For All Points-Of-The-View.
Time: June 1, 2018 to June 3, 2018
Location: John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Street: 24 W 59th St,
City/Town: New York, NY 10019
Website or Map: https://leftforum.ourpowerbas…
Event Type: forum, workshops
Organized By: Left Forum
Latest Activity: Apr 16, 2018
Left Forum 2018: June 1st - 3rd
Friday June 1st, 2018
The Trump presidency has brought the most dangerous and oppressive aspects of America – rapacious capitalism and foundational racism and misogyny – out of the shadows and into a chillingly clear light. And we are seeing a rising tide of the reactionary right all over the western world.
Still, our own movements – for worker power, race, gender, and sexuality justice, ecological healing, anti-war and a broad anti-white-nationalist front – while under attack, are also on the rise. These are dangerous but invigorating times for a left resurgence. To make gains, to win battles, we must build a strong unified left which moves beyond the constructed dichotomies of class and identity, violence and nonviolence, reform and revolution.
Fragmentation remains an obstacle to our power today. But we do not need a rigid consensus in order to build together. Unity allows for differences and embraces other voices—it does not squelch them. We do not have to block dissent and critical self-analysis. What we do need is to build broad coalitions for freedom and justice and strengthen each other in our efforts to push the reactionary demagogues back into obsolescence. The time for action is now.