Press

2012:

2011:


2012 Pre-Conference Coverage


____________________________________________________________________________________

 Left Forum 2012 

 "Each spring the Left Forum convenes the largest progressive gathering in North America in a rambling, lively confab unlike anything else in the United States. Originally established in 1981 as the Socialist Scholar's Conference, the event was renamed the Left Forum in 2005 after a split in the ranks forced a year's hiatus and a reconstitued organizing structure."- Peter Rothberg

____________________________________________________________________________________

Talking Political Movements with Left Forum’s Seth Adler (An audio interview)

With the Left Forum closing its extended panel deadline on Jan. 31 and unveiling its agenda of sessions, the 2012 event looks to bring people together around the theme “Occupying the System: Confronting Global Capitalism.”

____________________________________________________________________________________

Présidentielles américaines : La gauche progressiste a rendez-vous à New York

"Avec le printemps, revient le Left Forum. Cette tradition est solidement établie et ce n’est certainement pas en cette année si particulière que les organisateurs auraient envisagé d’y déroger. Ce rendez-vous de la gauche intellectuelle et militante plonge ses racines dans les années 60 quand des universitaires socialistes ont commencé à développer des conférences, sur des thèmes principalement théoriques et historiques." -Christophe Deroubaix

 

____________________________________________________________________________________

 Neuer Atem für Occupy Wall Street (New breath for Occupy Wall Street)

"Following the assessment of progressive U.S. activists, an "American Spring" will blossom - with mass protests, local demonstrations and all sorts of creative actions that are designed to direct the mood of the country to the left. Whether behind such statements more than a hope lies to be seen over the weekend at New York's "Left Forum", the largest annual meeting of the Left in the U.S. and abroad." -Max Böhnel

____________________________________________________________________________________

 

KPFA's CS Soong interviews Seth Adler as he "describes Left Forum, an annual conference that convenes this year in Manhattan from March 16 through 18." -ATG

(audio only)

 


 

 2012 On-site Coverage


 

KPFT

Ernesto Aguilar interviews Seth Adler, Left Forum's Conference Coordinator (audio only).

 

____________________________________________________________________________________


The Mantle

Mantle Thought:

The Mantle's Shaun Randol and JK Fowler interview a host of speakers during the Left Forum 2012 conference.

 

____________________________________________________________________________________

 

Deep Dish TV at the Left Forum

Deep Dish TV hosted a few panels at the conference, and filmed several more. Please see videos posted in their archive.

 

____________________________________________________________________________________

 

The Left Forum

"Join an illustrious group of writers, thinkers and activists in this immensely important collective conversation about the fate of the earth. Speakers include Frances Fox Piven, Barbara Ehrenreich, Sharif Abdel Kouddous, Cornel West and Nation editors and writers John Nichols, Richard Kim, Laura Flanders, Robert Pollin, Christian Parenti and Doug Henwood." -Peter Rothberg

 


 2012 Post-Conference Coverage


 

Deep Dish TV at the Left Forum

Filmmaker, author, troublemaker Michael Moore delivered an impassioned, humorous and provocative presentation at the 2012 Left Forum at Pace University in New York City on March 17th. At the end of the speech Moore led the entire audience in a march to nearby Liberty Park (aka Zucotti Park) to join the Occupiers who had re-taken the birthplace of the Occupy Movement to celebrate its six month anniversary.

____________________________________________________________________________________

Democracy Now!

Famed sociologist Frances Fox Piven and labor organizer Stephen Lerner discuss how Occupy Wall Street could grow into a major political movement that draws millions into the streets.

____________________________________________________________________________________

 

Michael Moore: 'This is just the beginning of OWS' 

 

____________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

A Graduate Student With $88,000 in Student Loans Speaks Out About College Debt

"East of City Hall, a bulging line of people from all walks of life girdled the Spruce Street side of Pace University to register for the Left Forum, a yearly gathering that is the successor to the Socialist Scholars Conference."- Stacey Patton

 

At Forum Fueled by 'Occupy' Energy, Liberal Scholars and Activists Take On the Corporatization of Academe

"They came together at the Left Forum, an annual conference that has grown this year to an estimated 5,000 attendees. The theme of this year's conference, held at Pace University, was "Occupy the System: Confronting Global Capitalism." Fighting back was an underlying thread in many of the conference events, which included panels focused on issues of student debt, student activism, and adjunct labor in higher education." -Stacey Patton

 

____________________________________________________________________________________

La gauche américaine à l’aube d’un renouveau?

Read articles written by filmmaker Michael Moore and poitical jouranlist, John Nichols in edition of L'Humanité.

 

____________________________________________________________________________________



2011 Pre-Conference Coverage


____________________________________________________________________________________

Op-Eds by panelists at Left Forum 2011, in association with The Guardian

The uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt have provided inspiring images of a popular will for change, but in the US, Europe and other developed nations, the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis has created the conditions for a new conservative fiscal orthodoxy and a concerted push by the right for cuts in government spending and public services. Despite protests for union rights in Wisconsin and elsewhere, the future is in the balance. What are the prospects for any movement towards an alternative vision of greater economic equality and social justice? This series is run in association with Left Forum 2011, the largest gathering in North America of the US and international left, which meets 18-20 March at Pace University, New York.


____________________________________________________________________________________

Bringing the Left Together
An audio interview between Left Forum coordinator Seth Adler and The Mantle

"Over the course of our wide-ranging conversation, Adler and I spoke about highlights of this year’s forum, the history of and need for Left Forum, labor struggles in the U.S., revolutionary movements in the Middle East and North Africa, concepts of solidarity and unity, and much more. Listen and enjoy!"- Shaun Randal  

Please see further coverage from The Mantle, including articles, audio interviews and videos!

____________________________________________________________________________________

"What happens to Marxism, anarchism and theory at the Left Forum? There are more of those panels than ever before. There are the intellectually-, philosophically- challenging panels and there is the amazing amount of engaged politics and culture panels. We have some of the activists and reporters from Tahrir Square speaking. The Wisconsin folks: City Council persons, some union people, some teachers and others who were in the struggle. There have been a lot of attacks on Frances Fox Piven lately and, ironically, she’ll be doing a big panel on the Tea Party and the media!"

____________________________________________________________________________________

The Left Forum

 "Continuing a tradition begun in the 1960s, intellectuals and organizers meet to share notes, perspectives, strategies, experience, vision and drinks. Last year's conference, led by the LF's energetic director, Seth Adler, saw a record 3,400 attending more than 200 panels and workshops. This weekend's proceedings could upend these numbers!" -Peter Rothberg

____________________________________________________________________________________

El ICEA estará presente en el próximo Left Forum (Nueva York) 

"La próxima semana, entre los días 18-20 de marzo, se organizará el Left Forum en la Universidad de Pace, Nueva York." - ICEA was present to provide coverage in Spanish.


____________________________________________________________________________________

Paul Mason: The Global Working Class Fighting Back 

Left Forum 2011 opening plenary speakers discuss the conference theme, Toward a Politics of Solidarity.

Paul Mason, Economics editor of BBC Newsnight and an opening plenary speaker at Left Forum 2011, is a guest on GRITtv with Laura Flanders, an additional opening plenary speaker. Flanders and Mason spoke a few days before the conference.


____________________________________________________________________________________

 Left Forum Will Draw Thousands of Activists to Pace University

DNAinfo.com profiled Left Forum a day before the conference.


____________________________________________________________________________________

Übersicht: Left Forum New York 2011

"Wachsendes Interesse nicht nur in den USA" - Neues Deutschland was present to provide daily coverage in German.



 2011 On-site Coverage


 

 ____________________________________________________________________________________

RT TV Interviews Cornel West at Left Forum

RT's Marina Portnaya sits down to speak with Dr. Cornel West, one of Left Forum 2011's opening plenary speakers. Dr. West spoke about the financial crisis, the opening divide between rich and poor Americans, the need for solidarity, and US President Barack Obama's leadership in a time of crisis.
____________________________________________________________________________________  

 

Left Forum on Free Speech TV

FSTV was on hand to provide live streaming video of selected panels.


____________________________________________________________________________________

WBAI Pacifica Radio Broadcasts Live from Left Forum

Scroll to the dates of the conference (March 18, 2011 - March 20, 2011) for archived coverage of the plenaries and a few panels and interviews.

____________________________________________________________________________________

Deep Dish TV at the Left Forum

Deep Dish TV hosted a few panels at the conference, and filmed several more. Please see videos posted in their archive.


____________________________________________________________________________________

Live from the Left Forum with KPFK Pacifica Radio (shows 1-4)

The hosts of "Building a Powerful Left in the United States," a special program from KPFK Pacifica Radio, were present to interview several participants at Left Forum 2011.

 ____________________________________________________________________________________

 

Laura Flanders, Paul Mason, Cornel West, Barbara Ehrenreich and Frances Fox Piven kick off day 1 at The Left Forum 2011: Towards a Politics of Solidarity

Day One coverage of Left Forum's opening plenary speakers (includes video links). See how Day 2 went as well.


____________________________________________________________________________________

Firoze Manji Of Pambazuka News On Uprisings, Revolution And Democracy In Africa

Hear Firoze Manji, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Pambazuka News, on Afrobeatradio (WBAI) about the possibilities of revolution and democracy in Africa. He converses with AfrobeatRadio’s Samar al-Balushi and Wuyi Jacobs during his visit to Left Forum. See Manji's panel here.


____________________________________________________________________________________

Uprooted at the Left Forum!

Uprooted, a multiplatform media tool for activists and organizers advocating for migrant rights, presents (via film) and discusses panels central to its focus on the social, political and economic policies that drive migration. You'll find “Race and Racism in the Immigration Debate” and “Pass the Dream Act: How the Student Immigrant Youth is Leading the Immigration Debate” included in the blog posting.


____________________________________________________________________________________


 2011 Post-Conference Coverage


 

____________________________________________________________________________________

The spring of the Egyptian revolution

Mostafa Omar, a panelist at Left Forum, looks at the struggle for Egypt's future in an article based on his speech at Left Forum.

 

 

____________________________________________________________________________________

The Housing Right Movement: A Conversation at the "Left Forum"

The SurRealEstate blogs about a panel on progressive housing movements.

____________________________________________________________________________________

The Ups and Downs of Chinese Unionists, and the ‘Interests of Humanity’

In These Times outlines a panel on Chinese labor that included noted University of Macau professor Zhidong Hao


____________________________________________________________________________________

After Madison: Labor Radicals Begin at the Beginning

Freelance journalist Billy Wharton discusses lessons learned at the Left Forum in light of the February 2011 labor protests in Madison, Wisconsin.

www.examiner.com

____________________________________________________________________________________

Site developed with the help of Open Flows.
Photographs by Joel Simpson.

Danetsoft Theme modified by the Left Forum under GPL license from Danang Probo Sayekti.