Socialist Convergence — Carrying Forward the Political Revolution

Monday  25 July  2016  5:30 PM    Thursday  28 July  2016 9:00 PM
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"What's next for the movement? How do we make a political revolution in this country?" These and many other questions are likely to become even more pressing this July.

In recognition of the historic opportunity afforded by this political moment, a number of socialist organizations are planning a series of "Socialist Convergence" assemblies: meetings, panels, and workshops to take place concurrently to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, from July 25th to July 28th.

The convergence will include panel discussions on questions of strategy and what's next for the movement, workshops on the nuts-and-bolts of how to build socialist organization in your hometown, and space for collective deliberation on how / if to relate to each other's work after July.

Panel discussions will be held evenings at Friends Center (1501 Cherry Street) throughout the week of the DNC (July 25th through July 28th).

PLEASE NOTE: The venue is NOT air conditioned. Please dress appropriately and be prepared for very hot weather.

How-to-organize workshops will be scheduled for the mornings of the DNC at FDR Park.

Stay tuned for more details on the event program...

Endorsers (in alphabetical order):

Democratic Socialists of America
Equality Coalition
Freedom Socialist Party - U.S.
Green Party of New York State
Green Party of Pennsylvania
International Marxist Tendency (IMT)
International Socialist Organization
Kentucky Workers League
Left Elect Coalition
Move To Amend
New York Workers Collective - Marxist-Leninist
Oakland Socialist
Party for Socialism and Liberation - PSL
Philly Coalition for REAL Justice
Philly DSA
Philly Socialists
Socialist Action
Socialist Alternative
Socialist Worker
Solidarity: a socialist, feminist, anti-racist organization
System Change Not Climate Change; the Ecosocialist Coalition
The People's Revolution

Nearby hotels and apartments
American Friends Service Committee
1501 Cherry St, Philadelphia, 19102, PA, United States

Philly Socialists Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 12/11/2016 21:46
Comrades, We are preparing a Socialist Convergence 2.0 to lead protests against the inauguration of Donald Trump this January in Washington, DC. Please contact whatever organization you are a member of and ask them to contact us to find out how you can be a part of this vital initiative.

LeftElect Network: Future of Left/ Independent Politics in the U.S. Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 02/08/2016 02:04
Socialist Convergence Survey This is a survey for attendees of the Socialist Convergence held July 25th-28th in Philadelphia. To help us better evaluate the event, please answer the questions in the following link:
Daniel Anagnostis
-- 02/08/2016 02:04
If there's any video recordings out there of the Wednesday and Thursday sessions, please link them!
Maddie Rose
-- 02/08/2016 02:04
Following for that too?

Scarlett Alejandra Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 31/07/2016 03:35
Does anyone know if there are any high-quality videos available of all the panels? Such things would be incredibly valuable. Thanks.
Gerald Smith
-- 31/07/2016 03:35
Truthdig has some footage. I shot a lot of footage of the Wednesday sessions and will be posting on line in August. Don't know what SC staff have.
Peggy Pings
-- 31/07/2016 01:12 - Bernie and Jane have formed this new 501c4 organization. They are seeking people to host Watch Parties for an August webinar of sorts.
Eduardo Heredia Quintana Fernandez
-- 31/07/2016 01:12
Didn't Bernie capitulate and try to turn over the movement to a Neocon? Is he still planning to campaign for Hillary while campaigning against her program? The Democratic Party cheated Bernie out of the nomination but they are not going to cheat down-ballot candidates running on a Bernie-like platform because...I think Lucy you got some "splaining" to do.
Alicia Elizabeth Dorsey
-- 31/07/2016 01:12

Denise Treat Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 30/07/2016 00:42

Philly Socialists Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 29/07/2016 19:10
(Surprisingly) good press from the #nevertrump neoconservative The Weekly Standard. It's been a weird election year: "The Friends Center played host to a sort of counter-convention to the Democratic party gala that was happening simultaneously just a few miles to the south. Several hundred socialists, Green party activists, union organizers, and other assorted gadflies had gathered to listen to some leftists panels, including one featuring Jill Stein, the Green party's presidential candidate. They also came to vent their collective spleen; as one attendee shouted during a supposed question and answer session, we need to "shut shit down!" Her call for disobedience was greeted with rabid [sic] applause. The contrasts between the two confabs were striking. The putatively progressive Democrats held their convention in a lavish venue named for America's third largest bank by assets, outside of which they could sip $7 Coors Lights at the "Xfinity Center" bar; the Friends Center, meanwhile, is one of Philadelphia's oldest progressive institutions, having been founded in 1856. The Democrats had Lenny Kravitz, Sigourney Weaver, and Lena Dunham; the Friends Center hosted a union leader who warned the audience that the "building trades [unions] have been infiltrated" by right-wingers. The Democrats featured endless paeans to Hillary Clinton's compassion and particular concern for children; the Friends Center hosted the daughter of Berta Caceres, a Honduran activist who was murdered in 2015. Caceres's daughter's host charged that Clinton was indirectly responsible for Caceres's death, because of the former secretary of state's support for "neoliberalism" in Central America."
Tony Rosenberg
-- 29/07/2016 19:10
Don't believe in fairytales....believe in the Truth,go get 'em!!!

Marty Goodman Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 29/07/2016 15:30
Socialist Action In Solidarity With Workers and the Oppressed Everywhere VOTE SOCIALIST ACTION! Socialist Action Campaign Platform 2016 / July 12, 2016 Vote Socialist Action in 2016! Jeff MACKLER/Karen SCHRAUFNAGEL for U.S. President/VP What socialists stand for. What socialists demand: 1) Abolish the U.S. war machine now! Bring all troops home now! Close all U.S. foreign and domestic military bases. End all military spending now – not a penny for war! U.S. out of the Middle East! No to U.S. overt and covert wars, drone wars, oil wars, privatized death squad wars, sanction and embargo wars or wars for the re-colonization of Africa. Abolish NATO and all other imperialist military alliances! Self-determination for all oppressed nations and peoples. Self-determination for Puerto Rico. No to imperialist-imposed austerity in Puerto Rico. Abolish Puerto Rico’s debt to U.S. banks and speculating hedge funds. Self-determination for Palestine! End all U.S. aid to apartheid Israel. For a democratic, secular Palestine with the right of all Palestinian refugees to return. Solidarity with Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns. U.S. hands off the Cuban Revolution. 2) Immediate conversion to 100% renewable power: sun, wind, geothermal and micro-hydro! Keep all fossil fuels in the ground! Guarantee jobs at top union wages for all fossil fuel workers during and after a just and rapid transition to clean and renewable energy systems. Immediate conversion to carbon-sequestering agro-ecological farming. Immediate halt to expansion of all new fossil fuel extraction and transportation projects 100% tax on all fossil fuel corporations. Zero profits for the polluters. Close down and dismantle the fossil fuel industry, from extraction on up. Dramatically expand mass transit – for the least mobile first; reverse urban sprawl and unsustainable development patterns. Remediate and expand our forests, wetlands and natural eco-systems. For an immediate cleanup of Native American, African American and Latino communities that have been victimized by environmental racism. No to nuclear weapons. Close all nuclear power plants now. U.S. reparations and zero interest loans to neo-colonial and island nations suffering from climate change due to past practices of the major industrial and imperialist nations. 3) Jobs for all at top union wages! Shorten the work week by 25 percent with no cut in pay so that everyone can work and enjoy more free time. Modern technology should benefit the 99 percent not the boss class one percent. Create a massive public works program to provide jobs at top union wages through building homes, converting to 100% renewable power, expanding mass public transportation, constructing hospitals, parks, schools, and other social necessities. Priority should be given to projects where they are most needed—especially in Black and Latino communities. Raise all pensions, Social Security benefits, unemployment and disability compensation, welfare, and veterans benefits to top union wage scales and protect them with cost-of-living escalator provisions. For $15 and a union now as a first short step on the road to a much higher minimum wage to sustain a quality standard of living. 4) Quality health care, education and housing for all as basic rights! Close down the profit-gauging “healthcare” insurance companies and establish a single-payer system in rapid transition to a universal and free national system, that is, socialized medicine. Use the savings towards provision of quality health care for all and retraining insurance workers for new jobs. Free quality public education at all levels from the cradle to the grave. Cancel all student debt. Void all drug patents to cut public costs to a minimum. Cancel all medical debt. End all home foreclosures. Establish and expand rent-control to combat the mass-displacement of poor and oppressed communities through gentrification. Massive government funding to repair, modernize, and build homes – starting where need is greatest. 5) End the racist, slave labor for profit prison-industrial complex! End the racist school-to-prison pipeline. Build schools, not jails. Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Oscar Lopez Rivera and all political prisoners. Abolish the racist and classist death penalty. Prosecute and jail killer cops De-criminalize all drugs. Take the profit out of drug trafficking. End the racist “war on drugs.” Massive investment in restorative justice, mental health, and drug treatment services. Rapidly empty the prisons while immediately organizing quality, humane rehabilitation facilities to rebuild ruined lives. End “zero tolerance” school policies. Cops out of the schools. Abolish racist “money ball” extortion schemes including defendant-funded court proceedings, mandatory court surcharges, fines and fees. Abolish all racist exclusionary election laws. For Black and Latino-organized control of Black and Latino communities. Police out of Black and Latino neighborhoods. Reparations for African-American, Puerto-Rican, and Mexican-American communities in compensation for wealth stolen over centuries. 6) Immediate amnesty, legalization and equal rights for all immigrants. End the racist, Islamophobic “War on Terror!” End all deportations now! Repeal all anti-immigrant legislation. Close down ICE Demilitarize and open the borders. No to the surveillance, persecution, demonization and government-orchestrated frame-up trials in Muslim communities in the U.S. and worldwide. 7) Abolish all racist, sexist and homophobic discriminatory laws and practices! Equal pay for equal work. Affirmative action with quotas to remedy past discrimination and prevent future discrimination. To assure economic independence for women, government-financed, free 24-hour child-care centers and maternity leave with full pay. Guarantee the right of every mother to raise a healthy child. End violence against women and the LGBTQI community. Repeal the Hyde Amendment. Free unrestricted abortion on demand. Reproductive justice now. End coercive contraception projects targeting low income women and women in prison. End the criminalization of pregnant women. Free Purvi Patel. Ban workplace and housing discrimination and adoption restrictions based on sexual orientation or gender identity Outlaw discrimination by businesses or employees based on sexual preference or gender identity Repeal all local, state and federal discriminatory laws against LGBTQI people. Quality safe housing for youth and workers facing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 8) Defend civil liberties! Abolish the “national security” state! End all government surveillance. Abolish the National Security Administration and all other secret and repressive government spy agencies. Repeal the Patriot Act and all other anti-democratic legislation. End all restrictions on the right to organize, assemble, and protest. Stop the persecution of all whistle blowers like Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden! 9) For a democratically-planned socialist economy where the banks, basic industries and all natural resources are the collective property of working people – the 99 percent – and democratically operated for human betterment not the individual profits of the one percent Tax the rich and their corporations, not working people! End corporate bailouts! [Note:$32 trillion in corporate bailouts was granted to corporate America in the years immediately following the 2008 economic crash. See Project Censored Report. For every dollar paid in taxes by U.S. corporations $27 is granted back in government subsidies. See: 2016 Oxfam Report.] Close all tax loopholes for the rich. Nationalize all illegally “offshored” corporate profits. For a steeply-graduated progressive income tax! 100% tax on all incomes over $300,000. Zero percent tax on all incomes under $50,000. Low interest, long-term government loans to protect small farmers gouged by banks and food trusts. End all military and military-related spending: Use the money saved towards a massive public works program and to fulfill the demands above. 10) For working class political action independent of and against the twin parties of capitalism For a united, democratic and fighting labor movement that champions the economic, social and political interests of all working people. For a Labor Party based on a revitalized, democratic, and expanded labor movement allied with the oppressed and exploited. Organize the unorganized 90 percent! Repeal Taft Hartley and all other anti-union legislation. Open the corporate books for union inspection! Vote Socialist Action! For a workers government and a fully democratic society of, by and for working people and the oppressed! Abolish capitalism! For socialism!

Faith Korkosz Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 28/07/2016 15:54

MaryJo Pezzi Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 28/07/2016 15:51
This is what Democracy looks like --- Bernie Sanders supporters wept on Monday night, during his final speech as a presidential candidate. On Tuesday, following the roll call vote they Walked Out on the Democratic Party that had fought against them from within to discredit and defeat their movement to get money out of politics -- especially elections!

LeftElect Network: Future of Left/ Independent Politics in the U.S. Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 28/07/2016 15:49
Tonight's program starts at 5:30 PM. Speakers include: Glen Ford Gayle McLaughlin Eugene Puryear Kshama Sawant Howie Hawkins
Tina Bea
-- 28/07/2016 15:49
Alicia Elizabeth Dorsey
-- 28/07/2016 15:49
Plan 2 b there
Ron Ehrenreich
-- 28/07/2016 15:49
Wish I could be there comrades!

Stephanie Hasson Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 28/07/2016 14:27
What time are things happening today?

C Ryan Qualls Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 28/07/2016 13:10
Who are the main organizers and leaders for the rallies? I am reaching out to connect with you all In the name of Unity and balanced Uniformity among POC and supporters of POC a crossed the US.

Dane Fech Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 28/07/2016 12:38
Dane Fech
-- 28/07/2016 12:38
Jill Stein is beating Hillary and almost beating Trump in this poll... Let's stomp them both

Russ Johnson Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 28/07/2016 12:31
Saifullah Paracha -- will die in Guantanamo most likely... too innocent to be charged, yet 'too dangerous to be released' even though he is a Prisoner of Conscience as stated by Amnesty International. His response to what little information they have on him was: Paracha: Sir, how could anybody know who Al Qaeda is? Tribunal president: Good question. That’s a very good question.
Russ Johnson
-- 28/07/2016 12:31
The tribunal denied him release in April 2016
Cranford Coulter
-- 28/07/2016 12:31
Gitmo is totally extrajudicial!

Philly for REAL Justice Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 28/07/2016 12:22
Photos of July 26 Protests vs DNC. (Click on photo to view Joe Piette's album)

Joe Amaral Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 28/07/2016 07:02

Joe Amaral Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 28/07/2016 06:50

Rebecca Kemble Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 28/07/2016 06:29
Panelists answer the question, what's next after Bernie? (apologies for the poor quality of the first part of this video - bandwidth problems.)
Russ Johnson
-- 28/07/2016 06:29
Keith Brian
-- 28/07/2016 06:29

Rebecca Kemble Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 28/07/2016 06:23
Tail end of first session, Laura Zuniga Caceres and Yulia Issa:

Rebecca Kemble Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 28/07/2016 06:22
Jill Stein at the convergence tonight:
Russ Johnson
-- 28/07/2016 06:22

Jessica Foley Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 27/07/2016 23:00
Can somebody record the speeches given tonight? I'm working and will miss it and this sucks.

Grace E Marion Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 27/07/2016 22:38

Erica Darragh Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 27/07/2016 22:08
How long does Jill talk? Thought she was at 7

Joe Amaral Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 27/07/2016 21:28

Joe Amaral Commento inserito tramite Facebook
-- 27/07/2016 21:01
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