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The first “Workers’ Economy” meeting in 2007 in Buenos Aires started today’s global network of enterprises "recuperated" and self-managed by their workers. Activists in cooperatives, trade unions and solidarity economies have joined this network, as well as many thinkers. Its roots are in Argentina’s 2001 crisis, when workers faced enterprises shut by distressed owners. To save jobs, many peacefully re-organized their workplaces as co-ops and resumed work under their own control. The network’s South American chapter now has over 500 worker-recuperated firms: Argentina 390, Brazil 70, Uruguay 50, and more elsewhere.
Starting in South America, the network has grown to embrace 800 enterprises in over 30 countries. In 2014 the first European “encuentro” was held in the Fralib tea factory in Marseilles, France. The second was in 2016 at the Greek co-op, Vio.Me. There are now almost 300 worker-recuperated firms in Italy, 30 in France, and more in Greece, Spain and Turkey. The network’s North American, Central American and Caribbean chapter – main host of this panel - met in Mexico City in 2014 and 2016. Mutual aid animates the workers' economy. Facing legal challenges Vio.Me called for and got network aid, as did the Hotel Bauen in Buenos Aires. New chapters are forming in Africa and Asia.
Can "the workers' economy" and allies form part of what the Left Forum calls a "winning strategy" by which workers transcend neo-liberal capital? With the help of chairing by Peter Ranis, panelists accept a 10-minute limit on this issue, including introductions. We invite all Left Forum participants to concretize our New York debates at the Workers’ Economy “encuentro” November 8-10 in Mexico City for North American, Central American & Caribbean region participants. For info: https://www.globaljusticecenter.org/

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The 2017 presidential and parliamentary elections in Chile gave the newly constituted Broad Front (Frente Amplio) the best results for the left since 1989. This panel will 1) contextualize the political and economic transformations since the end of Pinochet's dictatorship; 2) give an account of the articulation of contemporary social movements and the left in Chile and; 3) compare the resurgence of right wing governments in Latin America with the current Chilean administration.

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BUILDING AN INTERNATIONAL & INTERNATIONALIST OPPOSITION TO IMPERIALISM, THE INTERACTION BETWEEN ORGANIZING FOR SOCIALISM AND ORGANIZING AGAINST WAR. THESIS FOR DISCUSSION: What direction(s) should internationalists take in the coming period of class struggle in the US? Should we focus on building a new internationalist socialist leadership? Should we focus on overcoming the crisis of leadership in US anti-war opposition? Can these tasks be combined? If so, how? What is the relationship between this crisis and the current mass organising context(s) against the Trump regime? What are the organizing priorities? What is to be done?

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THE RED-BROWN ALLIANCE, FAKE NEWS AND GENOCIDE DENIAL, MORAL AND POLITICAL COMPROMISES ON THE LEFT: "Anti imperialism" without any class content and without true internationalism (international working class solidarity) is the political basis for the red brown alliance, the political compromise of sections of the US left with reactionary, fascist forces.

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THE HISTORICAL AND THEORETICAL ISSUES: Two arguments are offered by leftists against support for the Syrian revolution: 1) that revolutionaries should only focus on their own imperialist masters; and 2) that the Assad regime, and other regimes (Venezuela, Iran... ) are "anti-imperialist". Are these arguments consistent with the tradition of revolutionary struggle against imperialism, and what are the implications of these arguments for efforts to build international working class solidarity in the US?"? What implications do different answers to these questions on the self-identified "Left" domestically and internationally, have for the standing of socialism in the world today?

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Venezuela has been a driving force for the nations of the Americas attempting to free themselves from US domination. Washington’s actions against Venezuelan sovereignty represent an attempt to reassert imperial control over Latin America. Human rights lawyer Dan Kovalik will address the US threats, sanctions, and disinformation campaign, along with the International role of Venezuela. Venezuelan diplomat Carlos Ron will highlight Venezuela’s accomplishments and its response to the ever-increasing US intervention. Most importantly, human rights activist Ajamu Baraka will discuss solidarity with Venezuela, building a broad anti-imperialist movement in the US.

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Washington has a long history of seeking to overthrow North Korea, even before their murderous war on DPRK that killed one quarter of the population, according to US Generals. We will discuss the effect of the war on Korean consciousness, US sanctions and threats against North Korea since that time, counter some of the fake news in the corporate media over the recent period, and the movement against war in Korea today. All the speakers have been to North Korea. Medea Benjamin was part of the Women Cross the DMZ peace delegation. Deirdre Griswold has been to both Koreas several times, the first being a meeting with Kim Il Sung. Stan Smith has written several articles exposing US disinformation against North Korea.

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The exploitation and austerity imposed by capitalism has triggered protests and movements from Egypt, Greece, and France to Ferguson, Baltimore and now West Virginia in the U.S. But these struggles met their limits and dissipated or were channeled back into the system. Nowhere has the working class provided an independent, let alone revolutionary, perspective to current struggles. Many of those seeking revolutionary change have turned away from the working class as the revolutionary model of the 21st century, claiming that the proletariat, its workers’ councils, the revolutionary party, and the socialist program have are no longer necessary, and that we need a new political approach.

We disagree with this perspective. The potential and necessity of the working class to once again provide a leadership to struggles that challenge the status quo is just as true today as it ever was. But it is important to carry out regular revolutionary activity in the working class and not to simply wait around for periods of mass upheaval. Come to a presentation and discussion of our perspectives and efforts in both France and the U.S. for building a revolutionary organization in the working class today, and hear about our concrete experience organizing and participating in the recent railroad workers’ strikes and the student movement against austerity in France.

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This panel will include the following four sections. First, Columbia University's teacher training co-director, Suzanne Pratt, will describe the TR@TC2 program, its goals and purposes. Second, Rebecca Stanton, a classroom teacher of record at Manhattan's Community Health Academy of the Heights will outline the intersections across theory and practice, and demonstrate instructional methods designed to engage immigrant students and encourage their voices. Next, selected high-school students and their tutors will present projects related to social justice topics of their choice. Finally, the panel will close with a question and answer segment. This panel will be of particular interest to current and entering teachers, school administrators, students, their families, as well as anyone interested in supporting immigrant students.

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What forms of struggle are Africans using to fight the many-headed hydra of neocolonialism, and what forms of international solidarity are needed in response? This panel will examine the lawyer-led uprising Ambazonia, also known as the Southern Cameroons, which since fall 2016 has been garnering unprecedented participation and support. Panelists from Ambazonia, Cameroon, Nigeria and the US will discuss the roles of different sectors, the historical-political context of French neo-colonialism (la Francafrique), the Ambazonian refugee crisis and the role of Nigeria, and the organizing for political prisoner support including through House Resolution 718.