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Socialism 2009

Saturday, July 04, 2009
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Event Type:
Ragina Johnson
Location Details:
Women's Building
3543 18th Street
San Francisco, CA

The world economic crisis has shattered the free-market consensus that has dominated politics for the last generation. Meanwhile, the end of the conservative era and the election of the first African American president have raised expectations among working people that long overdue change is at hand. With capitalism in crisis, even some in the mainstream media are admitting that Karl Marx was right.

There has never been a better time for those who want to see fundamental change to get together to debate, discuss and organize for a new society—a society based on the needs of the many instead of the whims of a few. We need to organize a new left to meet the challenge of this new era.

That’s the purpose that Socialism 2009—expanded to two sites this year—has set for itself. Gather with activists from around the world to take part in dozens of discussions about changing the world: How can we end racism? What kind of organization do we need? What would a future socialist society look like?

Yes we can organize for socialism in the 21st century! ¡Sí se puede!
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Saturday, July 4th

9:30am - 11:00am

The Revolutionary Ideas of Charles Darwin: Is Capitalism Natural?Andy Libson
Luxemburg's Reform or RevolutionDoniella Maher
The Communist Party in the 1930s: How the Left Organized in the Great DepressionAdam Sanchez
James Connolly and the Irish RevolutionAlessandro Tinonga
Sexuality and SocialismSherry Wolf

11:30am - 1:00pm

Class Traitor or Capitalism's Savior? Roosevelt and the New DealLance Selfa
Empire and Obama: Power, Illusion, and America's Last TabooJohn Pilger
How the South African Working Class Defeated ApartheidPatrick Bond
Coup d'Etat: U.S. Intervention from Haiti to HondurasJohn Green
Immigration Reform: Ideas from the Frontlines-->Enrique Morones, Edgar Ayala and Justin Akers-Chacon

1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch

Intro to the ISO: Everything You Need to Know to Join the ISOLeela Yellesetty and Adrienne Johnstone

2:00pm - 3:30pm

The Economic Crisis: How Bad Will It Get?Joel Geier
The Seattle General StrikeDarrin Hoop
The Struggle for PalestineJess Ghannam, Nora Barrows-Friedman and Ahmed Shawki
What Should Public Education Look Like: Radical Pedagogy or Charter Schools & Teaching to the TestDavid Rapkin and Sarah Knopp
Socialism: Do you mean Sweden? What is Social Democracy?Randy Childs

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Social Unionism: Putting the Movement back in the Labor MovementBrian Cruz, Adrienne Johnstone, Sal Rosselli (National Union of Healthcare Workers) and Michael Yates
30 Years Since the Nicaraguan RevolutionSteve Leigh
The Border Crossed Us: Immigration and the Nation State in the 21st CenturyNativo Lopez and Elizabeth Terzakis
Do We Need an Anti-War Movement Under Obama?Cindy Sheehan, Dahr Jamail and Anthony Arnove
Principles of Communism and the Communist ManifestoKurt Krueger

5:30pm - 7:00pm Dinner

Mark Steel's July 4th Dinner Stand Up Tribute to Tom Paine

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Oscar Grant, San Francisco 8 and the History of Political Repression in AmericaRichard Brown, Dana Blanchard, and Jack Bryson
Afghanistan: Obama's Vietnam?Christian Parenti
Media as a Weapon: Speaking Truth to PowerAlan Maass, Rose Aguilar, David Barsamian and John Pilger
The Real LeninPaul D'Amato
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