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March 15th Declared International Day Against Police Brutality

Brutality: An extreme manifestation of police "force".

The Police: A bunch of organized and legalized
criminals at the service of capitalism and the state.

In Montreal: Demonstration called by COPB. Friday
March 15th. Berri Square. 5p.m. Contact:

In Quebec City: March 15th Cultural event. Contact:nefacquebec

In Toronto: March 15th. Mass flyering in the
working-class (and police occupied) neighborhood of
Parkdale. Contact the Freyheyt Collective at

In Boston: Educationnal. Lucy Parsons Center. Contact: sabate36

First Congress of US Basic Income Guarantee Network:

Fundamental Insecurity or Basic Income Guarantee

March 8-9, 2002

The CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York City

Sponsored by: The Center for Social Justice, School of Social Welfare, Stony Brook University, The Center for the Study of Culture, Technology, and Work at the CUNY Graduate Center, Continuing Education and Public Programs at the CUNY Graduate Center, and The Citizen Policies Institute

Chuck Morse writes "Dear Friends and Comrades,

The purpose of this letter is to inform you about a very special opportunity to study the history of Mexico City's social structures, the opposition movements that have challenged them, and to meet many of the great activists that live and work here.

Mexico City Study Tour
May 19th - May 27th 2002

http://www.social-ecology.org/programs/winter/mexi co.html

Palestinian Activist Forum Set for NYC, March 2, 2002

MAR 2 SAT, 10 am to 6 pm -- Palestine Activist Forum. Activist networking
discussion and planning the Palestine activist movement in NY. Columbia
University, Hamilton Hall, Rm. #602, 116 Street and Broadway (Take 1 or 9
train to 116th stop). $5 suggested donation - no one will be turned away.
Jews Against the Occupation, Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, NYU
Students for Justice in Palestine and Women in Black. RSVP:

Agenda for Palestine Activist Forum

10:00-10:30: Registration and Introduction

10:30 - 12:30: Panel Discussion: Assessment of the Current Situation

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

1:30 - 3:15: Overview of Palestine Solidarity Work

A. Divestment / A report back from the Students for Justice in Palestine
Conference in Berkeley: Suzanne Adeley

B. Targeting U.S. Aid to Israel: Speaker representing SUSTAIN

C. Right of Return: Speaker representing Al-Awda

D. International Solidarity Movement: Jordan Flaherty

E. Jews Against the Occupation and Women in Black: Naomi Braine

3:15 - 3:30 Break

3:30 - 6:00: Developing Strategies for NY Solidarity Work

Breakout groups - 45 minutes

General Discussion - 45 minutes

Next steps - 45 minutes

Informal gathering after the forum.

From Port Huron to Kent State Conference

Kent State University, Ohio, May 30-31, June 1-2, 2002

To: Old friends and new, x-sds, seniors for a democratic society,
survivors for a democratic society, veterans of the movements past and activists of today.


Notes introducing a discussion:

Many people have suggested "we" need, for now, what "the Port Huron
Statement" did in the 1960's, a manifesto of our times by young people
of all ages, ready and engaged in action. A "new" Port Huron Statement now
would have to bridge many generations and represent better the diversity
of the world and engage better some of the unresolved controversies of
change the world politics.

A new Port Huron Statement would probably be some combination of a
compendium of experiences by those who did and learned what many dreamed
about, and new assertions of perspective, free from the shackles of
experience, responding to new conditions, rooted in the many fronts of
the struggle now all over the world.

What should be said in a new statement, of use for action, helping
cooperation and focus?

A conference is planned at Kent State University, Ohio, May 30-31, June
1-2, 2002, in part, to evaluate the response to this question.
I agreed to be "a coordinator," gathering words and reflecting them
back, extending the invitation to participate and helping get a process
together, trying to be a model of collective writing and participatory democracy.

jbostrom writes "

NORMAN SIEGEL, former Executive Director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, is currently directing the Freedom Legal Defense & Education Project, which will examine Bush/Ashcroft policies post-9/11. He will be the featured speaker Sunday March 3 at a public forum titled SPEAK UP, NEW YORK!

  The forum, the fourth in the series IN THE AFTERMATH OF 9/11, will explore the future of American civil rights in the age of Bush and Ashcroft and the need for New Yorkers to speak up now.

  The event, sponsored by the Social Concerns Committee of the Unitarian Church of Staten Island, 312 Fillmore Street, one block east of Snug Harbor Cultural Center, will begin promptly at 1:00 PM.
  Mr. Siegel will speak for a half hour, followed by a half hour of moderated audience questions and discussion. At 2:00 PM, coffee and sandwiches will be served in the parish hall.
  No reservations required, but seating limited to first 200.
  Admission free and open to all; free-will donation encouraged.

  Directions to church and full further information at the Forum Series web site."

Noam Chomsky will be giving a talk in New York tomorrow evening.

Event details are at Autonomedia Events Calendar

Chomsky has just returned from Turkey where he attended the trial of his
Turkish publisher who was facing up to a year in jail for publishing an
essay of Chomsky's.

Some Chomsky comments on his Turkish visit may be found below:

Popular Education for a Free Society

Spring & Summer 2002 Courses in Social Ecology

The Institute for Social Ecology (ISE), located amid central Vermont's
rolling mountains, has been a center for education and action working with
the ideas of social ecology since the 1970s. The ISE and its programs also
serve as a forum for serious dialogue among ecological, social justice, and
anti-capitalist activists, as a laboratory for new ecological technologies,
and as a resource for community groups around the world. For the spring and
summer of 2002, the ISE is again offering its widely acclaimed programs.

Help "Wipout" Intellectual Property: A Counter-Essay Contest

WIPOUT, the international intellectual property counter-essay contest, is
entering its latter stages after receiving more than 30 essays from 12
countries. The closing date for entries is 15 March 2002.

Entrants are asked
to address the same topic that the World Intellectual Property Organization
asked in a contest it also launched in 2001: "What does intellectual
property mean to you in your daily life?" All of the essays submitted to
WIPOUT to date and the contest rules can be found on the WIPOUT site:


Submissions are welcome in English, French, German and Spanish.

Conference on Cultural Imperialism

October 17-20, 2002, Trier, Germany

A two-day conference is being planned to be held in fall 2002 in Trier,
Germany, on Cultural Imperialism.

Contributions are invited from all relevant fields including history of
arts, architecture, history, popular music, the media, advertising and
PR, sociology, economics, political lobbying, WTO-GATS, food,
linguistics and others. Publication of the proceedings is intended.

The Conference on Cultural Imperialism (working title) will begin on
Thursday october 17, 2002, with diner and perhaps a first evening
session. We will have two working days, Friday 18 and Saturday 19, and
participants will depart on Sunday 20 October after breakfast. The
venue is Robert Schuman House, Trier, a well-equipped new conference
center above the city of Trier where participants will also stay
overnight. At this moment we think about a more symposium-like
(Friday) aiming at sorting out the multiple facets of cultural
imperialism and pulling strings together, and a public event on
aiming at media coverage.


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