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APRIL 2010
19-25 - Week of Solidarity with Latin America
22- CC lecture: Paul Watson

MAY 2010
1- International Workers Day
4- Day of Solidarity with the People of Nicaragua
15- Day of Solidarity with Palestine
22-29 Week of Solidarity with Africa

JUNE 2010
6- Anniversary of Israeli seizure of Gaza
20- International Day of Disarmament
25-26 G-20 summit, Huntsville, Ontario

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26- Day of World Solidarity with the Cuban Revolution

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3- Day of World Solidarity with the Struggle of the People of Guinea-Bissau and the Cape Verde Islands
6- Day of World Solidarity with the Struggle of the Japanese People
18- Day of Solidarity with the Afro-American People

SEPT 2010
12- Day of Solidarity with the People of Zimbabwe
21- UN International Day of Peace, sponsors PTP, UF & CPI
23- Day of Solidarity with the People of Puerto Rico
25- Day of Solidarity with the People of Mozambique
30-10/6 - Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Asia

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8- Day of the Heroic Guerrilla
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Solidarity:

Direct Action

the ruckus societyReprinted from the Ruckus Society: actions speak louder than words.

Three arguments for Direct Action
Nonviolent direct action is often misunderstood and just as often criticized. You hear it called ineffective, un-American, or illegal.

That the effectiveness of direct action can still be debated strains credulity. The success of Gandhi’s campaigns in India or the U.S. Civil Rights Movement should have settled the question. Since the beginning of the modern environmental movement, the campaigns against nuclear power, to save ancient forests, to achieve a global ban on high-seas drift net fishing and end ocean dumping all have incorporated significant direct action components.

The American experience is teeming with nonviolent direct action. One of the most famous direct actions ever, the Boston Tea Party, is patriotically taught in school. These colonial campaigns were so effective that some argue the “shot heard ’round the world” actually delayed American independence. Most of the world’s democracies have been created by acts of conscience against the state.

The final argument – that direct action is illegal – is weakest. It is also illegal to break into a home. But if that home is on fire and you fear someone will be hurt, it is OK – it is in fact your responsibility – to break in. This is the argument of competing harms: A smaller harm is accepted if it prevents a greater harm from occurring.