Political and Social Movement

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The productive classes seem to have been entangled in a web of circular, self-defeating and fragmenting ethical problems. Aggressive wars justified on the pretense of self-defense, allowing Infanticide under the guise of reproductive rights, opening borders under humanitarian excuses in order to facilitate the modern slave trade, providing hospitality to asylum seekers while doing the favor of those interests which brutalized and displaced them from their very native lands, outsourcing jobs and replacing them with indebtedness, trading technological advancement for reduced and precarious employment, rising homelessness next to vacant pied-a-terre apartments, expanding the right to vote only to see the will of the people overturned by administrative coup d'etats perpetrated by unelected bureaucrats... the list goes on and on. Adding the growing crisis of mental health, affordability of health-care, growing unemployment, precarious labor, increasing rents, increased violent gang activity, mass shootings, random street crime there is a growing anxiety and uncertainty and a creeping feeling of gradual but constant dehumanization all across the globe. This panel, now in its 8th year, tries to engage in robust diagnostics of the root causes of these ethical problems and tries to engage the audience in a synthetic dialectic that could build a consensus on the common moral principles that should underlie the structure and evolution of our societies.
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From Gaza to Iran to Venezuela, peace and social justice activists are scrambling to keep up with a surreal level of reckless provocations and unbearable atrocities around the world. How can the antiwar movement fortify itself to respond to all these urgent situations at once, while also rebuilding itself for the future? World BEYOND War's Left Forum 2019 panel will gather together key voices including (not yet confirmed) David Swanson of World BEYOND War, Ariel Gold of CODE PINK and others still to be determined. (Dear Left Forum organizers: I did my best to nail down panelists for this event, but many of the people we have in mind are currently involved in the Venezuelan embassy situation in Washington DC, so I am still working on a panel list, as well as a more complete description. Is it possible for me to submit this today, May 19, in order to make the deadline, while I continue to work to fill in the details? I'm sorry I couldn't pull it together in time.)
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Our current Economic System seems to be producing two simultaneously existing contradictory trajectories. One is a trajectory of fast technological progress and material wealth creation and affluence. The other is a trajectory of Economic poverty, and the Social Ills that come along with it. The right wing exalts the productive achievements while the left wing abhors the social problems that seem to be a sine-qua non corollary of human progress. Both the right and the left seem to agree that our current system is "Capitalism". This panels disagrees with this nomenclature and blames it for a false consciousness both on the right and the left which fails to identify the true culprit of economic exploitation malaise and unequal wealth distribution. Instead the term "RENTALISM" will be introduced and explained as a more accurate, honest description of our Economic System and along with it we will motivate synthetic robust and lasting solutions which define succinctly the boundaries between Common Property and Private property and how to reconcile both of them in a cooperative way which maximizes both individual productive potential and social progress.
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What ever happened to Pan-Africanism? What has become of this once powerful current in black thought? During its heyday in the 1950s and 60s, in the vanguard of the anti-colonial struggle, it seriously vied for state power and for a minute, it exerted influence in those corridors. Is Pan-Africanism still relevant today?
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The political crisis of the capitalist world embodied by the rise of authoritarianism and populism around the world has been met with resistance internationally. Women have played a disproportionate role in these struggles from Sudan to the West Virginia teachers strikes. The Caribbean has been no exception and the rise of the #LifeinLeggings movement throughout the Caribbean as well as the prominence of feminist groups like the Tambourine Army in Jamaica is testament to this. Many Caribbean countries have a hostile atmosphere towards LGBTQ people, these states tend to still have colonial era anti-cross dressing and buggery laws on the books. There has been resistance to this in recent times evinced by the striking down of the anti-cross dressing law in Guyana and the buggery law in Trinidad as well as the rise in visibility of the LGBTQ population through daring Pride parades, some held for the first time in the last few years. These struggles have had important cultural reflections such as legendary Trinidad & Tobago singer Calypso Rose’s “Leave me Alone” song which stood as an anthem against sexual harassment. The emergence of the “Lost Tribe” carnival band with openly gay Indo-Trini director Valmiki Maharaj was yet another such incursion of previously excluded oppressed people into the popular culture of the Caribbean. This panel aims to explore the historical antecedents which gave rise to the oppression of women and the LGBTQ population in the Caribbean. The panel will also look at the contemporary situation while giving details of the recent struggles and how they intersect with each other and the broader anti-colonial and anti-imperialist radical tradition in the Caribbean.
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This panel of diverse ages and backgrounds attempts to incite a conversation with the audience about Institutional racism, colorism and internal racism and its practices for social mobilization in America. We will share our knowledge by citing theories, authors, movements but more importantly by sharing our stories, the untold stories of our communities, and our ancestors. Our hope is to bring understanding and cultural sensitivity to issues in our communities that appear contradictory to “others”. Also, we hope that we can as a collective develop solutions that we can bring back from this necessary conversation to our communities of color.
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2018 is the 50th Anniversary of 1968–the most decisive revolutionary year in during the Great Revolution of the Two Decades of the Sixties—1955-1975. In that year the Vietnamese National Liberation Front carried out a decisive political victory in its war against the U.S., Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated, urban rebellions rocked the U.S., president Lyndon Johnson refused to run for re-election under great national protests, students at Columbia University and the Paris student/worker rebellions shaped history. The Movement agreed the problem was “The System”, the Answer was “The Revolution” and the vehicle was “The Movement.” Today, U.S. society is disintegrating morally, economically, politically, ecologically, and spiritually. Black Lives Matter, The Dreamers, the Bernie/Warren Democrats, the Labor/Community Strategy Center and many other organizations are doing important work to fight the system but there is a need for more discussion about what is our strategy. Eric Mann will discuss “A Black/Latino/Third World United Front against the U.S. Imperialist White Settler State” as the strategy the Strategy Center is trying to carry out in its work in South L.A., Los Angeles, and the U.S. to shape grassroots organizing and movement building.
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After the recent Gaza disaster, international unity for non-violent actions that transcend, race, ethic and national origins becomes even more urgent and . . . necessary. Those events reflect a manifestation of the grim racist, ethnic cleansing ideologies advocated by a recent surge of demagogues that have gripped the world including the Holy Land, the epicentre of world conflict and potential world peace. As such, it is essential to build coalitions with activists worldwide, linked to Holy Land activists to fight this trend, to enlighten the world by bringing it to a place of equality and justice and at the same time pushing the reactionary demagogues back into obsolescence.
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Outdated Democracy: A 21st Century Civics Lesson is a documentary film project that examines and evaluates our 19th century electoral system, explains why our democracy is failing, and offers solutions for updating our antiquated electoral system so that it works for everyone. This presentation combines chapters from the film project with a lively audience discussion led by filmmaker, writer and former high school civics teacher Lisa Elaine Scott.
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The Social Democratic Party of Germany was founded 1863 and inspired by Karl Marx, August Bebel and Friedrich Engels. It survived the “Anti-Socialist Laws” and two world wars. It is still influencing the German and European policy. But what is left of the left in Germany and especially within the Social Democratic Party of Germany more than 150 years later. What are the modern visions and tasks of the political left in Germany and Europe? Is the biggest political opponent the political right-wing or is it our own movement who is weakening itself? The Young Socialist of the north-eastern district are discussing with you the situation of the German and European left, the role of young people in politics and why internationalism is important. The problems are global. The capital is global. Our movement has to become global as well!