Envisioning and Strategically Building a Just Society at the Left Forum

June 2, 2017 -
10:00am to 11:45am
John Jay College of Criminal Justice 899 10th Avenue New York, NY 10019

Envisioning & Strategically Building a Just Society through Organizing and Policy

Saturday, June 3 Session 1: 10:00 - 11:50 am  Room 183

With inequities of power and wealth out of control, democracy and our planet under threat, and the most basic of human needs denied to millions, there is growing recognition that we need a new social contract that fundamentally reshapes our social and economic arrangements. But what would that look like, and how can we get there from where we are today?

A human rights vision of targeted universalism -- built on the pillars of universal public goods, equity and participatory democracy - provides a powerful counterweight to the current politics of divisiveness and opens strategic opportunities to build power through grassroots, member-led campaigns that move transformative policies at the local, state and federal levels. This session will include a presentation and participatory group discussion on new models in housing, education, energy, health care and other spheres that offer the potential to build a fundamentally different future.


Cathy Albisa, Executive Director, NESRI

Nadia Mohamed, Development & Communications Manager, NESRI

Ben Palmquist, Campaign Manager, NESRI


Register for the Left Forum here, which runs from June 2-4, 2017.

Now in its 13th year, Left Forum has grown into one the largest annual convergences of the left. The 2016 conference featured over 350 workshops/panels, multiple musical performances and film screenings, a comedy show, and a large grassroots-organization/book fair. In 2016, over 4000 people - including artists, activists, and great thinkers from around the globe - were drawn to NYC to engage in critical discussions and debates, build coalititions, socialize with new friends and long-time allies, learn, reflect, and strategize for a new future. Building our collective strength as a movement and as a community committed to social justice is more important than ever. Join us for Left Forum 2017.