Media

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Our vision of Freedom Dreaming: A Call to Imagine envisions a world without racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, classism, etc. We recognize the impact that these multiple and intersecting structures of oppression can negatively have on individuals lives. We believe in elevating the voices of those from marginalized communities who experience oppression in order to call attention these inequalities. Inspired by Robin Kelley's "Freedom Dreams" we have created a platform, teaching materials, and structured workshops aimed at producing a communal vision for freedom through the radical imaginary. We aim to build empowerment through fostering safe spaces online, and networking like-minded marginalized folks together. If given the opportunity, Left Forum is an incredible platform to extend our reach in extending our mission and inspiring youth to express their thoughts without the fear of being silenced. Furthermore, we hope to inspire individuals to take action against these injustices by recognizing them to move towards a more just and free society. As the dreams of freedom continue this digital campaign builds on the community program that came before. Visitors to the workshop are encouraged to create, reflect, and engage with fellow dreamers in a supportive and creative environment both physically and digitally. This workshop will engage with the concept of Freedom Dreaming from multiple angles, including visual art, sound, and personal reflection to demonstrate the numerous ways in which one can Freedom Dream and what that might look like in a classroom setting and beyond. Our goal is for all participants to leave with at least one personal and communal Freedom Dream as well as connections, resources, and action steps to move their dreams forward.

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Writers from several left publishers will be reading selections works intended to present a glimpse into what is emerging under the heading "acid communism."

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NYC
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Planetary-scale technology companies have erected powerful new platforms that mediate everyday life. Increasingly this platform is the organizational model administering what once was known as “politics”. What are the implications for political and cultural institutions, their critique, and political aesthetics?

Writer, theorist, and critic Mike Pepi will discuss the rise of platform capitalism and the fall of the Silicon Valley project, and the future of “institutional critique” after the weaponization of digital technology.

New York based artist Joshua Citarella will present his ethnographic research on Left wing memetic subcultures that emerged in the wake of the 2016 election; Politigram & the Post-left (2018). These communities offer insight into how politically engaged young people are organizing online in ways that evade the Data-eye of mainstream platforms.

Will Luckman will discuss his work as co-founder of the NYC DSA: Tech Action Working Group. Developing a socialist perspective on technology and illuminating questions of how Big Tech influences economic policy, education, housing and criminal justice. Luckman is the managing editor at powerHouse Books, an art book publisher in NYC.

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Despite moments of strong and broad solidarity since the 2008 crisis -- including the Occupy movement and the 2016 Sanders campaign that demonstrate wide-spread public support for leftist goals -- the Left has been increasingly portrayed in popular podcasts as a hypocritical, remote, humorless, arrogant mire of divisions. Generation Z, distrustful both of mainstream media propaganda and of political correctness and the call-out culture, looks to the Intellectual Dark Web for unfiltered political discussion, where the Left is scarcely represented and where the extreme right has full play along with distractive conspiracy theories. How should the Left educate the public in its goals and ideas, appeal to the college-age generation in the face of the seductions of IDW anti-Left web media, and organize that broad public into a strong, lasting and successful movement?

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Censorship of writers is one of the hallmarks of a totalitarian regime. In the United States, we're seeing unprecedented attacks against journalists by this presidency. Writing in all its forms (nonfiction, fiction and poetry) are more important than ever. How can we continue to write during this time of crisis? Five writers, ranging from novelists to professionals in health and education, offer a variety of tools to resist and persevere, using words to clarify, heal, and amplify our voices and bring people together in solidarity for progressive change. This workshop will be dynamic with group exercises and resources that will give the audience a way forward in writing what matters to them and to our global community that is at risk.

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LA
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We are often too familiar with the victims of nationally recognized police homicide cases, but what do we know of those they left behind: their families? What do we really know about the impact police violence has on our communities? Forced Trajectory Project (FTP) sought to answer these questions in 2009 by documenting and interviewing family members of police homicide victims. 8 years later, this inquiry has developed into a nationwide, long term, multimedia documentary project, providing a unique portal into the lives and narratives of those directly impacted by police homicide, individuals who suffer the agony of a devastating life event yet find strength and hope by building with community and through commemorating their loved ones.

FTP serves as a sister organization to Families United 4 Justice, a growing nationwide coalition of families impacted by police violence, organizing for self-determination, collective healing and justice, and political power. FTP works in concert with those on the frontline of the anti-police brutality movement by hosting their stories, providing crucial media analysis on how the construction of mainstream police brutality narratives perpetuates the problem, and through offering media training so that families and organizers can return to their communities equipped with media weaponry to preserve the truth.

In this session you will meet the FTP media team who will introduce the project and explore how citizen journalism and grassroots public relations can foster change through empowering those on the frontline and engage local communities, ultimately serving as a catalyst for social revolution.

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What is the relationship between spirituality and activism? What is the role of faith in politics? From abolition and the civil rights movement to anti-war activism and the Poor People’s Campaign, people of faith and their institutions have been at the forefront of social change. Concern for the earth and the welfare of humanity is at the heart of an aware and mature spirituality. Even Christians are discovering God’s cry for justice in the Bible. This panel will discuss the legal, ideological, ethical, and practical implications of spiritual and religious activism.

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LA
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Media is one of the most powerful tools in society. As community organizers embark on their tasks to change society for the greater good, media should be a key component to the process. If no one knows what you are doing, no effective change can be made. It is important to form, control and use media platforms to raise awareness and empower community members. These media platforms should be non-bias and tell the whole story. The panel members will demonstrate how they have created and used powerful media tools in their work.

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LA
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A publisher, editor, technology developer, publicity manager, and author will conduct a discussion of how to carry forward, in the context of contemporary media, the emancipative tradition of avant-garde literary book publishing.

The stability of the commodity form of the printed book over the past four hundred years has been radically undermined by cybernetic interventions that have created alternative ways of extracting profit from imaginative literate communication. These new cybernetic techniques reconfigure the practices of ѓ??literacyѓ?ќ as the promise of a universal emancipative imaginative commons of reading and writing. The task of contemporary not-for-profit literary book publishing is to support a non-monetized literacy. Only a non-monetized literacy can create a communicative domain protected from direct domination by market or state.

The five panelists will discuss the possibility of creating such a domain today and reflect upon their experiences in not-for-profit publishing. These include editing for the new literary journal, The New Inquiry; founding and managing Ellipsis Press; co-founding the online journal, Rethinking Capitalism; directing publicity for the experimental fiction publisher, Dalkey Archive Press; developing new online publishing technology; and writing fiction that thematizes literacy's absorption within the new business models of digital publishing.