The Resistance Is Intersectional; Creating a Politics of Solidarity

Room: 
1.92
Timeslot: 
SATURDAY June 3rd Session 2: 12:00pm - 1:50pm
Abstract: 
This panel describes how the Left can work better together, as one unified front, through the use of intersectional politics. This panel will describe how to create a politics of solidarity and includes international cases, as our predicament with Trump is not one we face in isolation. The way liberals and the Democratic Party recently used the term "identity politics" in the election of 2016 has failed us, so we distinguish here between the reactionary use of identity politics and the progressive use of intersectional politics to unify and organize workers as a means to speak to and challenge existing power structures. In our panel, we include (1) Black Lives Matter key organizing tactics that have been effective in creating supporters across lines of gender, color, and class by an organizer from Harlem; (2) we include a core organizer of the International Women's Strike in NYC that took place March 8th; (3) we include an international segment looking at mass protests in a liberal market economy by revisiting lessons learned from the Haitian Revolution; (4) we look at immigration in the U.S., particularly of Latinos, and how existing power structures have deliberately kept Latinos isolated and alienated from each other, especially through the manipulative and divisive use of undocumented immigration. Then, we discuss how to move forward in creating a unified Latino identity to face Trump (Latinos are tired of being exploited and of being a profitable detention business); and (5) we include ways in which millennials can participate in the resistance as many have been willing to but are unsure of how and where to devote their energies and resources in meaningful ways to the Resistance. Our panel's moderator/ facilitator makes labor our intersecting point, because as working people we can come together without minimizing the differences in the color of our skin, our legal immigration status, our gender, and our age.
Panel Track: 
The Resistance: A Unified Left for Universal Liberation? #LFSolidarity: How can the Left work better together?
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Karina
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Moreno
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
LIU Brooklyn
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Karina is an assistant professor at LIU Brooklyn. Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, Karina's area of research is immigration and security policy post 9/11 and its subsequent effects on Latino mobilization. Karina was a founding member of the first major transatlantic research team (the SoMI project, securitization of migrant integration in the U.S. and the U.K.) studying the political effects of immigration and security policies on migrants themselves, including Latino, Muslim, and Sikh immigrants in the U.S. and the U.K. Karina's research includes undocumented immigrants from Mexico, a group generally excluded from existing studies. Karina has also written about the political economy of immigration, particularly focusing on how immigration detention has become a key lucrative business in the U.S. for the private prison industry, see existing pieces in Jacobin magazine. Her PhD is in public affairs from Rutgers University.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Claude
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Joseph
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
The New School
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Claude is a PhD candidate from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy from the New School University. His research interests look at the impact of international aid on poverty and economic growth in developing countries, particularly Haiti. Claude has hosted a number of international events that bring together government practitioners, policy and economic experts, as well as academics to study how social problems can be alleviated through public policy and effective administration of public programs. His presentation for this panel is called, "Mass protests in a liberal market economy; Lessons from the Haitian Revolution."
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Kazembe
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Balagun
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung New York Office
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Born in Harlem, NY, Kazembe received his B.A. in Philosophy from Hunter College. From 2007 to 2013, he was the Education/Outreach Coordinator at the Brecht Forum. Kazembe recently contributed an essay on “We Be Reading Marx Where We From: Socialism and the Black Freedom Struggle” to the book Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA (2014).
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Meg
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Beyer
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
The New School
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Meg Beyer is a key member of the Labor Working Group and a core organizer of the International Women's Strike-NYC and a workplace organizing trainer with Strikecorps. Meg has organized in several workplace campaigns in higher education and the food service industry. She is a former member of the Industrial Workers of the World and the UK's Solidarity Federation. She is a graduate student in philosophy at the New School for Social Research.
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator First Name: 
Holly
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Last Name: 
Wood
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Harvard University
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Biography: 
Holly completed her PhD in sociology that examined existing gendered power structures from Harvard University and is a key member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Holly has participated in a number of key research projects, including projects studying public housing, race, class and gender. Holly is an expert on organizing millennials. She is a pioneer in how we can bridge political direct action with technology and work with millennials ways so that The Resistance can be effective in 2017.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Karina
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Moreno
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
LIU Brooklyn
 

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