Call for an Ecosocialist Conference, February 20-22, in Denton TX (north of Dallas and Fort Worth)
Everything about the world these days offer the possibility for a socialist critique of the ecological crisis and the need to form alliances with workers to take on the system, rather than relying on Democratic Party politicians and billionaires. September’s Global Climate Convergence, with over one hundred workshops, its large plenary sessions, and its miles-long mass march of more than 300,000 people, the largest climate protest in American history, represents a turning point for the environmental movement. Indigenous people and other people of color in the lead, attendees from everywhere in the country, students by the tens of thousands, neighborhood organizations by the dozen, several major national labor unions, and every conceivable sort of ecological cause converged on New York City—and dozens of local and regional demonstrations—put the issue of the environment and climate change on the national agenda as never before. The national climate movement has arrived—now what will we do?
In a nutshell, ecosocialism starts with the premise that environmental degradation and social injustice stem from the same source: a world where profit is the highest goal. This means that the emancipation of people from capital and its masters, including our current two-party system that do their bidding, goes hand-in-hand with the emancipation of the earth and its biosphere from the cancer of capitalism.
From Hurricane Katrina to the BP oil spill, from mountaintop removal to the pollution of water by coal companies throughout the region, to the proliferation of hydro-fracking and resulting earthquakes, pollution of groundwater, and devastating droughts, and the continued environmental racism from the poorest people of color living in close proximity to vast petrochemical complexes, the U.S. South and Southwest are ground zero for climate change, But this is also a region that has too often been ignored by national organizations. Committed left and ecological activists need to build a vibrant climate justice movement in the region.
To that end, we are holding an Ecosocialist Conference on the weekend of February 20-22, 2015 at the University of North Texas in Denton. We are looking for groups who agree with the principles outlined in the System Change Not Climate Change Points of Unity (http://systemchangenotclimatechange.org/about) to endorse, build and participate.
The proposed conference, like similar conferences around the country and modeled on the creation of the System Change, Not Climate Change Coalition, represents a move to a more collaborative left. We hope this conference and the network built from it will grow into a vibrant regional coalition viable enough to attract new activists towards socialism and powerful enough to push the climate justice movement toward revolutionary conclusions.
To endorse and participate in conference planning, contact: Gary Stuard GaryStuard123@gmail.com
1155 Union Cir
Denton, TX 76203
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