This panel offers various perspectives that indict the American criminal justice system. Issues covered include continuous insidious discrimination, human rights violations, school-to-prison pipeline, social control, and the failure of the system to include the most serious offenses. The multiplicity of harms caused by the criminal justice system are identified and a new criminology of hope is offered that is based on the alleviation of suffering and the elevation of the human spirit to aspire to true notions of peace and justice.
Black Kids in Outer Space is a live and online talkshow that discusses urban planning, bicycles, public transit, and afrofuturism. The concept of freedom is one of the most precious values in the United States, but the freedom of movement in space is a freedom that has eluded African Americans, Native Americans,and other marginalized communities for much of the United States? history. Our conversation will be an attempt to trace the history of this country?s denial of marginalized communities the freedom of the open road and home, through housing policies, police enforcement, and the deliberate removal of funding and capital from those communities.
Bill Kreml is the creator of an original political philosophy, it is based on psychology rather than economics or any other variable.
Kreml’s panel will discuss the utilization of cognitive forms in the constitution, the original seven articles being analytic in form and the Bill of Rights being synthetic in form as the German Idealists Kant and Hegel understood these terms. Kreml has argued in a recent article, found in both the Green Party’s spring issue of Green Horizon magazine and freepress.org campaign finance another layer (March 26, 2018) that the Supreme Court misunderstood the cognitive nature of the constitution’s two components, the Bill of Rights protecting synthetic, that is politically aggregative, but not analytic, political activity. Large political campaign contributions are of an analytic, or contractual, nature and are not protected by the Bill of Rights.
Our task today is not to imagine pies in the sky for a future that can always be postponed, but to think and act on what Andre Gorz called "concrete utopias". The possibilities for change are not in the distance; they are all around us and available. It’s a matter of breaking the spell of the crisis and seeing and seizing these useful, world-changing tools.
For a long time it seemed as though the future would always look like the present, and imagining utopia was largely a theoretical exercise. Over the past 10 years, since the "Great Recession" of 2008, this situation has been changing, as the neoliberal global order that sustained the idealization of liberal parliamentarianism as "the endpoint of mankind's ideological evolution" entered into a prolonged and profound crisis. Today, homeless populations are exploding in major US cities, wages remain flat or are falling, and yet CEO bonuses have rebounded to pre-crash levels. But there is no legitimacy for this growing inequality. No one believes that a rising tide lifts all boats and the faith in capitalist realism (TINA) is losing ground. Today, more and more people are recovering the ability – and realizing the urgency -- of imagining life differently.
How do we use this moment of the crisis of neoliberalism, only persisting now in a zombielike state, to repudiate the equation of markets with democracy? How do we shatter the fallacy of this central premise of neoliberalism to actualize resolutely concrete but radically utopian futures?
The first “Workers’ Economy” meeting in 2007 in Buenos Aires started today’s global network of enterprises "recuperated" and self-managed by their workers. Activists in cooperatives, trade unions and solidarity economies have joined this network, as well as many thinkers. Its roots are in Argentina’s 2001 crisis, when workers faced enterprises shut by distressed owners. To save jobs, many peacefully re-organized their workplaces as co-ops and resumed work under their own control. The network’s South American chapter now has over 500 worker-recuperated firms: Argentina 390, Brazil 70, Uruguay 50, and more elsewhere.
Starting in South America, the network has grown to embrace 800 enterprises in over 30 countries. In 2014 the first European “encuentro” was held in the Fralib tea factory in Marseilles, France. The second was in 2016 at the Greek co-op, Vio.Me. There are now almost 300 worker-recuperated firms in Italy, 30 in France, and more in Greece, Spain and Turkey. The network’s North American, Central American and Caribbean chapter – main host of this panel - met in Mexico City in 2014 and 2016. Mutual aid animates the workers' economy. Facing legal challenges Vio.Me called for and got network aid, as did the Hotel Bauen in Buenos Aires. New chapters are forming in Africa and Asia.
Can "the workers' economy" and allies form part of what the Left Forum calls a "winning strategy" by which workers transcend neo-liberal capital? With the help of chairing by Peter Ranis, panelists accept a 10-minute limit on this issue, including introductions. We invite all Left Forum participants to concretize our New York debates at the Workers’ Economy “encuentro” November 8-10 in Mexico City for North American, Central American & Caribbean region participants. For info: https://www.globaljusticecenter.org/
The 2017 presidential and parliamentary elections in Chile gave the newly constituted Broad Front (Frente Amplio) the best results for the left since 1989. This panel will 1) contextualize the political and economic transformations since the end of Pinochet's dictatorship; 2) give an account of the articulation of contemporary social movements and the left in Chile and; 3) compare the resurgence of right wing governments in Latin America with the current Chilean administration.
The co-operative movement was built by people who took on the responsibility for their collective wellbeing in the face of government neglect, economic exclusion and cultural discrimination. As the modern economy increasingly denies vast sectors of the population basic amenities for decent life, this co-operative spirit is as critical as ever. However, over the years the co-op sector has become insular and poorly understood. A Silent Transformation sets out to explore the innovative self-help efforts of diverse communities across the Province of Ontario, which by addressing their needs collectively are helping to regain the radical vision of co-operation. In these communities are the seeds of economic democracy, global solidarity, and a new popular movement to transform society!