Socialist Organizing Strategies in a Time of Reaction
Presenters: Mary Jo Connelly, Freedom Road Socialist Organization; David Keil, Socialist Party; George Kucewicz; Louise Parker, Our Revolution and Democratic Socialists of America
This workshop will be a collaborative and interactive discussion of this critical topic. Brief presentation by George Kucewicz: "Think like Lenin -- act like Saul Alinksy". The other panelists will give their short take on the present situation followed by dialogue among the panelists, and a lively discussion with the audience. We need everyone's perspective!
Panel of Educators
Presenters: Jose Aleman, Eric Slater, and Joe Ramsey
Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Workshop
Presenter: Kevin Lynch, Jobs Not Jails and Executive Director, Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement (EPOCA)
Discuss the CORI information Workshop. Provide updates on the laws pertaining to CORIs & returning offenders. Discussing how to obtain a CORI & seal it. Provide information about our organization as a whole etc.
Roundtable Discussion on Deportations and the Fight Back Movement Today
Presenters: John Harris, Boston May Day Coalition and Gabe Feldstein, Socialist Alternative
This workshop seeks to engage participants in a discussion of the onslaught of attacks coming down on undocumented workers and youth and developments in the movement against deportations over the last dozen years. Participants will take up the question of strategy and tactics needed today in the effort to build a mass social movement for permanent legal residence for all undocumented migrants. Lessons from the May 1, 2006 general strike and its aftermath will be discussed as well.
Professor and Chair, Department of History and Social Sciences, Bunker Hill Community College
AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS | 2:30 PM - 3:50PM
Drugs, Violence and Free Trade Agreements in Mexico and Central America
Presenters: Benjamin Prado, Program Coordinator, US-Mexico Border Program for American Friends Services Committee. Hosted by Greater Boston Trade Justice
The workshop will explore how the drug traffic, violence and government complicity are impacted by, and impact, free trade agreements. The war on drugs is a political war. One can state this confidently by looking at who benefits from its being waged. This is especially true in Mexico where the primary benefactors of the US war on drugs are: corporations and banks often based in the United States and their allies in the Mexican political and financial world. It is a war funded by taxpayers in North, Central and South America being fought by often brutal means and under false pretenses. This is not a war on drugs. It is a war on people whose lives and communities stand in the way of multinational exploitation and profiteering. This workshop will describe these connections, and assaults on how human rights organizations here and abroad need to work together.
Benjamin Prado is the Program Coordinator of US-Mexico Border Program of the American Friends Service Committee. For 15 years as Program Coordinator his role has been to promote Human Rights, document cases of abuse and led work on policy advocacy in support of migrant workers and their families. Benjamin has led campaigns to educate the public on the consequences of the impact of neo-liberal free trade agreements, participated in international delegations throughout Latin America. He is a specialist on the policies of Border Militarization, Immigration law enforcement strategies and tactics, and has coordinated community actions in defense of people’s democratic, constitutional and human rights. He has documented countless cases of abuse of authority, has videotaped federal immigration raids as they happen, and has himself been the victim of Border Patrol abuse.
Greater Boston Trade Justice was formerly No TPP Boston. Our mission is to improve international trade so that the most people will benefit. Our current focus is the renegotiation of NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement. We demand removal of NAFTA’s Investor-State Dispute Settlement provision, and inclusion of enforceable provisions to protect labor and the environment. These goals are achievable and will extend the economic benefits of trade while protecting ecosystem and climate.
What can Gramsci teach us today?
Presenter: Myrna Morales, Left Roots
What is it about this current moment that makes Antonio Gramsci's
analysis so pivotal in our struggle for collective liberation? Having
spent the last years of his life in prison ruminating and analyzing
the moment that was missed during his time, are we going to look back
and also wonder if we are squandering this moment? Are we even going
to be able to look back given the current moment? This workshop seeks
to engage with Gramsci's concepts of the war of position and the war of maneuver and how they are relevant today.
Puerto Rico: Colonization and Oppression
Facilitator: Dorotea Manuela
PowerPoint Presentation Produced by: Ivys Fernandez
Presenters/Panelists: Myriam Ortiz, Puerto Rican Anti Colonial activist and artist; Dorotea Manuela, Afro Boricua (Puerto Rican) Independentista (Anti Colonial, Puerto Rican and oppressed peoples’ Liberation Movements): Antiracist labor and Human Rights Activist; Roberto Torres Collazo, Puerto Rican Anti Colonial editor of revista digital Cambio Social and a member of Alianza por Puerto Rico
From 1493 when Spain invaded Puerto Rico aka "discovered" its inhabitants the Taino native people they systematically enslaved and decimated them which led to the transporting of Africans and their enslavement. In 1898, following the imperialist war with Spain the USNA (United States of North America) seized and colonized Puerto Rico. This session will include a PowerPoint presentation followed by a panel discussion. Comments and questions will be entertained only after the conclusion of the panel discussion. The Power Point will provide a historical and political background of Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico has experienced several crises natural, economic and political, about which mainland people are both misinformed and uninformed. Immediately following the presentation, there will be a brief panel discussion in which panelists will emphasize various aspects of Puerto Rico's current situation and its needs. Following the panel discussion participants will be encouraged to engage and continue the discussion.
From Boston to Palestine: Approaches to Solidarity
Presenter: Ari Wohlfeiler, Jewish Voice for Peace, and Amahl Bishara, Associate Professor,Tufts University
We will discuss the JVP’s “Deadly Exchange” campaign to end US & Israeli police partnerships, including on campuses. This approach opens the possibility for intersectional, anti-racist activism around reclaiming safety for all in the United States alongside criticizing Israel’s highly militarized approach to colonial policing and repression. We will also address Boston-based organizing to build awareness about water-related partnerships between the US and Israel and to build support for an intersectionally informed Palestinian environmental education program.
Amahl Bishara is associate professor of anthropology at Tufts University. She is a filmmaker and has led collaborative workshops to produce bilingual children’s books with Palestinian refugee youth.
Digital Security 101
Presenters: James O'Keefe & Steve Revilak, Massachusetts Pirate Party
Mass surveillance of the public, targeted surveillance of minorities, corporate surveillance of consumers… It seems like there is a lot to be afraid of these days. It's clear that our digital communications are simply not secure unless we go out of our way to defend our human right to privacy. This workshop will go over some basic techniques you can use to protect yourself and defend your right to free speech. The presenters are experienced digital security teachers, members of the Pirate Party, and privacy and social justice activists.