July 2010, Week 3


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Mon, 19 Jul 2010 21:25:27 -0400
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Tidbits for July 19, 2010
1. URPE's Annual Summer Conference is coming up soon!
2. Report: Madre on Women's Human Rights Violations in Columbia
and Photo and Drawing Exhibit - Child soldiers
3. Drive-by attack on Southwest Workers Union housing
complex in San Antonio

URPE's Annual Summer Conference is coming up soon!

This year our theme is Global Climate Change and
Capitalism. Our David Gordon Memorial Lecture will be
"Climate Change: Barbarism or Socialism?" by Minqi Li,
University of Utah. Plenary speakers are Michael
Dorsey, Joel Kovel, Diana Wu, Helen Scharber, Rachel
Smolker, and Brian Tokar.

We have workshops in a wide variety of topics.

The conference runs from Friday, July 30 (registration
desk opens at 4 p.m.) to Monday, August 2nd at Epworth
Center in High Falls, NY.

As always, there are opportunities for hiking,
swimming, and great socializing with friends old and
new. Bring an instrument for some music making!

For more information, visit our webpage www.urpe.org or
contact the National Office at 413-577-0806 or
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On Wednesday, July 21st, in New York, MADRE will
release a report on women's human rights violations
under the ICCPR in Colombia, including testimony from
women human rights defenders, women displaced by the
armed conflict, and former child soldiers.

I hope you will join me in the launch of this report as
well as a photo and drawing exhibit by former child
soldiers in Colombia and Uganda. Details below.


Lisa Davis Human Rights Advocacy Director MADRE

Born Into War: An Exhibit of Photos and Drawings by
Former Child Soldiers in Colombia and Uganda

Please join us!

*Where:* The Salt Space 1160 Broadway at 27th St. 5th
Floor New York, NY 10001

*When:* Wednesday, July 21, 2010 6:30 p.m. -- 8:30 p.m.

Wine and refreshments will be served

*Admission:* $15 if tickets purchased online, $20.00 at
the door Please consider making an additional donation
to support MADRE's program for child soldiers. Proceeds
will benefit MADRE's work to provide former child
soldiers with the support they need to create
alternatives to a life of violence.

Exhibit and silent auction of photographs by former
child soldiers Presentation by special guest, Anna
Safir, on child soldiers in Uganda Short video of
former child soldiers and MADRE's project to support
their recovery Reception to launch report by MADRE and
our partners to the UN Human Rights Committee

*To purchase tickets to this event, please call
212-627-0444 or purchase tickets

*MADRE is a 501 (c)(3) international women's human
rights organization that works in partnership with
community-based women's organizations worldwide to
address issues of peace building, women's health,
violence against women and economic justice.

In Colombia, MADRE partners with Taller de Vida, an
organization that works with children and families
displaced by armed conflict.*

Drive-by attack on Southwest Workers Union housing
complex in San Antonio 
by repost Monday Jul 12th, 2010

Solidarity House fired on with machine gun last night;
one intern critically injured.

Dear Southwest Workers Union members, allies, and

It is with sadness that I reach out to the friends and
allies of Southwest Workers Union to invite acts of
solidarity, remembrance and prayers. During the early
hours of Sunday morning, the Solidarity House on SWU's
complex in San Antonio's near Eastside, where workers
and volunteers were staying during the summer campaign,
was attcked by a violent drive-by shooting that left
one young college intern in critical condition. The
intern was working this summer on the Roots of Change
community garden, is in critical but stable condition
with a bullet wound to his pelvis. Fortunately the
seven other folks in the home are safe.

We call on the Eastside, the City and local and
national organizations to join together to condemn this
act and work towards the creation of safe, healthy
communities. We ask for support for the victims and
their families and movement towards a unified effort to
eliminate the root causes that breed violence and
poverty in our neighborhoods. We need safe streets and
safe peaceful spaces for people and organizations
working towards social justice and cannot allow such
ruthless acts to go unnoticed. We will continue to
raise our voices against all manifestations of hatred
and for real justice in our communities.

Join us in solidarity and prayers for the shooting
victims and to demonstration support for peaceful
communities across San Antonio and the world.

SWU set up a Peace & Solidarity Fund for the victim and
his family. Donations or cards can be sent to: Peace &
Solidarity Fund Southwest Workers Union PO Box 830706
San Antonio, TX 78283

Donations can be made online here:

In Solidarity, Genaro & members of SWU



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