Build the Left, Fight the Right
Socialism 2006
June 22–25, 2006
Columbia University, New York City

*Voices of a People's History of the United States -- dramatic readings from Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove's book featuring leading actors from Hollywood and Broadway, including Lili Taylor, Wallace Shawn, Christina Kirk, Josh Hamilton, John Sayles, and many others; introduced by Anthony Arnove
* Friendly Fire: A conversation between Giuliana Sgrena and Amy Goodman -- in which the Italian journalist who was kidnapped in Iraq, then almost killed when fired upon by U.S. forces, speaks in the U.S. for the first time
* Soldiers Speak Out Against the War -- featuring Kelly Doughtery, Camilo Mejia, and Pablo Paredes
* The New Immigrant Rights Movement -- led by Nativo Lopez, president of the Mexican American Political Association, and Justin Akers Chacon, co-author with
Mike Davis of No One Is Illegal!
* Impeach Bush? – A debate between Jeffrey St Clair and Dave Lindorff
* Sports and Resistance -- with sportswriter Dave Zirin, Washington Wizards forward Etan Thoman, and basketball player and activist Toni Smith
* 30 Years is Enough: We Can Stop the Death Penalty -- with exonerated death-row prisoner Shujaa Graham, exonerated Central Park 5 member Yusef Salaam, and Alice Kim of the Campaign to End the Death Penalty
* Red, Black, Blue Green: Electoral Challenges to the Democrats – with Green Party leaders Peter Camejo, Todd Chretien, Aaron Dixon, and Howie Hawkins, currently running against Arnold Schwartzenegger, Dianne Feinstein, Maria Cantwell, and Hillary Clinton respectively

... and nearly 100 more workshops led by Lynne Stewart, Jeremy Scahill, Josh Frank, Sharon Smith, Ahmed Shawki, Robert Robideau, Mike Marqusee, Alan
Maass, Ron Jacobs, Paul D'Amato, Sam Farber, Dennis Brutus, Luciana Genro; activists from around the U.S., the Middle East, Latin America, and Europe; and many others.

See for the full conference details

MILLIONS OF PEOPLE felt their power in the streets on May Day 2006, when immigrants and their supporters shut down businesses and staged massive protests across the U.S and South of the border. The government and the Right have a vision of the world -- one of endless wars, racist scapegoating, and continuing to enrich the few while the rest of us pay the price. Bigots like the Minutemen line up at the border as hate crimes against immigrants rise, while anti-abortionists try to strip women of the right to choose. An entire U.S. city is nearly destroyed while the Bush administration fiddles. And the Democrats seem to offer no alternative to Bush's attacks.

But the new movement for immigrant rights – and struggles around the world, from France to Bolivia to Nepal -- offer a different vision. They show that an
alternative on the left -- an alternative that speaks to the millions of ordinary people who are fed up with war, attacks on workers, and threats to our civil rights -- is not only necessary, but possible. Building that alternative is up to us -- and Socialism 2006 is a great place to start.

Free on-site childcare and Spanish translation are available; see website for details

Featured Events Include:

"Voices of a Peoples' History of the United States" - The conference will kick off with a performance of "Voices," readings from the words of fighters for social justice in U.S. history. This special performance will include leading actors from Broadway and Hollywood interpreting the words of great fighters like Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth and Leonard Peltier. If you would like to attend, please order tickets at the special conference price of $10. Only a limited number will be available. Tickets will be delivered when you register for the conference. The performance will be held at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, 64th Street at Central Park West, at 8PM, Thursday, June 22.

**UPDATE: The performance will include readings from Lili Taylor, Wally Shawn, Amy Goodman, John Sayles, Christian Kirk, Josh Hamilton, and many other stage and screen actors; and will be introduced by Anthony Arnove, who co-edited the book with Howard Zinn. For a full list of actors and their bios, see

"Friendly Fire: A conversation between Amy Goodman and Giuliana Sgrena" Leading Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena, whose personal story was featured on 60 Minutes and in other major media worldwide, describes the real story of her capture, dramatic release, and shooting in 2004. While reporting for the Italian daily newspaper Il Manifesto in Iraq, Sgrena was taken hostage by a group of Iraqis on February 4, 2004, and held until March 4, 2004. On the day of her release, as she was being escorted to Baghdad International Airport by Italian security, US forces fired on her vehicle. The attack killed Major General Nicola Calipari, the number-two man in Italian military intelligence, as he shielded Sgrena. The remarkable story of a journalist kidnapped in Iraq, rescued by an Italian secret service agent and shot at by U.S. forces will be recounted in person for the first time in the U.S. at Socialism 2006. Sgrena's book, Friendly Fire (Haymarket, 2006), to be released at this event, describes her experience as a hostage and provides unique insights into the situation in Iraq under occupation, exposing U.S. war crimes there. This event is free as part of the conference, or $10 for non-conference attendees.

Featured Speakers Include:
(See fuller list of speakers, with bios, at )
Justin Akers Chacón, author, No One Is Illegal!
Anthony Arnove, author, Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal
Dennis Brutus, author, Poetry and Protest
Peter Camejo, Green Party, California
Todd Chretien, Aaron Dixon, and Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidates from U.S. Senate from California, Washington, and New York
Kelly Dougherty, Iraq Veterans Against War
Sam Farber, author, The Origins of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered
Joshua Frank, author, Left Out!
Phil Gasper, editor, The Communist Manifesto: A Road Map to History's Most Important Political Document
Amy Goodman, host, Democracy Now!
Shujaa Graham, former death row prisoner and activist against the death penalty
Luciana Genro, member of Brazilian parliament, Party of Socialism and Liberty
Suheir Hammad, poet and spoken-word artist
Toufic Haddad and Tikva Honig-Parnass, authors, Between the Lines, an analysis of the current political situation in Israel and Palestine
Ron Jacobs, author, The Way the Wind Blew: A history of the Weather Underground
Nativo López, Hermandad Mexicana and Mexican American Political Association
Mike Marqusee, author, Wicked Messenger: Bob Dylan in the 1960s
Marlene Martin, national director, Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Camilo Mejía, first U.S. soldier to refuse to return to Iraq
Pablo Paredes, U.S. war resister
Phyliss Prentice, Maryland Campaign to End the Death Penalty
Robert Robideau, American Indian Movement and co-director, Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
Yusef Salaam, wrongly convicted as a teenager in the Central Park jogger case; now a criminal justice activist and advocate
Michael Schwartz, Sociology professor who has written extensively on the Iraqi resistance
Giuliana Sgrena, journalist, Il Manifesto and author of Friendly Fire
Ahmed Shawki, editor, International Socialist Review, and author of Black Liberation and Socialism
Lorrie Beth Slonsky and Larry Bradshaw, eyewitnesses from Hurricane Katrina
Sharon Smith, columnist, Socialist Worker, and author of Subterranean Fire
Toni Smith , Manhattanville College basketball player who protested the Iraq War on court
Jeffrey St. Clair, author, Grand Theft Pentagon and co-editor of Counterpunch
Lynne Stewart, radical human rights lawyer facing 30 years in prison for unjust conviction of "aiding terrorists"
Etan Thomas , Washington Wizards' center/power forward and author, More Than an Athlete
Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, national coordinating committee, Campus Antiwar Network
David Williams, author, A Peoples' History of the Civil War
The Welfare Poets, hip hop artists and activists
Dave Zirin, sports columnist and author, What's My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United States
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Registration Rates
Whole conference $100
Two day pass $70
Single day pass $35
Single session $10

Online Registration

Write: Socialism 2006, c/o ISR, P.O. Box 258082,
Chicago, IL 60625
Call: 773-583-8665

This website is being updated often, so check back soon for even more speakers and events!

Free on-site childcare and Spanish translation are available; see website for details.