Left Forum 2011

J. K. Fowler

Hope Acevedo and Mariano Diaz are from St. John's University. Sade Vaughn, originally from Baltimore, Maryland is a senior at St. John’s University in Queens, New York. She is majoring in sociology with an interest in criminology, urban sociology, social movements, and drugs and education. Sade’ is the vice president of AKD (Sociology Honor Society) on St. John’s University campus and a member of Sociology Club as well as an assistant mentor for the Asian and International Mentoring Program on campus (Project AIM).

Shaun Randol

In this interview, Shakoor Aljuwani of Co-op Power speaks about the intersection of democracy and economics, economic justice, green jobs, urban renewal, the opportunity of the Left today for economic justice, Barack Obama's economic policies, and more.

J. K. Fowler

Michael Perelman is a well known and well published author of articles and books on the uselessness of mainstream economics and the appropriateness of Marxist economics.

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Tamara Stenn is an instructor of economics and fair trade at Keene State College, NH.Long time Fair Trader, activist, owner/founder of KUSIKUY Clothing Company, a fair trade, natural alpaca knitwear company with production in Bolivia since 1996. The founder of Ayllu, Inc. a non profit organization which educates consumers about Fair Trade. Stenn is now finishing her doctoral dissertation “Comercio Justo and Justice: An Examination of Fair Trade and its Impact on Indigenous Bolivian Knitters.

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Shaun Randol

In this interview, Salvatore Engel-Di Mauro discusses the intersection of capitalism and growth, where the concept of de-growth fits in with economic conceptions, and debates within the Left on these ideas. Engel-Di Mauro is the senior editor of the journal Capitalism Nature Soicalism.

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Rodney North is from The Answer Man & worker-owner at Equal Exchange, the co-operative that pioneered Fair Trade foods and beverages in the US in the 1980’s, and who today imports millions of pounds of Fair Trade coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar and bananas from 40 small-farmer co-ops around the world. Rodney North is responsible for the co-op’s public relations. He is also one of the 95 worker-owners of the co-op and a former member of the Board of Directors. 

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J. K. Fowler

Dan LaBotz has been an anti-war activist, a community and labor organizer, educator, andauthor of numerous books. He ran for the U.S. Senate last year in Ohio as the candidate of the Socialist Party. In recent years, he has taught Spanish in Cincinnati where he teaches Spanish at a local elementary school in Cincinnati, while being active in local causes involving the rights of workers, African Americans, and Latino immigrants. 

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Luciana Castellina is a political, journalist and writer, Italian, a member of the Italian Communist Party, from the Manifesto of the Party of Proletarian Unity for Communism, of Proletarian Democracy, the Communist Refoundation and the Movement of Unitarian Communists, formerly European Parliamentary Assembly. He was a member of the PCI from 1947 until 1969, when it entered the so-called Group of Il Manifesto, which then, in 1974, will merge with other minority socialist-inspired, to give birth to the Party of Proletarian Unity for Communism.

Shaun Randol

In this interview with economics professor Lisi Krall, we discuss economics, the idea of de-growth, capitalism, urbanization, the structure of economies, the morality of economics, and more. Krall is the author of Proving Up: Domesticating Land in U.S. History (SUNY, 2010). Here's a little bit about that book:

Shaun Randol

In this interview with writer, director, performer, and theater maker Kayhan Irani, we discuss the importance of art and artists in social movements, her experience working with artists in war-torn Afghanistan, the roles of artists in conflict zones like Libya and Egypt, as well as the role of artists on the American homefront.

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