Friday, June 7, 2013

Radical Alternatives to Immigration Reform @ Left Forum 2013

Saturday, June 8th, Noon
Room W510
Pace University

Tens of thousands are detained and deported in the United States, the European Union and elsewhere but human migration will not stop. The number of migrants worldwide has increased from an estimated 36 million in 1991 to over 200 million today, including 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. Migration is wired into the structures of capitalism and is transforming nation-state demographics and politics. However, the proposals coming from the mainstream parties and organizations purposely fail to address fundamental issues such as climate change, border walls, global recession and economic underdevelopment. This forum will put forward radical proposals and movement-strategies to challenge the shortcomings of 'immigration reform'.

Chair: Sarah Flores

Sonia Guinansaca, Education Not Deportation Campaign and New York State Youth Leadership Council
Immanuel Ness, author, Guest Workers and US Corporate Despotism
Jane Guskin, author, The Politics of Immigration
Anthony Donaldson, Families for Freedom
Denise Guadalupe Romero, Migrant Power Alliance & The Black Alliance for Just Immigration [BAJI]
Shaun Harkin, Chicago May Day 2013 Organizing Committee; Coalition for Migrant Justice; contributor

Sponsored by the International Socialist Review

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Right before the immigration panel, filmmaker Konrad Aderer ("Enemy Alien") will be on a panel about resistance to global capitalism

Rebel from Below: Global Capitalism and Local Resistance in Comparative Perspective
Session 1 W608 Sat 10:00am - 11:50am

Lu Zhang -- Temple University
Kimberly Lok -- Temple University, Food Chain Workers Alliance
Jennifer Candipan -- USC
Konrad Aderer -- Life or Liberty (
Esther Hio-Tong Castillo -- Temple University
René Ropac -- Temple University

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