28 Oct. 2022

Step by Step, Feeling the Ground: Transatlantic Left Dialogue and Internationalism in Our Time

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Step by Step, Feeling the Ground:
Transatlantic Left Dialogue and Internationalism in Our Time

To mark our tenth anniversary, we are looking back at the work we have done, but also looking ahead to the work that is to come.

The event features panel discussions on the left in government, confronting the far right, racial justice, and the state of multilateralism as well as walking tours that look up close at gentrification and the impact of the climate crisis on New York City.

When: October 28 and 29
Where: John Jay College, Moot Court Room, 6th Floor
(524 W 59th St, New York, NY 10019)



9.30-10.00 Opening | Origins and Directions

  • Albert Scharenberg, founding Co-Director of RLS-NYC (2012-2018)
  • Stefanie Ehmsen, founding Co-Director of RLS-NYC (2012-2018)
  • Gabriele Kickut, Vice President, RLS-NYC
  • Moderator: Andreas Günther, Director, RLS-NYC (2018-present)

10:00-11.30 Panel | Despite All of It: The Left in Power

  • Rajiv Sicora, Senior Policy Advisor US House of Representatives (NY-16)
  • Julia Salazar, New York State Senator, 18th District
  • René Rojas, Assistant Professor, Binghamton University
  • Moderator: Stefan Liebich, Fellow, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

11.45-1.15 Panel | No pasarán: Confronting the Far Right

  • Pasha Dashtgard, Director of Research, Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL), American University
  • Maria Luisa Mendonça, Co-Director, Network for Social Justice and Human Rights in Brazil
  • Tal Lavin, journalist and author Culture Warlords: My Journey into the Dark Web of White Supremacy (2020)
  • Sophie Dieckmann, Member of the Board, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
  • Moderator: Stefanie Ehmsen, Head of Regional Coordination, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

2.30 -5.30 Walking Tour | City Development and Gentrification in Manhattan

  • Sam Stein, Housing Policy Analyst, Community Service Society of New York

Meeting point: Hudson Yards subway station (Hudson Blvd E between West 33rd and West 34th Streets, New York)

7:00-9:00 Public Event | Film screening: Rosa Luxemburg (Margarethe von Trotta, 1986)

Location: RLS-NYC office, 275 Madison Ave, Suite 2114, New York

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9.30-12.30 Walking Tour | Climate Justice in New York City

  • David Williams, International Climate Justice Program, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
  • Gaya Sriskanthan, International Climate Justice Program, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

Meeting point: New York Public Library – Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (476 5th Ave, New York)

2:00-3.30 Panel | The Long Shadow: Colonialism, Slavery, the Debate about Reparations and Affirmative Action

  • Bafta Sarbo, Initiative Schwarze Menschen ISD
  • Jabari Brisport, New York State Senator, 25th District
  • Moderator: Albert Scharenberg, Senior Advisor for Publications, Editor for International Politics, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung

4:00-5.30 Panel | United Nations – United Peoples? Multilateralism and International Organizations

  • Barbara Adams, Chair of the Board and Senior Policy Advisor, Global Policy Forum
  • Helmut Scholz, Member of the European Parliament – GUE/NGL
  • John Feffer, Director of Foreign Policy In Focus, Institute for Policy Studies
  • Natalia Caruso, Indigenous Women Global Program Partner
  • Moderator: Andreas Günther, Director, RLS-NYC

7:00 Reception


  • Gesine Lötzsch, Member of the German Bundestag, Die Linke
  • Wolfram von Heynitz, Deputy Consul General of Germany in New York

Keynote Speech:

  • Sara Nelson, International President, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL–CIO