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W Coast Socialist Conf
by Todd C (Chretientodd [at]
Monday Apr 7th, 2003 5:38 PM
West Coast Socialist Conference, April 12-13, UC Berkeley, Stop the War! Change the World!
How We Can Win a World Without War

As Bush kills thousands in Iraq, millions take to the street to protest.
Join us for a weekend of protest and politics. Regional Stop the War protest
Saturday, April 12, Noon in San Francisco at Civic Center. Then, participate
in two days of education, discussion and debate about the forces behind this
war and what it will take to win a world without war.

Saturday, April 12 @ 7pm, UC Berkeley VLSB #2050
Opening Plenary: The War at Home and the War Abroad

Clarence Thomas, Clarence Thomas, Chairman, ILWU Anti-War Action Committee*
(A rank and file group)

Matt Gonzalez, President of the Board of Supervisors of San Franicsco*
Green Party member

Norman Solomon, Media Beat columnist and co-author of "TARGET IRAQ: What the
News Media Didn't Tell You."

Marni von Wilper, from the coordinating committee of the Berkeley Stop the
War Coalition and the Campus Anti-War Network

Todd Chretien, International Socialist Organization

After Party from 9pm to midnight: Drink, Talk, Dance, location TBA.

Sunday, April 13, UC Berkeley, all sessions in Dwinelle Hall

9:00-10:00am Registration, Dwinelle Hall

10:00-11:15am Workshop Session 1

The United Front: Socialist Strategies and Tactics for Building Democratic
Movements - Sue Sandlin, former co-chair of the Dock Workers Support Committee

The Struggle for Palestine - Snehal Shingavi, founding member of Students for
Justice in Palestine

Layoffs and Budget Cuts: Bush's War At Home - Darrin Hoop, union activist
from Seattle

Race, Class, and Socialism - John Patel, San Diego International Socialist

The Marxist Theory of Imperialism - Jessie Muldoon, teacher and activist in
the Oakland Education Association

11:45am-1:00pm Workshop Session 2

The Russian Revolution--How Workers Revolution Stopped WWI - Scott Johnson,
author of "South Korean Workers: The Battle for Daewoo."

Can the UN Survive Bush's American Empire? - Rachel Odes, activist in the
Berkeley Stop the War Coalition

Abortion, Women's Liberation and Socialism - Leticia Arellano, activist with
the Students Against War at San Francisco State University

Why the Working Class Can Change the World - Eduardo Capulong, former
co-chair of the Committee to Defend SFO Airport Workers

Party and Class: What Kind of Organization Do We Need? - Brian Belknap,
activist with the International Socialist Organization

1:00-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:15pm Workshop Session 3

Between Reform and Revolution: Where is Latin America Headed? - Justin Akers,
author of "Operation Gatekeeper: Militarizing the Border."

Abolition Now! The Fight to Abolish the Death Penalty - Crystal Bybee, member
of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty

Do Americans Benefit from the US Empire? - Sarah Knopp, teacher and activist
with the United Teachers of Los Angeles

Trotsky v. Stalin: Does the debate still matter? - Todd Chretien, organizer,
International Socialist Organization

The Truth About Afghanistan - Elizabeth Terzakis, instructor at DeAnza and
Canada Community Colleges and author of "Global AIDS Crisis."

Keynote Speech: The Fight for a New World: Reform, Revolution and the
Socialist Alternative - Alan Maas, editor, Socialist Worker newspaper,
Dwinelle Hall, Rm # 155, 3:45-5:00pm.

**Tickets for both days of the conference are $5-$50 sliding scale.
Available through local ISO branches or by calling 510-333-4604 or emailing
SocCong03 [at]

**Childcare will be provided, but please let us know how many kids you'll be
bringing and their ages so we can make appropriate preparations.

**Free housing available upon request at SocConf03 [at]

**Tabling space will be available for a small fee, contact SocConf03 [at]

** Organizations listed with speakers names for identification purposes only.

Sponsored by the International Socialist Organization and the Center for
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