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Revolt

2011-2012: YEARS OF REVOLUTION AND RADICAL PROTEST

Saturday, September 22, 2012

2:00 PM

 

2011-12: YEARS OF REVOLUTION AND RADICAL PROTEST

Speakers: Barbara Epstein and Kevin Anderson

 

The Arab revolutions of 2011-12 have ushered in an era of upheaval and social protest around the world, as seen especially in the Occupy movement. Kevin Anderson will discuss in brief the achievements and the contradictions of the Arab revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria, including their emergence as a new type of revolution, the dangers of authoritarianism (both nationalist and Islamist), and possibilities for the future.  Barbara Epstein will give a brief survey of the formation, rise, and decline of Occupy Oakland, address the ways in which it took the same path, and faced the same problems, as OWS and other Occupy movements, and the ways in which its development was unique; and she will open up a discussion of where we go from here.

Kevin Anderson teaches in the Departments of Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies at UC Santa Barbara and is the author of Marx at the Marginsand the co-author of Foucault and the Iranian Revolution.

Barbara Epstein teaches in the History of Consciousness Department at UC Santa Cruz, and writes about social movements. Her books include The Minsk Ghetto, 1941-1943:  Jewish Resistance and Soviet Internationalism and Political Protest and Cultural Revolution: Nonviolent Direct Action in the 1970s and 1980s.

Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave.Oakland, CA94609

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/2011-12-years-of-revolution-and-radical-protest-oakland-ca-22-september

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

 

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It's Crisis Time!

INSURGENT NOTES – NUMBER 5

New York City Insurgent Notes No. 5, dealing mainly with the U.S. Occupy movement, is now up at:
http://insurgentnotes.com

January 2012

The Occupy Movement in the United States

Editorial

Globalization of Capital, Globalization of Struggle

 

OWS and the Working Class

Kadir Ateş

 

Reports From the Occupy Wall Street Events of Mid-November

R.S.

 

Reflections on the New School Occupation

Arya Zahedi

 

NYC Transit Workers’ Fare Strike 2012: Can Occupy Open Horizons for a Frustrated Labor Movement?

Johnny Locks

Oakland

 

Occupy Oakland: The Port Shutdown and Beyond—All Eyes on Longview (Guest Article)

Jack Gerson

Seattle

 

The Radicalization of Decolonize/Occupy Seattle (Guest Article)

Black Orchid Collective

Baltimore

 

Letter from Baltimore

Curtis P.

Atlanta

 

Occupy Atlanta: Privilege Politics or Popular Self-Management for the Post-Civil Rights City (Guest Article)

Theo Tegemea and Z.A. Mrefu

Los Angeles

 

Occupy LA: The Worst of the Best

Amiri Barksdale and Ryann Scypion

 

Other Articles

 

The Sky Is Always Darkest Just Before the Dawn: Class Struggle in the US from the 2008 Crash to the Eve of the Occupations Movement

Loren Goldner

 

Boom and Bust… Literally

R.S.

 

Letter From France: French Trotskyist Traveling-Salesman Besancenot Touts Moth-Eaten Electoral Wares in New York

Y.C.

 

Letter From Spain: The November 2011 General Elections in Spain: Indignation Trapped in the Ballot Box

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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Occupy

OCCUPY AND THE POLITICS OF ORGANIZING

Warwick Organisation Theory Network Dayschool
Occupy and the Politics of Organizing

‘We are the 99%. This is what democracy looks like. Come and join us.’

Wednesday 21th March 2011, 11.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Warwick Business School, Scarman Road,
University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

Contemporary protest movements are claiming that they prefigure a new kind of politics – decentralised, anti-hierarchical and multiple in their demands. For those who have assumed that democracy can only operate through parties and representatives, this is a considerable challenge. More generally, Occupy provokes us to reconsider questions of organization itself. Might it be that the means of organizing are just as important as the ends? Could this be a moment when choices about how ‘we’ organize ourselves become political in themselves? In this dayschool, academics and activists will discuss and debate these questions, as well as attempting to provide a space for considering how the university might respond to Occupy.

A more detailed programme will be circulated once we have confirmed speakers from Occupy, as well as academics from Warwick and elsewhere who will respond to the theoretical and practical issues which the Occupy and associated movements raise.

Refreshments will be provided, and there is no charge for attendance.
The dayschool is being sponsored by Organization: The Critical Journal of Organization, Theory and Society.

To register a place, email Racheal.Monnington@wbs.ac.uk. For other queries contact  m.parker@warwick.ac.uk, or Juliane.Reinecke@wbs.ac.uk

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

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SYMPATHETIC MATERIALISM: AN EVENING WITH ALLAN SEKULA

Sunday – 02.12.12 – Sympathetic Materialism – An Evening with Allan Sekula

Contents:
1. Introduction to Sunday
2. A note on sympathetic materialism
3. Untitled preface to Waiting for Tear Gas
4. Lottery of the Sea: Prologue and Ending
5. The Forgotten Space – screening at MoMA, Monday, 02.13.11
6. Related readings/viewings
7. Filmography
8. About Allan Sekula

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1. Introduction to Sunday

What: A screening and conversation with Allan Sekula
Where: 16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
When: 7pm
Who: Free and open to all

We propose to organize this evening’s discussion with Allan into two parts, which we’re calling “world” and “globe.”

Looking back at the recent resurgence of anticapitalist street protest in the US, we would like to begin with a look at his documentation of the Seattle counterglobalization demonstrations of 1999.

Looking forward to the screening of his newest film, The Forgotten Space, the following day (Monday), we’ll look at some of his other work that engages globalization and maritime space.

— Part 1 – World – Waiting for Tear Gas [White Globe to Black] (1999–2000)

Taken on the streets of Seattle during the 1999 WTO protests, Waiting for Tear Gas is a sequence of color slides that sketches a kind of group portrait of the demonstrators. Ben Young will open the discussion with a set of questions and proposals raised by looking at Waiting for Tear Gas today, especially after the renewal of anticapitalist street demonstrations in the US by Occupy Wall Street. Some of these include: the persistence of the human figure after humanism; the genre of the (group) portrait in an age of individuals; the ethics and politics of care in the face of social and economic violence; waiting as an experience of exposure, radical passivity, means without ends, or messianic time; the tempo of attentive expectation  that runs counter to the insistent rush of direct action; the street as a space of appearance that is both material and virtual; and what the practice of “antiphotojournalism” (as Sekula calls it) and the reinvention of documentary look like today, especially in the context of social media.

— Part 2 – Globe – Lottery of the Sea: Prologue and Ending (2006, 25 min.)

If the world is a form of relating to others, a continually renewed set of social bonds, then the globe can be understood as the instrumental grasping of the earth as a map, as a tool, as a space to be measured, calculated, and mastered. While much recent criticism of capitalism has focused on the financialization of the world, Sekula has been engaged in the long-term investigation of the material circuits of manufacturing and commodity exchange, focusing on the ocean as the unseen matrix of globalization. We’ll get a sense of this work by screening the prologue and ending to his video Lottery of the Sea. This is partly a tale of the mobility of capital, under the flag of convenience, chasing profits across the globe by evading limits on environmental damage and exploiting the poorest workers; it also pictures something like the promise of a world community that capital establishes materially but prevents politically. At the same time, this work also helps mark Sekula’s shift from “disassembled movies” created with still photography to the essay film, and what he had earlier resisted as “the tyranny of the projector.” How has this also shifted the balance between the triad of literature, painting, cinema that framed his earlier work, and what does it mean for art, documentary, or antiphotojournalism?

We hope that looking at both works together will open up a discussion to which many voices will contribute.

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2. A note on sympathetic materialism

“Sympathetic materialism” is a term Allan Sekula has used to describe a solidarity “born of seasickness” in certain seafaring writers accustomed to the long duration of ocean travel. But it can equally be applied to his own work: the patient, careful attention of the photographer to the conditions and details of everyday life seen from below, especially the impingements and labors of the body.

As a writer, he has criticized the latent humanism of much social documentary, on one hand, and the dream of autonomy in formalist aesthetics, on the other. As a photographer, he has cannily reworked the photo and text-based series inherited from conceptual art, continually questioning the fullness and sufficiency of any single image. But this emphasis on questioning images is not a simple negation or refusal of the particular, the phenomenological, or the aesthetic. Rather, by arranging pictures into sequences and often paring them with text, his is a materialism attentive to the manifold surfaces of the world, one that seeks to forge links within this profusion of details. It is also a materialism that returns again and again to the human figure in its milieu: not only in the workplace, but also the in-between spaces of transit, transport, and circulation, as well as the spaces of unemployment and unworking–at the margins of work and exchange. This is perhaps partly what led him to the sea as the vantage point for much of his work of the last twenty years.

In the reversal of perspective produced by going to sea, it may no longer be possible to hold onto the earth, or the space of the street, as the static ground of life or politics; instead, when viewed from the ocean, the land becomes another island or ship floating alongside us. And we know that the water does not raise all boats, but can sink them too. If the capitalist order forces us all to sea, it threatens us not only with seasickness, but total wreckage. It may then be a question of cultivating something like sympathetic materialism among those in the lifeboats.

–Benjamin Young

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3. Allan Sekula, untitled preface to Waiting for Tear Gas [White Globe to Black] (1999-2000)

In photographing the Seattle demonstrations the working idea was to move with the flow of protest, from dawn to 3 AM if need be, taking in the lulls, the waiting and the margins of events. The rule of thumb for this sort of anti-photojournalism: no flash, no telephoto lens, no gas mask, no auto-focus, no press pass and no pressure to grab at all costs the one defining image of dramatic violence.

Later, working at the light table, and reading the increasingly stereotypical descriptions of the new face of protest, I realized all the more that a simple descriptive physiognomy was warranted. The alliance on the streets was indeed stranger, more varied and inspired than could be conveyed by cute alliterative play with “teamsters” and “turtles.”

I hoped to describe the attitudes of people waiting, unarmed, sometimes deliberately naked in the winter chill, for the gas and the rubber bullets and the concussion grenades. There were moments of civic solemnity, of urban anxiety, and of carnival.

Again, something very simple is missed by descriptions of this as a movement founded in cyberspace: the human body asserts itself in the city streets against the abstraction of global capital. There was a strong feminist dimension to this testimony, and there was also a dimension grounded in the experience of work. It was the men and women who work on the docks, after all, who shut down the flow of metal boxes from Asia, relying on individual knowledge that there is always another body on the other side of the sea doing the same work, that all this global trade is more than a matter of a mouse-click.

One fleeting hallucination could not be photographed. As the blast of stun grenades reverberated amidst the downtown skyscrapers, someone with a boom box thoughtfully provided a musical accompaniment: Jimi Hendrix’s mock-hysterical rendition of the American national anthem. At that moment, Hendrix returned to the streets of Seattle, slyly caricaturing the pumped-up sovereignty of the world’s only superpower.

–from Alexander Cockburn, Jeffrey St. Clair, and Allan Sekula, Five Days That Shook the World: Seattle and Beyond_ (London: Verso, 2000). Also available online:
http://www.holy-damn-it.org/plakate/download/AllanSekula_engl.pdf

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4. Lottery of the Sea: Prologue and Ending (2006, 25 min.)

The Lottery of the Sea takes its title from Adam Smith, who in his famous Inquiry into the Wealth of Nations (1776) compared the life of the seafarer to gambling. Thus notions of risk were introduced by Smith through an allegory of the sea’s dangers especially for those who did the hard work, and also for those who invested in ships and goods. The film asks: is there a relationship between the most frightening and terrifying concept in economics, that of risk, and the category of the sublime in aesthetics?

It is an offbeat diary extending from the presumably “innocent” summer of 2001 through to the current “war on terror” by way of a meandering, essayistic voyage from seaport to seaport, waterfront to waterfront, and coast to coast. What does it mean to be a maritime nation? To rule the waves? Or to harvest the sea? An American submarine collides with a Japanese fisheries training ship. What does this suggest about the division of labor in the Pacific? Panama decides whether to expand the width of its canal, over which it now exercises a certain qualified measure of sovereignty. How is it that a scuba diver would be most prepared to question this great flushing of the jungle watershed? Galicia is presented with an unwanted gift of oil, with important questions following about the monomania of governments able only to conceptualize danger in one dimension. Barcelona turns anew to its seafront, producing a pseudo-public sphere and new real estate value to the north and even greater maritime logistical efficiency to the south. In between, we visit blizzards and demonstrations in New York, drifting prehistoric mastodons in Los Angeles, militant drummers and bemused African construction workers in Lisbon, millionaires or millionaire-impersonators in Amsterdam, and the stray dogs of Athens, all by way of thinking through seeing the sea, the market, and democracy.

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5. The Forgotten Space – screening at MoMA, Monday, 02.13.11

What: screening and discussion of The Forgotten Space with Allan Sekula
Where: Museum of Modern Art, theater 2
When: 7pm

The Forgotten Space (dir. Allan Sekula and Noël Burch) follows container cargo aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks, listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those marginalized by the global transport system. We visit displaced farmers and villagers in Holland and Belgium, underpaid truck drivers in Los Angeles, seafarers aboard mega-ships shuttling between Asia and Europe, and factory workers in China, whose low wages are the fragile key to the whole puzzle. And in Bilbao, we discover the most sophisticated expression of the belief that the maritime economy, and the sea itself, is somehow obsolete.

A range of materials is used: descriptive documentary, interviews, archive stills and footage, clips from old movies. The result is an essayistic, visual documentary about one of the most important processes that affects us today. The Forgotten Space is based on Sekula’s Fish Story, seeking to understand and describe the contemporary maritime world in relation to the complex symbolic legacy of the sea.

http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/film_screenings/14501

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6. Related readings/viewings

——Waiting for Tear Gas——-

Alexander Cockburn, Jeffrey St. Clair, and Allan Sekula, ‘Five Days That Shook the World: Seattle and Beyond’ (London: Verso, 2000).

Allan Sekula, ‘TITANIC’s wake’, (Cherbourg-Octeville, France: Le Point du Jour Editeur, 2003)

——The Forgotten Space——-

The Forgotten Space (website): http://www.theforgottenspace.net/

Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, “Notes on the Forgotten Space” http://www.theforgottenspace.net/static/notes.html

Discussion with Benjamin Buchloh, David Harvey, and Allan Sekula after a screening of The Forgotten Space at Cooper Union, May 2011 (21 min.): http://www.afterall.org/online/material-resistance-allan-sekula-s-forgotten-space

——other works on globalization and maritime space——-

Sekula interview with Grant Watson, “Ship of Fools” (22 min.): http://vimeo.com/12397261

Allan Sekula, “Between the Net and the Deep Blue Sea (Rethinking the Traffic in Photographs),” October 102 (Fall 2002): 3–34.
http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/abs/10.1162/016228702320826434

Sekula, ‘Fish Story’ (Rotterdam and Dusseldorf: Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and Richter Verlag, 1995).

Sekula, ‘Deep Six/Passer au bleu’ (Calais: Musée des Beaux Arts, 2001).

‘Allan Sekula: Dead Letter Office’ (Rotterdam: Netherlands Foto Instituut, 1997).

Sekula, ‘Performance Under Working Conditions’ (Vienna: Generali Foundation, 2003).

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7. Filmography

The Forgotten Space (2010, with Noël Burch)
The Lottery of the Sea (2006)
Short Film for Laos (2006)
Gala (2005)
Tsukiji (2001)
Reagan Tape (1984, with Noël Burch)
Talk Given by Mr. Fred Lux at the Lux Clock Manufacturing Plant in Lebanon, Tennessee, on Wednesday, September 15, 1954 (1974)
Performance under Working Conditions (1973)

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8. About Allan Sekula

Allan Sekula is an artist, photographer, writer, and, more recently, film and video maker. Since the mid-1970s he has exhibited and published many photography-based works; he is also the author of a number of key essays in the history of photography (including “On the Invention of Photographic Meaning,” “Dismantling Modernism, Reinventing Documentary,” “The Traffic in Photographs,” and “The Body and the Archive”).

Recent works Ship of Fools (1990–2010) and Dockers’ Museum (2010) are currently on view in “Oceans and Campfires: Allan Sekula and Bruno Serralongue,” San Francisco Art Institute; earlier works are currently included in “State Of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970,” Orange County Museum of Art; “Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974–1981,” Museum of Contemporary Art, LA; and “Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph 1964-1977,” Art Institute of Chicago. Polonia and Other Fables (2009) was recently on view at the Renaissance Society, Chicago; Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw; and the Ludwig Museum, Budapest.

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16 Beaver Group
16 Beaver Street, 4th fl.
New York, NY 10004

For directions/subscriptions/info visit: http://www.16beavergroup.org

TRAINS:
4,5 — Bowling Green
2,3 — Wall Street
J,Z —  Broad Street
R — Whitehall
1 — South Ferry

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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Marxism and Culture

RIOT, REVOLT, REVOLUTION

CAPPE
Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics
University of Brighton, UK

7th International Interdisciplinary Conference
RIOT, REVOLT, REVOLUTION
Wednesday 5th – Friday 7th September 2012

Call for Papers

It is very rare for societies or institutions to change unless they are confronted by specific forms of resistance. This conference investigates those moments of historical change when existing orders are put into question. In particular, it seeks to challenge us to rethink ways in which we might understand resistance and asks us to read the past in order to inform the present through a focus on riot, revolt and revolution, and on the interplay between them.

Papers which address these themes from any discipline are welcome.

Suggested topics might include:

Modernism and post-modernism in the arts
What is revolution?
The French Revolution
20th-century revolutions
The neo-liberal revolution
Occupy Wall Street
Resistance today
Civil War
The politics of riot
Ethics of revolt
Resistance to change
Burke or Kant?
The limits of reform
Challenges to capitalism
Neo-liberal economics
Financial crisis: a real opportunity?
Postcolonial politics
Discourses of Resistance
Languages of Resistance

We anticipate that these and related issues will be of interest to people working in, among other areas, philosophy, political theory, politics, sociology, international relations, cultural studies, the arts, history, government and law.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be emailed by 6th January 2012, at the latest, to Nicola Clewer, nc95@brighton.ac.uk.

The conference fee is £210. This includes refreshments, lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and a buffet dinner on the Thursday evening.

There are a limited number of places available for graduate students and for people who have no institutional affiliation at the reduced price of £105. Please indicate if you wish to be considered for one of these places when sending your abstract; or contact Nicola Clewer at nc95@brighton.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Please note: the conference fee does not include accommodation and, unfortunately, we are unable to offer travel grants or other forms of financial assistance. A limited amount of reasonably priced student halls of residence accommodation is available on a first come first served basis.

For further information about the centre please see the CAPPE: www.brighton.ac.uk/CAPPE OR http://www.brighton.ac.uk/CAPPE

For further information about the conference and updates: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/riot or http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/riot

 

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Occupy London

OCCUPY THE SYSTEM: CONFRONTING GLOBAL CAPITALISM

Left Forum Conference: 

Pace University, March 16-18 2012

Occupy the System: Confronting Global Capitalism

Beginning with the celebrated Arab Spring and the explosive revolts in Greece and beyond uprisings against dictators, crony capitalism, corporate greed and neo-liberal state austerity regimes have spread across the globe.  Tactical innovation in the new movements from Tahrir Square to Madison, Wisconsin are breaking down old barriers in the fight for a better future for the world’s people and the planet.

Although it has been a long time coming, the Occupy Wall Street movement’s message is clear: one percent of people living in the wealthiest nation in the world have grabbed most of the country’s wealth and used it to corrupt politics, while unemployment, mortgage foreclosures, strangling student debt and rising poverty grip the rest of the population. The world is changing, the people are rising, and new possibilities for the Left are emerging. 

Against this inspiring background, the Left Forum will host its annual conference at Pace University on the weekend of March 16-18, 2012.  As it has done for many years, the conference will gather civil libertarians, environmentalists, anarchists, socialists, communists, trade unionists, black and Latino freedom fighters, feminists, anti-war activists, students and people struggling against unemployment, foreclosure, inadequate housing and deteriorating schools from among those active in the U.S. and many other countries, as well. We will again share our activities and perspectives with special attention to all that has changed in 2011 and what it means for the prospects of progressive change in 2012 and beyond.

Once a year, the Left Forum creates a space to analyze the great political questions of our times. Activists, intellectuals, trade unionists, movement-builders and others come together to identify new strategies for broadening the anti-corporate capitalist movement.  In the wake of a persistent crisis of the international economic and political system, a new left politics in the United States and around the world is taking shape. Will the mass movements in Egypt, Greece, Latin America, the United States and elsewhere further extend their participatory democratic, community-building, non-capitalist, and caring forms of struggle into the institutions of everyday life?  Will the movements confront and disrupt the complicity of neo-liberal state elites with corporate capital?  Are there alternatives to the increasingly brutal capitalist system on the horizon?  Join us in exploring such questions and moving forward left agendas for social change.

leftforum.org | leftforum@leftforum.org 

Early registration discounts are available for a limited time (e.g., students: $10)

For information on panel submissions go to “www.leftforum.org“, click “submit panels button.” 

To see panels from last year’s conference go to “www.leftforum.org“, click “past events” and choose a particular conference year

Please forward far and wide! 

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LEFT FORUM 2012

March 16-18

Pace University

**CALL FOR PANELS**

Left Forum is now calling for panel proposals for the 2012 conference. This year’s theme is “Occupy the System: Confronting Global Capitalism.”

Panel Submission Deadline: January 6, 2012; 

For inquiries, contact panels@leftforum.org.

Helpful links:

– To see instructions on how to submit a panel go to “www.leftforum.org“, click “submit panels button.” 

– To see panels from last year’s conference go to “www.leftforum.org“, click “past events” and choose a particular conference year

About Left Forum: Continuing a tradition begun in the 1960’s, Left Forum convenes the largest annual conference in theUnited States of a broad spectrum of Left and progressive intellectuals, activists, academics, organizations and the interested public. Conference participants come together to share ideas and offer critical perspectives on the world; to network and strengthen organizational ties; to better understand commonalities, differences, and alternatives to current predicaments; and to develop dialogues about social transformation and Left, progressive, radical, and social movement building. Featured speakers have included Noam Chomsky, Cornel West, Arundhati Roy and Slavoj Zizek. Left Forum 2011 had 1,000, speakers, and involved 3,500 participants for more than 300 panels.

www.leftforum.org

212-817-2003

**Please forward widely**

 

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Occupy London

GOLDSMITHS COALITION OF RESISTANCE: WE ARE THE 99%

Facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=308605305816806

Speakers include: Ken Loach, Guardian journalist Seamus Milne, Owen Jones (author of ‘Chavs’), Clare Solomon (former president ULU), a speaker from Occupylsx and a live link to Occupy Wall Street.

The meeting is designed to publicise and organise for the 30 November when staff at Goldsmiths will be out with millions of others in defence of their pensions.

Hope to see you on Thursday.

6.30pm, Thursday 17 November, Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, Goldsmiths, Lewisham Way.

Supported by Goldsmiths UCU, Goldsmiths Students’ Union, Goldsmiths GMB, Coalition of Resistance, Goldsmiths EAN

Justin Baidoo
Editor of TMP: http://www.tmponline.org
Twitter: http://twitter.com/justinthelibsoc

 

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Capitalist Crisis

DEMYSTIFYING THE ECONOMIC CRISIS

PLEASE CIRCULATE TO OTHER LISTS.

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

To what do we owe the misery and economic hardship currently sweeping the globe, giving birth to a number of social movements including that of Occupy Wall Street? Reckless banks? Human greed? Amoral politicians? Financial speculation? Partial answers at best, bourgeois obscurities at worst. Come join in a discussion which seeks to expand the discourse circulating throughout the current US occupation movement. 

Tuesday November 8th – 6pm
The New School
Lang Cafeteria – 65 West 11th Street (between 5th and 6th avenues)
New York, NY 10011

Demystifying the Economic Crisis
An evening with Paul Mattick (Adelphi, Philosophy) – author of Business as Usual: The Economic Crisis and the Failure of Capitalism (2011)

For ‘Business as Usual’ 

Capitalist Crisis

see: https://rikowski.wordpress.com/2011/04/11/business-as-usual-the-economic-crisis-and-the-failure-of-capitalism/

Open to bothNewSchool students, faculty, and the general public.

 

 

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Tariq Ali

TARIQ ALI IN CHICAGO

Haymarket Books is pleased to present:

Revolution in the Air: The Arab Spring and a World in Motion

with

Tariq Ali
+world-renowned political writer, novelist, and filmmaker
+author, Bush in Babylon, Clash of Civilizations, Street Fighting Years, the Islam Quintet and more
+co-author, with Oliver Stone, of Haymarket Books’ On History: Tariq Ali and Oliver Stone in Conversation
+frequent contributor to The Guardian, London Review of Books, and the New Left Review

Thursday, Oct. 27th
Doors 7:00 pm \\ Talk 7:30 pm \\ Free
Seating: first come, first served

Victory Gardens Biograph Theater
2433 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL
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Talk \\ Q & A \\ Booksigning \\ Bar

PLEASE JOIN US for an evening with world-renowned political thinker and activist Tariq Ali. From the revolts that have shaken the Middle East, to the Occupy Wall Street sentiment sweeping the U.S., mass movements have been born across the globe. Join us as we discuss this new resistance to the status quo, it’s challenge to empire and the dictates of capital, and radical notions of democracy and liberation born anew.

Made possible with generous support from the Lannan Foundation

For more information:
www.tariqali.org
www.haymarketbooks.org
www.lannanfoundation.org

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Capitalism is Crisis

MIDWEST MARXISM CONFERENCE

The Working Class, Black Liberation & Revolution

See: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=252441574798260&ref=ts

And: http://www.chicagosocialists.org

Saturday, October 29th

Chicago, DePaul University

Sponsors: www.internationalsocialist.org & Socialistworker.org

$5-$20 sliding scale (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)

Childcare available – contact us by Oct. 22th

2011 is a year of revolution and revolt — from Egypt, to Madison; from London Riots, to the fight to save Troy Davis; from teachers, longshoremen taking a stand to the growing US-wide ‘Occupy’ movement — and with every growth in struggle socialist politics become more and more relevant. The Midwest Marxism Conference will present activists from across the region with an opportunity to learn what Marxists say about race, class, and revolution, and to exchange experiences with others similarly engaged in the struggle for a better world.

Folks traveling to Chicago from out of town can touch base with our host committee to request housing for Friday and Saturday night by calling 773 236-1848, or by emailing chicagosocialists@gmail.com

More information, a downloadable poster & readings are available here: http://www.chicagosocialists.org/content/midwest-marxism-conference  

 

Schedule:

11:30AM-Noon Registration

Noon-12:30PM

            • Why Marx was Right

12:45PM-2:15PM

            • No Power Greater: Marxism and the centrality of class

            • Where does racism come from?

2:15PM-3:15PM Lunch

3:15PM-4:45PM

            • The 1934 Minneapolis Teamsters strike: a case study in working-class power

            • The Black Freedom Struggle: from Martin to the Black Panthers

5PM-6:30PM

            • The changing working class and the future of the labor movement

            • Black Liberation and Socialism

6:30-7PM

            • Building a Revolutionary Socialist Alternative Today

7PM Dinner & Party

 

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