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(en) US, NYC, Life After Capitalism Conference* Aug 20-22

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Date Fri, 25 Jun 2004 08:38:34 +0200 (CEST)


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The protests around the Republican National Convention taking place in
New York City later this summer are shaping up to be perhaps the largest
this country has ever seen. As folks from all over the United States
have started booking their flights, organizing their local communities
into busses and vans, and collecting that last bit of gas money from in
between the pillows of their couches - organizers are quietly discussing
the possibility of having over 1 million people converging in the
streets of New York City during the week of Aug 28th-September 2nd....
While these protests will give us the chance to collectively raise
our voices in opposition to the direction that this government is
taking us - many of us realize that the problems that we face run
much deeper then simply the Bush administration, the Democrats, or
this upcoming current election cycle. What we face are institutional
problems, problems which will only be challenged and ultimately
overcome by imaginative and broad based social movements - not
ballot boxes. 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.

This is an invitation, asking activists from around the country to
come into New York City a week prior to the major demonstrations and
participate in what should be an exciting and energizing weekend - a
weekend that seeks to bring together and give voice to the
(non-sectarian) anti-capitalist left in the United States. Below you
will find a list of both speakers as well as topics of discussion
which should hopefully give you an idea of what this conference is
trying to accomplish.

Check out the website (www.lifeaftercapitalism.org) - which will be
completely re-designed by mid July, complete with full schedule,
links to related sites and resources, cheap places to stay in New
York City etc.

The site briefly outlines the basic areas of focus within the
conference but more importantly allows you to register online,
something we encourage folks to do as soon as possible due to space
restrictions of approx. 700 participants. We have worked very hard
to keep all costs to a minimum ($15-25 sliding scale) - all
registration fees go directly into making this weekend happen as our
only funding comes through the opening Friday evening event and
conference fees. We also have a number of scholarships available for
people who are interested in attending. These scholarships will be
extended specifically to activist communities who have been
traditionally marginalized from these kinds of gatherings and
debates. For any and all questions/suggestions please contact:

info@lifeaftercapitalism.org or call (212) 591-0083

Confirmed participants (partial list)

* Elizabeth 'Betita' Martinez
* Robin D.G. Kelley
* Naomi Klein
* Michael Albert
* Vijay Prashad
* Bill Fletcher
* Chris Crass
* Suheir Hammad
* Starhawk
* Cindy Milstein
* Adolf Reid
* Steve Shalom
* Andrej Grubacic

As well as representatives* from:
* 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
* International Forum on Globalization
* TransAfrica

* For identification purposes only

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
* Direct action strategies

SAVE THE DATE!
Life After Capitalism Conference
2004 NYC August 20-22nd
http://www.lifeaftercapitalism.org
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* [Ed. Note: Initiative of mainly anarchists of various
trends and other antiauthoritarians of the left.]


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