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The Activists' Watch

February 9, 2024

Turning the embers into a bonfire
Calendar section

Upcoming Activist Events:
February 9 - 23, 2024


Feb. 9, 4:30 pm, Democracy Friday demonstration, Virginians for Democracy, Federal Courthouse, info from engr1950@gmail.com

Feb. 12, 7:00 pm, NAACP meeting, contact Lynn Boyd at lboyd3@hotmail.com to join NAACP and get location

Feb. 12, 7:00 pm, Staunton Organizing meeting, contact info@stauntonorganizing.com

Feb. 14, 8:00 am, Planned Parenthood Lobby Day, Richmond, https://www.weareplannedparenthoodaction.org/a/lobby-day-2024

Feb.15, 7:00 pm, Charlottesville 350 meeting, cville350@gmail.com

Feb. 19, 7:00 pm, Staunton Organizing meeting, contact info@stauntonorganizing.com

Feb. 23, 5:30 pm, Harrisonburg/ Rockingham County Chapter Meeting , Virginia Organizing

Feb. 23, 4:00 pm, Democracy Rally outside the Federal Building (we cancel if it's below 40). contact engr1950@gmail.com

DISCLAIMER: The absence of events from a particular faction does not indicate that a slanted perspective exists in Activists Guide. It means that we are not notified of the event. There is no selection of events. If we were notified of an event by an organization that appears in Activists’ Guide Directory of Organizations the entry will appear in the AG Calendar.

Activists’ Guide Directory of Organizations is reviewed at six-month intervals to ensure its accuracy.

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Protesters rally against new Northrop Grumman plant in Waynesboro

They say facility will contribute to company's list of human rights and environmental violations

While Northrop Grumman broke ground on its new plant in Waynesboro on Friday, protesters near the ceremony shouted out about the company’s alleged human rights violations and water pollution.
https://dailyprogress.com/news/local/business/protesters-rally-against-new-northrop-grumman-plant-in-waynesboro/article_19a11eef-f169-5015-bccd-434c5acee0bb.html

Police Arrest 100+ Activists as They Take Over Pennsylvania Capitol to Protest War

Back in the U.S., hundreds of Pennsylvanians rallied at the state Capitol in Harrisburg Monday to demand the state divest millions from Israeli bonds. The protest was led by Jewish Voice for Peace, the Philly Palestine Coalition and the Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR. Police arrested at least 126 demonstrators. State Representative Chris Rabb attempted to shield protesters from arrest and later defended their right to protest, evoking the history of the civil rights struggle and Black History Month.
https://www.democracynow.org/2024/2/6/headlines/police_arrest_100_activists_as_they_take_over_pennsylvania_capitol_to_protest_war

Brown Univ. Students on Hunger Strike to Demand Divestment from Arms Makers Supplying Israel

Protests are continuing across the U.S. against Israel’s assault on Gaza. In Louisville, Kentucky, 15 people were arrested Friday after they blocked the entrances to offices of military contractors Raytheon and BAE Systems. Meanwhile, 19 students at Brown University have entered their fourth day on hunger strike to urge Brown to divest from weapons manufacturers who are arming Israel.
https://www.democracynow.org/2024/2/5/headlines/brown_univ_students_on_hunger_strike_to_demand_divestment_from_arms_makers_supplying_israel
FROM CAROL HEDRICK, ORGANIZER OF ANTI-DEATH PENALTY VIGILS

Some new priorities are requiring my time and attention for the foreseeable future, so I'm sorry to say I won't be organizing the anti-death penalty events anymore.

If any of you would like to step into that role, it would be my pleasure to walk you through the small amount of advertising and follow-up that I did for each event. And of course, you'll also inherit my two huge anti-death penalty signs : )

FYI: Oklahoma's next execution is scheduled for February 1st; it's that of James Ryder. Last summer, Mr. Ryder was examined by Barry Crown PhD who diagnosed him with "Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorder".

“'In terms familiar to the law, Mr. Ryder is insane,' Crown wrote. 'His mental power has been wholly obliterated. He is unable to comprehend or process, in any fashion, the reason he is to be executed and that the execution is imminent.'"

Remember - Democracy is not a spectator sport.

Activists’ Guide is a community bulletin board which publicizes events sponsored by “boots on the ground” organizations. Entries may be made to the AG’s calendar by any organization whose actions attempt to create a more just, equitable, non-violent world. The stance taken by a particular organization/government is not considered. We are not a megaphone for one side or the other.
JOB OPENING AT VIRGINIA ORGANIZING

Director of Communications

Virginia Organizing is a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization dedicated to challenging injustice by empowering people in local communities to address issues that affect the quality of their lives. Founded in 1995, Virginia Organizing has 18 active local chapter areas across the state.
Job responsibilities:
As Virginia Organizing’s Director of Communications, you will be responsible for developing materials and strategy to cultivate relationships with supporters, decision-makers, and media around the state. As with most areas of our organizing work, almost everyone on staff takes part in our communications work. You will have a central role in creating and coordinating all of the organization’s external communications.
Qualifications
Driven by a commitment to Virginia Organizing’s vision for a more just Virginia, you believe that people who are most directly affected by public issues should have a seat at the table. You are passionate about promoting leaders who speak for the organization and make decisions about local campaigns. You want to use your critical thinking and interpersonal skills to build a powerful statewide organization.
Please pass this job description on to anyone you think might be interested!
To apply, please send a letter of interest, a copy of your resume, and three references to Brian Johns, Executive Director, at bjohns@virginia-organizing.org
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What Happened?

On February 17 1942 Huey Newton was born. Huey was a co-founder of the Black Panthers.
https://www.history.com/.amp/topics/1960s/orangeburg-massacre

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We ALL in this together... joining together in harmony... the "empire" is crumbling... we rising in love...

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Special event:
Virginia Festival of the Book in March of 2024
• Panel Name: Standing Up to Hate: August, 2017
• Date: 03/21/2024
• Start Time: 11:00 AM
• End Time: 12:30 PM

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