U.S. Politics

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Today, many on the left salute Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others seeking to revitalize and rebrand U.S. imperialism’s Democratic Party. Against this, those seeking to end capitalism’s many-sided oppression must reject the blind alley of tailing capitalist politicians. Only by fighting for the political independence of the working class can we chart a way forward. This International Women’s Day, three groups came together in a fusion that represents a step forging a nationwide revolutionary Trotskyist youth group for the first time in three decades. The Spokane (Washington) Marxist Group and the leadership of the Marxist Student Union at Central Connecticut State University fused with the Revolutionary Internationalist Youth, youth section of the Internationalist Group/ League for the Fourth International. This panel will focus on the role of Trotskyist youth and students in the fight for a revolutionary workers party to lead socialist revolution here and around the world, and reflect our work building support for union organizing drives by immigrant workers, solidarity with Ayotzinapa and the Mexican teachers strike, struggles against racist repression and fascist provocations, opposing the militarization of the universities, and on many other fronts.
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NYC
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The Black Agenda Report team will discuss "late stage" capitalism, the shrinking U.S. empire, and the dangers of a desperate ruling class on the wane.
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THIS IS PERHAPS MORE A QUERY TO LEFT FORUM ORGANIZERS FOR WHAT I THINK WILL BE A KEY ISSUE TO TAKE ON AT THE CONFERENCE: AT THIS POINT I'm proposing this as a full plenary session or at the least as a major panel forum in a suitably large room as I would expect much interest. This session would provide an opportunity for the various left positions on the election to be aired, discussed and debated. The participants I would include would be advocates for 1. Support Bernie Sanders as the Dem party nominee 2. All out to defeat trump --Support Sanders but if he doesn't win nomination, then support anyone but Trump 3. Support a 3rd party candidate eg from the green party 4. The left's main focus should be to build the struggle, the elections are a dead end trap. 5. other positions ? I would be willing to reach out and invite likely participants, but i think it would be preferable if the left forum itself organized such a session. I would see it as each speaker--no more than 4 (?)- be given 12 minutes to state their position, then a 20-30 minute back and forth among them, followed by questions from the audience. I would also offer myself as the moderator, for which I have a good amount of experience, but again, it might be best if the left forum chose someone with more recognition as well as experience in that regard. Believe it or not, i think someone like Phil Donahue (who spoke at a left forum some years back) would be a good pick.
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How has President Trump been so successful for so long at maintaining extensive ultraright grassroots support? Speakers will examine the recently deceased neo-Nazi figure Lyndon LaRouche and how his legacy was adopted by the Trump movement, the ways in which a Red-Brown convergence strengthens Trump and how Polish nationalist anti-Semites have been challenged on the streets of New York City.
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This panel is intended to change the conversation about student debt in this country. As Martin Luther King Jr. advised sanitation workers on strike in Memphis, Tennessee, in his last speech before being assassinated, in order to save our common future, student debtors must “anchor our external direction with the power of economic withdrawal”. Activists from four generations will discuss the possibility that an organized movement of student debtors could use its collective burden as leverage to demand transformational change before the 2020 presidential election, particularly the cancellation of all outstanding student debt and fully funding public higher education as a right for all Americans. We must decide whether the United States will continue to invest so much in producing indebtedness, or whether we will empower 44 million Americans to use the full extent of their education to transform society. In order to change the focus of the national dialogue on this issue, the American public must be made aware of what has been hidden in plain sight- all of the major student loan servicing companies (Navient, Nelnet, PHEAA) are gambling with hundreds of billions of dollars in federal student loan debt, and the failure of the market for SLABS (Student Loan Asset Backed Securities) may result in a systemic liquidity crisis to rival the financial crisis that caused the Great Recession of 2007-2009. The struggle for human survival past this century depends upon the ability of global movements to coordinate a strategic confrontation with the ruling class, whose malicious greed and indifferent negligence has produced the existential crises we are facing. Every day we continue to perform the status quo, greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and student loan interest accumulate. Throughout history, there have been countless movements of working class people demanding the cancellation of unpayable debts to the ruling class, and as history repeats it is a tactic we must consider. This panel will consider the notion that if the student debt bubble is doomed regardless, the most advantageous position for student debtors to take is to refuse to pay their debts and force the moment to its crisis. Given the emergencies we are in, could this tactic be effective, and is it morally righteous?
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The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Legal Observer program was established 50 years ago in response to anti-war protests during the Vietnam era in defense of people swept up in mass arrests. The program is designed to enable people to express their political views as fully as possible without unconstitutional disruption or interference by the police and with the fewest possible consequences from the criminal justice system. In this training you’ll be guided through the Legal Observer Manual by an experienced Legal Observer instructor and Guild member. Please note: reading the manual alone does not constitute an official training. You will also learn how to become an official NLG Legal Observer.
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LA
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First Daughter and the Black Snake” follows the efforts by Winona LaDuke, famed Native American environmentalist and executive director of Honor the Earth, in her battle—successful to this point—to stop development of several pipelines that would cut across Indian reservations in northern Minnesota, jeopardizing food and water sources for the Ojibwe tribes, while trampling treaties now a century and a half old. “First Daughter” was produced by award-winning photographer and filmmaker Keri Pickett, an award-winning American photographer, author and filmmaker whose work explores love, family and community. Keri will discuss the film after the showing.
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2018 is the 50th Anniversary of 1968–the most decisive revolutionary year in during the Great Revolution of the Two Decades of the Sixties—1955-1975. In that year the Vietnamese National Liberation Front carried out a decisive political victory in its war against the U.S., Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated, urban rebellions rocked the U.S., president Lyndon Johnson refused to run for re-election under great national protests, students at Columbia University and the Paris student/worker rebellions shaped history. The Movement agreed the problem was “The System”, the Answer was “The Revolution” and the vehicle was “The Movement.” Today, U.S. society is disintegrating morally, economically, politically, ecologically, and spiritually. Black Lives Matter, The Dreamers, the Bernie/Warren Democrats, the Labor/Community Strategy Center and many other organizations are doing important work to fight the system but there is a need for more discussion about what is our strategy. Eric Mann will discuss “A Black/Latino/Third World United Front against the U.S. Imperialist White Settler State” as the strategy the Strategy Center is trying to carry out in its work in South L.A., Los Angeles, and the U.S. to shape grassroots organizing and movement building.
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It has recently been observed that by 2040, 70 percent of Americans will live in 15 states and thus 30 percent of Americans will choose 70 senators. That 30 percent will be older, whiter, more male and more rural. We currently live in a situation where in recent US Senate elections, 15 million more voters cast ballots for Democrats, and yet the Republicans control the Senate, White House, and the power to place justices on the Supreme Court and fill the federal courts. The panel will discuss the ways in which the conservatives have maintained power despite their minority status. We will discuss how voting power is apportioned in the Senate, and how the right has been able to better maintain message discipline and focus on a few key issues to keep their base active and engaged, and whether there is any lessons progressives can learn from them. Reviewing the immigration policies also lays bare the fact that since it is a function of the executive branch, there has been little difference in many of the deportation policies of Obama and Trump. However, the latest moves by the Trump administration have the most impact in California, which has the highest number of undocumented residents, including dreamers. A review of immigration laws demonstrates that laws passed in the Clinton administration expanded the policies for deportation, including the purported crimes for which legal immigrants could be deported. The current group of Democrats in Washington show little desire to engage in political action with respect to immigration which is regarded of little value to the large swath of independent voters whose support Democrats need to increase their representation in Congress. As a result, the Democrats become complicit in minority rule policies. Thus the question arises as to how Californians, or other states, can assert their majority political rule in light of a dysfunctional federal electoral system. The federal system seems doomed to fail as the minority rule increases its grip over the majority, and one of the solutions may be for the citizens of California to reject the politics of both parties, and seek a way forward in ways that will seek to embrace and represent all of its residents, citizen and noncitizen alike, by refusing to accept minority rule and beginning to forge a path forward to its own independence.
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The movement for true election integrity continues. This panel will discuss the efficacy of paper ballots and electronic voting machines, as well as voter registration problems and what can be done to protect our elections and end voter suppression. There will also be discussion related to the more than 100,000 voters removed from voter registration rolls in the primary election and what can be done to improve our elections. Additionally, panel members will discuss their respective campaigns and/or activism efforts to improve our Democracy as well as the importance of insuring true election integrity in order for the Progressive movement to succeed.