Cornel West @ Left Forum (18-Mar-2011)





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Published on Mar 19, 2011


Laura Flanders, Paul Mason, Cornel West, Barbara Ehrenreich and Frances Fox Piven kick off day 1 at The Left Forum 2011: Towards a Politics of Solidarity

March 19, 2011

By James Lane

Each spring in New York City, Left Forum gathers intellectuals and activists from around the world to address the burning issues of our times. It provides a unique space for the generation of ideas crucial to theorizing and building a resurgent Left. This year's Forum is being held at Pace University in New York City from March 18th to the 20th and features participants from all corners of North America, as well as Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America.

To kick off this year's event Friday night included a very lively plenary that featured Laura Flanders, Paul Mason, Cornel West, Barbara Ehrenreich, Frances Fox Piven and their commentary on the importance of individuals continuing to stand up against injustices in the world today.

Saturday and Sunday' are expected to draw record crowds to the Forum's exhibit hall and countless number panels that will be examining the new forms of far-reaching solidarity that are both necessary and possible to transform our 21st century struggles between workers in the rich world and workers in the global south, indigenous peasants and more affluent consumers, students and pensioners, villagers in the Niger Delta and environmental campaigners in the Gulf of Mexico, marchers and rioters in Greece and Spain, and unionists in the United States and China

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