Learning Circles Schedule

Mother's Day Weekend Vigil, Saturday, May 13

Teach-In Session I 

5-6:30 pm

Iran/US Relations: Nuclear energy and US threats to attack Iran
What are the facts and who is telling the truth?

Simin Royanian, co-founder of Women for Peace and Justice in Iran

Immigrant Rights: The New Civil Rights Movement
Ana Avendaño, Director of the Immigrant Worker Program at the AFL-CIO
Sonia Umanzor, Mary Center

Counter-Recruitment 101
Fernando Suarez del Solar, Gold Star Families for Peace
Arlene Inouye, Coalition Against the Militarization of Schools (CAMS) and         National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY)
Pat Elder, DC Anti-War Network (DAWN), NNOMY
Rae Abileah, CODEPINK Women for Peace

Legislative Action Session I:
The War and the Upcoming Elections

Celinda Lake, founder of Lake Research Partners, political strategist
Sue Udry, legislative action coordinator, United for Peace and Justice (UfPJ)
Linda Schade, Voters for Peace
Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK Women for Peace

Friends Don't Let Friends Forget about Katrina Victims:
The Local Cost of the War

Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus, Cities for Progress co-director

Teach-In Session II

6:45-8 pm

The Future of Iraq:
Firsthand accounts from Iraqi women and foreign policy analysis

Dr. Dahlia Wasfi, Iraqi speaker
Aseel Albanna, Iraqi architect and activist
Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies fellow
Gael Murphy, CODEPINK Women for Peace

Exposing and Dismantling Bush's Economic Agenda in Iraq and the rest of the Middle East
Antonia Juhasz, author of The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time

Legislative Action Session II
Represent!  Putting the heat on our elected officials

Sue Udry, legislative action coordinator, United for Peace and Justice (UfPJ)
Saif Rahman, Institute for Policy Studies, Cities for Peace Campaign
Cindy Crowner, Declaration of Peace
Linda Schade, Voters for Peace
Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK Women for Peace

Awakening the Dreamer Intro Sessions
Nancy Miriam Hawley, Pachamama
Sharon Seivert, Pachamama
Elsa Powel, Pachamama

Late-Night Workshops

10:30 pm-1:30 am

Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium
Miriam Hawley, Pacha Mama
The most critical issue — and greatest opportunity of our time,
and what you can do about it.

The Symposium is a three hour multi-media experience that explores the link between humanity's three most critical concerns: environmental sustainability, social justice and spiritual fulfillment. The aim of the Symposium is not merely to learn more about the world, but to grapple and come to terms with the very assumptions that underlie the way we ourselves see the world and our place in it. This is the “Organizing 201” session for people who are truly interested in creating peace in our world. If you are ready to be disturbed, inspired and moved to action, if you are ready to be further connected to a thriving community of like-hearted, deeply committed cohorts who are actively engaged in awakening from and changing the dream of our modern industrial culture, we invite you to come to this Symposium!

More on the Symposium:
It has become clear that our political and commercial institutions are unable to effectively address the current crisis our world faces, primarily because they don't realize that they are looking at an interconnected world through a fragmented lens. The villain is not Big Business, the corporate media, the military-industrial complex, or even those who for personal profit seek to clearcut our forests, overfish our oceans, pollute our atmosphere or drain our aquifers. The villain is an outmoded worldview — a way of seeing the world in which such unthinkable acts can appear reasonable, sensible, and even intelligent. It is as if we are living inside of a dream, sleepwalking toward oblivion, while self-serving, shortsighted interests encourage our slumber with managed news, celebrity culture and other weapons of mass distraction. Changing this collective dream of ours will be a do-it-yourself-together project. It will be accomplished by committed individuals working in concert with one another, tens of millions of us, each willing to think and act in a whole new way.

2:00-4:00 am

What is your Love Strategy?
Patch Adams

The first hour of this workshop will be presented by Patch Adams. The second hour will be the screening of silent films depicting love and the emergence of smiles and joy even amidst war-zones and refugee camps.

Creative Protest: How to do a Banner Drop, Street Theater, Pink Actions


Ever wonder how CODEPINK is able to get giant pink slips out of the 20th story of a big hotel? Want to learn how to banner over a freeway, create a street theater action, or pinkify any event with humor and attention-getting visuals? Come to this workshop with long-time peace activist and creative diva Jodie Evans to gain behind-the-scenes tips on successful creative protest.

Media Training

Mintwood Collective, Trainer TBA

Want to make your events more effective by making the news? This training will teach you how to write concise and meaningful talking points, speak with the media, and the process for getting into the news, from press release, to print, to interviews.

The Bush Agenda and Foreign Policy: In-Depth Analysis for Activists
Antonia Juhasz
(See info above)

Strategizing to End War
Sam Joi
Join Sam for a women's circle to strategize on how to end the war in Iraq and make war obsolete! Following Julia Ward Howe's call to “solemnly take counsel with each other” we'll meet to discuss powerful peacemaking strategies, particularly the plans for the Women Say Enough month of action in DC. See www.womensayenough.com for more info.

Organizing 101 and Local Group Coordinating

Rae Abileah

Other late-night activities include:

Jo Souvign, Sacramento CODEPINK

Exciting games and adventures, including a pink scavenger hunt!

CODEPINK Los Angeles, California

Singing and Music
Lydia Vickers, Janet Weil, All!