Friday, May 30, 2014

Panels on the Americas at Left Forum in New York City, May 31-June 1, 2014

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:

Weekly News Update editor David L. Wilson will be speaking at "The Global Minimum Wage Struggle"  panel on June 1:


10:00 p.m. – 11:50 p.m.

Bringing the Right Back In: How the Right has Responded to Latin America's Left TurnSession 1 1.123 Sat 10:00am - 11:50am

Gabriel Hetland, Chair -- UC Berkeley Sociology
Gregory Wilpert -- Telesur
Angela Marino -- UC Berkeley Dept of Theatre Dance and Performance Studies
Carlos Salamanca -- Polo Democratico Alternativo
Roberto Lovato -- Writer, New American Media

Domestic Workers, Mothers and Other Caregivers – Organizing for Welfare and a Living Wage
Session 1 1.109 Sat 10:00am - 11:50am

Selma James, Chair -- Global Women's Strike
Pat Albright -- Every Mother is a Working Mother Network (Philadelphia, PA)
Monica Peabody -- Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights (POWER) Olympia, WA
Pat Gowens -- Welfare Warriors and MaGoD (Mothers and Grandmothers of Disappeared Children) Milwaukee, WI
Leddy Mozombite -- Peru Domestic Workers Organization

Capitalism, Immigration and Immigrant/Migrant Justice Struggles
Session 1 1.81 Sat 10:00am - 11:50am
Sponsored by: International Socialist Review

Sarah Pomar-Flores, Chair -- International Socialist Organization
Donald Anthonyson -- Families For Freedom
Denise Romero-Franco -- Raza Youth Collective

12:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Challenging GMOs: Toward a More Transformative Movement
Session 2 1.92 Sat 12:00pm - 01:50pm
Sponsored by: Review of Radical Political Economics, Capitalism Nature Socialism

Brian Tokar Chair -- Institute for Social Ecology/University of Vermont
Andrea Brower -- University of Auckland
Amalia Leguizamón -- CUNY Graduate Center
Chaia Heller -- Institute for Social Ecology
Les Levidow -- Open University, UK

Cuba Today: Capitalist Reform or Safeguarding the Revolution?
Session 2 1.123 Sat 12:00pm - 01:50pm

Arnold August, Chair -- Author ZEDBooks(UK)/Fernwood Publishing(Canada)/Palgrave Macmillan (USA)
Dr. Juana Rosales Garcia -- Senior Researcher, Institute of Philosophy, Havana, Cuba
Dr. Felipe de Jesús Pérez Cruz -- President of the National Union of Cuban Historians (UNHIC) in Havana, Cuba

Venezuela and the Corporate Mass Media: Its National and International Impact
Session 2 1.124 Sat 12:00pm - 01:50pm
Sponsored by: Telesur English,

Gregory Wilpert, Chair -- Telesur English
Eva Golinger
Keane Bhatt
Claudia Salerno -- Venezuelan Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs for North America
Carol Delgado -- Consul General of Venezuela in New York City

Deportations and Citizenship In the Neo-Liberal Era
Session 2 L.76 Sat 12:00pm - 01:50pm

David Brotherton, Chair -- John jayncollege and graduate center cuny
Yolanda Martin -- Bmcc, cuny
Luis Barrios -- John jay college

3:10 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.

Book Launch Celebration: They Can't Represent Us! Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy
Session 3 1.105 Sat 03:10pm - 04:50pm
Sponsored by: Verso Books

Camilo Turi, Chair,
Dario Azzellini -- Johannes Kepler University, Austria
Marina Sitrin

Latin America: Renewed Challenges and Opportunities for the Left
Session 3 1.124 Sat 03:10pm - 04:50pm
Sponsored by: Science & Society and the Union for Radical Political Economics

Julio Huato, Chair -- St. Francis College
George Ciccariello-Maher -- Drexel University
Peter Bohmer -- Evergreen State College

The New Face of Mesoamerican Immigration in New York - Reproducing Indigenous Culture as a Means of Resistance
Session 3 1.81 Sat 03:10pm - 04:50pm

Cynthia Santos, Chair
Oscar Ramirez
Pablo Benson
Juan Carlos Ruiz
Leobardo Ambrosio
Trío de Huapango "Dinastía Veracruzana"
Rogelio Torres

Opposing War and Military and NGO Occupation. Supporting Whistleblowers and Refuseniks
Session 3 8.61 Sat 03:10pm - 04:50pm

Phoebe Jones, Chair
Lori Nairne -- Queer Strike / Chelsea Manning Grand Marshal, Not Court Martial Coalition
Eric Gjertsen -- Payday men's network
Pat Alviso -- Military Families Speak Out
speaker from Haiti Action Committee

5:00 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.

Working in Fear: Deportation and Labor Exploitation in the Obama Age
Session 4 1.81 Sat 05:00pm - 06:50pm
Sponsored by: Dissent Magazine

Michelle Chen, Chair
Denise Brennan -- Georgetown University
Daniel Coates -- Make the Road New York
Abraham Paulos -- Families for Freedom

Human Rights and Freedom of Speech in 15 years of the Socialist Government of Venezuela
Session 4 1.121 Sat 05:00pm - 06:50pm

Gregory Wilpert, Chair -- TeleSur English
Rod Stoneman -- embassy of the bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
Daniel Kovalik -- embassy of the bolivarian Republic of

Post-Chávez Venezuela: New Directions under the Presidency of Nicolás Maduro?
Session 4 1.124 Sat 05:00pm - 06:50pm

Clara Irazabal, Chair -- Columbia University
Steve Ellner -- Universidad de Oriente (Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela)
Dario Azzellini -- Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
George Ciccariello-Maher -- Drexel University
Naomi Schiller -- Temple University
Arnold August

Protracted People’s War and Contemporary Revolutionary Struggles
Session 4 1.108 Sat 05:00pm - 06:50pm
Sponsored by:

Christian Laureano, Chair -- Liaison Committee for a New Communist Party - NCP(LC)
Fernanda Pardo -- Maosoleum
Carlos Rivera -- Maosoleum
Santiago Avila -- Maosoleum
Karl Riukas -- Maosoleum

Guatemala: Corporate Power, State-Sponsored Violence and the Struggle for Justice
Session 4 1.123 Sat 05:00pm - 06:50pm

Kelsey Alford-Jones, Chair -- Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA
Jennifer Harbury
Amanda Kistler -- Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

The Legacy of Slavery: Critical Dialogue on CARICOM and Reparatory Justice
Session 4 1.73 Sat 05:00pm - 06:50pm

Gordon Barnes, Chair -- The Graduate Center, CUNY
Rhone Fraser -- Delaware County Community College
Ahmed Reid -- Bronx Community College
Horace Campbell -- Syracuse University

SUNDAY, June 1

10:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Colombian Peace Talks: The Flame of Hope Is Back Again!
Session 5 1.124 Sun 10:00am - 11:50am
Sponsored by: Toward Freedom

Juan Carlos Vallejo, Chair -- Director Humanitarian Law Peace and Democracy
Members of the Peace Delegation of the FARC-EP

Drug War Revolution in Latin America: The Road to Legalization of All Drugs
Session 5 1.123 Sun 10:00am - 11:50am
Sponsored by: International Socialist Review

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

Beyond Borders: The Global Fight against Racism
Session 5 8.67 Sun 10:00am - 11:50am
Sponsored by: Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office

Kazembe Balagun, Chair -- Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office
Opal Tometi -- Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Miriam Neptune -- Barnard Center for Research on Women
Sunyata Altenor -- Latin American and Caribbean Community Center

Resisting Dispossession and Deportation in Canada
Session 5 1.81 Sun 10:00am - 11:50am
Sponsored by: Red de Solidaridad Zapatista-Canada

Eloy Rivas, Chair -- Carleton University- Department of Sociology
Mostafa Henaway -- Immigrant Workers Centre-Montreal
Noe Arteaga -- Status for All Coalition-Canada
Yavar Hameed -- Human Rights Lawyer
Tings Chak -- No One Is Illegal - Toronto
Samir Shaheen-Hussain -- Health Justice Collective-Canada

12:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

The Global Minimum Wage Struggle
Session 6 1.109 Sun 12:00pm - 01:50pm

Stephanie McMillan, Chair -- Proletarian Alternative
Kiki Makandal -- Batay Ouvriye Solidarity Network, One Struggle NY
David Wilson -- Weekly News Update on the Americas

Brazil's Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, The Olympics and the Fight for Democracy
Session 6 L.76 Sun 12:00pm - 01:50pm

Sponsored by: Haymarket Books
John McDonald -- Chair,
Dave Zirin
Samantha Retrosi -- Former Olympian
Eduardo d'Albergaria

Does the Left Exist?: Global Perspectives - Part 2
Session 6 1.71 Sun 12:00pm - 01:50pm
Sponsored by: Situations: Project of the Radical Imagination

Martin Cortes, Chair -- University of Buenos Aires
Marcus Grätsch -- Interventionist Left, Germany, FelS Berlin, Left Forum, NY
Carlos Frade -- University of Salford
Bruno Bosteels -- Cornell University
Rose Kim -- CUNY

The Dominican Republic: History and Politics since 1959 - Constanza, Maimon, Estero Hondo and Freedom Struggles up to the Present
Session 6 1.124 Sun 12:00pm - 01:50pm

Vita Devyatkin, Chair
Ricardo Deschamps
Wilson Spencer Hernandez

Haiti and Caribbean in Western Imperial Storm
Session 6 1.114 Sun 12:00pm - 01:50pm
Sponsored by: Haiti Liberte Newspaper

Pojanee PJ Fleury, Chair -- Brown Eyes Company
Colia L Clark -- Green Party and Guadeloupe Haiti Tour Committee
Kim Ives Haiti -- Liberte Newspaper
Daniel Rivera -- Green Party
Johanna Fernandez -- Educators for Mumia Abu Jamal
Basiymah Muhammad Bey -- UNIA/ACL Black Cross Nurses Association

3:40 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.

Justice for Victor Jara: An Update and Discussion
Session 7 9.681 Sun 03:40pm - 05:40pm
Sponsored by: Toward Freedom News Journal

Robin Lloyd, Chair -- Toward Freedom News Journal
John Summa -- RiseUpFilming & University of Vermont
Mark Cook -- Journalist
Joyce Horman -- The Charles Horman Truth Foundation
Almudena Bernabeu -- Center for Justice & Accountability

Puerto Rico Update!
Session 7 1.124 Sun 03:40pm - 05:40pm

Digna Sanchez, Chair -- Friends of Puerto Rico Initiative
Olga Sanabria -- COPRONU - Puerto Rico Committee to the United Nations
Andres Torres -- Professor of Economics Lehman College

Reform and/or Revolution: Strategic Challenges for the Mexican Working Class
Session 7 1.123 Sun 03:40pm - 05:40pm
Sponsored by: NACLA Report on the Americas, New Politics, Campaign for Peace and Democracy

Joanne Landy, Chair -- Campaign for Peace and Democracy
Edur Velasco Arregui -- Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Azcapotzalco, Mexico
Richard Roman -- University of Toronto
Dan La Botz -- New Politics, Mexican Labor News and Analysis
Antonio Nadal-- Friends of Puerto Rico Initiative

Nou Pa Dakò: Mobilization against Anti-Haitianism in the Americas, Past and Present
Session 7 1.115 Sun 03:40pm - 05:40pm

Sophia Cantave, Chair -- International Campaign to End Apartheid in the Dominican Republic
Dahoud Andre -- Lakou, New York Radio Program
Miriam Neptune -- HWHR/Independent Filmmaker
Nadja Fatal -- Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees

Migration from a Revolutionary Perspective: Changing the Predominant Narrative
Session 7 1.89 Sun 03:40pm - 05:40pm
Sponsored by: AfrobeatRadio.Com

Opal Tometi, Chair -- Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
Janis Rosheuvel -- United Methodist Women & Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Donald Anthonyson -- Families for Freedom (FFF)
Ninaj Raoul -- Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees (HWHR)
Aly Wane -- Syracuse Peace Council & Central New York Worker's Center

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