With the war in Iraq now become the occupations of Iraq, and the Bush regime's continue declare the war against the World. Our struggle will be never finished.
We have talking about what will be our long-term strategy for the peace and social justice movements, we’ll focus on:
1) The upcoming President elections of 2004
2) No US Occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.
3) No to Plan Colombia
4) Bring the war money back to the community, we demand: books not bombs, foods not guns, jobs not wars.
Our coalition in Los Angeles has decided to call for a major 2-weeks long Peace and Social Justice Convergence in Los Angeles to focus on how to link global struggles to the community issues, and demand "Take Back the World, Take Back Our Community!"
This two-week Festival will include a vast array of cultural-political events throughout the diverse communities of Southern California and will merge art, dance, theater, music, film/video, and photography, with political analysis and action. It will involve and reflect the rainbow of ethnic and racial diversity in our community.
Some events will be big, like Sol festival on June 21 (independent from the convergence but we work together), will attract 10,000-15,000 people in LA's MacArthur Park, the possible major speaker's night will be attract around 1000 people, and film festival, so far, major participate organizations and endorsers include: Sol foundation, Coalition of World Peace, LA CISPES, SEIU local 434B, Pacifica Radio-KPFK Los Angeles, Neighborhood for Peace and Justice, Global Exchange and more.
For more Information, or if you are interests to propose your events, please contact: Lee Siu Hin
Tel: (626)695-3405 e-mail: PJFest@ActionLA.org
Lee Siu Hin
Action for World Liberation Everyday!
Schedule for Peace and Social Justice Convergence
Friday, June 20 - Friday, July 5
(This is an initial schedule and still subject to change)
Main Convergence- Arts in Action: 1919 W. 7th Street 4th Floor
For More Information, Call: (213)413-1778, e-mail: PJFest@ActionLA.org
6/20 (Fri) 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Arts in Action: Opening Ceremony for the Peace and Social Justice Convergence in Arts in Actions, music, community dialogue food, confirm performer included “Oligarchy” by The Liberty Cabbage Theatre Revival, a collectively-run political performance troupe based in Western Massachusetts. “Oiligarchy is a tragic comedy about love, loss and addiction”, joked Charlotte Capogna, a member of the troupe, “Our show includes puppetry, poetry and music about petroleum- petroleum history, its alternatives, and its ties to war”.
6/21 (Sat) 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM, MacArthur Park: Sol Festival Organized by Sol Foundation, and Sol Festival has declare is in solidarity with Peace and Social Justice Festival as an anchor event for the PJ Fest. For more information, web: http://www.solfoundation.org
6/22 (Sun) 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM, West Hollywood Park: In solidarity with West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade & Festival for more information, check: http://www.lapride.org
6/23 (Mon): TBA
6/24 (Tue) 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Echo Park Film Center, 1200 N. Alvarado St.: Youth Struggle Night and Film Showing, co-sponsor with Youth Student Network of Oct 22 Coalition, featuring 2-hour film “Justifiable Homicide,” and discussion afterward.
6/25 (Wed) 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM, Arts in Action: Peace and Justice Film Festival, featuring latest peace and justice films from across the world, includes:
· Micheal Galinsky’s “Horns and Halos” (first 15 mim introduction) which chronicles the efforts of a small press to the GW Bush campaign bio “Fortunate Son” back on bookstore shelves after it was pull by St. Martin Press during 2000 Presidential election.
· Eric Blumrich’s very impressive antiwar flash presentation, includes: War Crimes, “Liberation.” Web: http://www.ericblumrich.com
· “Gaza Strip” by: James Longley, filmed during the first four months of 2001, a period that covers the election of Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon and extends to the first major armed incursion into "Area A" by the Israeli military.
· Several other short film subjects, and anti-war promotional films.
And music performance by Ancestry of Sound, a Los Angeles-based group consisting of 9 members, with hip-hop, funk, jazz, and spoken word, they strive to break new musical ground while paying homage to our ancestors.
6/26 (Thu) 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Luna Sol Café, 2501 West 6th St.: Peace and Justice Spoken Word/Open Mike Night, co-sponsor with Luna Sol Café/Book Store, we invite artists, performers, poets please come to express yourself!
6/27 (Fri) 7:00 - 11:00 PM, Arts in Action: Political Prisoner Night, co-sponsored with Jericho Amnesty Coalition-LA. A benefit Hip-Hop concert with LIQDZUNSHINE and other bands, speakers, videos and spoken word, in solidarity with the struggle to free political prisoners. Speakers from Asians for Jericho and Mumia, New Panther Vanguard Movement, ARA-Los Angeles and Anarchist Black Cross.
6/28 (Sat) 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Arts in Action: Palestine Struggle Night, co-sponsor with Women in Black/Palestine Aid Society, showing of the film “Jenin, Jenin”. Following the film there will be a discussion led by Dr. Riad Z. Abelkarim, the physician in Anaheim, California and a founder of Kinder U.S.A., an American nonprofit organization working on behalf of Palestinian children. Dr. Abdelkarim, a UCLA graduate who was born and grew up in Southern California, was arrested by the Israeli Defense Forces while on a medical fact-finding mission to Jenin in the spring of 2002. Web: www.Palestine-Aid-Society.org www.wib-la.org
6/29 (Sun) 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Peace and Justice Book Fair-Venice Beach Peace with Justice Center, 1020 Victoria Ave. at Lincoln Blvd: Free admissions, will includes dozen community based book vendors, activist hand-made crafts, free books, speakers and performance, co-sponsor with ICUJP.
6/29 (Sun) 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Arts in Action. Peace Conference - War In Iraq and the "Healthcare Not Warfare" campaign in So. California: Co-sponsor with Coalition for World Peace, a political/cultural event by one of the leading antiwar/peace groups in Los Angeles. A variety of speakers and performers will put a human face on the war, at home, on the battlefield and around the world. Speakers from countries targeted by the U.S. will tell about their people. Confirmed speakers/performers include: Nazar Andray (will talk about Lebanon & Syria), Yvval Ron (middle eastern music), and film "Iraq Voicesfrom the Street). AND MORE!
6/30 (Mon): TBA
7/1 (Tue) 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM: Asian People Struggle Night, peace movements across the Asia, from Korea to Philippines, location: TBA, co-sponsor with Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance-Los Angeles.
7/2 (Wed) 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Arts in Action "A Celebration in Support of the Constitution" Neighbors for Peace & Justice and FPNN will co-host an evening to Celebrate and Support the Constitution of the USA: Join the festivities to learn more about what is happening to our Civil Right and Civil Liberties and what you can do to take a pro-active role within your community to protect the future of our Constitution. We will have speakers, music, poetry and film for your enjoyment and education.
7/3 (Thu) 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM: Immigrants Struggle Night, co-sponsor with different immigrant groups, a night to discuses the current immigrant bashing, anti-immigrant sentiments in this country, as well as the impacts on PATROTIC ACT I/II.
7/4 (Fri): in solidarity with Farce of July at east LA, an annual Chicano music and poetry event held on the 4th of July, this event is to honor of our ancestors and the spirit of resistance of all indigenous people, is to offer a sense of community among cultures and to increase awareness of ongoing social struggles. URL: www.xicanorecordsandfilm.com
7/5 (Sat): Closing Ceremony