International

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Our current Economic System seems to be producing two simultaneously existing contradictory trajectories. One is a trajectory of fast technological progress and material wealth creation and affluence. The other is a trajectory of Economic poverty, and the Social Ills that come along with it. The right wing exalts the productive achievements while the left wing abhors the social problems that seem to be a sine-qua non corollary of human progress. Both the right and the left seem to agree that our current system is "Capitalism". This panels disagrees with this nomenclature and blames it for a false consciousness both on the right and the left which fails to identify the true culprit of economic exploitation malaise and unequal wealth distribution. Instead the term "RENTALISM" will be introduced and explained as a more accurate, honest description of our Economic System and along with it we will motivate synthetic robust and lasting solutions which define succinctly the boundaries between Common Property and Private property and how to reconcile both of them in a cooperative way which maximizes both individual productive potential and social progress.
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We are now in the midst of an epoch of death and mass extinction. Conventional approaches are failing. Social and ecological regeneration must be rooted in communities of liberation and solidarity. The new book, Between Earth and Empire: From the Necrocene to the Beloved Community, by celebrated philosopher and educator John P. Clark explores significant recent progress in this direction, including indigenous movements of the Zapatistas in Chiapas, Democratic Autonomy Movement in Rojava, in West Papua, and many more. Longtime human rights activist, educator, organizer Matt Meyer joins this conversation with his own work on international and intersectional organizing. This is a call to arms for the rebirth of a libertarian and communitarian social imaginary, and the flourishing of a free cooperative community globally. Join us!
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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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The Green New Deal proposal has reframed social issues as ecological issues, and ecological issues as political issues. This panel explores the Green New Deal as a political battlefield, a space within which different ideas, proposals, and possibilities for managing the future come into play. We explore the role of agriculture, the global south, resource extraction, and paths to a sustainable and just future in light of the reshaping of the political battlefield through the Green New Deal proposals.
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A panel-led discussion on the Venezuelan Left Opposition’s perspectives on the grave political and economic crisis facing the country. Venezuela has undergone a catastrophic economic recession over the past 6 years accompanied and exacerbated by sanctions aimed at crippling the regime’s ability to carry out international trade and access credit. This crisis seemed to peak in 2019, with the self-proclamation and Western recognition of Juan Guaido as interim president. However, as the Venezuelan Left Opposition reminds us, our activism against imperialist intervention need not include defense, justification or faith in the Maduro government. To them, Maduro represents a coalition of military, bureaucratic, entrepreneurial and corporate interests legitimized by the social advances of the Chavez years, that has imposed austerity measures and issued an onslaught against workers, peasants and indigenous peoples under the cover of hyper-inflation and the crisis cast as an “economic war”. Our panel seeks to flesh out, the nature and sources of the crisis in Venezuela through discussion of the programs and critiques issued by diverse bodies in an uncoalesced Left Opposition (Partido Socialismo y Libertad, Marea Socialista, Observatorio Venezolano de Ecología Política, Centro de Investigación y Formación Obrera, El Libertario, among others). We want to elucidate how the Venezuelan tragedy is experienced and perceived across the working class of the country, and how different unions and coalitions are carrying out attempts to break the Government-Opposition binary to allow for the emergence of independent Socialist politics. The purpose of the panel is to bring to the US Left the appeals of our comrades in Venezuela, and inspire a discussion about our pending tasks here in the US to stand in solidarity with the Venezuelan people. We believe that a simple defense of the legitimacy of the Maduro government is not only insufficient, but counter-productive to the project of the self-emancipation of the Venezuelan working class
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When the yellow vests movement began in November 2018 following the Macron government’s decision to raise the tax on diesel, it was characterized by many, including those on the far left, as being a movement of the extreme right - anti-immigrant and anti-ecological. It was a movement that existed outside the major urban centers. It was also outside the unions and political parties that would usually be associated with any significant mobilization. But far from being a minority movement, it is made up of a significant portion of the French population: the poorer sections of the working class, retirees and women. The movement gained widespread support as it demonstrated on the exclusive Champs de Elysees in Paris and battled the police for the right to put forward its grievances. It was made up of hundreds of local “headquarters” with people meeting on the “roundabouts.” Recently General Assemblies, grouping members or representatives into broader regional bodies have been formed to discuss the direction of their movement. This panel will discuss the political developments within this movement and how the extreme left can engage this new movement that has the possibility to challenge the mechanisms of power.
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In recent years the fascist movement in India has been growing. Led by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), their electoral wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and sponsored by the big corporate houses in India, this fascist movement has sponsored and carried out viscous attacks on Muslims, Dalits (the so-called "untouchables"), women, Adivasis (indigenous people), religious minorities, and national minorities. All this has been coupled with extractive neoliberal policies aimed at maximizing corporate profits while undercutting the most basic and meager social welfare programs that still exist in India. Recently, a series of poets, human rights lawyers, professors, and civil liberties activists have been arrested on trumped-up charges and accused of terrorism. This is all part of the government's plan to forcible evict 800 million people from their land and move them from the countryside to the city by 2050. When coupled with draconian laws like the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (which give the state legal cover for arresting and killing activists with impunity), it clear that the people of India face a very dire situation. This panel will examine the growing fascist movement in India, speak on the dire situations that people face, and highlight the courageous resistance being waged across the country. We will also examine the role of US imperialism in supporting and sponsoring the fascist movement in India and the associated neoliberal extractive policies.
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NYC
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Blocking U.S. imperialism’s regime change agenda focused on Venezuela and Iran should be a priority for the left. Our panel will discuss both the historical context for this threat and the critical relevancy to the global anti-imperialist/climate and energy justice movements. The debate in the left regarding Maduro and the course of the Bolivarian Revolution is secondary, on one side is Trump/Pompeo/Bolton/Elliot Abrams (the war criminal from the Reagan era) and their appointed "president" Guaido, on the other side is the right of self-determination of Venezuela free of criminal imperial aggression/economic warfare/sanctions and the continuing threat of armed intervention. We should note U.S. involvement in the 2002 failed coup. Considering Iran, the sordid history of U.S. intervention goes back to the 1953 CIA-instigated coup removing Mossadegh. Now Iran is once again a target of regime change, with the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear agreement and imposing new sanctions raising the danger of a reprise of the catastrophic Iraq war. Militarized fossil capital wants control of the world’s biggest oil reserve found in Venezuela’s Orinoco deposit and likewise the fourth largest reserve in Iran. Extracting this oil will drive us to catastrophic climate change (C3). Only by blocking the imperial agenda will the ecosocialist-inspired Bolivarian Revolution have the chance to use a small fraction of its conventional oil reserve as an energy supply for solarization of Latin America, as well as a revenue source for its social transformation, thereby creating a model for a cooperative global regime for preventing C3.
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From Eco villages and community land trusts to worm farms and worker co-ops, people all over LA, the country, and the world are coming together to reimagine economy from the ground up - from the dominant extractive, exploitative system currently in place to a regenerative system that values people and the planet. We are hoping to explore connections and make visible local initiatives. We invite you to bring your own passions, questions, talents and resources to explore ways we can come together to co-create the beautiful world we know is possible.
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In light of the fate of the Syrian Revolution, which has been crushed by the genocide carried out by Bashar al-Assad together with his Russian, Iranian, and Lebanese allies, there has debate in the global left about the meanings of imperialism and anti-imperialism, and the political implications these carry. Many authoritarians claiming leftism cross-over with the white-supremacist right's open support for the Assad Regime by denying its crimes and overlooking the imperialist role played by Russia and Iran in Syria, focusing exclusively on the U.S.'s supposed opposition to Assad's rule. This tendency is a worrisome development, suggestive as it is of a red-brown alliance (or axis) that is not consistently anti-imperialist but rather, only opposed to U.S. Imperialism. It also fails analytically to see how the U.S. has increasingly accommodated Assad's counter-revolution. In contrast to such approaches, participants on this panel will present anti-authoritarian class analyses of militarism and imperialism. Panelists will discuss the red-brown alliance (or axis) as recalling the “Holy Alliance” and fascism; the concept and reality of imperialism in the Middle East; the current wave of popular protests in Iran; left and right interpretations of geopolitics and political geography both historically and today; the lessons of the Bosnian genocide; and the tragedy of the Syrian Revolution.