible citizen of the world.

Sponsored by: Elliott Bay Book Company

Cost - $5 tickets available at Elliott Bay Book Company.
Information: 206-624-6600

*March 17, 2007, 4:00pm
Northwest Film Forum
1515 - 12th Avenue at Pike, Seattle

Special Preview Film Screening:
"Black Gold"

Multinational companies have made coffee the second most traded commodity in the world. But as westerners revel in designer lattes, impoverished Ethiopian coffee growers suffer the bitter taste of injustice. Tracing one man's fight for a fair price, "Black Gold" is an eye-opening expose of the eighty-billion-dollar coffee industry.

A panel discussion will follow the feature film, and the panelists will also take questions from the audience.

Free and open to the public.

Watch a video preview at Black Gold Website.
RSVP to rsvp@communitycinemaseattle.org or 1-800-930-6060
Information: ITVS Community Cinema Seattle Website

Sponsored by: The Independent Television Service (ITVS), the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, KCTS Television Seattle, KBCS 91.3 FM, and the Northwest Film Forum

*March 16, 2007, 7:00pm
University of Washington, Seattle, Kane Hall, Room 120

Health Justice in Action
Prospects for Health Justice in Our Lifetime

Special Guests:

Quentin Young, M. D. Co-Founder PNHP, Past President PNHP and American Public Health Association;
Winner 2006 ACLU Lifetime Achievement Award

Jim McDermott, M. D.
U. S. Congressman, Honorary Chair PNHPWW - "Prospects for Health Justice in the 110th Congress"

Sherry Appleton, Washington State Representative, 23rd L. D.
Sponsor HB 1886, the Washington Health Security Trust - Prospects for WHST Legislation in the 2007-2008 Legislative Session"

We are reaching a tipping point in the debate on American health care. Equality and fair access for everyone must outweigh the inequities we face in our current health care system. We have the opportunity to create an excellent quality American health care system rooted in dignity, equality and respect. Come learn how you can be involved.

Public invited, admission free.

Sponsored by: Physicians for a National Health Program, Western Washington
Information: PNNHP Website or email - pnhp.westernwashington@comcast.net

*March 16, 2007, 10:15am
Seattle Public Library, Microsoft Auditorium
1000 - 4th Avenue, Seattle

Crossing Borders Issues & Resolutions: Conference, Debate and Dinner

7:00pm - Awards Reception and Dinner
College Club of Seattle
505 Madison Street, Seattle

This conference with University students from Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alberta to debate issues of importance to the US and Canada. Debate topics will include: the international waters of the Northwest Passage, oil drilling, drugs and healthcare, and border security Conference is free and open to the public.

Cost for attending the dinner is $35. Please reserve by March 12
Information: Kevin.cook@international.gc.ca.

Sponsored by: Consulate General of Canada, Canada America Society, World Affairs Council, Pacific Northwest Economic Region, Pacific Northwest Canadian Studies Consortium, WWU Foundation, UW Canadian Studies, K&L Gates, Davis Wright Tremaine, Chang & Boos, Seattle Westin Hotel, Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, Lane Powell

See event website for detailed information.

*March 15, 2007, 7:00 - 9:00pm
The Bush School, New Gym
3400 East Harrison Street, Seattle

Bush School Diversity Speaker Series

The National and Global Women's Movements: Past, Present and Future

Patricia Ireland, J.D.

Patricia Ireland is one of the most influential feminist leaders in the country. During her 10 years as President of the National Organization for Women (NOW), she used her experience as a lawyer to move NOW to the forefront of the political scene and establish herself as a groundbreaking activist. Widely recognized as a key player in improving social and economic conditions for women in the United States and around the world, Ireland is especially adept at challenging people to make the connections between women's rights and other human-rights issues. A hallmark of her work has been to forge stronger links among the women's, antipoverty, civil rights, disability rights, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movements.

Ireland has had a continuous presence in media outlets that shape public opinion. She initiated NOW's Global Feminist Conference in 1992, bringing together women from more than 45 countries. She has worked with women in England, France, Germany, Brazil, Cuba, China and Kenya. Patricia Ireland promises to be a major figure in the women's movement during the next decade and beyond.

Free and open to the public.
Information: 206-326-7731 or email - eddie.moorejr@bush.edu

*March 10, 2007, 7:00pm
Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium
901 - 12th Avenue, Seattle

International Women's Day Event

My Fight for Justice in Patriot Act America

Lynne Stewart, Human Rights Attorney

Acclaimed for defending poor people, radicals of color, and controversial figures, Stewart was sentenced to 28 months in prison on charges of abetting terrorism in a trial described as "a triumph of fear over reason" by Mumia Abu-Jamal. Stewart will discuss her appeal and the inspiration she draws from the legacy of female resistance to repression.

This event is free.

Co-sponsors: Radical Women
Seattle University Departments and Programs: Anthropology, Sociology & Social Work, Criminal Justice, Political Science, Pre-Law, Women's Studies National Lawyers Guild-SU Law School Chapter and the Black Panther Party Reunion Committee

Information: 206-722-6056 or email RWseattle@mindspring.com
Event Website
Directions: enter campus on East Marion at 12th Ave. Continue straight past the visitor parking lot. The Pigott Building is the first building on the right.

*March 9, 2007, 7:30 - 9:00pm
Keystone Church
5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle (Wallingford)

Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies
"Invisible Children"
(55 min., Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, Laren Poole, 2002)

Can a story change the world? In the spring of 2003, three young Americans traveled to Africa in search of such a story. What started out as a filmmaking adventure in Africa transformed into much more, when these three boys from Southern California found themselves stranded in Northern Uganda. What they found was a tragedy that disgusted and inspired them – a story where children are the weapons and the victims. They discovered children being abducted from their homes and forced to fight as child soldiers.

"Invisible Children" exposes the effects of a 20-year-long war on the children of Northern Uganda. Out of the filmmakers’ efforts, a movement has been born that provides resources skills, and funds for health care, safety, education and employment for the people of Northern Uganda. The goal of the movement is to empower individual viewers to become a part of the story.

Event is free and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted.
Information: Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies Website

*March 9, 2007, 6:00pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
101 South Main Street, Seattle

Book Event:
Paul Rusesbagina

Paul Rusesbagina, son of a Hutu father and Tutsi mother, sheltered over 1200 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in the Hôtel des Milles Collines during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. His undertaking inspired the acclaimed film, "Hotel Rwanda."

He speaks about the experiences that have put him where he is now, the current realities of Rwanda, and his much-praised autobiography, An Ordinary Man (Penguin, new in paper; co-written by Tom Zoellner).

Information: event website

March 7, 2007, 7:00pm
University of Washington, Seattle, Smith 120

Carmencita Chie Abad, Labor Organizer

Originally from the Philippines, Carmencita "Chie" Abad endured horrible conditions as a garment worker in the U.S. territory of Saipan. After typically working fourteen hour days, Chie campaigned for better treatment and attempted to form Saipan's first garment worker's union. As a result she was eventually forced to leave the island.

She is now working to educate Americans about inhumane factory conditions occurring worldwide. Her work contributed to a class action lawsuit against 26 retailers who operate in Saipan. Its settlement in 2002 provided back wages to numerous garment workers and a monitoring system to prevent further abuses. She will speak about her experience in Saipan and the problems and possibilities of grassroots activism.

Sponsored by: Student Labor Action Project, Students for Fair Trade, University of Washington Women's Center and ASUW

*March 7, 2007, Register 6:00pm, Program 6:30pm
Cascadia Community College, North Creek Events Center
18345 Campus Way N. E., Bothell

Eastside Speaker Series
U.S. Multinationals and Sanctioned Countries: Business Risk and Human Cost

Richard Newcomb, Former Director
Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

Mr. Newcomb will discuss the business costs of economic sanctions for multinational corporations.

Sponsored by: World Affairs Council, Cascadia Community College and University of Washington, Bothell
Information and registration: 206-441-5910 or event website

*March 5, 2007, 7:00pm
University Bookstore
4326 University Way N.E., Seattle

Book Event
Merisa Handler, Author
Loyal to the Sky: Notes from an Activist

Berrett-Kohler Publishers

Marisa Handler was born in South Africa in the days of apartheid, but moved to the U.S. at twelve. Here, she discovered that even in an open and free society, injustices can exist and need to be confronted. So that's just what she's done all over the United States, in India, Nepal, Ecuador, Peru, and elsewhere.

As Marisa has discovered through her activism and her journalism, there is a widespread fascination with this the anti-globalization movement. Who are they? What's an affinity group? How do decisions ever get made by consensus? What is participatory democracy? And what's with the puppets and costumes?

Merisa's personal portrait renders the global justice movement accessible and human. She demystifies direct action—the strategy that employs means lying beyond the approved channels of protest in a market-driven world—and presents spiritually-based nonviolent activism as the means to building the kind of world we wish to see.

Loyal to the Sky is a memoir of both personal and political growth. In this personal and political narrative, Handler offers an intriguing portrait of both her own evolution as a global justice activist and of this burgeoning movement. As Handler shows, the global justice movement is complex, both unapologetically radical and anti-hierarchical. Unlike their radical predecessors, these activists aren't seeking power but instead a return of power to where it belongs: the individual, within the self-organizing community.

In Merisa's words, "The way I see it, the more people that read this book, the more people learn about the ways we are already changing the world, and are reminded that every one of us has this ability."

Information: Marisa Handler Website

*March 1, 2007, 7:00pm
University of Washington, Seattle, Gowen 201

Film Screening:
"The Road to Guantanamo"

See movie website for detailed information.

Sponsored by: UW Amnesty International Website
Information: amnesty@u.washington.edu

*March 1, 2007, Register 6:30pm, Program 7:00pm
Women's University Club
1105 - 6th Avenue, Seattle

Shaping Globalization: Planet India — How the Fastest Growing Democracy is Transforming the World

Mira Kamdar, Author and Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute

As the world’s largest democracy, the transformation of India from developing country to global powerhouse is capturing the attention of the United States and the world. India is a major exporter of software services and Bollywood films; it is also home to many of the customer service centers that answer our calls. How will the rise of India continue to affect the world? How will its changing role shape the future of India, and how will its politics, economics, and culture shape the future of the world?

Cost: Members and Students $10, Non-members $15

Sponsored by: World Affairs Council
Information: 206-441-5910 or WAC Event Website

*March 1, 2007, 5:30pm
University of Washington, Seattle, Kane Hall 225, Walker Ames Room

Between Two Wars: Iraq's Children, U. S. Sanctions and the Question of Justice

Bert Sacks, Seattle Peace Activist

Bert Sacks was fined $10,000 in 1997 for bringing $40,000 in medical supplies to Iraq in violation of U.S. sanctions that began in 1991 and ended with the 2003 invasion. It is estimated that about 500,000 children died in Iraq as a result of these sanctions. Sacks has publicly refused to pay the fine, and is currently petitioning the Supreme Court to hear his case against the U.S. Treasury Department for violation of international law, the Geneva Convention, and for genocidal policies and actions against Iraqi civilian populations.

Please join us for an evening discussion of the impact of inter-war U.S. policies in Iraq and Sacks' quest to challenge these policies through the U.S. court system. The talk will end with a forum discussion on the emotional task of facing catastrophe and finding the resources for hope in the active struggle to uphold basic human rights on an international scale.

The talk will be followed by a reception.

Sponsored by: UW Comparative History of Ideas Program, in collaboration with Geography, Law, Society, and Justice, the Center for International Studies, American Ethnic Studies, and Women's Studies

Information: CHID - 206-543-7333


February 2007

*February 28, 2007, 7:00 - 9:00pm
University of Washington, Seattle, Smith Hall 120

National Wal-Mart Sweatshop Worker Speaking Tour

This national tour includes three speakers: a cut-flower worker from Colombia, a grocery store worker from Florida, and a garment union organizer from India. All three speakers have experienced first hand the unacceptable conditions on farms and in factories because of the purchasing practices of big box retailers such as Wal-Mart.

Sponsored by: The International Labor Rights Fund
Co-sponsored by:
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, and the Student Labor Action Project

Detailed information: International Labor Rights Fund Website

*February 28, 2007, 4:30pm
Western Washington University
516 High Street, Bellingham

Burma's Internally Displaced People: Where Public Health Meets Human Rights

Larry Dohrs, Co-Chair, Board of Directors
U. S. Campaign for Burma

Information: burma@u.washington.edu

*February 27, 2007, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Seattle Public Library - Central Library
1000 Fourth, Seattle

International Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution:
The Power of a Positive No

William Ury, Director
Global Negotiation Project, Harvard University

From ethnic wars in Russia and Yugoslavia, to wildcat strikes in a Kentucky coalmine, William Ury has mediated disputes throughout the world. Join us for a discussion with Mr. Ury as he shares the skills and techniques of conflict resolution that have made him one of the world’s leading negotiation specialists. William Ury has served as a consultant to the Pentagon, the White House, and many of America’s biggest corporations. He worked with President Carter to found the International Negotiation Network, and he is the bestselling author of Getting to Yes and Getting Past No.

Cost: Members and Students with ID $5, Non-members $10

Sponsored by: World Affairs Council

Information and registration: 206-441-5910 or event website

*February 27, 2007, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Seattle University, Bannan Room 102
901 - 12th Avenue, Seattle

National Wal-Mart Sweatshop Worker Speaking Tour

This national tour includes three speakers: a cut-flower worker from Colombia, a grocery store worker from Florida, and a garment union organizer from India. All three speakers have experienced first hand the unacceptable conditions on farms and in factories because of the purchasing practices of big box retailers such as Wal-Mart.

Sponsored by: The International Labor Rights Fund
Co-sponsored by: United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, and the Student Labor Action Project

Detailed information: International Labor Rights Fund Website

*February 25, 2007, Register 4:30pm, Program 5:00pm
East Shore Unitarian Church
12700 South East 32nd Street, Bellevue

Restoring America’s Good Name Abroad

Dr. William Schultz, Former Executive Director
Amnesty International U.S.A.

As Executive Director of Amnesty International USA from 1994-2006, Dr. Schulz headed the American section of the world’s oldest and largest international human rights organization. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC; a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; and an Adjunct Professor at the New School in New York City.

This is a free event.

Sponsored by: Puget Sound Unitarian Universalist Council, ACLU of Washington, American Friends Service Committee, Amnesty International Puget Sound, Hate Free Zone, and the World Affairs Council of Seattle.

Information: 425-747-3780 or East Shore Unitarian Church Website
WAC Event Website

*February 24, 2007
University of Washington, Seattle, Kane Hall

2007 ACLU Annual Membership Conference
Challenges in the 21st Century

See conference website for detailed information.

*February 23, 2007, 7:00pm
Western Washington University
Fairhaven College Auditorium
Bellingham

National Wal-Mart Sweatshop Worker Speaking Tour

This national tour includes three speakers: a cut-flower worker from Colombia, a grocery store worker from Florida, and a garment union organizer from India. All three speakers have experienced first hand the unacceptable conditions on farms and in factories because of the purchasing practices of big box retailers such as Wal-Mart.

Sponsored by: The International Labor Rights Fund
Co-sponsored by: United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21, and the Student Labor Action Project

Detailed information: International Labor Rights Fund Website

*February 23, 2007, 7:00 - 9:30pm
Keystone Church
5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle (Wallingford)

Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies
"Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion"
104 minutes, Tom Peosay, 2002

The venerable Tulku Yeshi of Sakya Monastery, and Tibetan-born Rigdzin Tingkhyewill explain and discuss the current situation in Tibet.

A definitive exploration of a well-known yet little understood subject, this film tells the epic story of modern Tibet: a story of struggle and suffering, courage and compassion. The story of the Dalai Lama's efforts to maintain a non-violent struggle for justice takes on renewed relevance in a world focused on war and terrorism. In the words of Tibetan intellectual Lhasang Tsering, "All leaders in the world are talking about peace, but nobody is doing anything about it. Everybody is condemning violence, but nobody is doing anything to support non-violence." Nevertheless, despite more than fifty years of oppression, Lhasang stresses that Tibetans "have not lost the hope and the courage to be free." "Cry of the Snow Lion" powerfully examines the history of devastation in Tibet, the international significance of the Tibetan issue today, and the spiritual beliefs that continue to inspire hope for the future.

The Venerable Tulku Yeshi of Sakya Monastery in Greenwood is the author of eight books and has received teachings from 25 masters representing all five schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Tibetan-born Rigdzin Tingkhye has been the translator for senior Tibetan Buddhist lamas and geshes and is the proprietor of the Pema Kharpo Shop.

Free! - donations very much appreciated!!

Sponsored by: Wallingford Neighbors for Peace and Justice

Information: Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies Website

*February 23, 2007, Register 11:30am, Luncheon 12:00pm
Westin Hotel
1900 Fifth Avenue, Seattle

Senator McCain: His Vision for the United States' Role in the World

John McCain, U. S. Senator

Senator McCain will be speaking about his vision for the United States in the World. What is the role of the U.S. in the global community? How should the U.S. position itself over the next decade? What are the challenges, and how should they be addressed? What are the future global impacts on Washington State? Senator McCain will address these topics of global relevance and their relation to the Puget Sound region.

Senator McCain is the Senior Senator from Arizona and has served in the United States Congress since 1982. He is currently the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Armed Services. He also serves on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, and the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Prior to his election to Congress, Senator McCain served in the United States Navy from 1958 – 1981, and is the recipient of the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, and Distinguished Flying Cross.

The luncheon will feature open seating so please plan to arrive early.
Regrettably, we cannot offer refunds after Friday, February 16.

Cost: $75
Sponsored by: World Affairs Council

Information and registration: 206-441-5910 or event website

*February 23, 2007, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Seatle University, Lemieux Library, Shafer Auditorium

Teaching about the Holocaust: A Seminar for Educators

Stephen Feinberg
Director of National Outreach
U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Workshops include: Nazi Racial Ideology, Guidelines for Teaching the Holocaust, Local Resources, Myths and Misconceptions, a panel of Holocaust Educators sharing their favorite lessons, and a special presentation by Holocaust survivor Thomas Blatt.

Cost: $20. Clock hours available. Lunch and materials provided.

Sponsored by: Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Seattle University

Information and registration: 206-441-5747 or email - info@wsherc.org or Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center Website or Seminar Brochure

*February 22, 2007, 7:00 - 9:00pm
University of Washington, Seattle, Odegaard Library

Using Images and Exhibits to Reach About the Holocaust

Stephen Feinberg
Director of National Outreach
U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Feinberg will offer an excellent program for educators. Don’t miss this opportunity! Clock hours available.

Sponsored by: The Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

RSVP: ikennedy@wsherc.org

Information: 206-441-5747 or Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center Website

*February 22, 2007, 2:30 - 4:30pm
University of Washington, Seattle, Allen Library Auditorium

Documentary Film Showing:
"State of Fear"

(Directed by Paco de Onis, Peter Kinoy and Pamela Yates, 2005, 94 min.)

Adam Warren, Assistant Professor
UW Department of History

Join Adam Warren as he hosts "State of Fear." This documentary looks at the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s official report regarding atrocities committed on both sides during the twenty-year war between the Shining Path guerrilla movement and the Peruvian government.

*February 21, 2007, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Seattle Public Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium
1000 Fourth Avenue (between Madison & Spring), Seattle

Book Event: Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan
Ann Jones
, Journalist and Activist

Ann Jones has written about violence against women in the United States in such books as Next Time She'll Be Dead and Women Who Kill, and about trans-African travel in search of a South African rainmaker in Looking for Lovedu: Days and Nights in Africa.

Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan (Metropolitan) is her account of volunteering to teach English to Afghan high school teachers and working on behalf of women in Afghanistan in the days after 9/11. A potent and disturbing new book, Jones examines the dire situation of women in postwar Afghanistan. Jones, who spent much time in Kabul's women's prisons and schools, witnessed firsthand the effects of stunning physical and psychological abuse.

Free admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis (no tickets). Parking in the Central Library garage will be available for a special $5 rate.

Co-Sponsored by: Elliott Bay Book Company and Seattle Public Library Washington Center for the Book

Information: 206-386-4636 or SPL Author Event Website

*February 16 - 18, 2007
Northwest Film Forum
1515 - 12th Avenue (between Pike and Pine), Seattle

Seattle Human Rights Film Festival

Amnesty International Puget Sound proudly announces the 15th annual Seattle Human Rights Film Festival. A total of 10 short and feature- length films from a myriad of international talents will screen. These films expose the global struggle for freedom and dignity against oppression and injustice. The Saturday screenings focus on the Stop Violence Against Women Campaign, now in its third year. Discussions with filmmakers and activists will follow each film.

Admission: $8.00 or $5.00 for students, seniors and low income.
Festival passes: $40.00 or $20.00 for students, seniors and low income.

For detailed information visit the Festival Website or email filmfest@aiwashington.org or call 206-228-8369

Sponsored by: Amnesty International Group 4

*February 16, 2007, 7:00 - 9:30pm
Keystone Church
5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle (Wallingford)

Friday Night At The Meaningful Movies
"A Force More Powerful: Gandhi's Salt March"

(30 minutes, Steve York, 2000)

Bernie Meyer appears as Gandhi during the famous 1930 Salt March when he enjoined Indians to protest the British salt monopoly – a turning point in the movement that paved the way for India’s independence from Britain. Gandhi, the most influential figure in the history of nonviolent resistance, steered a shrewdly strategic, ever-escalating course of "noncooperation" that included mass demonstrations, strikes, and the boycott of British goods.

Free and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted.

Sponsored by: Wallingford Neighbors for Peace and Justice
Information: Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies Website

*February 15, 2007, Dinner - 6:30pm, Program - 7:30pm
New Freeway Hall
5018 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle

Black History Month Video Showing:
"Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders"

Through moving interviews and powerful archival footage, this award-winning documentary takes up the Civil Rights movement in Mississippi from the point of view of ordinary African-American women who organized the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. These women risked their physical safety, jobs and even their lives to courageously challenge the entrenched political structure of the Deep South and successfully altered the course of U. S. history by fighting for equal education and the right to vote.

Featured in the film are Victoria Gray Adams, Annie Devine and Fannie Lou Hamer, the first black women ever to be seated on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Also highlighted are Unita Blackwell, the first African-American woman mayor in Mississippi; Elsie Dorsey, who grew up on a plantation and went on to earn a doctorate in social work; and May Bertha Carter, whose children were the first to integrate schools in Drew, Mississippi.

Dinner, with vegetarian option - $7.50 donation.
The building is wheelchair accessible.
Sponsored by: Radical Women
Everyone welcome. info, rides or childcare, please call in advance.
Information - 206-722-6057 or email RWseattle@mindspring.com.

*February 13, 2007, 6:30 - 8:00pm
University of Washington, Seattle, Electrical Engineering, Room 105

A Country that Works: Getting America Back on Track

Andy Stern, President
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Sponsored by: Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
Co-sponsred by: SEIU Local 925

Information: 206-543-7946 or pcls@u.washington.edu

*February 13, 2007, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Ethnic Cultural Center, Chicano Room 3931 Brooklyn Avenue N. E., Seattle

Celebrate Black History Month
Film Screening: "Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin"

Bayard Rustin was Martin Luther King Jr.'s "right-hand-man" during the Civil Rights Movement. Learn about the man who brought passive non-violent resistence to the movement. This is the definitive film biography of one of the most "controversial" figures of the Civil Rights Movement. He was one of the first freedom riders, an advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King and A. Philip Randolph, and the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington. Intelligent, gregarious, and charismatic, Rustin was denied his place in the limelight for one reason-he was gay.

Sponsored by: UW Q Center
Information: 206-897-1430 or qcenter@u.washington.edu

*February 11, 2007, 7:30pm
Seattle Center, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
Nesholm Family Lecture Hall

Film Showing: "Another Side of Peace"
(2004, 58 minutes)
Part of the 1st Annual Northwest Folklife Documentary Film Festival, Crossing Borders

Folowed by a discussion with filmmakers Ellen Frick & Gretchen Burger and Palestinian-American Laila Suidan.

Roni Hirshenzon is a 60-year-old Israeli man who has suffered as much as any parent can imagine. Both of Roni's sons are dead. He lost his oldest son, Amir, in a double suicide bombing. His younger son, Elad, committed suicide five years later, following the death of his best friend in yet another bombing. Putting anger and despair aside, Roni co-founded The Parents Circle, a support group for bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families who have lost children in the conflict. "Another Side of Peace" follows Roni's internal journey to come to terms with the deaths of his two sons, and his efforts to reach reconciliation and promote peace. He works with Ghazi Briegieth, his Palestinian counterpart, to connect with other bereaved families in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

Another Side of Peace Website

Cost: $7.50 with discounted package prices available.
Information; Crossing Borders Website

*February 10, 2007, 1:00pm
Seattle Center, Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
Nesholm Family Lecture Hall

Film Showing: "The Spirit Wrestlers"
Part of the 1st Annual Northwest Folklife Documentary Film Festival, Crossing Borders

"The Spirit Wrestlers" exposes the dramatic and troubling story of the Russian-speaking Doukhobor community in Canada. In explaining a poorly-understood conflict in Canadian history, it portrays successive government efforts to assimilate a unique and proud people.

After fleeing persecution in Russia in 1899, this pacifist, communal people eventually settled in British Columbia, just north of the U.S.-Canada border, where they struggled to retain their own culture and values. The Doukhobors (which means ‘"spirit wrestlers") faced government attempts to split up their communally-owned settlements and force their children to assimilate by attending state schools. Matters worsened after the Russian Revolution, when the Canadian government confused the Doukhobor traditional, communal lifestyle with communist beliefs abroad. The result was a conflict that produced blatant abuses of state power, including the forced removal of many Doukhobor children from their homes. One sect, the Sons of Freedom, responded with vehement resistance, culminating in acts of arson, group nudity and bombings of public buildings.

Presenter Biography - Andrei Bondoreff
Andrei Bondoreff was born into a Doukhobor family and has been involved in Doukhobor cultural activies throughout his entire life. He has sung in Doukhobor choirs in British Columbia and Saskatchewan for many years and attends Doukhobor cultural gatherings annually. As a scholar, Bondoreff has conducted extensive ethno-historical research on the Doukhobors, with a focus on sectarian divisions. His graduate work investigates the breadth, scope and nature of the terrorism emanating from the Sons of Freedom faction of Doukhoborism which is the primary focus of this film.

Bondoreff writes regularly for the Doukhobor magazine Iskra Magazine on a wide range of social, political and religious topics. Most recently, Bondoreff researched the Mysterious Death of Peter Verigin in 1924 for the "Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History" website, funded by Heritage Canada.

Spirit Wrestlers Website

Cost: $7.50 with discounted package prices available.
Information; Crossing Borders Website

*February 10, 2007
12:00 noon - March for Justice
Portland Avenue Park
Portland Avenue between 35th and E. Fairbanks, Tacoma

1:00 pm - Rally for Justice
U. S. Federal Court House
1717 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma

14th Annual Northwest Regional
International Day of Solidarity for Leonard Peltier,

Performances by:
The Aztec Dancers
United Nations: Native Rap Activists
Albert Combs

Speakers:
Matilaja: Yu’Pik/Yakama, Tacoma LPSG: M.C.
Robert Robideau: Co-Director of the LPDC and Co Defendant
Shelly Vendiola: Indigenous Women’s Network
Steve Hapy: Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group
Arthur J. Miller, Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group
David Duenas: Puyallup
Juan Jose Bocanegra: Every Worker’s Movement
Frank Reynolds: Native American Coalition
Bill Bichsel: Catholic Worker, JWJ
Zoltan Grossman: Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace, Faculty Evergreen's Native American Studies

Donations Needed! Please send to:

Tacoma Leonard Peltier Support Group
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*February 9, 2007, 8:30pm
UW Hillel
17th and 50th, Seattle

Combatants for Peace

The event is called ‘Combatants for Peace’ and it is a nationwide tour which features two very important speakers who are advocating for a peaceful, nonviolent solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.The first speaker, Suleiman Al-Hamri, was involved in a Palestinian terrorist organization until he was arrested and jailed. When he was released he decided not to go back to his old ways but to become a nonviolent proponent for peace. The second speaker, Shimon Katz, was an Israeli soldier in the IDF who, after studying eastern philosophy, has also decided to become an advocate for a nonviolent solution to the conflict.

The organizers of this event hope to start (a) an open, comfortable relationship between Jews, Arabs, and Muslims on campus and (b) a dialogue between different groups (and opinions) on a shared issue such as this. Members of groups such as Huskies For Israel, the Muslim Student Association, and the Arab Student Organization will be attending.

Information:
Joshua Newson, University of Washington
newsonj@comcast.net or 425-442-6818

*February 9, 2007, 7:00 - 9:30pm
Keystone Church
5019 Keystone Place N., Seattle (Wallingford)

Friday Night At The Meaningful Movies
"Granito de Arena" ("Grain of Sand") with filmmaker Jill Friedberg

(60 min, Jill Friedberg, 2005)

This is a film about the privatization of the public school system in Mexico and the struggle for democratic community education in the face of economic globalization. Filmmaker Jill Friedberg spent almost two years in southern Mexico documenting the strikes, marches, and direct actions of over 100,000 teachers, parents, and students fighting the privatization of Mexico's public schools. Featuring interviews with Eduardo Galeano and Maude Barlow, and a driving soundtrack by DJ Food, PlanB, Los Mosocos, and Correo Aereo, "Granito de Arena" fuels indignation, inspires action, and raises important questions about democracy, sovereignty, and the universal right to public education. Jill is just back from Oaxaca, and will give us an update on the situation there.

Information: Corrugated Films Website
Free and open to the public! ..but Donations are kindly accepted.

Sponsored by: Wallingford Neighbors for Peace and Justice
Friday Night at the Meaningful Movies Website

*February 8, 2007, 7:00pm
Seattle University, Schafer Auditorium, Lemieux Library
901 - 12th Avenue, Seattle

Combatants For Peace:
Former Israeli and Palestinian Fighters Join to Break the Cycle of Violence

Shimon Katz, Former Israeli Soldier

Sulaiman Al Hamri, Former Palestinian Combatant and Prisoner

Learn how these veteran fighters have transformed themselves into peace advocates, rejecting violence and becoming warriors for peace through dialogue, education and advocacy.

Shimon Katz served four years as an officer in an elite Israel Defense Forces (IDF) combat unit, then traveled to the Far East, studied meditation and became interested in non-violent ways of living. Since returning to Israel he has been called upon regularly by the IDF for a few weeks each year. "I remember the conflict I felt between the obligation I felt to 'serve' the country and my inner voice that told me that this isn't the way to act..." Katz has degrees in psychology and classical piano. In 2007 he begins studies in clinical social work at Yeshiva University in New York.

Sulaiman Al Hamri is the Palestinian Coordinator for Combatants for Peace. His long history of peace work includes co-founding Combatants for Peace in April 2005, and working with other Israeli peace groups such as Taayoush. Al Hamri also recently participated in the Swedish Human Rights Forum as a guest lecturer. He spent four-and-a-half years in Israeli prisons for his involvement in anti-occupation protests and demonstrations, before deciding to pursue a non-violent approach to resolving the conflict.

The Combatants for Peace movement was founded in 2005 by Israelis and Palestinians who were once actively involved in perpetuating the cycle of violence. Now they have put down their guns and aim to educate both peoples about non-violence, putting political pressure on both governments to stop the vicious cycle of violence and resume constructive dialogue.

Open to the public.
Guest parking entrance: 12th Avenue and East Marion Street, Seattle

Sponsored by: Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, Greater Seattle Chapter
Co-sponsored by: Seattle University, School of Theology and Ministry, Find Common Ground, Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Arab American Community Coalition, Hillel at the University of Washington, Saint Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, American Friends Service Committee, Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, World Affairs Council

*February 5, 2007, 7:30pm
The Elliott Bay Book Company
101 S. Main Street, Seattle

Michael K. Honey, Associate Professor
Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Tacoma

Michael Honey, the former UW Seattle Harry Bridges Chair of Labor Studies and a stalwart presence within academic and activist labor circles for decades, will speak on his compelling new book, Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign (W.W. Norton).

"From the poignant glimpses of the lives of Memphis's black sanitation workers to the back-room maneuvering among leadership allies and rivals, Michael Honey brings it all to life: the last campaign, the last days, the last hours, the final moments. This is a dramatic and engaging work of history, illuminating an entire era through the glittering examination of the final 'mountaintop' and the crevasse beyond." - Melissa Fay Greene. "A magisterial treatment...Michael Honey is to be saluted." - Cornel West. Michael Honey is also the author of Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights and Black Workers Remember.

Information: event website

*February 3, 2007, VIP Reception - 6:00pm, Program - 7:00pm
Town Hall, Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca Street), Seattle

Art of Living Foundation, Seattle Chapter:
Heroes of Humanity Awards

This event will honor people who have been selflessly helping people and making this community a better place to live. Local individuals who exemplify a dedication to human welfare will receive the Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Award for Uplifting Human Values. The evening features musical performances by Pacifica Children’s Choir, Garnett and Beverly, and Human Harmony. Speakers include Raj Manhas, Seattle School Superintendent.

The Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Award for Uplifting Human Values will be given in more than 30 cities in U.S., culminating with a major celebration on March 28th, 2007 at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. where the reception committee will be chaired by Steny Hoyer, the respected House Majority Leader for 110th congress.

Sponsored by: Art of Living Foundation

Information: Sunita Pachpande - 858-705-3315 or Town Hall Seattle Calendar

*February 1, 2007, 7:00 - 9:00pm (New Time)
University of Washington, Seattle, Smith Hall 205

Human Rights in Guatemala

Jillian Tuck

Jillian has just spent six months in Guatemala, based in Rabinal, Alta Verapaz, accompanying witnesses to the scorched earth massacres of 1980-82. More than 100 witnesses from 23 of over 600 of those massacres have filed a lawsuit in Guatemalan court accusing the dictators and their military leaders of genocide and crimes against humanity.

Jillian has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in World History and Latin American Studies. Jillian will talk about the very current initiatives to protect and assure human rights in Guatemala and the unique challenges of seeking justice for genocide within the Guatemalan courts. Jillian will also be reporting on some very exciting recent developments.

The Spanish Court has issued arrest warrants for those dictators and their military commands charged with genocide, under a new precedent of "universal jurisdiction", which has also been backed by the Parliament of the European Union. We are eager to learn more about these hopeful developments, the responses in Guatemala and how we can support them.

Sponsored by: UW Latin American Studies
Information: 206-685-3435 or lasuw@u.washington.edu


January 2007

*January 29, 2007, 3:30 - 5:00pm
University of Washington, Seattle, William H. Gates Hall, Room 138

Justice Albie Sachs, Justice
South African High Court
and Human Rights Scholar

In recent years the South African Constitutional Court has produced a series of fascinating and influential decisions. These decisions, many written by Justice Sachs, include some of the most acute thinking produced anywhere on difficult and controversial questions about human rights, social justice, and constitutional democracy. They also make gripping reading.

Information: Shari Ireton, UW School of Law, 206-685-9002 or slireton@u.washington.edu
Event Website

*January 27, 2007

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

This day is designated by the United Nations General Assembly
Information: info@wsherc.org or U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Website

*January 27, 2007, Doors Open 9:00pm, Show 10:00pm
Nectar Lounge
412 N. 36th Street, Seattle (Fremont)

Save Darfur Tour

Tour Artists:
Visionaries
Alexipharmic
Grayskul
Sleep
Rocket One
Braille
Peg Leg
Ohmega Watts

Admission: $8

Information: Nectar Lounge Event Website or 206-632-2020
Save Darfur Tour Website

*January 25, 2007, 7:00 - 9:00pm
University of Washington, Seattle, Henry Art Gallery

White Slaves: The Trafficking of Jewish Women

Isabel Vincent, Author

From the 1860s to 1939, thousands of poor young women from Eastern Europe were sold into prostitution by a notorious Jewish gang called the Zwi Migdal. The "white slaver" even became a figure of literature in works like I. B. Singer's Scum and Sholem Aleichem's "The Man from Buenos Aires." In her book Bodies and Souls, Isabel Vincent describes how Jewish women were lured to cities like New York, Buenos Aires, and Rio de Janeiro. She also shows how these women, shunned by the Jewish community, banded together to form their own cultural institutions. Vincent's other books include Hitler's Silent Partners: Swiss Banks, Nazi Gold,and the Pursuit of Justice.

Cost: $8 Regular Admission, $6 Student/Under 25 (with valid ID)

Sponsored by: Nextbook Seattle and UW Jackson School of International Studies

Information: 206-543-9031 or event website

*January 25, 2007, 7:00pm
Roosevelt High School Theatre
1410 N. E. 66th Street, Seattle

Darfur Stories

Darfur Stories is a staged reading of first person accounts that dramatize both crisis and commitment in Darfur. The program was created from written accounts and original interviews with Darfurians, activists, journalists, and aide workers and adapted by the award winning Book-it Repertory Theatre in Seattle.

The voices of the people of Darfur --in the towns and in refugee camps-- are joined by other storytellers. Among them: Journalist Nick Clooney describes a trip to Sudan with Oscar winning son George. Oxfam's Alun Mcdonald, offers a birds eye view of humanitarian aid in Sudan. Mark Hanis, Founder of the Genocide Intervention Network, details how a group of students at Swarthmore helped fund the African Union peacekeeping troops by raising a quarter of a million dollars in 100 days. Actress and Unicef Ambassador Mia Farrow reports on her trip to Refugee camps in Chad in November.

Darfur Stories will premier at a community wide event at Roosevelt High school's new Theatre and then travel to several Seattle high schools. The staged reading will then be available to organizations across the country. Several cities have already expressed an interest.

Suggested donation $5 (proceeds to humanitarian aid)

Darfur Stories Project:
Conceived and researched by: Barbara Mackoff, Project Director
Adapted by Reginald Andre Jackson, Book-it Repertory Theatre
Presented by: Book-it Repertory Theatre, Save Darfur Washington State, Roosevelt High School
Coordinated at Roosevelt by Cora Mackoff
Funded by: The Mayors Office on Arts and Cultural Affairs and Private Contributors

Information: Barbara Mackoff - darfurstories@aol.com

*January 23, 2007, 4:00pm
University of Washington, Seattle, William H. Gates Hall 133

Panel Discussion:
The Right to Health in New Orleans During and After Hurricane Katrina

Panelists:

Captain Andrew Stevermer of the Public Health Service. He will speak about the health systems collapse, problems and recommendations for the future.

Dr. Chris Sanford, a physician and member of a disaster relief team that responded immediately to the disaster in New Orleans will give a personal, on-the-ground account of his experience.

Jean Carmalt, Esq, a human rights lawyer, wrote an NGO shadow report to the UN. She will speak about the U.S. violations of its human rights obligations.

This presentation is open to students and faculty.

Sponsored by: The Health and Human Rights Class

Information: Dr. Beth Rivin, Program Director, Global Health and Justice Project - 206-616-3674 or brivin@u.washington.edu
Global Health & Justice Project Website

*January 22, 2007, 7:00pm
Seattle University
Lemieux Library, Schafer Auditorium
901 - 12th Avenue, Seattle

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance

Adapted by Suzanne M. Cohen

This will be a celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as community members deliver his historic Nobel Prize acceptance speech. At the age of thirty-five was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas and Seatle Center
Sponsored in part by: 4Culture
Information: 206-323-4032 or email info@cdforum.org
CD Forum Website or event website

*January 21, 2007, 2:00pm
Seattle University
Pigott Auditorium
901 - 12th Avenue, Seattle

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance

Adapted by Suzanne M. Cohen

This will be a celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as community members deliver his historic Nobel Prize acceptance speech. At the age of thirty-five was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas and Seatle Center
Sponsored in part by: 4Culture
Information: 206-323-4032 or email info@cdforum.org
CD Forum Website or event website

*January 20 - 21, 2007
Evergreen State College, Tacoma Campus
1210 6th Avenue, Tacoma, WA

Citizens' Hearing on the Legality of U. S. Actions in Iraq

This hearing will take place two weeks before the February 5th court martial of Lieutenant Ehren Watada at Fort Lewis. The Citizens’ Hearing will function as a tribunal to put the Iraq War on trial, in response to the Army putting Lt. Watada on trial as the first U.S. military officer to refuse deployment to Iraq.

The format of the Citizens' Hearing will resemble that of a congressional committee, employing a dignified approach to gathering information. Testimony will be offered by Iraq War veterans, experts in international law and war crimes, and human rights advocates. Your gift of funds (or frequent flyer miles) will enable more of these clear voices to be heard by people around the country and the world. Among the figures that have committed to testify are:

  • Daniel Ellsberg, military analyst who released the Pentagon Papers in the Vietnam War
  • Denis Halliday, Former UN Assistant Secretary General, coordinated Iraq humanitarian aid;
  • Richard Falk, Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University;
  • Nadia McCaffrey, Gold Star Families Speak Out; Brussels Tribunal advisory board;
  • Harvey Tharp, Former U.S. Navy Lieutenant and JAG stationed in Iraq;
  • Antonia Juhasz, policy-analyst and author on U.S. economic policies in Iraq;
  • John Burroughs, Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy Executive Director;
  • Benjamin G. Davis, Associate Law Professor, University of Toledo; expert on law of war;
  • Eman Khammas, Iraqi human rights advocate (via video)
  • Geoffrey Millard, 8 years in Army National Guard; now in Iraq Veterans Against the War

    Visit the War Tribunal Website for detailed information.

    *January 20, 2007, 7:00pm
    Town Hall, Seattle
    1119 Eighth Avenue (at Seneca Street), Seattle

    From Auschwitz to Bangor

    John Burroughs, Executive Director
    Lawyer’s Committee on Nuclear Policy in New York

    John Burroughs will speak about nuclear weapons in Puget Sound, the power of international law, and individual responsibility for abolishing nuclear weapons.

    Sponsored by: Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action
    Founded in 1977, Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action practices nonviolence from a perspective of spiritual reflection, and witnessing and resisting all nuclear weapons, especially Trident.

    Tickets are $10 at Brown paper Tickets

    Information: Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action Website

    *January 18, 2007, 4:00pm
    University of Washington, Seattle, Smith Hall 102

    Book Reading: Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign

    Michael Honey, Professor
    Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program
    University of Washington, Tacoma

    Professor Michael Honey will discuss his new book from W.W. Norton, Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King's Last Campaign, followed by a reception.

    Sponsored by: Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, UW History and American Ethnic Studies Departments, and University Bookstore

    Information: 206-543-7946 Sarah Laslett or email - pcls@u.washington.edu

    *January 18, 2007, Register 4:00pm, Program 4:15pm
    Roosevelt High School
    1410 N.E. 66th Street, Seattle

    Exploring and Experiencing Deliberation: The U.S. Role in the World

    Is respectful and rigorous public deliberation possible in an age of talk-show tantrums and self-indulgent political posturing? Are citizens capable of civil discourse, and if so, what can teachers do to promote it? This forum will grapple with these questions.

    Cost: $20.00
    Registration deadline: January 15

    Sponsored by: World Affairs Council and Washington State Capitol Forum
    See event website for details.

    *January 15, 2007, 2:00pm
    Seattle Center, Center House Food Court

    Annual Martin Luther King Day People's Celebration
    Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Nobel Peace Prize Accpetance

    Adapted by Suzanne M. Cohen

    This will be a celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as community members deliver his historic Nobel Prize acceptance speech. At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr. was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    Sponsored by: Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas and Seattle Center
    Sponsored in part by: 4Culture
    Information: 206-323-4032 or email info@cdforum.org
    CD Forum Website or event website

    *January 15, 2007, 9:30am - Workshops, 11:00am - Rally, 12:00 Noon - March
    Franklin High School
    3013 S. Mt. Baker Boulevard, Seattle

    Martin Luther King Celebration:
    Solidarity for Peace, Human Rights and Economic Justice

    From 9:30-10:45am there will be workshops inside Franklin High School. The rally will begin promptly at 11:00am at Franklin High School. Join us for speakers and community action that will get you ready to march! At Noon we'll march to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. There will be food and additional speakers at the end of the march.

    This year's theme speaks to the need for justice in all facets of our society: locally, nationally, and globally. Through workshops, a rally, and a march organized around this theme, we will keep the spotlight on our responsibility to correct the injustices in our world, from our criminal justice system to our public schools, to senseless military misadventures that threaten human rights and rob our communities of funds. This year's program will inform and empower those who attend.

    This annual Seattle event is one of the largest MLK Day events in the country. The event is led by the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee.

    Information: call CAMP - 206-812-4940 or 206-469-2577 or
    Nick Allen - 206-296-0321 or email: Nick.Allen@metrokc.gov or visit the event website

    *January 12, 2007, 7:00 - 9:00pm
    The Bush School, New Gym
    3400 East Harrison Street, Seattle

    Bush School Diversity Speaker Series
    "The Many Challenges and Accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr."

    Tim Wise, Anti-Racist Writer and Activist

    Tim Wise has spoken in 48 states and on more than 400 college campuses, including Harvard, Stanford, and the law schools at Yale, Columbia, and Vanderbilt. He has trained teachers, as well as corporate, government, media, and law-enforcement officials on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions. Wise served as a consultant for plaintiffs' attorneys in federal discrimination cases in New York and Washington states. He is the author of two books: White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, and Affirmative Action: Race in Black and White.

    Free and open to the public.

    Information: 206- 326-7731 or eddie.moorejr@bush.edu

    *January 11, 2007, 7:00 - 9:00pm
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    6215 196th Street S. W., Lynnwood

    Forum on Peace and Understanding Religion

    Moderator:
    Pastor Paul W. Sundberg

    Trinity Lutheran Church - Lynnwood

    This forum is a dialogue on religions and cultures that exist in our city and action steps that can be taken to create a greater understanding, acceptance and appreciation of the differences.

    Sponsored by: City of Lynnwood, Edmonds Community College, Edmonds School District, South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce and Central Washington University

    Free – no ticket required.
    Information: Forum Website

    *January 10, 2007,6:30 - 9:00pm
    Edmonds Community College, Triton Union Building 202
    20000 68th Avenue W., Lynnwood

    Immigration and Naturalization Rights Forum

    Moderater:
    Professor Krystal E. Noga, J.D.

    Central Washington University, Law & Justice Department

    This is one of a series of events for the 2007 Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. This forum will address the rights and treatment of legal residents and illegal residents.

    Sponsored by: City of Lynnwood's Diversity Commission, in partnership with Edmonds Community College, Central Washington University-Lynnwood, Edmonds School District and the South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce

    Information: 425-771-4030 or Immigrant Rights Forum Webpage

    *January 1 - February 28, 2007
    Opening Reception - January 7, 2007, 2:00 - 4:00pm
    University of Washington, Seattle, Odegaard Library

    Exhibit:
    Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings

    For Americans, the iconography of Nazism is found in the swastika, the jackboot, the Nazi banner. But another symbol - flames and fire - accompanied the Third Reich from its strident inception to its apocalyptic demise. On January 30, 1933, torchlight parades announced the onset of the Nazi revolution. One month later, the flames of the Reichstag fire consumed the last vestiges of the Weimar Constitution. On May 10, 1933, German university students launched an "Action Against the Un-German Spirit" targeting authors ranging from Helen Keller and Ernest Hemingway to Sigmund Freud. Americans quickly condemned the book burnings as antithetical to the democratic spirit. The exhibition Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings focuses on how the book burnings became a potent symbol during World War II in America’s battle against Nazism, and concludes by examining their continued impact on our public discourse.

    Information: Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center - ikennedy@wsherc.org or
    Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center Website


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