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The Democratic Socialist Alternative: What is It?


This will be an innovative exploration of the definition and meaning of democratic socialism. It is the author’s personal concept that avoids Marxian jargon and leftist hyperbole. The complexity level will be friendly to the many people who are now attracted to the left, but do not have background or experience in left movements. It will inform and engage such people without playing down to them,
SATURDAY August 25, 2018 - 7:15pm to 8:45pm
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Jack Rothman, PH.D., Professor Emeritus at the UCLA School of Public Affairs. Rothman’s specialty has been community organizing and has taught at UCLA, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pittsburgh. He has been a teacher, researcher, and writer for more than half a century and has published some 25 books on social and political issues. As an activist, he organized the current Los Angeles Chapter of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and he was one of a small group of organizers of the first Teach-in Against the War in Vietnam at the University of Michigan. He has won a Life Time Achievement Award from the Association for Community Organization and Social Administration.

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Charles Fredricks, a long-time activist in the peace movement, starting with applying for conscientious objector status during the Vietnam War. He has recently been heavily involved in programs focused on climate change issues. A 2008 visit to Syria and Jordan to interview Iraqi refugees led to his association with Josef Avesar. Together they created and directed the documentary “Surviving Peace,” currently showing at theaters, about how to resolve the Israeli /Palestinian conflict without violence.

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Democratic Socialist of America (DSA) - LA
Leann Bowen will be the first panel reactor to the presentation. She is on the steering committee of DSA-LA and chairs the Prison Abolition campaign, which is central to her interests. An aim is to dismantle the punitive carceral state that imprisons more people than any other country, particularly people of color. She works toward decriminalizing poverty and dismantling criminal justice abuses involving arrests, brutality, convictions, and imprisonment. Bowen is also a television writer, currently associated with Netflix’s Dear White People. She has previously written for Funny or Die, Buzzfeed, and CBS.

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