US Politics

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Elections in the US are plagued by vote suppression, electronic vote flipping, gerrymandering, and the illegal destruction of election records, which combined have generated an immense epidemic of cynicism that keeps nearly a majority of voters—107 million of them—away from the polls. (When these numbers are figured in, Trump won with 27% of the vote, to Hillary’s 28%.)
This year’s Election Integrity panel proposes extensive reports from the field by activists who’ve been making real progress in defending the integrity of digital ballot images. They have discovered that in many states these images may have been illegally and clandestinely destroyed to cover stolen elections. Ballot images are produced in at least 43 states, and the number is increasing. In this age of digital ballot images, EI activists have found that it’s easier to prevent a stolen election than to catch one. So their chief strategy as they will report on this year’s panel is to make elections transparent, trackable and publicly verifiable—and chip away at that epidemic of cynicism by being proactive, not reactive after elections.
Under the banner of AUDIT-USA, and led by indefatigable 15-year EI veteran activist John Brakey, the group has been traveling the country investigating and litigating elections and educating the public about the process. The panel will present Brakey, along with recount-specialist, documentary filmmaker, professor, lawyer Chris Sautter; and Florida Fair Elections Coalition founder Susan Pynchon; together with New York Election Integrity activist, journalist and documentary filmmaker Lulu Friesdat, who’s been lobbying Albany against touch-screen ballots, and who will show a new 5-minute documentary on her work.

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Wondering why we're experiencing abortion bans and attacks on birth control? The birth rate is plunging in the U.S.: It's a spontaneous birth strike! In other countries, panic over low birth rates has led governments to underwrite childbearing and childrearing with generous universal programs, but in the U.S., women have not yet realized the potential of our bargaining position. When we do, it will lead to new strategies for improving the difficult working conditions U.S. parents now face when raising children. Join Jenny Brown, in discussion with Laura Tanenbaum, on her new book, Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight over Women’s Work (PM Press, 2019).

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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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From white nationalists to male tribalists, and from Christian theocrats to Patriot movement activists, the U.S. far right has made dangerous gains in recent years. These “insurgent supremacists” bolster established systems of oppression but also challenge the existing political order in real ways. Antifascist researcher Matthew N. Lyons will outline the major far right currents, their ideologies and goals, their interconnections and tensions with the Trump administration, and some key lessons for antifascist work.

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With inequality surpassing Gilded Age levels, health care and student debt skyrocketing, climate change roiling the planet, and 80 percent of Americans surviving paycheck-to-paycheck, the majority of Americans are now calling for a major new political party, including an even greater number of young and working people.

In 2015, a Princeton and Northwestern University study found that under the Democratic and Republican parties, public preferences have a "near-zero, statistically non-significant" impact on policy. As a result, the U.S. is no longer considered a democracy.

Working people are responding by leaving the establishment parties by the millions. Gallup polls show that a record number of Americans have become independents, almost half the country. A majority of Americans now want a major new party, including an even greater number of young and working people — 57 percent of Americans and 71 percent of millennials.

This February, the New York Times wrote that “Long-established political parties across the democratic world are blowing up. Could America’s parties be next?” From Mexico to France and Chile to Spain, a political revolution is sweeping the world. The breakthrough is coming in a series of fresh, new people-powered parties. They sweep in to government by challenging the corruption of the establishment parties and offering a stirring new vision and social contract.

These parties begin as movements, launched by activists who learned through personal experience that the corporate-funded parties cannot be salvaged and belong in the past. They use social media and digital organizing to circumvent the corporate press and reach millions. Come join the Movement for a People’s Party in an open discussion and planning session on how we can bring the revolution to America with a party of our own.

Donuts, bagels and coffee for all!