Platform for a Left Opposition

Host/Sponsor: 
Green Party of New York
Room: 
1.92
Timeslot: 
SUNDAY June 4th Session 7: 3:40pm - 5:40pm
Abstract: 
This panel is the beginning of a dialog on building a Left Opposition in the United States during the Trump era. It is an attempt to avoid repeating the mistakes of the anti-Bush opposition of last decade. We are the beginnings of a left socialist faction within the Green Party US that believes independent, class-based politics within a broad and expanding party. Our goal is to provide a platform that can unite the Left across parties and help to build a genuinely mass anti-war, anti-capitalist movement regardless of political party and affiliation. As such the panelists will outline, discuss platform building, and engage in a broader cross-Left conversation.
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Peter
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
LaVenia
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Green Party of New York
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Peter LaVenia received a PhD in Political Theory from the University at Albany, SUNY. He has been an activist and organizer for over 15 years and has worked for Ralph Nader in that capacity. He is currently the co-chair of the Green Party of New York, and can be reached on Twitter: @votelavenia.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Gloria
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Mattera
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Green Party of New York
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Gloria Mattera is the co-chair of the Green Party of New York.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Ajamu
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Baraka
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Green Party US
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Baraka is an internationally recognized leader of the emerging human rights movement in the U.S. and has been at the forefront of efforts to apply the international human rights framework to social justice advocacy in the U.S. for more than 25 years. As such, he has provided human rights trainings for grassroots activists across the country, has given briefings on human rights to the U.S. Congress, and has appeared before and provided statements to various United Nations agencies, including the UN Human Rights Commission (precursor to the current UN Human Rights Council). He is currently an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington, D.C., and editor and contributing columnist for the Black Agenda Report.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Robert
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Caldwell
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Solidarity
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Robert Caldwell is a member of Solidarity in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He is a member of the Choctaw-Apache tribe of Ebarb.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Peter
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
LaVenia

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