Stepping Into the Future: Technology and Revolution

Host/Sponsor: 
May First/People Link
Room: 
L.76
Timeslot: 
FRIDAY June 2nd Session A: 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Abstract: 
Technology is at the center of political struggle today. Used by our movements and by the ruling class, it has brought us to unprecedented stages of development. It could be used to create a highly repressive and controlled society -- as our government envisions it -- or it could be used to literally create the society movement people imagine. It all depend on who controls it and how they use it. This workshop, featuring a panel of outstanding activists, explores that issue while also explaining the Technology and Revolution convergences May First is sponsoring.
Panel Track: 
Technology and Revolution
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Alfredo
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Lopez
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
May First/People Link
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Alfredo Lopez is a founder of May First/People Link and a member of its Leadership Committee. A veteran of 50 years in this country's revolutionary struggle, he has been involved in many types of national, regional and local struggles. He's the author of five published books.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Maritza
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Arrastia
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
May First/People Link
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Writer, educator and activist, Maritza Arrastia is an award-winning popular education practitioner and a life-time revolutionary organizer and activist. She has written two books and contributed to several more.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Jerome
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Scott
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
League of Revolutionaries for a New America
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Veteran activist and organizer Jerome Scott was a founder of Project South and a leader of the U.S. Social Forum.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Alice
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Aguilar
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Progressive Technology Project
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Executive Director of the Progressive Technology Project, Alice Aguilar is one of this country's most prominent technology/organizers and a leader in the fight against racism and sexism in technology and to bring women of color into technology and win movement respect for the women of color already doing technology work.
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator First Name: 
Samir
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Last Name: 
Hazboun
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Affiliation: 
The Highlander Research and Education Center
Speaker 4/Fifth Facilitator Biography: 
At Highlander, Samir is a member of the Education Team and helps to support the Economics and Governance curriculum, the Appalachian Transition Fellowship, and the Seeds of Fire youth leadership program. They have been involved lately with exploring and developing alternative forms of Internet connectivity infrastructure independent of the major telecommunications companies that are instead driven, developed, and controlled by communities.
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator First Name: 
Chinyere
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Last Name: 
Tutashinda
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Center for Media Justice
Speaker 5/Sixth Facilitator Biography: 
National Organizer at the Center for Media Justice with over 15 years of media production, communications and organizing experience, Chinyere is one of the best known and most prominent voices in the media justice movements. She has played a major role in virtually every major media justice campaign over the last five years including the Net Neutrality campaign and, currently, several of the privacy and anti-surveillance campaigns (particularly in communities of color).
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Alfredo
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Lopez
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
May First/People Link
 

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