Socialism 2011: Their Crisis, Our Solutions
an International Educational Conference May 19, 20, 21, 22, 2011
Co-sponsored by: Socialist Action / Ligue pour l'Action socialiste - Canadian state, Socialist Action - USA, and the Socialist Unity League (Liga Unidad Socialista) - Mexico
Thursday, May 19
5:30 p.m. registration opens
7 p.m. End the Occupations! Permanent War or Permanent Revolution
Christine Gauvreau, leading member of SA-USA, United National Anti-war Committee, and Connecticut United for Peace; and Khaled Mouammar, President of the Canadian Arab Federation.
Friday, May 20
5:30 p.m. registration, literature sale
7 p.m. Civil Liberties Under Attack - Fight Back!
Barbara Jackman, renowned Canadian lawyer who led the successful fights to lift the border entry ban on George Galloway, and to free tortured Muslim Canadians; Jeff Mackler, National Secretary, SA-USA, coordinator of the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal campaign, of the Free Lynne Stewart campaign, and a leading opponent of the FBI raids against anti-war activists; plus Jaime Gonzalez, Organization Secretary of the LUS-Mexico.
Saturday, May 21
10 a.m. After Cancun, the Fight for Climate Justice
Terisa Turner, participant in the Cochabamba (Bolivia) Conference, and Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at U of Guelph; Jaime Gonzalez Organization Secretary of the LUS-Mexico; and Dan Piper, a member of SA-USA National Committee.
12 noon Lunch break
1 p.m. What's Wrong with our Workers' Movement?
Barry Weisleder, Federal Secretary, SA/LAS Canada, and organizer of Toronto Substitute Teachers' Action Caucus; Bruce Allen, V.P. of CAW Local 199 and V.P. of Niagara District Labour Council; Ajamu Nangwaya, member of CUPE 3907 and former V.P. of CUPE Ontario.
4 p.m. Origins of Sexism and the fight for Women's Liberation Today
Christine Gauvreau, leading member of SA-USA, based in Connecticutt; and Cheri MacDonald, veteran socialist-feminist and campaigner for Ontario Coalition of Abortion Clinics.
6 p.m. Supper break
7 p.m. Marx was Right: Capitalism doesn't work. Deepen the Global Resistance!
Jeff Mackler, National Secretary SA - USA, based in San Francisco; with supplementary remarks by Tom Baker, SA/LAS Canada.
Sunday, May 22
11 a.m. Aboriginal and Quebecois aspirations - National liberation in the Canadian state
Roger Obonsawin, President of the Aboriginal Peoples Council of Toronto, a veteran campaigner for aboriginal treaty rights; and Dr. Robbie Mahood, Montreal, SA-LAS, and past election candidate for Quebec Solidaire.
1 p.m. Lunch break, with film "Toronto G20 Exposed"
2 p.m. Closed session for SA members and invited guests. SA/LAS Convention.
4 p.m. Founding Convention of Youth for Socialist Action.