RLS–NYC AT THE LEFT FORUM 2016
May 20-22, 2016 - John Jay College, New York
At this year’s Left Forum we are excited to host four panels on topics of great importance to the current political moment in our world:
Session 1 on Sat, 10:00am – 11:50am in Room L2.84:
EUROPE’S REFUGEE CRISIS: A MAN-MADE DISASTER
Over a million refugees came to Europe in 2015, and the numbers continue to rise. They come fleeing unimaginable hardship, yet their journey is perilous, their safe arrival far from secure. How can the left support these immigrants and articulate a coherent, positive policy approach to this man-made crisis?
Tariq Ali (Writer, Journalist & Filmmaker)
Katharina Mühlbeyer (Refugee Council of Berlin)
Dimitris Christopoulos (International Federation for Human Rights, Greece)
Albert Scharenberg, chair (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office)
Session 2 on Sat, 12:00pm – 1:50pm in Room 2325, North Hall Building:
RIGHT ON THE RISE: NEO-FASCISM AND FAR-RIGHT POLITICS IN THE U.S. AND EUROPE
***The North Hall Building is across the street from the main John Jay building, between 9th and 10th Ave, entry on the North side of 59th St.***
Right-wing politics, in the form of both electoral and popular movements, are gaining strength across the U.S. and Europe. What conditions have allowed this rise? What are the contours of the phenomenon, and what are its most dangerous expressions? What can the left do to fight the right’s rise?
Evelyn Schlatter (Southern Poverty Law Center)
Gerd Wiegel (DIE LINKE / Left Party)
Bhaskar Sunkara (Jacobin magazine)
Ethan Earle, chair (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office)
Session 3 on Sat, 3:30pm – 5:00pm in Room 1.117:
THE CLIMATE JUSTICE MOMENT: A MOVEMENT OF MOVEMENTS
From the People’s Climate March to COP 21, there has been a recent groundswell of attention around our planet’s need to come together around climate justice. How have different movements converged to support the emerging climate justice movement while also pushing it leftward?
Heather Milton Lightening (Idle No More, Canada)
Tadzio Müller (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Berlin)
Aurash Khawarzad (We Act for Environmental Justice)
Sean Petty (New York State Nurses Association)
Stefanie Ehmsen, chair (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office)
Session 4 on Sat, 5:10pm – 7:00pm in Room L2.82:
THE INTERNATIONAL DIMENSIONS OF BLACK LIVES MATTER
The Black Lives Matter movement has taken root not just in the U.S. but, increasingly, also across Europe, where activists are fighting against police brutality and economic discrimination. How have these struggles broadened what it means to be Black, while deepening international solidarity with activists here in the U.S.?
Jessica De Abreu (European Network of People of African Descent, Amsterdam)
Wail Qasim (London Coalition Against Police Brutality)
Autumn Marie Griffin (Black Lives Matter New York)
Kazembe Balagun, chair (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office)
Talking About Democratic Socialism 30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
November 1989 was a moment of radical transformation for the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). Already many GDR citizens had migrated to West Germany to escape state repression. On November 4, almost half a million other GDR citizens gathered at Alexanderplatz in Berlin for a peaceful protest, calling for the democratization of the socialistic state. Organized by......
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