U.S. Politics

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LA
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What is the historical role of social democracy? Will his supporters be herded into voting for Hilary or will they find another alternative?
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LA
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In 1877, following the Haymarket Massacre the Chicago police formed a “red squad” to investigate radical political groups. This trend soon continued nationwide and in the early 20th Century the Justice Department even opened up a Radical Division--headed by J. Edgar Hoover. As the Radical Division eventually became the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the FBI made it a central part of their mission to surveil, disrupt, and neutralize “radical and subversive” groups. Following the mass movements of the 1960s and 1970s, the political police were put on the defensive. The FBI, as well as many local police departments, claimed to have been reformed and insisted they would no longer investigate free speech, but crime. Yet, as soon as these “reforms” were implemented, the FBI, along with local law enforcement, began using counterterrorism authorities to investigate peace groups, racial justice groups, and economic justice groups--in other words the same old targets. This panel will trace the history of the FBI, as the political police, as well as look at how in spite of claims of “reform” the FBI continues to carry on the same political investigations just using different powers. It will also examine recent cases of spying by the FBI and local law enforcement.
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Monopoly capitalism creates the export of capital and modern imperialism, the subjugation of nations. The struggle of oppressed nations for liberation and national equality against imperialism is a direct struggle against monopoly capitalism and aligns with the fight of the working class against exploitation. Workers in imperialist nations must support liberation struggles of oppressed nations in their own interests. The struggle against national oppression and imperialism connects to issues of racism, war, refugees, immigration, trade, manufacturing, wages, etc.
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California experienced some corporate-free progressive electoral victories in the 2018 primary season and we should all focus our efforts on bringing corporate-free progressive candidates and progressive ballot measures into a full victory come November. Yet it must be said that overall the CA primary did not yield the uplifting electoral results that many of us had hoped for. The good news is that many of us are clear that winning elections is only part of the needed work ahead. It is largely thought that by participating in the electoral process we can change and improve our lives. This is only partially true. We all know that the electoral process is set up against the interests of working people. The electoral process allows candidates to be bought and creates a pseudo-democracy, a fake-democracy, in which most elected officials end up doing what their corporate funders want,and play the ?reform-game? (changing/improving minor aspects of life to keep a system going that is rotten to the core by greed, economic inequality, social oppression, environmental destruction and permanent war.) Elections are important opportunities, however, to organize and develop power for working families and take power away from the 1% oligarchs that rule. Participating in elections needs to be essentially about developing working people power and the role of anyone elected by working people must be to accumulate more power for working people. Only an enormous accumulation of power in the hands of an organized working class will allow us to resolve our problems and survive and do well. It will happen, hopefully in time. (Not too many centuries ago it was unthinkable that the all powerful monarchies would be toppled and abolished. Most are gone. Perhaps corporations will be someday soon be ?abolished?, or at least pushed back to their ?only temporary? status.) As true progressives, our most important role in 2018 post-primary California must be to assure that the momentum for organizing working people continues and that our movement grows to its fullest potential. That means looking beyond party affiliation. Today working people in our state are of various political persuasions. They are registered to vote in various political parties or are registered No Party Preference (NPP). NPP is now the second largest category of voter registrations (2nd only to Democrats) in the state numbering nearly 5 million voters. A corporate-free alliance of progressive groups and individuals based on shared values and vision, regardless of party affiliation or no affiliation, offers a way forward. This panel will discuss that option as a next step for California progressives.
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Conveners of the Coalition for Peace, Revolution, and Social Justice will review the formation of a new Los Angeles anti-war coalition: How it was formed, how it operates, what sort of progress has been made, where is it headed?
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Outdated Democracy: A 21st Century Civics Lesson is a documentary film project that examines and evaluates our 19th century electoral system, explains why our democracy is failing, and offers solutions for updating our antiquated electoral system so that it works for everyone. This presentation combines chapters from the film project with a lively audience discussion led by filmmaker, writer and former high school civics teacher Lisa Elaine Scott.
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NYC
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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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NYC
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