Building off the success of the “Socialism at the Ballot Box” and similar meetings, we continue the conversation with “Socialist Campaign in New York?” Previous meetings focused on the theory; this one is about concrete options.
How do campaigns work? Should we learn by working on Howie Hawkins’ campaign for governor? Should we run open socialists? Now, in a few years, or when? What opportunities to run exist between 2014 and 2018? Will running candidates interfere with important movement work? How do we approach nationwide formations?
This event is an open discussion and organizing meeting, so it will involve “audience” participation more than typical events. Bring your thoughts, listen to others, and focus on the nuts-and-bolts of what we will actually do.
$5 at the door, no one turned away (It’s a nice place and we have to rent the room)
GLORIA MATTERA is the co-chair of the NY State Green Party, ran for Brooklyn Borough President in 2005, ran for New York Lieutenant Governor in 2010, and is currently involved in EcoSocialist efforts.
DAN LA BOTZ ran for United States Senate from Ohio in 2010, running an openly socialist campaign which involved cooperation between several socialist groups, and which established the Buckeye Socialist Network.
HOWIE HAWKINS is a Green Party candidate for Governor, as well as a long-time activist pursuing the establishment of a third party in the US, including the Peace and Freedom Party, Vermont Liberty Union, the Socialist Party, and the Green Party. (Possible/may send representative)
MATT HOKE (moderator) is an activist trying to help launch a Socialist Electoral Alliance for different efforts sharing information, awareness, and experience.