- Public Screening of “The Invisible War” (0)
Schlafly Branch Library
3309 S. Grand
THE INVISIBLE WAR is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America’s most shameful and best-kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. Military. Twenty percent of all active-duty servicewomen are sexually assaulted.
This film follows the stories of several idealistic young servicewomen who were raped and then betrayed by their own officers when they came forward.
Sponsored by Veterans for Peace
- UNMANNED: America’s Drone War (0) Free Public Screening OfUNMANNED: America’s Drone WarSaturday, Dec. 7th at 2:00Carpenter Branch Library3309 S. GrandRobert Greenwald’s newest documentary Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes at home and abroad through more than 70 separate interviews, including a former American drone operator who shares what he has witnessed in his own words, Pakistani families mourning loved ones and seeking legal redress, investigative journalists pursuing the truth, and top military officials warning against blowback from the loss of innocent life. Retired Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, Code Pink Co-founder Madea Benjamin and journalist Glenn Greenwald are among those featured.Sponsored by Veterans for Peace314-892-2006
- Syria: Film and Discussion (0)
Tuesday, October 8th
Friends Meeting House, 1001 Park Ave
Join the St. Louis Instead of War Coalition for a Film and Presentation on Syria.
Filmed in early 2012, The Suffering Grasses captures the competing impulses among opponents of the Assad regime at the onset of the Syrian revolution. While conditions in the country are continually changing and evolving, the film serves as an early, intimate view of Syria’s refugee crisis, and it highlights important strategic debates that are still playing out among groups resisting the regime. Each may have his or her own opinion about the decision of some actors to take up arms, or about whether the international community should try to topple the regime. Ultimately, however, any understanding of the Syrian conflict and its costs should be rooted in recognizing the humanity and suffering of these refugees. This film is one effort to do just that. For more information on the film: http://films.culturesofresistance.org/suffering-grasses#synopsis
Following the film will be a presentation by Ramah Kudaimi. Kudaimi is a Syrian-American activist based in DC. She serves as the Membership and Outreach Coordinator at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Ramah has worked at several grassroots activist organizations including CODEPINK, the Washington Peace Center, and the Arab American Action Network. She has a Master of Arts degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University and a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University. Her writing has been published by Al Jazeera English, The Progressive, Truthout, and more. Read Ramah’s recent piece on Mondoweiss: http://mondoweiss.net/2013/08/dos-and-donts-for-progressives-discussing-syria.html
- NO US Military Intervention in Syria (0)
Tuesday, Sept. 3rd 4:30-5:30 p.m.
In Front of Senator Claire McCaskill’s office (5850 Delmar Blvd)
Come voice opposition to US Military Intervention in Syria!
Syrians have bravely taken to the streets and protested against the regime, extremists and all others looking to destroy their struggle for freedom and dignity. Missiles and troops from the Western World will cause more harm than good.
The United States is not a reliable nor trustworthy global citizen. The US history of invasions, occupations and drone strikes show that the United States will not be respecting the sovereignty or safety of the Syrian population.
We Stand with the Syrian people who have been engaged in standing up against the oppressive and tyrannical Assad regime for 2 1/2 years, as we stand will all people liberating themselves from oppression!
For further reading, please check out:
“A US- or NATO-led attack, which appears to be imminent, is likely to be disastrous for Syrians (as well as Lebanese and Palestinians). If the attack is intense enough to completely destroy the Syrian regime it will destroy whatever is left of Syria. If it is not, it will leave the regime in place to retaliate where it is strong, against its internal enemies, except now having its nationalist credentials bolstered as having fought off US aggression.” http://www.jadaliyya.com/
pages/index/13852/ chemical-attacks-and-milita ry-interventions
“Much of the media is simplistically categorizing the Syrian people into militarized loyalist or rebel camps. As this interactive map, shows, however, the actions and beliefs of Syrians cannot be delineated so easily. Created by the Syria Nonviolence Movement, the map presents and connects an immense number of organizations, local initiatives, and forms of media that are non-violently resisting the Assad regime.” http://www.fastcolabs.com/
3016532/ this-interactive-infographi c-shows-the-depth-of-the-s yrian-resistance
“With Syria back in the news due to the horrific chemical weapons attack last week that killed hundreds and threats from the US to engage in military strikes, below are some do’s and don’ts for progressive/radical anti-war organizations/activists in the US as you figure out a proper response.” http://mondoweiss.net/
2013/08/ dos-and-donts-for-progressi ves-discussing-syria.html
Groups have been asking for humanitarian assistance, and US denied. http://
www.thedailybeast.com/ articles/2013/08/29/ obama-refused-to-send-gas-m asks-to-syria-opposition-f or-over-a-year.html
- Unpacking Bias: Understanding Privilege and Oppression (0) Justice and Peace Shares (JPS) is offering a training that seeks to invigorate and inform area organizers and possibly serve as a catalyst for organizations to continue with internal work as they seek to build organizations based on anti-oppression principles. The day will include exploring privilege and oppression. We are all the intersection of multiple identities, and exploring where we (and our organizations) have power or don’t have power is an important part of justice work.The intended outcomes for the proposed training:
1. Increased personal awareness of the role oppression plays in participants’ perceptions and workplace interactions.
2. Increased understanding of how issues related to diversity and inclusion manifest also within the organization and community partnerships.
Also featuring a panel with Sylvester Brown, Tila Neguse, Jenny Truax, Suhad Khatib, Hedy Epstein and a representative from Young Activists St. Louis
The training will be led by Kira Banks. She is a clinical psychologist, who has been facilitating and training in the area of diversity and inclusion and intergroup dialogue work since 1998. Her philosophy is to encourage participants to not only gain personal awareness but to also understand cultural, institutional, and/or workplace dynamics of diversity. You can read a bit more about her previous work and philosophy one her website: www.kirabanks.com
To Register email firstname.lastname@example.org by September 3rd!
Or fill out our registration form: https://docs.google.com/
forms/d/ 1bdeVbAMJ_u0Krp2RVfw3gc7cAJ M440mAeSawd2nNKx0/viewform
Cost is $10-25, sliding scale. Lunch will be provided.
Checks can be made out to Justice and Peace Shares and mailed to 438 Skinker Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130
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