about us

Left Forum provides a context for the critical dialogue that is essential for a stronger Left and a more just society.

Each spring Left Forum convenes the largest gathering in North America of the US and international Left. Continuing a tradition begun in the 1960s, we bring together intellectuals and organizers to share perspectives, strategies, experience and vision. For the US and the world, revitalizing an American Left has never been more urgent; Left Forum has a critical role to play in that undertaking.

Our work parallels and cross-fertilizes with the renewal of left, progressive, radical and social movement strength elsewhere—from indigenous movements in Bolivia to the South Korean farmers to the electoral gains of European and Latin American left parties. Like many movements abroad, Left Forum seeks to link the critique of neo-liberalism to anti-capitalism, and to foster radical alternatives to the established order. Left Forum provides a context for critical engagement by people of different persuasions who, nevertheless, seek common ground. Please join with us for the 2015 Left Forum conference in New York City. Details for submitting proposals as well as exact date and location will be posted soon.

The members of the Left Forum board of directors are listed elsewhere on this site. Suffice to say we are all committed to a broad, ecumenical, and non-sectarian discussion. We come together for the purpose of hosting this annual event. The Left Forum enables others to discuss, debate, and engage their political stands with each other, but it does not take such political stands itself. Instead, it facilitates networking and other vital tasks among leftists. We do not share our mailing list with anyone. We are committed to holding admission fees well below the cost of our conference, and to continue to offer student, unemployed, and low-income fee categories and scholarships. To do this we depend upon larger and smaller contributions from people who find this conference an important event. We also appreciate people who are financially able to pay the higher-income fee for the conference. 

This conference is expensive and we really do need your help. If you would like to send us a contribution now, please go to the "support" link (in the left margin on this page) and press the donate button or make out a check to: Left Forum, c/o Sociology/CUNY Graduate Center, and send it to: 365 Fifth Avenue New York, New York 10016-4309 Thank you and see you at the 2015 Left Forum, perhaps the most important of our conferences given the times we are living through and what we are called upon to do.

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