Multi-Day Gatherings, Conferences, Protests
Events which span several days, often outside the Lehigh Valley but relevant for our work here. Includes protests, gatherings, and conferences.
Thursday, May 31-Friday, June 1, 2018 – in Brattleboro VT:
from Sheila Gallagher: “Charles Eisenstein is a Keynote speaker again this year. Sliding scale registration, so it is open to all. AND there is even a train that runs from NYC to Brattleboro for those who do not drive.”
Friday June 1 – Sunday June 3, 2018 – at Stonehenge Gardens in Tamaqua PA
51 Dairy Rd, Tamaqua PA 18252 – 570-386-4276
Welcome to the Pennsylvania Permaculture Convergence 2018 at Stonehedge.
With our 2nd annual PA Permaculture Convergence we will explore how energy is used within systems. No matter what area you are working in, energy consumption, storage and its possibilities are of the utmost importance to keeping systems alive and thriving. Whether it be within the self, your property or your community, knowing how, where, and what to put energy into is something that frameworks our decisions.
Workshops and Demonstrations throughout the weekend will include plant propagation, mushroom inoculation, natural medicines, water systems/management, BioChar, BioGas, Plant walks & identification, Natural Building, Mapping & Design, Beekeeping and much more. Keep an eye on our website and FB page as our convergence program evolves.
Friday, June 1, 2018 – Sunday, June 3, 2018
Left Forum 2018 Conference in NYC
Towards A New Strategy For The Left
at: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York
899 10th Avenue (between 58th and 59th Streets)
New York, NY 10019
The Trump presidency has brought the most dangerous and oppressive aspects of America – rapacious capitalism and foundational racism and misogyny – out of the shadows and into a chillingly clear light. And we are seeing a rising tide of the reactionary right all over the western world.
Still, our own movements – for worker power, race, gender, and sexuality justice, ecological healing, and a broad anti-white nationalist front – while under attack, are also on the rise. These are dangerous but invigorating times for a left resurgence. To make gains, to win battles, we must build a strong unified left which moves beyond the constructed dichotomies of class and identity, violence and nonviolence, reform and revolution.
Fragmentation remains an obstacle to our power today. But we do not need a rigid consensus in order to build together. Unity allows for differences and embraces other voices—it does not squelch them. We do not have to block dissent and critical self-analysis. What we do need is to build broad coalitions for freedom and justice and strengthen each other in our efforts to push the reactionary demagogues back into obsolescence. The time for action is now.
And the space for left unity and power building is Left Forum 2018.
The left has a uniquely robust power source gathering at the intersection of issues, identities, ideologies, and constituencies. There are so many examples of this model of convergence and creative action today. This is the model on which we come together to formulate new strategies for a new world. Left Forum 2018 will:
- create generous, open, vibrant, interdisciplinary, and compelling spaces that will serve to transform ideas into action.
- identify and expand the common ground among movements, constituencies, issues, and ideas in a forum where a broad range of minds, issues, communities, affinities, identities, and strategies converge
- enable the cross-pollination of academic research and field organizing
- organize panels and presentations as we have in the past. However, we will also achieve this through skill-shares, workshops, performances, network-building sessions, strategy roundtables, curated exhibits, screenings, and forecasting briefings. We will also extend our market/exhibitions to include more
- be a place of friendship, exchange, and discovery, where we build our power to make radical change in a world on fire with both chaos and the opportunity for transformation.
All our enemies have is division and destruction. Left Forum can be a living example of the exact opposite: a new convergence and a space for possibility, for hope, and for power.
Thursday, July 5, 2018 – Sunday, July 8, 2018
Socialism2018 Conference in Chicago
Another World Is Necessary
at: Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 S. King Dr, Chicago IL 60616
Socialism 2018 is a four-day conference bringing together hundreds of socialists and radical activists from around the country to take part in discussions about Marxism, working-class history, and the debates and strategies for organizing today.
Over 150 meetings: Covering debates on the left today and the hidden history of working-class and socialist struggles.
Expand your political toolbox: We are committed to fighting injustice and oppression and building a socialist future. Join us!
Socializing with socialists: You are not alone! Meet with comrades from across the country and around the world.