30 May. 2014

The Left Forum 2014

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At this year’s Left Forum, the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office will again be presenting a number of panels on a wide variety of topics:

New World Trade Order?

Massive new trade agreements (TTIP and TPP) threaten to usher in an even more aggressive era of neoliberalism. If approved, these deals will open back doors to the massive plunder of public and national wealth. Be afraid. Learn how to fight.

Sunday, 12:00pm – 1:50pm, Session 6, Room: L2.82

Ben Beachy (Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch)
Frank Deppe (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Executive Board)
Jane Kelsey (University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Chair: Albert Scharenberg (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office)

Big Oil: Getting it out of our System

We know we have to get clean, but Big Oil just keeps fiending after that next hit, tapping all our earth’s veins, leaving scars darker and more permanent. Who is helping us quit, and how? Can we envision life after oil?

Sunday, 03:40pm – 5:40pm, Session 7, Room: 1.114

Heather Milton Lightening (Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign)
Al Weinrub (Local Clean Energy Alliance, California)
Tadzio Müller (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Berlin)
Chair: Lara Skinner (Global Labor Institute, Cornell)

Beyond Borders: The Global Fight against Racism

Black immigrant communities around the world are redefining the struggle from civil rights to global citizenship. Here we look at the intersections of race, class, gender and Black immigrant communities, as well as the potential for solidarity from below.

Sunday, 10:00am – 11:50am, Session 5, Room: 8.67

Sunyata Altenor (Latin American and Caribbean Community Center)
Kazembe Balagun (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office)
Opal Tometi (Black Alliance for Just Immigration)
Chair: Miriam Neptune (Barnard Center for Research on Women)

Accumulation of Capital and the Reemergence of Rosa Luxemburg

Rosa Luxemburg’s ideas have recently returned to the forefront of social movement struggles. How can her theories of capital help us understand and fight the myths that undergird contemporary capitalism and never-ending growth?

Saturday, 10:00am – 11:50am, Session 1, Room: 1.99,

Raphaële Chappe (Brooklyn Institute for Social Research)
Neferti X. M. Tadiar (Barnard College)
Jason Schulman (Lehman College, CUNY)
Chair: Stefanie Ehmsen (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office)

Rise Against Austerity! Models of Resistance on the European Left

The European Left is struggling to move from defensive positions to positive proposals to fight deepening austerity. How can regional and national differences across Europe be overcome to mount a broad Left challenge to the Troika’s brand of neoliberal “recovery?”

Saturday, 5:00pm – 6:50pm, Session 4, Room: 1.71

Javier Arizmendi Ruiz (Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca/PAH, Spain)
Christina Kaindl (DIE LINKE/Left Party, Germany)
Elena Papadopoulou (SYRIZA, Greece)
Chair: Walter Baier (Transform! European Network)

Watch out for this event as well:

Electoralism and/or Revolution – Marginalizing the Power of State, Capitalist, and Party Elite

Bernd Riexinger and Kshama Sawant
Moderated by Glen Ford

Saturday, 2:00pm-3:10pm, Session 2, Room: L.63