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Occupy the System: Confronting Global Capitalism

Pace University, March 16-18 2012

This is a fantastic collection of speeches from this year’s Left Forum. It constitutes a tremendous resource for socialists and progressive thinkers world-wide. Congratulations and thanks to Free Speech TV, MMN (who filmed the event) and Deepdish TV for the production of these videos — Glenn Rikowski

William Tabb – Opening Plenary, with an Introduction by Stanley Aronovitz:

Nnimmo Bassey, Friends of the Earth – Opening Plenary, with Stanley Aronowitz as Moderator:

RoseAnn DeMoro – Opening Plenary, with Stanley Aronowitz as Moderator: 

Marina Sitrin, the Occupy Movement, student, teacher and militant – Opening Plenary, with Stanley Aronowitz:

William Strickland – Opening Plenary, Moderated by Stanley Aronowitz:

Michael Moore, film-maker – Interview, Moderated by Richard D. Wolf:

Elaine Bernard – Closing Plenary, Moderated by Frances Fox Piven:

Arun Gupta – Occupy Wall Street journalist, Closing Plenary, Moderated by Frances Fox Piven:

Christopher Hedges – Closing Plenary, Moderated by Frances Fox Piven:

John Holloway – Author of Crack Capitalism, Open Marxist, Closing Plenary, Moderated by Frances Fox Piven:

Esteban Nembhard – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download):

Nyaka Niilampti – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download):

M1 – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download):

Steven A. Smith – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download):

UMI – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download):

WILL VILL – Hip-Hop, Politics and Protest (mp4 download):

Wally Shawn – Lunchtime Event, ‘Why I Call Myself a Socialist’, Moderated by Dao X. Tran:

At the Forum – Michael Moore, Closing Segment:

On the Street – the march:

At Liberty Square

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Friday, March 16th 6:30 pm
Pace University’s Schimmel Theater
1Pace Plaza, New York


Rose Anne DeMoro

Marina Sitrin

William Strickland

William Tabb


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Occupy the System: Confronting Global Capitalism

RoseAnne DeMoro is executive director of the National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union of nurses. DeMoro is also executive director of the California Nurses Association, which is well known for igniting the campaign that upended one of the world’s most famous celebrity politicians, Arnold Schwarzenegger, dropping his public approval from 70% to 35% in the polls. Under DeMoro’s stewardship, NNU and CNA is also renown as the leading national advocates of single payer/Medicare for all healthcare reform. Over the past year, NNU has led a national campaign calling for a tax on Wall Street also known as the Robin Hood tax and has supported the Occupy Wall Street movement with nurses first aid stations from New York to San Francisco.

Marina Sitrin has been active in occupy movements worldwide. She is the editor of Horizontalism: Voices of Popular Power inArgentina and author of Everyday Revolutions: Horizontalism and Autonomy inArgentina (forthcoming). She is a lawyer and postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Globalization and Social Change at the City University of New York. She is also a student, teacher, dreamer and militant. Her books touch upon issues of state practices of cooptation and repression in relation to social movement mobilizations to build autonomy and direct democracy.

William Strickland spent his early years of political activism working as the Executive Director of the Northern Student Movement, the northern analogue of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee; working for the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party; and working on theHarlem rent strikes in the 1960s. During this time, Strickland also worked with Malcolm X, whom he knew from his childhood days. A graduate of Boston Latin School, Harvard College, Harvard University, he currently is the Director of the Du Bois Papers Collection at W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he also teaches political science.

William Tabb is the author of The Restructuring of Capitalism in Our Time (Columbia University Press, 2012), Economic Governance in the Age of Globalization (Columbia University Press, 2004), and The Amoral Elephant: Globalization and the Struggle for Social Justice in the Twenty-First Century (Monthly Review Press, 2001). He taught economics at QueensCollege and economics, political science and sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He was the Visiting Scholar at Kansai University Osaka, Japan and the Visiting Professor Economics at University of California, Berkeley. He was also founding host and for many years did the “Behind the Economic News” program at WBAI Pacifica Radio.

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March 16th-18th
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1Pace Plaza,New York,New York

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Pink Tide

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2nd Call for Papers

The Pink Tide: Reconfiguring politics, power and political economy in the Americas?

Key-note speakers include: Noam Chomsky, William Robinson, John Holloway, Liam Kane, Marina Sitrin

22-24 January 2010, Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice in conjunction with the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Department, University of Nottingham, Nottingham,UK.

The global credit crunch and election to power of governments and presidents that identify as left and left-of-centre throughout the Americas offers one of the most visible political challenges to the TINA discourse that appeared to reign unchallenged for much of the past 15 years. With presidents such as Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, Bachelet in Chile and Obama in the United States the region and its peoples are experiencing one of the most exciting and dynamic political periods of recent history.

It is this political conjuncture that the conference would like to explore as it is the organisers belief that the development of our understanding of the political processes occurring will enable us to conceptualise and contribute to the furtherance of more inclusive democracy and development in the region and beyond. We believe that this discussion can be most fruitfully developed between academics, practitioners, policy-makers and community/social movement participants. We also believe that our understanding of the development of alternatives to neoliberalism can only be enhanced by intra-regional dialogue between the North and the South of the Americas.

The conference conveners welcome the participation of a wide range of actors (academics, scholar-activists, social innovators and practitioners) whose work is related to the following themes: the role of political parties and/or the state in social change; grassroots social movements; the creation of new forms of politics and development; LOC governments and neoliberalism; movement and academic knowledges; the US and the ‘Pink Tide’; opposition to ‘pink  tide’; culture/art/media and social change. We particularly encourage cross-disciplinary contributions.

Various kinds of contributions will be considered, both in situ and remotely. We invite proposals for panels, individual paper and poster presentations, round-table debates, workshops and open spaces. Please could you send a 250 words abstract of your proposed contribution clearly stating the authors postal address, email, phone number and institution to by 20 September 2009.

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