LIFE AFTER BUSH: Youth Activism & the Fight for Our Future

Starting Date: 02-20-2004
Starting Time: 7:00pm
Ending Date: 02-22-2004

CUNY Grad. Center
365 5th Ave (at 34th St. In Manhattan)
New York, New York
United States
212-727-8610 etx. 24
Get involved in the dump Bush movement!

A weekend long conference for young activists dedicated to social and economic justice.

*Update: plenary sessions, workshops, presentations, election preparation track and 'Bands Against Bush' concert*

Beating the Bush Agenda
Opening plenary: 7-9pm Friday, Feb. 20th
Frances Fox Piven
Distinguished Professor of Political Science, the Graduate Center, CUNY; author of Poor People's Movements and many other works; Honorary Chair of Democratic Socialists of America;
Leslie Cagan
National Coordinator, United for Peace and Justice;
Joseph Schwartz
Chair, Dept. of Political Science, Temple University; Chair, Steering Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America

The Future of Radical Democracy
Saturday plenary: 3-5pm Saturday
Cornel West
Department of Religion, Princeton University; author of Race Matters and many other books; Honorary Chair of Democratic Socialists of America;
Steve Max
Director of Organizing and Training, Midwest Academy;
Bertha Lewis
Executive Director, New York ACORN; Co-chair, Working Families Party

Confirmed workshops and presentations:

Between Iraq and a Hard Place: Towards a Democratic US Foreign Policy
Ian Williams, author of The UN for Beginners; correspondent, In These Times and The Nation

Looking at the Global Justice Movement
Doug Henwood, editor, Left Business Observer; contributor, The Nation

LGBT Activism: Student Organizing, Civil Rights and the Culture Wars
Joseph Troung, Resource Coordinator, National Youth Advocacy Coalition

Student-Labor Solidarity
Lenore Palladino, National Organizer, United Students Against Sweatshops

What’s the Deal with the Democrats?
Joseph Schwartz, Chair, Dept. of Political Science, Temple University; Chair, Steering Committee of the Democratic Socialists of America

ABC's of Democratic Socialism
Steven Bronner, professor, Dept. of Political Science, Rutgers University

Making Media Work For Us: Breaking Down the Divide
Selina Musuta, DC based freelance journalist; member DC Radio Co-op

Understanding the Economy: Slideshow Presentation
Steve Max, Director of Organizing and Training, Midwest Academy

High School Organizing
Molly Jean, New York Youth Bloc & author Mikki Halpan

Building the Student Movement: The March 4th ‘Books Not Bombs’ Day of Action and Beyond
A panel discussion with representatives from National Youth & Student Peace Coalition member organizations

Reflecting on Past Campus Anti-war Activism & What to do Now
Members of NYU Peace Coalition

The March for Women’s Lives: Organizing for the April 25th Pro-Choice Demonstration
Representatives from Feminist Majority and NARAL Pro-Choice America

Election Preparation Track:
While electoral activism may not be for everyone, for those of you committed to bringing change through the ballot box during this critical year, we have put together an excellent series of workshops led by some of the best grassroots organizers and election campaigners around. More details TBA!

Why Electoral Politics? Racial Justice as a Case for Electoral Activism

Issues Campaigns and Electoral Politics: Unemployment, Living Wages and Gay Rights

Elected Officials: What they do after winning an election?

Nuts and Bolts 1:The Campaign to Defeat Bush: The Players and the States

Nuts and Bolts 2: Students and the Campaign Against Bush: As Voters and as Volunteers

Nuts and Bolts 3: Running a Campaign

Nuts and Bolts 4: The Tools (Fundraising, Databases, and More)

After the conference on Saturday...
Bands Against Bush and the "LIFE AFTER BUSH" YDS Conference are co-organizing a show for Saturday, February 21st. There will be four bands playing an all-ages venue in Brooklyn from 8pm to 1am. The space is huge, has a great sound system, a concession stand, a smoking room, vintage pinball and snack machines, friendly staff and a large dance studio where we will be screening radical documentaries and experimental videos throughout the night.

FREE to students/low-income who pre-register by Feb. 14th (Valentine's Day!). 25$ for whole weekend, or 15$ per day for all other conference attendants. If you are coming as part of a registered campus organization, you may wish to request funding for the trip from your school.

Housing accommodations:
Free housing accommodations will be available to a limited number of registered participants on a first-come/first-serve basis. Conference goers are encouraged to stay with friends and/or family members while in New York City, and if possible, to offer space for others to use.

Travel arrangements:
Book your transportation as soon as possible! If you intend to come by plane, make airline reservations now. Arrange carpools, bus rides, of train trips to New York City if you are coming from out of town. If you are coming as part of a registered campus organization, you may wish to request school vans for your journey. Some financial assistance to cover travel expenses may be available to registered participants. Preference is given to Young Democratic Socialist members and those interested in starting YDS chapters.

How to Register:
Online payment and registration forms will be available on this site shortly. In the interim, please call, email or write to office indicating you would like to register.

Young Democratic Socialists
c/o DSA 180 Varick St. 12th Floor
New York, NY, 10014
office: (212) 727-8610 ext. 24
fax: (212) 727-8616

Organized by the Young Democratic Socialists and the Democratic Socialist Club at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Co-sponsored by the Continuing Education Program at the CUNY Graduate Center and the Democratic Socialists of America Fund.

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