1. ISMS - The Exhibition - Opening Reception - Avery Research Center, Charleston SC


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    From the program .... February 12, 2015 – May 30, 2015 McKinley Washington Auditorium ISMS is a visual documentation of the many injustices that permeate society featuring the artists of BAMN’N (By Any Means Necessary, Now: Socially Concerned, Aesthetically Astute Contemporary Artists). BAMN’N artists include KTC/Karole Turner Campbell; Arianne King Comer; Natalie Daise; Susanne Frenzel; Laura Gadson; Gwylene Gallimard & Jean Marie Mauclet; Alvin B. Glen; Jacqueline Johnson; Winston Kennedy; Addelle Sanders. Guest Artist: Dr. Leo Twiggs. For more information about BAMN’N contact: bamnn123@gmail.com In February 2015, the artist of *BAMN’N will present the “ISMS” exhibit at the Avery Research Center in Charleston, SC.With this show we plan to make provocative visual statements on the oppressive and alienating forces that negative “isms wreak on society. These “isms” are universal in their negative impact on people and neither time nor location buffer their insidious destruction.Some of these “isms” are: Racism, Sexism, Ageism, Militarism, Terrorism, Classism, Consumerism, Elitism, Anti-Intellectualism, Brutism, Ethnocentrism, Egoism, Parochialism, Separatism, Anti-Semitism, etcetera. Many of us bear the metaphysical scare of our personal confrontations with these “isms.” While the mental and emotional scarring can be much more concrete. As artists, however, we have the tools, passion and spirit to visually convey our insights, perspectives on these ills and transform the mundane into powerful, inspiring works of art that will provoke a “hallelujah” from the “saved” and wake-up the complacent.In the face of current events, both at home and globally, we artist cannot bow down to fear, ignorance, hate and envy - the backbone of negative “isms.” We stand with all who believe in Freedom, Justice Equality and Human/Civil Rights for all.

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    • Thus Spoke The Spectacle - TRAILER


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      Live at the Kraine Theater, New York City For more info and to buy tickets: http://TheSpectacle.net March 29, 8:00 PM April 26, 8:00 PM May 31, 8:00 PM June 28, 8:00 PM July 19, 8:00 PM August 30, 8:00 PM

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      • I Am the Army: American's New Military Caste (Latinos and the Caste System in the US Army)


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        Years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have stretched the American army to its limit. With almost thousand permanent military bases around the globe, the US needs to add another two thousand troops to its 2.5 million member armed forces. The constant need for troops to maintain this massive global presence has caused a crisis in recruitment. In poor and working class communities across the US, military recruiters are working their ways into schools, churches and community groups. They are making the military a normal part of American life. Recent studies shows that Latinos are untapped sources of recruit. The study encourages the military to aggressively target the Latino community. PRESS TV Documentaries

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        • Avenues to Accountability


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          “Avenues to Accountability” was a civil society symposium held during the 2013 session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. On March 9, 2013, with support from the Biosophical Institute, a symposium on exploring possibilities for establishing the criminal responsibility of those engaged in the human trafficking that sustains the commercial sex industry in service to the military was offered by several CSOs at the Law School of Fordham University in New York City. Jointly sponsored by Anglican Women’s Empowerment (AWE), the International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE), the National Peace Academy, Network for Peace through Dialogue, Pasos Peace Museum, and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the symposium was attended by a large, engaged audience of about 150 people comprised mainly of participants in the 57th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW,) the theme of which was Violence against Women.* The March 10th event was part of an on-going programmatic concern among these CSOs with the exploitation and enslavement of women with special emphasis on systemic military violence against women. This event dealt primarily with the latter problem within the context of UN peacekeeping operations, employing member states’ military and police personnel contributed by member states. The program began with a showing of The Whistleblower, a feature film that exposes the involvement of UN peacekeepers, military contractors, and UN and US State Department personnel in trafficking women into brothels in post-conflict Bosnia. The film illustrates the deceptions which entrap young women in sexual slavery, their international transporting with forged passports which are held by their traffickers, the hovels in which they are housed, the bars in which and conditions under which they are prostituted to peacekeepers, contractors and diplomats. The viewing was a forceful – for some overwhelming – glimpse into systematic, criminal and severe violence against women. All were very moved by it; so that the coffee break between the film and the panel on accountability occasioned - after the first stunned silence - intense discussion of the shocking and intolerable violence of trafficking. The afternoon panel was preceded by a statement of the purpose of the program by Betty Reardon who noted the intention of the discussions to follow. The intention was to explore - through consideration of the obstacles to and possibilities for holding perpetrators of crimes such as those dramatized in the film criminally responsible - ways to strengthen international law as a tool to protect and implement human rights, to provide legal alternatives to armed force to resolve conflicts and defend national interests. The first panelist, Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of WILPF was at the time in which the film is set, the Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Bosnia (she was played in the film by Vanessa Redgrave). She gave a frank and precise overview of the actual circumstances in Bosnia and the ways in which international structures and regulations were manipulated to sustain the trafficking and provide impunity to the international forces, intergovernmental and governmental personnel involved in the crimes. Dorota Gierycz, second panelist, is a visiting scholar at Fordham University who also had first hand experiences of the problems in Bosnia and other areas where she had served as a legal officer for the UN Office of Peacekeeping. She addressed the responsibilities of the UN Security Council under whose jurisdiction peacekeeping operations are conducted, citing the provisions of the UN charter and international law that could have been the grounds for the Council taking action in the face of these crimes. The final panel presentation was offered by Lisa Davis, Legal Counsel for Madre, a women’s human rights organization. Like the other two panelists, a lawyer, she is well versed in the possibilities for legal redress and accountability. She also has experience of how CSOs - in the absence of appropriate governmental or intergovernmental responses - are able to take remedial and preventive action to reduce violence against women in areas where military forces are sent by the UN.

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          • It Should Be News: Anti-Semitism


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            WORLDbytes new show It Should Be News aims to ensure serious issues get the attention they deserve. The onset of the Gaza-Israel conflict has fuelled a serious wave of anti-Semitism across Europe, yet it remains little reported or challenged in the media. In this first programme Daniel Ben-Ami helps us understand what is going on and why challenging anti-Semitism is vital. Do share with your networks and we'd be delighted to read your comments too.

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            • World Command


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              The countries we have bombed since the good war.

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              • Kids to a Warzone


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                • Mayor from Okinawa Comes to Washington to Oppose Marine Base


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                  Mayor Susumu Inamine of Nago City, Okinawa, Japan, was elected to stop a new Marine Corps base construction. He visited Washington, D.C., on May 20, 2014, to ask the U.S. government to respect democracy.

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                  • "Affection and Bending"


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                    This presenter wants to know what Japanese school uniforms say about the girls and boys who wear -- and in many cases "transform" -- them. Related (text and video): U.S. lists 'high school walking' in Japan as human trafficking Jiji Press -- Jun 21 The U.S. Department of State rated Japan as second from the top on a one-to-four scale in its annual report on human trafficking released Friday, listing "high school walking" as a recent human trafficking trend in Japan. Japan remained in the Tier 2 category for the 10th straight year. In high school walking, a trend called "joshi-kosei osanpo" in Japanese, "girls are offered money to accompany men on walks, in cafes or to hotels, and engage in commercial sex," the report said. The 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report also introduced the Japanese phenomenon of "enjo kosai," known as "compensated dating," noting that it "continues to facilitate the prostitution of Japanese children." http://newsonjapan.com/html/newsdesk/article/108215.php

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                    • Selling Israeli Militarism Like Toothpaste


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                      From children's shows to national war drills, a discussion on militarism in Israeli society and gender equality in the army. ==== On Wednesday, June 22nd, Israel held the largest war exercise in its history. The Real News' Lia Tarachansky interviewed Rela Mazali, the founder of New Profile, an organization working to demilitarize Israeli society, and Alex Cohn, a war resister who served five months for objecting to serve in the army. Cohn analyses a children's show that portrays a typical interaction between soldiers and Israeli children as part of a discussion on the insidious prevalence of militarism in Israeli society. For more info, see http://www.therealnews.com

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