Political and Social Movement

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THE RED-BROWN ALLIANCE, FAKE NEWS AND GENOCIDE DENIAL, MORAL AND POLITICAL COMPROMISES ON THE LEFT: "Anti imperialism" without any class content and without true internationalism (international working class solidarity) is the political basis for the red brown alliance, the political compromise of sections of the US left with reactionary, fascist forces.

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THE HISTORICAL AND THEORETICAL ISSUES: Two arguments are offered by leftists against support for the Syrian revolution: 1) that revolutionaries should only focus on their own imperialist masters; and 2) that the Assad regime, and other regimes (Venezuela, Iran... ) are "anti-imperialist". Are these arguments consistent with the tradition of revolutionary struggle against imperialism, and what are the implications of these arguments for efforts to build international working class solidarity in the US?"? What implications do different answers to these questions on the self-identified "Left" domestically and internationally, have for the standing of socialism in the world today?

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Labor insurgencies in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and beyond gave us a glimpse at what workers can achieve when organized and united in solidarity.

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What do a fake pimp and prostitute have to do with ACORN, America’s largest anti-poverty organization? A power player in the 2008 election of President Barack Obama, community organizing group ACORN was targeted by conservatives, who accused them of committing voter fraud. ACORN critics found allies in amateur journalists James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles whose undercover hidden camera investigations smeared ACORN, and helped launch a new entity called Breitbart Media. ACORN and the Firestorm is a thrilling recount of recent political history by award winning directors, Reuben Atlas (Brothers Hypnotic) and Sam Pollard (Two Trains Runnin’), ACORN became a major player in the 2008 presidential election that resulted in Barack Obama’s victory. Big businesses, Republicans and right-wing activists attacked the group, firing accusations of voter fraud and government waste at the left-
leaning organization. Right-wing opposition found unexpected allies in a pair of amateur journalists who posed as a pimp and prostitute hoping to expose ACORN via hidden-camera. The ensuing political drama spawned the now-omnipresent Breitbart Media, and served as a prescient foreshadowing of today’s political climate. In an age where fake news and truthiness obscure reality, ACORN and the Firestorm tells a deep, true, moving story about what lies beneath a divided America.

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In this panel and participatory discussion we will explore how Cooperation Jackson in Jackson, Mississippi, and Barcelona en Comu in Barcelona, Spain, have brought social movements directly into elected office to expand the potential of democracy to be truly accountable to the needs of the people - and where we can go from here in our towns and cities. We will take a deeper look at how solidarity economies and worker cooperatives build strength and long term equity in communities of color, highlighted by the Jackson experience, how the battle against inequality and for housing is embedded in local struggles inside and outside the ballot box, as shown in Barcelona, explore how the paradigm shift in municipalism's commitment to feminizing politics underpins the radical nature of the municipalist hypothesis for change, and where we will go next in building a vibrant network of local movements.

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This discussion is about the socio-political components contained in the organizational efforts of jazz musicians: Community involvement, independently run artist spaces, self produced record labels, self produced festivals and concert performances will be the focus.

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The exploitation and austerity imposed by capitalism has triggered protests and movements from Egypt, Greece, and France to Ferguson, Baltimore and now West Virginia in the U.S. But these struggles met their limits and dissipated or were channeled back into the system. Nowhere has the working class provided an independent, let alone revolutionary, perspective to current struggles. Many of those seeking revolutionary change have turned away from the working class as the revolutionary model of the 21st century, claiming that the proletariat, its workers’ councils, the revolutionary party, and the socialist program have are no longer necessary, and that we need a new political approach.

We disagree with this perspective. The potential and necessity of the working class to once again provide a leadership to struggles that challenge the status quo is just as true today as it ever was. But it is important to carry out regular revolutionary activity in the working class and not to simply wait around for periods of mass upheaval. Come to a presentation and discussion of our perspectives and efforts in both France and the U.S. for building a revolutionary organization in the working class today, and hear about our concrete experience organizing and participating in the recent railroad workers’ strikes and the student movement against austerity in France.

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The key to seeking truth is respect for evidence. We address the media's collusion in the theft of the 2016 Democratic nomination from Bernie Sanders, and how this connects to questioning media's coverage of current events Parkland, Vegas, Charlottesville and historic events like 9/11, used to bring the country into dozens of wars. In addition, just just to make sure we will have a lively discussion, we present evidence that AA77 did hit the Pentagon.

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Progressives are sometimes fooled by governmental programs that offer to solve social problems, including the provision of affordable housing. Historically, FDR's New Deal and LBJ's Great Society did hand out billions of dollars and, for a time some people benefited, but some claim the money would have been better spent if it were just given away in grants to those deserving low income housing. The panel identifies an innovative use of community land trusts to permanently provide affordable housing, by leveraging mixed income and commercial rental of CLT-owned land to sustain availability of the majority of units for tenants at 60% of AMI.