Starting Date: 08-13-2004
Ending Date: 08-15-2004
New York City, New York
212-727-8610***post far and wide***
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Students, Youth & the Dump Bush Movement
August 13-15, New York City
"The Fightback" will focus on the immediate tasks of the Dump Bush movement,
mobilizing for the protests against the Republican National Convention, and
developing effective strategies for long-term social change. "The Fightback"
will feature speakers and workshops of interest to all progressives, and
offer resources and activist training for students who want to organize
campaigns and engage with young people on their campuses around the 2004
The timing is perfect, as the conference takes place shortly before many
students start the fall semester. It's time for youth and students to fight
back against the Bush regime and the elite it represents! We need to beat
back the corporate attack on working class and poor people -- and create a
movement to radically improve America in the interests of democracy, peace
and social justice.
-Hear from student movement leaders from other countries, including members
of the International Union of Socialist Youth - the largest youth political
coalition in the world.
-Learn how to conduct get-out-the-vote election campaigns, do issue
education work related to the 2004 elections and build the movement that
will hold the next administration accountable.
-Hear speakers such as Ian Williams (author of the new book, "Deserter:
George W. Bush's War on Military Families, Veterans and His Past"), Frances
Fox Piven (author of "Poor People's Movements" and "Why Americans Don't
Vote") and Bill Fletcher (President of TransAfrica Forum).
-Discuss the history, theory and everyday practice of democratic socialism.
Work to strengthen the democratic left in America.
-Have fun with like minded-activists. Party on Saturday night (August 14).
*RESOURCES & WORKSHOP THEMES*
-Everyone who attends "The Fightback" will be given a comprehensive resource
packet full of information, how-to guides, talking points and articles to
help you conduct successful campaigns, organize teach-ins and build
-There will be an opening plenary Friday night entitled "Towards a
Progressive Governing Majority" with notable speakers and a forum on
Saturday, "Confronting the RNC: Strategy, Messaging and Movement Building,"
with key protest organizers.
-In addition to several panel discussions and trainings, there will be a
series of workshops on: workers' rights/labor movement * civil
liberties/security * the Iraq war/US. military interventions * civil
rights/fighting racism * the environment/energy policy *
feminism/reproductive rights * Israel/Palestine * LGBTQ rights/gay marriage
* the U.S. economy/global capitalism. These workshops will inform you about
the Bush administration's record on the issues, how John Kerry's positions
compare, progressive alternatives to pro-corporate policies and how we can
organize to win our demands.
-There will be books, t-shirts, stickers, videos, magazine subscription
discounts and free give-aways for conference attendants.
LIMITED TRAVEL SUBSIDIES AND HOUSING AVAILABLE!
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"THE FIGHTBACK" is organized by the Young Democratic Socialists.
On Sunday, the last day of the conference, we will develop our activist
agenda for the year and elect YDS national leadership. We encourage you to
TO GET INVOLVED or for MORE INFO check out: www.ydsusa.org or contact us at:
/ 212-727-8610 ext. 24
Geographical Scope: National