[WSF-Discuss] Speakers for the Saturday Night Plenary - Black Liberation & the Sanders Groundswell: Prospects for Left Unity

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 Black Liberation and the Sanders Groundswell:
 Prospects for Left Unity 
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KEEANGA-YAMAHTTA TAYLOR

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Featured Speaker) is author of _From
#BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation_, published by Haymarket Books in
January 2016. Dr. Cornel West has described Taylor's book as, "This
brilliant book is the best analysis we have of the #BlackLivesMatter moment
of the long struggle for freedom in America." Her interests are in race and
public policy, Black politics and racial inequality in the United States. 

Taylor's writing has been published in _Souls: A Critical Journal of Black
Politics_, _Culture and Society_, _Al Jazeera America_, _The Guardian_,
_Jacobin_, _In These Times_, _New Politics_, _The Black Commentator_,
_Black Agenda Report_, _Ms. Magazine_, and other publications. 

Taylor is Assistant Professor in African American Studies at Princeton
University. . 

Kshama Sawant (Featured Speaker) is an activist who brings a passion for
social justice to her work. As a member of the Seattle City Council, now in
her second term, she has been a voice for workers, youth, and the
oppressed. After earning her PhD in economics, Kshama moved to Seattle and
began teaching at Seattle Central Community College, Seattle University,
and the University of Washington Tacoma. She joined Socialist Alternative
in 2009, and since then has helped organize demonstrations for marriage
equality, participated in the movement to end the wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan, and was a leading presence in the Occupy Movement. In November
2013, she defeated a 16-year incumbent Democrat to become the first
socialist elected in a major US city in decades and the only Councilmember
in Seattle outside the Democratic Party establishment. Kshama has
consistently used her position to expose the ties between powerful
corporate interests and a majority of the city's politicians - all
Democrats. After being at the forefront of the movement that won a $15/hour
minimum wage, Kshama helped win critical funding for homeless people in the
City budget 

 KSHAMA SAWANT

AUGUST H. NIMTZ

_ 		August H. Nimtz (Featured Speaker), came of age in Jim Crow New Orleans
and was politically forged by the Civil Rights movement, Black nationalism,
the Cuban revolution and other Third World revolutionary upheavals of the
nineteen sixties and seventies. He is professor of political science and
African American and African Studies and member of the Academy of
Distinguished Teachers at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis,
Minnesota. In addition to Islam and Politics in East Africa_ (1980)--based
on research carried out in Tanzania from 1968 to 1970--he is the author of
_Marx and Engels: Their Contribution to the Democratic Breakthrough_
(2000), _Marx, Tocqueville, and Race in America_ (2003). His most recent
book is the two-volume, _Lenin's Electoral Strategy--The Ballot, the
Streets--or Both _(2014). As well he has written numerous related articles
in edited volumes, journals and the popular press such as most recently
"Violence and/or Nonviolence in the Success of the Civil Rights Movement:
The Malcolm X-Martin Luther King, Jr. Nexus, _New Political Science _(April
2016)., He was a member of the Socialist Workers Party from 1972 to 1995
during which he was active in the short-lived National Black Independent
Political Party. Since 1991 he is the co-coordinator of the Minnesota Cuba
Committee. 

Debbie Bookchin (Featured Speaker) is an investigative journalist, author,
and former press secretary to U.S. Congressman Bernie Sanders. She has
published in The Nation, Atlantic Monthly, HarperCollins' Best Science
Writing and many other venues. She is coauthor of The Virus and the Vaccine
(St. Martin's Press, 2004) and recently coedited and introduced a new book
of essays by her father, Murray Bookchin, called The Next Revolution:
Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy (Verso Books, 2015).


 

DEBBIE BOOKCHIN

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