32] –On Mon., June 1 from noon to
1:30 PM catch This is How We Fought in Gaza at the Carnegie Endowment for
International Peace, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, WDC 20036. “There were no
rules of engagement. If you see anyone in that area, that person is a
terrorist.” Breaking the Silence – an organization of Israeli veterans –
recently released “This is How We Fought in Gaza,” a report based entirely on
testimonies from Israeli soldiers who fought in what Israel called Operation Protective Edge in the
summer of 2014. The Washington Post calls the report “…sobering
testimony… that suggests permissive rules of engagement coupled with
indiscriminate artillery fire contributed to the mass destruction and high
numbers of civilian casualties.” With the Gaza Strip still largely in ruins
from last year’s fighting and Israel trying to dodge Palestinian efforts to bring
its actions in Gaza before the International Criminal Court, the question of
what actually happened on the ground remains a crucial one.
Avner Gvaryahu, a member of Breaking the Silence, will discuss the
report and its implications for human rights, security and the rule of law in
Israel. A light lunch will be served.
He was born and raised in a religious-Zionist family in Rehovot, Israel.
He joined the IDF as a paratrooper in 2004, and served as a sniper team
sergeant in a special operations unit, mostly around Nablus and Jenin. After
his military service, Avner became involved with Breaking the Silence where he
has served as Jewish Relations Coordinator for the past year. He holds a
Masters in Social Work from the University of Tel Aviv University, and lives
with his wife in Tel Aviv. Visit the FMEP website at http://fmep.org/event/this-is-how-we-fought-in-gaza/.
33] – The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore usually meets on Mondays at
7:30 PM, and the meetings take place at Max’s residence. The next meeting
is on June 1. The proposed agenda will include anti-drone activities, Freddie
Gray, John Sarbanes/Ben Cardin, JHU graduation peace diplomas, annual July 4
visit to the NSA, the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration and a September action
in D.C. Call 410-366-1637 or email mobuszewski at verizon.net.
34] – On Tues.,
June 2 at 9:30 AM, attend
an important Congressional briefing to learn more about and to advocate for
ending the ill-treatment of Palestinian children in detention. Entitled, “International Juvenile Justice Reform:
Children in Israeli Military Detention,” the briefing will take
place in the Capitol Visitors Center, Congressional Meeting Room North.
RSVP for programs you can attend at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ODslM4rcSQXGRhEs7frfLHbK4AitD1Tawx6klwxs7aA/viewform.
35] –Each Tuesday from 4:30 - 5:30 PM,
the Catholic Peace Fellowship-Philadelphia for peace in Afghanistan and Iraq
gathers at the Suburban Station,16th
St. & JFK Blvd., at the entrance to Tracks 3 and 4 on the mezzanine.
The next vigil is June 2. Call 215-426-0364.
36] –Vigil to say "No Drone Research at JHU" each
Tuesday at 33rd & North Charles Sts. Join this ongoing vigil on June 2from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Call Max
37] – On Tues., June 2 at 6 PM at theDC Arts Center,
2438 18th St. NW, WDC, join Frontline Defenders to celebrate the launch of the
graphic novel 'La Lucha,' the first in a series of nonfiction graphic novels
produced by Frontline Defenders to document the stories of human rights
defenders at risk around the world. Special guests will include WHRD, Lucha
Castro, director of the Centre for Women's Rights, Chihuahua, Mexico, the
protagonist of 'La Lucha.' This event is free and open to the public and is
hosted by Front Line Defenders, Washington Office on Latin America, Robert F.
Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights, JASS, CEJIL, Verso Books, and
Peace Brigades International. Autographed copies of the novel will be available
on the night of the event with a donation of $20 to Frontline Defenders to
support human rights defenders at risk. RSVP at
38] – Come to Havana Nights at the Pink House, 1241 Evarts
St. NE, WDC on Tues., June 2 from 6 to 8 PM. Join CODEPINK for a discussion
about U.S.-Cuba policy and learn more about recent (and upcoming!) trips to
Cuba. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/868015916605765/.
39] –At Bloombars, 3222 11th St. NW, WDC 20010, on Tues., June
2 from 6 to 7 PM, BloomScreen
and DC Moving Pictures present a thought-provoking
film from the Civil Rights era--UPTIGHT (1968, 104 min), by Jules Dassin -
Black revolutionaries are betrayed by one of their own. Based on the 1935
classic, "The Informer." The film's soundtrack was performed by
Booker T. & the MG's, and the film's opening portrays documentary footage
of the funeral procession of Martin Luther King, Jr. - which is used as a
backdrop for the film's fictional narrative. The suggested donation is $10, and the proceeds support
BloomBars. Enjoy free organic popcorn. BloomScreen Indie Film Night is a weekly
series of independent and foreign films, accompanied by discussions with
filmmakers, experts and other guests.
screening will be followed by audience discussion and Q&A with filmmaker
Can Tuzcu of DC Moving Pictures – a movie screening project dedicated to
showcasing great movies and great filmmakers at local spaces in and around the
District. See https://www.facebook.com/events/1597630637175574/.
40] – BUSBOYS & POETS, 5TH & K Sts.,
1025 5th St. NW, WDC, on Tues., June 2 from 7 to 9 PM will host a World
Premiere of "Detaining Dreams," a new film about Palestinian child
detention including live testimonies from Palestinian youth.You will have the rare opportunity to hear
and meet with an amazing lineup of speakers including Palestinian-American teen
Tariq Abu Khdeir. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1622548227959923/.
41] – Get over to 1201 16th St. NW, WDC on Wed., June 3 from 9
AM to 2 PM for a conference which will bring together farmworker organizers
from the United States and abroad to discuss the challenges faced by
agricultural workers. They will explore policy options and grassroots
strategies to improve working conditions in the agricultural sector and extend
workers’ access to remediation. You will hear examples of solutions being tried
in multiple crops and countries and then take a deep dive look at the tobacco
industry. Tobacco is a toxic crop and globally traded commodity that fuels a
half trillion dollars in global profits, while harvesters, not given adequate
protection usually develop Green Tobacco Sickness, a type of nicotine poisoning
that causes dizziness, nausea and headaches. In addition to the health risks,
gross exploitation of farmers and efforts to artificially decrease prices are
well-documented in every country in which tobacco is grown. This conference is
free to the public. Visit http://www.laborrights.org/events/2015-conference-hasta-la-victoria-farm-worker-justice-global-supply-chains.
42] – On Wed., June 3 at 10 AM, learn
about Fragility, Conflict and Humanitarianism with David Miliband and Nancy
Lindborg at the U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Ave. NW, WDC
20037.As the United Nations works to
finalize the Sustainable Development Goals to focus international development
work beyond 2015, the discussion will highlight critical connections among
issues of state fragility, violent conflict and humanitarianism. Increasingly,
the world has seen that fragile states-those that lack effective or legitimate
systems of government-have become the world's main locus for violent conflict
and extreme poverty. Just as these problems are inter-connected, the solutions
will have to be integrated as well, combining the work of peacebuilding and
development. The speakers have worked for years at this nexus-David Miliband as
CEO of the International Rescue Committee and formerly as British foreign
secretary; Nancy Lindborg as a former president of Mercy Corps and as an
assistant administrator of USAID. RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fragility-conflict-and-humanitarianism-in-uns-new-goals-tickets-16945636856.
43] –On Wed., June 3 from
noon to 1PM, Jessica Mathews, Carnegie Endowment, retired Gen. Games
Cartwright, and Gary Samore, Harvard University, will address "Weighing
Concerns and Assurances about a Nuclear Deal with Iran" at the Wilson
Center, Sixth Floor, Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, WDC.
RSVP at http://pages.wilsoncenter.org/632015IranProject_MEPInvitation.html.
44] – On Wed., June 3
from 12:30 to 2 PM, the Jerusalem Fund, 2425 Virginia
Ave. NW, WDC 20037,
invites you to hear from Palestinian
comedian Amer Zahr who will present his views on the role and importance of
comedy in sharing the Palestinian narrative with the American public. He draws
on his experiences growing up as a child of Palestinian refugees to find humor
in current events, culture, politics, and American and Arab societies. Amer's
blog offers satire and humor on political and social affairs. He will read
excerpts from his book, “Being Palestinian makes Me Smile,” and encourage all
to attend his June 5th show at the Kennedy Center, which carries the same title.
Visit http://www.thejerusalemfund.org/ht/d/EventDetails/i/52026.Call 202-338-1958 or email email@example.com.
45] –Millions are spent every
year to help Americans quit smoking and reduce our children's exposure to
second hand smoke. Meanwhile children in tobacco fields -- in both the U.S. and
Malawi -- are exposed to green tobacco sickness and a myriad of health hazards
because their families are too poor to keep them out of the tobacco fields.
Help raise the profile of tobacco farmers' struggle and join in honoring the...Tobacco and Allied Workers Union of Malawi, the 2015
Recipient of the Labor Rights Defenders Award for International Grassroots
Organizing at the 2015
Labor Rights Defenders Awards on Wed., June 3 from 6 to 8:30
PM at the National Education
Association, 1201 16th St. NW - M Street entrance - WDC 20036.Go to https://afl.salsalabs.com/o/4058/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=13561.
46] –TheWashington Peace
Center, 1525 Newton St. NW, WDC, on Wed., June 3 from 7 to 9 PM is offering a skillshare
which will provide participants with the opportunity to practice talking about
anti-black racism, particularly in the context of ongoing protests and the
#BlackLivesMatter movement. Facilitators and participants will work together to
identify strategies to make these conversations more successful, helping to
equip participants to address anti-black racism with friends, family,
colleagues, and acquaintances. This skillshare will be facilitated by Lindsay
Schubiner, Aaron Goggans, and Lasitha Ranatunga. See
Schenck [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] invites you to the next meeting of the
Maryland Alliance for Justice Reform (MAJR) on Wed., June 3 at Annapolis
Friends Meeting, 351 Dubois Road, Annapolis. If you wish, bring food to
share for a potluck dinner at 6 PM with the meeting at 7 PM. There will
be planning for the next legislative session.
48] – A book event “An Activist Handbook
for the Education Revolution: An Event with United Opt-Out” is happening on
Wed., June 3 at 7:30PM @ Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 West North Ave.,
Baltimore 21201.Are you an educator,
parent, or community activist interested in reclaiming our public
schools and reclaiming the public narrative around education policy? Then join
in for an evening of discussion around standardized testing and the right to
refuse with the editors of this fascinating new book, which infuses
research about the recent history of education policy reform, and details the
strategies United Opt Out uses for fighting back against these policies, in
addition to proposing solutions that work to create sustainable,
equitable, anti-racist, democratic and meaningful public education. Call
443-602-7585. Go to http://www.redemmas.org.
49] – Lights! Camera! Impact! This is a Video Storytelling
Seminar for Nonprofits, 1957 E St. NW, WDC on Thurs., June 4 from 8:30 AM to 5
PM.Nonprofit organizations are
recognizing the value of visual stories in communicating their mission, growing
their membership, and raising critical funding. Whether your nonprofit plans to
produce video in-house or hire professionals, you need to know how to ensure
your videos can achieve your desired goal. This all-day seminar for nonprofits
will help participants. This seminar is open to all nonprofit staffers and
filmmakers who produce works for nonprofits. Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1610903462518453/.
50] – On Thurs., June
4 from 9 to 10 AM, Mark Fitzpatrick, International Institute for Strategic
Studies (IISS), and Trita Parsi, National Iranian American Council will debate
"The Strategic Implications of the Iran Nuclear Deal" at IISS,
2121 K St. NW, Suite 801, WDC. RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-strategic-implications-of-the-iran-nuclear-deal-tickets-17102947376.
"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class
has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing
to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to
lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs