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 2014 Post-Conference Coverage


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Europe Solidaire Sans Frontières

America’s Left Forum – Reform or Revolution: Imagining a World with Transformative Justice – Against the “prison-industrial-complex”

he United States has 2.3 million people in prison, a larger proportion of its population (743 per 100,000) than any other nation in the world. While the U.S. has 5% of the world’s population, it has 25% of the world’s prisoners. U.S. federal and state governments spend an enormous $60.3 billion on prisons. But there is in the United States a movement against what has come to be called the “prison-industrial-complex.” And this year the movement against incarceration as the country’s primary response to crime was the theme of the annual Left Forum, the largest and broadest gathering of socialist intellectuals and activists in the United States.

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2013 Pre-Conferance 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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  • 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

WEBWIRE – Monday, May 13, 2013

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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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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 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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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  

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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 2011 On-site Coverage


 

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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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