Join us as we congradulate IPS Boardmember, Noura Erakat for being recognized by Washington Peace Center for her work supporting the rights and struggles of Palestinians.
GAIA and the Institute for Policy Studies invite YOU to meet and celebrate grassroots groups, non-governmental organizations, and individuals whose ultimate vision is a just, toxic-free world without incineration.
Netfa Freeman, our events coordinator and local activist, will emcee DC Jobs with Justice’s 2012 Awards.
Join us for the activist party of the season! This December, the Washington Peace Center will host the 7th annual Activist Awards Grassroots Gala to celebrate DC activists’ hard work and successes in creating a more just and peaceful world.
The 2008 Letelier-Moffitt Awards were held on October 15th, and celebrated APRODEH and the Indian Workers’ Congress for their inspiring work in human rights.
The Institute for Policy Studies proudly presents the 32nd Annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards. Please join us in honoring the Indian Workers Congress and Francisco Soberón and Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos (APRODEH) of Peru for their courageous advocacy of human rights.
Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., a reception with light fare starts at 6:00 p.m.., a ceremony follows at 7:00 p.m., and the program wraps up with desserts and coffee at 8:30 p.m. You are also invited to stay and watch the presidential debate held that night on the big screen with us beginning at 9:00 p.m.
For more information, call Sena Tsikata at 202-787-5277 or email at email@example.com.
The Indian Workers Congress has taken a courageous stand against what is essentially modern-day slavery. Their ordeal began when they were among several hundred Indians recruited in 2006 for post-Katrina reconstruction work. The recruiters, hired by Signal Corporation, a Northrop Grumman subsidiary, promised the men green cards if they each paid $15,000-$20,000. Instead, after arriving in the Gulf Coast, they were given 10-month guest workers visas and placed in isolated labor camps. In March 2008, more than 100 walked off the job and formed the Indian Workers Congress. With the support of U.S, allies they embarked on a "satyagraha,’" a Gandhian tradition of traveling by foot in the pursuit of truth and justice. Their journey took them from New Orleans to Washington, DC, where they testified before Congress and endured a 29-day hunger strike, demanding that Signal and the recruiters be prosecuted for human trafficking. A Justice Department Investigation is ongoing.
Presented by Barbara Ehrenreich
The Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos (APRODEH) has been the driving force behind the current trial of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori for alleged crimes against humanity during his 1990-2000 reign. This trial marks the first time a former head of state has been extradited to his own country to face justice for human rights violations. APRODEH supplied the attorney who is representing victims’ families in this case and is responsible for recent convictions of death squad leaders. In her book Speak Truth to Power, Kerry Kennedy highlighted the APRODEH founder, stating that "In the violent, vicious military and political battle that has divided his country Soberón has been viewed with suspicion and fear by both sides. Throughout the last arduous twenty years, Soberón has never failed to report abuse, even though doing so has endangered his life." Indeed he continues to face threats from all sides. In May 2008, leading international human rights groups came to Soberón’s defense when current government officials made unfounded accusations against him.
Presented by Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)
Devouring sugar is a dubious way to jumpstart the day. It’s also a dubious way to jumpstart our faltering global economy.
It used to be that prospective politicians chose law school as the first step in their career path. Future politicians may skip law school altogether and try out for the Saturday Night Live team instead.
Tim Shorrock’s groundbreaking book assesses the growing dominance of contractors in the intelligence “industry.”
The cost of the war, coupled with the tax giveaways to the wealthy, has contributed to enlarging the U.S. budget deficit to nearly $500 billion, the highest ever.
Where to Find $900 Billion from the Wall Street Speculators.
A review of “Bad Money: Reckless Finance, Failed Politics, and the Crisis of American Capitalism,” by Kevin Phillips (Viking, 2008).
The rise of Starbucks also seems to correspond with the expansion of the go-go economy.