Conference Themes

The conference will be organized loosely along three themes:

Capitalism and Crisis

An entire generation has grown up with low wages, unaffordable housing and health care, police brutality, barbaric immigration enforcement, unending US wars, the destruction of our planet, and relentless attacks on all oppressed people.

We welcome contributions that address UNDERSTANDING CAPITALISM; CAPITALISM AND OPPRESSION; IMPERIALISM AND COLONIALISM; THE ECOLOGICAL CRISIS; and CRITICAL/ANTI-CAPITALIST PHILOSOPHIES

History

To prepare for the fights ahead, we have to study the struggles that came before us.

We welcome contributions that address HISTORY OF SOCIAL STRUGGLES AND MOVEMENTS; HISTORY OF THE LABOR MOVEMENT; HISTORY OF ORGANIZATIONS AND PARTIES; LEGACIES OF PARTICULAR THINKERS AND ACTIVISTS

Resistance Today; Mapping the Future

Multiple struggles have exploded in the US for the first time in decades. Millions have flooded the streets against right wing populism. #MeToo has called the pervasive sexism in society into question. Thirteen million people voted for socialist Bernie Sanders for President. Insurgent socialist candidacies continue to upend longstanding politicians. Socialist organizations keep growing. Where do we go from here?

We welcome contributions that address ORGANIZING LABOR TODAY; SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND GRASSROOTS RESISTANCE; CULTURE OF RESISTANCE; INTERSECTING STRUGGLES AND PERSPECTIVES, SOCIALIST STRATEGIES FOR ELECTIONS; BUILDING POWER; INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY.