Race

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The New Sanctuary Coalition (NSC) believes that immigration issues stem from unjust global economic relationships and racism. This panel will present strategies for bringing together citizens with immigrants facing detention and deportation to change U.S. immigration practices and to provide sanctuary through innovative techniques/programs that get around I.C.E.'s increasingly harsh and inhumane tactics. NSC believes everyone deserves hope and dignity while fighting for their rights. This panel will include discussion of physical sanctuary in N.Y.C., asylum, work, defense, and bond.(Merriam-Webster defines ethnic cleansing as,”the expulsion, imprisonment, or killing of an ethnic minority by a dominant majority in order to achieve ethnic homogeneity.”)

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In an age where information is both instantly accessible and easily manipulated, and the U.S. government’s war on whistleblowers and press freedoms continues in full swing, the need for hard-hitting, independent journalism that focuses on social justice and civil liberties is greater than ever.

It is up to those with the skills, platform and reach to ensure that the voices of the marginalized, and the issues that affect millions who live under a constant state of oppression and discrimination, cannot be squelched.

The News Beat podcast works all these angles. A short-form, educational podcast focusing specifically on social justice and civil liberty issues, News Beat’s seasoned journalists interview experts, thought leaders, academics and activists. Those interviews are woven over a bed of highly produced, hip-hop-styled music, while acclaimed independent rap artists craft original lyrics that are interspersed throughout each episode. The result: informative, entertaining and compelling mini audio documentaries -- with a splash of dope beats and rhymes.

Topics covered include the true origins of the racist, ineffective war on drugs, the injustices of the exoneration process for those who have been wrongfully convicted, the fight to close juvenile detention centers, the U.S. government’s war against journalism and press freedom, America’s illegal, perpetual war and more. Guests have included iconic voices such as Dr. Cornel West, Rosa Clemente, Barrett Brown and John Kiriakou.

Our workshop demonstrates the process of creating these groundbreaking, informative episodes -- ideation, interviews, scripting, audio production and lyric creation -- breaking down our unique marriage of traditional journalism, new media and focus on social justice with hip-hop music, culture and spirit.

We look forward to pulling back the curtain on this exciting new method of sharing vital knowledge through hip-hop.

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While the NRA has monopolized the discussion of gun rights and the Second Amendment in mainstream public discourse, leftist perspectives on these issues provide a richer context for understanding not only the use of guns against the victims of slavery and colonialism but also the possible uses of guns by Black, Brown, and Indigenous resistance movements. Drawing on the Black Radical Tradition, Puerto Rican movements, and Indigenous resistance, this panel offers a reinterpretation of the relationship between guns, settler colonialism, and leftist organizing. In addition to establishing the connections between the NRA, the Second Amendment, and white supremacy, this panel explores the possibilities of using what Scott Crow calls “liberatory community armed self-defense” as one plank of a broader leftist strategy. By cultivating a realistic perspective on the colonial and racist “gun culture” of America, the Left’s use of armed self-defense can be re-thought in a new light. In the next few years, the Left must acknowledge oppressive gun violence and reflect on the uses of liberatory self-defense.

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What do a fake pimp and prostitute have to do with ACORN, America’s largest anti-poverty organization? A power player in the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, community organizing group ACORN was targeted by conservatives, who accused them of committing voter fraud. ACORN critics found allies in amateur journalists James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles whose undercover hidden camera investigations smeared ACORN, and helped launch a new entity called Breitbart Media. ACORN and the Firestorm is a thrilling recount of recent political history by award winning directors, Reuben Atlas (Brothers Hypnotic) and Sam Pollard (Two Trains Runnin’), ACORN became a major player in the 2008 presidential election that resulted in Barack Obama’s victory. Big businesses, Republicans and right-wing activists attacked the group, firing accusations of voter fraud and government waste at the left-
leaning organization. Right-wing opposition found unexpected allies in a pair of amateur journalists who posed as a pimp and prostitute hoping to expose ACORN via hidden-camera. The ensuing political drama spawned the now-omnipresent Breitbart Media, and served as a prescient foreshadowing of today’s political climate. In an age where fake news and truthiness obscure reality, ACORN and the Firestorm tells a deep, true, moving story about what lies beneath a divided America.

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This panel first examines pinkwashing in historical context, looking at efforts to link queer and Zionist organizing from the 1970s-1990s. Then it moves to the present, tracing Islamophobic funders' evolving investments in pinkwashing as a way to recruit queer youth and campus groups *away* from antiracist, anticolonial activism that challenges Israeli apartheid. It covers ways to expose these tactics and support student/youth and queer resistance.

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This panel will include the following four sections. First, Columbia University's teacher training co-director, Suzanne Pratt, will describe the TR@TC2 program, its goals and purposes. Second, Rebecca Stanton, a classroom teacher of record at Manhattan's Community Health Academy of the Heights will outline the intersections across theory and practice, and demonstrate instructional methods designed to engage immigrant students and encourage their voices. Next, selected high-school students and their tutors will present projects related to social justice topics of their choice. Finally, the panel will close with a question and answer segment. This panel will be of particular interest to current and entering teachers, school administrators, students, their families, as well as anyone interested in supporting immigrant students.

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We are PhD students working in the realm of immigration with diverse positionalities, disciplines, methodologies, levels of focus, and research contexts, as well as traditionally understood identities (race and ethnicity, languages spoken, gender expression, country of origin). Our Moderated Dialogue embodies an anti-hierarchical, Bakhtinian approach to scholarship as an ongoing, polyphonic, future-making collaboration, signifying a disruption to traditional academic authority. As emerging immigration scholars with a variety of experiences, commitments, and visions in our work, we propose a transdisciplinary challenge to paternalistic, U.S.-centric ways of doing immigration scholarship. We will present our diverse research, which takes place across three continents, and identify key topics to be discussed, including the dialectics of local and transnational positionality, racialization and racialized experiences across borders, the complex relationship between sending and receiving countries, ethics in nonprofit education, and the complexities of volunteerism and national identity. This strategic project is an extension of our already powerful dialogical work as colleagues, and we look forward to sharing this radical methodology of knowledge production to inspire new, dynamic ways of approaching scholarship as a shared, transformative experience that values all voices and visions.

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Rank-and-file healthcare workers talk about building resistance on the job and in their unions, organizing the unorganized, the fight for universal healthcare, being a socialist at the workplace, and strategies for a militant new labor movement.

BACKGROUND: For the majority of people in the US, health care is a system in crisis – a landscape marred by subpar services, unequal access, racial inequalities, millions uninsured, rising premiums and soaring debt. This trillion-dollar industry reaps massive profits for hospital execs, insurance corporations, pharmaceuticals and technology firms while patient care facilities get the chopping block and working-class communities struggle with prohibitive costs. In New York City alone, 16 hospitals have been shut down since 2003. Heightened competition, management-by-stress, technological advancements, rapacious profit-mongering, neoliberal policies, and the weakened position of labor unions have led to intolerable conditions for workers and patients.

However, healthcare workers are not taking things lying down. In recent years, nurses have been at the forefront of labor battles and audacious strike actions. The force of healthcare workers – many women, immigrant, of color, and more unionized than other sectors – supported Black Lives Matter, went on strike, fought for better staffing and universal healthcare. Those watching the recent strike wave among teachers have pointed to the strategic importance of the unrest brewing among educational and healthcare workers. Join a discussion with frontline workers who are practicing and exploring what it means to be socialist on the job, in the union, and in a brutal healthcare system.

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From day of his inauguration as president, Donald Trump has faced a broad, multifaceted resistance that ranges from neolliberal Democrats such as Hillary Clinton and Andrew Cuomo, to progressives such as Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Elizabeth Warren, on the one hand to social movements of women, immigrants, labor and antifa on the other. How do we characterize Trump's presidency? How do we view the Resistance? How will all of this impact the midterm elections? And where should we socialists be and what should we do?

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Even as the last fifteen months have been described by various commentators as a unique phase of neo-fascism in the United States, there is little to suggest that the reigning manifestations and practices of white supremacy, imperial domination, and relentless capital accumulation are a sharp departure from the preceding few decades of the exercise of US state power. Yet, as good materialist thinkers, we must acknowledge that the current conjuncture marks specific iterations of authoritarian rule, resurgent forms of white nationalism, and particular modes of capital accumulation. Consequently, this panel will attempt to address the distinctive political contradictions of this moment. More importantly, at a time when protest movements, ranging from Black Lives Matter, the teachers’ strikes in West Virginia and Oklahoma, and the March for Lives against gun violence are center stage on the political landscape, it is vital that we take stock of the limitations and possibilities of these movements. Our panel will explore some of the following questions: Are there ways in which these movements can combine the promise of reform with the potential for revolution? What are the possibilities for student/worker alliances around the issues of gun violence and structural inequalities in the education system? How might the existing hopes of transnational solidarities be renewed and extended at a time when ongoing global conflicts are displacing millions across the world? How might our own forms of activism within our local communities address the urgent needs of this moment?