Friday, June 7, 2013

Panels on the Americas at Left Forum in New York City, June 8-9, 2013

If you are able to attend the Left Forum conference in New York City this weekend, you might be interested in these panels dealing with Latin America and the Caribbean or related subjects.

For more information on the Left Forum and for schedule updates:

There is also a panel on Honduras on Saturday morning at the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA) conference, a few blocks away at 25 Broadway:

Neoliberalism, Labor and Militarization in Central America: Honduras
Saturday, June 8, 8:30 - 10:15am, CWE Room 7-19

Judith Ancel -- University of Missouri, Kansas City
Annie Bird -- Rights Action, Washington D.C.
Alex Main -- Center for Economic and Policy Analysis
Lucy Pagoada -- Front for National Resistance of the People
Liana Foxvog -- International Labor Rights Forum

For more information on the LAWCHA conference:


10:00 p.m. – 11:50 p.m.

After Liberation: The Promise and Perils of Power
Session 1 E310 Sat 10:00am - 11:50am

Nancy Holmstrom -- Daniel Singer Millennium Prize Foundation
Mazibuko Jara -- Amandla! Magazine, South Africa
Samuel Farber -- Professor Emeritus, Brooklyn College
Maria (Josie) Saldana-Portillo -- Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University

Venezuela Beyond Chávez I: The Policy Perspective
Session 1 E307 Sat 10:00am - 11:50am

Alex Main -- Center for Economic and Policy Research
Mark Weisbrot -- Center for Economic and Policy Research
Gregory Wilpert --
Julio Rodriguez -- Radio El Comunitario, Venezuela

Cuba's Changing Economic System Remains an Environmental Model
Session 1 E321 Sat 10:00am - 11:50am

Stan Smith -- Chicago Committee to Free the Cuban 5
Ovidio Roque -- Cuban Mission to the United Nations
Jairo Rodriguez Hernandez -- attache, Cuban Mission to the United Nations
Arnold August -- author "Democracy in Cuba and the 1997–98 Elections" and "Cuba and its Neighbors: Democracy in Motion"

Rebel from Below: Global Capitalism and Local Resistance in Comparative Perspective
Session 1 W608 Sat 10:00am - 11:50am

Lu Zhang -- Temple University
Kimberly Lok -- Temple University, Food Chain Workers Alliance
Jennifer Candipan -- USC
Konrad Aderer -- Life or Liberty (
Esther Hio-Tong Castillo -- Temple University
René Ropac -- Temple University

12:00 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.

Human Paths of Development vs. Capitalist Development
Session 2 E327 Sat 12:00pm - 01:40pm

Michael Gilbert -- News and Letters Committees
Terry Moon -- National Organization of Women
Franklin Dmitryev -- Defense Depot Memphis Tennessee Concerned Citizens Committee
Gerry Emmett -- News and Letters Committees

Drug War and the Environment in Latin America
Session 2 E310 Sat 12:00pm - 01:40pm

Fred Rosen -- North American Congress on Latin America
Liliana Davalos -- SUNY Stony Brook
David Barkin -- Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco (Mexico)
Sanho Tree -- Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies
Nicole Fabricant -- Towson University

Venezuela Beyond Chávez II: The Grassroots Perspective
Session 2 E307 Sat 12:00pm - 01:40pm

Alejandro Velasco -- New York University
Dario Azzellini -- CUNY
Sujatha Fernandes -- Queens College
T.M. Scruggs -- The Real News
Julio Rodriguez -- Radio El Comunitario, Venezuela

Radical Alternatives to Immigration Reform
Session 2 W510 Sat 12:00pm - 01:40pm

Sarah Flores -- CUNY Hunter College student and activist
Immanuel Ness -- Author, Guest Workers and U.S. Corporate Despotism
Jane Guskin -- Author, The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers
Donald Anthonyson -- Families for Freedom
Sonia Guinansaca -- Education Not Deportation Campaign; Board Member of the New York State Youth Leadership Council
Shaun Harkin -- International Socialist Review editorial board

3:40 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.

A changing Cuba, a stagnant America strategy and the continuing plight of the Cuban Five
Session 3 E323 Sat 03:40pm - 05:20pm

Hobart Spalding -- City University of New York
Stephen Kimber -- University of King's College Shool of Journalism
Peter Roman -- Hostos Community College of the City University of New York
Keith Bolender -- University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies
Martin Garbus -- attorney, member of team appealing the convictions of the Cuban Five
Gloria La Riva -- National Committee to Free the Cuban FIve

A Conversation with Alvaro Garcia Linera: A Film and Discussion
Session 3 E306 Sat 03:40pm - 05:20pm

Josefa Salmon -- Loyola University
Bruno Bosteels -- Cornell University

The Drug War in Latin America: ¡Estamos Hasta la Madre! (We are fed up!)
Session 3 E310 Sat 03:40pm - 05:20pm

Nurit Mablu -- International Socialist Organization
Héctor Agredano -- International Socialist Organization
Helen Redmond --, International Socialist Organization,
Gabriel Chaves -- International Socialist Organization

Two, Three, Many Transitions to Socialism in Latin America
Session 3 E307 Sat 03:40pm - 05:20pm

Roger Burbach -- Center for the Study of the Americas (CENSA)
Michael Fox -- United Workers
Eric Leenson -- Center for the Study of the Americas (CENSA
Carol Delgado Arria -- Consul General in New York of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

5:30 p.m. – 7:10 p.m.

Occupying Language
Session 4 W612 Sat 05:30pm - 07:10pm

Manissa McCleave Maharawal -- Cuny graduate center
Marina Sitrin -- CUNY Graduate Center
Dario Azzellini -- Cuny graduate center / JKU Linz (Austria)

Free Puerto Rican Political Prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera
Session 4 W610 Sat 05:30pm - 07:10pm

Professor Ana M Lopez -- Humanities Department, Hostos Community
Jan Susler, Esq. -- Peoples Law office
Graciano Matos -- National Boricua Human Rights Network
Clarissa Lopez -- Comite de Derechos Humanos

The Twenty-First Century Latin American Left
Session 4 E307 Sat 05:30pm - 07:10pm

Fred Rosen -- NACLA
Steve Ellner -- Universidad del Oriente
George Cicariello-Maher -- Drexel University
Arnold August -- author, Democracy in Cuba

SUNDAY, June 9

10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Ecological/Economic transformation for Jamaica and Haiti?
Session 5 E323 Sun 10:00am - 11:50am

Cecile Lawrence -- Green Party of NYS
Colia Clark -- Green Party of NYS
Pascal Robert -- Thought Merchant blog, Haitian Bloggers' Caucus
Kiki Makandal
Chris Silvera -- Teamsters Local 808 Secretary-Treasurer

Reinvisioning Global Energy Turmoil
Session 5 E329 Sun 10:00am - 11:50am

Mohammad Soleymani -- Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY
Matthew Ally -- Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY
Fabian Balardini -- Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY
Enrique Lanz Oca -- Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY
Kenneth Levin -- Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY

Against Privatization & Towards the Commons: Experiences from Bolivia, Greece & Argentina
Session 5 E310 Sun 10:00am - 11:50am

Marina Sitrin -- author, Horizontalism: Voices of Popular Power in Argentina
Marcela Olivera - Latin American coordinator, Water for All campaign
Theodoros Karyotis -- sociologist, translator and activist

Primitive Accumulation: Then and Now
Session 5 E324 Sun 10:00am - 11:50am

Kanishka Chowdhury -- University of St. Thomas, St. Paul
Stephanie McMillan -- cartoonist ("Code Green" and "Minimum Security")
Ariane Fischer -- Temple University
Mario Kawonabo -- Batay Ouvriye (Workers Fight, Haiti) Solidarity Network

12:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

In the Eye of the Storm: Haiti Battle for National Soveriegnty
Session 6 E323 Sun 12:00pm - 01:50pm

Tom Siracuse -- Chair Manhattan Green Party
Ray LaForest -- Union Activist and Organizer
Colia L. Clark -- Guadeloupe Haiti Tour USA, MNN Producer, NY Green Party
P.J. Fleury -- 4Haiti Magazine

Challenges for the Latin American Left in Power
Session 6 LHS Sun 12:00pm - 01:50pm

Gregory Wilpert --
Alvaro Garcia Linera -- Vice-President of Bolivia
Calixto Ortega -- Charge D'Affaires of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the United States
Maria Perceval -- Ambassador of Argentina to the UN

Latin America Rises Up: Resistance to Mega Mining Across the Americas
Session 6 E310 Sun 12:00pm - 01:50pm

Dana Brown -- US Office on Colombia
Manuel Perez-Rocha -- Institute for Policy Studies
Paul Bocking -- York University

3:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.

Imperialism and Ecology
Session 7 LHS Sun 03:00pm - 04:50pm

Geoff Bailey -- International Socialist Review
Chris Williams -- Pace University
Ashley Smith -- International Socialist Review
Marcela Olivera -- Red VIDA, Food & Water Watch
Patrick Bond -- Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Resist Empire, Build Justice through Solidarity, Close the SOA!
Session 7 E310 Sun 03:00pm - 04:50pm

Bernie McAleer -- NYC School of Americas Watch
Arturo Viscarra -- School of Americas Watch
Phil Josselyn -- Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES)

1 comment:

The Wolf Reports said...

Make sure you catch the panel on Haiti's struggle for national sovereignty so you can appreciate the irony of the closing keynote speech given by Garcia Linera, VP of Bolivia whose government provides troops and police for the UN occupation of Haiti.