Political and Social Movement

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In spite of the fact that Russia is a country of capitalism’s Jurassic Park and oligarchic capitalism, it has manifested itself as a geopolitical opposition to NATO, which raises a number of urgent and important questions and challenges to the Left: 1) NATO is world policeman. Will be Russia another world policeman? 2) New Cold War inevitable? 3) Do we need new world wide peace movement? Who can be main actors of this movement?

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The purpose of the panel is to systematize Karl Marx's most relevant ideas for the 21st century and to show how classic and modern Marxist methodology can ve used for the analysis and solvation of the major problems of the 21st century. Among them: 1) Capitalism is coming back: desocialization and rebirth of the class conflicts of the capital and labour. Marxist alternative. 2) Marx’s analysis of market and money and modern market of simulacra. 3) Deepening conflicts: 21st century and rebirth of dialectical method. 4) Marx’s theory of disalienation and problems of development of a strategy for social liberation.

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The first “Workers’ Economy” meeting in 2007 in Buenos Aires started today’s global network of enterprises "recuperated" and self-managed by their workers. Activists in cooperatives, trade unions and solidarity economies have joined this network, as well as many thinkers. Its roots are in Argentina’s 2001 crisis, when workers faced enterprises shut by distressed owners. To save jobs, many peacefully re-organized their workplaces as co-ops and resumed work under their own control. The network’s South American chapter now has over 500 worker-recuperated firms: Argentina 390, Brazil 70, Uruguay 50, and more elsewhere.
Starting in South America, the network has grown to embrace 800 enterprises in over 30 countries. In 2014 the first European “encuentro” was held in the Fralib tea factory in Marseilles, France. The second was in 2016 at the Greek co-op, Vio.Me. There are now almost 300 worker-recuperated firms in Italy, 30 in France, and more in Greece, Spain and Turkey. The network’s North American, Central American and Caribbean chapter – main host of this panel - met in Mexico City in 2014 and 2016. Mutual aid animates the workers' economy. Facing legal challenges Vio.Me called for and got network aid, as did the Hotel Bauen in Buenos Aires. New chapters are forming in Africa and Asia.
Can "the workers' economy" and allies form part of what the Left Forum calls a "winning strategy" by which workers transcend neo-liberal capital? With the help of chairing by Peter Ranis, panelists accept a 10-minute limit on this issue, including introductions. We invite all Left Forum participants to concretize our New York debates at the Workers’ Economy “encuentro” November 8-10 in Mexico City for North American, Central American & Caribbean region participants. For info: https://www.globaljusticecenter.org/

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The 2017 presidential and parliamentary elections in Chile gave the newly constituted Broad Front (Frente Amplio) the best results for the left since 1989. This panel will 1) contextualize the political and economic transformations since the end of Pinochet's dictatorship; 2) give an account of the articulation of contemporary social movements and the left in Chile and; 3) compare the resurgence of right wing governments in Latin America with the current Chilean administration.

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Join us for a discussion of the interrelated roles plated by charity, so-called welfare, and incarceration in reproducing the lives of New York City's racialized working class. Presenters will focus on the histories of these institutions, the resistances they have inspired, and the horizon for class struggle in the present paradigm of neoliberal retrenchment.

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Feminist analysis is crucial for our understanding of male, white supremacist, and imperialist 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, how the feminist movement’s relationship to the Left has evolved, and why a viable revolutionary movement needs to center feminist praxis, and fight to be inclusive of working class women from all backgrounds.

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The co-operative movement was built by people who took on the responsibility for their collective wellbeing in the face of government neglect, economic exclusion and cultural discrimination. As the modern economy increasingly denies vast sectors of the population basic amenities for decent life, this co-operative spirit is as critical as ever. However, over the years the co-op sector has become insular and poorly understood. A Silent Transformation sets out to explore the innovative self-help efforts of diverse communities across the Province of Ontario, which by addressing their needs collectively are helping to regain the radical vision of co-operation. In these communities are the seeds of economic democracy, global solidarity, and a new popular movement to transform society!

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Minutes before Donald Trump's oath of office and a few blocks away, over 230 people were mass-arrested during an anti-capitalist and anti-fascist march. A 36-hour detention was followed by two long indictments, amounting to eight felony charges. The prosecution's aim was to create a story of conspiracy, where those wearing black, carrying medic supplies, or using any form of face protection were guilty by association of any property destruction.

One group of six went to trial in November of 2017, and were acquitted. The trial itself revealed a great deal about legal and police approaches to undesirable protest. 59 more defendants will go to trial throughout this year, and still face decades in prison.

We talk with three former defendants and one supporter who has written extensively about the case and its connection to a broader history of repressive policing, legal statutes, and public discourse. We will also discuss the new era of popular #resistance, in which many are quick to condemn property destruction, barricades, and identity concealment.

The J20 case has been the canary in the coal mine of Trump's presidency: anarchists and anti-capitalists are a testing ground for the criminalization of protest and anti-state expression. There has already been an up-tick in felony charges for water protectors, radical queer activists, and Black Lives Matter protesters. We welcome conversation on this topic and ways to make links and solidarity between defendants across cases.

The J20 trials are a in-depth course in how right-wing elements flex their strength through the police and Justice Department. They have also been a test of the strength of radical movements, who have risen to face legal and personal costs amidst a two year courtroom battle. For more info, visit defendj20resistance.org.

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BUILDING AN INTERNATIONAL & INTERNATIONALIST OPPOSITION TO IMPERIALISM, THE INTERACTION BETWEEN ORGANIZING FOR SOCIALISM AND ORGANIZING AGAINST WAR. THESIS FOR DISCUSSION: What direction(s) should internationalists take in the coming period of class struggle in the US? Should we focus on building a new internationalist socialist leadership? Should we focus on overcoming the crisis of leadership in US anti-war opposition? Can these tasks be combined? If so, how? What is the relationship between this crisis and the current mass organising context(s) against the Trump regime? What are the organizing priorities? What is to be done?