Left Forum 2016 - "Rage, Rebellion, Revolution, Organizing Our Power"



Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine at the 2016 Left Forum conference May 20 - May 22, 2016, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City



Between The Lines' Sponsored Panel Discussion

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Panel discussion with Les Leopold, author of "Runaway Inequality: An Activist's Guide to Economic Justice" and co-founder and director of the Labor Institute in New York City. Co-chairs: Scott Harris and Richard Hill, Between The Lines Radio Newsmagazine.



Listen to the discussion and view the PowerPoint presentation: "How Do We Build a Mass Movement to Reverse Runaway Inequality?" May 20, 2016


Plenary speeches:

"Capitalism and Militarism – At Humanity's Peril: Organizing Our Power" May 20, 2016

plenaryThe regime of capitalism today is characterized by massive and increasing inequality: wealth and power accumulates at one pole while misery, austerity, and ecological degradation explodes at the other. It is no wonder that militarism in the U.S. and abroad is exploding. We see it in the U.S., in the way local police forces are armed with surplus military weapons; in the use of public funds to procure mercenary corporate security forces and enlisted people to fight in yet another war in the name of democracy; in the deployment of fear generating security state surveillance practices and the inflammatory rhetoric of terrorism, to try to terrify a domestic population into acquiescence. Moderator: Laura Flanders, executive producer and host of The Laura Flanders Show. She is currently a contributing writer to The Nation and a regular contributor to MSNBC.

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Panel sessions:

"What's next for the Movement Behind Bernie?" May 21, 2016

bernie The Sanders campaign has drawn tens of thousands into massive, enthusiastic rallies for "a political revolution against the billionaire class". Grassroots organizations like "Labor for Bernie," "People for Bernie" and "#Movement4Bernie" swelled around the country. How do we continue the fight against the billionaire class after the primaries? Do we need a new party for the 99%? Can this be a step towards revitalizing the labor movement? Come discuss these questions and more with leaders of the movement.

Speakers: Bryan Koulouris (at right), chair, Socialist Alternative's national organizer; Charles Lechner, (3rd from right) People For Bernie; Philip Locker, (2nd from left) Socialist Alternative's national spokesman and Seattle Councilwoman Kshama Sawant's former political director for election and re-election campaigns; Mika (2nd from right), Labor for Bernie, longtime labor union activist; Kshama Sawant (far left) is an activist who brings a passion for social justice to her work. As a member of the Seattle City Council, now in her second term, she has been a voice for workers, youth, and the oppressed.

"The Transformation of American Health Care – For Whom By Whom," May 21, 2016


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