Reality Check - Why now more than ever, it’s time for radical resistance and independent green-left collaboration… And how to move it forward

Host/Sponsor: 
Left Elect Conference
Room: 
L2.84
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 4: 5:20pm - 7:10pm
Abstract: 
The converging crises of fascism, endless war, climate change, mass migrations, and economic/racial/gender oppression create unprecedented urgency for united, radical action – in the street and in the voting booth. At previous Left Forums – and over the past many decades – progressives have debated the merits of working to “reform” the Democratic Party versus building a united independent radical political front.
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Gloria
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Mattera
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
Green Party of New York
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Gloria Mattera MEd, Bank Street College of Education, 1986, MS, Bank Street College of Education, 1982 BA, Hunter College, 1978, Co-Chair Green Party of NY Candidate, New York State Lieutenant Governor, 2010, Candidate, Brooklyn Borough President, 2005 Candidate, New York City Council, 2001, 2003, Secretary, New York Metropolitan Chapter, Labor Party, 1996-2000 Program Director, Bellevue Hospital Center, 1988- Member, Brooklyn Parents For Peace, 1999-present Member, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, 1999-present Executive Board Member, New York Metropolitan Area Chapter, Physicians for a National Health Program, 1996-present, Member, Child Life Council, 1984-present, Member, Steering Committee, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, present
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Jill
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Stein
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Green Party USA
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Green Party 2016 Presidential Candidate
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Chris
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Hedges
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
writes an online column for Truthdig.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Chris Hedges is an author, critic and was a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades for The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Christian Science Monitor and National Public Radio. He is the author of the bestsellers American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy, the Triumph of Spectacle and War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning. He writes an online column for Truthdig.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Margaret
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Kimberely
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Black Agenda Report
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Margaret Kimberley's Freedom Rider column appears weekly in Black Agenda Report, and is widely reprinted elsewhere. She maintains a frequently updated blog as well as at http://freedomrider.blogspot.com. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator First Name: 
Medea
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Last Name: 
Benjamin
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Affiliation: 
CODEPINK
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Biography: 
Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK and the co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange. She has been an advocate for social justice for more than 40 years. Described as "one of America's most committed -- and most effective -- fighters for human rights" by New York Newsday, and "one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement" by the Los Angeles Times, she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide. She received numerous prices, including: the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Peace Prize by the US Peace Memorial, the Gandhi Peace Award, and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation Award. She is a former economist and nutritionist with the United Nations and World Health Organization.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Linda
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Thompson
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
Left Elect Conference
 

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