The Left Forum is a collection of workshops and speeches in New York City that attracts thousands of people. It takes place from May 20-22, 2016, in 2511 North Hall Building of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 W 59th St, New York, NY 10019.
The Revive the Peace Movement panel at the forum is called: Toward a Revival of the U.S. Anti-War Movement.
Speakers include Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK, Ashley Smith, International Socialist Organization, Nidal Bitari, Palestinian-Syrian journalist, Dan Fischer, Capitalism vs. the Climate. The chair is Stanley Heller of Promoting Enduring Peace
To attend Left Forum activities, visit http://www.leftforum.org. There is some discount if you register before May 16.
Rage, Rebellion, Revolution: Organizing our Power
This year’s Left Forum – May 20 – 22 – will offer something fundamentally different from conventional politics and from this year’s presidential election mainstream media hype. The Left Forum will gather and build on the growing consciousness that basic social problems are sharpening in ways that traditional politicians, journalists, and academics rarely admit and do not even begin to solve. The Left Forum will again engage the forces and movements making basic progressive social change the big issue that will no longer be kept out of the public discussion.
The left now generates an increasingly powerful and effective criticism of contemporary capitalism and the mushrooming social problems it worsens. Ever more people are becoming active: from Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter and the Fight for $15; from escalating climate justice demands to the massive national support for Bernie not despite but because he wears the label socialist. Something profound is shaking.
From the streets and the offices, from campuses, factories, and stores, disgust with traditional society, politics, rules, and conventions is growing. The left starts there to build a program for change. We can do better than capitalism and its catastrophic wars. We reject the corporate dominance that corrupts our politics while delivering endless cycles of depressions, unemployment, and austerities. Our fellow citizens share our horror at the grotesque inequalities of today’s corporate system: its discriminations against and oppressions of vast populations and its destruction of our environment. There are far better alternatives. Join us to share, discuss, and debate those alternatives and how best to achieve them.
For preconference interviews with principals and/or panelists please contact Press Liaison, Seth Adler: 212-817-2002 (Office),
Past conference speakers have included: Cornel West, Angela Davis, Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, Harry Belafonte, Naomi Klein, Michael Moore, Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera, Amy Goodman, Slavoj Zizek, Grace Lee Boggs, RoseAnn DeMoro, Marina Sitrin, Nnimmo Bassey, Immortal Technique and Oliver Stone.
Left Forum developed in 2005 out of the Socialist Scholars Conference (SSC, founded in 1981, was re-launched by Bogdan Denitch, Stanley Aronowitz and others of the 1960s Socialist Scholars Conference). 4,500 people attended Left Forum in 2014.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
The City University of New York
524 West 59th St.
New York, NY 10019
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