2017 National Conference
Unite to Smash
White Supremacy &
Capitalism! Fight for Socialism!
November 18 – 19 | Newark, NJ – Robert Treat Best Western Plus Hotel (50 Park Place)
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The 2017 Workers World Party conference will convene under the banner: “Unite to Smash White Supremacy and Capitalism! Fight for Socialism!” It will be held Saturday, Nov. 18 and Sunday, Nov. 19 in Newark, N.J. — one of the largest and most impoverished working-class cities in the Northeast, as well as a site of historic anti-racist resistance.
We invite you to what will be a very powerful conference. The gathering will bring together freedom fighters from across the country to strategize about the next steps towards our goal of socialist revolution in the belly of the beast.
This year, the movement has seen everything from the inauguration of arch-bigot Donald Trump to anti-fascist resistance in Charlottesville, Va., and elsewhere, to the toppling of racist Confederate statues from New Orleans to Durham, N.C. It has responded with militant action to the attacks on migrants, women, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, Black and Indigenous people’s lives, youth, low-wage workers, individuals with disabilities — and U.S. military aggression and sanctions targeting north Korea, Venezuela, Syria, China and Russia.
We have watched in horror as colonized Puerto Rico and other oppressed nations suffer from global warming and genocidal U.S. policies, shown clearly by the lack of hurricane relief; the murder of anti-racist activists; state repression of freedom fighters; the repeal of DACA protections for young immigrants; intensified attacks on Muslims; devastating cuts in health care, including attacks on accessible reproductive rights; assaults on workers’ rights; and gentrification.
The deepening global capitalist crisis and actions pursued by the vile, racist, misogynist Trump government are among the many reasons that a new generation of activists is entering the struggle in a way we have not witnessed in some time.
The centennial of the Russian Revolution, along with the 50-year anniversary of Che Guevara’s martyrdom and the Newark Uprising offer critical lessons for going forward to build class consciousness and strengthen an independent, anti-capitalist, revolutionary movement. Our comrades in the street are risking their lives to topple white supremacy. They need our support — a people’s army to back them up!
A highlight of the conference will be a “Commemoration of the Centennial of the Russian Revolution and its Lessons Today,” on Saturday evening, Nov. 18. Join us for dynamic workshops, plenaries, cultural performances and more. As the battle against white supremacy intensifies, we are strategizing a path forward in the fight for socialism.
It is important to make plans quickly: Housing and other arrangements need to be made. Please register today and check back here for regular updates. If you cannot attend, please help sponsor transportation and housing for young and low-income activists.
Saturday, Nov. 18
8a – Registration
9a – 9:30a – Conference Opening
9:30a – 11a – First Plenary: 100 years of global revolution: Celebrating the resistance legacies to Capitalism, Imperialism, & white supremacy
11:30a – 12:45p: Workshop Block I including discussions on the changing character of the working class and the workers struggle; Marxism 101; building resistance to U.S. imperialism at home and abroad; austerity and disaster capitalism from Puerto Rico to Detroit; Indigenous people’s struggle and the migrant crisis; abolishing the police, ICE and the capitalist state; and more!
12:45p – 1:30p: Lunch + History of Struggle Presentations
1:30p – 2:30p: Second Plenary: Building Unity + Solidarity to Defeat White Supremacy & Capitalism
2:45p – 4:15p: Workshop Block II – developing proposals to fightback
4:15p – 4:30p: Reportbacks and summary from small group discussions
4:30p – 5:30p: Third Plenary: Redefining the New Multi-National, Multi-Gendered Working Class Under Capitalism at a Dead End and Its Revolutionary Potential
6p – 8p: Dinner, self-organized space and caucus discussions
8p – 11p – Commemoration of the Russian Revolution’s Centennial and its Lessons Today – including music, art, poetry, presentations from international guests, and more!
Sunday, Nov. 19
9:30a – Registration
10a – 11:15a – Workshop Block III
11:30a – 12:45p – Open floor discussion
12p – 12:45p – Lunch
12:45p – 2p: A Better World’s In Birth – Join the Revolutionary Fight for Socialism! Join A Revolutionary Organization!