Recommended at Left Forum

June 6, 2013

Thousands of people will come together on June 7-9 at Pace University in New York City for Left Forum, a weekend of plenaries, panel discussions and debates covering a vast range of critical perspectives on the world and promoting a dialogue about building a stronger left.

SocialistWorker.org contributors and supporters will be speaking in sessions throughout Left Forum. We hope attendees will consider attending these meetings.

SATURDAY SESSION 1: 10 am

After Liberation: The Promise and Perils of Power | E310
Sponsored by: Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation
With: Nancy Holmstrom (Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation), Mazibuko Jara (Amandla! magazine, South Africa), Samuel Farber (Professor Emeritus, Brooklyn College), Maria (Josie) Saldana-Portillo (Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University)

U.S. Imperialism in the Age of Obama | W618
Sponsored by: International Socialist Review
With: Ashley Smith (International Socialist Review), Medea Benjamin (Code Pink), Michael Schwartz, Saadia Toor (College of Staten Island)

The Fundamental Issue: Palestinian Right of Return | W614
Sponsored by: Haymarket Books
With: Sherry Wolf (Haymarket Books), Lamis Deek (National Lawyers Guild), David Letwin (Jews for Palestinian Right of Return), Haidar Eid (Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel), Shafeka Hashash (Students for Justice in Palestine--NYU)

Class and Race in the Child Welfare System | E302
Sponsored by International Socialist Organization
With: Don Lash (International Socialist Organization) Jovonna Frieson (Child Welfare Organizing Project), Sylvia Hooper Foster (Parent Advocacy Foundation)

SATURDAY SESSION 2: 12 noon

No Justice, No Peace! Families and Activists Speak Out Against Police Violence | W618
Sponsored by: International Socialist Organization
With: Lichi D'Amelio (International Socialist Organzation), Natasha Davis (Shantel Davis Committee for Justice and Beyond), Crystal Davis (Shantel Davis Committee for Justice and Beyond), Gina Sartori (International Socialist Organization; Shantel Davis Committee for Justice and Beyond), Family of Ramarley Graham (Ramarley's Call), Aidge Patterson (Peoples Justice)

Radical Alternatives to Immigration Reform | W510
Sponsored by: International Socialist Review and others
With: Sarah Flores, Immanuel Ness (Author, Guest Workers and U.S. Corporate Despotism), Jane Guskin (Author, The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers), Donald Anthonyson (Families for Freedom), Sonia Guinansaca (Education Not Deportation Campaign; Board Member of the New York State Youth Leadership Council), Shaun Harkin (International Socialist Review editorial board)

Resistance Needs a Political Voice: Forging a Radical Left Alternative in the U.S. | W626
Sponsored by: Haymarket Books; International Socialist Review
With: Jennifer Roesch (International Socialist Review), Leia Petty (Haymarket Books), Gloria Mattera (Green Party of New York State), Mark Dudzic (Labor Campaign for Single Payer), Bhaskar Sunkara (Editor, Jacobin Magazine)

101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed American History | W607
Sponsored by: Haymarket Books
With: Jason Farbman (Haymarket Books), Dao Tran (Haymarket Books), Barbara Young (Domestic Workers United/National Domestical Workers Alliance)

Red Kindergartens to Freedom Schools: Social Struggle and Radical Experiments in Education | E331
Sponsored by: Haymarket Books
With: Megan Behrent (United Federation of Teachers), Brian Jones (CUNY Graduate Center), Jeremy Sawyer (CUNY Graduate Center), Marissa Torres (United Federation of Teachers)

SATURDAY SESSION 3: 3:40 pm

The New Imperialism in Africa | W619
Sponsored by: International Socialist Review
With: Matt Swagler (Columbia University), Lee Wengraf (International Socialist Review), Patrick Bond (Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal)

Women, Work and the Future of Feminism | E324
Sponsored by: International Socialist Review
With: Dao Tran (Haymarket Books), Leia Petty (International Socialist Organization), Erin Mahoney (National Women's Liberation)

Rethinking the Commons | E301
Sponsored by: International Socialist Review
With: Geoff Bailey (International Socialist Review), Chris Williams (Pace University), Marcela Olivera (Red VIDA, Food & Water Watch)

The Drug War in Latin America: ¡Estamos Hasta La Madre! (We Are Fed Up!) | E310
Sponsored by: International Socialist Review
With: Nurit Mablau (International Socialist Organization), Gabriel Chaves (International Socialist Organization and Movement for Peace in Colombia), Helen Redmond (International Socialist Organization and Alternet)

SATURDAY SESSION 4: 5:30 pm

After the Maple Spring: Lessons of the Quebec Student Strike | W523
Sponsored by: International Socialist Review
With: Ashley Smith (International Socialist Review), Jérémie Bédard-Wien (ASSÉ), Alain Savard (ASSÉ)

Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline | W622
Sponsored by: Campaign to End the New Jim Crow; NY Coalition of Radical Educators
With: Marissa Torres, chair (NY Coalition of Radical Educators; Movement of Rank & File Educators), Angelo Pinto (Correctional Association "Raise the Age" Campaign), Matthew Guldin (Teachers Unite; Campaign to End the New Jim Crow)

Detroit: An Ecological Disaster That Didn't Have to Happen | LHS
With: Marvin Surkin (Ramapo College), Dan Georgakas (Queens College),
Mike Hamlin, Ron Reosti, Herb Boyd (College of New Rochelle)

SUNDAY SESSION 5: 10 am

Apartheid: We Don't Buy It, the BDS Movement on the Rise | E301
Sponsored by: International Socialist Review
With: Riham Barghouti (Adalah-NY), Mark Hage (Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine), Sherry Wolf (Adalah-NY), Shafeka Hashash (NYU SJP), Anna Calcutt (New Yorkers Against the Cornell-Technion Partnership (NYACT)

Strategies for Rank and File Militancy | E308
Sponsored by: International Socialist Review
With: Lee Sustar (International Socialist Review), Nastaran Mohit (New York State Nurses Association), Kevin Prosen (United Federation of Teachers), Amy Muldoon (Communication Workers of America), Mahoma Lopez (Hot and Crusty Workers Association)

Prospects for Syria's Revolution | W614
Sponsored by: Haymarket Books
With: Lichi D'Amelio (Haymarket Books), Anand Gopal (Harper's magazine and Haymarket Books), Omar Dahi (Middle East Report and Jadaliyya)

The Central Park Five and Its Impact on the Criminal Justice System | E302
Sponsored by: Campaign to End the New Jim Crow
With: Lee Wengraf (Campaign to End the New Jim Crow), Yusef Salaam (Central Park 5), Members of the Central Park 5, Lewis Webb (American Friends Service Committee; Campaign to End the New Jim Crow)

Tramp the Dirt Down: Thatcher's Irish Problem | E305
Sponsored by: International Socialist Review
With: Shaun Harkin (International Socialist Review editorial board), Brian Kelly (School of History, Queens University Belfast; Irish Marxist Review), Denis O'Hearn (Author of Bobby Sands: The Irish Hunger Striker Who Ignited a Generation), Sandy Boyer (Radio Free Eirenn, WBAI)

Inequality and Exploitation in the World of Art | W522
Sponsored by: Haymarket Books
With: Geoff Bailey (International Socialist Review), Ben Davis (Haymarket Books), Yasmin Ramirez

Empire, the National Security State and Racism During the Obama Era | E311
Deepa Kumar (Rutgers University), Moustafa Bayoumi (Brooklyn College), Arun Kundnani (New York University), Saadia Toor (College of Staten Island)

SUNDAY SESSION 6: 12 noon

Striking Back: The Chicago Teachers Union's Victory and its Lessons for Labor | E309
Sponsored by: Haymarket Books
With: Lee Sustar (Socialist Worker), Kirstin Roberts (Chicago Teachers Union), Megan Behrent (United Federation of Teachers), Becca Bor (Chicago Teachers Union)

Brown Plague: Europe's Far Right and Strategies for Resistance | E305
Sponsored by: International Socialist Review
With: Mathieu Bonzom (Paris-Est Créteil University, France), Aaron Amaral (AKNY-Greece Solidarity Movement New York City), Shaun Harkin (International Socialist Review editorial board), Eliza Goroya (goroyesque.blogspot.com)

SUNDAY SESSION 7: 3 pm

Recession, Racism and the Transformation of the U.S. Working Class | E311
Sponsored by: International Socialist Review, Black Workers Rank and File Network
With: Brian Jones (CUNY Graduate Center), Tim Schermerhorn (Black Workers Rank and File Network), Lee Sustar (International Socialist Review)

Imperialism and Ecology | LHS
Sponsored by: International Socialist Review
With: Geoff Bailey (International Socialist Review), Chris Williams (Pace University), Ashley Smith (International Socialist Review), Marcela Olivera (Red VIDA, Food & Water Watch), Patrick Bond (Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal)

How to Solve the Israel-Palestine Conflict: 0, 1 or 2 State Solution | W614
With: Gregory Smulewicz-Zucker, Norman Finkelstein, Stephen Shalom, Sherry Wolf (International Socialist Review), Lamis Deek (National Lawyers Guild)

Organizing Among/Within Crisis: Lessons From The Housing Market Collapse, Occupy Wall Street, and Relief and Rebuilding After Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy | W612
With: Max Rameau (Take Back The Land), Valery Jean (Families United for Racial and Economic Equality), Jordan Flaherty (Al Jazeera), Manissa Maharawal (Occupy Wall Street), Deedra Cheatham (Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE)

Hollywood and CIA | W610
With: Nicholas Levis (Author, Occupy Activist, AKNY-Greece Solidarity Movement), Bryan Sacks (Rutgers University), Deepa Kumar (Rutgers University)