Political and Social Movement

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NYC
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The purpose of the workshop is to provide instruction on how to craft publicity documents to ensure high media turnout for a political protest. The workshop will also discuss how to create a document that encourages the media to frame the message in the most desirable way. Finally, the workshop will also discuss how to properly conceptualize a political event that meets both the needs of the media as well as current and future political supporters.

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Author Terry Tapp whose book A Serf's Journal documents his involvement in what had been the longest wildcat strike in US history, hosts a conversation with the teachers and activists who broke, and continue to break, his record.

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A coalition of immigrant rights groups, unions, socialist organizations and other community groups called the Resist the Deportation Machine (RDM) is trying to shut down the Essex County ICE detention center in Newark, one of the largest and most notorious of such facilities.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operation rests on more than 200 detention centers with 40,000 beds, where the agency holds immigrant detainees in preparation for deporting them.

Without this vast network of facilities, ICE's deportation machine would stall. RDM believes that a nationwide movement of direct actions centered around closing ICE detention centers could block the infrastructure that the agency needs to carry out its abuses.

Join us as we work to build a world without borders by sharing strategies for shutting down abusive ICE Detention Centers

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Since the outbreak of the global financial crisis, we have seen the rise of authoritarian regimes, of populist parties, of growing inequality… These trends diminish social cohesion and undermine democratic governance. Our future depends on how we will address the unprecedented number of political, social, and economic challenges. It is necessary to revitalize democratic governance and preserve civil rights and fundamental liberties. Arts, Culture, Humanism play a vital role in contemporary societies, and can contribute to achieving this goal. The current panel aspires to present some visions on creative democracy: in what ways the current wave of authoritarianism can be transformed through the Arts, Culture, Health Visions and Humanism. In particular, the speakers will examine how poets use language as a way to stabilize their sense of self, reclaim language and resist homogenized meaninglessness; how to narrate from a path of unity in diversity and embrace integration; some cultural perspectives from migrants in the US, and today´s initiatives on creative attempts to promote social change and civic engagement.

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Performing artists and authors face a matrix of impediments to success: barriers to publicity and venues, theft of intellectual property, poverty despite the "day jobs" that inhibit productivity, directors’ couches and willing exploitation, and art for investment rather than insight. The Matrix Trilogy (1999-2003) planted in the public mind the reality of an invisible, overarching financial structure that frustrates the idealism of artists and other altruists in their struggle to reveal truths and improve life on Earth. The most renowned of politically engaged artists, anti-war hero John Lennon, provided insight into his dark inner world while targeted. What might he have done, had he lived? Now, anodyne creations and variations on past successes are valued over new and vital political-artistic actions. How can truth-seeking artists not only connect with a hungry public to be rewarded for their work, but also protect themselves? In this panel, targeted and marginalized artists share their experiences, strategies, workarounds, and successes.

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Roundtable participants--Rodolfo Pastor de María y Campos from the LIBRE Party, Vicki Cervantes of the Honduras Solidarity Network, Alex Main from CEPR and Adrienne Pine (American University) will discuss the ongoing crisis in Honduras, with a particular focus on the increasing, and increasingly militarized consolidation of power since the recent installation of Juan Orlando Hernández as dictator following blatant electoral fraud. Today, over 40 people who protested the 2017 fraud are dead and dozens of anti-fraud political prisoners languish, pre-trial, without healthcare, adequate food or access to family members in new, post-coup U.S.-style maximum security prisons that have enriched foreign corporations with no accountability or transparency. International extractive and tourist corporations, in collusion with powerful drug lords, oligarchs and politicians (often the same people) harass and murder activists and journalists with complete impunity. While the 2017 electoral fraud was roundly and internationally condemned, it came as no surprise to Hondurans that the U.S. State Department supported its outcome, just as the Clinton State Department supported the 2009 coup that laid the path for the nation's downward spiral into neoliberal fascism. Similarly unsurprising are the crickets coming from mainstream media regarding U.S.-supported violence in Honduras, compared with depictions of state violence in, for example, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Despite this bleak panorama, Hondurans continue to bravely resist. This panel will provide examples of that resistance on multiple levels, and will discuss strategies for effective solidarity.

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An offshoot of the original Socialist Party of Eugene Debs and Norman Thomas, SD USA has been revived by the Bernie Sanders phenomenon. It is determined to bring fresh insights about the original meaning of "Social Democracy" into its work in the 21st century.

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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 of three writer-speakers will present the lives, writings and legacy of three authors whose art became explicitly enmeshed within their revolutionary activism: John Reed, Langston Hughes and Sonia Sanchez.

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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.