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Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Feb 6 17:13:28 MST 2002


Upcoming Brecht Forum Conference

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NOTE: THIS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD AT THE NYU LAW SCHOOL. ADDRESS 
BELOW 

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"The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color 
line--the relation of the darker races to the lighter races of men 
and women in Asia and in Africa, in America and the islands of the 
sea."

--from The Soul of Black Folks by W.E.B. Du Bois

* The Brecht Forum;
* New York University's Africana Studies Program and  Institute of 
African American Affairs;
* The Walter Rodney Institute for Social Research; and
* The W.E.B. Du Bois Foundation present a conference:

CHALLENGING THE COLOR LINE: CONFRONTING ISSUES OF RACE AND CLASS IN 
THE ERA OF GLOBAL CAPITAL

Friday, February 22 to Sunday, February 24

at New York University Law School Tishman Auditorium* 
40 Washington Square South 
New York City

(*and other locations to be announced)

On the occasion of W.E.B. Du Bois' 134th birthday, this conference 
seeks to bring together progressive activists and analysts to assess 
the ways the issue of race and racism has changed in the last 100 
years, to look at how racist ideology is ingrained in our culture, 
and to advance a dialogue on how we can work to solve the problem of 
the color line in this new century.

One hundred years ago, W.E.B. Du Bois placed solving the problem of 
the color line on the historical agenda as central to any new vision 
of a just and egalitarian society. Now, we find ourselves in the era 
of global capital and, rather than declining, racism is on the rise. 
Both at home and around the world, the gap between wealth and poverty 
is growing rather than declining, and the suffering falls in ever 
higher proportions on people of color.

At the dawn of the 21st century, new movements are emerging to 
challenge globalization with the belief that a better world is 
possible
--from the anti-World Bank, IMF and WTO struggles that burst into the 
public eye in 1999 in Seattle, to the 2001 World Conference on Racism 
in Durban, South Africa that, despite a U.S. boycott, identified 
colonialism and the trans-Atlantic slave trade as crimes against 
humanity, and now to the new anti-war movement that is coming into 
being following the events of September 11.

Yet perhaps Du Bois identified the key a century ago : if we want to 
build a broad-based, multi-faceted democratic movement that can 
confront the cultural, political and economic offensive of global 
capitalism, we must place the struggle for racial justice at the 
center of our struggles.

*** Partial List of Themes and Workshop Topics ***

The "racial moment"

--the role and relevance of race for global capitalism in the 
post-apartheid/post-civil rights global racial formation and the 
structural and cultural forces unleashed by capitalist globalization.


--The Color Line today: Retreat, retrenchment or progress?


--The post-Durban global anti-racist movement


--Labor, immigration, and race in the global economy


--Race, ideology and media in the 21st century


--Responsibilities of white people in the struggle for racial justice


--Combating racial tensions among people of color


--Repression and police brutality; challenging the Prison Industrial 
Complex


--Resistance to racism in popular culture

*** Partial List of Participants ***

Sam Anderson, Charles Barron, Nellie Bailey, Kai Lumumba Barrow, 
Humberto Brown, Dennis Brutus, Horace Campbell, Kimberly Crenshaw*, 
Bhairavi Desai, Teresa El Amin, Bill Fletcher, Hector Figueroa, 
Trichur Ganesh, Gerald Horne, Gerald Hudson, Rashidah Ismaili, 
Maulana Karenga, Robin D.G. Kelley, Peter Kwong, Augustin Lao*, 
Evelyn Lynn, Alfredo Lopez, Sharon Maeda, Biju Mathew, Asha Samad, 
Matias Muntu, Matsimela Monami Maulik, Tony Monteiro, José Morales, 
Yusuf Nuruddin, Marie-Claire Picher, Vijay Prashad, Sofia Quintero, 
Gerardo Renique, Don Rojas, Nan Rubin, Annette T. Rubinstein, Mark 
Toney

*invited

*** Schedule ***

Friday, February 22

6:00 pm: The Color Line
--Then and Now: A Tribute to W.E.B. Du Bois

Saturday, February 23, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

9:00 am: Registration

9:30 am: Opening Plenary: The Racial Moment
--Race, Class and Global Capitalism

11:30 am: Workshops

1:30 pm: Lunch

2:20 pm: Workshops

4:30 pm: Closing Plenary: Building Bridges
--Anti-racist Global-Local Solidarity

Sunday, February 24, 9:30 am to 12 noon

9:30 am: Coffee and snacks

10:00 am: Reportback from workshops and discussion of next steps

 *** Partial List of Endorsers ***


--African Poetry Theater 
--The Black World Today ( www.tbwt.com ) 
--Dennis Brutus, Professor Emeritus, Africana Studies, University of 
Pittsburgh/Jubilee South Africa 
--Center for Constitutional Rights 
--Center for Non-Profit Technology 
--Center for Third World Organizing 
--Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence 
--Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES) 
--Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism 
--Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) 
--Forum of Indian Leftists 
--Freedom Road Socialist Organization
--NY/NJ 
--Freedom Socialist Party 
--Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition 
--Harlem Tenants Council 
--Inang Bayan Movement (Philippines) 
--Institute for Mass Communication/People-link.org 
--The Malcolm X Museum 
--The Martin Luther King Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University 
--Medgar Evers Center for Law and Social Justice 
--National Network of Indochina Activists 
--New York City Taxi Workers Alliance 
--New York University Institute for Education and Social Policy 
--North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) 
--Patrice Lumumba Coalition 
--Pro Libertad Freedom Campaign 
--Racism Abolished, Justice Established (RAJE) 
--Reparations Mobilization Coalition 
--Resistance in Brooklyn 
--Socialism and Democracy 
--The Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory (TOPLAB) 
--Urban Justice Center, Human Rights Project 
--Vieques Support Campaign 
--Women for Justice 
--Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

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-- 
Louis Proyect, lnp3 at panix.com on 02/06/2002

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