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Join LEFT ELECT at the 2017 Left Forum!

Left Elect is co-sponsoring and encouraging people to attend a number of panels at the Left Forum in NYC June 2-4, 2017:

SATURDAY

Reality Check for Progressives: Why now more than ever, it’s time for radical resistance and independent Green-Left collaboration… and how to move it forward. SAT 5:20 Room L2.84. Medea Benjamin– CODEPINK, Chris Hedges– Truthdig, Margaret Kimberley– Black Agenda Report, Dr. Jill Stein– Green Party Candidate for President, Gloria Mattera– Co-Chair, NYGP. https://www.leftforum.org/sessions/reality-check-why-now-more-ever-it%E2%80%99s-time-radical-resistance-and-independent-green-left

Building the Greens into a Mass Based Party of the Left. SAT 5:20. Room 1.91. Bruce Dixon – GA Green Party, Margaret Flowers – MD Green Party, Steve Early – Richmond Progressive Alliance, Howie Hawkins- NY Green Party https://www.leftforum.org/sessions/building-greens-mass-based-party-left

The Party: Do We Need It? If So, What Does It Look Like? How Do We Get It? SAT 5:20  Room TBD. Victor Wallis-Socialism and Democracy, Nicole Aschoff– Jacobin Magazine, Kali Akuno– Cooperation Jackson, Johanna Fernandez– Socialism and Democracy, Gerald Meyer– Vito Mercantonio Forum, Sarika Chandra– Professor at Wayne State University, Robert Caldwell– Left Elect/Solidarity https://www.leftforum.org/sessions/party-do-we-need-it-if-so-what-does-it-look-how-do-we-get-it

SUNDAY

Socialists and Greens in the Ballot Box and the Streets. SUN 10 AM, Room 1.82. Roundtable Discussion: Ajamu Baraka GPUS 2016 Vice Presidential Candidate, Robert Caldwell – Left Elect, Solidarity, Gloria Mattera – Green Party; SCNCC, Bryan Koulouris -Socialist Alternative), Todd Chretien (ISO) Moderator – Adrián Boutureira – GPUS https://www.leftforum.org/sessions/socialists-and-greens-ballot-box-and-streets

Why Black and Latino Independent Election Campaigns are Needed More than Ever. SUN 10 AM L76 Bruce Dixon – Black Agenda Report, Georgia Green Party, Diamonte Brown – Ujima People’s Progress Party, Khalid Raheem – New Afrikan Independence Party, Darlene Elias – Green Rainbow Party of Massachusetts. https://www.leftforum.org/sessions/why-black-and-latino-independent-election-campaigns-are-needed-more-ever

Labor & Electoral Politics: What Does it Take for Union Members to Win?, SUN 12-1:50 Room 1.117.  Steve Early– RPA, DSA, NewsGuild/CWA, Solidarity, Nelini Stamp- Working Families Party, Isaac Grimm- Our Revolution; Rights and Democracy, Mike Parker– Richmond Progressive Alliance. Jessica Early– Vermont Progressive Party https://www.leftforum.org/sessions/labor-electoral-politics-what-does-it-take-union-members-win

*From Resistance to Running for Office: How Progressives Can Build Working Class Power at the State and Local Level. SUN 3:40 PM Room L285. Steve Early – Richmond Progressive Alliance, Kelly Ballin – Socialist Alternative, Issac Grimm – Our Revolution, Nelini Stamp – Working Families Party, Jessica Early – Vermont Progressive Party, Howie Hawkins – NY Green Party. https://www.leftforum.org/sessions/resistance-running-office-how-progressives-can-build-working-class-power-state-local-level

Platform for a Left Opposition, Green Party of New York SUN 3:40 PM Room 1.92. Peter LaVenia, Green Party of New York. Gloria Mattera, Green Party of New York, Ajamu Baraka, Green Party US. https://www.leftforum.org/sessions/platform-left-opposition

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Join us in Philadelphia Concurrent with the DNC July 25-28, 2016

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LeftElect sponsored two panel sessions at the 2016 Left Forum

In the above session, Jill Stein, Chris Hedges, and Glen Ford discussed Sanders and the future of independent politics. In the other session,. Rukia Lumumba discussing The Jackson Plan, the electoral work of both her father and brother, the current fight back (Confederate Spring) and the difficulties and benefits of running in Mississippi. Howie Hawkins focused on the dangers of supporting the Sanders campaign for the Left. Bryan Koulouris explained Socialist Alternative’s experience in supporting the Sanders Campaign. Khalid Raheem shared his party’s experience in attempting to build a viable black political party as an alternative tot he Democrats and Republicans.

Left Elect hosted a  reception at the 2016 Labor Notes Conference

Over 100 people gathered at 10 PM on April 2 to hear Gayle McLaughlin, Kshama Sawant, and Howie Hawkins talk about Left Elect and the need for political independence from the two parties of capital.

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This page is a continuation of the Future of Left & Independent Politics Electoral Action Conference, which occurred in Chicago on May 2-3 2015.  The original page and details of which can be viewed here.

Kshama Sawant’s Greetings to the May 2015 Conference

Kshama Sawant’s Re-election Page

Assessments of the conference
Assessments of the conference

Left, Independent Political Action Conference: Unprecedented Cooperation by Dan La Botz at New Politics

Report and supplemental thoughts by Louis Proyect & Mark Lause at North Star

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Left Forum panels by Conference participants:

Should the Left Support Bernie Sanders?, a joint effort by several groups

Reviewing Struggles in Seattle and the Next Steps by Socialist Alternative

Toward a Mass Left Party by North Star

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San Diego had a report-back on the conference
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