Left Forum 2015 - "No Justice, No Peace: Confronting the Crises of Capitalism and Democracy"




Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine Audio Recordings From 2015 Left Forum conference May 29 - May 31, 2015, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City


Between The Lines' Sponsored Panel Discussion

panel"Successes and Challenges of Human Rights Campaigns for Publicly Financed Health Care in the U.S." May 30, 2015

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Panel discussion with Trevon Leyshon, Vermont Workers Center; Karim Sariahmed, Put People First PA and Anja Rudiger, National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI). Chair: Scott Harris, Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine


Plenary speeches:

"Syriza, Podemos, Left Bloc, and the Left: ​A European Revolutionary Politics?" May 29, 2015

plenarySpeakers (in order of speeches): Kristin Lawler, member, Left Forum board of directors and host for the May 29 evening plenary, is associate professor and chair of the Sociology Department at College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx. Laura Flanders, (at left, seated on right) moderator, is executive producer and host of The Laura Flanders Show. She is currently a contributing writer to The Nation and a regular contributor to MSNBC. Caterina Principe (pictured in red dress, below) is a Portuguese activist living in Berlin, Germany and studying for her masters in Gender Studies. She has been a key activist in the anti-precarity movement in Portugal as well as part of the Blockupy Platform in Germany. Eduardo Maura (above left, standing at podium) teaches philosophy and history of aesthetic ideas at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Elected member of the Citizen Council of Podemos, he is co-responsible for the area of Culture and works in the Political Secretariat.
plenaryKonstantino Tsoukalas (far left) is doctor of literature and humanities at the University of Paris. He has served as professor of sociology at the universities of Paris, Thessaloniki and Athens, scientific director and later chairman of the Board of the National Centre for Social Research. Leo Panitch (standing at podium) is a distinguished research professor of political science and Canada research chairman in comparative political economy at York University. See additional information on this plenary session.



"Indicting and Transforming the Systems of State and Capitalism: From Ferguson to Baltimore and Beyond," May 30, 2015


plenarySpeakers: Kristin Lawler (not pictured), member, Left Forum board of directors and host for the May 30 evening plenary, is associate professor and chair of the Sociology Department at College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx. Paul Jay, (at right) moderator, is CEO and senior editor of The Real News Network with headquarters in Baltimore. TRNN is independent of political parties, viewer-supported and not-for-profit. Alicia Garza (seated at far right)is an organizer, writer and freedom dreamer living and working in Oakland, California. She is the special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness of domestic workers in the U.S. plenaryGlen Ford (seated at far left) is executive editor of Black Agenda Report (BAR) and Black Agenda Radio. He founded the Black Commentator, which he left to found BAR, which provides news, commentary and analysis from a black left perspective. Thenjiwe McHarris (seated, second from right)is with the U.S. Human Rights Network. She has spent her entire political and professional career challenging the injustices that imprison people and their communities in a life of poverty or one behind bars. plenaryMakayla Gilliam-Price (at podium in green and black skirt)is a 17-year-old Baltimore activist who founded the youth justice organization, City Bloc, and also organizes with Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, a youth-led, grassroots thinktank which advances the public policy interest of black people in Baltimore. Kshama Sawant, (at podium in denim pants) as a member of the Seattle City Council, was at the forefront of the battle to win a $15 minimum wage in her city. Kshama has been a voice for workers, youth, and the oppressed. See additional information on this plenary session.