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Thursday, July 2
 

1:00pm

Lenin and Bukharin on imperialism
At the height of the First World War, the Russian revolutionaries Vladimir Lenin and Nikolai Bukharin developed an analysis of how the development of capitalism gives rise to imperialism and war. The world has changed enormously in the past 100 years, but this talk will argue that Lenin and Bukharin's underlying approach remains vital for socialists today.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism by V.I. Lenin
Imperialism and World Economy by Bukharin
Marxist Theories of Imperialism: A Critical Survey by Tony Brewer

Speakers
avatar for Phil Gasper

Phil Gasper

Phil Gasper has been an anti-war activist for over 30 years. He is the editor of The Communist Manifesto: A Road Map to History's Most Important Political Document, a member of the International Socialist Review editorial board, and a frequent contributor to Socialist Worker.


Thursday July 2, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Adler A/B

1:00pm

A tale of two psyches: Upper class and working class psychology
This talk will explore fascinating recent research on psychological differences between social classes in the US. Although working and lower class people are more likely to suffer physical and mental health difficulties under capitalism, working class individuals exhibit greater empathy and prosocial behavior than those in the upper class, develop a more communal sense of self and agency, and are more likely to perceive social categories (e.g. race, gender, ethnicity) as socially constructed. Using Vygotsky’s Marxist approach to psychology, I will argue that the unique psychology that emerges from working class life highlights our potential for collective struggle and revolutionary transformation of society.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Sawyer

Jeremy Sawyer

Jeremy Sawyer is a school psychologist who worked in New York City public schools, and a PhD candidate in developmental psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is a member of the International Socialist Organization.


Thursday July 2, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Grant Park B

1:00pm

Rise of the CIO
The decade prior to the Great Depression of 1929 saw a battered and weakened labor movement. By 1933 the sleeping giant of US labor began to stir as workplace strikes rose exponentially to the previous year. The rise of the CIO was forced onto the American stage by labor struggles that showed that the US labor movement was far from passive. The role of socialists and communists was central to the three major strikes of 1934 in San Francisco,  Toledo and Minneapolis. What was this process like and what can be the lessons for today?


Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:

Teamster Rebellion by Farrell Dobbs

Speakers
avatar for Alpana Mehta

Alpana Mehta

Alpana Mehta is a member of the International Socialist Organization in Boston.


Thursday July 2, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Dusable C

1:00pm

The Mexican Revolution and the U.S. Left
The Mexican Revolution of 1910 was one of the 20th century’s first great uprisings of the oppressed. Not only was a long-standing dictatorship toppled by mass revolt, the revolution also shook the foundations of U.S. empire and threatened to spread across the border. In the United States, organized labor and the radical left united in support of the revolution, but disagreed over its class character and divided over its support for rival revolutionary camps. These divisions reflected wider splits emerging between reformists and revolutionaries internationally. Nevertheless, this revolutionary moment showed the potential for the left to unify and collaborate across the U.S.-Mexico border. It also contains important lessons for understanding how and why these efforts ultimately failed, and what will be needed to rebuild genuine cross-border solidarity today.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
No One Is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border by Justin Akers Chacon and Mike Davis
Labor Rights Are Civil Rights: Mexican American Workers in Twentieth-Century America by Zaragosa Vargas
Cannery Women, Cannery Lives: Mexican Women, Unionization, and the California Food Processing Industry, 1930-1950 by Vicki L. Ruiz

Speakers
avatar for Justin Akers Chacon

Justin Akers Chacon

Justin Akers Chacón is an activist, educator, and writer from the San Diego-Tijuana region. He co-authored No One is Illegal (with Mike Davis) and is currently working on a new book called Marx in the Barrio (to be published in 2016).


Thursday July 2, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Clark A/B

1:00pm

Lenin's "Left-Wing" Communism
This talk will summarize the main points of Lenin's famous 1920 pamphlet against the "ultra-lefts" of his day, and discuss the shortcomings of ultra-leftism in today's contexts.

Recommended readings:
• Left Wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder by V. I. Lenin
What is to be done? Burning questions of our movement by V. I. Lenin
• Workers of the World and Oppressed Peoples, Unite!: Proceedings and Documents of the Second Congress, 1920, 2 volumes. Some of proceedings available at the Marxist Internet Archive.
• Lenin, Collected Works, Volume 31
    • Theses on Fundamental Tasks of The Second Congress Of The Communist International
• Peter Camejo, “Liberalism, ultraleftism, or mass action”, 14 June 1970.
• Toward the United Front: Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the Communist International, 1922 edited by John Riddell

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
• Left Wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder by V. I. Lenin
• What is to be done? Burning questions of our movement by V. I. Lenin
• Workers of the World and Oppressed Peoples, Unite!: Proceedings and Documents of the Second Congress, 1920, 2 volumes.
• Toward the United Front: Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the Communist International, 1922 edited by John Riddell

Speakers
avatar for Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly is a member of the International Socialist Organization in Chicago. 


Thursday July 2, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Field C

1:00pm

Mandate of Heaven: Marx and Mao in Modern China
Nigel Harris's book on China was published in 1978, assessing the achievements thus far of a regime barely 30 years in existence. While China today is superficially unrecognizable in comparison to the period that Harris was analyzing, the foundation of the current society was laid in this period. Those interested in understanding how China went from one of the most underdeveloped countries to becoming better at capitalism than the most advanced economies would benefit from studying this period.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
The Mandate of Heaven: Marx and Mao in modern China by Nigel Harris
The Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution by Harold Isaacs

Speakers
avatar for Dennis Kosuth

Dennis Kosuth

Dennis has written an article for the ISR on the Tiananmen protests of 1989 and articles on the Chinese revolution for Socialist Worker.


Thursday July 2, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Clark C

1:00pm

Gendered violence in India
The main stream media attributes violence in India  to India's 'culture'. Hindus and Muslims seem to be locked in age old conflict while gender relations are understood to be so 'primitive' that newspapers from the New York Times to the British Independent have talked with concern about India's 'rape problem'. Are there recidivist historic communities and violent social relations in India that have been carried over from an ancient past? This talk explores this eternality of Indian 'culture' and why such explanations are so resilient in commonsense approaches to India.

Speakers
avatar for Tithi Bhattacharya

Tithi Bhattacharya

Professor of South Asian History at Purdue University. She is the author of The Sentinels of Culture: Class, Education, and the Colonial Intellectual in Bengal. She writes extensively on Marxism and oppression and is currently working on her second book which is , a material history of fear in colonial India. She is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review.


Thursday July 2, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Grant Park A

3:00pm

Poetry and politics: Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich and the women’s liberation movement
As poets, both Adrienne Rich and Audre Lorde gave artistic expression to the radicalization of the 1960s and 70s. As theorists and activists, they were deeply immersed in debates about race, class & sexuality in the Women’s Liberation movement. They were also politically engaged with each other as writers, socialists, educators, and activists. While focusing on the life and work of these two writers, this workshop will also explore larger debates about race, class and sexuality within (and without) the women’s liberation movement. 

Speakers
avatar for Megan Behrent

Megan Behrent

Megan Behrent is an activist and educator in Brooklyn, NY. She taught high school English for 15 years and is currently an Assistant Professor of English at NYC College of Technology, CUNY. She is a contributor to Education and Capitalism (Haymarket Books) and has been published in the International Socialist Review, Labor Notes, New Politicsand the Harvard Educational Review.


Thursday July 2, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Clark C

3:00pm

In defense of the dialectic
Among contemporary Marxists, there’s a debate about the usefulness of the dialectical method. According to Marx, his materialist approach rescued Hegel’s dialectic from idealism in order to discover "the rational kernel within the mystical shell.” What is the dialectic? Is the dialectic a crucial aspect or the fatal undoing of a materialist theory of the social world?

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
The Algebra of Revolution: The Dialectic and the Classical Marxist Tradition by John Rees
Dance of the Dialectic: Steps In Marx's Method by Bertell Ollman
An Introduction to the Logic of Marxism by George Novack

Speakers
avatar for Eric Ruder

Eric Ruder

Eric Ruder is a longtime antiwar and Palestine solidarity activist as well as a journalist for Socialist Worker who has reported from Ferguson, Gaza, and the U.S.-Mexico border. 


Thursday July 2, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Grant Park B

3:00pm

The revolutionary origins of capitalism
Marx in Capital argued that capitalism enters the world 'dripping from head to foot, from every pore, with blood and dirt'. At the same time, Marx and Engels stressed the revolutionary nature of the emergence of capitalism and the string of 'classical bourgeois revolutions' that accompanied it. This talk examines how, if at all, these two notions can be combined.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions by Neil Davidson

Speakers
avatar for Pepijn Brandon

Pepijn Brandon

Pepijn Brandon is a historian from Amsterdam who currently works at the University of Pittsburgh. His book War, Capital, and the Dutch State (1588-1795) will come out in the HM book-series this September.


Thursday July 2, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Dusable C

3:00pm

Origin of Family, Private Property and the State
Frederick Engels' The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State is a foundational Marxist text on the roots of women's oppression and the role of the family in modern society.  Linking the rise of the nuclear family as an economic unit to the rise of class society itself, Engels argues that with socialism and the abolition of private property, the family as we know it will also be abolished.  While subsequent Marxists and feminists authors have enhanced our understanding of the role of the family since Marx and Engels time, this book provides a revolutionary starting point for understanding these questions.  

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:

Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State by Friedrich Engels
Marx on Gender and the Family: A Critical Study by Heather Brown

Speakers
avatar for Lucy Herschel

Lucy Herschel

Lucy Herschel is an activists and socialist based in Queens, NY.  She is a paralegal working in indigent criminal defense and a delegate in 1199SEIU.


Thursday July 2, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Field C

3:00pm

On stolen land: Primitive accumulation and the dispossession of Native lands
The US nation state came into being on the backs of millions of Black bodies stolen into slavery as well as genocidal practices against the Indigenous Peoples of this continent. Lands and resources held in common by Indigenous Peoples were forcefully turned into private property through colonial and then capitalist expansion using slaughter, violence, war and by newly constitutional legal means of States and the Federal Government. As revolutionaries Karl Marx and Rosa Luxemburg both described, capitalist accumulation by ripping people from the land and the means of sustenance was never a natural process but one based on brute force, coercion and oppression — this is part of the bloody history of the US Nation State.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide by Andrea Smith
Europe and the People Without History by Eric R. Wolf
Capital: Vol. 1 A Critique of Political Economy by Karl Marx

Speakers
avatar for Ragina Johnson

Ragina Johnson

Ragina Johnson is Native American Marxist, member of the ISO, and author in the Bay Area. She writes and speaks about Native American resistance and politics, particularly in relation to climate justice. She has been active in movements for LGBTQ Liberation, Palestinian Solidarity, and others against war, racism, and imperialism.


Thursday July 2, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Grant Park A

3:00pm

Saving the system: Progressive Democrats and capitalism
The Democratic Party today leans on a legacy that portrays it as the party for working people and the oppressed. When the real history is examined, however, this legacy does not hold up, especially in light of slavery, the Vietnam war, or welfare "reform." With this, at best, complicated history, can the Democrats be a vehicle for progressive change today?

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
The Democrats: A Critical History by Lance Selfa

Speakers
avatar for Akunna Eneh

Akunna Eneh

Akunna Eneh is a member of the ISO in Boston and a librarian. 


Thursday July 2, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Adler A/B

3:00pm

Why are abortion rights under attack?
At the high point of the movement for women's liberation in the 1970s, the right to an abortion was viewed as a key element in women's overall struggle for control over our bodies, our lives, and our destinies. Yet we have seen the steady erosion of this right ever since, through legislative attacks, terrorist violence against clinics and providers, and the unwillingness of the Democratic Party to defend the concept of reproductive rights for all. This talk will include a discussion of the current state of abortion rights in the US, as well as a socialist analysis of why the right to an abortion is fundamental to winning true equality for women. We will also hear a firsthand account of the current fight for abortion rights in Ireland.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Women and Socialsm by Sharon Smith
Abortion Wars: A Half Century of Struggle, 1950-2000 edited by Rickie Solinger

Speakers
avatar for Tristin Adie

Tristin Adie

Tristin Adie is an active socialist in Burlington, Vermont. She works as a nurse practitioner in primary care, and is a chief steward in the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, Local 5221, AFT.
avatar for Becca Bor

Becca Bor

Becca Bor is an activist presently based in Derry, Ireland. Previously, she was an active member of the Chicago Teachers Union, a union delegate and a member of the Caucus of Rank and File Educators. Her articles have appeared in the Irish Socialist Worker and the Irish Marxist Review. She is currently a member of the Socialist Workers Party (Ireland), People Before Profit, and the Derry Alliance for Choice.
avatar for Sasha Scott

Sasha Scott

Sasha is a member of the International Socialist Organization living in Boston.


Thursday July 2, 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Clark A/B

7:30pm

Race and class in Southern Appalachia
For generations, southern Appalachia has remained among the poorest places in the United States. Now mostly white, Appalachians are still ridiculed as "hillbillies" and worse. Yet, a rich tradition of interracial class struggle and socialism is an inextricable part of Appalachian history. This talk will examine the development of capitalism and racist ideology in the Appalachian region along with the response from Black Appalachians and the mountain "hillbillies" often considered less than "white."

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Appalachians and Race: The Mountain South from Slavery to Segregation by John Inscoe
Miners Millhands Mountaineers: Industrialization Appalachian South by Ronald Eller
Highlander: No Ordinary School by John M. Glen
The First American Frontier: Transition to Capitalism in Southern Appalachia, 1700-1860 by Wilma A. Dunaway
Weavers of Revolution: The Yarur Workers and Chile's Road to Socialism by Peter Winn

Speakers
avatar for Eric Kerl

Eric Kerl

Eric Kerl is a member of the International Socialist Review editorial board and a member of the ISO in Chicago.



Thursday July 2, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Grant Park A

7:30pm

Sexuality and socialism
Far from being a long off future utopian ideal, the struggle for sexual and gender liberation lies at the heart of today's struggles that challenge the social and economic status quo. Join in on the discussion about why socialists argue that our physical world shapes our sexual and gender expressions and identities and that socialism cannot be a reality without sexual and gender liberation for all and visa versa.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics, and Theory of LGBT Liberation by Sherry Wolf

Speakers
avatar for Ann Coleman

Ann Coleman

Ann is a socialist lesbian architect and long time anti war and LGBT rights activist. Her first political activism was around anti death penalty work. Two decades later, she's hopeful about the possibilities for building a mass movement with social, political, and economic weight from below.


Thursday July 2, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Dusable C

7:30pm

After neoliberalism: Can the working class still change the world?
The term "working class" often invokes an image of unionized wage-workers in a factory. But what about the non-unionized? What about those in offices and shopping malls? What about unpaid workers in the home? What about the poorly paid toiling in the fields? What about the Global South? What about forced laborers who receive no wages? This talk will suggest that if we have a notion of what Gramsci called “the subaltern”, a notion which embraces all of the above, then our answer to the question posed by the talk’s title will be “yes”.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Kellogg

Paul Kellogg

Paul Kellogg is Associate Professor in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies at Athabasca University, Edmonton, Canada. He is author of Escape from the Staple Trap: Canadian Political Economy after Left Nationalism, and has published in various political journals including the Journal of Socialist Studies, Science & Society, New Political Science and Studies in Political Economy. He was editor... Read More →


Thursday July 2, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Clark C

7:30pm

Logistics, technology, and socialist strategy
Technology has played a pivotal role in the international reorganization of capitalism. Panelists will tackle different elements of how technology has been wielded to speed up, discipline, and reorganize work, and its implications for organizing.

Paul Heideman: This talk will discuss how Marxist political economy understands technological change in the workplace. It will look at how the market leads capitalists to replace workers with machinery, and what the implications of this are for socialist strategy.

A meeting cosponsored by Jacobin magazine. 

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century by Harvey Braverman
Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future by Martin Ford

Speakers
avatar for Joe Allen

Joe Allen

Joe Allen is a frequent contributor to the International Socialist Review and a long-standing activist, based in Chicago. He is the author of two books (both published by Haymarket Books): People Wasn't Made to Burn: A True Story of Race, Murder, and Justice in Chicago and Vietnam: The (Last) War the U.S. Lost. He is writing a book for Haymarket about UPS.
avatar for Paul Heideman

Paul Heideman

Paul Heideman is a Ph D student in Sociology at New York University, where he works on the political economy of education reform.
avatar for Ruth Hurley

Ruth Hurley

Ruth Hurley is a labor activist from New York. Her article "Labor's Dead End on the TPP" can be found at Socialist Worker.org.



Thursday July 2, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Clark A/B

7:30pm

Capitalism and the eugenics movement
Eugenics can be described as "scientific racism" and the outer edge of disability oppression in US history. Eugenics' origins in industrial capitalism, imperialism and institutional racism will be explored, along with its continued existence after its original basis in heredity had been discredited. Attention will also be paid to elements of the left that promoted eugenics.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
War Against the Weak: Eugenics and America's Campaign to Create a Master Race, Expanded Edition by Edwin Black


Speakers
avatar for Don Lash

Don Lash

Don Lash is a member of the ISO in New York City, and is a lawyer and writer working primarily in the fields of child welfare and disability.


Thursday July 2, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Field C

7:30pm

Independent media in the time of war and climate chaos
Join Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! and author of numerous books, including most recently the New York Times-bestselling book The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope (with Denis Moynihan), for a talk and book signing. Goodman will discuss her latest reporting on the global environmental crisis and how movements are responding to this challenge. She will speak about the importance of social movements historically and why an independent media is essential in covering them.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 1,200 public television and radio stations worldwide. Time Magazine named Democracy Now! its “Pick of the Podcasts,” along with NBC’s Meet the Press. Goodman’s book with Denis Moyniham, The Silenced Majority Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and... Read More →


Thursday July 2, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Grant Park C/D

7:30pm

The rise of Islamophobia in Europe
In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Islamophobia has not only spiked in France, but has taken on renewed significance in the ongoing context of the growth of the right and the drive for austerity across all of Europe. What attitude should the left take to questions of Islam and Islamophobia, and how can we push back against the assault on Arabs and Muslims?

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire by Deepa Kumar

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Colson

Nicole Colson

Nicole Colson is a reporter for Socialist Worker and a contributor to the International Socialist Review, writing frequently on topics of Islamophobia, civil liberties, and women’s rights. Her work has appeared at Jacobin, International Viewpoint and CounterPunch. She is a long-standing member of the International Socialist Organization.


Thursday July 2, 2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Adler A/B
 
Friday, July 3
 

9:30am

Lockdown America: Police and prisons in the age of crisis
Drawing his first two books "Lockdown America" and "The Soft Cage", Christian will present a Marxist reading of American criminal justice and the current crisis of police violence. The over-development of American criminal justice begins, not coincidentally, in the late 1960s in direct opposition to grassroots rebellion.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis by Christian Parenti
The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America From Slavery to the War on Terror by Christian Parenti
Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change and the New Geography of Violence by Christian Parenti

Speakers
avatar for Christian Parenti

Christian Parenti

Christian Parenti is a professor in the NYU Liberal Studies program and has reported extensively from Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, for publications including The Nation, Fortune, and the London Review of Books. He has published four books: Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis (1999/2008); The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slavery to the War on Terror (2003); The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in... Read More →


Friday July 3, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Grant Park B

9:30am

The Civil War: The second American revolution & its lessons for today
Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South by Bruce Levine
The American Road to Capitalism: Studies in Class-Structure, Economic Development and Political Conflict, 1620—1877 by Charles Post

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Levine

Bruce Levine

Bruce Levine teaches history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published four books on the era of the U. S. Civil War and was one of the principal authors of the labor-history textbook Who Built America? In 2013 Random House published his most recent book, The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution that Transformed the South. Levine is now at work on a biography of the Radical Republican leader... Read More →


Friday July 3, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Adler A/B

9:30am

Teamster Rebellion: How socialists organized the 1934 strike
Despite high expectations and increased militancy among workers right after WWI, the Depression era to follow was marked by state repression and vicious attacks on working people. Unemployment was high, wages were slashed and unionization rates were low. Yet, as the economy began to pick up, so did the rank-and-file struggle. The Teamster rebellion in 1934 was one of a new wave of activity, giving workers renewed hope and determination that the fight was long from over.

Speakers
avatar for Robin Gee

Robin Gee

Robin Gee is an editor and writer and a member of AFT Local 243 and the National Writers Union. She is a long-time union activist and member of the International Socialist Organization.


Friday July 3, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Field A

9:30am

Introduction to Marx's Capital
Marx's Capital has stood the test of time as a penetrating, revolutionary analysis and critique of capitalism. This session will present a general overview of Volume 1, with some focus on key concepts such as value, exploitation, money, and accumulation. The goal is to convince attendees that they can and should read the text themselves.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Capital: Vol 1. A Critique fo Political Economy by Karl Marx
A Companion to Marx's Capital by David Harvey

Speakers
avatar for Sid Patel

Sid Patel

Sid Patel is a member of the International Socialist Organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. He's currently a graduate student at Stanford, where he was co-facilitator of Students for Justice in Palestine and a participant in Black Lives Matter demonstrations, including the shutdown of the San Mateo bridge for Reclaim MLK Day. He has previously organized at San Francisco State University and at UC Berkeley.
avatar for Daphna Thier

Daphna Thier

Daphna Thier is an activist in New York City. She's been published in SocialistWorker.org primarily on Palestine and Israel. She has spoke at the NYC Socialism Series and The North Eastern Marxism Conference on Capital's Missing Chapter - Social Reproduction Theory. 


Friday July 3, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Field C

9:30am

Marxism and democracy
The terms "democracy" and "democratic rights" are so abused and twisted by the media to justify the undemocratic capitalist system that some on the left underestimate their importance. But the Marxist tradition, starting with Marx, insisted that the fight to defend and extend democratic rights is an important part of the struggle for a new world. We socialists are the most determined and consistent defenders of democracy.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution, Vol. 1: The State and Bureaucracy by Hal Draper

Speakers
avatar for Alan Maass

Alan Maass

Alan Maass is the editor of Socialist Worker, a weekly newspaper published by the International Socialist Organization, and the author of the newly revised edition of The Case for Socialism.


Friday July 3, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Dusable A/B

9:30am

Unite and Fight?: Marxism and Identity Politics

How we understand the nature of racial, gender and other oppressions shapes whether and how we challenge them. At the heart of the theory of identity politics, which has dominated US social movements for decades, lies the notion that only those experiencing a particular form of oppression can define or fight it. By extension, all those not facing a form of oppression are conceived as having a stake in the maintenance of others' oppression. This theory—in its various guises—has profound implications on whether and how oppressed groups unite to challenge oppression and whether oppressed people organize independently of any class basis. This talk will explore both the history and theory of identity politics and the alternative approach of Marxists for whom class is lived through race and gender. 


Speakers
avatar for Sherry Wolf

Sherry Wolf

Sherry Wolf is a longtime member of the ISO and is associate editor of the International Socialist Review. Wolf is author of Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics and Theory of LGBT Liberation.


Friday July 3, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Burnham A/B/C

9:30am

Film: Concerning Violence: Nine Scenes from the Anti-Imperialist Self-Defense
From the director of The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 comes a bold and fresh visual narrative on Africa, based on newly discovered archival material covering the struggle for liberation from colonial rule in the late ‘60s and ‘70s, accompanied by text from Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Wengraf

Lee Wengraf

Lee Wengraf is a socialist in New York City organizing against mass incarceration and police violence. Her writing has appeared in the New Abolitionist, the Real Cost of Prisons Project, Socialist Worker, International Socialist Review, Counterpunch, Pambazuka News and AllAfrica.com.


Friday July 3, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Grant Park C

9:30am

Eleanor Marx
Revolutionary, actress, union organizer, feminist—Eleanor Marx was all of these things and much more. The youngest daughter of Karl Marx, Eleanor grew up with Das Kapital. As an adult, she became a revolutionary in her own right, and fought for international socialism and for women's liberation as an inseperable part of that struggle.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Eleanor Marx: A Life by Rachel Holmes
Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution by Mary Gabriel

Speakers
avatar for Nisha Bolsey

Nisha Bolsey

Nisha Bolsey is a socialist living in New York. 


Friday July 3, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Clark C

9:30am

Gramsci before prison: The Italian left and the rise of Mussolini
From 1919-1921, the Biennio Rosso, Italian workers and revolutionaries were involved in mass strikes, factory occupations and workers-control organizations inspired by the soviets in Russia. While Antonio Gramsci's Prison Notebooks are widely read and valued for their theoretical contribution, they are best understood as the culmination of intense political involvement and theoretical development acquired through Gramsci's work throughout this and the following period. This talk explores the historical roots of Italian radicalism, the Biennio Rosso, the Turin strikes and the influence of Gramsci and the L'Ordinovisti , the role of the Italian Socialist Party (PSI), and Gramsci's theoretical conclusions.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
A Great and Terrible World: The Pre-Prison Letters, 1908-1926 by Antonio Gramsci
Selections from Cultural Writings by Antonio Gramsci

Speakers
avatar for Doniella Maher

Doniella Maher

Doniella Maher is an activist, English professor and comparatist in the Bay Area.


Friday July 3, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Field B

9:30am

The Russian Revolution: The Bolsheviks come to power
What does it take to fight for—and actually win—a socialist revolution? The Bolshevik party played a decisive role in the October 1917 Russian Revolution that brought the world's first workers' government to power, yet the significance of the revolution and its mass character have all too often been distorted by the legacy of what came after in the form of Stalinism. This talk examines the events that led to the Bolsheviks' successful seizure of power; the relationship of the party to the Russian working class; and the role of revolutionary organization in turning the desire to fight for a better world into reality.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
The History of the Russian Revolution by Leon Trotsky

Speakers
avatar for Haley Pessin

Haley Pessin

Haley Pessin is a member of the International Socialist Organization and Rockland Coalition to End the New Jim Crow.


Friday July 3, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Clark A/B

9:30am

Cuba-US relations and the future of Cuba
This talk will address why the United States and Cuba were able to resume the diplomatic relations that were announced on December 17, 2014, the difficulties encountered in the process to bring them about and the consequences of the successful conclusion of such a historic development.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Cuba Since the Revolutoin of 1959: A Critical Assessment by Sam Farber

Speakers
avatar for Samuel Farber

Samuel Farber

Samuel Farber was born and raised in Marianao, Cuba, and came to the United States in February 1958. He obtained a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1969 and taught at a number of colleges and universities including UCLA and, most recently, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, where is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science. His scholarship on Cuba is extensive and includes many articles and... Read More →


Friday July 3, 2015 9:30am - 11:30am
Dusable C

11:30am

The politics of hip hop
Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop edited by Kevin Coval, Quraysh Ali Lansana, and Nate Marshall

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Coval

Kevin Coval

Kevin Coval is the author of Schtick described by The Chicago Tribune as “a sensational collection, alternately heartfelt, humorous and provocatively political.” His other books include L-vis Lives: Racemusic Poems, Everyday People and the American Library Association Book of the Year Finalist Slingshots: A Hip-Hop Poetica. Coval is the founder of Louder Than a Bomb Chicago Youth Poetry Festival and teaches at the School of the Art... Read More →
avatar for Quraysh Ali Lansana

Quraysh Ali Lansana

Quraysh Ali Lansana is the author of eight poetry books, three textbooks, a children's book, editor of eight anthologies, and coauthor of a book of pedagogy. He is a faculty member of the Creative Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute and the Red Earth MFA Creative Writing Program at Oklahoma City University. He is also a former faculty member of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School. Lansana served as Director of the... Read More →
avatar for Nate Marshall

Nate Marshall

Nate Marshall is the author of Wild Hundreds (University of Pittsburgh Press 2015). He won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and served as a Zell Postgraduate Fellow at the University of Michigan. A Cave Canem Fellow, Nate won the 2014 Hurston/Wright Founding Members Award and the 2013 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award. He is a founding member of the poetry collective Dark Noise. He is also a rapper.
avatar for Jamila Woods

Jamila Woods

Jamila Woods is a poet, singer, and teaching artist from Chicago, IL. She the Associate Artistic Director of Young Chicago Authors and a founding member of YCA’s Teaching Artist Corps. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her poetry has been published by MUZZLE, Radius, and Third World Press. Her first chapbook entitled The Truth About Dolls was released in 2012 by New School Poetics Press. Jamila is also a member of the Dark Noise Collective of poets... Read More →


Friday July 3, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Burnham A/B/C

11:30am

W.E.B. Du Bois
W.E.B. Du Bois joined the Communist Party of the United States in 1961 at the age of 93. This talk will examine the long path Du Bois took towards becoming a Socialist. Du Bois embraced Marxist ideas in order to fight racism, imperialism and especially American capitalism. He also supported Stalin's Soviet Union. The talk will consider how Du Bois's legacy as a fighter for the emancipation of the working-class is important to struggles in our time against police violence, neoliberalism and U.S. imperialism.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Mullen

Bill Mullen

Bill V. Mullen is Professor of English and American Studies at Purdue.  His books include Afro-Orientalism (Minnesota, 2004) a study of interethnic anti-racist alliance between Asian and African Americans, and Popular Fronts: Chicago and African American Cultural Politics 1935-1946 (University of Illinois, 1999).  He has edited five other books in collaboration with Sherry Lee Linkon, James Smethurst and Fred Ho.  He has been a... Read More →


Friday July 3, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Dusable A/B

11:30am

The politics of Frantz Fanon: A Marxist appraisal
Born in French Martinique and buried in Algeria, Frantz Fanon was a psychiatrist who probed the social roots of psychological problems; a militant anti-racist who argued that racism disfigured both whites and blacks; a revolutionary anti-colonialist who denounced nationalism; and a pan-Africanist who rejected Negritude. Fanon has been variously derided as an apostle of violence and celebrated as a visionary third-worldist. Recovering Fanon from these interpretations, this talk will explore the many insights that his work offers for a Marxist understanding of colonialism and racism, while critically examining the reasons why Fanon insisted that Marxism “needs to be stretched” in the colonies.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Frantz Fanon: A Portrait by Alice Cherki
Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon
A Dying Colonialism by Frantz Fanon
Toward the African Revolution by Frantz Fanon
The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
Frantz Fanon: A Biography by David Macey

Speakers
avatar for Nagesh Rao

Nagesh Rao

Nagesh Rao is a Lecturer at Colgate University.


Friday July 3, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Clark C

11:30am

Hands up, don't test! Standardized testing and the struggle for Black education

The testocracy claims that their efforts to inundate the public schools with high-stakes standardized testing is the new civil rights movement for racial equity. They also assert only "suburban white moms" oppose these tests. These claims are designed to hide the fact that standardized tests entered the public schools as a product of the white supremacists eugenics movement and that Black activists have long been some of the most prominent leaders in the movement to end standardized testing in public education. With the Black Lives Matter movement on the rise, it is vital that we analyze the role of high-stakes tests in reinforcing the school-to-prison pipeline, and work to join this movement with the mass movement to opt out of high-stakes testing. 


Speakers
avatar for Jesse Hagopian

Jesse Hagopian

Jesse Hagopian teaches history and is the Black Student Union adviser at Garfield High School, the site of the historic boycott of the MAP test in 2013. He is an associate editor of Rethinking Schools, a founding member of Social Equality Educators, and winner of the 2013 “Secondary School Teacher of Year” award from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. He is the editor of More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High... Read More →


Friday July 3, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Clark A/B

11:30am

Different ways to skin a cat: From the U.S. assassination of Che to Obama's recognition of Cuba
The highpoint of U.S. counterevolutionary policy towards Latin America came with its murder of Che Guevara, in Bolivia and the overthrow of governments including Allende's in Chile, thus isolating Cuba throughout Latin America. Now the U.S. is isolated and the American government has had to change its tactics. The strategy of overthrowning the gains of the Cuban revolution and capitalist restoration remain.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Who Killed Che? by Michael Ratner and Michael Steven Smith
Notebook of a Sixties Lawyer: An Unrepentant Memoir and Selected Writings by Michael Smith

Speakers
avatar for Michael Steven Smith

Michael Steven Smith

Michael Steven Smith is a New York City attorney and author. He is the co-host of the nationally broadcast radio show Law and Disorder. | | Most recently he has co-authored Who Killed Che? How the CIA Got Away With Murder, and co-edited Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA and Notebook of a Sixties Lawyer: An Unrepentant Memoir.


Friday July 3, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Field B

11:30am

Stonewall and the birth of Gay Liberation
This talk will uncover the history of the Stonewall Rebellion in 1969 and the birth of the Gay Liberation movement, while also drawing out the lessons from this radical time period for the challenges confronting activists today.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Stonewall by Martin Bauml Duberman
Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution by David Carter
Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities by John D'Emilio

Speakers
avatar for Keegan O'Brien

Keegan O'Brien

Keegan O'Brien is a queer socialist activist and writer from Boston, MA and an education graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His writing has been published in The Nation, The Rainbow Times, The New Civil Rights Movement, Electronic Intifada, Socialist Worker, and the International Socialist Review. He has spoken about LGBTQ politics on National Public Radio and at universities.


Friday July 3, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Adler A/B

11:30am

The universal class: Why workers can liberate humanity
The concept of the "working class" is foundational to the Marxist theory of revolution, and the basis for how workers can liberate the world. This session will raise questions around who is in the working class (and who isn't), what kind of power we have, how different types of oppressions affect its members differently, and what the exact role of the working class is. If you are an expert in Marxist theory or if you've never heard of Marxism before this weekend, this discussion will challenge you to consider new dimensions of who exactly can save the world, and how.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Treviño-Murphy

Tina Treviño-Murphy

Tina Treviño-Murphy is a graduate student studying Comparative Literature and Folklore Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is a leading member of the Teaching Assistants' Association, the graduate student union. For over a decade she has organized around issues including women's rights, global labor struggles, police brutality, racism, and more. In her free time she is also a kickboxing instructor and runs a martial... Read More →


Friday July 3, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Dusable C

11:30am

Rosa Luxemburg's Reform and Revolution
Can capitalism be reformed to eventually meet the needs of the working class and the oppressed, or does that require the overthrow of the existing social and economic systems? Early 20th Century European revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg took up this question in her classic text Reform or Revolution, which will be examined here for its context and application today.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
The Essential Rosa Luxemburg: Reform or Revolution and the Mass Strike edited by Helen Scott

Speakers
avatar for Corrie Westing

Corrie Westing

Corrie is a long-time socialist and activist who has organized, written, and spoken extensively on issues of women's liberation, reproductive justice, and women's health. She lives in Chicago and is a women's healthcare provider.


Friday July 3, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Field C

11:30am

From Ferguson to Palestine: Israeli apartheid and the New Jim Crow
What Israel does to Palestinians doesn't stay in Palestine. Israel uses Palestine as a laboratory to test, refine, and showcase weapons and methods of domination and control, which are then exported around the world for use on other marginalized populations. From the killing fields of Gaza to the teargassed streets of Ferguson and beyond, Zionism is an engine for cutting edge in the development of the technology of repression that sustains racism and inequality across the globe.

Speakers
avatar for Rania Khalek

Rania Khalek

Rania Khalek is an independent journalist reporting on the underclass. She is a regular contributer to The Electronic Intifada, Truthout and FAIR. Her work has also appeared at Vice, Al Jazeera America, The Nation, Salon, AlterNet, and more. 


Friday July 3, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Grant Park A

11:30am

The origins and history of the American Indian Movement
The American Indian Movement, much like the Black Panther Party, was created to combat police harassment, abuse and killing while fighting for treaty rights, self-determination and reparations. AIM grew quickly as the militant wing of the fight for American Indian rights. They occupied the BIA in DC, Mount Rushmore, combated police abuse and most famously had a 73-day stand off with Federal marshals at Wounded Knee, South Dakota. AIM was crucial to creating a fight back in the American Indian community and the development of Native Pride and Red Power. Despite in-fighting that was often caused by infiltrators, AIM's legacy lives on in communities today. This talk will discuss AIM's history, legacy and their origins.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Ward

Brian Ward

Brian is a long-time indigenous rights and climate justice activist.  His writing has appeared in Socialist Worker, The Nation, Truth-Out and the International Socialist Review.  He has lived and worked with the Oglala Lakota on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and is a member of the International Socialist Organization.   


Friday July 3, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Field A

11:30am

Language and the Left: When words are all that matter
This talk will discuss the emphasis on language (i.e. the specific words that people use) in the U.S. Left. It will attempt to argue the limitations of this approach and to look at how and why it is part of a broader, pervasive trend of moralism/idealism among activists. 

Speakers
avatar for Lichi D'Amelio

Lichi D'Amelio

Lichi is a NYC-based activist.


Friday July 3, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Grant Park B

11:30am

Film: The Hand that Feeds

At a popular bakery café, residents of New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back.

Risking deportation and the loss of their livelihood, the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming their own independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. In one roller-coaster year, they must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two-month lockout. Lawyers will battle in back rooms, Occupy Wall Street protesters will take over the restaurant, and a picket line will divide the neighborhood. If they can win a contract, it will set a historic precedent for low-wage workers across the country. But whatever happens, Mahoma and his coworkers will never be exploited again.


Speakers
avatar for Danny Katch

Danny Katch

Danny Katch is a columnist for socialist worker and the author of America's Got Democracy! The Making of the World's Longest Running Reality Show and Socialism...Seriously: A Brief Guide to Human Liberation.


Friday July 3, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Grant Park C

1:00pm

Attacks on higher education
Friday July 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Adler A/B

1:00pm

Black Lives Matter
Friday July 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Grant Park A

1:00pm

Building strong ISO branches
Friday July 3, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Dusable A/B

2:00pm

Echoes of Watts: Criminalization, police repression, and war from Los Angeles to Ferguson
Using Los Angeles as a lens, this talk will explore the state response to the urban rebellions in the late sixties through the declaration of the wars on drugs, gangs, and terror. It will use this history to reflect on the emergence of a new anti-state sanctioned violence movement in side the US over the past year.

Speakers
avatar for Donna Murch

Donna Murch

Donna Murch is an Associate Professor of History at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She is the author of Living for the City: Migration, Education, and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California (University of North Carolina Press).


Friday July 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Dusable A/B

2:00pm

Ferguson: A nation of laws and a history of injustice

For far longer than America has been a “nation of laws” it has been a nation of injustice. And in the absence of basic justice such laws can amount to little more than codified tyranny. It is through this chasm, between the official claim to an impartial legal system, and the reality of endemic racial injustice, that Darren Wilson made his escape, with the flames of Ferguson in hot pursuit. This was not a morality play in which a decent, black child was slain by a malicious, white cop. The inherent nature of the injustice was not systematic but systemic.  Wilson operates in an organization where few police are sanctioned for killing black youths; and in a culture where armed white men can cite their fear of unarmed black men as a defense.


Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:

The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream by Gary Younge


Speakers
avatar for Gary Younge

Gary Younge

Gary Younge is an author, broadcaster and award-winning columnist for The Guardian, based in Chicago. He also writes a monthly column, Beneath the Radar, for the Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute. He is the author of The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream, published by Haymarket Books.


Friday July 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Burnham A/B/C

2:00pm

The new asylums: Mass incarceration and mental illness
Carceral institutions are the largest providers of mental health services in the United States. The number of prisoners suffering from severe mental illness is estimated to be 10 times larger than the number of patients in psychiatric hospitals. Indeed, clinical psychologist Nneka Jones Tapia was recently appointed to run Cook County Jail, the second-largest in the country, where more than a third of the 9000 inmates suffer from mental illness. The criminalization of mental illness obscures its social determinants—poverty, homelessness, trauma, and adverse childhood experiences—and ideologically props up the larger criminal (in)justice system. Mental illness is common, an estimated one-quarter of people in the United States experience it, and the way that they are stigmatized and discriminated against reveals much about how capitalism needs to sort people into productive, reproductive and surplus poplations.

This talk will attempt to contribute to an understanding of how the war on drugs, deinstitutionalization, the recriminalization of mental illness, and neoliberal economic restructuring, led to the most incarcerated nation the world has ever known.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
•Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California by Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Hansen-Weaver

Jessica Hansen-Weaver

Jessica Hansen-Weaver is a clinical social worker in San Francisco, providing mental health services to homeless adults. She has been an activist and member of the ISO in the Bay Area for 11 years.


Friday July 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Clark A/B

2:00pm

Addicted to oil: Why capitalism won’t abandon fossil fuels
Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis by Chris Williams

Speakers
avatar for Chris Williams

Chris Williams

Author of Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis.


Friday July 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Adler A/B

2:00pm

Liberation at gunpoint? The politics of "feminist" imperialism
The militarization of women’s rights received a new lease on life with the US/NATO intervention in Afghanistan under the auspices of “rescuing Afghan women.” While such calls for the liberation of women in the Global South have a long history in the West going back to the heyday of colonialism in the 19th century, Kumar argues that the current conjuncture is both similar to, and different from, earlier periods. She sets out to deepen our understanding of Imperialist Feminism by tying together imperial appropriations of women’s rights with the neoliberal attack on social services which has precipitated the “NGO-ization of feminism” and a reframing of women’s rights in the 21st century in line with the priorities of empire in the neoliberal era.

Speakers
avatar for Deepa Kumar

Deepa Kumar

Professor at Rutgers University and a union officer of the AAUP-AFT (Rutgers). Her first book, Outside the Box: Corporate Media, Globalization and the UPS Strike, is about the power of collective struggle in effectively challenging the priorities of neoliberalism. Her second book, Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire, looks at how the “Muslim enemy” has historically been mobilized to suit the goals of empire. She is... Read More →


Friday July 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Field B

2:00pm

Walter Rodney's How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

A discussion on the groundbreaking classic by Guyanese Marxist Walter Rodney on the impact of the slave trade, colonialism and Western imperialism on Africa, and their responsibility for its underdevelopment and exploitation.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney

 


Speakers
avatar for Lee Wengraf

Lee Wengraf

Lee Wengraf is a socialist in New York City organizing against mass incarceration and police violence. Her writing has appeared in the New Abolitionist, the Real Cost of Prisons Project, Socialist Worker, International Socialist Review, Counterpunch, Pambazuka News and AllAfrica.com.


Friday July 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Dusable C

2:00pm

Is revolution possible in the 21st century?
The talk will explore the reasons why so many people believe that socialist revolution is no longer possible in the 21st century and try to show why they are wrong. Among the reasons which it will discuss and reject are disillusion with the prospects of an alternative to capitalism following the collapse of the Stalinist regimes and claims that the working class has been fundamentally weakened by neoliberalism. It will show that the working class has certainly changed under neoliberalism, but that this need not be an obstacle to to new revolutions if socialists can find ways of relating to the new conditions.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
We Cannot Escape History: States and Revolution by Neil Davidson
How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions by Neil Davidson
Holding Fast to an Image of the Past by Neil Davidson

Speakers
avatar for Neil Davidson

Neil Davidson

Neil Davidson lectures in Sociology at the University of Glasgow. He is a member of the International Socialists Scotland/RS21 and a supporter of the Radical Independence Campaign. Neil is the author several books, including Discovering the Scottish Revolution (2003), for which he was awarded the Deutscher Memorial Prize, How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions? (2012) and, most recently, Holding Fast... Read More →


Friday July 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Clark C

2:00pm

Theories of the state after Lenin: Deep states and left governments today
Almost 100 years ago, Lenin argued that socialism was impossible unless the states that guard capitalism were overturned. Since then, capitalist states have grown to exert frightening levels of control and lethality (e.g. the New Jim Crow and drones) while taking responsibility for an unprecedented range of useful functions (e.g. public education and health regulation). From Bernie Sanders to the Muslim Brotherhood to Hugo Chavez to the Tsipras wing of Syriza, a wide spectrum of political actors believe these states can be cajoled, coerced or converted into making radical change. Yet the experience of the deep state counterrevolution in Egypt, enduring bureaucracy in Venezuela, and the austerity-enforcing EU state structures cast doubt on these hopes. Does a break with capitalism require breaking up the state? If so, how does that theoretical starting point impact socialist strategy for class struggle and political organization today?

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
State and Revolution edited by Todd Chretien

Speakers
avatar for Todd Chretien

Todd Chretien

Todd Chretien is a long-time organizer for the ISO in Oakland, CA and a frequent contributor to Socialist Worker and the International Socialist Review. He is the editor of a new Haymarket Books edition of State and Revolution by Lenin.


Friday July 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Grant Park B

2:00pm

Israel since the elections
In this tenth anniversary year of the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions, Israel has launched an all-out war against the movement. Given geo-strategic changes in the region, such as the US-Iran rapprochement, Israel is feeling increasingly isolated. At the same time, the movement for justice in Palestine is getting stronger.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
The Struggle for Justice in Palestine by Ali Abunimah

Speakers
avatar for Ali Abunimah

Ali Abunimah

Co-founder and director of the widely acclaimed publication The Electronic Intifada and the author of recently released The Battle for Justice in Palestine. He has written hundreds of articles and been an active part of the movement for justice in Palestine for 20 years. He is also author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli Palestinian Impasse. He is the recipient of a 2013 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship.


Friday July 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Grant Park A

2:00pm

Social work or social revolution: Non-profits and anticapitalist strategy
In current movements for social justice, non-profit organizations are a major force on the Left. Their presence in the movements has become a growing concern for radicals and revolutionaries. This talk aims to address the structures and political approaches of activist non-profit organizations and discuss their role and effect on building an anti-capitalist movement.

Speakers
avatar for Frank Jones

Frank Jones

Frank Jones is an activist and ISO member in the Oakland branch. He was active in the Oscar Grant movement and Occupy Oakland.
avatar for Alessandro Tinonga

Alessandro Tinonga

International Socialist Organization- Oakland Branch
Alessandro Tinonga is member of the ISO and an activist in the Bay Area.  He writes about labor, anti-racist movements, and Oakland politics for SocialistWorker.org.  


Friday July 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Field A

2:00pm

Film: Finally Got the News
Finally Got the News is a forceful, unique documentary that reveals the activities of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers inside and outside the auto factories of Detroit. Through interviews with the members of the movement, footage shot in the auto plants, and footage of leafleting and picketing actions, the film documents their efforts to build an independent black labor organization that, unlike the UAW, will respond to worker's problems, such as the assembly line speed-up and inadequate wages faced by both black and white workers in the industry.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Sustar

Lee Sustar

Author of the forthcoming Striking Back in Chicago: How Teachers Took on City Hall and Pushed Back Corporate Education “Reform”.


Friday July 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Grant Park C

2:00pm

Inventing 'Asian Americans': Asian American revolutionaries in the '60s and '70s
The aim of the talk is to bring out the history of Asian American revolutionaries and struggles during this time, which is often lost or distorted due to the purveying myth of the model minority.  Taking inspiration from the movements of the time, specifically from the anti-colonial movements throughout the world including the anti-war movement in the US to both the Civil Rights and Black Power movements, radicals of Asian descent coined the term "Asian Americans" to unite all Asians and most importantly wanted to unite with all people fighting against oppression during this time.  Through these lessons and by engaging in these movements, Asian American radicals started their own groups and helped to ignite what some historians call an Asian American movement during this time which encompassed multiracial struggles from the Third World Liberation Front that established ethnic studies programs across the country to struggles against evictions like the I-Hotel.  With the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, we have much to learn from this history including building movements based on multiracial solidarity especially because it's become mainstream to pit "Asian-Americans" against other races primarily due to the myth of the model minority as we continue to see from Ferguson to Baltimore to the Charleston shootings.

Speakers
avatar for Diana Macasa

Diana Macasa

Diana Macasa is a member of the Oakland ISO and activist in Bay Area for the past 7 years, participating in various movements including immigrants rights and occupy.


Friday July 3, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Field C

4:00pm

100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide
In 1915, the Turkish government launched a premeditated organized campaign to eliminate the millennia-old Armenian people from their traditional homeland in what is now southeastern Turkey. The Turkish officials responsible for the genocide were never brought to account. This was not lost on Adolf Hitler. Just days before launching World War Two he told his generals, "Who today, after all, speaks of the annihilation of the Armenians?" What makes this genocide unique is that Turkey refuses to acknowledge it ever happened. And that denial is the final stage of genocide: closure and justice is denied to the victims and their descendants.

Speakers
avatar for David Barsamian

David Barsamian

David Barsamian is the award-winning founder and director of Alternative Radio, the independent weekly audio series based in Boulder, Colorado. One of America's most wide-ranging and respected independent journalists, David Barsamian has altered the media landscape with his radio programs and books with Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Howard Zinn, Edward Said, Arundhati Roy, and others. His most recent books are Occupy the... Read More →


Friday July 3, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Adler A/B

4:00pm

Sports and Black Lives Matter
In a matter unprecedented since the 1970s, resistance politics was a near daily part of the sports world last fall. Following the killings of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner, athletes from NFL players to NBA Superstars like Lebron James took the court with the slogans of the movement. But that's just the official history. Hear from former NBA player Craig Hodges, sportswriter Dave Zirin, and Ariyana Smith, the first athlete to bring a #BlackLivesMatter protest to the court while playing basketball for Knox College, about how this movement came to be and where it is going. 

Speakers
avatar for Craig Hodges

Craig Hodges

When the Chicago Bulls visited the White House after winning the 1992 NBA Championship, Hodges dressed in a dashiki and delivered a hand-written letter addressed to then President George H. W. Bush, expressing his discontent at the administration's treatment of the poor and minorities. Hodges also criticised his Bulls teammate Michael Jordan for not using his fame to draw attention to social and political issues, and said Jordan was "bailing... Read More →
avatar for Ariyana Smith

Ariyana Smith

Ariyana Smith is a former student-athlete at Knox College (Ill.) majoring in Integrated International Studies with a focus on the African diaspora. Ariyana’s #BlackLivesMatter protest in Clayton, Missouri was the first "on field" action in the movement and helped to revitalize the conversation around the importance of activism in the realm of sports. She currently serves as the co-president of Allies for Sexual Assault... Read More →
avatar for Dave Zirin

Dave Zirin

The sports editor for the Nation. Zirin was named the 2015 NY Press excellence in sportswriting award and is the author of eight books about the politics of sports. He is a radio host on Pacifica and Sirius/XM. His latest is Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy.


Friday July 3, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Burnham A/B/C

4:00pm

Palestine, antiracism, and academic freedom
Speakers
avatar for Steven Salaita

Steven Salaita

Renowned American Indian studies professor Steven Salaita is author of six books, including Israel's Dead Soul. In the summer of 2014, Salaita had his appointment to a tenured professorship revoked by the board of trustees of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Salaita’s employment was terminated in response to his public tweets criticizing the Israeli government’s summer assault on Gaza. Salaita’s firing... Read More →
avatar for Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes on Black politics, housing inequality, and issues of race and class in the United States. Her articles have been published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Jacobin, New Politics, The Black Commentator, Black Agenda Report, Ms., and other publications. Her first book, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, will be published in... Read More →


Friday July 3, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Grant Park A

4:00pm

Disability and the Russian Revolution
Following from a Marxist understanding of disability oppression as a social construction and consequence of capitalist conditions of production and distribution, any socialist revolution based on the working class will inevitably have profound implications for the question of disability. Indeed, the Russian revolution of 1917, which remains the world's greatest example of a successful workers' revolution guided by a Marxist revolutionary party, provides us a definite and inspiring outline of what disability liberation would look like in the context of a united mass struggle of the oppressed and exploited to overthrow the ruthless imperatives of capitalism.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
The Disabled in the Soviet Union: Past and Present, Theory and Practice edited by William O. McCagg


Recommended Readings:
V. I. Lenin, The Law on Compensation Payable to Workers Injured in Accidents (1903)
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1903/sep/01.htm

Leon Trotsky, “More Care For The Disabled Of The Civil War!” (1921).

"Principles of social education for deaf and dumb children in Russia", Lev Vygotsky (1925).

"There Are No Invalids in the USSR!": A Missing Soviet Chapter in the New Disability History, Disability Studies Quarterly, 2009.


Speakers
avatar for Keith Rosenthal

Keith Rosenthal

Keith Rosenthal lives in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a frequent contributor to the International Socialist Review. http://isreview.org/person/keith-rosenthal


Friday July 3, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Clark A/B

4:00pm

The changing global economy
The failure of traditional capitalist policies to restore normal growth has been replaced by long term economic stagnation, intensified currency and trade conflicts, and the threat of a new, greater crisis. The dramatic economic decline of the U.S. is transforming world imperialist relations. Volatile, unstable economic, and imperialist dynamics require political analysis for revolutionary perspectives to guide our actions.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Geier

Joel Geier

Associate Editor of the International Socialist Review and frequent contributor on a range of subjects including economics, imperialism, and history.


Friday July 3, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Grant Park D

4:00pm

The distinction between oppressor and oppressed: Lenin and the national question
This talk will discuss debates within the Marxist tradition on the relationship between socialism and national liberation and anti-colonial struggles, with a focus on the groundbreaking work of the Russian revolutionary V.I. Lenin. It will relate those debates to current questions of anti-imperialism struggles in the Middle East and Latin America, as well as debates about the relevance of Marxism to the Global South.

Speakers
avatar for Geoff Bailey

Geoff Bailey

Geoff Bailey is a socialist activist and filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. He is the author of “Accumulation by Dispossession: A Critical Assessment,” “The Rise and Fall of SDS,” and “Anarchism and the Spanish Civil War” for the International Socialist Review.


Friday July 3, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Field B

4:00pm

The German Ideology
Written between 1845 and 1846, the 'mouse eaten manuscripts' that would later be assembled as 'The German Ideology' mark the first in-depth collaboration between Karl Marx and Frederick Engels. Penned primarily as an attempt to clarify their own ideas about history, philosophy, and politics, these writings serve as the jumping off point for their later works. This introductory talk will aim to explain the key features of the 'materialist conception of history,' try to clarify why 'the ruling ideas of any society are the ideas of the ruling class,' and (time permitting) expose attendees to some of Marx and Engels' lesser known polemical zingers scattered throughout the book.

Speakers
avatar for John McDonald

John McDonald

John McDonald is a member of the editorial board of the International Socialist Review, who first became political active in opposition to the war in Iraq.


Friday July 3, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Field A

4:00pm

Syrian Revolution: Solidarity in a time of tragedy
Activists from the Global Campaign of Solidarity with the Syrian Revolution and the Revolutionary Left Current (Syria) will be video conferencing from Turkey, Switzerland, and Spain to discuss the many reasons that make organizing in solidarity with the Syrian Revolution challenging but possible. They will examine the politics of the US and International Left towards the Syrian Revolution, and argue that the Left should take a clear stance in support of the Syrian Revolution and against imperialism, dictatorship, and the jihadist groups who have been undermining the activists on the ground. They will also talk about the grassroots organizing and the different groups that are currently operating in the face of a vicious counter-revolution—from the Assad regime and its allies on one hand, and the reactionary forces (like ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra) on the other -- and in the context of an increasingly complex intervention by foreign powers.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Daher

Joseph Daher

Joseph Daher is a member of the Revolutionary Left Current in Syria. He is a writer and editor of the widely read Syria Freedom Forever blog (syriafreedomforever.wordpress.com) which is dedicated to the struggle of the Syrian people in their uprising to overthrow the Assad authoritarian regime and to build a new Democratic, Secular, Socialist, Anti imperialist and Pro-Resistance Syria.
avatar for Yusef Khalil

Yusef Khalil

Yusef Khalil is a socialist activist based in New York. He is is a member of the International Socialist Organization and co-founder of the Global Campaign of Solidarity with the Syrian Revolution.
avatar for Elisa Marvena

Elisa Marvena

Elisa Marvena is a psychologist and educator specializing in the mental health of refugees, immigrants and minorities. Elisa is an activist with Solidaridad Global con la Revolucion Siria in Barcelona.
avatar for Yasser Munif

Yasser Munif

Yasser Munif is a professor of sociology at Emerson College where he teaches courses on nationalism, political economy, Middle Eastern politics, and social movements. He is co-founder of the Global Campaign of Solidarity with the Syrian Revolution which aims to shed light on the minutiae of resistance and everyday struggle. He is currently in Turkey and has frequently visited the liberated areas of northern Syria where he was conducting... Read More →


Friday July 3, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Grant Park C

4:00pm

Should the left support Bernie Sanders?: A debate
Bernie Sanders' entry into the Democratic Primary for the party's presidential nomination has triggered a debate on the left. Some have enthusiastically rallied to his candidacy as a chance to transform the Democratic Party. Others have criticized his entry into the Democratic Party as following the precedent of Dennis Kucinich to corral radicals back into a capitalist party. And still others are building independent formations in solidarity with his campaign as a way to consolidate a larger organized left. This panel will offer various viewpoint to discuss and debate how the left should approach the Sanders inside the Democratic Party.

Speakers
avatar for Toby Chow

Toby Chow

Toby Chow is chair of The People’s Lobby, an independent political organization based in Chicago which worked with National Nurses United to organize over 9000 hours of volunteer field work for progressive candidates in the 2015 municipal election through Reclaim Chicago. He has been involved in faith based community organizing on the South Side of Chicago since 2009, and is a leader in the “Moral Mondays Illinois” campaign... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review (ISR). He has written on various subjects for the ISR as well as Socialist Worker, ZNet, and Jacobin magazine. He is a member of the several movement organizations, including Vermont Labor Solidarity that organizes in support of workers struggles in Burlington, Vermont, where he lives.
avatar for Bhaskar Sunkara

Bhaskar Sunkara

Founding editor of Jacobin Magazine.


Friday July 3, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Grant Park B

4:00pm

A people's history of the Balkans
It's not just Greece: since the 2007 crisis, rebellions, protests, and returns to anti-capitalist politics have been emerging across the Balkan peninsula as the people confront both Europe's austerity agenda and the toxic legacies of occupation and ethnic sectarianism. This talk will contextualize the current struggles by telling the story of the Balkans from Ottoman Empire to the present, and how, from the bottom up, workers and peasants across the peninsula fought subjugation and exploitation.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
The War Correspondence of Leon Trotsky: The Balkan Wars 1912-13 by Trotsky
Don't Mourn, Balkanize!: Essays After Yugoslavia by Andrej Grubacic
The Balkans: Nationalism, War, and the Great Powers, 1804-2011 by Misha Glenny

Speakers
avatar for Trish Kahle

Trish Kahle

Trish Kahle is a socialist, writer, and historian living in Chicago. Her writing has appeared in Jacobin, SocialistWorker.org, the International Socialist Review, In These Times, and Dissent.


Friday July 3, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Dusable C

4:00pm

Australia and the rise of China
More and more Australian business is becoming enmeshed in trade with China – that’s where the money is coming from. China and Australia recently signed a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in what some are calling a “watershed moment” in this process. Yet the United States, Australia’s traditional military ally and still its most significant foreign investor, is engaged in an increasingly tense struggle with China for domination over the Asia-Pacific. How do these two factors play out in the struggle for economic, political and military hegemony in Asia?

Speakers
avatar for Mick Armstrong

Mick Armstrong

Mick Armstrong is a member of the National Executive of the Australian socialist organisation Socialist Alternative and an assistant editor of Marxist Left Review. He has been active in a wide range of campaigns and strikes since the late1960s, including currently the Campaign Against Racism and Fascism. He is the author of 1,2,3, What are we Fighting for?: The Australian Student Movement from its Origins to... Read More →


Friday July 3, 2015 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Field C

4:00pm

Sisters: Women in the Black Panther Party
For many the Black Panther Party conjures up an image of macho men with guns, but in fact at its peak the party's membership was two-thirds female and women played essential leadership roles. We have much to learn from these inspiring women in our struggles today.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
The Black Panthers Speak edited by Philip Foner
Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur and Angela Davis
The Black Panther Party [Reconsidered] by Charles E. Jones

Speakers
avatar for Leela Yellesetty

Leela Yellesetty

Leela Yellesetty is an activist in Seattle, a writer for Socialist Worker, and a contributing author to 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed U.S. History.


Friday July 3, 2015 4:00pm - 9:30pm
Dusable A/B

7:30pm

Evening Plenary: Black Lives Matter
The West Indian socialist C.L.R. James once wrote that the “independent Negro movement is able to intervene with terrific force upon the general social and political life of the nation.” The Black Lives Matter movement—the most significant sustained struggle against racial injustice in the US in many decades—shows how much this is still true today. The panelists of activists and leaders, family members of police violence victims, and writers will draw a balance sheet of the movement and discuss ways forward for this crucial struggle.

Chairs
avatar for Brian Jones

Brian Jones

A teacher, actor, and activist in New York City, and the Green Party’s 2014 candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York. He taught elementary grades for almost a decade in New York City’s public schools, and is now a doctoral student in Urban Education at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is a member of the Movement of Rank and File Educators, the social justice caucus of the United... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Phillip Agnew

Phillip Agnew

Phillip Agnew is the executive director and cofounder of the Dream Defenders, an uprising of communities in struggle, shifting culture through transformational organizing.. A native of Chicago, IL, he is a 2008 graduate of Florida A&M University's School of Business and Industry.  While there he served as Student Body President, a member of the University Board of Trustees and Faculty Senate.  His life was changed when he became... Read More →
avatar for Jeralynn Brown-Blueford

Jeralynn Brown-Blueford

Jeralynn Brown-Blueford is the Co-Director of the Alan Blueford Center for Justice and the Co-Founder of the Alan Blueford Foundation. | | The Alan Blueford Center for Justice and The Alan Blueford Foundation, were born out of the tragic death of Jeralynn’s youngest son, Alan. Jeralyn's endeavor now is to be instrumental in healing those who have suffered injustices, to help bring about change, and to stop the police brutality.  
avatar for Michael Hassell

Michael Hassell

Michael Hassell is a St. Louis based activist who has been on the ground in Ferguson organizing with Black Lives Matter. He video-recorded the murder of Kijieme Powell by St Louis Police and has been involved with that case and the murder of Mike Brown. He has been traveling around the country from Cleveland to D.C. fighting to see the change we need.
avatar for Bridzette Lane

Bridzette Lane

Bridzette M. Lane, community activist and founder of the Ralphael T. Briscoe Memorial Foundation. After the tragic loss of her son as a result of excessive force by a member of the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department, Bridzette Lane established the Ralphael T. Briscoe Memorial Foundation to assist individuals who have been victims of excessive force by members of law enforcement as well as their families. The foundation... Read More →
avatar for Donna Murch

Donna Murch

Donna Murch is an Associate Professor of History at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She is the author of Living for the City: Migration, Education, and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California (University of North Carolina Press).
avatar for Martinez Sutton

Martinez Sutton

Martinez Sutton is anti-police brutality activist from Chicago, Illinois. He is the brother of Rekia Boyd who was murdered by the the Chicago Police Department in 2012. Since her murder he has tirelessly organized and fought for justice. While the off-duty officer who killed her was brought to trial—the first CPD officer to have to do so in decades—he was cleared of all charges in a bizarre technicality by the judge. Martinez... Read More →
avatar for Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes on Black politics, housing inequality, and issues of race and class in the United States. Her articles have been published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Jacobin, New Politics, The Black Commentator, Black Agenda Report, Ms., and other publications. Her first book, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, will be published in... Read More →
avatar for Ebony Williams

Ebony Williams

Ebony Williams is a #BlackLivesMatter activist in Ferguson


Friday July 3, 2015 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Regency Ballroom
 
Saturday, July 4
 

9:30am

Art and imperialism in capitalist culture: The socialist alternative
The commodification of art under capitalism, with a particular emphasis on the influence of imperialist competition and rivalry. Pierre Bourdieu's analysis of "cultural capital." Leon Trotsky's "Literature and Revolution" as a basis for developing a socialist perspective on the art of the past--and the art of the future.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Keach

Bill Keach

Bill Keach teaches in the English Department at Brown University. He has written frequently for the International Socialist Review and is the editor of Leon Trotsky's "Literature and Revolution" and of Giuliana Sgrena's "Friendly Fire," both published by Haymarket.


Saturday July 4, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Adler A/B

9:30am

Black self-determination and the struggle for socialism
With the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, there is a new conversation about self-determination. Driven by questions facing the movement today, activists look back to previous waves of struggle, especially during the 1960s, to see what history says about self-determination of Black people and oppressed nations. For socialists, the self-determination of oppressed peoples as part of the socialist project goes back even further than the 60s. This meeting explores the politics of self-determination in the 60s, and the approach that the Communist International took in the early 20th century to self-determination and the struggle for socialism.

Speakers
avatar for Khury Petersen-Smith

Khury Petersen-Smith

Long-time Boston activist. He traveled to Iraq in 2004 and the Gaza Strip in 2009 with international solidarity delegations.


Saturday July 4, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Grant Park C

9:30am

From plantation to prison: Black labor in chains

African Americans have been subject to forced labor for most of the past 400 years. The Civil War put an end to outright ownership of human beings, but corporations and white landowners soon reinvented slavery in new forms—debt peonage and convict labor. Today we live in a new era of convict labor, as inmates are again forced to work for next to nothing. This talk will sketch how these systems of exploitation have operated, the role they have played in the broader economy, and the ways that racist ideology has been updated to meet the exploiters’ needs in each new period.

 


Speakers
avatar for David Whitehouse

David Whitehouse

David Whitehouse writes about Asia and Africa for Socialist Worker and the International Socialist Review. Recently, he has been investigating the history and politics of the police. He blogs at worxintheory.wordpress.com.


Saturday July 4, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Clark C

9:30am

The environmental movement and the concept of a 'just transition'
Green capitalism's market-driven solutions to the climate crisis have failed, opening up the question of how we can realistically transition to renewable energy and a society that doesn't rely on endless growth. We need social justice, democratic planning and energy democracy now. So how can we pose this alternative in a neoliberal world built on fossil fuels?

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Green Capitalism: Why it Can't Work by Daniel Tanuro

Speakers
avatar for Joost Kircz

Joost Kircz

Joost Kircz started his career very young as one of the leaders of the Dutch student upheavals in 1969. He is co-founder, in the early '70s, of the renewed Dutch section of the 4th International. Among many other activities and editorships, he served for eight years (2002-2010) as chairman of the the local radical party Amsterdam Anders/ De Groenen fraction in the Amsterdam Centre borough council. As from 1982 he is a board... Read More →
avatar for Michael Ware

Michael Ware

Michael is a long-standing ISO member from Burlington, Vermont. He is also a founding member of System Change Not Climate Change.


Saturday July 4, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Clark A/B

9:30am

The CIA and US imperialism
Most people in the US form their opinions of the CIA from movies and TV shows like Homeland. But millions of people in the Global South have seen a decidedly less heroic side of the Agency. This talk looks at the role the CIA has played in maintaining US empire, from the beginning of the Cold War to today.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Torture and Democracy by Darius Rejali
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner

Speakers
avatar for Laura Durkay

Laura Durkay

Laura Durkay is an activist, writer and filmmaker living in New York City. She has written about politics and culture for the Washington Post, AlterNet, Gay City News, Red Wedge Magazine and Socialist Worker.


Saturday July 4, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Field C

9:30am

Chile: State and revolution
The electoral victory of Unidad Popular (the Popular Unity party) in 1970, which brought socialist Salvador Allende to the Presidency, marked the beginning of the "Chilean Road to Socialism". The following three years witnessed a dramatic rise in class struggle but ended with a violent coup d'état and mass repression of the working class militants who dedicated their lives to the fight for socialism. The victory of SYRIZA in Greece has re-raised the relationship between electoral victories and state power as a live question - one that the Chilean experience can help provide lessons to for revolutionary socialists today.

Speakers
avatar for Jorge Torres

Jorge Torres

Jorge lives in Seattle and is an activist and organizer in the International Socialist Organization.
avatar for Natalia Tylim

Natalia Tylim

Natalia is a socialist in Brooklyn, NY.


Saturday July 4, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Field B

9:30am

Mexico after Ayotzinapa
This talk will focus on contemporary Mexican politics after the rise of the movement for justice for the 43 students from Ayotzinapa. The midterm elections of June will also be analyzed as well as the trajectory of the left and social movements.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Democracy in Mexico: Peasant Rebellion and Political Reform by Dan La Botz
Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers by Anabel Hernandez

Speakers
avatar for Josie Chávez

Josie Chávez

Josie Chávez is the coordinator of the Central Committee of the Mexican Partido Revolucionario de las y los Trabajadores (Revolutionary Worker's Party). She is the Editor of the magazine Cuadernos Feministas. She is active in several movements and organizations, including Feministas Socialistas and the Human Rights Defenders Network (Red de Defensoras de Derechos Humanos). She is also active in movements against femicide.
avatar for Héctor Agredano Rivera

Héctor Agredano Rivera

Héctor Agredano Rivera is a gay, Mexican-American activist-scholar pursuing a PhD in Geography at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He lives in Mexico City and writes for Socialist Worker on Mexican politics.
avatar for Edgard Sánchez

Edgard Sánchez

Edgard Sánchez is chair and founding member of the Mexican Partido Revolucionario de las y los Trabajadores (Revolutionary Worker's Party), Mexican section of the 4th International (constituted after 1976). Edgard is also part of the International Committee of the 4th International and is a member of the National Executive Commission of the Political Organization of the People and Workers (OPT), a broad party project for the... Read More →


Saturday July 4, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Grant Park B

9:30am

Saudi Arabia and counterrevolution in the Middle East
This talk will explore the leading role that Saudi Arabia plays today as a crucial conveyer belt for regional sectarianism, one of the most stable client regimes for US imperialism, and a center of the counter-revolution across the Middle East and North Africa.

Speakers
avatar for Sofia Arias

Sofia Arias

Sofia Arias is a member of the International Socialist Organization in Boston.


Saturday July 4, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Dusable A/B

9:30am

The battle to change the mascots
The movement against the racist mascoting of Native American symbols and culture in sporting events has existed for decades. Yet the last several years has seen an unprecedented growth in this struggle as well as victory after victory in the push to change these names from the high school to the collegiate level. The struggle has also been intimately tied to the growth of indigenous movements for self determination on issues ranging from land rights to environmental protection. Come hear Erica Lee of Idle No More, sports writer Dave Zirin, and legendary Indigenous rights activist Suzan Shown Harjo about why this movement has found new purchase in the 21st century and why so many in power see it as a threat.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition by Glen Sean Coulthard
Islands of Decolonial Love by Leanne Simpson
Willful Subjects by Sara Ahmed
Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations by Suzan Shown Harjo
Team Spirits: The Native American Mascots Controversy by C. Richard King

Speakers
avatar for Suzan Shown Harjo

Suzan Shown Harjo

Dr. Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne & Hodulgee Muscogee) is a poet, writer, curator, and policy advocate, who has helped Native Peoples protect sacred places and recover more than one million acres of land. A founder of the National Museum of the American Indian, she curated an NMAI 2014-2018 exhibit, "Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations," and edited the book of the same title (Smithsonian & NMAI... Read More →
avatar for Erica Violet Lee

Erica Violet Lee

A 23-year-old Nehiyaw (Plains Cree) student at the University of Saskatchewan. Since speaking at the first Idle No More teach-in in 2012, Erica has been recognized as an international youth leader with the movement, drawing attention to the need for social and environmental justice for First Nations in Canada. Named one of CBC Saskatchewan’s Future 40, Erica works in the community as a student mentor and advocates for... Read More →
avatar for Dave Zirin

Dave Zirin

The sports editor for the Nation. Zirin was named the 2015 NY Press excellence in sportswriting award and is the author of eight books about the politics of sports. He is a radio host on Pacifica and Sirius/XM. His latest is Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy.


Saturday July 4, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Grant Park A

9:30am

Did Lenin lead to Stalin?
Mainstream liberal and right-wing historians agree that the core tenets of Lenin's organizational ideas about a revolutionary party lead to the Stalinism in Russia. A close look, both at Lenin's ideas and the actual process of the bloody Stalinist counter revolution, reveal the profound discontinuity between the early Bolsheviks practice and theory and the repressive state that rose amongst the ashes.  

Speakers
avatar for Bekah Ward

Bekah Ward

Bekah Ward is an activist and teacher who has written for the International Socialist Review and Socialist Worker on topics ranging from immigration, police violence, women's reproductive freedom and Marxism and science.


Saturday July 4, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Dusable A/B

9:30am

Class struggle in Poland: Solidarnosc
Upheavals among students and workers at the end of the 60s that were suppressed alienated most youth from the regime. In the 70s opposition began to cohere. This process will be examined and explained.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Seeing Through the Eyes of the Polish Revolution: Solidarity and the Struggle Against Communism in Poland by Jack Bloom

Speakers
avatar for Jack Bloom

Jack Bloom

Jack Bloom did his graduate work in the 60s at Berkeley. There, he became involved in the movement; he left Berkeley having finished all but his dissertation to go to Detroit to help build the IS. After several years, he rote his dissertation, which became the basis of his book on the civil rights movement, Class, Race and the Civil Rights Movement. At that point, he became a scholar of social movements, with some activism thrown in. He went... Read More →


Saturday July 4, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Field A

9:30am

SYRIZA’s victory and the future of the left
In the weeks leading to Socialism 2015, Negotiations between European officials and the Greek government led by the radical left party SYRIZA were deadlocked as the European Union (EU) continued to pressure Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to capitulate on the anti-austerity program SYRIZA proposed in its election campaign that brought it to power on January 25. Meanwhile, SYRIZA’S left wing, grouped together in the Left Platform, has been calling for the government to stop making debt repayments and devote all available resources to improving the conditions for Greece's workers and the poor. Antonis Davanellos, a Central Committee member of SYRIZA and well-known leader of the Left Platform, will discuss the Greek crisis and the fight to sustain the anti-austerity commitments of SYRIZA.

A meeting cosponsored with Jacobin magazine. 

Speakers
avatar for Sotiris Martalis

Sotiris Martalis

Sotiris Martalis is a teacher in public secondary education in Greece. He is a member of the Central Committtee the Internationalist Workers Left (DEA by its Greek acronym), a member of the Central Committee of SYRIZA, and member of the executive committee of META (Class Front Overthrow—META is the organization of the trade unionists who support the policy of SYRIZA inside the trade unions). He is also a trade unionist member of... Read More →
avatar for Catarina Príncipe

Catarina Príncipe

Catarina Príncipe is a portuguese activist living in Germany. She has been a key activist in the anti­precarity movement in Portugal as well as part of the Blockupy platform in Germany. She is both a member of Bloco de Esquerda and Die Linke and has inside knowledge about the different left organizations in southern Europe. She gave a talk on the 40th anniversary of the portuguese revolution at Socialism 2014 and is currently a... Read More →


Saturday July 4, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Burnham A/B/C

11:30am

Boots Riley in conversation with Dave Zirin
Boots Riley is a political hip hop legend. He also has a lot of stories. A LOT of stories: stories about the music industry, stories about Oakland, and stories about the role of music - and his own contribution - in the struggle for human liberation. Come hear a conversation between Boots Riley and Pacifica radio host Dave Zirin, as Dave tries to get Boots to spill all his stories. Absolutely not to be missed.

Speakers
avatar for Boots Riley

Boots Riley

Boots Riley, is an American poet, rapper, songwriter, producer, screenwriter, humorist, political organizer, community activist, lecturer, and public speaker—best known as the lead vocalist of The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club. He lives in Oakland, California.
avatar for Dave Zirin

Dave Zirin

The sports editor for the Nation. Zirin was named the 2015 NY Press excellence in sportswriting award and is the author of eight books about the politics of sports. He is a radio host on Pacifica and Sirius/XM. His latest is Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy.



Saturday July 4, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Grant Park B

11:30am

Marxism in noir: The culture and politics of class struggle and race in the 1940s
This talk seeks to reopen the debate on the origins of present political crisis from a perspective different from a focus on 1989, 9/11, or 2008 and through the reclamation of subjugated knowledge as an insurrectionary presence. The decade of the 1940s, seething with social contradictions and half-buried class conflict, is critical for shaping our own world of eviscerated trade unions, liberal antagonism toward the Far Left, betrayed struggles of Black Liberation, and disenchantment with utopian visions.

The work of the African American gay Noir novelist Willard Motley, and other radicals, will allow us to probe the little-understood Marxist presence in the era’s famously doomed, malevolent, dark culture of fiction and film.

Readings: Willard Motley, KNOCK ON ANY DOOR; George Lipsitz, RAINBOW AT MIDNIGHT

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
American Night: The Literary Left in the Era of the Cold War by Alan Wald
Trinity of Passion: The Literary Left and the Antifascist Crusade by Alan Wald

Speakers
avatar for Alan Wald

Alan Wald

Alan Wald, Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan, is the author of many books on Marxism and culture in the United States, including "The New York Intellectuals:  The Rise and Decline of the Anti-Stalinist Left" (1987) and "American Night:  The Literary Left in the Era of the Cold War" (2012).  He is on the editorial boards of "Science & Society" and "Against the Current," and has written for "International Socialist... Read More →


Saturday July 4, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Clark A/B

11:30am

Ella Baker, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Diane Nash: women in the civil rights movement
Fannie Lou Hamer famously said, “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Though a powerful figure in the civil rights movement, the important role that she and other Black women played in the civil rights movement is often overshadowed  by Martin Luther King. This talk will dig into the contributions of three woman whose voices, courage and insights were of critical importance in shaping the early civil rights movement and pivotal in smashing Jim Crow in the South.

Speakers
avatar for Marlene Martin

Marlene Martin

Marlene Martin is a longstanding member of the International Socialist Organization and the Campaign to End the Death Penalty. She has contributed articles to the New Abolitionist and to Socialist Worker.


Saturday July 4, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Clark C

11:30am

West Indian revolutionaries and the rise of American Communism
The 1920s marked the formative years of a “Black- Red relationship.” West Indian Immigrants, radicalized by the racist oppression of colonialism in their home countries, raised the consciousness of American Black communities. From Hubert Harrison, whom Aesop Phillip Randolph called “The Father of Harlem Radicalism” to Claudia Jones and her analysis of the triple oppression on the Black working class Woman, West Indian revolutionaries contributed much to debates on important questions like nationalism, self determination, and anti-imperialism.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
The Cry Was Unity: Communists and African Americans, 1917-1936 by Mark Solomon

Speakers
avatar for Todd St Hill

Todd St Hill

Todd St Hill is an organizer in Chicago.


Saturday July 4, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Field C

11:30am

Is growth killing the planet?
In the struggle to stop climate change, many are grappling with the role of our economic system in creating the current unsustainable relationship between human beings and our ecosystem. Some have pointed to capitalism's imperative for economic growth as the primary culprit, calling for "degrowth" as the solution. Using a Marxist understanding of political economy and social change, this talk will critically analyze economic growth under capitalism as it relates to ecological devastation, the strategy of degrowth, and explore alternative political strategies and solutions.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Degrowth: A Vocabulary for a New Era by Giacomo D'Alisa

Speakers
avatar for Sean Petty

Sean Petty

Sean Petty is a member of the ISO and a registered nurse in New York City. He has been involved extensively in climate justice activism, primarily within his union, the New York State Nurses Association, and Trade Unions for Energy Democracy.


Saturday July 4, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Adler A/B

11:30am

The asymetric world order: Inter-imperial rivalry in the 21st century
The U.S. is no longer an un-rivalled empire dominating the world system. It has suffered a relative decline as a result of its disastrous invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. That setback was compounded by the global slump, which has weakened America’s hegemony over the world economy. Now the U.S. now faces new international and regional rivals. China is becoming more assertive in Asia and throughout the world. Russia and many other lesser powers are pressing their interests against the U.S. in their own regions. We are witnessing the start of new inter-imperial rivalries that will intensify in the 21st century.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review (ISR). He has written on various subjects for the ISR as well as Socialist Worker, ZNet, and Jacobin magazine. He is a member of the several movement organizations, including Vermont Labor Solidarity that organizes in support of workers struggles in Burlington, Vermont, where he lives.


Saturday July 4, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Grant Park D

11:30am

What is Leninism?
“Leninism” is widely identified across the political spectrum, either positively or negatively, as a form of “vanguardism” in which a self-selected minority leads the masses—themselves incapable of achieving socialist consciousness—to a new society. Others, on the other hand, deny that Lenin was anything but an “orthodox” Marxist who merely applied Marxism to the specific conditions of Russian society, whose ideas on organization, let alone theory and politics, have little to offer us today. Who, if anyone, is right? Is there anything in the theory and practice of Lenin and the Bolshevik party that socialists can learn from and use today?

Speakers
avatar for Paul D'Amato

Paul D'Amato

Paul D’Amato is the author of The Meaning of Marxism, which will be published in a revised and updated edition this summer. He is also the managing editor of the quarterly journal International Socialist Review, and a regular columnist for Socialist Worker.


Saturday July 4, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Burnham A/B/C

11:30am

Neoliberalism in Israel and Palestine: Two-state solution in the one-state economy
Peace Was Never Meant to Happen: Mobilizing for Freedom in Occupied Jerusalem: Revealing the current reality in occupied Jerusalem, Micha and Amany will describe the layers of Palestinian disempowerment beginning with the militaristic and economic, through the bureaucratic and at last the benevolent international NGO colonialist project.  It's not all bad news, though. They will also share news of the growing grassroots movement to confront the occupation and reclaim Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. 

Speakers
avatar for Amany Khalifeh

Amany Khalifeh

Amany Khalifa, a long time grassroots organizer is today Grassroots Jerusalem's Mapping Director, has been involved in Palestinian civil society work for almost ten years organising, leading campaigns, protests mobilizing creative, long term resistance. Today she works with over 75 local organisations in Jerusalem/AlQuds to put the city back on the global map as the Palestinian capital. Combined with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and a... Read More →
avatar for Micha Kurz

Micha Kurz

Micha Kurz was born and raised in Jerusalem, is a supporter in many resistance movements in his city. He is an early founder of Breaking the Silence, a previous board member at the Israeli Committee against House Demolitions and is currently supporting the work of many Palestinians activists in Jerusalem as organizer with Grassroots Jerusalem/ Al-Quds, a Palestinian organization he help found. Together with his Palestinian colleagues at... Read More →


Saturday July 4, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Dusable A/B

11:30am

Capitalism and policing
The role of policing in a capitalist society, its historical origins, its relation to the state, and its integral role in enforcing and perpetuating class rule and racial oppression.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America by Kristian Williams and Joy James
Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis by Christian Parenti

Speakers
avatar for Tim Goulet

Tim Goulet

Tim is a member of the International Socialist Organization in NY, a member of Teamsters local 810, and a writer and organizer.
avatar for Gina Sartori

Gina Sartori

Gina is an anti-police brutality activist and organizer with Millions March NYC in New York City's Black Live Matter movement. Gina also works with families of victims of police violence and last spoke at Socialism 2013 on Strategies for Fighting Police Brutality.


Saturday July 4, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Dusable C

11:30am

Socialist strategy and the Third Comintern Congress
What is revolutionary strategy? What is the strategic legacy for today of the Communist International in Lenin’s time? Why did Trotsky describe the Third Comintern Congress (1921) as a “school of revolutionary strategy”? John Riddell and Mike Taber discuss these questions, drawing from their work in editing and publishing the proceedings of the first four Comintern congresses.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Toward the United Front: Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the Communist International, 1922 edited by John Riddell

Speakers
avatar for John Riddell

John Riddell

Toronto-based ecosocialist activist. Riddell is the translator and editor of two books from Haymarket Books of documents on the world revolutionary movement in Lenin’s time: Toward the United Front (focus year, 1922; published 2012) and To the Masses (focus year, 1921; published 2015).
avatar for Mike Taber

Mike Taber

Mike Taber is a longtime socialist and editor. He has edited or prepared dozens of books on the history of the revolutionary and working-class movement, including works by Leon Trotsky, V.I. Lenin, Malcolm X, James P. Cannon, Che Guevara, and Maurice Bishop. He currently lives in Chicago.


Saturday July 4, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Field B

11:30am

The Spanish Civil War
This talk will offer a description and explanation of the revolutionary response to the Spanish military's coup to overthrow the Spanish Second Republic in 1936. Special emphasis will be given to the debate over the role of the anarchist CNT in the revolution.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
War and Revolution in Catalonia, 1936-1939 by Pelai Pagès i Blanch
The CNT in the Spanish Revolution: Volume 3 by Jose Peirats

Speakers
avatar for Patrick Gallagher

Patrick Gallagher

Patrick Gallagher is an associate professor of Spanish at Kent State University and member of the ISO. He published with Brill/Historical Materialism and Haymarket a translation of Pelai Pages i Blanch's book, War and Revolution in Catalonia (2013), and is currently collecting, translating, and editing a volume of writing by Catalan Marxist, Andreu Nin, leader of the POUM who was assassinated by Stalin's agents in Spain, 1937.


Saturday July 4, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Field A

11:30am

From Lula to Rousseff: Class struggle and accommodation in Brazil
Born out of the workers’ struggle against military dictatorship in the 1980s, Brazil’s Workers’ Party has moved a great distance from its radical roots. Increasingly, the PT’s abandonment of its own social and political base in order to try to please domestic, international, industrial, financial and agrarian capital  has left many disillusioned in its corrupt rule—expressed most recently in the mass protests of 2013 against public transit fare hikes and the extravagant spending for the olympics. But who will gain the most from the struggles—the right or the left—is still undecided. Valério Arcary, a Marxist historian and leading member of the PSTU (United Socialist Workers’ Party) in Brazil, will discuss Brazil’s changing landscape and the prospects for the revolutionary left today.

Speakers
avatar for Valério Arcary

Valério Arcary

Valério Arcary is a Brazilian author and has been a socialist activist for forty years and has taught history at the IFSP (Federal Institute of São Paulo) for the last thirty years.  His publications include a study of the Marxist theory of revolution, The dangerous crossroads of history, and the meaning of Lula government, Reformism with almost no reforms, along with several other books. He was active... Read More →


Saturday July 4, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Grant Park C

11:30am

Merkelmania: The German model and its discontents
Deep resentment of Angela Merkel and the German political establishment is widespread across southern Europe, yet within the EU's wealthiest and most powerful state the ruling coalition seems to be as popular as ever. Or is it? The ongoing strike wave across various German industries represents a significant crack in Merkel's facade. This meeting will focus on the development of industrial and social struggle in Germany since the crisis, as well as the role played by the radical left Die Linke party.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Sociology, Capitalism, Critique by Hartmut Rosa, Stephan Lessenich, and KLAUS DÖRRE
German Europe by Ulrich Beck

Speakers
avatar for Loren Balhorn

Loren Balhorn

Loren Balhorn is a member of Die Linke in Berlin and an organizer for Marx21, a revolutionary socialist current within that party. He writes regularly for Marx21 as well as its theoretical journal, Theorie21.
avatar for Mark Bergfeld

Mark Bergfeld

Mark Bergfeld is an activist-writer researching labour and social movements and new forms of worker organization at Queen Mary University of London. He has written for Al-Jazeera English and the New Statesman, and a number of other mainstream publications. You can find his writings at mdbergfeld.com


Saturday July 4, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Grant Park A

1:00pm

California / Colorado Area Meetup
Saturday July 4, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Clark A/B

1:00pm

Chicago Area Meetup
Saturday July 4, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Adler A/B

1:00pm

2:00pm

Slavery and the origins of racism
Speakers
avatar for Ronnie Flores

Ronnie Flores

Ronnie is a high school teacher in New York.


Saturday July 4, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Field C

2:00pm

Our Thing is DRUM: Black Power and the Black Labor Revolt of the 1960s
The countless African Americans who participated in civil rights protests and street rebellions in the 1960s didn't leave their politics at the door when they entered the workplace. Black worker militancy that was central to the rank-and-file worker rebellion of the 1960s and 1970s, a movement that shook private industry and the public sector alike. From the wildcat strikes sparked by the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement that shut down key auto plants to the illegal wildcat postal strike of 1970 and beyond, African American worker militancy—shaped by the broader Black liberation struggle—was a critical factor in the biggest strike movement in decades. This talk will look at the dynamics of that struggle and its lessons for today.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Detroit: I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution by Marvin Surkin and Dan Georgakas

Speakers
avatar for Lee Sustar

Lee Sustar

Author of the forthcoming Striking Back in Chicago: How Teachers Took on City Hall and Pushed Back Corporate Education “Reform”.


Saturday July 4, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Adler A/B

2:00pm

Capitalism and disability
How and why do differences between people become disabilities? Are some differences between people necessarily disabling? Do answers to these questions hold for all possible human societies—or do they require special answers in societies organized according to production for profit? This talk will explain the social model of disability oppression developed by Marxists and disability activists in Britain in the late 1970s, showing how a Marxist analysis of the labor market and the state can help us to further develop this model to advance the fight against disability oppression in the age of austerity. 

Speakers
avatar for Bridget Broderick

Bridget Broderick

Bridget Broderick has been a socialist in the ISO for over 20 years. She has organized in Chicago around immigrant rights and against the criminal injustice system. She is working with other socialists and activists to learn more about the history of disability rights and theories of disability.
avatar for Jon Kurinsky

Jon Kurinsky

Jon Kurinsky is a member of the International Socialist Organization and writer based in Chicago.


Saturday July 4, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Clark A/B

2:00pm

Marx and nature
Many on the left assume that Marx's focus on the working class and the development of industry prevented his giving proper attention to ecological issues. This talk will examine various interpretations of Marx's writing on nature and suggest which of his ideas might prove most useful to present-day ecosocialists.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Marx and Nature: A Red and Green Perspective by Paul Burkett
Marx's Ecology: Materialism and Nature by John Bellamy Foster

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Terzakis

Elizabeth Terzakis

Elizabeth Terzakis is a member of the ISO and teaches developmental reading and writing, composition, literature, and creative writing at Cañada College in Redwood City, California. She co-wrote a chapter on the pedagogy of Paulo Freire for Haymarket's Education and Capitalism and has written articles on the global AIDS crisis, the New McCarthyism, and human nature for the International Socialist Review.


Saturday July 4, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Field A

2:00pm

The fight for trans liberation
Speakers
avatar for Monica James

Monica James

Monica James is a deeply committed community organizer against police misconduct, mass incarceration, and state violence particularly as they impact transgender people of color in the United States. Ms. James is a collective member at the Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois, an organization committed to advocating for gender self-determination for all, free of government limitation, through transformative justice models with a... Read More →


Saturday July 4, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Grant Park D

2:00pm

Zionism: False messiah
Historically and today, Zionism and Israel are sold as the savior of the Jews. But is Zionism actually the best response to anti-Semitism? This talk will explore the origins of Zionism, why and how it has been supported from inside and outside the country, and how Zionism has evolved today, while attempting to answer the question of what socialists think would be a better strategy to fight anti-Semitism.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappe

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Levy

Sarah Levy

Sarah Levy is a freelance writer from Portland, Oregon and has been living in Palestine for the last year. Her work as appeared in Mondoweiss, Electronic Intifada, and SocialistWorker.org.
avatar for Stephanie Schwartz

Stephanie Schwartz

Stephanie is an activist, teacher, and anti-Zionist Jew in the Bay Area.


Saturday July 4, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Dusable C

2:00pm

Boarding schools, adoption, and sterilization: The erasure of Native cultures
As the Indian Wars proved to be too expensive for the expansion of empire, the US government turned to racist legislature "Kill the Indian, Save the Man” which aimed to dissolve sovereignty to the land and the ability resist this destruction by using the very social structures of Indigenous people.

Generations of children were stolen into boarding schools to experience a military style regiment of “schooling,” Native women faced a growing attack on their right to reproduction and Indigenous families have suffered a war against their right to self-determination and right to existence.

All of this has, and continues, to promote resistance against the oppression faced by indigenous women and communities.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide by Andrea Smith
Native Americans and Wage Labor: Ethnohistorical Perspectives by Alice Littlefield and Martha C. Knack
State and Reservation: New Perspectives on Federal Indian Policy by George Pierre Castile
Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940 by Brenda J. Child
Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations by Charles F. Wilkinson

Speakers
avatar for Ragina Johnson

Ragina Johnson

Ragina Johnson is Native American Marxist, member of the ISO, and author in the Bay Area. She writes and speaks about Native American resistance and politics, particularly in relation to climate justice. She has been active in movements for LGBTQ Liberation, Palestinian Solidarity, and others against war, racism, and imperialism.
avatar for Sara Rougeau

Sara Rougeau

Sara Rougeau is a First Nations socialist activist and ISO member based in Chicago, actively writing on Indigenous resistance and working in solidarity with the anti-racist struggle and women's liberation.


Saturday July 4, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Dusable A/B

2:00pm

Clara Zetkin and the struggle for revolutionary internationalism
A tireless organizer, speaker and writer who helped found International Women’s Day, German revolutionary Clara Zetkin devoted her life to building the revolutionary socialist tradition worldwide. This talk is an introduction to her contributions, including a Marxist analysis of women’s oppression, the fight against reformism within the German socialist movement and the struggle to build opposition to the First World War. A selection of Zetkin’s writings—Clara Zetkin: Selected Writings—has recently become available through Haymarket Books.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Schulte

Elizabeth Schulte

Elizabeth Schulte is a journalist for Socialist Worker, writing frequently on low-wage workers, the Democratic Party and women liberation.


Saturday July 4, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Clark C

2:00pm

The legacy of Trotskyism
Speakers
avatar for Ahmed Shawki

Ahmed Shawki

Author of Black Liberation and Socialism and associate editor of the International Socialist Review.


Saturday July 4, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Burnham A/B/C

2:00pm

Intersectionality and Marxism
Black feminists' concept of intersectionality, with its emphasis on the simultaneous experiences of gender, race, class, and sexual oppression, is not only is compatible with Marxism but can also strengthen it. While postmodern interpretations of intersectionality are often confused with that of Black feminists, they are quite different. This talk aims to clear up the confusion.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Women and Socialism: Class, Race, and Capital by Sharon Smith
Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought by Beverly Guy-Sheftall
But Some Of Us Are Brave: All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men: Black Women's Studies edited by Akasha (Gloria T.) Hull

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Smith

Sharon Smith

Author of Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States. She is also the author of Women and Socialism: Essays on Women’s Liberation, and the thoroughly revised second edition, Women and Socialism: Class, Race and Capital to be published in July 2015. She is also a frequent contributor to Socialist Worker and the International Socialist Review.


Saturday July 4, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Grant Park C

2:00pm

Civil rights, hunger strikes, and treaties: Ireland's "Troubles"
The partition of Ireland almost a century ago led to, in the words of James Connolly, 'a carnival of reaction' either side of the border. In the British dominated Northern State, the minority Catholic population turned to resistance and struggle in the late 1960s to challenge Unionist rule and discrimation. Vicious repression and decades known as 'the troubles' followed. Today, a mass struggle against austerity and massive support for Equal Marriage is transforming the political landscape in the South of Ireland. In the North, the legacy of British rule and the sectarian character of the state continue to weigh heavily on the so-called Peace Process. Despite challenges, an alternative to austerity, sectarianism and religious fundamentalism is emerging across the island. 

Speakers
avatar for Shaun Harkin

Shaun Harkin

Shaun Harkin is an activist and writer presently based in Derry City, Ireland. He is a member of the Irish Socialist Workers Party and the People Before Profit Alliance. He is a regular contributor to Socialist Worker (U.S.), the International Socialist Review, and​ Socialist Worker (Ireland​). H​is articles have also been​ published in Jacobin, Truthout, Z Magazine, El Beisman, Counterpunch​, and elsewhere. He is currently working... Read More →
avatar for Jessie Muldoon

Jessie Muldoon

Jessie Muldoon is an educator and organizer in Oakland.  She teaches at Oakland High School and is an activist in the Oakland Education Association.  She has written on issues in labor, education and gender politics.  She has contributed to the Haymarket books Education and Capitalism, and 101 Changemakers, Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History.


Saturday July 4, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Field B

2:00pm

Podemos: Hope and challenge in Spain
The new radical organization PODEMOS ("We Can") has won significant advances in Spanish elections during the first half of 2015. Often compared to Greece's SYRIZA party, PODEMOS is different insofar as it is not based on existing left parties but rather was born as a totally new anti-austerity political formation out of the May 2011 "Indignado" Movement (Spain's equivalent of "Occupy Wall Street"). With the current collapse of Spain's pre-crisis two-party system, PODEMOS fills an important vacuum in articulating the need and desire for profound social change. It faces all of the key questions:  how can we win power? how can we build our movement? what kind of "party" or organization are we? how far will we go to put an end to austerity and inequality in the Spanish state and in Europe?

Speakers
avatar for Tom Lewis

Tom Lewis

Tom Lewis is a contributor to the International Socialist Review and writes on Latin America, Europe, and social theory.
avatar for François Sabado

François Sabado

François Sabado is a member of the New Anticapitalist Party (Nouveau Party Anticapitaliste—NPA). He joined the JCR (Young Revolutionary Communists/Jeunne Communiste Revolutionaire) in 1968, was a member of the Political Bureau of the Ligue Communiste Revolutionaire (LCR) from 1977 to 2008 and is a leading member of the 4th International.


Saturday July 4, 2015 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Grant Park A

2:00pm

Quebec’s Struggle Against Neoliberal Austerity
This spring, students again struck throughout Quebec, this time not against the threat of tuition hikes as in 2012, but against neoliberal austerity being imposed on the province by the Liberal Party's premier Philippe Couillard. Their struggle is part of a wave of resistance sweeping the province that includes unions as well as the climate justice movement fighting to put people and the environment before profit. It has also taken electoral expression through Quebec’s new party, Quebec Solidaire that developed fraternal relations with similar insurgent parties from Syriza to Podemos. The panelists will discuss the results and prospects of this militant resistance to austerity.

Speakers
avatar for Philippe de Grosbois

Philippe de Grosbois

Phillipe de Grosbois is a sociology teacher at Ahuntsic College. He has been a | representative at his local union for 3 years and a part of a | leftist magazine called À bâbord! since 2007, where he writes about | media and social movements.
avatar for Benoit Renaud

Benoit Renaud

Benoit Renaud is coordinator of Réseau écosocialiste (Ecosocialist Network - Québec) and a long time Québec solidaire (QS) activist. He was a member of the QS leadership between 2008 and 2012 as well as a candidate for that party in several elections. He has contributed to many publications on the Left, both in English and French, including International Socialist Review (#92... Read More →
avatar for Alain Savard

Alain Savard

Alain Savard is a PhD student at York University and a member of the Front d’Action Socialiste. He has been involved in the Quebec student movement since 2005 and has written several articles about Quebec’s political conjoncture for newsocialist.org. 


Saturday July 4, 2015 2:00pm - 6:30pm
Grant Park B

4:00pm

Every 28 Hours: Murdered by the New Jim Crow
As this conference begins, more than 520 people will have been killed at the hand of police in the United States—and well over half of them will have been Black. From the murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson to the killing of Eric Garner on Stanton Island; and from the murder of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland to the killing of Freddie Grey in Baltimore, the epidemic of police murder of African Americans has become a source of struggle and a topic of heated conversation as both the scale of the problem as well as of the resistance has brought the issue to the attention of millions of people. “Hands up, don’t shoot,” and “I can’t breathe,” have become ubiquitous slogans that drive home the enormity of the crimes being committed every day against Black people in the United States. This violence is not an aberration, but a key component of a systematic policy of racial oppression and disfranchisement dubbed by acclaimed author Michelle Alexander The New Jim Crow.

Speakers
avatar for Jeralynn Brown-Blueford

Jeralynn Brown-Blueford

Jeralynn Brown-Blueford is the Co-Director of the Alan Blueford Center for Justice and the Co-Founder of the Alan Blueford Foundation. | | The Alan Blueford Center for Justice and The Alan Blueford Foundation, were born out of the tragic death of Jeralynn’s youngest son, Alan. Jeralyn's endeavor now is to be instrumental in healing those who have suffered injustices, to help bring about change, and to stop the police brutality.  
avatar for Carey Downs

Carey Downs

Carey Downs is anti-police brutality activist from Stockton, California. Ever since his step-son, James Earl Rivera Jr., was murdered by Stockton police in 2010 at the age of 16, Downs has been fighting alongside his wife, Dionne Smith-Downs, for justice for their son. To this day the Stockton police have refused to provide complete accounting of their son's death and have allowed all officers involved to remain on duty. Through their activism... Read More →
avatar for Teressa Raiford

Teressa Raiford

Teressa Raiford is a community organizer and social justice activist fighting for police accountability and legislative reform. She received the 2014 OR NAACP for Women in Politics, 2014 she also won awards for anti gentrification projects with STEM focus and recently started a NPO called Oregon Know Your Rights which supports community education, advocacy and direct action.
avatar for Dionne Smith-Downs

Dionne Smith-Downs

Dionne Smith-Downs is anti-police brutality activist from Stockton, California. Ever since her son, James Earl Rivera Jr., was murdered by Stockton police in 2010 at the age of 16, Smith-Downs has been fighting for justice for her son. To this day the Stockton police have refused to provide complete accounting of her son's death and have allowed all officers involved to remain on duty. Through her activism Smith-Downs has also become a... Read More →


Saturday July 4, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Burnham A/B/C

4:00pm

Labor, race and climate justice
This panel will analyze the connections between climate change, environmental racism, and the role unionized workers can play in fighting to end this devastation and for a better world. From the movement against open petcoke piles in urban Southeast Chicago to the 2014 People’s Climate Change March in New York City to the strikes of oil workers nationwide this past spring, how can these be brought together to create a formidable force to stop big corporations and their drive to destroy the planet?

Speakers
avatar for Olga Bautista

Olga Bautista

Olga Bautista is a community organizer, activist, mother of two young girls, and a leader in the Southeast Coalition to Ban Petcoke. Petcoke or Petroleum Coke a byproduct of refining Tar sand at the BP refinery in Whiting, IN is being transported into Chicago and stored openly along Calumet River. Residents have been outraged about the fine and oily powder that is getting into their homes, backyard pools and the lungs of their children. A... Read More →
avatar for Carlos Enriquez

Carlos Enriquez

Carlos Enriquez is a Chicago-based activist. He has contributed articles to SocialistWorker.org and participated in System Change Not Climate Change.
avatar for Elizabeth Lalasz

Elizabeth Lalasz

Elizabeth Lalasz is a public-sector registered nurse, a union steward and bargaining team member with National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC), part of National Nurses United (NNU), in Chicago, IL.


Saturday July 4, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Field B

4:00pm

Socialists, unions and the rank and file
The US labor movement is confronting the daunting prospect of an open shop America. If unions are to thrive on the new terrain they must be dramatically transformed, and socialists must play a key role in this process. Examples from the history of the 1960s public worker upsurge can help us chart the way forward. 

A talk cosponsored by Jacobin magazine.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Strike Back: Using the Militant Tactics of Labor's Past to Reignite Public Sector Unionism Today by Joe Burns
Solidarity Unionism: Rebuilding the Labor Movement from Below by Staughton Lynd
There's Always Work at the Post Office: African American Postal Workers and the Fight for Jobs, Justice, and Equality by Philip F. Rubio
In Solidarity: Essays on Working-Class Organization and Strategy in the United States by Kim Moody


Speakers
avatar for Larry Bradshaw

Larry Bradshaw

Larry Bradshaw is the San Francisco Vice President of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021. He is a paramedic in San Francisco, a member of the Change 1021 reform group that won election in the local in 2010, and a longtime member of the International Socialist Organization.
avatar for Chris Maisano

Chris Maisano

Chris Maisano is a contributing editor at Jacobin magazine and a staffer at AFSCME District Council 37 in New York City.
avatar for Melissa Rakestraw

Melissa Rakestraw

Melissa Rakestraw is a letter carrier, member, and shop steward for the National Association of Letter Carriers. She is also a member of the International Socialist Organization. 



Saturday July 4, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Adler A/B

4:00pm

The crisis in Venezuela and the fate of “socialism in the 21st century”
What is the state of the movement in Venezuela? What is Socialism of the 21st Century? How has the death of Hugo Chávez affected the fate of the socialist project, if at all? This talk will try to highlight the latest developments in Venezuela, the origins of the Bolivarian Process, and whether or not revolutionary socialists should be looking at the model of Socialism of the 21st Century as a new way forward.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Hugo Chavez: Socialist for the Twenty-first Century by Mike Gonzalez
We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution by George Ciccariello-Maher
A World to Build: New Paths toward Twenty-first Century Socialism by Marta Harnecker

Speakers
avatar for Tom Lewis

Tom Lewis

Tom Lewis is a contributor to the International Socialist Review and writes on Latin America, Europe, and social theory.
avatar for Eva María

Eva María

Eva María is a Venezuelan-born member of the International Socialist Organization. She is currently pursuing her M.A. on Spanish Literature and is a regular contributor to Socialist Worker on Venezuela and Latin America.


Saturday July 4, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Dusable C

4:00pm

Another world is possible: The future socialist society
The famous labor anthem Solidarity Forever declares "we can bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old." What can we know today about what that new world will look like? And will it be able to use more from this old world than just ashes?

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Socialism...Seriously: A Brief Guide to Human Liberation by Danny Katch
Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA edit by Frances Golden, Debby Smith, and Michael Smith

Speakers
avatar for Danny Katch

Danny Katch

Danny Katch is a columnist for socialist worker and the author of America's Got Democracy! The Making of the World's Longest Running Reality Show and Socialism...Seriously: A Brief Guide to Human Liberation.


Saturday July 4, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Grant Park A

4:00pm

Marxism and ideology
Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Roesch

Jennifer Roesch

Frequent contributor to the International Socialist Review. Roesch is also a women’s rights activist in New York City.


Saturday July 4, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Grant Park C

4:00pm

Boycott, divestment, sanctions: The grassroots movement against Israeli apartheid
The global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement has put Israeli apartheid on the run, scrambling to defend its blatant denial of Palestinian rights. This meeting features activists engaged in campus and community BDS campaigns.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine by Remi Kanazi

Speakers
avatar for Mohammad Abou-Ghazala

Mohammad Abou-Ghazala

Mohammad Abou-Ghazala is a Syrian-Palestinian American and a founding member of Students Against Israeli Apartheid at George Mason University, and is currently the president. He studies Global Affairs and Islamic Studies at GMU, and conducts research on the Middle East and North Africa for the Honors Program. In addition to Palestine and BDS activism, he has been involved in the Syrian Revolution since 2011. 
avatar for Nashiha Alam

Nashiha Alam

Nashiha Alam is a student at Loyola University Chicago studying Women's and Gender Studies. She is a leader at SJP Loyola and worked with the Loyola Divest coalition pressuring the university to divest from corporations profiting off of the Israeli occupation, and on the steering committee of National SJP. 
avatar for Yasmine Kamel

Yasmine Kamel

Yasmine Kamel is an activist in New York City. She's a member of Adalah-NY, a BDS focused Palestine solidarity organization, and MENA Solidarity Network-US which organizes in solidarity with democracy movements in the Middle East. Yasmine's writing on Palestine has been published on socialistworker.org.
avatar for Remi Kanazi

Remi Kanazi

Remi Kanazi is a poet, writer, and organizer based in New York City. He is the author the author of Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine and the editor of Poets For Palestine. His political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world, including Salon, Al Jazeera English, and BBC Radio. Kanazi has toured hundreds of venues across the United States, Canada, Europe and the... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Navarro

Stephanie Navarro

Stephanie is a member of the International Socialist Organization and a recent graduate of Stanford University, where she participated in on- and off-campus activism throughout the last four years.  Stephanie has been co-chair and core member of MEChA de Stanford and has also been an active member of the Stanford Out of Occupied Palestine coalition and the Students Of Color Coalition, organizing, educating, and advocating for the basic human... Read More →
avatar for Sid Patel

Sid Patel

Sid Patel is a member of the International Socialist Organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. He's currently a graduate student at Stanford, where he was co-facilitator of Students for Justice in Palestine and a participant in Black Lives Matter demonstrations, including the shutdown of the San Mateo bridge for Reclaim MLK Day. He has previously organized at San Francisco State University and at UC Berkeley.


Saturday July 4, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Clark C

4:00pm

Leon Trotsky: Life of a revolutionary
This presentation will focus on material presented in the speaker's new biography—"Leon Trotsky"—and on the new edition of his book Lenin and the Revolutionary Party. The speaker will recount major aspects of Trotsky's life and thought, and Trotsky's views on Lenin's approach to the revolutionary party.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Leon Trotsky (Critical Lives) by Paul Le Blanc
Revolution, Democracy, Socialism: Selected Writings of V.I. Lenin edited by Paul Le Blanc

Speakers
avatar for Paul Le Blanc

Paul Le Blanc

Paul Le Blanc has been involved in the labor and socialist movements, and numerous social struggles, since the 1960s. Author of many books, including Lenin and the Revolutionary Party, Work and Struggle: Voices from US Labor Radicalism, and (with Michael Yates) A Freedom Budget for All Americans: Recapturing the Promise of the Civil Rights Movement in the Struggle for Economic Justice Today, which won the Choice... Read More →


Saturday July 4, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Dusable A/B

4:00pm

Capitalism in the digital age: utopia or nightmare?
A history and definition of automation, the role of technology under capitalism, the capitalist rationale for increased automation, and changes to the workplace for factory workers, office workers, teachers and soldiers.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century by Harvey Braverman
Labor in the Global Digital Economy: The Cybertariat Comes of Age by Ursula Huws
America by Design: Science, Technology, and the Rise of Corporate Capitalism by David F. Noble

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Boyette

Jeffrey Boyette

Jeffrey Boyette has been an activist and member of the International Socialist Organization in San Francisco for the last 11 years. He works as an editor in the film and video industry.
avatar for David Judd

David Judd

David works as a programmer in San Francisco and is a member of the International Socialist Organization.
avatar for Josh Karpoff

Josh Karpoff

Josh Karpoff is an electrical engineer and inventor. He joined the ISO in 2002 around the antiwar movement, eventually co-founding Rochester Against War in Rochester, NY and serving on the national coordinating committee of the Campus Antiwar Network. He currently serves as vice chair of the Green Party of Westchester County, in Westchester County, NY.


Saturday July 4, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Field A

4:00pm

Student rebellions: SNCC, SDS, and May '68
This panel will examine the historic conditions and political ideas which split the "Old Left" from the "New Left", set the path for SNCC's pioneering work against racism in the South, galvanized a generation through Students for a Democratic Society and the anti-Vietnam war movement, and inspired the student rebellion in France '68 which gave life to an explosive working class takeover.   We will explore these rebellions to learn what the lessons are for student struggle today.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
An Impatient Life: A Memoir by Daniel Bensaïd
Out Now! A Participant's Account of the American Movement against the Vietnam War by     Fred Halstead
SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) by Kirkpatrick Sale

Speakers
avatar for Hayley Archer

Hayley Archer

Hayley Archer is a member of the International Socialist Organization in Asheville, NC, and will be a student at the University of Wisconsin this fall.  
avatar for Mario Ovalle

Mario Ovalle

Mario Ovalle is a socialist Xicano activist based in Denton, Texas.
avatar for Dan Russell

Dan Russell

Contributor to Socialist Worker and trade union activist at UC Berkeley.


Saturday July 4, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Clark C

4:00pm

Date rape: Not a figment of our imaginations
In recent years, a new movement against sexual assault has taken off across campuses and in the streets: from Columbia University, to the streets of Toronto, to neighborhoods in India and elsewhere, a new generation of activists is organizing to end the silence and fight for a world free of victim-blaming, slut-shaming and sexual assault. This talk will examine the roots of sexual assault and how we can build the fight against it.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Sacred Pleasure: Sex, Myth, and the Politics of the Body--New Paths to Power and Love by Riane Eisler

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Colson

Nicole Colson

Nicole Colson is a reporter for Socialist Worker and a contributor to the International Socialist Review, writing frequently on topics of Islamophobia, civil liberties, and women’s rights. Her work has appeared at Jacobin, International Viewpoint and CounterPunch. She is a long-standing member of the International Socialist Organization.
avatar for Camila Quarta

Camila Quarta

Camila Quarta is a socialist and student activist in New York. 


Saturday July 4, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Grant Park D

4:00pm

Building an anticapitalist alternative in the age of neoliberalism: The NPA experience
Founded in 2009, the New Anticapitalist Party (NPA) brought together members of the Revolutionary Communist League (LCR) and a number of  anti-capitalist, anti-globalization, and social movements in France. The NPA aimed to address elements of an emerging new left and begin to realign forces capable of filling the political vacuum left by the rightward move of the Socialist Party toward “social liberal” policies. Francois Sabado and Olivier Besancenot, both leading figures in the New Anticapitalist Party—Besancenot, for example, was the party’s presidential candidate in 2011—will discuss the experiences and lessons of building the NPA since its founding.

Speakers
avatar for Olivier  Besancenot

Olivier Besancenot

Olivier Besancenot is a postal worker in France who stood twice as the candidate for the presidency for the LCR (in 2002 and 2007). He is a member of the leadership of the New Anticapitalist Party.
avatar for François Sabado

François Sabado

François Sabado is a member of the New Anticapitalist Party (Nouveau Party Anticapitaliste—NPA). He joined the JCR (Young Revolutionary Communists/Jeunne Communiste Revolutionaire) in 1968, was a member of the Political Bureau of the Ligue Communiste Revolutionaire (LCR) from 1977 to 2008 and is a leading member of the 4th International.


Saturday July 4, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Grant Park B

6:00pm

Building strong ISO branches

A discussion of lessons and assessments from building ISO branches around the country. You'll hear experiences and lessons learned in what it looks like to build the ISO today.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:

Meaning of Marxism by Paul D'Amato


Speakers
avatar for Alpana Mehta

Alpana Mehta

Alpana Mehta is a member of the International Socialist Organization in Boston.


Saturday July 4, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Adler A/B

7:00pm

Midwest Area Meetup
Saturday July 4, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Adler A/B

7:00pm

Pacific Northwest Area Meetup
Saturday July 4, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Clark A/B

7:00pm

Students Meetup
Saturday July 4, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Burnham A/B/C

7:00pm

Texas / Southeast Area Meetup
Saturday July 4, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dusable A/B

8:00pm

Marx and race
Karl Marx is widely accused of ignoring or downplaying issues of race and racism, or worse, of being a racist! This talk will explore Marx’s views on race, racism, and related concepts of ethnicity and nationalism. Contrary to popular belief, Marx made important contributions to theorizing race, racism, national oppression, and their relationship to the struggle for socialism

Speakers
avatar for Brian Jones

Brian Jones

A teacher, actor, and activist in New York City, and the Green Party’s 2014 candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York. He taught elementary grades for almost a decade in New York City’s public schools, and is now a doctoral student in Urban Education at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is a member of the Movement of Rank and File Educators, the social justice caucus of the United... Read More →


Saturday July 4, 2015 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Grant Park C

8:00pm

"Anarcho-liberalism" and its discontents

Over the last decade thousands of young people have become conscious of the injustices in the world and sought to do something to end them. But without organization of the working class and the Left, those who move swiftly to the radical left often retain much of the strategy and analysis of liberalism, while adopting anarchist-like rhetoric. Bhaskar Sunkara, editor of Jacobin Magazine, described this ideology as encompassing,

“an anti-intellectualism that manifested itself in a rejection of “grand narratives” and structural critiques of capitalism, abhorrence for the traditional forms of left-wing organization, a localist impulse, and an individualistic tendency to conflate lifestyle choices with political action. The worst of both worlds, the “anarcho-liberal” can neither manage the capitalist state nor overcome it, and aspires to do both and neither at the same time.”

This session will explain how it is that so many activists today can go so easily from direct action horizontalism to staff positions in NGO's or community-based organizations. Or how activists who condemn the capitalist system as a source of oppression and injustice can spend much of their political energy on language and lifestyle choices. It will examine the impact of three decades of neoliberal assault and ideology on the working class and the character of the radicalization - and what it will take to move forward.

This talk is cosponsored by Jacobin magazine. 

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Roesch

Jennifer Roesch

Frequent contributor to the International Socialist Review. Roesch is also a women’s rights activist in New York City.
avatar for Bhaskar Sunkara

Bhaskar Sunkara

Founding editor of Jacobin Magazine.


Saturday July 4, 2015 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Grant Park B

8:00pm

A Conversation and Reading with Arundhati Roy
Arundhati Roy is a world-renowned Indian author and global justice activist. From her celebrated Booker-Prize winning novel The God of Small Things, to her prolific output of writing on topics ranging from climate change to war, the perils of free-market development in India, and the defense of the poor, Roy's voice has become indispensable to millions seeking a better world. Roy will engage in a discussion with Anthony Arnove, editor of Howard Zinn Speaks, and read from her most recent books, Field Notes on Democracy and Capitalism: A Ghost Story, as well as her extended introduction to Annihilation of Caste: The Annotated Critical Edition by B.R. Ambedkar. She will be available for a book signing after the event.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Arnove

Anthony Arnove

Coproducer with Brenda Coughlin and Jeremy Scahill of the documentary film Dirty Wars, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2014. Arnove wrote, directed, and produced The People Speak with Howard Zinn, Chris Moore, Josh Brolin, and Matt Damon. The documentary is the film companion to Howard Zinn’s bestselling book A People’s History of the United States and its primary... Read More →
avatar for Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy is an Indian author and global justice activist. From her celebrated Booker-Prize winning novel The God of Small Things, to her prolific output of writing on topics ranging from climate change to war, the perils of free-market development in India, and the defense of the poor, Roy’s voice has become indispensable to millions seeking a better world. She is the author of the Haymarket Books... Read More →



Saturday July 4, 2015 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Regency Ballroom

8:00pm

Europe in crisis: Resistance and the rise of the Right
The world economic crisis has been met with a punishing drive for austerity around the world, and nowhere more obviously than in Europe, where there have been defeats for organized labor, a profound onslaught on social welfare and citizens’ rights and the consolidation of many of the worst features of the neoliberal agenda. While austerity has sparked sporadic resistance from the working class and social movements—and promising political developments in Greece and Spain—it has also spurred the growth of the populist and even outright fascist far right, including the People’s Party in Denmark, The Party of Freedom in Holland, Marine Le Pen’s National Front in France, Pegida in Germany, Hungary’s Jobbick Party, and Golden Dawn in Greece. The parties hammer out a message combining anti-immigrant xenophobia with anti-Muslim hysteria. These panelists will discuss this right wing threat and the struggle to defeat it and provide a clear left alternative.

Speakers
avatar for Olivier  Besancenot

Olivier Besancenot

Olivier Besancenot is a postal worker in France who stood twice as the candidate for the presidency for the LCR (in 2002 and 2007). He is a member of the leadership of the New Anticapitalist Party.
avatar for Pepijn Brandon

Pepijn Brandon

Pepijn Brandon is a historian from Amsterdam who currently works at the University of Pittsburgh. His book War, Capital, and the Dutch State (1588-1795) will come out in the HM book-series this September.
avatar for Catarina Príncipe

Catarina Príncipe

Catarina Príncipe is a portuguese activist living in Germany. She has been a key activist in the anti­precarity movement in Portugal as well as part of the Blockupy platform in Germany. She is both a member of Bloco de Esquerda and Die Linke and has inside knowledge about the different left organizations in southern Europe. She gave a talk on the 40th anniversary of the portuguese revolution at Socialism 2014 and is currently a... Read More →


Saturday July 4, 2015 8:00pm - 9:30pm
Grant Park A
 
Sunday, July 5
 

9:30am

Russia, the West and, Ukraine
As the civil war rages on in Ukraine, the international social and economic forces behind it are often obscured by uncritical and outright propagandistic media coverage in the West and in Russia. This talk seeks to provide a background and framework to understand what is driving the competing imperialist forces of the West and Russia, the rise of the far right, the Russian crackdown on political freedoms, and the consequences for Ukrainians. 

Speakers
avatar for Sean Larson

Sean Larson

Sean Larson is a socialist activist in New York City and a PhD candidate in German Studies at NYU.


Sunday July 5, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Field B

9:30am

Race, class, and power: Are Marxism and Critical Race Theory Compatible?
Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a prominent academic approach that foregrounds race and racism in discussions of law, culture, and society.  Over the years, CRT (and postcolonial) scholars have differed sharply with Marxists over how we ought to understand the relationship of racism and capitalism.  This panel asks: what is the nature of this historic divide, and can it be overcome?  The speakers will offer an outline of the various approaches in CRT/postcolonialism, consider the challenges, and explore the possibilities for more unified approaches to constructively advance our understanding of Marxism, racism, and capitalism.

Speakers
avatar for Abbie Bakan

Abbie Bakan

Abbie Bakan is Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Justice in Education (SJE) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. She is co-editor (with Enakshi Dua) of Theorizing Anti-Racism: Linkages in Marxism and Critical Race Theories.  Other publications include: Negotiating Citizenship: Migrant Women in Canada and the Global System (with Daiva K. Stasiulis); and Critical... Read More →
avatar for Pranav Jani

Pranav Jani

Pranav Jani is Associate Professor of English at Ohio State University. His research and teaching is in postcolonial and ethnic studies, especially writing from South Asia and the South Asian diaspora. His book Decentering Rushdie (2010) offers a new account of post-independence Indian novels in English, challenging the postmodernist theories and methods that have dominated this field of study. Pranav's work on Marxism, postcolonial... Read More →


Sunday July 5, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Clark A/B

9:30am

Is the working class oppressed?
What does it mean to be oppressed under capitalism? This talk will explore the systemic means by which the working class is kept in a subordinate position, and how its oppression intersects with economic exploitation and other forms of social oppression: racism, gender oppression, etc. 

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
The Working Class Majority: America's Best Kept Secret by Michael Zweig

Speakers
avatar for Amy Muldoon

Amy Muldoon

Amy Muldoon is a socialist living in Queens, New York.  She has been active in a wide range of struggles for over 20 years from union activism to marriage equality campaigns to anti-Death Penalty organizing. Her writing on labor, culture and history can be found at SocialistWorker.org; her most recent article "The Oppressed Majority" explored the issue of working class oppression.  


Sunday July 5, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Field C

9:30am

The IWW, William Z. Foster, and revolutionary syndicalism
How have past revolutionaries connected labor unions to the struggle against capitalism, and how can we do so today?  This discussion will explore the history of the famous and influential Industrial Workers of the World (the IWW), as well as other forgotten but equally important "syndicalists" (or revolutionary unionists) who as a whole helped forge a theory and practice of union work that continues to influence today's labor struggles.

Speakers
avatar for Avery Wear

Avery Wear

Avery Wear is an ISO member and union member in San Diego.  He is a founding member of the Coalition for Labor and Community Solidarity, a rank-and-file inter-union members' coalition that is building an independent left wing of labor politics and action in San Diego.


Sunday July 5, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Field A

9:30am

Eyewitness to the War on Terror: America's Wars on Iraq and Afghanistan
Trillions have been spent and more than a million lives have been lost since the US waged its “Global War on Terror” nearly fourteen years ago. Anand Gopal, a veteran war reporter, and Rory Fanning, a former US army ranger, will share their direct experiences with this war by discussing their time in Iraq and Afghanistan; as well as the devastating effects US foreign policy has had on the these two countries.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes by Anand Gopal
Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger's Journey Out of the Military and Across America by Rory Fanning
Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America's Wars in the Muslim World by Nir Rosen

Speakers
avatar for Rory Fanning

Rory Fanning

Rory Fanning walked across the United States for the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2008–2009, following two deployments to Afghanistan with the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion. He is a war resister, military counter recruiter, and writer living in Chicago, Illinois. His book Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger’s Journey Out of the Military and Across America was published by Haymarket Books in November 2014.  | | His writing has... Read More →
avatar for Anand Gopal

Anand Gopal

Anand Gopal has served as an Afghanistan correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and The Christian Science Monitor, and has reported on the Middle East and South Asia for Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic,Foreign Policy, and other publications.


Sunday July 5, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Grant Park C

9:30am

CLR James and the struggle for Black liberation

C.L.R. James’s “A Revolutionary Answer to the Negro Problem in the United States”—first presented as a speech in 1948 and published by the ISO in a pamphlet in 1980—remains a classic Marxist analysis of the movement for African-American liberation. Summing up his conclusions after ten years of political activity, historical research, and theoretical labor while living in the United States, it is rightly understood as one of his major works. Certainly the FBI thought so: Its file on James included a thorough summary of “The Revolutionary Answer….,” used as part of the effort to deport him at the height of McCarthyism

 But it was not James’s last word on the subject. In 1957, one of his visitors in London was a young minister named Martin Luther King, Jr. A mutual friend shared “The Revolutionary Answer” to Malcolm X. By the mid-1960s, James was discussing the strategy and tactics of the Black Power movement with Stokely Carmichael (among many others) and posing challenging questions to the first generation of African-American studies programs. And in the final years before his death in 1989, he recognized and celebrated the emergence of Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Ntozake Shange as authors who “have taken Black women and put them right in the front of American literature.”

 My talk will begin with a summing up of the major points James made in his 1948 speech, putting it in the context of earlier Marxist attempts to understand the place of African-Americans in U.S. society and history. But the majority of the session will consider James’s ideas about interventions within the liberation struggle over the remaining years of his life, drawing on his major writings and speeches but also on his journalism and letters to comrades.  

Those with time to prepare for the session should read “The Revolutionary Answer,” which is available online at the Marxist Internet Archive. It also appeared in ISR issue 85, with my introduction.


Speakers
avatar for Scott McLemee

Scott McLemee

Columnist for Inside Higher Ed and Book Editor for Jacobin. McLemee’s reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe,Nation, Newsday, and numerous other publications.


Sunday July 5, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Grant Park A

9:30am

War on War: World War One and the rise of the Zimmerwald left
In the early years of the 20th century, mass political parties representing the needs of a burgeoning working class and the fight for socialism grew up in nations throughout Europe. These parties carried the mantle of solidarity across borders with a vision of a united working class movement to throw off it's own opressers and found a new world on the basis of international worker's equality and democracy. But tragically, in 1914, socialist parties throughout the region endorsed their own governments's war efforts, encouraging the working and poor people of their own nations to march against the workers of other nations. In response to this betrayal, Lenin and Bolshevik party led a minority faction of socialist leaders to challenge this costly departure from the fundamental ideas of Marxism at an international congress held in Zimmerwald, Switzerland in 1915 — 100 years ago. When Russian workers mounted a successful revolution in October 1917, their cry for Land, Peace and Bread helped bring the World War to a halt, and the coalition of the Zimmerwald Left became the central current of an international bid for genuine socialism the world over.

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Arnove

Anthony Arnove

Coproducer with Brenda Coughlin and Jeremy Scahill of the documentary film Dirty Wars, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2014. Arnove wrote, directed, and produced The People Speak with Howard Zinn, Chris Moore, Josh Brolin, and Matt Damon. The documentary is the film companion to Howard Zinn’s bestselling book A People’s History of the United States and its primary... Read More →
avatar for Bill Roberts

Bill Roberts

Bill Roberts is a founding member of International Socialist Organization and a board member of the Interational Socialist Review.


Sunday July 5, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Clark C

9:30am

The German Revolution 1918-23
Workers Councils, General Strikes, and Mutinies. What happened during the German Revolution of 1918-1923? Why didn't the working class take power when they had the chance? And what is the significance of the failed German revolution on the 20th century?

Speakers
avatar for Joe Richard

Joe Richard

Joe Richard is a union organizer and an amateur labor historian.


Sunday July 5, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Dusable C

9:30am

Reefer madness: Is the war on marijuana over?
This talk will give a brief history of marijuana laws in the U.S and explain how the enforcement of laws against marijuana are racist. It will examine the victory of legalizing marijuana for recreational use in four American states; the new, legal, profit-driven "canna-businesses"; and what legalization means for ending the War on Drugs. 

Speakers
avatar for Helen Redmond

Helen Redmond

Member of the International Socialist Organization and independent journalist. Writes about the War on Drugs for Socialist Worker and is a drug policy reporter for Alternet. Adjunct faculty at New York University, Silver School of Social Work.


Sunday July 5, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Adler A/B

9:30am

The challenge of Europe's alternative left parties
The period since antiglobalization protests after Seattle has produced over the years a number of efforts in Europe—In Italy, Britain, Scotland, France, Germany, Greece, and elsewhere—to build new, broad-based parties of the left independent of the social democratic parties, which had increasingly devolved into social-liberal parties that barely paid lip service to the social and economic needs of the working class. These new parties—from the NPA in France to SYRIZA in Greece—have sought to capture not only the traditional base of the old social-democratic parties, but to respond to the growing radicalization that first presented itself during the antiglobalization struggles—a radicalization that reemerged after the great recession with the occupation of the squares and the anti-austerity protest and strikes in Greece and elsewhere. These panelists will discuss the lessons of the failures and successes of these efforts, and what strategic orientation revolutionaries should take toward them.

Speakers
avatar for Neil Davidson

Neil Davidson

Neil Davidson lectures in Sociology at the University of Glasgow. He is a member of the International Socialists Scotland/RS21 and a supporter of the Radical Independence Campaign. Neil is the author several books, including Discovering the Scottish Revolution (2003), for which he was awarded the Deutscher Memorial Prize, How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions? (2012) and, most recently, Holding Fast... Read More →
avatar for Sotiris Martalis

Sotiris Martalis

Sotiris Martalis is a teacher in public secondary education in Greece. He is a member of the Central Committtee the Internationalist Workers Left (DEA by its Greek acronym), a member of the Central Committee of SYRIZA, and member of the executive committee of META (Class Front Overthrow—META is the organization of the trade unionists who support the policy of SYRIZA inside the trade unions). He is also a trade unionist member of... Read More →
avatar for François Sabado

François Sabado

François Sabado is a member of the New Anticapitalist Party (Nouveau Party Anticapitaliste—NPA). He joined the JCR (Young Revolutionary Communists/Jeunne Communiste Revolutionaire) in 1968, was a member of the Political Bureau of the Ligue Communiste Revolutionaire (LCR) from 1977 to 2008 and is a leading member of the 4th International.


Sunday July 5, 2015 9:30am - 11:00am
Grant Park B

9:30am

Technology, surveillance, and Marxism
The Marxist analysis reveals digital technology as a spectacular invention that reflects both the innovative and terrible aspects of capitalism. Rather than unleashing its potential to free humanity from want, the ruling class—from the NSA to Google—is using technology for surveillance and control.

Recommended readings:
• "Race, surveillance, and empire" by Deepa Kumar and Arun Kundnani, ISR #96: http://isreview.org/issue/96/race-surveillance-and-empire
• "Race, surveillance, and empire: A commentary" by Tithi Bhattacharya and Lance Selfa, ISR #97
• No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State, by Glenn Greenwald
• The Digital Person: Technology and Privacy in the Information Age, by Daniel Solove
• Overseers of the Poor, by John Gilliom

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
• No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State, by Glenn Greenwald
• Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy by Robert McChesney
• The Shadow Factory: The NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America by James Bamford

Speakers
avatar for Mukund Rathi

Mukund Rathi

Mukund Rathi is a member of the International Socialist Organization and a student at the University of Texas at Austin


Sunday July 5, 2015 9:30am - 11:30am
Dusable A/B

11:30am

Love, empathy, and revolution
Speakers
avatar for Phillip Agnew

Phillip Agnew

Phillip Agnew is the executive director and cofounder of the Dream Defenders, an uprising of communities in struggle, shifting culture through transformational organizing.. A native of Chicago, IL, he is a 2008 graduate of Florida A&M University's School of Business and Industry.  While there he served as Student Body President, a member of the University Board of Trustees and Faculty Senate.  His life was changed when he became... Read More →


Sunday July 5, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Grant Park A

11:30am

Radical pedagogy and popular education
This presentation will explore education under capitalism and both the limits and promise of theories of radical pedagogy and how Marxists can play in role in changing our schools for the better.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel Siegel
The Critical Pedagogy Reader: Second Edition

Speakers
avatar for Dana Blanchard

Dana Blanchard

Dana Blanchard is a veteran public school teacher, union organizer and socialist activist from the Bay Area.


Sunday July 5, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Clark A/B

11:30am

The roots of LGBT oppression
This session will discuss the construction of sex, gender and sexuality over time and place, and the function of their regulation and enforcement under capitalism.  This session will also explore how we understand the nature of TBLG oppression today, in light of simultaneous advances and retreats in social position for various queer people.

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Fleer

Lauren Fleer

Lauren Fleer is a socialist currently living in Philadelphia.


Sunday July 5, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Adler A/B

11:30am

Introduction to the ISO
This session will provide a brief summary of the ISO’s principles and activities for people who are considering joining the ISO or would like to find out more about what it means to become an active member. This is your chance to find out everything you always wanted to know about the ISO but were afraid to ask. Is revolution really possible in the US? Why is the left so divided? Why is selling Socialist Worker so important? How can I start a local branch? We need you to join the ISO in order to strengthen the fight for socialism, but you need us as well. No one can take on the system by themselves, come find out how you can join in the fight. 

Speakers
avatar for Todd Chretien

Todd Chretien

Todd Chretien is a long-time organizer for the ISO in Oakland, CA and a frequent contributor to Socialist Worker and the International Socialist Review. He is the editor of a new Haymarket Books edition of State and Revolution by Lenin.


Sunday July 5, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Dusable A/B

11:30am

Marxism and elections
This talk examines how Marxism encourages us to think about elections under capitalism and applies this analysis to the pressing issues of the day: Should socialists in the U.S. involve themselves in electoral politics? And should activists work within the Democratic Party or break from it?

Speakers
avatar for Kirstin Roberts

Kirstin Roberts

Kirstin Roberts is a longterm member of the International Socialist Organization.
avatar for Tyler Zimmer

Tyler Zimmer

Tyler Zimmer is on the faculty in the Department of Philosophy at Northeastern Illinois University.


Sunday July 5, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Field C

11:30am

Communism, nationalism, and Islam in the Middle East
This talk will address the integration of the Middle East into the capitalist world economy and the three political currents which emerged in the midst of this transformation to compete for leadership of the region. The aim of the talk is to review this historical period with the hope of illuminating the crisis facing the people of the Middle East today and explore the potential for an alternative socialist transformation from below in a region often written off as destined to rule by either secular dictators or Islamic fundamentalists.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Workers and Peasants in the Modern Middle East by Joel Beinin
Workers on the Nile: Nationalism, Communism, Islam, and the Egyptian Working Class, 1882-1954 by Joel Beinin

Speakers
avatar for Wael Elasady

Wael Elasady

Wael Elasady is a Palestinian born in Damascus, Syria. He is a member of the International Socialist Organization and co-founder of Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights.


Sunday July 5, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Grant Park B

11:30am

Is Marxism Eurocentric?
When Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote The Communist Manifesto in 1847, industrial capitalism existed in only a few parts of Western Europe and North America. They initially expected that the rest of the world would follow in Europe’s footsteps. To some, this is proof of Marxism’s “Eurocentrism,” which renders Marxism flawed as a theory for liberation for the world’s indigenous and colonized peoples. This talk challenges this view, showing how Marx and Engels revised their early views and how they and later Marxists forged a theory and practice that has influenced liberation struggles worldwide.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital by Vivek Chibber
Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies by Kevin Anderson

Speakers
avatar for Lance Selfa

Lance Selfa

Lance Selfa, a member of the International Socialist Review editorial board, is author of The Democrats: A Critical History. His recent article in ISR explored the contribution of pioneering Peruvian Marxist José Carlos Mariátegui.


Sunday July 5, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Dusable C

11:30am

Riots and Revolutions: Is violence necessary to change society?
As protests raged over the past year in Ferguson and Baltimore the burning of the Quick Trip and the uprising in Baltimore raised there was much discussion in the corporate media about a supposed distinction between "good protesters" who were nonviolent and "bad protesters" who were not. Though an utterly divisive distinction it raised questions about the relationship of violence to social change. This talk will explore that relationship and look at the role of violence in changing society from riots to revolutions.

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
Their Morals and Ours by Leon Trotsky
This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible by Charles E. Cobb Jr.

Speakers
avatar for brian bean

brian bean

brian bean is a Chicago-based activist and contributor to Socialist Worker.org and Jacobin magazine.


Sunday July 5, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Field A

11:30am

The Bund, Jewish nationalism and the Jewish question
We will look at the rise of the Jewish Labor Bund on one side and Zionism on the other and their respective class relations in response to increasing anti-jewish racism along side the development of capitalism in eastern Europe and the development of its imperial phase globally. We'll look at the debates regarding autonomy, self-determination of nations, cultural/linguistic autonomy, oppressed nations within nations, self-organization, etc. and frame it within the argument that only a principled and relentless struggle against racism and all forms of oppression alone is capable of uniting and building the working-class under the banner of the revolutionary party toward the overthrow of capitalism; that ending racism is “both necessary for the proletarian revolution, and impossible without it.”

Recommended Books Available in the Haymarket Room:
National Liberation, Socialism and Imperialism by V.I. Lenin
The Jewish Question: A Marxist Interpretation by Abram Leon


Speakers
avatar for John Snowden

John Snowden

John Snowden is a member of the International Socialist Organization and and active member of Jews for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace.


Sunday July 5, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Field B

11:30am

Capitalism and social reproduction theory
The reproduction of capital requires not only human labor at the site of production, but in the homes and communities workers return to each night to prepare themselves and the next generation of workers to return to work day after day, and year after year. This talk explains the role and breadth of social reproductive labor under capitalism, explores the historic significance of this labor to women's oppression, and ultimately argues that acknowledging this often unpaid, under-valued, and widely ignored form of labor is crucial to uniting the working class and to strengthening the struggle for international socialism.

Speakers
avatar for Haley Swenson

Haley Swenson

Haley Swenson is a member of the ISO in Columbus, Ohio. She is also a PhD student in Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Ohio State University, where she is currently finishing her dissertation, titled "The Reproduction of Inequality: Cooking, Cleaning, and Caring, in Austerity Age."


Sunday July 5, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Clark C

11:30am

What happened to the "Indian miracle"?
A few years ago, India was seen as an economic dynamo that had somehow managed to leapfrog into the ranks of the developed economies. But since then, not only has the economy slowed, but the conditions of poverty have actually worsened. This presentation examines the nature of the Indian economy and also examines what has happened to the working class in India. It will also investigate David Harvey's controversial claim that the Indian economy has only grown because of "accumulation by dispossession."

Speakers
avatar for Snehal Shingavi

Snehal Shingavi

Snehal Shingavi is assistant professor of English at the University of Texas, Austin, where he specializes in the teaching of South Asian literatures in English, Hindi, and Urdu, as well as the literature of the South Asian diaspora. He received his PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Mahatma Misunderstood: the politics and forms of literary nationalism in India (Anthem Books, 2013). He... Read More →


Sunday July 5, 2015 11:30am - 1:00pm
Field C

2:00pm

Final Rally
Speakers
avatar for Sotiris Martalis

Sotiris Martalis

Sotiris Martalis is a teacher in public secondary education in Greece. He is a member of the Central Committtee the Internationalist Workers Left (DEA by its Greek acronym), a member of the Central Committee of SYRIZA, and member of the executive committee of META (Class Front Overthrow—META is the organization of the trade unionists who support the policy of SYRIZA inside the trade unions). He is also a trade unionist member of... Read More →
avatar for Ahmed Shawki

Ahmed Shawki

Author of Black Liberation and Socialism and associate editor of the International Socialist Review.


Sunday July 5, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Regency Ballroom