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7 Mp3s Speakers at the Boston Social Forum
28 Jul 2004
Audio from the Friday evening convocation at the Boston Social Forum. Speakers Dennis Brutus, a South African anti-aparthied activist, Angela Davis, long time civil rights activist, Achin Vanaik, a journalist from New Dheli, India, Wynona LaDuke, Native American social justice activist and former running mate of Ralph Nader in 2000, Paul Farmer from Partners in Health, a group of physicians for social justice and human rights, Rabbi Lerner of Tikkun and Charlotte Mitchell, longtime civil rights and social justice activist. Check out
The event took place in a gymnasium, so the accoustics were less than ideal, audio is a little echoy. I'm not a skilled enough audio editor to take out the high tones, but if you are, please feel free to fix it up and re-upload! :)


#1 Dennis Brutus, a South African who struggled against aparthied. He speaks about the anti-aparthied movement in South Africa and the willingness of some to compromise and take money from the IMF and World Bank, bringing South Africa into the Global Aparthied struggle, and the need to march for freedom again as the struggle continues.
He reads a poem near the end of his speech. 8:36

#2 Angela Davis, civil rights movement veteran speaks about the parallells of abuses in Iraq and US prisons and human rights abuses in Latin America. Democracy not based on capitalist corporations. We are all citizens of the globe. 11:29

#3 Achin Vanaik, New Dheli, India journalist, lecturer, and member of the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament & Peace shares his thought about US government and foreign policy of Global Imperialism. Says that new post 911 sentiment "Never Again" could go in two directions, Never Again for MY people, or Never Again for ANY people. Talks about political struggle being a struggle of wills and the creation of a collective will to resist. 13:27

#4 Wynona Laduke, Native American social justice activist and former running mate of Ralph Nader in 2000, talks about talks about rights of corporations, genetic engineering and seed patenting, energy dependency and policy, renewable energy sources and breaking the cycle of dependancy. Energy Junkies end up hanging out with the dealers, so for real Democracy, we need to democratize the production of energy. Settler societies baed on conquest cannot be sustained. 12:00

#5 Paul Farmer, a physician on staff at Harvard Medical School and member of Partners in Health, a physician human rights group speaks about his experiences in Haiti, a regime change that has been overlooked. Speaks about Haiti being the only country born of a slave revolt. Says system of Global Aparthied is making us all sick. Equality must be global and universal. Current social order predicated on inequality which requires violence. 10:12

#6 Rabbi Michael Lerner, co-chair of the Tikkun Community speaks about hate for Bush not transforming into support for Kerry. US foreign policy MUST change, especially with regard to the middle east, espically the Israel/Palestine conflict. Self determination for Palestinians as well as Israelis. He talks about the lack of love in society being as important as the lack of economic means, and the culture of materialsm and selfishness. Proposes a Social Responsibility Amendment to the US Constitution. 11:40

#7 Civil rights activist Charlotte Mitchell talks about the original Committees of Correspondence and the Boston Tea Party. She talks about the protection of private property and the attack on the living standards of the global south. Talks about defending the American "way of life" and the PATRIOT Act and a new way of struggle, not seperately for each demand, but collectively for all. 12:26
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