SATURDAY June 3rd Session 3: 3:30pm - 5:15pm
Despite the fact that the Russian Revolution took place a century ago, activists who think that working class power can be the only source of fundamental social change continue to mine the history of 1917 for its theoretical, historical, and practical lessons. This panel will bring together revolutionary socialists from three continents to discuss the way that the experience of the Russian Revolution, and its degeneration, impact their political reactions to recent events, inform their strategy in the labor and social movements, and contribute to their developing vision of a socialist world.
The Resistance: Path to a Radical World
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name:
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name:
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation:
Founding Editor for Left Voice
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography:
Juan Cruz Ferre is a founding editor of Left Voice and a PhD student in sociology at CUNY. He has been a leading member of the PTS (Socialist Workers Party), part of the Left Front in Argentina, for 10 years.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name:
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name:
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation:
National Coordination Body of ANTARSYA in Greece.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography:
He is a member of the Central Coordination Committee and of the National Coordination Body of ANTARSYA, as well as of the Central Committee and the Political Bureau of OKDE-Spartakos in Greece. As a member of the Trade Union of Salaried Technicians, he has taken part in the big strikes and protests against the cuts and the memoranda imposed by the Greek government, the EU and the IMF since 2010.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name:
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name:
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation:
National Secretary, Socialist Action
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography:
Jeff Mackler is the author of "The Politics of Revolutionary Socialism," editor of a collection of essays on the USSR entitled, Gorbachev's USSR: Is Stalinism Dead?" and the author of some 25 books and pamphlets on the application of socialist ideas to key world political developments. He is the National Secretary of the Socialist Action Party and was Socialist Action's 2016 candidate for President of the U.S.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name:
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name:
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation:
SEIU Western Region Lavender Caucus
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography:
Montague is a member of SEIU 503, and was a rank and file leader of the Oregon State-Wide Rolling Strike for gender pay equity in 1987. She is the author of "Nine Days That Shook Oregon" (laborstandard.org/labor history), a co-chair of Western Region Lavender Caucus and recently active in the promotion of the March 8 International Women's Strike..
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator First Name:
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Last Name:
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Affiliation:
President, Central Connecticut State Youth for Socialist Action
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Biography:
Williams is a first year student of Jamaican heritage and an activist who recently led campus actions in support of the International Women's Strike, Black Lives Matter, low wage workers, and immigrant rights.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name:
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name:
Left Forum and LA Progressive