Panelists: Austin Thompson, Nickie Sekera and Conrado Santos
Date: Thursday, June 11th, 2015
Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Description: The United States has a long tradition of civil resistance. Through this method of struggle, women achieved the right to vote in 1920, workers achieved the right to unionize, African Americans struggled for equal rights under law, pressure has been brought on the US government to stop wars and to cease its support for violent insurgencies in Central America and other parts of the world, the US government’s plans to build 1,000 new nuclear power plants were curtailed, and numerous other objectives have been furthered or achieved. Currently in the United States, the Immigrant Rights Movement has been struggling to achieve rights for immigrants, environmental organizers have been campaigning on causes as diverse as addressing climate change to blocking the privatization of water supplies, and African Americans have been at the forefront of fighting against police brutality, the biased implementation of criminal justice policies, and the marginalization of their and other communities. On this lunch panel, we will hear about these and other struggles.