Los Angeles: Do it Like Durham: Tearing Down Statues & the Role of Militancy in the Current Period
Friday November 3rd from 6pm to 7pm
Los Angeles Trade and Technical College, 400 W Washington Blvd, Rm TE-111
Workers World Party Panel at Left Coast Forum
Which way forward for the movement to counter white supremacy and capitalism? Is the time for increased militance upon us? In terms of reforms, should we seek those that empower the peoples movement toward independent action and away from the ruling class parties of the Republicans and Democrats and build solidarity? Or, should we not concern ourselves with the erosion of solidarity or the reliance on politicians and the parties of the ruling class and just fight for any reforms that we can win immediately, no matter their unsustainable gains or illusions they create about this system? These and other questions will be raised by our panelists who’ve been literally on the front lines of: racist police terror against Black and Brown communities; general strikes in Brazil; various war zones of the U.S. government and more - who also, by the way, are socialists and anti-imperialists fighting for revolution in this country.
Rebecka Jackson-Moeser is an interdisciplinary artist and activist based in Los Angeles, California. She is a MFA graduate of California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) where she studied film and theatrical management with a focus in environmentalism and sustainable art practices. Rebecka’s work as a producer and filmmaker is concentrated on social justice and underrepresented groups in cinema. Rebecka was viciously attacked by police and hospitalized during participation in a protest here in Los Angeles against the police murder of Michael Brown.
Takiyah Thompson is a North Carolina Central University student who climbed the Confederate statue in Durham on Aug. 14 to begin the act of taking it down, two days after white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia attacked anti-racist activists. Thompson was subsequently arrested for the action, along with Loan Tran and 12 others, all facing both felony and misdemeanor charges.
John Parker recently ran for U.S. Senate and is a member of the National Committee of Workers World Party and its presidential candidate in 2004. He works in Los Angeles to help build a unified movement against police terror, U.S. war and for worker and immigrant rights and against racism and homophobia. He traveled with former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark in eyewitness investigations of U.S. war crimes against the people of Iraq, Syria and Sudan and here in the U.S. against the people of Ferguson, Baltimore and Los Angeles.
Jefferson Azevedo is a member of Workers World Party here in Los Angeles who helped organize many of the anti-war and immigrant solidarity rallies from 2002 to the present. He was born in Brazil and while visiting there this year met with leaders of the Brazilian trade union movement that orchestrated the general strike last May of millions in Brazil, which shut down much of the country.