Fall/Winter 2016: All Forums are at 7pm(more forums will be announced)
Friday, April 7
How bad it is and what we can do about it
Les Leopold talks about his current book, Runaway Inequality: An Activist’s Guide to Economic Justice (Labor Institute Press, 2015), he is the author of How to Make a Million Dollars an Hour: Why Financial Elites get away with siphoning off America’s Wealth ; The Looting of America: How Wall Street’s Game of Fantasy Finance destroyed our Jobs, Pensions and Prosperity, and What We Can Do About It, , The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor: The Life and Times of Tony Mazzocchi. The Mazzocchi story won the Independent Publisher Award for best biography.
The James Connolly Forum is held in the Troy, New York neighborhood where Connolly lived in Troy for several years in the early twentieth century. 96 Ingalls Avenue, his main residence while he was in Troy, is only a few blocks away from the Oakwood Community Center, where the forum is held. Just down the hill on 8th, as it happens, is the former home of Kate Mullaney , the pioneering organizer of female laundry workers in Troy. The house is now recognized as a national historic site. The forum is regularly co-sponsored by labor and activist groups, like the Troy Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, and the Media Alliance. The Oakwood Community Center was formerly the Oakwood Presbyterian Church, whose origins go back to the abolitionist movement. Steeped in this history, the forum prides itself in welcoming speakers in the Connolly tradition.
“When I think about reassembling something that looks like the networks that sustained the old Socialist Party of America and its organs like Appeal to Reason, I think to the example of the James Connolly Forum. It’s warm, welcoming, accessible, and sorely in need of replication.”
Bhaskar Sunkara: Editor: Jacobin Magazine