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2014 Pre-Conference Coverage


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Neues Deutschland

Left Forum's Presence on the Neues Deutschland blog

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Neues Deutschland

Weshalb jetzt eine Revolution?

Und vor allem: Was für eine? Beim Left Forum in Manhattan geht es um die alten und neuen Fragen der Linken. Ein Gespräch mit Linksparteichef Bernd Riexinger

Why now a revolution?

And most importantly: What kind? At the Left Forum in Manhattan is about the old and new issues of the left. A conversation with the Left Party chief Bernd Riexinger

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Neues Deutschland

Im siebten Jahr der Krise - die soziale Kluft wird sichtbar

Der US-Wirtschaftswissenschaftler Richard D. Wolff erklärt auf dem Left Forum, warum die Krise so lange dauert und spricht über die tiefgreifende soziale Konsequenzen.

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A dialogue with host Jim Vrettos and the Coordinating Organizer of the Left Forum Seth Adler. The Left Forum is the largest annual gathering of the progressive and international left in the country and will be held this year at John Jay College of Criminal Justice from May 30 to June 1.

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World Can't Wait presents four great panels at the Left Forum.  Each panel will be moderated by World Can't Wait director Debra Sweet. 

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Monthly Review

Monthly Review at the Left Forum: NYC, May 30 to June 1

Join Monthly Review and many others from around the world at this year’s Left Forum conference at John Jay College, the City University of New York, May 30 to June 1.

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 Socialist Alternative In Action

From May 30th to June 1st, activists, socialists and progressives from around the country will gather in New York City for the 2014 Left Forum.

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Black Star News
An all-women’s panel at the Left Forum 2014 with speakers from the scholarly, academic, legal and media communities.

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Notes toward an International Libertarian Eco-Socialism
I will be on a panel with Sky Cohen and John P. Clark at this year’s Left Forum, to be held at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.  It will be taking place on the third day of Left Forum 2014, 1 June, at 3:40pm in room 3.78.  Our discussion is entitled “Confronting Global Environmental Catastrophe: Anarchist Analyses of Collapse.”  An abstract follows:...

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Dissent Magazine
[EVENT] Dissent at Left Forum 2014

Dissent invites you to join us for two panels at this year’s Left Forum, which will be taking place this weekend (May 30–June 1) at John Jay College in New York City. Register for Left Forum here.

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 The American Conservative
Whatever else the American Democratic Party may be, it is unlike British Labour, the French Socialists, the German Social Democrats. It does not descend from a tradition of espousing large-scale social transformation, and so has no revolutionary heritage to repudiate; it wishes to be thought of as custodian of the rights of ordinary people and insists on its own ordinariness. It speaks in words of few syllables, disturbs no one with large visions, promises the most obviously necessary of repairs in our own neighborhoods. The cookout and not the long march is its preferred venture outdoors.

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2014 On-Site Coverage


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George Mason University's History News Network

What Are Leftists Thinking?

Jesse Lemisch is Professor Emeritus of History at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. He is the author of "On Active Service in War and Peace: Politics and Ideology in the American Historical Profession." - See more at: http://hnn.us/article/155845#sthash.9hRHTDh3.dpuf

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 THE DAILY RENEGADE
Today, Saturday, and Sunday, I am helping out the Hawkins for Governor of New York campaign at the Left Forum. I am an intern for the campaign, and a member of the media team. It is probably one of the most amazing experiences I’m going to have this year. Howie Hawkins (or “The Big H” as I refer to him in conversations with others) is one of my political heroes, so to speak. I remember seeing him in the 2010 debates with the famous “Rent Is Too Damn High” guy. No one really talked about him, but he outdid every other minor party candidate.

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Black Agenda Report


President Jacob Zuma | Marikana massacre | African National Congress of South Africa | Patrice Lumumba Coalition | Elombe Brath Funeral | UN Occupation Haiti | U.S. coup Haiti | Socialist Alternative Party | Reform or Revolution? | Political Hip Hop | Left Forum 2014 | Immortal Technique | Harry Belafonte | Dr. Cornel West | $15 an hour Minimum Wage

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2014 Post-Conference Coverage


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Neues Deutschland
Das »Left Forum« ist mit mehreren Hundert Veranstaltungen an einem einzigen Wochenende thematisch kaum mehr zu überschauen. Ähnliches gilt für die zersplitterte USA-Linke - grob definiert als alle Individuen und politischen Gruppierungen, die sich als links von der Demokratischen Partei verorten. 

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Neues Deutschland
Dr. Joerg Rieger lebt seit über 20 Jahren im USA-Südstaat Texas. Linke Politik muss sich dort im konservativen Süden, der vielerorts stark religiös geprägt ist, anders artikulieren als im Rest des Landes. 
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Disco Granola

Thanks Left Forum! Now Let’s Get Better.

Ok, so I’ve only been to one day of one Left Forum Conference. But that doesn’t mean I can’t have feelings about it. In fact, perhaps as somewhat of an outsider, I have a unique and valuable perspective on the whole thing. So here goes...

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Dissident Voice

Left Forum Conference Ignores US-NATO Genocide

The Left Forum’s tenth annual conference was held this year at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, part of the City University of New York. Left Forum describes itself as “convening “the largest annual conference of a broad spectrum of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, organizations and the interested public.”

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Socialist World

Largest left forum ever features Kshama Sawant and 15 now victories

Organizers announced that up to 6,000 people participated in this year’s Left Forum in New York

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Louis Proyect

Notes on the 2014 Left Forum

Returning on the 57th street crosstown bus to the east side of Manhattan on Saturday evening from the Left Forum, held this year for the first time at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, I found myself sitting on the opposite side of the aisle from two other people who had been at the event. One, a man in his mid-seventies with jack-o-lanternish missing teeth and a ponytail, was lecturing a somewhat younger woman about the evil Left Forum organizers who had chosen this college for the event. Didn’t they know that the cops are enemies of the working class? What a bunch of hypocritical bastards they were. Every attempt she made to stress the good points of the event being held there such as the convenient location, he escalated his rhetoric to the point that I began worrying that he might bite her ankle. Sizing him up, I was willing to bet a hundred dollars that he listened to WBAI at least 12 hours a day....

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Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Over Six Thousand People Attended the Biggest Progressive Forum in the US

Venezuela A Theme in Huge US Leftist Event

A total of 13 workshops about Venezuela were held during the tenth annual Left Forum, an even in which progressive movements from across the US met between May 30 and June 1 in John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York....

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MENA Solidarity Network US


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Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

This is the first in a series of videos I made at the recently concluded Left Forum.

Even though I was reconciled to making some points about Lenin and democracy within the sixty seconds allotted me during the Q&A after the presentations above, I was not ready to limit myself to a question. After 30 seconds (I timed myself) of making some points about the Bolsheviks opposing democracy in the Ukraine after 1917, someone in the audience interrupted me, telling me that I could only ask a question. I gave up at that point and walked out in disgust. If I knew who the nitwit was, I would have written an open letter warning him that if he ever did it again, he’d regret it–dagnabit.

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Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

This is the second in a series of videos I made at the recently concluded Left Forum.

Like most people on the left and particularly those with an ecosocialist orientation, I have been following the struggle over fracking quite closely. But I have an additional motivation. Sullivan County in upstate NY, where my tiny village of Woodridge growing up can be found, is a battleground over fracking drawing support from the Hollywood film star Mark Ruffalo who has a country house there....

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Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

This is the third in a series of videos I made at the recently concluded Left Forum.

As I will point out, the topic might be of great interest to those who have looked askance at the “art market” but unfortunately the presentations were not that great. I do urge you watch the video, however, since the speakers were genuine authorities in the field of how artists often unwittingly serve as the shock troops of gentrification...

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Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

 

This is the fourth in a series of videos I made at the recently concluded Left Forum. I apologize in advance for a brief presence of my bald pate toward the middle of the event for about 10 minutes, which thankfully did not interfere with the audio. A fellow videographer tipped me off about this intrusion and I promise it won’t happen again....

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Frequencey

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Now that the triumvirate of public intellectuals from Burlington has passed on – social ecology theorist Murray Bookchin, peace activist Will Miller and world citizen Garry Davis – who will replace them? Who has the ego and the vision, and is driven enough to be willing to take to the virtual soapbox, day after day, to convince people of the dire threats to participatory democracy and justice and freedom in our country and the world?

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Dissident Voice

The Left Forum’s tenth annual conference was held this year at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, part of the City University of New York. Left Forum describes itself as “convening “the largest annual conference of a broad spectrum of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, organizations and the interested public.”

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 GlobalResearch.ca

Is there a New Cold War that Impacts Africa?

This paper was presented at the Left Forum held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York (CUNY). The Left Forum took place from May 30-June 1, 2014, where several thousand people gathered from various progressive, radical and socialist tendencies and movements. This panel was hosted by the International Action Center (IAC) and was entitled “The New Cold War: What’s Driving It and Will It Escalate?” In addition to Abayomi Azikiwe, the discussion featured Bill Doares as chair of the IAC, Meejin Richard and Seyeon Lee of Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, Berta Joubert-Ceci of the Women’s Fightback Network in Philadelphia and Jess Sudin of Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO). 

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 GlobalResearch.ca

Neo-Colonialism and the Changing Nature of Imperialism in Africa

Note: This paper was presented at the Left Forum held at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York during May 30-June 1, 2014. The panel hosted by the International League of People’s Struggle (ILPS) was entitled “The Economics of Imperialism in the 21st Century” and was chaired by Gary Labao of the New York Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines. In addition to Abayomi Azikiwe, the panel also featured Bernadette Elorin, the chairperson of BAYAN USA, Berta Joubert-Ceci of the Women’s International Democratic Federation and Bill Doares, Vice-Chair of the International League of People’s Struggle, U.S. chapter.

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recoveringarmybrat
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Dissent Magazine

[AUDIO] Left Forum Panels 2014

Last month, Dissent hosted two panels at Left Forum in New York City, moderated byBelabored co-hosts Michelle Chen and Sarah Jaffe. Listen to both panels below.

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Louis Proyect

Left Forum 2014 — panel on Registering Class in 21st Century Socialist Strategy

This is the fifth in a series of videos I made at the recently concluded Left Forum.
Bryan Palmer, a Canadian historian and James P. Cannon biographer, gave a presentation that was designed to refute the “precariat” theory of Guy Standing. This term combines precarious and proletariat as a way of accounting for the growing percentage of temporary workers such as adjunct professors, blue-collar part-timers, etc. I am not sure how much traction the theory has on the left but Socialist Register, the organizer of the panel, thought it sufficiently anti-Marxist, to recruit Palmer to refute it. Basically he argues that for most of its history, capitalism has created a working-class that is “precarious”. You can listen to his presentation or read a version of it that appears with the two other panelists here: http://www.leftforum.org/content/registering-class-21st-century-socialis....

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Indymedia

Submitted by T. Forsyth on Sat, 2014-07-12 12:17This is a video of a talk titled "Everyday Revolutions" that took place at this year's Left Forum. Speakers included Leina Bocar, Dario Azzellini, Diego Ibañez, &Marina Sitrin. The talk happened on May 31, 2014.

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The American Conservative

A Look at the Left

A friendly guide to the Democrat or socialist next door

Whatever else the American Democratic Party may be, it is unlike British Labour, the French Socialists, the German Social Democrats. It does not descend from a tradition of espousing large-scale social transformation, and so has no revolutionary heritage to repudiate; it wishes to be thought of as custodian of the rights of ordinary people and insists on its own ordinariness. It speaks in words of few syllables, disturbs no one with large visions, promises the most obviously necessary of repairs in our own neighborhoods. The cookout and not the long march is its preferred venture outdoors.

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Rosenberg Fund for Children, Inc.

Director's blog

Carrying it Forward at Left Forum 2014

From indigenous artists using hip hop and digital media to fight colonization, to how the War on Terror is criminalizing entire communities; from the campaign for a $15/hour minimum wage, to the fight against solitary confinement and mass incarceration; and from “Antipsychiatry’s Challenge to the Left,” to revolutionary politics in Venezuela and Quebec, and scores of other topics, Left Forum 2014 was a thrumming beehive of discourse about progressive movements across the U.S. and around the globe.

In its tenth year, Left Forum 2014 brought over 6000 attendees to John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, under the umbrella theme, “Reform and/or Revolution: Imagining a World with Transformative Justice.”  The three-day gathering offered over 400 panels and performances, scores of exhibitors, and a diverse line-up of headlining speakers including Immortal Technique, Chris Hedges, Kshama Sawant, Cornel West, Amy Goodman, RFC Advisory Board Members Angela Davis and Harry Belafonte, and others.

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2013 Pre-Conference Coverage


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Digital Journal

Pace University to Host Left Forum 2013 with Bolivian Vice President Álvaro García Linera, Noam Chomsky and Oliver Stone

For the fifth year, The Left Forum–one of the largest gatherings of progressive intellectuals, activists, academicians, and organizations from around the world– will be held on Pace University’s NYC Campus from Fri., June 7 through Sun., June 9.

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Black Star News

LEFT FORUM: TWO EXCITING PANELS FOCUSED ON AFRICA AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA PRESENTED BY AFROBEATRADIO AND WBAI 99.5 FM PACIFICA
SPECIAL TO THE ...MAY 13,2013

TWO EXCITING PANELS FOCUSED ON AFRICA AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA PRESENTED BY AFROBEATRADIO AND WBAI 99.5 FM PACIFICA
FROM JUNE 7TH TO 9TH, 2013 AT THE LEFT FORUM, PACE UNIVERSITY, CUNY, NYC.
Our Panel opens up on forth coming discussions and events on Africa this year and into 2014 culminating in a conference on Africa.

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Dissent

Dissent at Left Forum 2013

By Editors - May 31, 2013  

Dissent invites you to join us at this year’s Left Forum. We will be hosting or co-hosting four panels, described below. Left Forum will take place at Pace University in New York City from June 7-9. Register here to take part in one of the biggest conferences on the American Left. And you can RSVP for Dissent‘s panels on Facebook.

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Important Cuban Presence at the Major Left Forum in New York
By Luis Chirino - ACN - May 22, 2013

Cuba will be discussed in several panels at the Left Forum, June 7-9, Pace University, New York City. The event is the largest annual conference of its kind that takes place every year in the United States and possibly in the world as it convenes a broad spectrum of left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics and interested public....

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Organizers of the Left Forum announced on May 9 that Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera will address the conference’s closing plenary and participate in some panels. The theme of this year’s Forum is “Mobilizing for Economic/Ecological Transformation.”

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  • 2013 On-Site Coverage

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NEWS ADVISORY: PACE UNIVERSITY TO HOST LEFT FORUM 2013 WITH BOLIVIAN VICE PRESIDENT ALVARO GARCIA LINERA, NOAM CHOMSKY AND OLIVER STONE

Pace University to Host Left Forum 2013 with Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera, Noam Chomsky and Oliver Stone

Pace University to Host Left Forum 2013 with Bolivian Vice President Álvaro García Linera, Noam Chomsky and Oliver Stone

Over 1,000 speakers and panels will complement this year’s theme:

Mobilizing for Ecological/Economic Transformation

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NEW YORK - The annual Left Forum here is holding a panel that touches on ethics and I was asked to be on it. I have always been conscious of the ethical minefields we live in when we, myself included, sometimes make bad choices or try to take short cuts that end up being embarrassing, hurtful or worse.

I certainly don’t feel self-righteous enough to put all the blame for my problems on others, even as I try to be aware of and critical of my own flaws and failings.  That old blues song with the refrain, “before you accuse me, take a look at yourself” is one musical corrective to the problem.

It is easy to heap all the blame on political enemies who seem to always be blatantly lying, cheating and causing so much violence and mayhem the world over. We routinely blast the “banksters” and Republican right for their frauds, crimes and abuses of democracy. But there is no shortage of blatant opportunism and ethical lapses in high places, and not just among

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2013 Post-Conference Coverage


 

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 NEUES-DEUTSCHLAND.DE
 

Prominente und Bürgerinitiativen beim »Left Forum«
Das »Left Forum«, das große Jahrestreffen der USA-Linken, war in diesem Jahr grün angehaucht. Dem Motto »Mobilisierung für ökologische und ökonomische Transformation« folgten am Wochenende an der »Pace University« nahe der Brooklyn Bridge mehr als 4000 Interessierte.

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Antiwar.com
 

 

 

A Slice of the Anti-war/Syria position in NYC

It shouldn’t be easy for a group of Antiwar.com writers and supporters to just walk in and dish about foreign policy at the Left Forum, which claims to be the biggest annual convocation of Leftwing activists in the country...

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Counter Punch
This year’s Left Forum, held from 7 to 9 June at Pace University in lower Manhattan, was a rather impressive conference, one that arguably lived up to the Forum’s self-ascribed description as the “largest [single] gathering in North America of the US and international Left.”...

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Workers World Party

Greece’s catastrophe shows what lies ahead for Europe

"Speaking at the Left Forum in New York, June 9, Eirini Dourou said that the working people of Greece were living through a catastrophe, produced by Troika-imposed austerity. The Troika is composed of the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank..."

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Pacifica Foundation

PROGRAMS FROM PRODUCER: ERNESTO AGUILAR

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CENSORED NEWS

Mohawk John Kane on Native Radio Panel at Left Forum 2013 NY

RADIO HOST JOHN KANE WILL SPEAK ON NATIVE RADIO PANEL

AT LEFT FORUM 2013 “MOBILIZING FOR ECOLOGICAL/ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION” CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK CITY

 

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The Washington Free Beacon,

I Survived the 2013 Left Forum

From the Archives: What’s Left of the Left?

It was tough choosing between “Ecofeminist Ecosocialism in Action: Perspective on Contemporary Movements for a Planet Beyond Capitalism” and “Sarte Re-visited in a Time of Crisis,” two of the highlights of the 2013 Left Forum. But somehow I managed.

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Web Wire


Left Forum Panel Explains Recent Acts of Violence

NEW YORK, NY (May 13, 2013) – A panel that focuses on the psychology, politics, and economics of lethal violence at home and abroad will be held at the Left Forum conference at Pace University in June. The NY Chapter of the Ernest Becker Foundation will sponsor the panel, titled: Escape from Evil: Understanding and Overcoming Violence.  The panelists will analyze and discuss current events, including the Boston Marathon bombing, the Newtown shootings, and the ongoing Afghan War and Middle East conflicts, from a psychological perspective.  The primary panelists are Sheldon Solomon, Professor of Psychology and Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Skidmore College, and James Gilligan, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York University and former Director Mental Health Services for the Massachusetts prisons.  NY Chapter members David Rouge and Stephen James will be on hand to introduce the panelists and provide information on the Ernest Becker Foundation that is sponsoring the event.

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Pace U Left Forum Panel Reconvenes — Henry George is Rebranded

(The following article was cross-posted in the July-August, 2013, issue of GroundSwell, the house publication of the Georgist group, Common Ground-USA and on Opednews:http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Pace-University-Left-F-by-Scott-Baker-130707-495.html)

“If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.” – Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, Whitney v. California (1927), http://prospect.org/article/remedy-more-speech

The team of panelists from last year’s Pace University Left Forum panel – reviewed in the March/April, 2012 issue of GroundSwell – reconvened this year on June 8, 2013, minus Kucinich adviser Dave Kelley who was sidelined due to a back injury.   The remaining panelists were Dr. Michael Hudson, Dr. Cay Hehner, and Chair Andy Mazzone.   The title of this year’s panel was “Wall Street’s War to Impose Austerity.”   Here is the abstract I developed, with the blessing of the panelists:

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Fight Back News

New York, NY – Jess Sundin, of the Committee to Stop FBI repression, spoke on a panel at the Left Forum here, June 8. Entitled the “Targeted killings of Americans on American soil: the story of Lynne Stewart, political prisoners and all progressive struggles in America.” The panel included Ralph Poynter, husband of jailed people’s lawyer Lynn Stewart and a leader of her defense committee. Also speaking was Ricardo Jimenez and Luis Rosa, fighters for Puerto Rico’s independence who served long prison sentences, Sue Udry of the Defending Dissent Foundation, Reverend Pinkney, Pam Africa, and others....

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Earth First! Journal

by Javier Sethness Castro / Counterpunch.org

This year’s Left Forum, held from 7 to 9 June at Pace University in lower Manhattan, was a rather impressive conference, one that arguably lived up to the Forum’s self-ascribed description as the “largest [single] gathering in North America of the US and international Left.”  Rather justifiably, this year’s theme at Left Forum was “Mobilizing for Ecological/Economic Transformation”; a great number of the panels and plenary sessions exhibited during the weekend reflected this dual sense of urgency well.  As is to be expected from a large-tent meeting of “civil libertarians, environmentalists, anarchists, socialists, communists, trade unionists, black and Latino freedom fighters, feminists, anti-war activists, students, and people struggling against unemployment, foreclosure, inadequate housing, and deteriorating schools,” though, the diversity of voices presented at this year’s Left Forum included some perspectives that were more palatable than others.  In this sense, the Forum exemplified the long-standing tensions among leftists between agitating and mobilizing for reform as against revolution, and vice versa.  While I reiterate my admiration and respect for most of the speakers and intellectual positions I encountered during the Forum’s weekend, it should be clear which perspectives I found to be more legitimate, as the reader progresses through this report-back I have made of the particular events I attended over the Forum’s three days.

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Z Communities

Two weeks ago I sat with 742 others to hear leading left intellectual Noam Chomsky address the annual Left Forum in New York City. His speech was billed by the forum as “a major address” that would “speak to the theme of ‘Mobilizing for Ecological/ Economic Transformation.’”

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The Epoch Times

NEW YORK—The annual Left Forum here is holding a panel that touches on ethics and I was asked to be on it. I have always been conscious of the ethical minefields we live in when we, myself included, sometimes make bad choices or try to take short cuts that end up being embarrassing, hurtful, or worse.

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The North Star at the Left Forum: Theory, Strategy, Practice

Hi everyone! Thanks for coming out early on a Sunday morning. In the few minutes that I’ve been given to speak, I’d like to briefly discuss what I see as three key elements of a sturdy left practice, and then paint a brief picture of the U.S. left, with some suggestions about the potential role that an online publication like The North Star could play in constituting a politically powerful left formation.

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Columbian

Judge hears arguments on light rail; decision likely this week

Clark County Superior Court Judge John Nichols didn’t issue a decision Tuesday after hearing oral arguments about an anti-light rail measure, but made an observation that even if the measure made the ballot and was approved by voters it wouldn’t stop light rail.

If the state wants light rail as part of an interstate project, Nichols told plaintiffs’ attorney Stephen Pidgeon, the city doesn’t have the right to say no.

Pidgeon conceded that point, but said the measure, if approved by voters, would still send a message the city wasn’t going to be a “willing” partner in extending TriMet’s MAX line from Portland to Vancouver.

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Beyond Money:Devoted to the liberation of money and credit, and the restoration of the commons

The Pace University Left Forum Panel Reconvenes and Henry George is Rebranded

Scott Baker has provided a comprehensive summary of a very important recent event that featured some visionary thinkers in economics, money and finance. His description begins…

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2014 Truthout

Bradley Manning has just been acquitted of "aiding the enemy" but convicted of numerous violations of the Espionage Act in a verdict that could set dangerous new precedents for whistle-blowers and journalism. When Laura Flanders spoke to Noam Chomsky last month, he had only praise for Manning. Here's what he said:"Bradley Manning should be regarded as a hero. He is doing what an honest, decent citizen should be doing: letting your population know what the government, the people who rule you are doing. They want to keep it secret of course." 

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rabbleca

 

'Rosa Luxemburg? You're not boarding that plane' -- An ASSÉ activist goes to New York

"Did you know the Bolsheviks murdered Rosa Luxemburg?"

Until a recent trip to the United States, I never expected this question to play a role in border security.

June 6, 2013. I head to New York City to speak on a panel about student struggles and debt at the Left Forum, a gathering of progressives from across North America. Waved over to U.S. officials at the Pierre-Elliot Trudeau airport in Montreal, I expect the usual questions and prepare myself for the usual answers. If "Socialism 2012" didn't raise an eyebrow, why should the "Left Forum 2013" get me into trouble?

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The Epoch Times

NEW YORK—The annual Left Forum here is holding a panel that touches on ethics and I was asked to be on it. I have always been conscious of the ethical minefields we live in when we, myself included, sometimes make bad choices or try to take short cuts that end up being embarrassing, hurtful, or worse.

I certainly don’t feel self-righteous enough to put all the blame for my problems on others, even as I try to be aware of and critical of my own flaws and failings. That old blues song with the refrain “Before you accuse me, take a look at yourself” is one musical corrective to the problem.

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The Guardian

Carne Ross: our forms must reflect our fundamental political values

The Occupy Wall Street activist and London native explains what 'gentle anarchism' could do for voluntary sector organisations
Carne Ross is not the kind of person that comes to mind when most people think of anarchism. The New York-based, south London native is generally found in a suit and tie, with early hints of grey offering the air of maturity one might expect from a career diplomat. Yet Ross has named his political outlook a gentle anarchism.

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2012 Pre-Conference Coverage


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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

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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.”

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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

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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

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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

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

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

In the shadow of marches and small pockets of Occupy Wall Street activities that have continued despite the protestors' eviction from Zuccotti Park months ago, thousands of progressive scholars and students gathered here over the weekend with communists, socialists, anarchists, and other types of unabashed revolutionaries.

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Revolution by the Book

“Humans who still dream of being human”: John Holloway at Left Forum

I took the always trustworthy advice of our pal Corey Reidy at the Baltimore Indypendent Reader and listened to audio of Left Forum’s closing plenary, especially John Holloway’s brief talk. She was right: It was pretty amazing. Below is a transcribed portion of what John had to say (some transcribed by me, some by the Independent Reader). Below that is a recording of John’s talk. Check out Corey’s article for audio of the whole closing plenary.

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OpEdNews

Conversing with the Lefties at the Left Forum: Panel With speakers Andy Mazzone, Dr. Michael Hudson, and Dave Kelley

I recently had the great pleasure of being able to set up a panel for the Left Forum, held at New York City's Pace University, March 16-18.   The theme for this year was Occupy The System: Confronting Global Capitalism
According to the opening plenary, over 4,000 people pre-registered, with maybe thousands more registering on location over the next three days.  There were over 400 panels, and over 1400 speakers.  It was such a success that the Left Forum organizers are considering expanding the event by a day or two next year.  I know there were several panels I wanted to go to, but couldn't because of conflicts.

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TheBlaze Inc

‘Democrats, Socialists and Communists…We Are All Together’: Piven Draws Chilling Connections

According to Frances Fox Piven:
 

  • The Occupy Movement is made up of “All parts of the Left.”
  • That includes proudly: “Democrats, Socialists, Communists, Anarchists.”
  • Must all work together because of the “Huge task of transforming America and the world.” 
  • “We are all together”

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 2012 On-site Coverage


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

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The Mantle

Mantle Thought:

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

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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.

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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

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 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.

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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Antiwar.com

A Turn Right at the Left Forum

by , March 20, 2012

“It’s like the CPAC of the Left.”

Someone told me that as I was making my way to the Left Forum at Pace University in lower Manhattan Saturday morning. Since I’ve been a virtual connoisseur of the legendary Conservative Political Action Conference, that annual running of right-wing Republican leaders and lemmings, this didn’t seem to bode well for my participation on a panel entitled “Prospects for a Left-Right Alliance in the Fight Against Empire.”

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2011 Pre-Conference Coverage


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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.


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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.

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

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"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!"

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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

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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.


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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.


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 Left Forum Will Draw Thousands of Activists to Pace University

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


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Übersicht: Left Forum New York 2011

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

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Before It's News Inc.

D0llars & Sense is sponsoring a panel discussion at this year’s Left Forum  on the state of the banking sector.  The panelists will be:  Polly Cleveland of Columbia University; Rob Larson of Ivy Tech Community College; and William K. Black of the University of Missouri at Kansas City.  I (D&S co-editor Chris Sturr) will moderate.  A link to the page on our panel in the online program is here.

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Guardian News and Media Limited

Beyond America's 'post-racial' myth

From Frederick Douglass to Civil Rights, African Americans have always pushed for change. Now, we need a new generation

H istorically, the black freedom struggle has been the backbone for progressive and radical movements in the United States. From the abolition work of Frederick Douglass to the civil rights leadership of Fannie Lou Hamer, the black movement has not only pushed for change in our communities, but has also served as the catalyst for the women's and gay liberation movements.

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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.
 

 

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Left Forum on Free Speech TV

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


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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.


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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.


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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.


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 2011 Post-Conference Coverage


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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.

 

 

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

The SurRealEstate blogs about a panel on progressive housing movements.

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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


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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

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2010 Post-Conference Coverage


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empirestrikesblack
"The great powers have no principles, only interests."

Chomsky, the Gate Keepers and the Left Forum

I feel guilty and inferior about my unconventional views and about my affliction. I’ll tell you about it later. But I’m reminded of the history of Christianity. There were different versions during the first few centuries of the Christian era. The early church argued about the nature of Christ. Was he divine? Was he subordinate to the father? Was the God of the Old Testament the same as the God of the New Testament, etc., etc.? The version of Christianity of the Roman church eventually won out, and the Bible was finalized. Once the official story was accepted, going against it was considered heresy.

 

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2009 Pre-Conference Coverage


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The Nation

The Left Forum--Or, Why City Hall Doesn't Listen

With more than 2,500 participants, more than 1,000 speakers, 200-plus panels, and three plenary sessions (as well as musical performances, art exhibits and film screenings) this year's Left Forum

filled two-and-a-half days at Pace University in lower Manhattan. The Brooklyn Bridge towered over the scene, but there was, alas, little in the discussions to remind us of the monumental past of American radicalism. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office was across the street, and the familiar injunction to the aggrieved, "Tell it to City Hall," did come to mind.

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ARTCAT

"Cracks in the Edifice," detail of Left Forum 2008 Brochure
Cracks in the Edifice, detail image from Left Forum 2008 brochure

Media Art in the Age of Transgenics, Cloning, and Genomics
New Silent
7:30pm Friday 14 March 2008
New Museum - 235 Bowery, New York NY
$8

LEFT FORUM 2008: Cracks in the Edifice
Various times
Friday 14 March - Sunday 16 March 2008
The Cooper Union - 7 E. 7 St, New York NY
$varies

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