[Marxism] 21st Century Ecosocialism,Conference

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Oct 5 06:38:26 MDT 2015

System Change Not Climate Change news.

This Weekend!
21st Century Ecosocialism
Practicing System Change, Making Connections, Building a Movement

Dear Climate Rebels,


Registration form and overview schedule now online! Housing information 
will be up soon.

University of California, Santa Barbara, Oct. 9-11, 2015

Our global community is experiencing unprecedented climate 
destabilization. With the heat index in Iran rising to 165 degrees 
Fahrenheit, wild fires torching California and Washington State, rampant 
and ever-increasing ocean acidification and air pollution, we must 
address our current ecological crisis and the nature of its systemic 
inequalities. As world leaders and the corporate elite that stands 
behind many of them gear up for the climate negotiations in Paris in 
December, West Coast climate activists are gathering next weekend with 
radical system change as the only viable solution to our climate crisis 
in mind.

Join us on October 9-11, 2015, at the University of California, Santa 
Barbara, for a gathering on “21st Century Ecosocialism:  Practicing 
System Change, Making Connections, Building a Movement,” to discuss what 
it means to change the system, renew old friendships and make new 
connections, and work towards building a climate justice movement that 
unapologetically confronts capitalism.

Confirmed speakers include Chris Williams, author of Ecology and 
Socialism; Kshama Sawant, Seattle City Council member (via skype); David 
Klein, director of the Climate Science Program at CSU Northridge; Jeremy 
Brecher, labor and social movement historian and author (via skype), 
Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org (via skype); Ragina Johnson, Native 
American ecosocialist activist and writer; and Jill Stein, Green Party 
presidential candidate (via skype).

If you plan to attend, please register so we have an idea how many to 
expect. Registration is free. If you are attending, please print out the 
schedule beforehand or have it available on your computer or phone. We 
will only be distributing one-page information sheets at the event. The 
gathering is an unfunded, free event, so we will also not be providing 
any food or drink, but there are convenient places to buy food and drink 
nearby, and we will have information on options on the website soon.

Although the formal opening of the gathering is Saturday morning, don't 
miss Friday evening's event if you can possibly make it. This is the 
premiere of a rough cut of a film by UCSB sociologist Richard Widick, 
"Climate Deadline: Paris 2015", followed by a discussion with the 
director and producer and a reception. The event is free, but a 
reservation is recommended to guarantee a seat.

For more information and updates, visit our website, email 
info at westcoastecosocialists.org, or phone 805 722 0496. --

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