Northern California Socialism Conference: Crisis and Resistance

Starting Date: 10-24-2009
Ending Date: 10-25-2009

San Francisco, California
United States
The country and California are in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Talk of an economic recovery for Wall Street belies the reality facing millions of working people who face work speedups, cuts in wages and health benefits, and layoffs. The California budget crisis is being resolved on the backs of the working class with steep cuts to education, health care, and other social services—even as Democratic and Republican politicians increase subsidies to large corporations, most of which pay no taxes, by $9 billion!

There is a way out of the crisis, and it depends on the ability of workers, students, and all oppressed people to organize themselves into a grassroots opposition to the pro-business agenda in Sacramento. Join us for the Northern California Socialist Conference, where activists from the entire Bay Area will come together to discuss the challenges we face and debate the way forward.

The evening panel will feature LGBT activist and author Sherry Wolf on What’s Next in the Fight for LGBT Liberation, as well as reportbacks from other activists from the National Equality March for LGBT equality in Washington, D.C.

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Tickets: $20 - $50 sliding scale.

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Full Schedule

Saturday, October 24th

9am - 11am


10am - 11am

What is Socialism (Adrienne Johnstone)

11am - 12:30pm Session 1

*Can Labor Win? (Larry Bradshaw)
Explaining the Economic Crisis in California (Deborah Goldsmith)
Lenin's Marxism (Andy Libson)
Socialists and the Fight for Reforms (Cameron Sturdevant)

12:30pm - 2pm Lunch Break

2pm - 3:30pm Session 2

*What Happened to Obama? (Lance Selfa and Rose Aguilar)
Socialism and Gender (Sherry Wolf)
Trotsky's Fight Against Stalinism (Elizabeth Terzakis)
Is Revolution Possible in the U.S.? (Jeff Boyette)

4pm - 5:30pm Session 3

*Afghanistan: Good War or Quagmire? (Zoya and Jeremy Tully)
What is Dialectics? (Jessie Muldoon)
Race and Racism in the U.S. (Sid Patel)
What Would Socialism Look Like? (Ragina Johnson)

5:30pm - 7pm Dinner Break

7pm - 9pm

LGBT Rally with Sherry Wolf and other LGBT activists (TBA)

Sunday, October 25th

11am - 1pm

History of the ISO (Todd Chretien)

1pm - 3pm

Haymarket Books Social

* Talk will be held at Modern Times at 888 Valencia Street (Map)

Saturday Evening Panel:
Saturday, October 24, 2009 - 7:00pm
The Women's Building
3543 18th Street
San Francisco, CA

Daytime Talks:
Saturday, October 24, 2009 - 10:00am – Sunday, October 25, 2009 - 5:00pm
ISO Office
110 Capp St. #202
San Francisco, CA

(Map) The office is located on the 3rd floor of the building. You enter from Capp Street through a wrought iron gate. Signs will be posted with information on how to enter, and find your way up to the office.
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