Gender and Sexuality

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This panel discussion will discuss the labor and pay infractions/inequities in the fashion industry, centered mostly around fashion models. Fashion models are front and center when it comes introducing consumers to the new collections of major fashion houses, yet, we live in an era where fashion models, unless they have great agents or are supermodels, are being used as free labor, and in many cases being used as free labor for billion-dollar fashion brands.

How did this come to be? Don't fashion models live a luxury lifestyle? Perhaps, they once did, but that narrative has changed as fashion has become more of a global industry with a few fashion finance firms consolidating and controlling major fashion houses. Fashion models, once the darlings of the industry, are now being subjected to declining wages and are falling victim to the neo-liberal capitalist business models that are wrecking havoc on the working class.

During this panel discussion we will discuss the real narrative around what fashion models earn and how neo-liberal capitalism is quickly changing the fashion industry, putting livelihood of fashion industry professionals at great risk. There will also be frank discussion of evolving business models that can change pay inequity and fashion industry professionals, once silent, are organizing to claim what is rightly theirs.

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NYC
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Feminist analysis is crucial for our understanding of male supremacist, racist capitalism as a whole. Yet women’s liberation has too often been misunderstood and denigrated by many on the Left. Our speakers will talk about the relationship between feminism and the Left, and why it’s important for Leftists to study feminist theory and history, as well as why feminists should study Marxism. We will examine history and how the feminist movement’s relationship to the Left has evolved.

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People often talk about love and revolution as though their relationship was self-evident. In this session, movement-based thinkers, authors, and organizers will explore the connection in greater depth. If it's true, as Che proclaimed, that "the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love," it is necessary to devise a clear understanding of those feelings and their implications.
Join AK Thompson (Co-Editor of Spontaneous Combustion: The Eros Effect and Global Revolution [SUNY Press, 2017]), Kazembe Balagun (Staff Person, Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, New York), and Kelli Korducki (Author of Hard To Do: The Suprising, Feminist History of Breaking Up [Coach House Books, 2018]) as we get to the heart of the matter.

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Donald Trump announced goal for his administration- both during the campaign and at the start of his term- was to "drain the swamp". In the words of Steve Bannon this meant the "de-construction of the administrative state". Subsequently, the current administration has chosen a whole host of incompetent department heads in crucial sectors which helped to implement draconian measures, threatening the quality of U.S. life A panel of media professionals. activists and critics discuss the importance and role of Black media in the Trump era and the future impact of information technologies on the political landscape.

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NYC
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Science for the People is a reinvigoration of the original organization, which arose out of the 1969 anti-war movement and lasted until 1989. We stand in the tradition of the original organization and have a radical analysis and non-hierarchical governing structure. Our members tackle the militarization of scientific research, the corporate control of research agendas, the political implications of sociobiology and other scientific theories, the environmental consequences of energy policy, inequalities in health care, and many other issues. We oppose racism, sexism, and classism in science and above all seek to mobilize people working in scientific fields to become active in agitating for science, technology, and medicine that would serve social needs rather than military and corporate interests.

We understand that there is a “dual nature” to science- what Richard Levins noted as scientism and antiscience. Science can be utilized to further corporate agendas and exercise private gain in the interest of profit, or it can be utilized in the name of the interests of the vast majority, in the name of the people. Regardless of which way science is used, we must make it clear that science is not neutral- the methodology and outcome of scientific inquiry is impacted by the interests and funding behind any given scientific project. This panel will attempt to draw out the dual nature of science, grappling with science as it is used to promote militarism, deny women the right to reproductive justice, and most recently as the underpinnings for renewed arguments about “biological determinism” that hearken back to debates throughout the 20th century about eugenics.

We will argue that scientists can and should be organizing politically. Science is not an abstraction removed from society. Science is produced by our labor. But the conditions of this production and the use of science are controlled by the wealthy and powerful. We must fight for a science that serves all people, organizing wherever science is produced or applied alongside all those fighting for justice.

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Black women are simultaneously expected and disrespected for their leadership. Meanwhile, the biggest, blackest life that matters most of all is Mother Earth. Miss Justice Jester offers an autoethnographic insight into why the environmental justice and environmental racism movements cannot reconcile their widening chasm.

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We will discuss how the unstable economics of the US affect working women and the family; creating Depression, Anxiety, and oppressive sexual attitudes in the US. This will then be compared with the economic and social position of East German women under Socialism.

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The 2016 rise of Donald Trump to the world’s highest political office has shocked many and represents a shift in American politics away from pluralism and respectability. Trump’s statements against women, minority groups, and his critics have fanned the flames of hatred and division. Nonetheless, a large percentage of voters (including 53 percent of white female voters) cast their ballots for Trump rather than for the better-qualified frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who would have been the first female President of the United States. This panel will feature the editors and contributors to the forthcoming anthology Trumpism: The Politics of Gender in a Post-Propitious America, which is a collection of diverse voices (scholars and activists) left out of the mainstream media surrounding the election. The panelists will analyze Trump's words, actions, and policies from a gendered lens and offer solutions to surviving Trumpism.

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This panel considers Social Reproduction Theory in relation to the 99% Women's Strike of March 8, 2018, and the ensuing uprisings by teachers, primarily women, in the Right to Work states that started in 2018 and continue at this writing. What is Social Reproduction Theory? How does SRT contribute to Marxist analysis? How does the ideology of the Women's Strike contribute to a feminism that represents working class women and that challenges the mainstream feminism of pussy hats? How do we explain the new consciousness of political power that imbues the teacher walkouts? The conventional wisdom is that Democrats embody feminist ideology while Republicans oppose it. But are we looking at a new feminist formation in the US that is closer to the women's movements in Latin America such as the "Not One More" campaign against violence in Argentina and the mobilization against abortion restrictions in Poland? What is the relationship between this feminism of the 99% and the new consciousness among Marxist analysts that social reproduction and the attacks on the capacity to live and work in a period of extreme austerity are as central to social movement organizing as the traditional workplace based strikes and other forms of resistance.

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The panel will lead a discussion on Domestic Violence and the revictimization of survivors through underfunding of services and available services that are unable, or unwilling to help. Specific topics will include law enforcement's role (and failures) in Domestic Violence, financial support, mental health needs, and others.