2017
Description: 
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.