Political Economy of the 99%:
Today and Tomorrow

4:00 pm Friday, August 10 - 1:00 pm Monday, August 13

Epworth Center, High Falls, NY

Program scheduling in progress. Please keep checking back for updates!
Most recent update August 6


The goal of this year's conference is to bring together radical political economists and Occupy activists from around the country (some people are both) to explore transformative strategies and alternatives to capitalism and the status quo. The Occupy movement demands of all of us that we bring together theory and practice. Thus the conference will explore the power of the 1%, what it is based on, and how this power is exercised, economically, politically and militarily, both within the United States and internationally. At the same time, it will explore the challenges that the Occupy movement is raising to this power and the new ways in which it is addressing this through its practice to bring about a just society, free of exploitation and oppression. Since the design of this year's conference structure endeavors to be collaborative between Occupy and URPE, it can and will be adjusted as the conference date nears, in order to reflect the interests and needs of the participants.


FRIDAY, AUGUST 10

4:00 – 6:00 REGISTRATION AND SIGN-UP FOR WORKSHOPS BEGIN

6:15 – 7:30 DINNER

7:45 – 9:30 WELCOMING DIALOGUE
What is URPE? What is Occupy? Why are we here today?

Amin Husain, OWS Direct Action/Co-editor of OWS publication Tidal
Paddy Quick, URPE Steering Committee
Chris Sturr, Dollars and Sense/URPE/Occupy Boston
Kelley Wolcott, OWS Occupy the Department of Education
and contributions from all

9:45 – 11:30 Socializing

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11

8:00 – 9:00 BREAKFAST


9:15 – 11:00 Plenary 1:
CONFRONTING THE 1%

Jackie DiSalvo, NYC Occupy Activist
Hernán Cortés, Indignados and Ubuntu Forum Policy Officer (Spain)
Isabel Ortiz, Economist, International Organizations
Kazembe Balagun, Brecht Forum
Chris Rude, URPE


11:15 – 12:45: WORKSHOPS SESSION A
1. Occupy and Labor (Nastaran Mohit [OWS 99 Pickets], Kelley Wolcott, Maria Fehlig)
2. What is money? Part I (Fred Moseley, James Felkerson, Jim Costanzo, Seth Ackerman)
3. What does Occupy want/need to learn about Radical Political Economy? An open, unstructured discussion.

12:45 – 1:45 LUNCH

2:00 – 3:30 FREE TIME & RECREATION. Relax with friends; explore the beautiful hiking trails.

3:30 – 5:00: WORKSHOPS SESSION B
1. Movement building I (Jackie DiSalvo, Natasha Singh [co-host of "Tidal" WBAI radio], Shen Tong [99% Solidarity], Ron Suarez [OWS TechOps], Peter Marcuse [Columbia])
2. Radical economic theories of the current crisis (Fred Moseley)
3. Dealing with Debt (Barry Herman and Winter Casuccio)
4. Arab Spring (Chris Doran [Indiana University], Fadhel Kaboub [Denison University], Hamideh Sedghi, Younes Abouyoub)
5. Strengthen the Social Safety Net and Defeat the Attacks (Brent Kramer, Michelle Holder, Renee Toback)

5:00 – 6:00 FREE TIME

6:00 – 7:30 DINNER

7:45 – 9:15 Plenary 2:
TRANSFORMATIVE STRATEGIES AND THE FUTURE

Alberto Corbino, College of Global Studies at Arcadia University, Rome
DeAnn McEwen, Vice-President, National Nurses United
David Laibman, URPE
Joe Ramsey, Occupy Boston
The discussion will encompass various alternatives to capitalism.

9:45 – 11:30 Entertainment and Socializing

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12

8:00 – 9:00 BREAKFAST

The day will be spent in workshops. Each workshop is asked to designate one person to report on the content of the discussion at the Sunday evening session.

9:15 – 10:45: WORKSHOPS SESSION C
1. Occupy and the commons (Maria Byck [Commons Coalition], Bahareh Sayedi [Making Worlds], Ron Suarez [OWS TechOps], Jim Costanzo [OWS Occupy Museums], Sara Burke [URPE and Making Worlds])
2. Europe and the euro crisis (Paddy Quick, Alberto Corbino, Michel Kervyn)
3. What is money? Part II (Nathan Tankus, Chris Rude)
4. Government economic policies - what should be done? (Tim Koechlin, Andy Felkerson)
5. Open Source Technology and the Revolution (Devin Balkind, Drew Hornbein, Leah Feder)

11:00 – 12:30: WORKSHOPS SESSION D
1. Designing Socialism (Al Campbell and David Laibman)
2. Inequality (Isabel Ortiz, Sara Burke, Amin Husain, Eric Schutz)
3. Economic Rights as Human Rights (Waleska Cabrera, Brendan Mark)
4. Institutions of finance (Julio Huato, Chris Rude, Michael Clark, Alberto Corbino)
5. Student debt: Education is not a commmodity (Sue Meaney, Ann Larson, Chris Cassucio [Occupy Student Debt])

12:45 – 2:00 LUNCH

2:00 – 3:00 Free time

3:00 – 4:30: WORKSHOPS SESSION E
1. Role of the State in capitalist societies (Jerry Joffe)
2. Gender and class contradiction in capitalism (Paddy Quick)
3. Cuba and Venezuela today (Al Campbell)
4. Money, finance, and crises: a discussion among presenters in all related workshops
5. Immigration policy and the lives and struggles of migrant workers (Paul Hancock [Green Mountain College], Alex Julca [UNDP])

4:45 – 6:15: WORKSHOPS SESSION F
1. Occupy's experience with technology and media (Jack Hammond, Bhaskar Sunkara)
2. Solidarity Economies (Michel Kervyn, Michael Johnson, Alberto Corbino, Peg Rapp)
3. Environmental Struggles (Maarten De Kadt, Joel Kupferman)
4. Movement building II: Linking National and International Efforts (Kelly Cooghan-Gehr [National Nurses United], Hernán Cortés [Indignados and Ubuntu Forum Policy Officer], Sara Burke [URPE and Making Worlds])

6:30 – 7:30 DINNER

7:45 – 9:30 EVENING DIALOGUE
The objective of this session will be to get reports back from the workshop/discussion sessions, with particular emphasis on areas of unity and on unresolved questions and issues. It will contribute to the follow up discussions on Monday morning.

9:45 – 11:30 Entertainment and Socializing

MONDAY, AUGUST 13

Please clear all tents before breakfast.

8:00 – 9:00 BREAKFAST

9:00 – 10:30 Organizing by issues, programs or activities

10:45 – 12:00 What role can URPE play in our movement?

12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH

CONFERENCE ENDS

 

 

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