April 2012, Week 1


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Two conferences in NYC

1. 50th Anniversary of the Port Huron Statement
2. "The 2012 Elections: Is a Multi-Racial Working-Class
Coalition Still Possible?" 

April 12 & 13 The Port Huron Statement @ 50, New York
University, April 12-13, 2012

[this was posted in the SDS & 60s Leftists - thought
this might be of interest to folks on our list. Some of
us in New York are planning on attending - anyone else
out there??]

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the Port Huron
Statement, the founding document of Students for a
Democratic Society, the New Left activist group, which
along with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating
Committee, helped to transform student politics in the
United States, making universities centers of dissent
and protest on such important issues as the Vietnam
War, racial, gender, and class inequality, free speech
and curricular reform in higher education. The Port
Huron Statement championed ideals of participatory
democracy and grassroots activism, a distinctive hybrid
of egalitarian radicalism and reformism that shaped the
American Left in the early and mid-1960s.

This conference will explore the Port Huron Statement's
history, its legacy, and that of the 1960s more
generally in the struggle for democratic change on
campus and off, in the US and globally. The conference
features both scholars and 60s movement veterans,
including authors of the Port Huron Statement.

All events are free.

For more information or to register, email
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The Port Huron Statement in Historical Perspective
Thursday, April 12, 6:30-8:00 pm Tamiment Library 
70 Washington Square South, 10th Floor NYU

Chair, Martha Noonan (SNCC, SDS) 
Jennifer Frost, The University of Auckland "Putting 
Participatory Democracy into Action: SDS, ERAP, 
and Community Organizing" 
Linda Gordon, NYU History department, "Participatory
democracy from SNCC through Port Huron to Women's
Liberation to Occupy: The strengths and problems of
prefigurative politics" 
Comment: Tom Hayden, Robb Burlage, Todd Gitlin

Keynote Speech, Tom Hayden, "At Port Huron, We Were
Right" Friday, April 13, 9:30 am, Ireland House 
1 Washington Mews NYU

The 1960s and the Re-organization of Knowledge at NYU
Friday, April 13, 10:15-11:45 am Ireland House 1
Washington Mews, NYU 
Chair, Daniel Walkowitz, Metropolitan Studies, NYU 
Jack Tchen for Asian/Pacific/American Studies. NYU 
Awam Ampka, Africana Studies, NYU 
David Moore, for Gallatin School,NYU 
Carol Sternhell, Arthur L. Carter Journalism
Institute, NYU 
Comment: Julie Reuben, Harvard Graduate School of 

Intergenerational Dialogue Between veterans of the
1960s Student Movement and Occupy Wall Street activists
Friday, April 13, 12:30-2:00 pm Ireland House 
Chair, Chuck McDew (SNCC) Tom Hayden, Martha Noonan (60s
veterans) Occupy Wall Street Activists 
Comment: Frances Fox Piven, CUNY Graduate Center

Participatory Democracy at the Grassroots Today: From
Madison and Wall Street to Tahrir Square Friday, April
13, 2:15-4:00 pm Ireland House 
Chair, Marilyn Young, NYU History Department 
Zachary Lockman, NYU Kevorkian Center (Middle East) 
Molly Nolan, NYU History Department (Europe) 
Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, NYU Steinhardt (Latin America) 
Comment: Jeff Goodwin, NYU Sociology Department


Together with the Sidney Hillman Foundation, we are
pleased to invite you to a labor breakfast forum titled
"The 2012 Elections: Is a Multi-Racial Working-Class
Coalition Still Possible?" to be held on Friday, April
20th, 2012, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Murphy
Institute, CUNY, 25 W. 43rd St. 18th Floor, New York

[The Murphy Institute is part of the School for
Professional Studies and the Graduate School and
University Center The City University of New York]

Major shifts have occurred in the demographic
composition of the Democratic coalition, due both to
the ongoing loss of white working-class voters and to
substantial increases in minority voters, millennial
voters, and educated white urban voters.  What do these
shifts portend?  Will the Democratic Party and its
constituents forego the greater class-based coherence
of a multi-racial coalition like that of the New Deal,
which drew on the allegiance of working-class whites
and racial, ethnic, and religious minorities?  If so,
what are the likely implications?  If not, how can
organized labor and its allies help reconstruct a
multi-racial working-class coalition in the twenty-
first century?

Helping to elucidate the changing contours of U.S.
electoral politics and how the parties are likely to
approach them are two well-known electoral analysts,
Ruy Teixiera, Senior Fellow at the Center for American
Progress and author most recently of Red, Blue and
Purple America: The Future of Election Demographics;
and Thomas B. Edsall, award-winning journalist and
author of five books, including Building Red America.
Ana AvendaƱo, Assistant to the President and Director
of Immigration and Community Action at the AFL-CIO,
will join their analysis from a labor movement
perspective, focusing particularly on the diverse
priorities of Latino voters. Dorian Warren, professor
of international and public affairs at Columbia
University, will frame and moderate the discussion.

Given the timeliness and importance of this forum we
are especially pleased to be able to partner with the
Sidney Hillman Foundation.  Please RSVP by April 16th
to Eloiza Morales at 212-642-2029 or
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We look forward to seeing you.


Greg Mantsios  - Executive Director

Paula Finn - Associate Director

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