FULL SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED BY FRIDAY AUGUST 5TH
Friday, August 20th
Beyond Bush: An Evening of Visionary Resistance
Featuring Naomi Klein, Vijay Prashad, Michael Albert, and Robin Kelley.
Also showing, footage from the groundbreaking documentary, The Fourth World War. From Big Noise Films, the makers of This is What Democracy Looks Like. See it before it is released in NYC!
Saturday, August 21st
10:00 - 11:00AM
Registration + Breakfast
11:00 - 1:00PM
Contours of Capitalism
1:00 - 2:00PM
2:00 - 3:45PM
Perspectives on Power
4:00 - 6:00PM
Perspective on Power Break-out
Sunday, August 22nd
10:30 - 11:00
11:00am - 1:00PM
Envisioning Another World
1:00 - 2:00PM
2:00 - 3:45PM
4:00 - 6:00PM
Organizing Strategies Break-out Discussions
While the protests around the RNC will give us the chance to collectively raise our voices in opposition to the direction that this government is taking us - many of us realize that the problems that we face run much deeper then simply the Bush administration, the Democrats, or this upcoming current election cycle. What we face are institutional problems, problems which will only be challenged and ultimately overcome by imaginative and broad based social movements - not ballot boxes.
An Untraditional Forum
Life After Capitalism 2004 aims at contributing to this process by providing a space for activists - in the run up to the intense mobilization period - to reflect on the importance of long term vision, strategy, and face to face relationship building. We also seek to bring together and give voice to the (non-sectarian) anti capitalist left in the United States.
With this in mind, Life After Capitalism is a conference that is being organized with hopes of not replicating the style and approach of traditional conferences, which are often alienating and dry. Rather, Life After Capitalism is an attempt to create a space within which a fresh, interactive, and creative gathering can take place.
Those of us who have been collaborating over the months to make this gathering a reality share the vision below, one that we imagine is also shared by many who have agreed to participate, facilitate, present, translate, or involve themselves in some active way.
We envision a space in which all voices are heard, and see the concept of "horizontalism" as a goal and a tool. It implies directly democratic discussions, seeing and hearing one another in our full humanity, and confronting the power hierarchies that we observe amongst ourselves. Given that we all still live under the shadow of capitalism and its affects our behavior and psyches, we know that it is necessary for us to put great amounts of energy and thought into structuring egalitarian and provocative conversations, ones in which all of our voices and ideas can thrive.
All of us participating in the conference have various experiences and thoughts on all the topics being discussed, from those of us who have spent most of our adult lives contemplating a particular subject, to those of us who are now just thinking about certain things for the first time. There are those of us who are creating alternative power in our communities, and those of us who are still very much in the dreaming stage. There are those of us who may be perceived as thinking we have the "answers", as well as those who might be perceived as not seeing "answers" as important. We are trying to create a space in which none of us assumes where another is coming from, or their motivation for speaking or participating.
Throughout each discussion, we hope that everyone can share inspiration and challenges and make each session a place for reflection and growth. We are really looking forward to this weekend and invite people to not simply attend, but to see this gathering as all of ours. We believe that this weekend could be a much needed space for nurturing ourselves, our movements as well as encouraging new and different ways of interacting with one another.