U.S. Politics

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‘The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!’ Corporate news is consumed with covering the Trump/Russia affair, but it pales in comparison to the real threats in people’s lives--climate change, underemployment, poverty, lack of health care, lack of clean water--just to name a few. How should independent news cover the most pressing issues of our times without speaking into their own silos? In the age of Trump, is the future of independent media at risk? Join us for an open discussion and an opportunity for feedback with The Real News hosts and featured guests.
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Should the Democratic Socialists of America continue to support Democrats for office, or should they break from the Democratic Party and with others, help to form a new, viable third party completely free of the two party system? This forum is less of a debate and more of a panel discussion with DSA and Green Party member, Jabari Brisport; radical labour historian and North Star editorial board member, Mark Lause; and from the DSA National Political Committee, Dele Balogun.
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Immigration enforcement in the US has been ramped up to unprecedented levels under the ideologically nativist Trump administration. The harms experienced by immigrant communities under the policies of the Trump administration and those of his predecessors remain an under-researched aspect of the critical criminology of migration. The speakers included on this thematic panel are working collectively to build an academic literature around these harms and the systems & structures that motivate their continued - and expanding - imposition.
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During this panel discussion, we will deconstruct the democratic establishment and the methods they use to work against true progressive candidates. We will discuss what works in boosting progressives in districts and states won by Donald Trump by large margins in 2016. Mike Pence’s home state of Indiana was won by Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primary in 2016 and then won by Donald Trump in the general election by 19 percentage points. We will discuss what makes progressive campaigns different, a critical look at the recent development of progressive pacts such as Our Revolution, Brand New Congress, and Justice Democrats. Where do progressive candidates in Red States go from here? #DemEnter or #DemExit A look toward 2020.
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This panel examines Trumpism, Fox News, alt-right male fantasies, and unending sex scandals to explore the pornification of politics and the American Dream. It examines these phenomena as a symptom of the advanced stage of neoliberal decline.
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This panel will analyze the reinvigoration of Russophobia in American media and political culture over the last five years and its ramifications in shaping public attitudes in support of a dangerous new Cold War. We will in turn provide some historical context by discussing how alarmism about Russia is nothing new but dates back to the first Cold War lasting from 1917-1991 when the Russian threat was constantly elevated and popular culture stereotyped Russia as a dangerous and backward nation bent on subverting American national security from within. Few Americans remember that it was the United States that actually invaded Russia in 1917 following the great October Bolshevik revolution in support of white counter-revolutionary forces. Today, the United States remains more of a threat to Russia than vice versa, with American military spending topping that of Russia by at least ten times.
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How can we activist-turned-politicians not just make a dent in the system, but win an election? Very strategically. And although winning is the obvious end goal, are there other benefits to running for office? What about raising issues (usually silent) in the media, exposing corruption, pushing the envelope and getting yourself known for the next time? Also -- how do you run when you are a political novice and do not have a machine, nor name recognition or money? Is it worth it? These candidates say, indeed it is -- that if you want the system to change, you must pressure it with the most effective thing that one person can do: GET ON THE BALLOT. Here what this diverse group of progressive Democrats and Greens have learned and wish to share to help the next generation of candidates!
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Considering the ongoing shift and crisis of political landscape in the U.S.A. but also in Europe, that is deepening and radicalizing persistently, the emergence of new political subjects now seems more inevitable than ever before. Alternative, counter political or counter-establishment movements are constantly appearing in a move to reorganize the way politics is done and communicated. These new political bodies demand change: new political and social agenda, sharp and immediate measures against inequalities, social injustice, the fraud economics of Wall street and the dictatorship of the banks, climate change, the constant state of war and the resulting politics of fear, supervision, exceptional authorities, escalating violence etc. This is something that we do understand very clearly in Europe and we have to face together on both shores of the Atlantic Ocean. It is a political and historical duty of the European Left in this unprecedented situation to hold out hand, start communicating and building an alliance with the American leftist parties, movements and organizations. That is a crucial point of the global struggle and the globalization of resistance. Together we are stronger, therefore communication and cooperation with our American and Canadian partners is of utmost importance at the moment. How to find the best fields of cooperation and exchange the most effective experiences between the North American Left forces and the European Left?
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Since the election of Donald Trump, millions of Americans have protested his unconstitutional policies including the ban on Muslim immigration. But while the Islamophobia of this administration has been well documented, many have failed to recognize the plethora of policies and tactics by past administrations designed to disenfranchise the American Muslim community. From the use of “secret evidence” by the Clinton Administration to the PATRIOT Act and expanded surveillance that followed the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government has aggressively pursued American Muslim leaders, activists, and charities in the name of fighting the "war on terror". Since then, hundreds of Muslims have been victims of politically motivated terrorism prosecutions, many of which criminalize constitutionally protected speech. Author Miko Peled will discuss his recent book about the case of the Holy Land Foundation Five, who received draconian sentences for charitable work. Mel Underbakke, the executive director of the Coalition for Civil Freedoms, will discuss the case of Professor Sami Al-Arian, who fought against these civil rights abuses until his own unjust prosecution on false terrorism charges in 2003. Mel will also present on ways to stand up to these injustices.