Vol. 36, No. 1
1. Education and strategy conference on U.S. militarism, April 8-10: Sponsored by Latin America Solidarity Coalition (LASC) in conjunction with School of the Americas Watch Days of Action, April 4-11, Washington, D.C. The weekend’s events will include plenaries and workshops to educate and plan actions, strategies, and organizing tools. Topics will include U.S. military bases, military spending, immigration and border militarization, privatization of war, closing the School of the Americas, foreign military and police aid, growing our skills in media, research, and other organizing, counter recruitment and support for active duty resisters, U.S. relations with Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, Haiti, Mexico, Honduras, etc., organizing within sectors to resist militarism, domestic costs of militarism, direct action, and much more. To learn more, visit LASC or SOA Watch Days of Action.
2. Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Annual Training: MPI, a peacebuilding organization in Davao City, Philippines, is hosting a series of classes May 16-June 3. Course topics include “Theory and Practice of Meditation,” “Religion: Peacebuilding in Multi-Cultural Societies,” and “Gender, Peace and Everyday Life Security.” MPI asks that applicants be able to speak and write in English and have at least two years of peacebuilding experience or related human rights or development experience. To obtain an application contact MPI at (+63) (82) (282-2455) or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit mpiasia.net for more information.
3. The Story of Electronics: The latest video in the “Story of Stuff” series, “The Story of Electronics” uses cartoon imagery and simple language to explain the damage electronics have in the environment and how capitalism does nothing to help. The video is a great tool to educate any audience. Visit http://storyofstuff.org/electronics/ to watch this video and others like it.
4. Enough is Enough: A report put out by the Steady State Economy Conference, “Enough is Enough” makes enough rather than more an economic goal. The report discusses ways in which an economy where everyone has enough can move forward while examining the concerns of the planet. The report can be found here.
5. No More Boring Data: As part of the TED series of video lectures, Swedish medical doctor/statistician/public speaker Hans Rosling discusses how to use the variety of data available about global economics and poverty. He uses humor and visual aids to engage the audience around global issues. Watch the video on YouTube here.
6. All that we share: A Field Guide to the Commons: What do water, human knowledge and the internet all have in common? According to this book, they are all common human property. “All that we share,” edited by journalist Jay Walljasper, introduces a variety of fresh ideas about common resources. Visit http://onthecommons.org/all-that-we-share to purchase a copy.
8. Seeing the world anew: In a new report, Sr. Maria Riley OP analyzes the current neo-liberal approach to development regarding the economy, hunger, migration, climate-change, energy, finance and care. She shows what is not working and provides alternative solutions. Visit the Center of Concern's website to obtain and read the report.
9. Workers of the World Relax: Two videos that portray the need of a shorter work week. While new inventions seem to enable more leisure time they actually demand the opposite. The films show not only the benefits of less work but the dangers of our current workaholic culture. To watch the films click here.