U.S. Politics

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Washington has a long history of seeking to overthrow North Korea, even before their murderous war on DPRK that killed one quarter of the population, according to US Generals. We will discuss the effect of the war on Korean consciousness, US sanctions and threats against North Korea since that time, counter some of the fake news in the corporate media over the recent period, and the movement against war in Korea today. All the speakers have been to North Korea. Medea Benjamin was part of the Women Cross the DMZ peace delegation. Deirdre Griswold has been to both Koreas several times, the first being a meeting with Kim Il Sung. Stan Smith has written several articles exposing US disinformation against North Korea.
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Large, imposed, infrastructure projects are a driving force of climate change. They are also a necessary component of our response to rising sea levels and changing weather patterns. Physical infrastructure has very visible, material effects: it holds water, changes the landscape, moves oil, sprouts leaks and poisons water. But a mere analysis of infrastructure-as-object conceals more than it illuminates. A closer examination of pipelines in Canada and Lebanon, real estate driven flood infrastructure in coastal Florida, and the legal response to the Dakota Access Pipeline protests reveals the economic, historical, political and racial relations that are embedded in and reproduced by these technologies for stopping floods and transporting fuel. Furthermore, the responses to the power structures articulated through infrastructure--occupations, sabotage--suggest a critique that exceeds the limits of environmentalism proper and strategies that would confront this political-economic behemoth at its point of production, whether that is the pipeline or the red line. (Zack Culyer) Work, Staging, and Sabotage: Perceptibility and the Trans-Arabian Pipeline. (Rosalind Donald) Combined and Uneven Real Estate Development: Miami' Segregation Driven Climate Change Response. (R.H. Lossin) Critical Infrastructure Sabotage: Protecting Property and Suppressing Speech. (Troy Vettese) Black Snake in the Grass: The Political Economy of Pipelines.
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Progressives are sometimes fooled by governmental programs that offer to solve social problems, including the provision of affordable housing. Historically, FDR's New Deal and LBJ's Great Society did hand out billions of dollars and, for a time some people benefited, but some claim the money would have been better spent if it were just given away in grants to those deserving low income housing. The panel identifies an innovative use of community land trusts to permanently provide affordable housing, by leveraging mixed income and commercial rental of CLT-owned land to sustain availability of the majority of units for tenants at 60% of AMI.
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How will climate change affect our lives? Where will its impacts be most deeply felt? Are we doing enough to protect ourselves from the coming chaos? Cities are ground zero for climate change, contributing the lion’s share of carbon to the atmosphere, while also lying on the frontlines of rising sea levels. Today, the majority of the world’s megacities are located in coastal zones, yet few of them are adequately prepared for the floods that will increasingly menace their shores. This panel will consider what's at stake globally for the most vulnerable communities who are are already feeling the impacts of climate change. Scientists are predicting that as the southern hemisphere heats up the number of people migrating to the EU each year will triple. How can we link the struggles against neoliberalism, austerity, high housing costs and gentrification, with support for the rights of free movement across borders, for migrants displaced by the effects of climate change, and for environmental justice? What can we learn from urban movements already fighting to remake our cities in a more just and equitable way?
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After the 2016 election, Fox News has attempted to take control of the concept of the Deep State, portrayed as a conspiracy of the adversaries of Trump. In reality, the Deep State - understood as deeply entrenched networks cutting across federal agencies and congressional staff and serving predominantly Wall Street interests - does indeed exist and has long existed. This Deep State played the decisive role in enabling Trump's seizure of power. Recalling JFK, Watergate, Iran-Contra, and 9/11 puts the Deep State into historical perspective. Factual analysis must start with the role of FBI Director Comey in thowing the election to Trump in the last 11 days. The New York FBI field office allegedly fueled repeated Fox News reports of an imminent indictment of Ms. Clinton. The paralysis of the Obama regime in the face of the Russian attack fits the same pattern. We are left with a ruling class of predatory and parasitical billionaires who are deeply factionalized, many of them functioning as Fifth Columns of hostile foreign powers like Russia and China. We urgently need measures to break the power of the Wall Street financier oligarchy, the main reason these problems exist.
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From day of his inauguration as president, Donald Trump has faced a broad, multifaceted resistance that ranges from neolliberal Democrats such as Hillary Clinton and Andrew Cuomo, to progressives such as Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Elizabeth Warren, on the one hand to social movements of women, immigrants, labor and antifa on the other. How do we characterize Trump's presidency? How do we view the Resistance? How will all of this impact the midterm elections? And where should we socialists be and what should we do?
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CALLING ALL ARTISTS, ACTIVISTS &TV/DOCUMENTARIANS Seeking volunteers to create a new cutting-edge Art and Activist Reality TV Show Series and Documentary called "GUERRILLA X ARTIVISM." We are seeking to recruit volunteers for the political campaign staff, the guerrilla art team, Film/TV crew and computer techs to create our website and social media platforms. We need web designers, videographers, documentarians, filmmakers, film crew, funders, investors and political supporters. Use our project to exhibit your unique skill sets, services & products on a wide scale. First meeting is at 1pm on Friday, June 1st at BRU 64 (café/brewery) in Downtown Cortland on 64 Main Street. Through Cross’ campaign, we will challenge the political status quo in a much more revolutionary way than Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders do so today by introducing a new technology platform that could create a true direct democracy based on Alan Watkins and Imus Stratenus’ book called “Crowdocracy: The End of Politics,” (www.crowd.ngo) within the breakthrough Integral Governing Dynamics (IGD) model that would rein-vent government through the eventual elimination of political parties, career representatives, big money lob-byists and special interest groups that tends to produce dysfunctional government paralysis, corruption and scandals. And in order to popularize this new form of national governance to the world, Cross embarks on an unconventional guerrilla art/political campaign for congress in rural red republican towns and small blue democratic cities of upstate New York. Z.X.C. and his crew of Guerrilla X Artivists launch a clever and innovative political campaign that mobilizes Millennials through their temporary, outdoor, site-specific, art installations at night that communicates the campaign’s new narrative, vision, philosophy and solutions of wicked problems for humanity, while also seeking to depolarize the cultural divisiveness among the electorate in America as a candidate for a metamodern, pseudo-political third party called the Society of the Third Millennium (S3K), while at the same time attempting to orchestrate a major political upset during the 2018 Congressional race through the defeat of conventional Democratic and Republican opponents in the November election. TITLE OF SHOW: “GUERRILLA X ARTIVISM” LOGLINE: It’s “Banksy Does New York” meets “The War Room.” A daring, 13-week, “Change of Consciousness” guerrilla art/political campaign with “Live-Look Ins” of the actual projects being done in real time during the upcoming 2018 Congressional Election in upstate New York to end politics as we know it, by a Millennial supported, trans-partisan, independent, third party candidate—Zoren X. Cross. SYNOPSIS: There is a political blue wave coming. And whether it becomes a terrible tsunami or hopeful harbinger of change depends on one’s cultural orientation and geographical location. However, there is one unforeseen Gen X candidate that threatens to upend all expectations from both sides of the political spectrum through his unconventional campaign of integral guerrilla art in the flippable Congressional District of NY-22…. Zoren X. Cross, otherwise known as “The Rebel Rodder” (a play on the words: rabble rouser/hot rodder) who was the founder and leader of a classic hot rod club in California and used to street race his 1971 Mach 1 Mustang in the early 1990s, now drives an aptly named, black and red modern muscle car—the Dodge CHALLENGER—which is an appropriate vehicle for a guerrilla artist and activist (artivist) to sprint towards the political finish line this Fall. Cross challenges the political status quo in a much more revolutionary way than Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders do so today by introducing a new technology platform that could create a true direct democracy based on Alan Watkins and Imus Stratenus’ book called “Crowdocracy” within Zevin’s breakthrough Integral Governing Dynamics (IGD) model that would reinvent government through the eventual elimination of political parties, career representatives, big money lobbyists and special interest groups that tends to produce dysfunctional government paralysis, corruption and scandals. And in order to popularize this new form of human governance to the world, ZXC embarks on an unconventional guerrilla art/political campaign for congress in rural republican towns and small democratic cities of upstate New York. He and his crew of Guerrilla X Artivists launch a clever and clandestine political campaign that mobilizes Millennials through their temporary seizures of outdoor, public spaces to erect unauthorized, site-specific, art installations at night in order to capture free mainstream media attention by piggy-backing on controversial issues that communicates his campaign themes and solutions to depolarize the cultural divisiveness among the electorate as a candidate for a pseudo-political third party called the Society of the Third Millennium (S3K)—all-the-while trying to avoid detection by the public and apprehension by police during their “midnight maneuvers,” while at the same time attempting to orchestrate a major political upset during the 2018 Congressional race through the defeat of conventional Democratic and Republican opponents in November. Beginning in mid-July and running right on through election day, November 6, this ingenious Docu-Style Reality TV Series can be enjoyed as both an arced storyline and self-contained episodes. As an arced storyline it documents the 4-month, political journey of a first-time, white Hispanic congressional candidate who does not choose to engage in a hopeless head-on fight against the political machine but instead wisely chooses to unplug it through his refusal to play by the establishment’s rules and opting out of the ruling elite’s political field of battle of big money donors and rich corporate sponsors who end of up owning the politicians they help elect. ZXC instead intends to rewrite the political playbook and elevate the art of reality TV by running a youth-oriented congressional campaign that promotes a new vision, narrative and grand unified theory and strategy for radical evolutionary transformation through a new evolutionary ethos of cooperation, team work and avant-garde guerrilla art instead of the typical survival-of-the-fittest political campaigns and the dog-eat-dog world of competition reality shows. However, ZXC and the Society of the Third Millennium (S3K) still have to follow a campaign timeline and meet milestones by going through the process of recruiting volunteers, forming a campaign staff, assembling a Guerrilla X Artivist crew, doing non-stump political speeches on YouTube, while raising campaign funds by selling S3K merchandise, putting up S3K posters throughout all 8 counties of the congressional district instead of the typical political yard signs to promote the website, meet the write-in petition deadline and enact a “get out the vote” (GOTV) registration drive for Millennials, among many other political activities. And it’s through this unorthodox campaign that the stories of not only the candidate but the individuals involved in the campaign will be told consisting of diverse artists in a variety of mediums like drawing, painting, sculpture, installations and mixed-media and different activists such as rebels, reformers and change agents whose various preferences like: 1) Local interests versus national and global emphasis; 2) Idealism versus pragmatism; 3) Radical change versus moderate pace; and 4) Militant versus moderate advocacy, may clash with dissimilar types of liberal activists who hold different progressive modes of thoughts and emphasis like: 1) Socioeconomic progressives; 2) Identity politics progressives; 3) Environmentalists; 4) Civil liberties progressives; 5) Spiritual progressives; and 6) Antiauthoritarians. Finally, it’s fair to say that as the economic gap between the rich and poor widens in America (and in other Western democracies) a ripening for revolt will continue as it has for years, if not decades. Since the 2008 Obama Presidential “Change We Can Believe In” campaign, the 2009 Tea Party rebellion, the 2011 OWS occupations, the 2015 Black Lives Matter upheaval, the 2016 Sander’s “political revolution,” and the rightwing revolt of the Trump Triumph—all are major manifestations of the eruptive ebb and flow of populous uprisings swinging right and left and right again. The selection of Donald Trump has proven to be the biggest fuck you to “business-as-usual” in world history. As such, the 2016 presidential election has been described by many political pundits as the year of the outsider—the rejection election. Trump was referred to as political chemo to purge the status quo—a human Molotov cocktail flung at the corrupt system. Sander’s supporters were seen in a similar fashion—an anti-establishment eruption of an embittered electorate. According to the November 9th 2016 CBS Evening News broadcast, Hillary Clinton was a victim of both such populist movements—caught between two revolutions—one on the left with Obama and eight years later stung on the right by Trump. This unique Docu-Style Reality TV Series reflects the contemporary trends and current political, economic, social and cultural climate that has birthed multiple movements like: 1) “Pencils Down” Wildcat Teachers’ Strikes, 2) Never Again Movement (NAM), 3) the DACA Immigrant Rights/Sanctuary Movement, 4) the Women’s March (MeToo/Times Up) Movement, 5) The Resistance Movement, 6) The Anti-Fascist Movement (ANTIFA), 7) Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement, 8) Community Rights Movement (CRM), 9) Moral Revival Mondays Movement and 10) the new Poor People’s Campaign derived from the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s shift from civil rights to the Economic Justice Movement begun in 1968. All leading many of us to conclude—the Rebels are on the Rise and the Establishment is on the Ropes! And “Guerrilla X Artivism” is just the vehicle to showcase solutions by inserting them into the American consciousness through popular culture for maximum exposure to the widest audience possible and thus, potentially increase citizen engagement in order to evolve our system of governance and elevate our society to the next evolutionary leap of human existence like a “Second Age of Enlightenment,” or what I like to refer to as the “Epic Era of Metamodernism.” Is this too much to expect from a reality TV show? Perhaps, but my past unconventional life experiences have always been about defying the odds and achieving some level of success. My approach to this epic endeavor will be no different but ultimately there is only one way to truly find out. Contact Campaign Manager Email: zevinxcruz@gmail.com / Facebook: Zevin X. Cruz / Phone: (607) 835-6673
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The last several years have seen cracks in the hegemony of bourgeois electoral politics unlike anything we’ve seen since the beginning of the neoliberal era in the late 1970s. Tens of thousands of radicalizing young people have been mobilized in progressive campaigns and have aspirations of socialism. The contradictions of this moment will be sharply felt. Mass layers of people are discontent and want alternatives to neoliberal politics including the Clintonite Democratic Party. Many will be drawn toward progressive Democrats and Democratic Party primary challenges. Some of these efforts will likely be fruitful in the short term, but we can’t expect them to lead to anything transformative in the medium to long term, and the pressure on organizers to remain within the orbit of the Democratic Party will be immense despite the sharp criticisms many have of the party. The Green Party has grown and been somewhat revitalized but remains marginal, with its victories limited to scattered and minor local seats. It is simply not seen as a serious alternative by the great majority of people joining the resistance, and no interventions from small socialist organizations are going to change that. Arguments about de-prioritizing elections and building movements are similarly unlikely to be persuasive in the era of Trump and the violent incompetence of Republican dominance—and serious socialist strategy cannot forever dodge the question of elections and state power in any case. We need an approach to electoral politics that can: Win meaningful victories (both in terms of winning office and of winning strategic reforms); Attract important layers of activists and give them an electoral vehicle that is widely seen as serious AND that remains structurally independent of the Democratic Party; Build organization(s) that mobilize people, bridge gaps between social movements and electoral politics, and provide a grassroots base the means by which to hold candidates and elect officials accountable. While conditions don’t yet exist for the creation of a new national party of a mass type and that meets the above criteria, we must continue to lay the groundwork for such a formation. To that end, we must struggle with some strategic questions: What organization forms should our efforts employ? What historical lessons might we draw on? How do we coordinate left electoral efforts in the absence of a singular left party?
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This panel will consider whether, to give action a direction, opposition to Trumpism needs to be grounded in philosophy—that is, philosophical principles and/or specific philosophical and theoretical tenets. If so, what are the principles and tenets that are needed, and why are they needed? Panelists will also discuss the responsibilities of groups and individuals rooted in Marx’s philosophy to the new mass movement against Trumpism, as well as their responsibilities above and beyond this moment’s immediate struggles.
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Tens of millions of Americans and people around the world, including some of “the left,” have regarded Trump and Trumpism as exceptional threats to our well-being that must be resisted tooth-and-nail. But others have argued that anti-Trumpism is a problem, that concerns about Trumpism are a distraction from struggles against neo-liberalism and U.S. state power, and/or that the left should reach out to Trump’s anti-establishment and populist base. This debate will feature speakers with different positions on these and related questions. Among the issues to be considered is whether or not the positions one opposes are genuinely “of the left.”