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Announcement :: Politics
THE FIGHTBACK: Students, Youth & the Dump Bush Movement August 13-15, New York City
29 Jul 2004

Students, Youth & the Dump Bush Movement
August 13-15, New York City

"The Fightback" will focus on the immediate tasks of the Dump Bush movement, mobilizing for the protests against the Republican National Convention, and developing effective strategies for long-term social change. "The Fightback" will feature speakers and workshops of interest to all progressives, and offer resources and activist training for students who want to organize campaigns and engage with young people on their campuses around the 2004 elections.

The timing is perfect, as the conference takes place shortly before many students start the fall semester. It's time for youth and students to fight back against the Bush regime and the elite it represents! We need to beat back the corporate attack on working class and poor people -- and create a movement to radically improve America in the interests of democracy, peace and social justice.


-Hear speakers such as Ian Williams (author of the new book, "Deserter: George W. Bush's War on Military Families, Veterans and His Past"), Frances Fox Piven (author of "Poor People's Movements" and "Why Americans Don't Vote"), Bill Fletcher (President of TransAfrica Forum), and Adrienne Maree Brown (co-editor of "How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office" and Program Director, League of Pissed Off Voters).

-Learn how to conduct get-out-the-vote election campaigns, do issue education work related to the 2004 elections and build the movement that will hold the next administration accountable.

-Hear from student movement leaders from other countries, including members of the International Union of Socialist Youth - the largest youth political coalition in the world.

-Discuss the history, theory and everyday practice of democratic socialism. Work to strengthen the democratic left in America.

-Have fun with like minded-activists. Party on Saturday night (August 14).


-Everyone who attends "The Fightback" will be given a comprehensive resource packet full of information, how-to guides, talking points and articles to help you conduct successful campaigns, organize teach-ins and build coalitions.

-There will be an opening plenary Friday night entitled "Towards a Progressive Governing Majority" with notable speakers and a forum on Saturday, "Confronting the RNC: Strategy, Messaging and Movement Building," with key protest organizers.

-In addition to several panel discussions and trainings, there will be a series of workshops on:
* workers' rights/labor movement
* civil liberties/security
* the Iraq war/US. military interventions
* civil rights/fighting racism
* the environment/energy policy
* feminism/reproductive rights
* Israel/Palestine
* LGBTQ rights/gay marriage
* the U.S. economy/global capitalism
* student movement/education funding
These workshops will inform you about the Bush administration's record on the issues, how John Kerry's positions compare, progressive alternatives to pro-corporate policies and how we can organize to win our demands.

-There will be books, t-shirts, stickers, videos, magazine subscription
discounts and free give-aways for conference attendants.

Please check the website for updates:



"THE FIGHTBACK" is organized by the Young Democratic Socialists.
On Sunday, the last day of the conference, we will develop our activist agenda for the year and elect YDS national leadership. We encourage you to join us!

TO GET INVOLVED or for MORE INFO check out: or contact us at:
yds (at) / 212-727-8610 ext. 24

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