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Conference: Organizing for Justice & Peace

The Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace (OMJP) invites you to attend
a regional conference aimed at building a stronger justice and peace movement on
Sunday, April 28th, 2002 at the Evergreen State College in Olympia,

DATE: Sunday, April 28, 2002
TIME: 9 A.M.- 6 P.M.
PLACE: The Longhouse, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

The Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace (OMJP) invites you to attend
a regional conference aimed at building a stronger justice and peace movement on
Sunday, April 28th, 2002 at the Evergreen State College in Olympia,
Washington. This conference is aimed at bringing together people from
Portland, Oregon to Vancouver, B.C., who are involved in working for
social justice, who want to get involved or who want to learn more about
major social problems such as poverty, the "U.S. War Against Terror",
and repression against immigrants.

A major goal of this conference is to further organizing and networking
in the Pacific Northwest against various wars, from the war against
Afghanistan, to the war against Iraq, and the Israeli war against
Palestinians. We also will be discussing how to effectively further
social and economic justice in the U.S. and how to challenge the current
policies which are anti- poor and working people, anti women, anti
immigrant, harm the environment, further police powers and further
threaten civil liberties.

The conference will emphasize workshops where participation will be
encouraged. There will also be an opening plenary session that will
include the following speakers:

Grace Chang, Professor of Ethnic Studies at the Evergreen State College,
author of the book, Disposable Domestics, will speak on "Immigrants and
Poor People Under Attack and Fighting Back".

Robert Meeropol, son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, coauthor with his
brother of We Are Your Sons, on political repression in the United
States from the 1940's to the present, from McCarthyism to the Patriot

Steve Niva, Professor of Middle East Studies at the Evergreen State
College, on "U.S. Foreign and Military Policy in Afghanistan,
Palestine-Israel and Iraq."


The Conference will feature one hour workshops organized around the
following themes, and will be facilitated by knowledgeable people who
are involved in groups organizing with regards to the issues in
question. A preliminary list of facilitators are listed together with
the names of the workshops.

Community and Labor Organizing: 1) Community organizing against poverty
and for welfare rights, Olympia activists Pat Tassoni from Works in
Progress and Monica Peabody from the Welfare Rights Organizing
Coalition; 2) Staff from the Labor Education and Research Center, the
Evergreen State College; 3) Brian Frank, from the Olympia Activist

Domestic Repression: 1) Doug Honig, Public Education Director of the
Washington State America Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on the Patriot Act
and Civil Liberties; and 2) Knowing Your Rights from the Midnight Law
Collective (2 hours).

On Anti-War Organizing: 1) Lori Blewett, Building Cross Cultural
Coalitions; 2) Moving Mainstream Public Opinion Toward Peace, Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR); 3) Radical Women, Women and Militarism.

Alternate Media and Media Activism: 1) KAOS (Radio) Listeners for Democracy Now; 2) Sheri Herndon, a founder of the Seattle Independent
Media Center (IMC), development of radical, community-generated media as a tool of democratic participation and social change; 3) From the IMC, Amoshaun Toft, Thatcher, and Sheri Herndon on Hands-On Media Production; and 4) Clint Burelson from the American Postal Workers Union and a media activist on Community Cable TV and the importance of alternate media.

Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy: 1) Simona Sharoni, director of
COPRED-PSA and faculty in peace studies, the Evergreen State College on
Confronting Militarization in the United States and Middle East after
September 11th; 2) Tom Wright, director of the film Checkpoint, on the
key issues in the Palestine-Israel conflict and on the U.S. role;
and 3) Organizing for Peace and Justice in the Middle East.

Globalization and Latin America: 1) Larry Mosqueda, faculty in political economy at the Evergreen State College, and member of Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES), CISPES and Latin American Solidarity, Stopping CAFTA; 2) Plan Colombia and U.S. Intervention in Colombia, Yul Rivera; and 3) Pete Bohmer, faculty in political economy at the Evergreen State College, ABC's of Globalization and Alternatives.

Donations to cover costs are appreciated. If you would like to make a $5-10 donation, please make out check to: OMJP. No one will be turned away.

Free childcare will be provided. Please help us to make the appropriate arrangements by
indicating that you'll need childcare on the registration form (below), or, contact Carrie at  carriejl@attbi.com or OMJP at 877 881-1560.

Free parking will be available.

You may register in advance by
Phone 360-867-6513 or 877-881-1560 (toll free);
Email,  conference@omjp.org;
MS Word Form (mail or email),  http://www.omjp.org/RegForm.doc; or
Register Online,  http://www.omjp.org/registration.html.

Larry Mosqueda

Conference Schedule:

9:00-9:30 a.m. Registration
9:30-10:00 a.m. Welcome
10:00-11:45 a.m. Opening Plenary
11:45-1:15 p.m. Lunch**
1:15-2:15 p.m. Workshops, first session
2:30-3:30 p.m. Workshops, second session
3:45-4:45 p.m. Workshops, third session
5:00-6:00 p.m. Reconvene and Closing

**Food will be available, or feel free to bring your own. During lunch, Robert Meeropol will speak in the Library Lobby. Cosponsored by the Prison Action Committee.

See  http://www.omjp.org/transportation.html.
Some home stays may be available. Contact OMJP at  conference@omjp.org.

homepage: homepage: http://www.omjp.org/aprilconf.html