Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, to Speak at Left Forum in New York

WW panels at Left Forum

By John Catalinotto
New York
Published Mar 11, 2012 8:07 PM

Organizers of the Left Forum announced on March 1 that author and documentary film maker Michael Moore will address the conference. The theme of this year’s Forum is “Occupy the System: Confronting Global Capitalism.” The Forum is an annual conference where ideas are discussed by socialist or socialist-sympathizing academics and activists.

There will be 400 panels at this year’s Forum, which is scheduled the weekend of March 16-18 at Pace University in downtown Manhattan near the Brooklyn Bridge subway station. Last year there were 300 panels. The schedule for all panels and plenaries is available at www.leftforum.org.

Workers World newspaper is organizing three panels. WW will also have a literature table to introduce Marxist books, newspapers and pamphlets to participants. In addition, Workers World Party First Secretary Larry Holmes will represent WWP among seven political tendencies that will discuss their organizing work on a panel entitled “Party Building and Organizing on the Left” at 5 p.m. on March 17 in Room W626.

LeiLani Dowell, a managing editor of WW, will join Occupy Wall Street activist Caleb Maupin and organizer of the “Peoples Power Tour” and former student organizer Larry Hales for the panel “Socialism in the United States: Is It Possible?” One point they will discuss is the relationship between the categories defined by the Occupy Wall Street movement — 1% vs. 99% — and Marxist categories in the class struggle. This panel will take place March 18 at 10 a.m. in room W616.

WW managing editor Monica Moorehead, who is also editor of the book “Marxism, Reparations and the Black Freedom Struggle,” will join former president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees District Council 1707 and Million Worker March Movement activist Brenda Stokeley and Fred Goldstein, author of “Low-Wage Capitalism” (2009) and the forthcoming book “Capitalism at a Dead End” for a panel called “Is Capitalism at a Dead End? Socialist Revolutions in a Time of Crisis.” The panel is scheduled for March 17 at 3 p.m. in room W624.

WW Editor Deirdre Griswold, Joyce Chediac, editor of the book “Gaza, Symbol of Resistance,” and Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan African News Wire, will speak on a panel entitled “Confronting Global Capitalism’s Attempt to Recolonize Africa and Asia.” This panel will survey aggression directed from Washington to points in East Asia, Central Asia, Southwest Asia (the Middle East) and Africa. It will also take up controversial issues like how the anti-war movement should relate to the struggle over Libya, Syria, Iran and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea. It is scheduled for March 18 at 10 a.m. in room W607.

Azikiwe is also participating in a panel later that day called “Unite the Global 99% to Fight Imperialism, the Root Cause of Crisis and War.” That is scheduled at 3 p.m. in room W520.

All WW panels are organized for about 45 minutes of presentation, followed by up to 65 minutes of discussion.
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