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Session A: Friday June 28th, 5:00pm - 7:00 pm
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In recent days, anti-Semitism has returned with a vengeance, alongside Islamophobia, anti-communism, and an anti-capitalism of fools that substitutes conspiracy theory for critical theory. At the same time, political power is concentrated as never before in the hands of the far right, and wielded indiscriminately against its political opponents on the left. Spikes in anti-Semitism tend to track closely with times of war, social unrest, and economic crisis—and with upticks in nationalist, anti-communist, and anti-capitalist sentiment. How can we respond to the concurrent rise in anti-Semitism and anti-Communism, on the one hand, and in the “anti-capitalism of fools,” on the other? This panel will include antifascist labor organizers and militants from the Jewish left from a variety of political tendencies. Presenters: Michael Gould-Wartofsky, author, educator, & cofounder of OLT-NYC Tobi Erner, social worker & labor organizer Savannah Gordon, worker & cofounder of OLT-NYC Ronny Nuñez, organizer from Occupy Sandy & OLT-NYC Chair person: Savannah Format: Roundtable/moderated dialogue w/audience Q&A at the end