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STRATEGIES AGAINST THE FAR RIGHT: A RETREAT IN STONY POINT, NEW YORK
June 15-18, 2017 - Stony Point, NY

Reporting Back and Moving Forward: Download the report about the event here.

For photos from this event, go to our Flickr page.

From June 15-18, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office held a retreat in Stony Point, New York, an hour north of NYC up the Hudson River. The goal of this retreat was to identify the array of rising far right formations across North America and Europe, and to discuss tactics and strategies to counter their rising influence in North Atlantic and indeed global politics. To do this, we gathered leading progressive voices ranging from the state of California to the country of Turkey, from the American South to Quebec, from Germany to Greece and beyond. Among our participants were journalists, movement activists, trade unionists, political party members and, of course, academics and far-right experts working in NGOs and watch-dog organizations.

Over two full days and two half days, we discussed a wide range of issues. We traced out explanations for the recent rise of the far right, including: economic crisis and the threatened middle classes; the draw of authoritarian personalities; racism, anti-Semitism, and patriarchy; the failure of the liberal model of neoliberal governance. We also analyzed a number of comparative case studies: Trump, Brexit, and the electoral upset; Hungary, Poland, Turkey and the far right in government; France’s Front National versus Germany’s AfD; and views from Greece and Spain on how to fight the right with left populism.

We also mapped out right-wing organizations and their international networks; discussed how to fight the right through education; and analyzed how to connect frontline strategies to long-term transformation, including through the use of media strategies. Throughout, we had both formal and informal spaces for smaller groups to break into discussion. More broadly, the retreat gave our approximately 55 participants plenty of chances to get to know each other, strengthen their own networks, and also to unwind.

Check out a photoset from the weekend here, and stay tuned for further developments in our efforts to support opposition to the rising far right across North America and Europe.

Download the program here.

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