Your Community Calendar for the Week of April 22-29

By Julianne Hing Apr 22, 2009

We’re kicking off a new weekly feature at RaceWire today with a roundup of the progressive and racial justice-related events happening around the country the next seven days. Actions, community forums, cultural events, conferences, you’ll find all of it here. If you’ve got a tip, email it to us at submissions [at] colorlines [dot] com, subject line: YCC. Next week: May Day events! Community Meeting on Truancy Tickets and School Police Thursday, April 23, 2009, 6:30pm, at Southern California Library (6120 S. Vermont Ave.), Los Angeles, CA Childcare and Translation Provided If you are a student, parent, teacher or community member concerned about the ticketing of LAUSD students on and around school campus, and/or you are concerned about the conduct of school police towards our students, come to this meeting hosted by the Labor/Community Strategy Center. Live Online Chat with Jameel Jaffer of the ACLU and Christy Hardin Smith of Firedoglake Thursday, April 23, 12pm PST/3pm EST at Firedoglake. Jameel Jaffer, director of the ACLU’s National Security Project, and blogger Christy Hardin Smith will discuss the recent White House release of the torture memos and the need for more in-depth examination of how torture became official US policy. "LOVE YO MAMA" Earth day Celebration Saturday, April 25, 2009, 11:30am-6pm, at Tassafaronga Center (975 – 85th Avenue) and and Acorn Woodland Elementary (1025 – 81st Avenue), Oakland, CA – FREE Did you know that East Oakland’s asthma hospitalization rate is 1.5 times higher than the county norm? Did you know that according to the EPA Scorecard, East Oakland communities host more than 40 pollution-producing industrial or commercial facilities? Celebrate Earth Day with Communities for a Better Environment. Come learn about environmental justice issues affecting your health. Paper Angels: A Multimedia Production Weds, April 29-Sat, May 2, 2009, at Speyer Hall at University Settlement (184 Eldridge Street, bet. Rivington and Delancey), New York City $18 adult, $15 student/senior The updated play, last performed onstage in 1982, explores America’s historic ambivalence over immigration through a group of Chinese detainees on Angel Island, the Ellis Island of the West Coast. There will be a special post-show discussion on Friday, April 30th with Peter Kwong, author of Chinese America: The Untold Story of America’s Oldest New Community