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Fighting continues in Ukraine with rebels in charge of the Eastern areas of the country and declaring their independence from Kiev. Struggle also continues in other parts of the country against the draft and the right-wing government. On May 2, we reached the 2 year anniversary of the fascist attack on demonstrator at the Odessa House of Trade Unions, where 46 people were killed. A leader of the progressive movement from Odessa will join this panel

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This panel will have three or four speakers who are all involved in artistic creation, teaching, and political transformation through creative work. Each of the artists will briefly introduce their work, and talk about how it speaks about gender, race/ethnicity, and/or class dynamics. The artists will show excerpts of their works in order to open up discussion about the relationships between practice, theory and politically engaged art. The moderator will then introduce questions and problems for discussion. How do cultural background, gender and labor history inform artistic works? What are the benefits and potential problems of collaborative efforts? How can the art contribute to the political struggles and help communities face psychological trauma of oppressed groups? What is the relationship between embodied memory and artistic expression? How can complex history of arts and artistic representation help us unravel influence of consumerism and consumerist ideals on bodies and minds? The problematic of how spectatorship/witnessing relates to subject's coming to being and political awareness about the body, femininity, violence, and trauma, will be opened up in the context of education. Before sharing insights The participants will be invited to introduce themselves, talk about their political and individual histories and practices.

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The Social Democratic Party of Germany was founded 1863 and inspired by Karl Marx, August Bebel and Friedrich Engels. It survived the “Anti-Socialist Laws” and two world wars. It is still influencing the German and European policy. But what is left of the left in Germany and especially within the Social Democratic Party of Germany more than 150 years later. What are the modern visions and tasks of the political left in Germany and Europe? Is the biggest political opponent the political right-wing or is it our own movement who is weakening itself? The Young Socialist of the north-eastern district are discussing with you the situation of the German and European left, the role of young people in politics and why internationalism is important. The problems are global. The capital is global. Our movement has to become global as well!

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1960s, the world was set ablaze with protests and movements against racism, imperialism and institutionalized oppression. In a period when organizing against oppressive powers, this panel will cover the similarities between the Algerian Independence movement against French Colonialism and the Civil Rights movement in the U.S. From political organizing to guerilla warfare, revisiting two movements that helped shape the 60s revolution.

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The Party of the European Left (EL) is a political party at the European level which was formed in 2004. Member and observer parties of the EL are socialist, communist, red green and other democratic left parties. At the moment (February 2018), the EL has 38 Member parties, Observers and Partners from 25 different countries.
“United for a left alternative in Europe”
We refer to the values and traditions of socialism, communism and the labour movement, of feminism, the feminist movement and gender equality, of the environmental movement and sustainable development, of peace and international solidarity, of human rights, humanism and antifascism, of progressive and liberal thinking, both nationally and internationally”. Manifesto of the Party of the European Left, 2004
How can we reaffirm even more in a stronger way these traditions and values in the current European situation and also worldwide? How can we promote another way of doing politics starting from the people and not the profit?

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Considering the ongoing shift and crisis of political landscape in the U.S.A. but also in Europe, that is deepening and radicalizing persistently, the emergence of new political subjects now seems more inevitable than ever before. Alternative, counter political or counter-establishment movements are constantly appearing in a move to reorganize the way politics is done and communicated.
These new political bodies demand change: new political and social agenda, sharp and immediate measures against inequalities, social injustice, the fraud economics of Wall street and the dictatorship of the banks, climate change, the constant state of war and the resulting politics of fear, supervision, exceptional authorities, escalating violence etc.
This is something that we do understand very clearly in Europe and we have to face together on both shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
It is a political and historical duty of the European Left in this unprecedented situation to hold out hand, start communicating and building an alliance with the American leftist parties, movements and organizations. That is a crucial point of the global struggle and the globalization of resistance.
Together we are stronger, therefore communication and cooperation with our American and Canadian partners is of utmost importance at the moment.
How to find the best fields of cooperation and exchange the most effective experiences between the North American Left forces and the European Left?

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Ill-perceived nefarious Globalized geopolitical agendas seem to be coming to a harsh conflict with local National States and local communities interests.

The mythology behind the invisible hand of globalization creating a rising tide that would raise all boats has come to a rude awakening, with the palpable destruction of the middle/working classes with the simultaneous brutalization of impoverished native populations of resource rich yet cash poor countries forced into migration to the benefits of an infra-national rent-extraction elite which funnels its illicit rent profits into usurping national democracies by undoing election/referendum results while arm-twisting elected governments into fire-sales of National wealth, enslaving the national working class , while empowering global criminal narcotics and slave trafficking networks.

Many otherwise well intentioned professional activists and career Politicians (mostly on the Left) are duped into euphemistically masqueraded elitist anti-human strategems: Killing human beings in the womb is subverted into a "Woman's undeniable human right to abortion"! "Spreading Democracy" is code-word for war-crimes, war-mongering and hate-peddling... "Open Border Immigration" is another code-word for enhanced human trafficking, enslavement of workers and sexual exploitation of women... "Pro-Social Welfare" is another masqueraded campaign to pour more public funds into the coffers of Rent-Seeking Real Estate Elites and Government contractors.

In this panel we examine multiple aspects Global Geopolitical Economic arena and discuss the battle between Sovereign National Communities against Neo-Colonial, Neo-Imperial Globalized Rent-Seeking elites. Humanity is at the crossroads... one road leads to perennial globalized conflict while the other to an empowered bottom-up cooperative prosperity for all.

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Late night comedians may try to laugh him off, but Trumpism has created a dangerous instability in our political system and across the international political order. So in terms of a "left" strategy, what is the "Trump phenomena"? Is it a "nouveau" assertion of "American Exceptionalism"; a rehash of "Manifest Destiny"; or part of the new wave of authoritarianism threatening the legitimacy of democratic rule across Europe, North Africa and Asia? And how should the left respond to a crisis of democratic legitimacy that is, in part, of its own making? By way of self criticism, how should the unexpected advent of Trumpism inform the strategy of the left both here in the United States and around the world? Join us for our wide ranging discussion of this perplexing topic.

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In this panel and participatory discussion we will explore how Cooperation Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi, and Barcelona en Comu in Barcelona, Spain, have brought social movements directly into elected office to expand the potential of democracy to be truly accountable to the needs of the people - and where we can go from here in our towns and cities. We will take a deeper look at how solidarity economies and worker cooperatives build strength and long term equity in communities of color, highlighted by the Jackson experience, how the battle against inequality and for housing is embedded in local struggles inside and outside the ballot box, as shown in Barcelona, explore how the paradigm shift in municipalism's commitment to feminizing politics underpins the radical nature of the municipalist hypothesis for change, and where we will go next in building a vibrant network of local movements.