Monday, February 18, 2008

NYC, March 15-16: From Dialogue to Action

The Battle for Immigrant Rights: From Dialogue to Action

A panel at the March 14-16 Left Forum conference in New York City; time and date TBA.

As the battle over immigration heats up in the media, where is the immigrant rights movement headed? How can activists do more to support immigrants who are organizing against deportation, defending their labor rights and building community power? How can we respond effectively to tough questions about immigration and start to chip away at anti-immigrant attitudes?

Join us for a participatory discussion with panelists:

Aarti Shahani, co-founder, Families for Freedom (a multiethnic organization of families fighting deportation)

Ana Maria Archila, co-executive director, Make the Road NY, a grassroots group organizing immigrant communities in Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island

Victor Toro, a founder of Chile's MIR, now an activist for the human rights of immigrants who has lived in New York for 25 years; founder of Vamos a la Peña del Bronx, currently fighting his own deportation order; his case is rescheduled for August 15, 2008.

Jane Guskin, co-author of The Politics of Immigration: Questions and Answers (published July 2007 by Monthly Review Press)

Moderator: Adriana Rocha, program officer, New York Foundation

Left Forum 2008, Cracks in the Edifice, takes place March 14-16 at Cooper Union in New York City. Register early to save money at

Left Forum hosts the largest annual conference of the international and US Left in North America, bringing together intellectuals and activists from research institutions and social movements from across the world. Left Forum 2007 drew almost 2,000 participants.

Speakers this year include Naomi Klein, Grace Lee Boggs, Tariq Ali, Staughton Lynd, Billionaires for Bush, Mahmood Mamdani, Adam Hochschild, Jeremy Scahill, David Harvey, Max Elbaum, Stanley Aronowitz, Frances Fox Piven, Patricia McFadden, Patrick Bond, Michael Albert, Naomi Wolff, Carlos Vilas, Dennis Brutus, Deepa Fernandes, and many, many more.

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