Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

October 19, 2009

This Weekend at Columbia: The Northeast Socialist Conference!

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 1:30 am

Crisis and Resistance: Building a Socialist Alternative

Join Anthony Arnove, Paul D’Amato, Sam Farber, Laura Flanders, Arun Gupta, Frances Fox-Piven, Robert Gangi, Lawrence Hayes, Marvin Holland, Brian Jones, Malalai Joya, Miguel Luna, Alan Maass, Fred Magdoff, Mahmood Mamdani, Manning Marable, Scott McLemee, Paul LeBlanc, Jeffrey Perry, John Riddell, Jen Roesch, Heather Rogers, Jeremy Scahill, Helen Scott, Ahmed Shawki, Liliana Segura, Ashley Smith, Dave Zirin and dozens more speakers and hundreds more participants at…

Crisis and Resistance: Building a Socialist Alternative

Northeast Socialist Conference

October 23-25, 2009

New York City, Columbia University

For full location, schedule and registration information:

200,000 people marched two weeks ago in Washington DC for LGBT equality!

200,000 people marched two weeks ago in Washington DC for LGBT equality!

Capitalism isn’t working.  Socialism is the alternative: a world based on human need rather than profit and controlled by the vast majority rather than a tiny rich minority.  But to win this world, we need struggle and action by our side.  Every year hundreds of activists and socialists gather at the Northeast Socialist Conference to debate and discuss the struggles before us as well as an analysis of the urgent problems we face and a vision for a different future.  With the free-market consensus in tatters and an open debate beginning about how best to organize our society, these discussions are more vital than ever.  

Discussions will include reports and strategizing from today’s front-line battles.  There will also be workshops on the history of radical labor and socialist movements; alternatives to capitalism; US imperialism and solidarity movements around the world.

With nearly 50 workshops to choose from, these are just some of the topics that will be featured:

* The New Movement for LGBT Equality * Sports and Sexuality: Fighting for a Level Playing Field * The Global Food Crisis * Where is the Economy Headed? * Guantanamo at Home * Resistance and Solidarity: Eyewitness from Gaza * Poor People’s Movements * A People’s Guide to the Healthcare Debate * What Would Socialism Look Like? * Social Unionism: Putting the Movement Back in the Labor Movement * Hubert Harrison: Voice of Harlem Radicalism * What Would a Sustainable Society Look Like? * Occupation Rebranded: US Imperialism in the Obama Era * Reform and Revolution * Malcolm X * What a Sustainable Society Could Look Like * Racism, Sentencing and the Prison System  * The Assault on Abortion Rights * Another Brick in the Wall: Education under Capitalism vs Socialism * The Russian Revolution and Its Significance Today * Media as Weapon: Speaking Truth to Power * Report-Back from Honduras * Student Struggle and the Fight for Socialism * The Communist Women’s Movement in the Comintern Era * The History of the ISO, and dozens more…

For a full list of speakers and workshops, and to register, see our website at:

For more info, contact or 646-452-8662

Invite your friends, rsvp and get updates at our facebook page

Registration: $20 weekend; $15 low-income/student; $10 single day

Registration online, through a local ISO branch or at the conference

Full schedule:

Special Friday Plenary: A Woman Among Warlords: Eyewitness to Empire

Featuring Malalai Joya, a female Member of the Afghan Parliament and courageous voice against women’s oppression and US occupation.


Malalai Joya rose to fame in December 2003 when, as an elected delegate to the Constitutional Loya Jirga, she spoke out publicly against the domination of warlords. Since then she has survived four assassination attempts, and travels in Afghanistan under a burqa and with armed guards. Her newly published book, A Woman Among Warlords, has been widely praised; Noam Chomsky has written that it “leaves us with hope that the tormented people of Afghanistan can take their fate into their own hands if they are released from the grip of foreign powers”.

There will be a book signing following the event.

Friday October 23, 8pm
Columbia University – International Affairs Building – Altschul Auditorium (417) – entrance at 117th Street and Amsterdam

Saturday, October 24th

9am:  Registration at Columbia University, Lerner Hall – 115th & Broadway (1 to 116th Street) – registration will be available all weekend in Lerner

10:00am:  Morning Plenary:  Capitalism Isn’t Working – The Case for Socialism with Alan Maass, editor of Socialist Worker and

Noon – 1:30pm:  Workshop Session 1

1:30 – 2:30pm:  Lunch

2:30 – 4pm:  Workshop Session 2

4:30 – 6pm:  Workshop Session 3

6-8pm:  Dinner

6:15 – 7:30pm:  Special Dinner Session – Introduction to the ISO

8pm:  Evening Plenary:  Crisis and Resistance – Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater and Ahmed Shawki, editor of the International Socialist Review and a panel of social justice and radical activists

10pm:  Party

Sunday, October 25th

10 – 11:30am:  Workshop Session 4

11:30 – 1pm:  Lunch

1 – 2:30pm:  Workshop Session 5

3 – 4:30pm:  Workshop Session 6


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