Starting Date: 10-15-2005
University Of Central Oklahoma
Conway, Arkansas 72035
United StatesMID-SOUTH CONFERENCE OF THE LEFT
October 15th at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas.
The Young Democratic Socialists (YDS) are hosting a one-day conference that focuses on the struggle for justice and equality in the American South. The conference will feature panel discussions, interactive workshops and grassroots trainings from groups such as Planned Parenthood, Not With Our Money, the AFL-CIO, the Democratic Party, and various local progressive organizations dealing with the issues facing southern activists.
TOPICS TO BE ADDRESSED INCLUDE:
*The South's ongoing legacy of racism
*The politics & aftermath of Katrina
*Workers' rights & anti-union legislation
*The growing prison industry
*Widespread rural poverty
*Anti-gay ballot initiatives & queer rights
*Working with the media
*Wal-Mart & the low-wage economy (Wal-Mart's HQ is in Arkansas)
*Counter military recruitment
*Art & politics
*Religious progressives & the Christian Right
*Iraq & the anti-war movement
*Living wage campaigns
*Challenging the GOP in "Red State" America
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: CHRISTIAN PARENTI
Parenti is the author of The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq. His articles and ground-breaking reporting regularly appear in The Nation magazine. Parenti is the author of numerous other books including, The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slavery to the War on Terror and Lockdown America: Police and Prisons in the Age of Crisis.
There will also be a presentation on Democratic Socialism & Progressive Politics on Friday evening (Oct. 14) with YDS National Organizer, Lucas Shapiro.
Join us for the friday night social event and a BBQ and party on Saturday.
The Mid-South Conference of the Left is an excellent opportunity for progressive youth and students from the surrounding region to network and have fun with each other.
Limited housing and transportation available.
REGISTER ON-LINE: www.dsausa.org/yds/confreg-ar.html
The conference is $5 for YDS members and $15 for pre-registrants (the $15 special pre-registration rate is only available if paid on-line by October 10th - $20 at the door) Registration is free to UCA students.
For more information email UCA YDS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please email the above address if you have any questions or if you are looking to carpool with activists in your area.
Click here for directions to the UCA campus: www.uca.edu/uca/directions.php
For more information about YDS: www.ydsusa.org
Geographical Scope: Regional