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2002 Midwest Regional Socialist Conference

The 2002 Midwest Socialist Conference provides a forum where activists from today's struggles can come together to debate and discuss how we can win a different world.
2002 Midwest Regional Socialist Conference:


A World of Poverty & War -- Socialism is the alternative


Saturday -- April 6 -- University of Illinois--Chicago





Voices of opposition to Washington's war drive are more important than ever. The Bush administration is asking for $48 billion in additional funding for the Pentagon, on top of billions more in spending on the war in Afghanistan. Top U.S. officials have made it clear that they want to expand the 'war on terrorism' into other countries for years to come. Meanwhile, we see severe restrictions on civil liberties taking place at home and cuts in essential social programs in the face of a recession and a $1.35 trillion tax cut that largely benefits the rich. The 2002 Midwest Socialist Conference provides a forum where activists from today's struggles can come together to debate and discuss how we can win a different world.





Schedule & Topics:





10am Registration





11am Marxism in the 21st Century -- Alan Maass, editor of Socialist Worker





1:30pm Workshop Session I


Stop Bush*s War on Iraq -- Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor


Can Black & White Unite & Fight? -- Hector Reyes


How to Win a Revolution: Marxism or Anarchism? -- Matt Nichter


Budget Cuts & Layoffs: Where is the Economy Headed -- Joel Geier


Crisis and Class Struggle in Latin America -- Tom Lewis





3:30pm Workshop Session II


They Are Enron, We Are Argentina: Which Way Forward for the Global Justice Movement? -- Katherine Dwyer


What Would Socialism Look Like? -- Kirstin Roberts


Confronting Israel*s Occupation: The New Intifada -- Lance Selfa


From Abortion to Welfare Cuts: Defending Women*s Rights -- Alice Kim


Incarceration Nation: Race, Class & the Criminal Injustice System -- Joan Parkin





7pm Closing Panel -- International Socialist Review Antiwar Tour: War & Resistance,


Another World Is Possible -- Gregory Palast, investigative journalist -- Amber Amundson, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows -- Rev. Graylan Hagler, civil rights activist -- Sharon Smith, Socialist Worker columnist, contributor to Iraq Under Siege





PLACE: University of Illinois-Chicago (call number below for exact location) ON-SITE CHILD CARE: To arrange, call the number below SPONSOR: International Socialist Organization, publisher of Socialist Worker newspaper TICKETS: $5 FOR INFORMATION & TICKETS: Call 312-458-9920 or e-mail chicagosocialistconference2002 (at) hotmail.com





More information on sessions and workshops:





International Socialist Review


Antiwar Tour: War & Resistance, Another World Is Possible


The International Socialist Review Antiwar Tour is bringing together voices of opposition, and hope for a better future, around the country this spring. Veteran activists such as author Howard Zinn, journalists such as Amy Goodman, and family members of the September 11 victims are coming together to help build opposition to this barbaric war. Visit the isreview.org web site for more information on the Antiwar Tour.





Marxism in the 21st Century


We live in a world of obscene inequalities. A world where nearly half the population survives on less than a dollar a day. A world where unending wars and environmental destruction have become the norm. Marxists argue there is an alternative worth fighting for--socialism. A society in which the world*s vast resources are harnessed to meet everyone*s needs. One in which ordinary people decide democratically how to run society. This talk will explain the genuine Marxist tradition of struggle from below needed to create a socialist society





Incarceration Nation: Race, Class and the Criminal Injustice System


The US prison population is larger than the population of Boston, Denver and San Francisco combined. Among the African American poor, most young men will spend some time behind bars. But growing numbers of people are rejecting this **incarceration nation**--and organizing to demand more schools, not more jails.





What Would Socialism Look Like?


Many people have felt the bitter consequences of the corporate-run, free-market system—and are outraged that people around the world have to suffer poverty, oppression and war. But what is the alternative? This workshop is designed to discuss a vision of a socialist future—a vision that a long tradition of revolutionaries has looked to in their struggle for a better world.





How to Win a Revolution: Marxism or Anarchism?


Socialists and anarchists both stand opposed to the inequality and oppression of the current political system. But there are significant differences when it comes to how to wage a fight against this system--and how to achieve our shared political vision of freedom and democracy.





They Are Enron, We Are Argentina: Which Way Forward for the Global Justice Movement?


After September 11, the global justice movement floundered, unsure of how to address the US offensive at home and abroad. But in February, the 15,000-strong march against the World Economic Forum in New York City and the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, helped revitalize the movement.





Can Black & White Unite & Fight?


Racism runs deep in the US, and is historically one of the biggest obstacles to a united workers fightback against the system. Yet such unity is sorely needed if we are to win. Only by linking the fight against racial oppression--around issues of police brutality, housing and job discrimination, racial profiling and the racist criminal injustice system--with the economic struggles against the priorities of capitalism--around health care, jobs, better working conditions and wages--can we build that sort of unity.





Budget Cuts & Layoffs: Workers Fight Recession


In both corporate America and the public sector, working people are being asked to pay the price for the recession. Can our unions organize a fight to defend jobs and wages in the face of an assault being carried out by private companies and bosses alike?





Crisis & Class Struggle in Latin America


The economic crisis and Argentinazo have brought to the fore not only the failures of free-market capitalism, but how that crisis is producing a new resistance, centered on workers and the unemployed. The answer to capitalist globalization needs to come not from conference meetings between NGOs and corporate heads, but from ordinary workers themselves, taking action to win the right to food, work and a better life.





From Abortion Rights to Welfare Cuts: Defending Women*s Rights


George W. Bush has declared war on women*s right to choose, most recently by classifying fetuses as "unborn children." And he has announced that Clinton*s 1996 welfare cuts **didn*t go far enough.** This workshop addresses the assault on women*s rights—and how we can reverse it.





Stop Bush*s War on Iraq


After a devastating military attack in 1991 and more than a decade of genocidal sanctions, the US has now openly proclaimed its intent to go to war against Iraq again. **The question is not whether but when** to attack Iraq, according to one US official. This workshop explains why.





http://www.socialistworker.org


http://www.isreview.org

www.internationalsocialist.org





 
 

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