[URPE] Two events in NYC on the UN and the Economic Crisis
chris.rude at glovesoff.org
Tue Jun 23 10:19:15 MDT 2009
GLOVES OFF SPONSORS TWO EVENTS IN NYC AT THE BRECHT FORUM, JUNE 23 AND 27,
The current president of the United Nations General Assembly, Father Miguel
d'Escoto (a priest in the liberation tradition and Foreign Minister for a
decade in the first Sandanista administration) has seized on the occasion of
the economic crisis to push for a Summit June 24-26 at the UN. The Gloves
Off Collective, in collaboration with Social Watch, is sponsoring two events
at the Brecht <http://brechtforum.org/> Forum, 451 West Street (between
Bank St. and Bethune St.) in NYC.
Towards a People-Centered
Alternative Responses to the Economic Crisis
Tuesday, June 23rd, 7pm - 9pm
This event will be a warm up to the UN conference and features social
movements organizing for solutions to the economic crisis, against the G-20
and for the ìG-192î (all countrys in the United Nations).
Panelists: Pedro Paez, Former Minister of Economic Coordination, Ecuador and
member of UN Commission of Experts on the crisis ï Sarah Anderson, Institute
for Policy Studies ï Arjun Karki, LDC Watch (Nepal) ï Steve Suppan,
Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy and Our World is Not for Sale
Network ï Diana Aguiar, International Gender and Trade Network ï Larry
Holmes, Bail Out the People Movement (NYC) ï Jana Silverman, Social Watch
will be the moderator.
is-houtart> A Round-Table with WSF Founding Activist François Houtart
Saturday, June 27th, 1pm - 3pm
For activists in the US, the UN conference on the Economic Crisis represents
an "eruption" into the usual politics of the General Assembly. What does it
mean to the Left in the US? How are we to relate to it?
This panel looks at the origins of this unique conference both in it's
challenge to the G20's handling of the economic crisis and in the context of
the history of recent Latin American liberation struggles, from Nicaragua to
Venezuela to Bolivia. In his time as a Sandinista Foreign Minister in the
1980s d'Escoto successfully brought the United States before the
International Court of Justice for its paramilitary activities in Latin
America. He also openly criticized both Israeli policy in the occupied
Palestinian territories and US policy under the 2nd Bush administration for
"acts of aggression" in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This round-table is a chance for activists and scholars organizing around
the global economic crisis to engage with one of General Assembly President
d'Escoto's personal representatives to the experts UN council and to look
beneath the surface of conference politics.
Panelists: François Houtart, Marxist priest, founder of Centre
Tricontinental, member of the World Social Forum International Council, and
d'Escoto-appointed member of the UN/Stiglitz Experts Commission on the
Global Economic Crisis, Michele Kervyn, writes on the history and political
economy of Latin America, David Wilson, co-author The Politics of
Immigration: Questions and Answers, and Chris Rude, Gloves Off, currently
engaged in a theoretical proposal toward a democratic socialist
nationalization of the US financial system.
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