Boston Socialist Unity Conference

When:
April 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – April 22, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
2017-04-21T19:00:00-04:00
2017-04-22T17:00:00-04:00
Contact:
BostonSocialists

Original Facebook event here

VIJAY PRASHAD – BARBARA MADELONI – FRED MAGDOFF – EUGENE PURYEAR – THE FOUNDATION MOVEMENT – SHERRI MITCHELL
On April 21st and 22nd, the Boston Socialist Unity Project invites all socialists and interested community members to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a two day conference centered around socialist movements today and building communities of solidarity and resistance.

At a time when many people from all walks of life, outraged by the blatant bigotry and repressive policies proposed by President Trump and his followers, are for the first time involving themselves in political work, and experienced activists and organizers from every mass movement in the country are redoubling their earlier efforts, it is essential that the US socialist movement, which once secured the radical core of many progressive movements, experience a revival. After an election in which a self-described “democratic socialist” nearly won the presidency, socialist ideas are now better poised to spread than at any time since before the anti-communist hysteria of the McCarthy period introduced the Cold War equation of “socialism” with “evil,” a connotation that still restrains many people from engaging with the movement. And after an election marked by low voter turnout and mass disillusionment with the political system, the weakening of the two-party barrier against alternative political programs provides an opening for a reinvigorated socialist movement to take root. The Boston Socialist Unity Project seeks to bring about unity through collective projects and educational events.

This year, for the first time, the conference will open with a short community event and political musical performances on Friday night from 7 to 9 PM, featuring Mr. OP & the Foundation, Mat Callahan & Yvonne Moore, and a talk by Barbara Madeloni.

This year’s conference will include two plenary sessions and twelve workshops on Saturday. One session will be featuring author and eco-socialist Fred Magdoff and attorney and activist Sherri Mitchell with the Land Peace Foundation on the environment and capitalism, and the other will feature Vijay Prashad on U.S. Imperialism. Additionally, there will be a lunch-time panel featuring representatives from several political parties who will discuss the role of mainstream elections in socialist organizing. Workshops will be led by City Life/Vida Urbana on radical organizing for housing justice, Vijay Prashad on U.S. imperialism, Eugene Puryear on organizing the Millions for Prisoners March, and many others. For more details on the schedule, and to register please visit www.bostonsocialistunity.org.

We ask for a $10 donation upon entry, but this fee is not required. If you are an organization that is interested in tabling, volunteering, or endorsing, please contact us at [email protected] We hope to see you there!