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Boston Socialist Unity Project – Annual Conference
April 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - April 22, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
The 2nd annual Boston Socialist Unity Project Conference (BSUP2) is a powerhouse of ideas and organizing!
The opening night event features Barbara Madeloni (Union President, Massachusetts Teachers Association) and Eugene Puryear (Millions for Prisoners). Boston’s own Foundation Movement, conscious hip hop artists, open the evening and Swiss-based Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore bring Irish revolutionary songs to the closing. [Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 7:00 p.m., MIT Building 34-101, 50 Vassar Street]
On Saturday (9-5 pm) Sherri Mitchell (Land Peace Foundation) and Fred Magdoff (University of Vermont) connect indigenous organizing and environmental movements with the struggles to get beyond capitalism and build socialist movements. Our lunchtime plenary presents political strategies for challenging the system: it features the Democratic Socialists of America, the Green-Rainbow Party, Our Revolution, and the Socialist Party (list in formation).
With recent US armed action in Syria, Vijay Prashad’s closing plenary speech on Imperialism could not be more important and timely!
Two sessions of five to six participatory workshops will showcase movement-building work and feature many of our plenary speakers (Mitchell, Magdoff, Prashad, and Puryear). It will also draw in some of the most important and exemplary movement work being performed by City Life/Vida Urbana, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, the Boston Institute for Non-Profit Journalism, MIT’s Student Activist Coalition, and Socialists on Single-Payer. Their topics include indigenous organizing and solidarity, housing and the city, education, media organizing, building movements for racial justice, the peace movement, and imperialism.
Breakfast and lunch options available with MIT vendors, Food for Activists, and Food Not Bombs.
Everyone is welcome, $10 suggested donation (online); nobody turned away for lack of funds.