Political and Social Movements

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LA
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Movements for radical change need spaces where activists, organizers and the broader public can come together in solidarity and cooperation. This panel brings together people working to grow and sustain such “movement building centers” across NYC and beyond. These centers come in different sizes and shapes and provide a variety of invaluable social movement resources such as space for organizing meetings, political education, trainings, cultural expression, media production and an open forum to explore issues on analysis, strategy and tactics. They generally aim at broadening horizons, promoting understanding across differences, building power from below, and contributing to a new political culture.

This panel will explore a number of movement space models, the unique opportunities and challenges they each face and how these centers may contribute to a “movement of movements.” Following the initial discussion, we will open up the discussion to include the experiences of those in attendance.

Location: 
LA
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This panel will consist of presentations on the dynamics and contradictions of the oppression of Black/African People in the United States and across the world. It will also address reconstructing Black impoverished communities to self sustaining peaceful, productive and prosperous communities through accountability, responsibility and politics.

Location: 
LA
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Does new information discovered from the Soviet archives change our views of Stalin, Trotsky, and how does it affect the relevance of the Soviet state to social movements today?

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The political revolution is alive and well within the California Democratic Party, no thanks to corporate, establishment Democrats. The Democratic Party is not progressive, so why do Berniecrats stay in the party and what effect is their work having on the greater progressive movement? You will hear from a former Bernie Sanders delegate who started the first Bernie-Sanders-inspired, chartered Democratic club in LA County, called Feel the Bern Democratic Club, Los Angeles; a progressive candidate that ran for the election for senate seat in California in June 2018; and a progressive Berniecrat who is currently running to represent Assembly District 63 on a pro-SB 562 platform. They will share their perspectives and experiences as progressives in the party and will answer questions from the audience.

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California experienced some corporate-free progressive electoral victories in the 2018 primary season and we should all focus our efforts on bringing corporate-free progressive candidates and progressive ballot measures into a full victory come November. Yet it must be said that overall the CA primary did not yield the uplifting electoral results that many of us had hoped for.

The good news is that many of us are clear that winning elections is only part of the needed work ahead. It is largely thought that by participating in the electoral process we can change and improve our lives. This is only partially true.

We all know that the electoral process is set up against the interests of working people.

The electoral process allows candidates to be bought and creates a pseudo-democracy, a fake-democracy, in which most elected officials end up doing what their corporate funders want,and play the ?reform-game? (changing/improving minor aspects of life to keep a system going that is rotten to the core by greed, economic inequality, social oppression, environmental destruction and permanent war.)

Elections are important opportunities, however, to organize and develop power for working families and take power away from the 1% oligarchs that rule. Participating in elections needs to be essentially about developing working people power and the role of anyone elected by working people must be to accumulate more power for working people.

Only an enormous accumulation of power in the hands of an organized working class will allow us to resolve our problems and survive and do well.

It will happen, hopefully in time.

(Not too many centuries ago it was unthinkable that the all powerful monarchies would be toppled and abolished. Most are gone. Perhaps corporations will be someday soon be ?abolished?, or at least pushed back to their ?only temporary? status.)

As true progressives, our most important role in 2018 post-primary California must be to assure that the momentum for organizing working people continues and that our movement grows to its fullest potential. That means looking beyond party affiliation. Today working people in our state are of various political persuasions. They are registered to vote in various political parties or are registered No Party Preference (NPP). NPP is now the second largest category of voter registrations (2nd only to Democrats) in the state numbering nearly 5 million voters. A corporate-free alliance of progressive groups and individuals based on shared values and vision, regardless of party affiliation or no affiliation, offers a way forward. This panel will discuss that option as a next step for California progressives.

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“The Real Activist” is a documentary short film (20 minutes0 that chronicles the civil rights actions of Brent Turner in his efforts for clean and secure election systems.