Refugees, Immigrants & Climate Crisis


A Panel Discussion and Mini-Conference

Climate change is fueling the growing refugee crisis around the world, as individuals and entire communities are focused to flee their homes dues to its effects. Come explore humanitarian implications as well as questions of responsibility and justice at the international, national and local level with well known experts and activists, and afterwards participate in workshops to understand how you can make an impact.


Saturday, April 15th 2017, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Springfield Technical Community College, 1 Armory St, Springfield, MA 01105



A Gloriously Outspoken Evening with VIJAY PRASHAD


KPFA Radio 94.1FM & Middle East Childrens Alliance present

A Gloriously Outspoken Evening with 

Dennis J Bernstein is a widely published journalist and host of the award-winning investigative news report, Flashpoints, syndicated on Pacifica radio. Bernstein was honored with the 2015 Pillar Award from the National Whistle Blowers Conference for his life work as a journalist whistleblower. Bernstein is also author of a collection of poems: Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom.

Apr 30, 2017 7:30 PM

First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
2407 D

Bomb Syria?

Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:52


Dear Friends,

My apologizes for coming to you twice in a week.

Yesterday, in the UN Security Council, US Ambassador Nikki Haley made a presentation about the terrible gas attack in Syria which killed almost sixty people. She insinuated that the culprit is the government in Damascus and she suggested - tepidly - that the US might consider some kind of military action against the government.

This came alongside her own statement that the author of this terrible strike is not yet precisely known.

At Alternet, I have an essay which goes over the question of how

The Dogs of War

Submitted by admin on Tue, 04/04/2017 - 21:17
50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's monumental speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church: Vietnam, A Time to Break the Silence
50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's monumental speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church: Vietnam, A Time to Break the Silence (Photo John C. Goodwin)


Dear Friends,

Today - 4 April - is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's monumental speech delivered at New York's Riverside Church: Vietnam, A Time to Break the Silence.

When I first encountered this speech years ago I was struck by Dr. King's compassionate anger and his great honesty. This was a speech that channeled Frantz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth (1961), and of course the Third World upsurge which Dr.

Vijay Prashad: Crimes of Apartheid: A UN Report on Israel


Hosted by Wesleyan Students For Justice in Palestine

Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian and journalist. Professor of International Studies, he is author of fifteen books, two of them picked by the Village Voice as books of the year, as well as nine edited volumes. He writes regularly for Frontline (India), The Hindu (India), BirGün (Turkey) and Alternet (USA) and appears regularly on The Real News Network and Democracy Now. He is the Chief Editor of LeftWord Books (New Delhi).

He will be speaking on "Crimes of Apartheid: A UN Report on Israel, BDS and the Backlash"

Part of Israeli Apartheid

Political Thinking at the Margins Conference


THIS TWO DAY CONFERENCE brings together established and emerging scholars of colonialism, settler-colonialism, and race for a discussion of law, violence, borders, war, property, sovereignty, the global, and the humanities in different contexts around the globe. While our approach is interdisciplinary and comparative, we acknowledge challenges to Western canons and to the “comparative” turn in the humanities; and we are also mindful that comparison is a political activity that may reinforce existing distinctions between West and non-West, settler and native, white and non-white, civilized and

Media, Policy, and the Middle East - Umass Amherst



All are welcome.


Event date/time: 

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm



ILC HUB, 3rd Floor

This panel on "Media, U.S. Foreign Policy, and the Middle East" will tackle questions of how the recent presidential election impacts politics and policies in the Middle East. The panel features: Professors Sut Jhally (UMass), Vijay Prasad (Trinity College), Matt Sienkiewicz (Boston College), and Ph.D. candidate Katty Alhayek (UMass). A light reception will follow.

This event is sponsored by the Communication Graduate Student Association.



Integrative Learning

Violence, Syria, Money

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/30/2017 - 16:57


Dear Friends,

At Jadaliyya, which is such a fine website, I have an essay on how we understand violence in our times. It is an essay that - in many ways - brings together some of my concerns over the years, of how to write about acts of violence, how media writes about acts of atrocity, how there is a great difference in the treatment of violence done by the 'West' and by the 'East' and so on. This is an essay I neither planned to write nor enjoyed writing. There is something painful in following the lead of two of my gurus in these matters - the Martiniquan

Contested Citizenship Conference


Conference Overview

 For scholars in ethnic studies, gender and sexuality studies, and American studies, “citizenship” is far from a neutral signifier: it marks a deeply vexed and historically contingent site of struggle.  Despite the rise of human rights in the postwar period, citizenship within a nation state is still the de facto basis of legal personhood in the contemporary world system: all too often, legal citizenship marks a boundary between the subject of rights and the object of state violence.  At the same time, citizenship is more than a legal category.  As Lauren Berlant has

Pursuing Justice, Building Peace: Growing the Resistance


Massachusetts Peace Action 2017 Annual Meeting

In his first few weeks in in office Donald Trump has appointed a reactionary cabinet stocked with generals and billionaires; pushed for more pipelines; and attacked immigrants and refugees.  

Keynote Address by Vijay Prashad:
Trump’s Foreign Policy and the American Empire in Decline


Beyond Vietnam: 50th Anniversary


April 2017 is the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech Beyond Vietnam, a powerful and historic articulation of the message of the modern peace and justice movement.  We will read key excerpts from the speech at