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Boston Socialist Unity Conference 2017
The 2nd annual Boston Socialist Unity Project Conference (BSUP2) is a powerhouse of ideas and organizing!
Friday, April 21, 7:00 PM
The opening night event features Barbara Madeloni (Union President, Massachusetts Teachers Association) and Eugene Puryear (Millions for Prisoners). Boston’s own Foundation Movement, conscious hip hop artists, open the evening and Swiss-based Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore bring Irish revolutionary songs to the closing. (Registration opens at 6:00 p.m. / program begins at 7:00 p.m.)
Saturday, April 22, 9:00 AM
On Saturday (registration opens 9:00 a.m. / program begins 10:00 a.m.), Sherri Mitchell (Land Peace Foundation) and Fred Magdoff (University of Vermont) connect indigenous organizing and environmental movements with the struggles to get beyond capitalism and build socialist movements. Our lunchtime plenary presents political strategies for challenging the system: it features Socialist Alternative, the Green-Rainbow Party, the Socialist Party of Boston, Our Revolution, the Communist Party USA of Greater Boston, and the Party for Socialism and Liberation.
With recent expanded armed actions by the US in Syria, Vijay Prashad’s closing plenary speech on Imperialism could not be more important and timely!
Two sessions of five to six participatory workshops will showcase movement-building work and feature many of our plenary speakers (Mitchell, Magdoff, Prashad, Callahan, and Puryear). It will also draw in some of the most important and exemplary movement work being performed by the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, the Boston Institute for Non-Profit Journalism, MIT’s Student Activist Coalition, and Socialists on Single-Payer. Their topics include indigenous organizing and solidarity, housing and the city, education, media organizing, building movements for racial justice, the peace movement, and imperialism. Additional workshops address music and revolution, and community control of the police.
Breakfast and lunch options available with MIT vendors and Food Not Bombs.
Everyone is welcome, $10 suggested donation; nobody turned away for lack of funds.