Three Problematics in the Converging Crises of Energy, Capitalism & Environment

Host/Sponsor: 
Converging Storms Action Network

Description:

As activists struggle to deepen analyses, develop strategies, and mobilize support for progressive social change, many grow overwhelmed by crises unfolding around them. This includes everything from climate change to escalating global conflict, from insane political "drama" to the violent breakdown of social justice, from the ongoing economic downturn to rising cost of food and housing. How do we make sense of all that seems to hurtle us towards catastrophe, put it all together, let alone figure out what to do about it? In this session, members of the Converging Storms Action Network begin by outlining their "big-picture" analysis of intersecting ecological and social systems. Centering on converging crises of energy, capitalism, and environment (including climate change), this analysis offers a uniquely systemic framework that we think should inform all areas of activism today. We then raise three critical, provocative issues too often unaddressed by activists: 1) What is the significance of capitalism's imperative for growth, including its deep investment in fossil-fueled production for consumerism for profit? And what are the implications for activist efforts -- be they for regulation, reform, and/or revolution -- amid the deepening environmental crises now challenging our finite earth? 2) In what ways do these urgent ecological concerns require a repositioning of labor strategies, historically focused on getting "more" for more people? And what are the implications for all who think the organizing of working people must be central to any social-change movement? 3) How do the converging crises of energy, capitalism, and environment situate issues of "otherness" (gender, race, class, nationality, etc.) at one of the primary faultlines in everyone’s struggle for life's future on earth, at the very core of conflict over who controls what is left? And what are the implications for activists, including those who themselves neglect, marginalize, appropriate, or exploit struggles of “others” caught in the deadly crosshairs of a sharply-contested, destabilizing world? Each problematic will be addressed by each panel member, followed by an interactive discussion with attendees on what we all think needs to be done about these three essential issues, given the ecological and societal considerations raised by the panel.
Time: 
SATURDAY November 4th - 4:15pm - 5:30pm
Room: 
TE-120

Chair

First Name: 
Lisa
Last Name: 
Lubow
Affiliation: 
Converging Storms Action Network, SoCal 350, Fifth Sunday Coalition, LA EcoSocialist Network, Southern California Vigil Congress, California Federation of Teachers, Glendale College Faculty Guild, and delegate to Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
Lisa Lubow is an historian (UCLA PhD), history instructor at Glendale College, trained mediator, and lifetime activist and organizer. In addition to anti-war, anti-capitalism, labor, education, social, and community justice activities, she has spent 12 years focused on the converging crises of energy, capitalism, and environment (including climate change). She is a leader in the Converging Storms Action Network, originator of Building Blocks against Climate Change campaign, a primary initiator of CSAN’s Campaign for Energy Democracy, helped develop the cutting-edge study series, "Converging Storms: Crises of Energy, Capitalism, & Environment" (presented to hundreds of SoCal activists in 2006, '08, '09, '10, '14, and ’15), and is currently on CSAN’s Curriculum Committee for the 2017 CS study series. She also is a member of SoCal 350, Fifth Sunday Coalition, LA EcoSocialist Network, Southern California Vigil Congress, California Federation of Teachers, Glendale College Faculty Guild, and delegate to the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. Lisa also works with a diverse array of other groups, alliances, and individuals on various projects, designs flyers and newsletters, writes articles and publicity, designs and sells posters and other political materials, helps organize programs for various groups, facilitates discussions at public programs, speaks at public events, guests on radio programs, sings at fundraisers, helps mediate conflicted organizations, and spends as much time as she can talking with ordinary people out on the street.

Speaker 1

First Name: 
Jose
Last Name: 
Cordova
Affiliation: 
Converging Storms Action Network, Democratic Socialists of America, a member of DSA’s Climate & Environmental Justice Committee, and a member of Solidarity-Los Angeles.
Jose Cordova is a writer from Panorama City, CA. He is currently a member of the Converging Storms Action Network, on the Curriculum Committee for Converging Storms study series 2017, and CSAN’s Campaign for Energy Democracy. Jose also is a member of the Steering Committee of the Los Angeles chapter of Democratic Socialists of America, DSA’s Climate & Environmental Justice Committee, LA EcoSocialist Network, and a member of Solidarity-LA.

Speaker 2

First Name: 
Gene
Last Name: 
Warren
Affiliation: 
Converging Storms Action Network, Solidarity, Fifth Sunday Coalition, LA EcoSocialist Network, Socialist Party-Los Angeles, Democratic Socialists of America-Los Angeles, and DSA’s Climate & Environmental Justice Committee
Gene Warren Jr. came of age in the 1950s as a ‘rebel without a cause.’ It wasn’t until the mid 1960s, already married, with two children, that he focused his rebellion in the civil rights/black liberation and anti Viet Nam war movements. By 1969 he self identified as a revolutionary Marxist and after membership in a number of revolutionary organizations, was a founding member of Solidarity. His ecosocialist roots began in the early 1970s and has identified as such since the late 1990s. Currently, Gene is a member of the Converging Storms Action Network, a primary initiator of CSAN’s Campaign for Energy Democracy, helped develop the cutting-edge study series, "Converging Storms: Crises of Energy, Capitalism, & Environment" (presented to hundreds of SoCal activists in 2006, '08, '09, '10, '14, ’15), and is currently on CSAN’s Curriculum Committee for CS 2017. Gene also is a member of the Los Angeles chapter of Solidarity, Fifth Sunday Coalition, LA EcoSocialist Network, Socialist Party-Los Angeles, Democratic Socialists of America-Los Angeles, and DSA’s Climate & Environmental Justice Committee.

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