Monday, January 24, 2011, 5:45 P.M. Contemporary Slavery & Human Trafficking, A presentation by Professor Claude d’Estrée with a question and answer discussion, The Loretto Spirituality Center, 4000 S. Wadsworth Avenue, Lakewood, CO. Because the talk is being webcast, it must begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. Dr. d’Estrée is the Director of the Human Trafficking Clinic (HTC), the Center on Rights Development (CORD), and the Human Rights Degree Program at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. The Human Trafficking Clinic offers the only two-year, graduate level training program in forced and bonded labor, human trafficking,
modern slavery, and international migration issues in the U.S. In October, 2007 Professor d’Estrée was elected as the Chief Delegate to the IOM/UNODC “International Forum: Global Inter-Faith Dialog” in Cape Town that preceded the UN.GIFT Vienna Forum in February, 2008. He was then named as the UN.GIFT Special Reporter for Inter-Faith Response to Human Trafficking. In addition to his passion about human trafficking, forced labor and modern slavery, he also teaches on international humanitarian law of armed conflict (IHL/LOAC), torture, and international law and human rights. To register contact Mary Kay Brannan, SL at 303-882-6642 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, January 27, 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm. American Friends Service Committee is looking for folks to join the Denver Area Planning Committee (APC). The APC helps AFSC employees see the big picture, provides support for the local immigrant rights program, connects AFSC with other work/worship/networking communities of which the APC member is a part, does minimal fundraising, and learns from and teaches others. In addition to their service, APC members have the opportunity to build their skills, gain knowledge about immigrant rights, support the tremendous AFSC staff and their effective work, and collaborate with other inspirational APC people
and local communities. Being a member of the APC grants one the opportunity to work with talented individuals to make a build peace through the promotion of immigrant rights. We meet at least once a month for a two hour meeting, help out on one committee, and participate in AFSC programming where appropriate and possible. The general time commitment for participation on the APC might be as little as 4 hours and as much as 12 hours per month, as is reasonable for the individual. We are gathering informally to share food and talk about what it means to be on the Area Program Committee on January 27th from 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm. If you or someone you know is
interested in learning more and would like to join us, please contact Melissa Nix at email@example.com or at 720.261.9238.
Saturday, January 29, 2011, 12:15-2:15 pm, Official Denver Launch of the UN Foundation | UNA-USA Strategic Alliance Luncheon/Annual Meeting, Featured Speaker: Wellington E. Webb, public delegate to the United Nations St Mary’s Academy, H. S. Forum (in the north building, free parking) 4545 South University Boulevard, Englewood, CO 80113 Co-hosted with St Mary’s Academy H.S. Model United Nations club. Our own Mr. Denver took his “sneakers” to the United Nations on behalf of the people of the United States, including Denver. The Man, The Mayor, The Maker of Modern Denver, CEO of Webb Group International and now the
“Ambassador” will share his insider’s view on the experience of engaging the U. S. in the UN in the pursuit of making the world a better place. More info: http://www.blacktie-colorado.com/calendar/event-detail.cfm?id=21203 UNA-USA (a program of the UN Foundation) Denver Metro Chapter, 303-832-4765 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, February 3, 7:30 P.M., What is Nuclear Guardianship? Naropa University, Nalanda Campus, Room 9180, (6287 Arapahoe Avenue, at 63rd St, Boulder). Kathleen Sullivan, PhD, is a disarmament educator, anti-nuclear specialist and filmmaker. Nuclear Guardianship combines art, science, and remembrance to address the human-caused problem of nuclear contamination with insight and creativity. Nuclear Guardianship will provide a model for environmental caretaking on contaminated sites such as Rocky Flats, where the triggers of nuclear bombs were once manufactured. But first we must challenge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife plan to open most of the area now known as the Rocky Flats
National Wildlife Refuge for public recreation. Please join us and participate in this important community conversation. More info: www.rockyflatsnuclearguardianship.org
Sunday, February 6, 2011, 3:00-5:00 P.M., Doing Business in Palestine Maria Khoury, Taybeh Brewery, Palestine. Montview Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia (at Montview Boulevard). Dubbed “the best microbrewery in the Middle East,” Taybeh beer is brewed in Taybeh, Palestine, in the West Bank, in “a village that has been Christian for two thousand years, since Christ’s visit.” This is how Maria Khoury describes her village, where illegal Israeli settlements are closing in. She will talk about her family’s business and the reality of the challenges of doing business under Israel’s occupation: “sometimes no electricity and other times, no
running water and once in a while a few army invasions.” More info: Colorado Friends of Sabeel, http://www.sabeelcolorado.org/
***Monday, February 7, 6:00-7:00 P.M. Monthly Vigil at GEO Detention Center, sponsored by DJPC this month. Info: 303-623-1463, email@example.com Contact Jennifer Piper at AFSC if your group wants to sponsor the vigil on a first Monday of the month. JPiper@afsc.org
Monday, Feb. 7, 8:00A.M.-1:00 P.M. The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado Day at the Colorado Legislature. (TIA-CO) is offering a Legislative Day again this year with training, tours, and introductions to Colorado state government. TIACO is focusing on the following in this legislative session: immigration rights: Colorado Dream Act and opposition to an AZ type immigration bill; repeal of the death penalty; workplace discrimination remedy; GLBT rights. More information, and to register by Jan. 27: http://www.interfaithallianceco.org/
Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 7 P.M. University of Denver, Sturm College of Law 2255 E. Evans Avenue The Ved Nanda Center for International & Comparative Law and the International Law Society present the Myres S. McDougal Distinguished Lecture by Professor Dinah L. Shelton President, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law at The George Washington University Law School “Lawyers, Judges and the Law of Nations: International Law in US Courts” Join us for the lecture and dinner! For costs and other information: Please call or email The Ved Nanda Center at 303-871-6655 or firstname.lastname@example.org Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Competition. In conjunction with the annual Myers S. McDougal Lecture, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law is hosting the Rocky Mountain Super-Regional portion of the Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Competition. The Jessup is the world’s largest moot court competition comprising nearly 600 law schools from over 85 countries. Twenty-four law schools from the United States will participate in the Rocky Mountain Super-Regional, with the top two teams advancing to the international rounds held in Washington D.C. The 2011 Compromis touches on issues in international law such as drone warfare, the use of force,
corruption and bribery, and women’s rights. We will need more than 50 volunteers to serve as bailiffs in this competition. Training will be provided and volunteers can assist in more than one competition. We need VOLUNTEER BAILIFFS to keep time at the competition: Friday, February 25: 10am-12pm (8 volunteers); 1-3pm (8 volunteers); 4-6pm (8 volunteers) Saturday, February 26: 9-11am (12 volunteers); 12-2pm (12 volunteers); 4-6pm (4 volunteers) Sunday, February 27: 10am-12pm (2 volunteers); 1-3pm (1 volunteer) Please contact Michelle D. Quintero Millan at email@example.com to volunteer. Michelle Doherty Quintero Millan, JD
Candidate 2012 MA International Human Rights firstname.lastname@example.org 801.652.9050
Sunday, March 6, 2011. 3-5 P.M. Popular Resistance in Palestine, A History of Hope and Empowerment, Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh at Montview Presbyterian Church, 1980 Dahlia at Montview Boulevard, Denver. Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, a Palestinian-American human rights activist who lives and works in Beit Sahour will talk about his new book. He is an activist, organizing non-violent protest against Israel’s occupation and its ongoing confiscation of Palestinian land. More info: Colorado Friends of Sabeel, http://www.sabeelcolorado.org/
WEEKLY PEACE VIGILS
Every Thursday from 5:15 pm until 6:15 pm, Women in Black silent vigil for peace, in front of the Wellington Webb Municipal Building (NW corner of Colfax and 15th Street, just across Colfax from Civic Center Park). Women in Black is a world-wide network of women committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to injustice, war, militarism and other forms of violence, whether interpersonal or international. Please join us! Come dressed in black; look for the banner. For more information, Kaaren Hardy, email@example.com. The Denver Women in Black group has been standing weekly since
Every Friday, Friday, 4:30-5:30 PM, “War is not the Answer” vigil at 8th/Santa Fe The war in Afghanistan was wrong under Bush. It’s wrong under Obama. Come join us Fridays @8th and Sante Fe, Democratic Headquarters. Sponsored by “Just a group of concerned world citizens”
Every Saturday from Noon - 1:00 P.M., Colorado Citizens for Peace have been vigiling every week since Feb. 2005 Participants meet at the intersections of West 52nd Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard to promote peace and bring a greater awareness of the on-going U.S. wars. Info: www.coloradocitizensforpeace.info/
Every Saturday from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m., Women in Black silent vigil takes place in front of the Colorado Mills Mall on West Colfax (at the corner near the Pei Wei Restaurant). Women in Black is a world-wide network of women committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to injustice, war, militarism and other forms of violence. Please join us! Come dressed in black; signs are provided. For more information, please contact Carol Barrow, firstname.lastname@example.org This particular group of Women in Black has been standing weekly for 5 years.
Educators For Immigrant Rights! Spring 2011 Course: Immigration Issues for Educators Examine current and historical immigration issues that impact educators, students, families and communities Speakers, discussions, readings, community visits, teaching resources
Course meeting dates: Mondays, 5-8 pm: 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 4/11,4/25, 5/2 Saturday: 9-noon: 3/12 Location: Central Denver, near W. 14th Avenue and Speer Blvd.
Fees: $100 course fee, plus $110 for optional credit (Two University of Colorado Denver graduate recertification credits) To register or for more information: Contact Kathy Bougher, Instructor email@example.com First course meeting on January 24, 2011!!
Spanish Lessons at El Centro Humanitario. Take this opportunity to study Spanish with native Spanish speakers! El Centro Humanitario has organized 3 different levels of classes in order to accommodate different students: Level 1: Basic introduction to Spanish. For people who have no background in Spanish or would like a refresher course on basics. Meets Mondays 6-8pm January 24 – February 28 Level 2: Builds off Level 1, more vocabulary and beginning conversations. For people who have some background in Spanish. Meets Wednesdays 6-8pm January 26 – March 2
Level 3: Builds off Level 2, with more conversational practice. For people who are looking to advance their vocabulary and get more practice conversing in Spanish. Wednesdays 6-8pm January 26 – March 2 All levels are comprised of 6 2-hour lessons, and each lesson will cost $20. This cost includes some materials but does not include an English/Spanish dictionary. If you are interested in any of these classes, please e-mail Nancy Rosas at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-292-4115 ext. 105. Please include your name, e-mail address,
and the level you would like to study.
Action Alert: Support Bradley Manning: Contact President Obama: Bradley Manning has been accused of providing info to Wikileaks. He hasn’t been tried before a jury of his peers. For seven months, he has been held in prison and isolated from other people, restricted in his ability to exercise and denied full access to information from outside. His treatment is a form of physical, mental and emotional torture. To read an excellent letter on the topic “Psychologists for Social Responsibility Speak Out on Bradley Manning’s Confinement”, go to http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=439x108528 Call or email President Obama and ask him to stop this torture of Bradley Manning. 202-456-1414 or www.whitehouse.gov
From Denver Justice and Peace Committee: Consider signing the Newmont Mining petition. Newmont is based in Denver, and residents of Cajamarca Peru are fighting the company which they believe is destroying their community. DJPC’s goal is to have 10,000 signatures on the petition by May 2011. Here is an overview of what the petition says: We, the undersigned citizens of Colorado, respectfully petition Newmont Mining Corporation, to review its contract with the private security agency known as FORZA at the Yanacocha mine in Cajamarca, Peru; and in light of this review, taking into account the mounting protest by the Peruvian people and the international community against FORZA’s abuse of human
rights, to determine the likely cessation of employing FORZA. Take less than one minute and sign the petition at this link: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/1-Newmont-Mining/
***Eat for peace! Purchase a King Soopers Debit Card to benefit AFSC: This is a great way to contribute to Denver AFSC! Purchase an AFSC/King Soopers debit card for $25. Add money to your KS debit card using cash, check or credit card. Every time you add money to the debit card, 5% goes to AFSC. (So if you spend $100 a month at King Soopers using this card, $5 will automatically go to AFSC). Your debit card is good all year long, every year. AFSC/KS Debit Cards can be used at City Market or Loaf N Jug or any other Kroger store across the country. Give them to your friends and family for a gift that keeps on giving (to AFSC). You can also purchase gift cards for Sunflower, Vitamin
Cottage & Safeway. Contact Linda Smoke (303 355-4297) or Judy Danielson (303 377-8367) to begin today!