War/Anti-War

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NYC
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Science for the People is a reinvigoration of the original organization, which arose out of the 1969 anti-war movement and lasted until 1989. We stand in the tradition of the original organization and have a radical analysis and non-hierarchical governing structure. Our members tackle the militarization of scientific research, the corporate control of research agendas, the political implications of sociobiology and other scientific theories, the environmental consequences of energy policy, inequalities in health care, and many other issues. We oppose racism, sexism, and classism in science and above all seek to mobilize people working in scientific fields to become active in agitating for science, technology, and medicine that would serve social needs rather than military and corporate interests.

We understand that there is a “dual nature” to science- what Richard Levins noted as scientism and antiscience. Science can be utilized to further corporate agendas and exercise private gain in the interest of profit, or it can be utilized in the name of the interests of the vast majority, in the name of the people. Regardless of which way science is used, we must make it clear that science is not neutral- the methodology and outcome of scientific inquiry is impacted by the interests and funding behind any given scientific project. This panel will attempt to draw out the dual nature of science, grappling with science as it is used to promote militarism, deny women the right to reproductive justice, and most recently as the underpinnings for renewed arguments about “biological determinism” that hearken back to debates throughout the 20th century about eugenics.

We will argue that scientists can and should be organizing politically. Science is not an abstraction removed from society. Science is produced by our labor. But the conditions of this production and the use of science are controlled by the wealthy and powerful. We must fight for a science that serves all people, organizing wherever science is produced or applied alongside all those fighting for justice.

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Perhaps the most long-standing and intractable crisis in the world, Israel/Palestine, has now reached beyond catastrophic proportions. The panel will focus on the various ways the issue affects and infects American politics. We will discuss the origins of the present situation and the influence of Washington lobbies, and offer ideas and strategies for ways toward a just solution.

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An all-Palestinian panel of activists, academics and artists speaking on their personal experiences of displacement and mapping out the path of return to Palestine.

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Dave and Dick have done nonviolent civil disobedience dozens of times over decades, and Julio is active in New York with the Poor Peoples Campaign and About Face Veterans, formerly IVAW. Julio will address the NV of MLK. Other topics include moral jujitsu, principled versus strategic nonviolent resistance, various degrees of diversity of tactics, and ploughshares actions. Dave will present an approach to climate change resistance that has been quite suppressed by national climate change leadership. Opponents of nonviolent resistance are also welcome to participate in our dialog.

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NYC
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Six women directors take their lens up close to women making news in countries riven with conflict and dictatorial regimes, and asks the question when journalists are constantly under threat, what drives these women to do their jobs? Executive Produce Napur Basu worked with women directors from four countries - Illang Quijano(Philippines), Deepika Sharma (India) Pochi Tamba Nsoh (Cameroon) and Eva Brownstein (USA/Bangladesh) who produced films in five countries - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, India, Philippines.

As research in action, we wish to use this film as a starting point to open up discussion around the people and the media. The questions of wherein lies our responsibility to the audience/readers and to listen to the people on this question.

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In 1979, the Iranian Revolution overturned a key pro-US power in the Middle East. Since then Washington has sought to overthrow the Iranian government, as it did before in 1953. The US has used crippling economic sanctions, internal subversion, and threats of war. Little known about the Islamic Republic of Iran are the progressive changes made in the country, such as programs to eliminate poverty, improving the rights of women. Dan Kovalik will discuss his new book now coming out on Iran. Sara Flounders will discuss the movement to stop a US war on Iran. Ben Norton will review the genocidal US-Saudi war on Yemen.

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It is now popular to speak about intersectional analyses of oppression and collaboration among social justice organizations. However, how many organizations or movements really walk the walk across ideological lines? We will walk across the timelines of movements and develop correlations between the past (Selma, Freedom Riders, and Palestine movements in the 40s – 80’s), the present, and the future. We will attempt to facilitate conversations that integrate the intersections of Liberation in Palestine, Black Justice and Liberation, Migrant and Immigration rights, Water and Land Liberation (such as Flint, Palestine and Fighting against the Dakota Pipelines), Islamophobia, political prisoners, and the ascendency of Trump’s regime. The interconnecting thread of these varied movements is the push for justice. It is hoped that by turning a critical lens to the intersections of varied movements for justice, specific and concrete steps towards an integrated plan that is realistic and implementable will be developed that will move those who are marginalized towards freedom. In short, do our lives really matter?

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In the decades long tradition of award-winning investigative journalism by writers for CovertAction Quarterly, this panel will address the secretive and nefarious activities of the U.S. government in their efforts to destabilize democratic processes, both past and present. It is now ever more critical to expose such ongoing efforts: efforts that further U.S. geopolitical regional and global control while creating favorable investment climates for U.S. multinational corporations. While their goals are invariably masked in the name of “democracy and freedom,” their efforts invariably strive to exploit cheap labor and natural resources. Topics will include: American exceptionalism, ending torture, closing Guantanamo, opposing the appointment of Haspel as CIA Director given her roles in black sites and her destruction of the CIA torture videotapes, ongoing scrutiny of the National Endowment for Democracy's (NED) programs globally, ...and much more.

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Late night comedians may try to laugh him off, but Trumpism has created a dangerous instability in our political system and across the international political order. So in terms of a "left" strategy, what is the "Trump phenomena"? Is it a "nouveau" assertion of "American Exceptionalism"; a rehash of "Manifest Destiny"; or part of the new wave of authoritarianism threatening the legitimacy of democratic rule across Europe, North Africa and Asia? And how should the left respond to a crisis of democratic legitimacy that is, in part, of its own making? By way of self criticism, how should the unexpected advent of Trumpism inform the strategy of the left both here in the United States and around the world? Join us for our wide ranging discussion of this perplexing topic.

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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.