The Current Political Balance and Strategies for Progressive Political Action

A Public Political Forum, Sponsored by the KPFK Community Advisory Board

Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

The New Peace Center, 3916 Sepulveda Boulevard, Culver City


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The KPFK Community Advisory Board will be sponsoring a post-election public forum to assess “The Current Political Balance and Strategies for Progressive Political Action”.  Join us for discussion, and some debate, about what progressive forces need to focus on in this period.
The post-election strategy of the corporate Right is already well in motion. The Tea Party and the broader radical right-wing movement it represents dominated the public discourse surrounding the recent national elections and has successfully established a political beach-head for itself in the U.S. Congress! What is to be done?

Program:

7:00 p.m.- 8:15 p.m.

— A panel of speakers from local activist organizations dealing with critical issues:

a) Tenant Struggles: (Speaker to be announced).

b) Workplace struggles: HERE-UNITE rep., dealing with the strikes at the Hollywood and Century City Hyatt Hotels

c) The Struggle for Green Jobs and A Full-Employment Economy: Kokayi Kwa Jitahidi, LAANE

d) Solidarity w/ Oppressed Communities in the Struggle to Stop Police Violence and Murders: Jubilee Shine, Coalition for Community Control Over the Police

e) Dispossessing the U.S. Working Class— Mortgage Foreclosures and the Power of the Banks: The Coffee Party of Los Angeles

f) Defending Our Health and Social Services Against Budget Cuts—Susan Forrest, HIV Resource Specialist

8:15 – 9:30 pm

The second panel will be a discussion/debate about what strategy should be pursued in the broader context of electoral politics, and its’ relationship to other avenues of struggle, particularly given the emergence of the Tea Party and other extreme right-wing movements. This panel will be made up of the following groups and speakers:

  • The Peace and Freedom Party— Cindy Henderson
  • The Progressive Democrats— Tom Camarella, PDLA
  • The Green Party—Eugene Hernandez, San Fernando Valley Greens
  • The Coffee Party— (Speaker to be announced.)
  • The Party of Socialism and Liberation—(Muna Coobtee)

The Second panel will be moderated and introduced by Jim Lafferty of the National Lawyers’ Guild.

Join us at this critical juncture in the political evolution of the United States. Free Parking on-site. Refreshments will be provided.

Note: This forum will simply serve to open some discussion of the issues. There will be several follow-up forums that will give greater time for dialogue and discussion and debate among the participants after the first of the new year.

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