Revolution #262, March 11, 2012

Revolution Writers to Debate Big Issues at 2012 Left Forum in New York

The Left Forum, a yearly gathering of progressive and radical scholars, activists, and students, will be held March 16-18 with the theme, “Occupy the System, Confronting Global Capitalism.” Writers from Revolution newspaper are featured on several panels (see list below). They will be projecting Bob Avakian’s new synthesis of communism and debating timely political and theoretical issues. To help promote Bob Avakian’s BAsics, the Constitution for the New Socialist Republic in North America (Draft Proposal), Revolution newspaper, and get Bob Avakian Everywhere at this conference, contact

An Army of Rape: Why Supporting the Troops is Wrong!

Saturday, March 17, 10:00 am, Room E324

Chair: Sunsara Taylor (Revolution, board member, World Can’t Wait). Speakers: Mathis Chiroux (Iraq Veterans Against the War), Carl Dix (Revolutionary Communist Party)

Is Voting a Solution?

Saturday, March 17, 10:00 am, Room E320

Chair: Dennis Loo (author, Globalization and the Demolition of Society). Speakers: Dennis Loo, Debra Sweet (Director of World Can’t Wait), David Swanson (blogs at and, Andy Zee (Revolution Books, NYC, and Revolution)

Horizontalism vs. Revolutionary State Power as the Path to Social Transformation: A Debate

Saturday, March 17, 12:00 pm, Room W522

Chair: Eric Laursen (independent journalist, anarchist writer and organizer). Speakers: Raymond Lotta (Revolution), John Clark (professor, Loyola University, New Orleans)

Pornography & the Sex Industry:
Reclaim, Regulate, Uproot, or Abolish?

Saturday, March 17, 12:00 pm, Room E324

Chair: Eesha Pandit (contributing writer at Feministing and the Crunk Feminist Collective). Speakers: Melissa Gira Grant (has written about sex trade for Alternet, the Guardian, Slate, Jezebel, $pread, and many others), Sunsara Taylor (Revolution)

What War?
U.S. Turns from War on Iraq to Permanent Occupation

Saturday, March 17, 12:00 pm, Room W602

Chair: Debra Sweet (Director of World Can’t Wait). Speakers: Michael Otterman (human rights consultant), Larry Everest (Revolution), David Swanson (blogs at and

ABORTION! An Urgent Part of Women’s Liberation—
Differing Viewpoints on How to Win This Fight

Saturday, March 17, 3:00 pm, Room E324

Chair: Eleanor Bader (RH RealityCheck). Speakers: Cristina Page (author of How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America), Sunsara Taylor (Revolution)

At a “Distance from the State” or a New State Power:
What Is Revolution in the 21st Century?
Debating Alain Badiou’s Politics of Emancipation

Saturday, March 17, 5 pm, Room W623

Chair: Michael Rectenwald (professor, NYU). Speakers: Nayi Duniya (Demarcations journal), Guy Risko (professor, Binghamton University)

U.S.-Israel War Moves Against Iran—
What’s Going On, Our Responsibility to Resist

Sunday, March 18, 10:00 am, Room LHN (Lecture Hall North)

Chair: Debra Sweet (Director of World Can’t Wait). Speakers: Larry Everest (Revolution), Michael Klare (The Nation, Hampshire College), Leila Zand (Fellowship of Reconciliation), Benjamin R. Barber (Dēmos)

Panels take place at Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza, in downtown NYC. For more information and directions, contact


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