War/Anti-War

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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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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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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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NYC
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The U.S. is involved in wars around the globe, has more military bases, and far outpaces all other nations in military expenditures, now estimated to be $1 trillion. Trump’s latest budget takes 70% for the military, DHS, and veterans’ expenses, cuts social services, and leaves 30% for all the rest. The foundation of our economy and political base is war and superprofits for the war makers. Washington will not allow any curbs on its drive for global hegemony. How are these billions for weapons being spent, who profits, and what are the social and environmental costs? Topics will include: * Cutting-edge Pentagon weapons technology, drones, AI/robotics * The trillion-dollar nuclear weapons modernization program * The US drive to dominate space * Resistance of tech workers to war research
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Thomas Jefferson called the U.S. an “Empire of Liberty.” Barack Obama called the U.S. an “Indispensable nation.” These manifestations of American exceptionalism and American innocence provide the doctrine of U.S. empire building at home and abroad. Danny Haiphong and Roberto Sirvent’s new book American Exceptionalism and American Innocence a People’s History of the United States from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror not only exposes this doctrine as myth but also analyzes its impact on the class struggle to develop a world free of U.S. capitalism, war, and white supremacy. Join anti-imperialist activists and journalists in a discussion about the book and its relevance as a tool toward dismantling the actually-existing fake news of U.S. Empire.
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This panel aims to provide critical analysis of Russia Gate and the onset of a new Cold War with Russia. The left has not been vocal enough in protesting the Trump administration's pull out of the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty which was signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987 outlawing short and medium ranged ground-launched cruise missiles. The Trump administration has also stated that it does not plan to renew the 2011 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) limiting the development of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) and nuclear warheads. These decisions threaten to trigger a dangerous new arms race and increase the prospect of nuclear war. Russia Gate has had the effect of whipping up public hysteria about Russia and dividing the political left. In a recent poll, 52 percent of Americans considered Russia to be a critical national security threat, compared to just 23 percent in 2003. This panel seeks to provide critical analysis while encouraging the audience to join with us in building a movement on the left that favors revitalizing arms control treaties and promotes peaceful cooperation with Russia.
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After the recent Gaza disaster, international unity for non-violent actions that transcend, race, ethic and national origins becomes even more urgent and . . . necessary. Those events reflect a manifestation of the grim racist, ethnic cleansing ideologies advocated by a recent surge of demagogues that have gripped the world including the Holy Land, the epicentre of world conflict and potential world peace. As such, it is essential to build coalitions with activists worldwide, linked to Holy Land activists to fight this trend, to enlighten the world by bringing it to a place of equality and justice and at the same time pushing the reactionary demagogues back into obsolescence.
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This panel will analyze the reinvigoration of Russophobia in American media and political culture over the last five years and its ramifications in shaping public attitudes in support of a dangerous new Cold War. We will in turn provide some historical context by discussing how alarmism about Russia is nothing new but dates back to the first Cold War lasting from 1917-1991 when the Russian threat was constantly elevated and popular culture stereotyped Russia as a dangerous and backward nation bent on subverting American national security from within. Few Americans remember that it was the United States that actually invaded Russia in 1917 following the great October Bolshevik revolution in support of white counter-revolutionary forces. Today, the United States remains more of a threat to Russia than vice versa, with American military spending topping that of Russia by at least ten times.
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The Party of the European Left (EL) is a political party at the European level which was formed in 2004. Member and observer parties of the EL are socialist, communist, red green and other democratic left parties. At the moment (February 2018), the EL has 38 Member parties, Observers and Partners from 25 different countries. “United for a left alternative in Europe” We refer to the values and traditions of socialism, communism and the labour movement, of feminism, the feminist movement and gender equality, of the environmental movement and sustainable development, of peace and international solidarity, of human rights, humanism and antifascism, of progressive and liberal thinking, both nationally and internationally”. Manifesto of the Party of the European Left, 2004 How can we reaffirm even more in a stronger way these traditions and values in the current European situation and also worldwide? How can we promote another way of doing politics starting from the people and not the profit?
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Considering the ongoing shift and crisis of political landscape in the U.S.A. but also in Europe, that is deepening and radicalizing persistently, the emergence of new political subjects now seems more inevitable than ever before. Alternative, counter political or counter-establishment movements are constantly appearing in a move to reorganize the way politics is done and communicated. These new political bodies demand change: new political and social agenda, sharp and immediate measures against inequalities, social injustice, the fraud economics of Wall street and the dictatorship of the banks, climate change, the constant state of war and the resulting politics of fear, supervision, exceptional authorities, escalating violence etc. This is something that we do understand very clearly in Europe and we have to face together on both shores of the Atlantic Ocean. It is a political and historical duty of the European Left in this unprecedented situation to hold out hand, start communicating and building an alliance with the American leftist parties, movements and organizations. That is a crucial point of the global struggle and the globalization of resistance. Together we are stronger, therefore communication and cooperation with our American and Canadian partners is of utmost importance at the moment. How to find the best fields of cooperation and exchange the most effective experiences between the North American Left forces and the European Left?