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The documentary film "Seeking Truth in the Balkans" explores the legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Over 100 ICTY prosecutors, ICTY defense counsel, international law/human rights law experts, journalists, human rights advocates, and others were interviewed regarding their thoughts on what the ICTY has or has not contributed to peace, justice, reconciliation, and truth/memory in the Balkans and the ICTY's overall enduring legacy.

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Concerning Violence is a 2014 documentary film written and directed by Göran Olsson and narrated by American singer and actress Lauryn Hill, Concerning Violence is based on newly discovered archive material covering the struggle for liberation from colonial rule in the late ‘60s and ‘70s. The film explores the mechanisms of decolonization through text from Frantz Fanon's essay, Concerning Violence, from his seminal 1961 book “The Wretched of the Earth”. Fanon’s landmark book, written over 50 years ago, is still a major tool for understanding and illuminating the neocolonialism happening today and we will arg as well as the violence and reactions against it. It also arguably the most important analysis providing insight to understanding police brutality against black bodies, continued suppression and the incarceration of masses of young black people in the United States of America today - “Black Lives Matter."

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Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia (AfroCROWD) is a new initiative which seeks to increase the number of people of African Descent who actively participate in the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements. AfroCrowd aims to further the educational goals of the International Decade for People of African Descent by mobilizing, building and training people of African descent to take control of African and Diaspora narratives, and by writing and editing Wikipedia / WikiMedia content related to African narratives. Afrocrowd also seek to provide access to Wikipedia’s multilingual crowdsourcing platform which can help transfer and share free knowledge to populations of African descent all over the world while maintaining online bodies of relevant knowledge in native languages such as Garifuna, Haitian Kreyòl, Igbo, Spanish or Yoruba, etc., thereby contributing to the survival of and increasing proficiency in those languages.

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For some people, the West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea became newsmakers only after the region was rocked by a devastating virus for which the countries and the world were ill-prepared. But what were the roots of the crises? What part was played by debt, land grabs, income inequality? What were the similarities and difference between the three countries? How are they building a new paradigm? Speakers from the region will address these topics and more.

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A critical look at post-apartheid South Africa with a focus on the ever-worsening condition of the Black working class majority. Attention will be paid to the impact of neo-liberalism and the role of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and its’ coalition partners the COSATU union federation and the South African Communist Party. Highlighted will be dissident movements such as the powerful Metalworkers Union (NUMSA), the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and others. In addition, South African author and activist, Patrick Bond, will up-date us on the militant new labor federation with over 50 affiliated unions announced at a NUMSA sponsored May Day rally and an ongoing effort to create a new South African workers’ party that NUMSA says will be explicitly socialist.

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ecent years have witnessed new studies on the impact of capital’s drive to augment value and profit at the same time as figures in postcolonial studies, critical race theory, and intersectionality have explored the social, psychological, and cultural dimensions of anti-black racism. While both currents have made vital contributions, they have tended to assume different or even opposed trajectories, as reflected in some reverting to "class first" analyses while others focus on issues of identity abstracted from class relations and the logic of capital accumulation. This panel will explore the potential for anti-racist and anti-colonial struggles to posit an emancipatory alternative to capitalism, by re-examining what Fanon called the "new humanism" that is integral to anti-racist struggles.

Panelists: A. Shahid Stover, "Decolonization is a Humanism"; Marilyn Nissim-Sabat, "Wright, Fanon, and Marx on Humanism: What’s Decolonial About it?"; Peter Hudis, "Racism and the Logic of Capital"; Anna Stetsenko, "Political Imagination and Transformative Agency: Developing Revolutionary Praxis with a Radical Activist Agenda"