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(en) US, NYC, Life After Capitalism - An Untraditional Forum - August 20-22 - Update.

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Wed, 21 Jul 2004 05:21:13 +0200 (CEST)


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Life After Capitalism 2004 aims at contributing to this process by
providing a space for activists - in the run up to the intense mobilization
period - to reflect on the importance of long term vision, strategy, and
face to face relationship building. We also seek to bring together and
give voice to the (non-sectarian) anti capitalist left in the United States.
With this in mind, Life After Capitalism is a conference that is being
organized with hopes of not replicating the style and approach of
traditional conferences, which are often alienating and dry. Rather, Life
After Capitalism is an attempt to create a space within which a fresh,
interactive, and creative gathering can take place.

Our Vision

Those of us who have been collaborating over the months to make this
gathering a reality share the vision below, one that we imagine is also
shared by many who have agreed to participate, facilitate, present,
translate, or involve themselves in some active way.

We envision a space in which all voices are heard, and see the concept
of "horizontalism" as a goal and a tool. It implies directly democratic
discussions, seeing and hearing one another in our full humanity, and
confronting the power hierarchies that we observe amongst ourselves.
Given that we all still live under the shadow of capitalism and its affects
our behavior and psyches, we know that it is necessary for us to put
great amounts of energy and thought into structuring egalitarian and
provocative conversations, ones in which all of our voices and ideas can
thrive.

Diverse Perspectives

All of us participating in the conference have various experiences and
thoughts on all the topics being discussed, from those of us who have
spent most of our adult lives contemplating a particular subject, to
those of us who are now just thinking about certain things for the first
time. There are those of us who are creating alternative power in our
communities, and those of us who are still very much in the dreaming
stage. There are those of us who may be perceived as thinking we have
the "answers", as well as those who might be perceived as not seeing
"answers" as important. We are trying to create a space in which none
of us assumes where another is coming from, or their motivation for
speaking or participating.

Throughout each discussion, we hope that everyone can share
inspiration and challenges and make each session a place for reflection
and growth. We are really looking forward to this weekend and invite
people to not simply attend, but to see this gathering as all of ours. We
believe that this weekend could be a much needed space for nurturing
ourselves, our movements as well as encouraging new and different
ways of interacting with one another.

Confirmed Participants

-Elizabeth 'Betita' Martinez -Robin D.G. Kelley -Naomi Klein -Michael
Albert -Vijay Prashad -Chris Crass -Jaggi Singh -Helen Luu -David
Solnit -Graciela Monteagudo -Starhawk -Cindy Milstein -Adolph Reed
-Steve Shalom -Andrej Grubacic -Tiokasin Ghosthorse -Rhacel
Parrenas

Additional Representatives

-Critical Resistance -Direct Action to Stop the War -Colours of
Resistance -Root Cause -Left Turn -Estación Libre -Jews Against the
Occupation (JATO) -National Youth & Student Peace Coalition
(NYSPC) -Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) -Institute for
Social Ecology -Peoples Global Action (PGA) -Domestic Workers
United -Coalition of Immokalee Workers -Institute for Anarchist
Studies (IAS) -Argentinian Social Movements -No One Is Illegal
-Anti-Racism for Global Justice -International Forum on Globalization
-Restaurant Opportunities Center-NY

In addition to the basic framework of the conference, discussion will
include:

-Revolution & Reform -Transforming internalized oppressions -The
role of the State -Towards a new politics of solidarity (local &
international) -Perma-culture -Hip-Hop & Capitalism -Coalition
building between communities of color -History of anti-capitalist
networks in the US -Gift economies -Life without prisons -Co-optation
of social movements -Role of Social Forums -Palestinian solidarity
movements in the US -Zapatismo -Building multi-racial
organizations/networks -Art & Revolution -NGO's & Funding within
the movement -Intersections of oppression: organizing to end all
domination -The future of summit protests

Information, Schedule, and Registration avaialble now on website.
Check back often for updates.

See you in NYC!!

Source: http://www.lifeaftercapitalism.org



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