Solidarity with Syrian and Iranian Progressives
Coalition for Peace, Revolution and Social Justice
This panel will identify specific Syrian and Iranian progressives (feminists, labor activists, human rights activists,political prisoners, Kurdish activists) who oppose the authoritarianism of the Assad regime and the Iranian regime, as well as religious fundamentalism, imperialism and war. It will suggest ways in which we can express our solidarity with their struggles.
SATURDAY November 4th - 09:00am - 10:15am
Alliance of Syrian and Iranian Socialists
Frieda Afary is an Iranian American writer and translator. She produces the blog, Iranian Progressives in Translation.
Socialist Party USA
Mimi Soltysik was the Socialist Party USA's 2016 presidential nominee and is currently the Secretary of the Socialist Party Los Angeles Local. He served as the Socialist Party USA's Co-Chair from 2013 - 2015 and ran for California State Assembly in 2014. He is also a member of the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition
International Marxist-Humanist Organization
Kris Baumgartner is a Los Angeles-based socialist and activist working as an organizer for the International Marxist-Humanist Organization. He writes on war, imperialism and the Middle East, focusing on Syrian issues.
Omar Abbas is a socialist Syrian-American student who writes and translates for several leftist and progressive groups in Syria and the Middle East and organizes in Southern California.
John Reimann is a retired carpenter, the former recording secretary of Carpenters Union Local 713 in Alameda County, CA, and is an expelled member of that union. He was expelled for his role in the union in general and, specifically, for his role in the 1999 SF Bay Area carpenters wildcat strike. He has traveled widely, including to Egypt during the Arab Spring and he maintains a blog site, oaklandsocialist.com, and is on the editorial board of the North Star.