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Crisis and Resistance: Northern California Socialism Conference

Sunday, November 15, 2009
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Location Details:
UC Berkeley Evans Hall
2200 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720

Haymarket Books, Modern Times Bookstore and present...

Northern California Socialism Conference: Crisis and Resistance November
14th - 15th at UC Berkeley
Visit for updates and to register.

* This regional socialist conference is dedicated to: arming a new
generation of activists and organizers with arguments and ideas for a
revolutionary socialist alternative; learning our history of resistance; and
discussing strategies for building organization and winning struggles for
real change.*

*Workshop Highlights* include:

- *What is Socialism?
- *LGBT: We have only begun to fight! *Panel w/ Sherry Wolf and local
activists from One Struggle One Fight *
- *What Happened with Obama? *A discussion w/ Rose Aguilar & Lance Selfa
- *Fighting the Budget Cuts in California*
- *Is Revolution possible in the United States?*
- *Race and Racism in the United States*

*A complete tentative schedule is provided below and will be updated at

The country and California are in the midst of the worst economic crisis
since the Great Depression. Talk of an economic recovery for Wall Street
belies the reality facing millions of working people who face work speedups,
cuts in wages and health benefits, and layoffs. The California budget crisis
is being resolved on the backs of the working class with steep cuts to
education, health care, and other social services—even as Democratic and
Republican politicians increase subsidies to large corporations - most of
which pay no taxes - by $9 billion!

*There is a way out of the crisis*, and it depends on the ability of
workers, students, and all oppressed people to organize in opposition to the
upside down priorities which put banks, profits, prisons and war before
education, health care, and human liberation. Join us for the Northern
California Socialist Conference, where activists from the entire Bay Area
will come together to discuss the challenges we face and debate the way

*Tickets are $20 to $50, sliding scale.
Tickets are for sale at:

- Modern Times, 888 Valencia St. SF
- City Lights Books 261 Columbus Ave. SF
- Green Arcade 1680 Market St. SF
- Moe's Books 2476 Telegraph Ave. Berkeley
- at the conference, and online at

Updated Full Schedule
*Saturday, November 14th*
*9am - 10am*
- Registration

*10am - 10:45am*
- What is Socialism (Cameron Sturdevant)

*11am - 12:30pm* Session 1
- Can Labor Win? (Larry Bradshaw)
- Explaining the Economic Crisis in California (Deborah Goldsmith)
- Lenin's Political Thought (Andy Libson)
- The Socialist Strategy for the Liberation of the Oppressed (Dana Blanchard)

*12:30pm - 2pm* Lunch Break

*2pm - 3:30pm* Session 2
- What Happened to Obama? (Lance Selfa and Rose Aguilar)
- Student Struggles: Now and Then (Alex Schmaus)
- Trotsky's Fight Against Stalinism (Elizabeth Terzakis)
- Is Revolution Possible in the U.S.? (Jeff Boyette)

*4pm - 5:30pm* Session 3
- Afghanistan: Good War or Quagmire? (Jeremy Tully)
- What is Dialectics? (Jessie Muldoon)
- Race and Racism in the U.S. (Sid Patel)
- What Would Socialism Look Like? (Ragina Johnson)

*5:30pm - 7pm* Dinner Break

*7pm - 9pm*
- *Fighting the Budget Cuts in California ** *
- *Adrienne Johnstone*, United Educators of San Francisco*
- *Blanca Misse*, UC Berkeley Student Worker Action Team*
- *Kathryn Lybarger*, UC Berkeley AFSCME Local 3299*
- *Prof. Gopal Balakrishnan*, UCSC Department of History of
Consciousness, editorial board of the New Left Review*

*Sunday, November 15th*

*11am - 1pm*
- *History of the ISO* (Todd Chretien)

*1pm - 3pm*
- *LGBT: We Have Only Begun to Fight!* Report back from the DC National
Equality March and next steps for the movement

- *Sherry Wolf*, steering committee of the National Equality March* and
author of Sexuality and Socialism (HaymarketBooks)
- *Seth Fowler*, organizer with One Struggle, One Fight, steering
committee member of the National Equality March, and organizer
for Equality
Across America.
- *Whitney Walton*, organizer with One Struggle, One Fight and youth
organizer for the National Equality March
- *David McElhatton*, organizer with One Struggle, One Fight, Gender
Diversity Project at CCSF, and organizer for the Transgender
Caucus at the
National Equality March.

*3pm - 5pm*
- Haymarket Social

*Organizations listed for identification purposes

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