International

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NYC
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‘The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!’ Corporate news is consumed with covering the Trump/Russia affair, but it pales in comparison to the real threats in people’s lives--climate change, underemployment, poverty, lack of health care, lack of clean water--just to name a few. How should independent news cover the most pressing issues of our times without speaking into their own silos? In the age of Trump, is the future of independent media at risk? Join us for an open discussion and an opportunity for feedback with The Real News hosts and featured guests.
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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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For at least five hundred years of global colonial occupation and imperial plunder, the devaluation, abuse, and exploitation of womxn has gone hand-in-hand with the depletion and degradation of the Earth. By the same token, however, Indigenous, peasant, racially marginalized, and other womxn targeted by cishteropatriarchy and anthropocentrism have been on the frontlines of mobilizations for broad-based autonomy, dignity, equity, justice, and sustainability, from the Chipko movement of India to the neo-Zapatista uprising of southwestern Mexico. As interlocking global crises intensify, the ecofeminist alternatives articulated by these womxn become more important than ever to the fight for another world. This panel will feature reportbacks on ecofeminist interventions from the Americas and South Asia. Its presenters will discuss how community gardens and urban farms, permaculture and agroecology projects, biodiversity farms, traditional medical practices, and counter-hegemonic learning initiatives across these parts of the world are recentering multiply marginalized womxn at the same time as they address pressing threats to land, food, and water sovereignty.
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A winning strategy requires powerful narratives. How can fiction expand our sense of the possible? The CIA channeled funds to the Iowa Writers Workshop in the 1960s and 70s to limit the subversive potential of literature. How are today’s activist-minded writers creating stories that can break through the demoralization resulting from the fragmentation of the Left and resurgence of the Ultra-Right? How do writers weave the personal and the political into stories to "make the revolution irresistible"?
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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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Originating in a struggle inside Socialist Alternative for the basic Marxist principle of the political independence of the working class, the Class Struggle Education League (based in the New Hampshire/Massachusetts area) has been working closely with the Internationalist Group/League for the Fourth International. Fusing our forces on the basis of the genuine Trotskyist program is an example of revolutionary regroupment that can help others dissatisfied with reformism and centrism find a path towards building a revolutionary workers party here and internationally.
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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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Humanity is making significant strides in science and technology growing its ability to sustain a much bigger population than currently lives on the planet, liberating humans from menial labor through automation while making significant strides towards creating livable environments outside of our Mother Planet Earth and planning intergalactic colonization. However... here are some of the sub-humanization processes currently working full-throttle all around the globe: Growing income inequality, unemployment/underemployment, commercializing human life, health-sector cannibalism, corporate encroachment of natural resources, forces and ecological habitats, homelessness, mental illness, drug addiction, PTSD, moral injury, child trafficking and abuse, sexual predation, terrorism, apartheid, state and police brutality, subverting democratic process, lobbyists negating the vote of the citizens, corrupting the justice system, narcotics trafficking, modern slave-trade, illegal immigration, war-mongering, weapons of mass misinformation and destruction, hate-mongering, race baiting are some of the phenomenological aspects of the pathogenies afflicting our society. These ailments threaten to shred the human fabric that holds all together into pieces in a species-lethal way. The above assessment echoes the arguably prophetic writings of 19th century independent thinker Henry George in his monumental work: Progress and Poverty (published 1879). Correct diagnosis of the insidious forces that cause and feed this spreading cancer while resisting policies that would reverse its growth and eventually heal it completely is needed, especially in an era when people seem to protest and demand policies that have the opposite effect from the one they desire. Solutions and strategies for efficient dialectic discourse and remedial political action will be openly discussed.