Immigration

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The productive classes seem to have been entangled in a web of circular, self-defeating and fragmenting ethical problems. Aggressive wars justified on the pretense of self-defense, allowing Infanticide under the guise of reproductive rights, opening borders under humanitarian excuses in order to facilitate the modern slave trade, providing hospitality to asylum seekers while doing the favor of those interests which brutalized and displaced them from their very native lands, outsourcing jobs and replacing them with indebtedness, trading technological advancement for reduced and precarious employment, rising homelessness next to vacant pied-a-terre apartments, expanding the right to vote only to see the will of the people overturned by administrative coup d'etats perpetrated by unelected bureaucrats... the list goes on and on. Adding the growing crisis of mental health, affordability of health-care, growing unemployment, precarious labor, increasing rents, increased violent gang activity, mass shootings, random street crime there is a growing anxiety and uncertainty and a creeping feeling of gradual but constant dehumanization all across the globe. This panel, now in its 8th year, tries to engage in robust diagnostics of the root causes of these ethical problems and tries to engage the audience in a synthetic dialectic that could build a consensus on the common moral principles that should underlie the structure and evolution of our societies.
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From white nationalists to male tribalists, and from Christian theocrats to Patriot movement activists, the U.S. far right has made dangerous gains in recent years. These “insurgent supremacists” bolster established systems of oppression but also challenge the existing political order in real ways. Antifascist researcher Matthew N. Lyons will outline the major far right currents, their ideologies and goals, their interconnections and tensions with the Trump administration, and some key lessons for antifascist work.
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Escalating fascist and racist violence grows out of the bipartisan capitalist offensive against immigrants: not only Trump’s border wall with Mexico and anti-Muslim ban, but Obama’s record deportations and Democrats’ policy of border militarization. Key to fighting anti-immigrant hysteria is mobilizing the power of the multiethnic working class. The Internationalist Group calls for workers action to stop deportations and crush the fascists. In the Pacific Northwest, Class Struggle Workers – Portland sparked union motions to mobilize against racist/fascist provocations, and initiated Portland Labor Against the Fascists that brought out some 300 unionists and supporters in 2017. It calls to form workers defense guards to defeat the fascist threat. In the 2016 elections Painters Local 10 called to break with all bosses’ parties, and for a class-struggle workers party. In Los Angeles, transit workers have marched with Teamsters defending Salvadoran immigrants. In New York, Trabajadores Internacionales Clasistas has joined in unionizing immigrant workers, demanding full citizenship rights for all immigrants.
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Driving Divestment: Strategies, Challenges, and Successes This panel will explore the strategy of divestment as an effective method for social and political change. It will present case studies of using divestment as a tool to pressure corporations to stop being complicit in the destruction of communities from here across America, to the US/Mexico border, to the Middle East. Proposed speakers (tentative): CODEPINK, Sarah Manasrah -Divest from the War Machine campaign targeting the top 5 weapons manufacturers. Freedom to Thrive, TBD -Prison industry divestment campaign Show Up America, Jan Weinberg -Corporate divestment from the shareholder perspective Make the Road NY, Mateo Guerrero-Tabare -Successful #BackersofHate immigration detention and private prisons campaign
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NYC
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Poetry of Refuge, Flight and Immigration As capital and imperialism generate cruelty, climate change and need, more people are leaving their homes than for generations past. Poetry reflect their struggles, travails, feelings and thoughts. This session, organized for the Radical Poet's Collective, will highlight such poetry. It will primarily be based around relevant poems that members of the audience bring and read in the RPC's random-choice open mike approach. The 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. Organizers: José Rosa and Sam Friedman
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Bring your poems of peace, social justice and resistance to our annual Left Forum open mic! The Radical Poets Collective is a group of poets who are also activists and dissidents across a range of movements for social change, from immigration to Israel-Palestine, Syria, climate change, Marxism, the Black Lives movement and more. Poetry, as an expression of the radical imagination, challenges society, empowers us in speaking truth to power, and inspires us to action, bringing hope to those who are hopeless and self-empowerment to those who have felt helpless. Come to learn more about us and what we do, and then read your poems along with us as we read ours.
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A farmworker leader from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will share the history of the organization, conditions faced by farmworkers in the U.S. agricultural industry — including abuses such as sexual harassment and forced labor — and the transformative changes now in effect in the U.S. tomato industry as a result of the award-winning Fair Food Program in setting new farm labor standards, implementing fair wages, and eliminating abuses through its groundbreaking model of Worker Driven Social Responsibility. The workshop will also focus on the models through which the CIW has built power-- from the early days of general strikes and labor stoppages in the tomato fields of Southwest Florida, to the Campaign for Fair Food with successful boycotts of powerful multinational corporations, and then to the implementation of new worker directed standards in the agricultural industry. The workshop will be facilitated in both Spanish and English. There will be a question and answer session in which attendees can engage with farmworker leaders on their experiences as farmworkers, the movement for Fair Food and how they can be involved in the movement for farmworker justice.
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NYC
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Throughout recorded history, sex workers have not only existed, but have fought for their rights - the right to pursue their livelihood without harassment, the right not to be stigmatized, and the right to be taken seriously as agents of progressive change. From the Paris Commune of 1871 - when anarchist Louise Michel organized armed brigades of sex workers to fight alongside their fellow Communards against the invading Prussian army - until today, organized sex workers have not avoided militancy. Speakers will address the ripe opportunites that have emerged recently to enact decriminalization and organization of sex work both in New York and elsewhere.
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It has recently been observed that by 2040, 70 percent of Americans will live in 15 states and thus 30 percent of Americans will choose 70 senators. That 30 percent will be older, whiter, more male and more rural. We currently live in a situation where in recent US Senate elections, 15 million more voters cast ballots for Democrats, and yet the Republicans control the Senate, White House, and the power to place justices on the Supreme Court and fill the federal courts. The panel will discuss the ways in which the conservatives have maintained power despite their minority status. We will discuss how voting power is apportioned in the Senate, and how the right has been able to better maintain message discipline and focus on a few key issues to keep their base active and engaged, and whether there is any lessons progressives can learn from them. Reviewing the immigration policies also lays bare the fact that since it is a function of the executive branch, there has been little difference in many of the deportation policies of Obama and Trump. However, the latest moves by the Trump administration have the most impact in California, which has the highest number of undocumented residents, including dreamers. A review of immigration laws demonstrates that laws passed in the Clinton administration expanded the policies for deportation, including the purported crimes for which legal immigrants could be deported. The current group of Democrats in Washington show little desire to engage in political action with respect to immigration which is regarded of little value to the large swath of independent voters whose support Democrats need to increase their representation in Congress. As a result, the Democrats become complicit in minority rule policies. Thus the question arises as to how Californians, or other states, can assert their majority political rule in light of a dysfunctional federal electoral system. The federal system seems doomed to fail as the minority rule increases its grip over the majority, and one of the solutions may be for the citizens of California to reject the politics of both parties, and seek a way forward in ways that will seek to embrace and represent all of its residents, citizen and noncitizen alike, by refusing to accept minority rule and beginning to forge a path forward to its own independence.
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Immigration enforcement in the US has been ramped up to unprecedented levels under the ideologically nativist Trump administration. The harms experienced by immigrant communities under the policies of the Trump administration and those of his predecessors remain an under-researched aspect of the critical criminology of migration. The speakers included on this thematic panel are working collectively to build an academic literature around these harms and the systems & structures that motivate their continued - and expanding - imposition.