Religion

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We are now in the midst of an epoch of death and mass extinction. Conventional approaches are failing. Social and ecological regeneration must be rooted in communities of liberation and solidarity. The new book, Between Earth and Empire: From the Necrocene to the Beloved Community, by celebrated philosopher and educator John P. Clark explores significant recent progress in this direction, including indigenous movements of the Zapatistas in Chiapas, Democratic Autonomy Movement in Rojava, in West Papua, and many more. Longtime human rights activist, educator, organizer Matt Meyer joins this conversation with his own work on international and intersectional organizing. This is a call to arms for the rebirth of a libertarian and communitarian social imaginary, and the flourishing of a free cooperative community globally. Join us!

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This roundtable explores the relationships between religion and socialisms in the past two hundred years, around the world, from the perspectives of history, theology and activist practice. In the 19th century Socialists and marxists across the United States and Europe were utopian Christians, Jews and pagans, who saw their socialism and religious beliefs as united. Later, in the twentieth century, socialism continued to inform the radical politics of Muslims, Buddhists and other traditions across Asia, Latin America and Africa.

Across the world, socialism and religions have transformed one another. Most scholarly attention has been lavished upon secular socialist traditions. Yet, the historically significantly more popular and influential religiously inclined socialisms have not received a proportionate level of interest. Our panel remedies this gap, by exploring the multiplicities of religions and socialisms, asking: are religious socialisms really socialism? Are they really religion? Our panel suggests that while important, secular socialism has been the exception, not the rule. Historically, religious socialisms were the norm. Our panel recovers religious socialism as a living tradition that can and should inform our politics and ways of life.

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The Occupy movement's challenge to global capitalism stems partly from its compassionate center and its message of "peace and love". Because of this message, and its determination to put it into practice, many have been drawn to the movement who do not see themselves as traditionally "political" but are nevertheless aware that it is time for a radical shift in the way we collectively and individually provide for human need. This reawakening speaks to a deep yearning for unity over division, creative creation over production for profit, love over fear. As women of spirit we see the challenges ahead as not simply the redistribution of wealth but also the rekindling of the human spirit. Our children must be given not just an education but an opportunity to blossom and to create together. We seek not simply to end violence and oppression but to birth a new world in which human beings are free to become what we truly are - together. Our experiences of the movement so far speak to the fact that it has the potential to do just that. We wish to speak to those experiences and to elaborate our visions of what might be ahead.

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Screening of "Gede Vizyon", an experimental documentary shot in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, during the 5th Ghetto Biennale last December. The film is the result of a collaboration between Brazilian and Haitian artists. After the 15 minute screening, Brazilian artists Jefferson Kielwagen and Marcos Serafim will be present for Q&A.

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Following the attacks of 9/11, the U.S. government embarked on a domestic “war on terror” which has employed a policy of preemptive prosecution that targets individuals and organizations based on their beliefs and ideology. In these cases, the actual crime is manufactured by federal law enforcement officials who almost always create and foil their own terrorist plots. This panel will discuss the questionable tactics and strategies by the government, such as discriminatory surveillance of American Muslim communities, infiltration of mosques by undercover agents and paid informants, and flawed counter-extremism programs, which undermine our fundamental freedoms. Murtaza Hussain, a journalist at The Intercept, will discuss government overreach in these national security cases. Attorney Kathy Manley, the legal director of the Coalition for Civil Freedoms, will further present on these abuses documented in a report she co-authored titled Inventing Terrorists. Ashley Young will discuss the unjust prosecution of her brother, Nicholas Young, a victim of FBI entrapment and the first law enforcement officer to be charged with terrorism.

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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.

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This panel will discuss the renewed Jewish Left, especially its focus on Diasporic Jewish renewal, action and materialism.

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What are the limits and aspirations of a love-driven politics and/or a
theology of love for the 21st Century?
How do we bring together the work of love and a call to prophetic witness?
This panel will explore the theological, moral, cultural, and political
conditions for the possibility of radical love for our times.

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After the recent storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque by the IDF to engage in collective punishment of Palestinians and Trump’s recent declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, completely ignoring Palestinian claims. . .international unity for non-violent actions becomes even more urgent and. . .necessary. Those events reflect a manifestation of the grim racist, ethnic cleansing ideologies advocated by a recent surge of demagogues that have gripped the world including the Holy Land, the epicentre of world conflict. As such, it is essential to build coalitions with activists worldwide, linked to Holy Land activists to fight this trend, to enlighten the world by bringing it to a place of equality and justice and at the same time pushing the reactionary demagogues back into obsolescence. Relevant to this challenge is the focus of this panel, which is to reveal the recent successes by Palestinians and their allies in showing the way to pushing the peace envelope through non-violent actions, notably at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and recent demonstrations opposing the designation of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, etc. It is also dedicated to encouraging activists to come together and organize more non-violent resistance events worldwide, including author events, conferences, music concerts with activist speeches, street demonstrations and other actions in view of building coalitions and planning peace & freedom activity notably with activists in Israel and Palestine.