War/Anti-War

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NYC
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We will discuss the current state of US militarization, the problems this poses, the causes of it, and what we can all do about it.

The US has become the “Worlds’ Policeman” and spends as much on its military as the next 8 countries combined. With more than 700 military bases around the world, in almost every country, and with a nuclear arsenal on hair-trigger alert ready to incinerate the world in minutes, accidently or intentionally, no wonder the policy is officially called “MAD”, Mutual Assured Destruction.

The good news: as more and more people learn about these issues, they are demanding change and sane policies.

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What does the term “liberal” mean today? How and why has the term’s meaning changed over the last few decades? Liberals used to stand against war and for freedom of speech, yet today the loudest voices demanding censorship and “humanitarian bombings” are coming from so-called liberals.

Liberals took to the streets by the hundreds of thousands to protest Bush's neocon wars and the rollout of the surveillance state, yet they were nowhere to be found when Obama intensified those wars and expanded the surveillance apparatus. Now, in an appalling reversal, liberals have joined with the political establishment, the neocons, and the military-industrial complex in cheering on the CIA and FBI - sworn enemies of liberalism - in a misguided show of "resistance."

Classical liberals have always resisted corporate and governmental intrusion into our lives, but today people claiming to be liberals applaud when corporate monoliths like Google and Facebook team up with the NSA and CIA to police language, silence dissent, and censor inappropriate ideas - all in the name of protecting us from "hate speech" and "fake news". The anti-speech Left - the so-called “social justice warriors” - have slapped a liberal face on fascism. True liberals no longer recognize the ideology promulgated in their name, an ideology which has devolved into little more than a punch line, the province of a regrettable collection of dupes and useful idiots. This panel discusses how we can set about reclaiming the vocabulary of liberalism from those who are destroying and discrediting it.

(This panel should be considered an Unsafe Space. If you are easily triggered by frank and factual discussion, this panel may not be for you.)

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The Divest from the War Machine campaign is working to divest ourselves and our communities from weapons and war. There should be no profit in war and violence. The campaign combines organizing around cities & towns, universities & colleges, demanding Congressional representatives commit to stop taking money from weapons manufacturers, and corporate campaigns against huge investment firms that are making a killing on killing. Please join us to discuss the mechanisms of the campaign and how to start your own campaign, as well as other actions to rid our communities of ties to war. www.divestfromwarmachine.org

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This workshop will start with the history and origins of the US Empire from the second world war, until present. It will study all aspects of the world capitalist empire: economics, military, etc. and the ways to resist it.

Also it will discuss the features and characteristics of the contemporary state of the empire by examining the world system of capitalism that imposes its hegemony by waging overt and covert wars in the five continents. Review the history and function and damages that the US Imperialism has caused around the world.

Alternative models to counter capitalism will be discussed: Socialism, Libertarian Socialism, Anarchism, etc.
The study will also predict the future of the empire and its decline.

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Change happens from the bottom up. But what do you know about bottom-up? What are its characteristics, and those of it's opposite, top-down. Many people talk about how change happens from the bottom up. But not much is said beyond that. This Panel will go into depth on what bottom-up is, how it is different from top-down, and why we are going through a bottom-up revolution that offers opportunities to make change happen that were not available before.

Bottom-up is egalitarian, cooperative, interdependent, local, systemic, culture is tolerant, transparent, inclusive, empathic, as compared to top-down culture which is narrow-minded, rigid, authoritarian, narcissism encouraging, hierarchical, and centralized, with inequality, domination and secrecy. Top down challenges and bottom-up solutions and improvements will be discussed, with solutions.

Election reform, optimization and integrity issues and solutions will be explored. How top-down media and powerful influencers use framing, wording and mind games to hold back change and discourage activism.

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How do peace activists stay in the fight? The antiwar movement today is demoralized and directionless, and the entire planet seems to be sleepwalking towards disaster. Our panelists include writers, journalists and organizers who have kept their spirits up in the face of apathy, derision and misunderstanding. What have they learned about the human and psychological side of our world’s addiction to war? How can activists dig deeper into the heart of the most brutal problem our planet has ever known? What will we find there? This panel aims to stir up new ideas and new avenues for hope, cooperation and agitation for change.

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The essential feature of CAPITALISM is macro-usury – the misuse of the money system. The U.S. monetary system is the mysteriously-public-private Federal Reserve, but what is not taught in our schools and media is the fact that our money is created by private commercial banks, not by our government. Paper currency and coin account for only about 3 percent of the U.S. money in circulation; the other 97 percent is created by private banks when they make loans to individuals, businesses, and governments. Banks create money simply by entering the loan amount into the borrower’s account. In effect, they create money out of thin air, then charge interest to the borrower. That interest is their profit – in other words they don’t have to work for their pay but, like parasites, they feed off all the rest of us working people. This is capitalism’s most essential feature and completely missing from the study and definition of capitalism.

Come hear from a group of monetary reformers who reside here in New York City. The panel will explain how the system works and how it creates wealth inequality, debt, poverty, ecological destruction, and corruption of our democracy by Big Money. This knowledge will strengthen the Left as a force for change.

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This panel will examine the relationship between state sanctioned oppression and violence practiced domestically and U.S. government imperialism carried out abroad.

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The panel will address how "Russiagate" is used to make the case for war and silence voices of left opposition. The Black left are particularly vulnerable as internet censorship has reduced access to an important means of communication. Panelists will present concrete actions needed to fight against these threats.

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NYC
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Radical Poets Collective is a group of poets who are also activists and dissidents across a diverse range of disciplines and issues, from immigration to Israel-Palestine, Syria, climate change, Marxism, the Black Lives movement and more. We will read our poems and also invite audience members to read their own poems, and engage in critical discussion of the works and their social contexts.