Political and Social Movement

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The city of Jackson is the capitol and the progressive stronghold within the reactionary and deeply racist state of Mississippi. Join organizers and cooperative developers from Cooperation Jackson as they highlight how they are engaging in struggle for Black self-determination with aims to transform their city and broader state using tools of worker-self-management, democratic-people/community centered decision making processes, in developing a solidarity economy that will serve as an social, cultural and economic basis for achieving a liberated zone/ an eco-socialist territory within this settler-colonial project, the so-called United States.

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“No is not enough.” To save the planet from impending catastrophe, people need a positive vision of a better world and the roads leading to it. In other words, a credible picture of a possible Ecotopia and plausible account of how to get from here to there. But is “Another World” REALLY possible?

To answer that question, we “Future Historians” have decided to perform a thought experiment. Our premise: if there is even once chance in a hundred for a better world – we ought to be able at least to imagine it. So we place ourselves in the position of Future Historians living in the year 2118 on a damaged, but stabilized, planet. Our project is to look backward a century and reconstruct HOW our great-grandparents got us from THEN - today’s capitalist death-spiral - to NOW - a sustainable, egalitarian global society free of war, oppression and exploitation.

Future Historians is an international study group of scholar/activists from Moscow to California meeting bi-monthly via conference call and publishing our findings on a wiki at futurehistorians.org

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The New Sanctuary Coalition (NSC) believes that immigration issues stem from unjust global economic relationships and racism. This panel will present strategies for bringing together citizens with immigrants facing detention and deportation to change U.S. immigration practices and to provide sanctuary through innovative techniques/programs that get around I.C.E.'s increasingly harsh and inhumane tactics. NSC believes everyone deserves hope and dignity while fighting for their rights. This panel will include discussion of physical sanctuary in N.Y.C., asylum, work, defense, and bond.(Merriam-Webster defines ethnic cleansing as,”the expulsion, imprisonment, or killing of an ethnic minority by a dominant majority in order to achieve ethnic homogeneity.”)

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The future of the left depends on the success of the mass resistance to the right/far right bloc of Trump and company. Defeating the Republicans and blue dogs in 2018 and 2020 will require building a conscious, coordinated national opposition, including reformers and liberals as well as radical activists. Panelists will offer ideas and experiences from the last year and a half of anti-Trump ferment and insurgency.

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2018 marks the 200th birthday of Karl Marx, than whom, as even his ideological opponent Isaiah Berlin had to admit, “no thinker in the nineteenth century has had so direct, deliberate, and powerful an influence upon mankind.” This panel seeks to bring together intellectuals of all sorts, whether academics or activists, who are committed to exploring Marx’s legacy in this post-Marxist age, those who, once more, seek somehow to bring that legacy to bear upon the world. Specifically, the panel seeks to address what is legacy of Marx’s life as a revolutionary intellectual, that is the legacy of the political writings and activities he contributed to the socialist workers’ movement.

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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.

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This panel will lead a discussion around the mental health crisis in America. Topics will include deficiencies in mental health services regarding rural and urban populations, generational concerns, veterans' services, homelessness, wrongful incarceration of diagnosed youth, lack of funding for services, as well as qualified practitoners, and others.