CRISIS AT HOME AND ABROAD: FROM FERGUSON, MISSOURI TO THE MIDDLE EAST AND UKRAINE
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2014
Westside Peace Center
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Culver City (LA area)
Michael Pugliese, longtime Left Observer
Mansoor M., Iranian cultural worker
Hamid A., youth activist
We live in an age when the local and the global are intertwined as never before. This is true not only of the groups that dominate the capitalist economic system and the state, but also of emancipatory social movements at home and abroad.
The racist police murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has touched off the deepest and most sustained protests among African-Americans in years, garnering world attention. At the same time, Israel’s attack on Gaza has given birth to a large international protest movement. These two emancipatory movements are occurring during a global era of upheaval and revolution that is also marked by the most sustained economic crisis since the 1930s.
The year 2014 has also seen the emergence of a democratic movement in Ukraine, which has come under pressure from Russia, but also from the US-EU. We have witnessed as well the emergence of ISIS as a deeply counterrevolutionary force within the Arab uprisings, which has in turn touched off new forms of democratic resistance by the Kurds and other minorities in Iraq.
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