November 3-4, 2007 – Columbia University – International Affairs Building
The United States has torn Iraq apart and now threatens war on Iran all for imperial control of oil in the Middle East. In the name of the “war on terror”, racist lies are peddled about Arabs and Muslims and our civil liberties are stripped away. Politicians attack immigrants and call for “securing the border” and have unleashed ICE agents to raid communities and workplaces. All in the context of falling living standards for workers and growing class inequality.
But these horrors are not without opposition. A majority of Americans now oppose the war in Iraq. Activists rallied and stopped the execution of Kenneth Foster in Texas and thousands marched in Jena to protest Jim Crow injustice. Workers at Cygnus in Chicago won a strike and defended the jobs of immigrants. A growing minority is looking for a genuine alternative to our rulers’ imperial war abroad and class war and racist scapegoating at home.
The potential exists to build an alternative, but our side needs a voice. Politicians across the spectrum are united in their attacks on the working-class at home and continuing wars abroad. If an opposition is to be built, it must be built from below. This means that our side needs ideas and strategies based on our own power and history. Socialist politics offer ideas that can help us to change the world.
This year’s Northeast Socialist Conference aims to provide space to debate and clarify strategies for change, learn from the history of previous struggles, and put forward a vision for the future. Join hundreds of activists, progressives and socialists for a conference that will address the key issues facing the Left today while also discussing how we can fight for a world free of the wars, racism and poverty that our society has produced.