November 2011 Calendar of Events
Southeast Student Renewable Energy Conference
The 2011 SSREC is going to be held from Nov 4-6 at the University of North Carolina - Asheville, co-hosted by the Southern Energy Network and Active Students for a Healthy Environment (ASHE)! The SSREC will empower youth leaders to make a stand and take action on complex challenges of the 21st century. The conference will highlight problems and solutions to issues surrounding energy, the economy, and the environment. Our purpose is to identify and defray the systemic injustices that inhibit transformational progress on these issues in the Southeast, the United States, and worldwide. Through an assortment of workshops, trainings, and speakers, youth from across the region will engage in a participatory process of skill-building and strategizing for a more equitable, prosperous, and sustainable planet. For more information or to register, click here.
When: November 4-6
Where: University of North Carolina-Asheville
5th Annual Frederick Douglass-Eugene Debs Dinner
For four years running now, the Metropolitan Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America has hosted the Dinner as an occasion for left-folk to get together to share good food, good talk and like-minded camaraderie. Finally, our goal is to recognize the movers-and-shakers on the Atlanta scene. It's no time to rest on our laurels now! This year's event will take place on Saturday, November 5th, at Paschal's Restaurant (180 Northside Dr., Atlanta). For tickets or information send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770-313-4628
Nuclear Committee Meeting
Join us at the Carter Center Cafeteria to discuss current actions to take in our struggle to create a nuclear-free world. Now more than ever we must work together to raise awareness of the dangers of nuclear power and the need for alternative energy sources.
When: November 7th, 12:30PM
Where: The Carter Center Cafeteria, 453 Freedom Parkway NE, Atlanta, GA
Make sure your voice is heard on election day! To learn more about voter registration or to find your polling place, click here. We are at pivotal crossroads in our direction as a nation. Vote to effect change in your communities and across the country!
Film Screening: Better This World
When: Wednesday, November 9, 6pm
Where: Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave. at Courtland, 3rd floor auditorium.
Sponsored by ACLU of Georgia
21st Annual Georgia Women's Assembly
If you care about human trafficking, health care reform and how it will affect you, family-friendly workplace issues, how senior women are in trouble, and what any of this has to do with you, please join us on Thursday, November 10. Join top leaders in the community, activists from around the state of all ages and backgrounds, legislators and women concerned about the future of their families in Georgia for a conference to discuss what changes we need to make and how you can be a part of writing Georgia's history. We are proud of our recent success in leading the effort to change Georgia's human trafficking law and need your help on the next stage of our agenda. We want your voice in the hard conversations we are having that day on how we are supposed to work and care for our families at the same time, what still divides white women and women of color, is supporting women running for office a winning strategy for all of us? For more information and to register, click here
When: Thursday, November 10, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Where: Loudermilk Center, 40 Courtland Street, Atlanta, GA 30303
November 10 and 15
Phone bank to de-fund nuclear weapons
The Congressional super committee has been charged with cutting $1.5 trillion from the federal budget by November 23. Congress will vote on their proposal one month later, December 23. Despite the United States' robust stockpile of existing nukes, $7.61 billion has been alloted for these Cold War style weapons for FY 2012, a 20 percent increase from FY 2011. Now’s the time to let the super committee know that nuclear weapons spending has got to go!
We'll phone bank to reach out to the one Southeasterner on the super committee, South Carolina Representative Jim Clyburn? We’ll call Clyburn’s constituents to enlist their help to de-fund nuclear weapons and ask them to convince Clyburn to do the same!
When: Thursday November 10 or Tuesday November 15 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: Georgia WAND office, 250 Georgia Avenue, Suite 202, Atlanta, GA 30316
We'll provide pizza and scripts. Some phones will be available, but please bring your cell phone and charger if you are able. If you don't live near us, or you’d prefer to call from home, let us know! We’ll send you your own list and a script, just email Carolyn@wand.org for more details.
WRFGala Reception & Concert
On November 12, 2011, WRFG 89.3 will host its first annual WRFGala Reception & Concert to recognize and honor several prominent community activists and leaders who have been long time supporters of WRFG and gone beyond the call of duty to preserve free, independent radio. Since 1973, WRFG has provided a voice for diverse audiences to freely express their views, opinions and perspectives about social, political and cultural issues critical to the growth and progress of communities both nationally and internationally. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Defending the Right to Peace
Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition/Atlanta will host a talk by Costa Rican trial lawyer Luis Roberto Zamora Bolaños on Monday, November 14. Costa Rica’s long tradition of peace, enshrined in its constitution, is now under threat by the Legislative Assembly's approval of a US plan to send military and naval forces, ostensibly to wage its war on drugs to Costa Rica. Mr. Zamora, who was instrumental in securing the constitutional right to peace, analyzes the repercussions of its overturn for his country and the region.
When: 6:30 p.m. reception with light refreshments; 7 p.m. talk, followed by Q&A.
Where: Atlanta Friends Meeting House, 701 West Howard Avenue, Decatur 30030.
Voter Registration Training
Come get ready for 2012 with Georgia WAND! Empower your community to take action by registering to vote! During this informational session, we will answer questions about the voting process, and discuss strategy for the 2012 campaign.For more information or to RSVP, please email Carolyn Monden ~ email@example.com
When: Thursday, November 17, 7 PM
Where: Georgia Hill Community Center, 250 Georgia Ave. Atlanta, GA 30312. Room 319
12th Annual School of the Americas March
Join Georgia WAND, along with thousands of solidarity activists, torture survivors, union workers, people of faith, students, immigrants, veterans and others from November 18-20, 2011 at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia to take a stand for justice, to close the School of the Americas (SOA/ WHINSEC)
and to resist U.S. militarization.
Friday, Nov. 18: For the third year, we will join Georgia Detention Watch on Friday for a Rally & March at the Stewart Detention Center, a private prison which houses the largest number of immigrants in the country facing deportation. Event in Lumpkin, GA goes from 10 a.m to Noon. Contact Anton Flores-Maisonet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Nov. 19: Join us for the last 4.5 miles of the Pilgrimage, as we walk from the Columbus Civic Center at the intersection of Veteran's Parkway and 4th St./Victory Drive to the main gate at Fort Benning, starting at 9:30 a.m. From 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., join us for a rally at the gates of Fort Benning.
Sunday, Nov. 20: Vigil at the gates of Fort Benning, beginning at 8:30 a.m., followed by the funeral procession, Puppetistas, music, speakers and more. See http://soaw.org for more information.
November 5-December 10
CURRENTS: Attitudes and Issues--A Visual Art Exhibit
Through a series of programs that focus on intergenerational conversations, music, poetry and visual art, CURRENTS demonstrates how they connect to the Peace and Justice movements in an evolution of cultural activism from Frederick Douglas to Paul Robeson to Public Enemy. It reverberates with references to the over incarceration of black men, their exclusion from national arts venue, right down to the stereotypes of them as fatherless and violent.
The exhibit features works by Geoffrey Johnson and Kerly Suffren. It will be on display from November 5th through December 10th at the American Friends Service Committee Atlanta office, 60 Walton St. NW, Atlanta.
See below for an outline of the specific events that are scheduled surrounding this exhibit:
- Saturday, November 5, Opening Reception 7-10pm. Artist Talk followed by Q & A 8pm until 9pm.
- Friday, November 18, 7pm until 10pm. Panel Discussion “The Ways and Means of Making Art: Black Men Speak Out” a discussion of the various artistic disciplines and approaches to creating art that engages the general public or a specific community. Panelists include: Radcliff Bailey, Kevin Sipp and Ed Spriggs.
- Saturday, November 19, 7pm until 10pm. “Black Male Attitudes from the Civil Rights Movement to Hip-Hop” — an intergenerational interactive performance panel featuring Fahamu Pecou, MONDU, Edward Garnes, Jon Goode, Jim Alexander, and Mausiki Scales.
- Friday, December 2, 7pm until 10pm. Screening of the film “Land of the Free” about the Angola 3’s three generations in solitary confinement, followed by a discussion moderated by Dianne Mathiowetz and featuring Dr. Akinyele Umoja department chair in the Department of African-American Studies at Georgia State University (GSU); and Dominique Stevens from the AFSC Baltimore Healing Justice program focusing on the case of Marshall Eddie Conway and the over incarceration of African-American males.
- Saturday, December 10, 7pm until 10pm. Closing Show featuring the rock/hip-hop sounds of Adams Morgan, vocalist Reci Reign, hip-hop sounds of Young Nova, and poets Theresa Davis and F. Geoffrey Johnson.