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From Eco villages and community land trusts to worm farms and worker co-ops, people all over LA, the country, and the world are coming together to reimagine economy from the ground up - from the dominant extractive, exploitative system currently in place to a regenerative system that values people and the planet. We are hoping to explore connections and make visible local initiatives. We invite you to bring your own passions, questions, talents and resources to explore ways we can come together to co-create the beautiful world we know is possible.
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In light of the fate of the Syrian Revolution, which has been crushed by the genocide carried out by Bashar al-Assad together with his Russian, Iranian, and Lebanese allies, there has debate in the global left about the meanings of imperialism and anti-imperialism, and the political implications these carry. Many authoritarians claiming leftism cross-over with the white-supremacist right's open support for the Assad Regime by denying its crimes and overlooking the imperialist role played by Russia and Iran in Syria, focusing exclusively on the U.S.'s supposed opposition to Assad's rule. This tendency is a worrisome development, suggestive as it is of a red-brown alliance (or axis) that is not consistently anti-imperialist but rather, only opposed to U.S. Imperialism. It also fails analytically to see how the U.S. has increasingly accommodated Assad's counter-revolution. In contrast to such approaches, participants on this panel will present anti-authoritarian class analyses of militarism and imperialism. Panelists will discuss the red-brown alliance (or axis) as recalling the “Holy Alliance” and fascism; the concept and reality of imperialism in the Middle East; the current wave of popular protests in Iran; left and right interpretations of geopolitics and political geography both historically and today; the lessons of the Bosnian genocide; and the tragedy of the Syrian Revolution.
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These days, one mostly hears of Pakistan as a staging ground for the war on terror. When not lamenting the Pakistani ISI's double game in Afghanistan, mainstream coverage in the US fixates on semi-regular suicide bombings in urban centers and an active Taliban insurgency in the northwest in order to paint a picture of a Pakistan overrun by the religious right. Pakistan, we're told, is not much more than a waffling Army, a handful of brave secular elites, and the 180 million-strong barbarian horde that they frantically restrain. Yet peer beneath the surface, and a very different Pakistan soon emerges--one in which the everyday experience of Pakistanis is defined primarily by their grievances and struggles as workers, peasants, and students in a terribly poor, unequal country. The purpose of this panel is to substantiate the claim that this is the best frame with which to approach Pakistani history, and Pakistani politics today. Speakers will speak to the current state of the Left, progressive forces, and the challenges these groups face in relation to the perils of military dictatorship, neoliberalism, and the War in Af-Pak. Speakers: Madiha Tahir (journalist), Saadia Toor (Professor of Sociology at CUNY Staten Island), Adaner Usmani (PhD student in Sociology at NYU)
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The revolution in Egypt inspired millions of people around the world with its heroism, its mass character and stunning victories in a relatively short period of time. Tahrir Square became a symbol of resistance and helped give rise to occupations from Madrid to Wall Street. However, Egypt has been (and is) going through a protracted revolutionary process of advances and retreat. This panel will feature journalists who have closely followed this process as well as participants from the revolutionary struggle in Egypt. It will examine the dynamics of the revolution over the last year, its prospects and the challenges that it must confront.
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While the interconnections and similarities among occupations in many cities have occupied much of the information and discussion in the US, precursors and off-shoots of #OWS exists in different parts of the world. In this session reports from people involved in North American #OWS will be discussed together with reports from Asia, Europe and Latin America. By bringing together historical, analytical and tactical questions, we hope to illustrate these movements' common grammar of autonomy, direct democracy, and international solidarity. Presentations will be structured around themes related to: history of specific actions, public reaction, political repertoires of struggle, internal organizational dynamics and broader political impact.
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The rise in economic size and political weight of the BRICS countries (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) has some commentators suggesting they will soon rival the US in strategic terms, providing breathing space for underdeveloped countries vis-a-vis imperialist countries. Some go so far as to say that BRICS itself could turn into an alternative development model. But other analysts say BRICS is part of the imperialist schema, its members harshly exploiting their own workers and engaged in standard capitalist investment and political relationships with other countries. Our panelists, who have long been active not only in analyzing such issues but in activism around them, will assess the strengths and weaknesses of the contending arguments.
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Almost no one in the United States has any reason or interest to see our country get into a war about the Ukraine crisis. We must find ways to speak to the concerns on people's minds, and make public issues of them. The United States government cannot even run the United States properly! A third of the people without adequate access to health care, one child in four classified food-insecure, 50 million in poverty and half the population close to it - in the richest country in the world! No US military involvement in Ukraine! No US arms to Ukraine! We won't fight, we wont't kill in Ukraine! No US involvement with the illegal Nazi junta in Kiev! Talk to Russia, don't threaten it!
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Massive antiwar sentiment in the US and throughout the world has made it difficult for the US to conduct wars today as they did in Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan. People do not want to see another quagmire with US military boots on the ground. As a result, the US has turned towards militarized drones, special operations forces and the use of US allies, proxies and right-wing forces to push its imperialist agenda in country after country. This is the case in Syria, Africa, Venezuela and with its intervention in Ukraine. The panel will discuss the mechanisms that the US uses to make this happen and the response needed from the antiwar movement today.
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Many antiwar groups have joined with the U.S. in condemning Russia or ISIS or others that the U.S. government sees as its enemy. This has led some to not take up the fight against U.S. military attacks in Libya, Syria or Ukraine. However, it is the U.S. that is the main terrorist force and the cause of war in all these areas. This panel will discuss the role of the U.S. military abroad and how we can stop it
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Hosted by Mat Callahan, this session will bring together the music of international artists as they merge folkloric and global sounds.