Political and Social Movements

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LA
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More and more causes use the internet to promote advocacy goals, but despite its apparent value, "clicktivism" is still a far cry from on-the-ground direct action. How can we finally create a fluid system to bridge the massive potential of online organizing with the effectiveness of concrete real-world actions? In this panel, we will look at a few of the strategies that have shown the most promise, and consider how they can be scaled up to help create the reform and revolution we need. The Yes Men have just released the Action Switchboard, an online organizing platform which utilizes a combination of these strategies to build an on-ramp for new activists and generate real on-the-ground results. We will share our lessons from implementing these strategies with the Action Switchboard, and engage in a discussion about other ways to generate even more real-world action.

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LA
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This panel will focus on public spaces and the way in which they can be reconfigured and transformed to host political activities. By drawing on the work of philosophers such as Jacques Ranciere, Henri Lefebvre, and Eric Hobsbwam, this panel aims at bringing forth questions such as: How do political subjects get constituted through political space? How can political spaces be created in ways that challenge the current social, political, and economic system? In what ways are political actions hindered or made possible through the city structure? How does the city structure impact the formation and efficacy of revolutionary mobilization? The panel will discuss ways in which power structures reinforce measures that transform the city spaces in spaces that minimize chances of insurrection and facilitate the suppression of political organization. We will articulate ways in which contemporary urban transformation can impede revolutionary mobilization and ways in which political agents achieve to reconfigure these spaces. The panel will discuss the Arab Uprisings, the Dilworth Plaza in Philadelphia, which hosted Occupy Philly in 2011, a Latina-led urban cycle collective in Los Angeles, and the landscape of medical marijuana in Los Angeles. These examples will serve as manifestations of creative political resistance to urban inequalities.

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LA
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This panel will explore the various programs, organizations and individuals that are at work within the urban communities across the United States to bring about a revitalization of the politics, the people, culture and economy in these communities to organize for a better society.

Location: 
LA
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The environmental movement in the 1990s marks the start of a new era for civic engagement. In the aftermath of the financial crisis, revolts opposing austerity measures and cuts on social policies, offer the current version of civic action. Social movements have evolved towards global action or global activism. We assist to the trans-nationalization of activist networks. Using information and communication technologies as basic tools, social movements have promoted cooperation, found supporters and organized demonstrations and protests worldwide. New technologies –Internet, mobile phones, tablets- have showed its capacity to strengthen civic society and consolidate democracy around the world. Scholars have described new forms of democracy rooted in citizen participation (deliberative democracy, associative democracy), enhanced as well with online mechanisms. Civic engagement and activism have adapted to virtual societies maximizing their organizational linkages and networking skills. They represent these emerging participatory channels and have contributed to shape contemporary forms of political participation. They constitute as well a challenge for political communication, which has faced new actors and processes. The current panel intends to 1) cast light on the nature of contemporary social movements, 2) assess its impact on new forms of democracy aspiring to complement representation with direct participatory tools and mechanisms.

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LA
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While there’s been much discussion about the dangers of drones being used in the US, only a few cities have passed resolutions to regulate their use. Regulating or banning drones in our communities is important for our privacy and our safety. Let’s build the momentum! Learn how you can get a resolution passed in your community now by following these easy steps.

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LA
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In October of 2009, two dozen people met in a living room to plan a response to the pending Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC . Five years later, Move to Amend is the nation's largest and most diverse campaign for progressive constitutional change in the nation, with over 330,000 active supporters and 150 affiliates across the country. Move To Amend is calling for a constitutional amendment to unequivocally state that corporations (including non-profits) do not have the constitutional rights of natural persons, and that spending money is not a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment. This workshop will provide the historical background of corporate rule, the process of building social movements that win, and the opportunity to make real the currently unrealized promise of democracy in the United States.

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LA
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This panel explores the work of the late Rob Bush, placing him between the two great poles in the black radical tradition in which he moved and had his being, intellectually and politically, namely black nationalism and black internationalism.