Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

October 23, 2009

New additions to this weekend’s Northeast Socialist Conference at Columbia!

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 5:08 pm

New Addition to the Northeast Socialist Conference Program:

Sherry Wolf is the author of “Sexuality and Socialism: The History, Politics and Theory of LGBT Liberation”, published by Haymarket Books.  She was also one of the main organizers of the National Equality March, which just organized 200,000 people on October 11th to demand full equality for LGBT people.  She will be speaking twice at the Northeast Socialist Conference taking place this weekend at Columbia University.

She will join the Saturday evening panel, Crisis and Resistance: The Shape of Struggle in a New Era, along with Jeremy Scahill (author of Blackwater), Ajamu Sankofa (Private Health Insurance Must Go Coalition), Josetta Harris (NY Coalition for Abortion Clinic Defense) and Mike Filippou (leader of strike at Stella D’oro).  She will also be giving a workshop on Equality Now: Next Steps for the LGBT Liberation Movement on Sunday.

For more information about the conference, go to
or call (646) 452-8662 or email

To see videos of Sherry speak, follow the links below:
Speaking with Cleve Jones at Busboys and Poets the day before the National Equality March

Cleve Jones, Sherry Wolf and the Cast of Hair at the National Equality March

To read Socialist Worker coverage as well as an article by Sherry Wolf on the National Equality March, go to:

Copies of Sherry’s book will be available at the conference.


2009 Northeast Socialist Conference
Crisis and Resistance: Building a Socialist Alternative

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

October 23-25, 2009
New York City, Columbia University
For full location, schedule and registration information:

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:

Special Friday Conference 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

Special Saturday Conference Plenary:
The Shape of Struggle in a New Era

Mike Filippou,
Striker and Union Leader at Stella D’oro Factory in the Bronx
Josetta Harris
, NY Coalition for Abortion Clinic Defense
Ajamu Sankofa,
Private Health Insurance Must Go Coalition
Jeremy Scahill,
Independent journalist and author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army

Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor,
Steering Committee of the National Equality March and member of the International Socialist Organization

Saturday, October 24th at 8PM
Columbia University – International Affairs Building – Altschul Auditorium (417) – entrance at 117th Street and Amsterdam


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.


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