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Preparing for the Rebirth of the Global Struggle for Socialism

Published May 15, 2006 4:08 PM

Conference held May 13-14 in New York city that drew veterans of the struggle as well as people new to the movement. Workers World Party, which is active in helping build resistance to imperialist war and opposing every form of oppression, hosted the conference.


FIRST PLENARY / Opening Panel

Welcoming: Dianne Mathiowetz, Atlanta IAC coordinator; GM worker for 30 years audio listen


  • Berta Joubert-Ceci, Workers World contributing editor; National Committee member from Philadelphia audio listen | video watch
  • LeiLani Dowell, Workers World managing editor; leader of Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST) youth group audio listen | video watch
  • Fred Goldstein, Workers World contributing editor; WWP Secretariat
    audio listen | watch part 1 | part 2 | part 3 | part 4
  • Larry Holmes, WWP Secretariat; Troops Out Now Coalition leader
    audio listen | watch part 1 | part 2 | part 3 | part 4

Second Panel: Forging Class Solidarity; Unity with the Oppressed;
Overcoming Fragmentation in the Movement

Chair: Monica Moorehead, WW newspaper Managing Editor and Secretariat member audio listen | video watch part 1 | part 2


  • Professor Tony Van Der Meer, co-chair, Boston Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Committee audio listen
  • Larry Hales, FIST, community organizer, Denver audio listen
  • Brenda Stokely, leader, Million Worker March Movement; NY Solidarity Coalition with Katrina/Rita Survivorsaudio listen
  • Saladin Muhammad, chair, Black Workers for Justice; Black Workers League, Raleighaudio listen
  • Phebe Eckfeldt, Women’s Fightback Network, and Committee to Defend the Somerville 5, Boston audio listen
SECOND PLENARY: The Workers’ Struggles Have No Borders

First Panel: The Significance of the Immigrant Rights’ Movement

Chair: Teresa Gutierrez, Workers World Party Secretariat member; co-director, IAC; organizer, NY Free the (Cuban) Five Committee audio listen


  • Carlos Canales, Workplace Project, Long Island audio listen
  • Berna Ellorin, Bayan USA; Migrante International audio listen
  • Chris Silvera, chair, Teamsters National Black Caucus audio listen
  • Alejandro Ahumada, Inland Empire Association of the decendants of Joaquin Murieta, Los Angeles audio listen
  • John Parker, West Coast Coordinator, International Action Center, May 1 organizer audio listen
  • Sharon Black, trade unionist audio listen
  • David Hoskins, FIST, Washington, D.C. audio listen
Second Panel: Changing Character and Conditions of the Working Class

Chair: Minnie Bruce Pratt, lesbian author/poe; Workers World contributing audio listen


  • Ruth Vela, FIST, immigrant rights organizer, San Diego audio listen
  • Steve Gillis, vice president USWA Local 8751, Boston, introduces:
    Frantz Mendes, president, USWA Local 8751, Boston audio listen
  • Leslie Feinberg, transgender author, lesbian activist, Workers World managing editor audio listen
  • Martha Grevatt, UAW member; organizer of Pride At Work, AFL-CIO audio listen
  • Peter Gilbert, FIST, Raleigh audio listen

Fighting Imperialism & Building Revolutionary Internationalism

Chair: Cheryl LaBash, a long-time Detroit city worker; organizer for May 20 "Hands off Cuba and Venezuela" demonstration; WW newspaper writer audio listen


  • Nellie Bailey, Harlem Tenants Council; Troops Out Now Coalition leader audio listen
  • Sara Flounders, WWP Secretariat; co-director International Action Center audio listen
  • Ardeshir Ommani, American-Iranian Friendship Committee audio listen
  • Joyce Chediac, Lebanese-American activist audio listen
  • John Choe, Korea Truth Commission audio listen
  • Ignacio Meneses, National Network on Cuba; U.S. Cuba Labor Exchange audio listen
  • Vannia Lara, Dominican organizer audio listen
  • Arturo J. Peréz-Saad, Arab-Puerto Rican organizer, IAC audio download

SUN., MAY 14

Building a Revolutionary Party

Chair: Rachel Nasca, Boston Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Committee; Women’s Fightback Network audio listen


  • Bryan G. Pfeifer, Workers World contributing editor, Boston audio listen

  • Casandra Clark Mazariego, Urban Essence Dance Performance Collaborative; Boston Rosa Parks Human Rights Day Committee audio listen

  • Deirdre Griswold, WWP Secretariat; Workers World editor audio listen
  • Richard Kosali, WW leader, New York City audio listen
  • Susan Farquhar, Detroit Action Network for Reproductive Rights audio listen
  • Yolanda Carrington, FIST, Raleigh audio listen
  • John Catalinotto, Workers World managing editor audio listen