NYC
2019
Event Type: 
Workshop
Room: 
H204
Timeslot: 
Session 2: Saturday June 29th, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
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Description/Abstract of your Event: 

Anti-capitalist and radical-left lawyers and advocates can play an important role in social movements. We know that our legal system institutionalizes injustice and enforces class rule. It’s a site of power and oppression that we cannot leave uncontested because of the immediate damage it does, but we know that solely fighting within the parameters of capitalist law will never lead to the radical social change we need.That’s why lawyers and advocates need to use their legal skills to support grassroots organizing and movements struggling for social transformation. This session will bring together radical lawyers and advocates to explore how we can better support movement building, and how can we do more to strategically disrupt and challenge the legal system, while working under the leadership of those it harms the most.

Participants

Marika Dias is a public interest lawyer who has worked in civil legal services since 2002, in a range of legal services and community organizations in Melbourne, Australia and New York City. Marika’s work has focused on providing legal services that support community organizing efforts and grass...

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Emmanuel Pardilla is a volunteer tenant organizer, leader of the grassroots South Bronx Tenants Movement, and a long time communist organizer in the NYC area. He has also organized in different areas of struggle such as the free CUNY movement, on police brutality issues, against anti-xenophobia...

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Rodrigo Santelices is a lawyer who has worked in civil legal services since coming to New York City, in 2006. Rodrigo has also contributed to the work of various organizations advocating for immigrants, indigenous people and human rights in Australia and New York City. He witnessed the turbulent...

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