Solidarity Planning Anti-Occupation Actions!

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at
Mon Jul 28 06:46:56 MDT 2003

I sent an announcement of the following action planning meeting of 
the Columbus branch of Solidarity to local activist listservs.  If 
any Midwestern comrades have some free time (especially if you live 
in a small town and don't have any socialist comrades nearby), please 
stop by:

Sunday, August 3, 2003, 2 PM

Solidarity Meeting (open to all socialists from all traditions and 
those who are open to working with all socialists)

Date & Time: Sunday, August 3, 2 PM
Location: Victorians' Midnight Café, 251 W. 5th Ave., (near the 
corner of 5th and Neil Aves.), Columbus, OH -- Cf. 

Contact: Yoshie, 614-668-6554, <furuhashi.1 at>

Items on the meeting agenda include the following:

* Planning anti-war/anti-occupation activities (e.g., banner-drops, 
weekly Sunday, 5-6 PM actions, Columbus Campaign for Arms Control 
Hiroshima & Nagasaki commemoration on Wednesday, August 6, 7:30 PM, 
an anti-occupation die-in in Columbus on Saturday, August 9, 12 
Noon/an ISO-led anti-racist rally in Cincy on on August 9, 1 PM)
* Mobilizing anti-war/anti-occupation activists for the Poor People's 
March for Economic Human Rights on Washington, D.C. on Saturday, 
August 23, 2003, the 40th anniversary of King's historic "I Have a 
Dream" speech (sponsored by the Kensington Welfare Rights Union, 
<>) -- linking movements against 
the wars at home and abroad
* Lobbying against the Occupation of Iraq, Wednesday, August 27
* OSU Student Involvement Fair (the Student International Forum 
tabling), Monday, September 22, 12 Noon-4 PM, 
* OSU Multicultural Festival (the Student International Forum 
tabling), Thursday, September 25
* Actions against the Occupations and Empire, for Refugees' Right to 
Return, Thursday, September 25 -- Monday, September 29 (sponsored by 
Al-Awda, ANSWER, UfPJ, UK Stop the War, etc.) -- local actions 
coordinated by the Committee for Justice in Palestine

--- Save the Dates! ---

* ISM Activist Eyewitness Report featuring Karl of the Committee for 
Justice in Palestine, Friday, October 3 or Saturday, October 4 (TBA)
* Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride, a Mass Rally in Queens, NY, 
Saturday, October 4, 
* The Third National Student Conference on the Palestinian Solidarity 
Movement, @ Douglas College Student Center, Rutgers University, New 
Brunswick, NJ, <>, Friday, 
October 10 -- Sunday, October 12
* Indigenous People's Observance, Sunday, October 12
* Big Mobilizations in D.C., etc. to Bring the Troops Home and End 
the Occupation Now! (sponsored by ANSWER 
Saturday, October 25 -- a bus organized by the Committee for Justice 
in Palestine
* U.S. Labor Against War Conference 
<>, Saturday, October 25 (get your 
union, labor council, JwJ chapter, etc. to endorse the conference 
and/or send one delegate to it)
* International Education Week Film Festival at the Ohio State 
University, November 14-23 (including the films sponsored by the 
Committee for Justice in Palestine)
* SOA Watch Vigil & Non-violent Civil Resistance, Fort Benning, 
Georgia, November 21-23, <>
* Human Rights Day -- Stand Up for Human Rights -- Don't Let the 
Empire Take Away Your Rights! 
<>, December 10
* A Day of Remembrance -- Commemorate Japanese Internment, February 19, 2004
* Palestinian Land Day, March 30, 2004
* Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition -- International 
Day of Action against the Occupation and for the Right of Return, 
April 9, 2004 [commemorating the Deir Yassin Massacre]
* End the Occupation of Iraq, April 9, 2004 [the day when Baghdad 
fell -- recently declared to be a new "national holiday" by the 
US-backed Iraqi "Governing Council"]
* African American Heritage Festival, April 2004, 
* May Day!
* Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition -- International 
Day of Action against the Occupation and for the Right of Return, May 
15, 2004 [commemorating the 1948 Nakba]
* Juneteenth, June 2004, <>
* Pride in Solidarity -- No Pride in the Occupation (at the gay pride 
parade), June 2004
* ComFest, <>
* Bastille Day [commemorating 1789]/Iraq National Day [commemorating 
1958], July 14, 2004

+++ Planning Speakers/Topics (provided that the following speakers 
are available)/Film Showings, under the auspices of either the 
Student International Forum or the Committee for Justice in Palestine 
or possibly both or more +++
-- Frances Hasso, Women's Studies, Oberlin (September 25, 2003?), 
Women in Palestine, <>
-- Steve Bloom, United for Peace and Justice, NYC (most likely early 
October), Anti-Racist Organizing against the Empire
-- Dozthor Zurlent, Casa Venezuela, <>
-- John Quigley, the Ohio State University, a workshop on talking 
points on human rights and international law in Palestinian 
solidarity activism
-- Joseph Levine, the Ohio State University, a teach-in on the Road 
Map to Nowhere and/or a workshop on talking points on Palestinian 
solidarity activism
-- Ike Newsum <> & 
Christopher Phelps 
the Ohio State University, Black Revolutionary Traditions
-- Isaac Mowoe, the Ohio State University, 
<>, Law & Politics 
in Africa
-- Claire Robertson, the Ohio State University, 
<>, Class, Gender, 
& Africa
-- Rania Masri, the Institute for Southern Studies 
<>/United for Peace and Justice 
-- Ajamu Dillahunt, Black Solidarity Against the War, 
-- Mazin Qumsiyeh, Al-Awda, <>
-- Jeff McKenzie, Military Families Speak Out, <>
-- Stan Goff (Master Sergeant, US Army, Special Forces [Ret.]), the 
Bring Them Home Now campaign, <> [Cf. 
<> & 
-- Staughton Lynd, Overcoming Racism, 
<>; _The New Rank and File_, 
-- Michael D. Yates, Labor Educator/Associate Editor of _Monthly 
Review_, _Naming the System: Inequality and Work in the Global 
Economy_, <>; _Why 
Unions Matter_, <>
-- Robert Fisk, Middle-East Correspondent for _The Indipendent_, 
<>, (contact Allen Ruff, Madison)
-- Dennis Brutus, South African poet/activist, Pittsburgh Social 
Forum, <> & 
-- Dan La Botz, Labor Educator/Professor of History, Miami 
-- Patrick Bond, University of Witwatersrand/Center for Economic 
Justice, <>
-- Doug Henwood, _Left Business Observer_, 
<> (Doug's new book will be -- 
hopefully! -- out soon), and Liza Featherstone, _Students Against 
Sweatshops_, <>
-- Valentine M. Moghadam, Director of Women's Studies, Illinois State 
University, <>, Politics 
of Class and Gender in Iran
-- Tim Shorrock, Journalist, "A New Solidarity Front in Iraq," 
<>; "Selling 
(Off) Iraq," "Labor's Cold War," 
<>; "A 
Skewed History of Asia," 
-- Norman G. Finkelstein, <>
-- Travis Wilkerson, _An Injury to One_, <>
-- Stephanie Black, _Life and Debt_, <>
-- Raoul Peck, _Lumumba_, 
-- Tom Hayes, _People and the Land_, 
-- Gerard Ungerman & Audrey Brohy, _Plan Colombia: Cashing-in on the 
Drug War Failure_, <>


* Bring Them Home Now! <>
* Calendars of Events in Columbus: 
<>, & <>
* Student International Forum: <>
* Committee for Justice in Palestine: <>
* Al-Awda-Ohio: <>
* Solidarity: <>

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