To confirm locations and for questions, contact Amber James (585) 545 5269 or Alex Lotorto (570) 269 9589

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Friday, April 16th (location: 5th floor, William Pitt Union)
6pm – Dinner, welcome, and introductions
6:30pm – Guided discussion on anti-oppression practice, conflict resolution, consent, and emotional support
7pm – Film screenings and discussion (5th floor William Pitt Union)
Films will address a variety of issues facing social movements today.

Saturday, April 17th (location: 5th floor, William Pitt Union)
9am – Breakfast and guided discussion on anti-oppression practice, conflict resolution, consent, and emotional support

10am – Morning Session

Social Movement Organizing 101
– Covers why we organize, choosing an issue, campaign strategy, direct action, making demands, turning out supporters, coalition building, and labor organizing.
Angela Wiley – Keystone Environmental Youth Coalition
Alex Lotorto – Students for a Democratic Society
George Wacsmunski – United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America

Drawing on Lessons from the Past (part of the Socialist Day School)
* Andrew Wagner: Pittsburgh’s Socialist Movement in the Early 1900s
* Kipp Dawson: Socialists and Labor Organizing — Pittsburgh Experiences
* Paul LeBlanc: Radical Struggles in Pittsburgh Since the 1960s
* Carl Redwood: Radical Community Organizing in Pittsburgh

Noon – Lunch, Protest Predator Drones at the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute

1:30pm – Early Afternoon Session

Nonviolent Direct Action Training (Schenley Plaza, rain location TBA)
– Learn and practice how to prepare and execute civil disobedience including affinity groups, blockades, lock-downs, street marches, dealing with police, and building occupation.

Working-Class Struggles Today (part of Socialist Day School)
* Al Hart: U.S. Labor
* Celeste Taylor: Problems Facing African Americans
* Mel Packer: Health Care
* Walter Smolarek: Education

4pm – Break

4:30pm – Late Afternoon Session 1
– Confronting Police Brutality – G20, Jordan Miles, what next?
– Gender Identity Workshop –
explore issues of gender identity, assimilation, and anti-oppression practice

5:45pm – Late Afternoon Session 2
– Union Organizing and Shop Floor Struggle – Why unionize?
– Meeting Facilitation and Consensus Process for Anti-Authoritarians
– Socially Responsible Investing campaigns on campuses

Socialists and the Anti-War Struggle (part of Socialist Day School)
* Film on Afghanistan
* Jonah-McAllister Erickson: Current State of the U.S. Anti-War Movement
* Kate Daher: Reflections on the Link of Palestine to the U.S. Anti-War Struggle

7pm – Dinner, Dismantling Oppression


Men’s Auxiliary / Women’s Caucus / Gender Queer or Non-Conforming Caucus
What is Socialism?

8:45pm White Auxiliary / People of Color Caucus

10pm – Festivities!

Sunday, April 18th (Room 203, David Lawrence Hall)
9am – Breakfast

10am – Morning Session

Issue and Movement Break-Outs
Environmental Justice – Keystone Environmental Youth Coalition
Student Movement – Students for a Democratic Society
Labor Movement – Industrial Workers of the World, UE
Community Organizing
Prisoner Solidarity – Human Rights Coalition / Fed-Up / Pittsburgh Anarchist Black Cross
Antiwar Movement – Thomas Merton Center

Noon – Lunch, Straight Auxiliary / Queer Caucus

1pm – Early Afternoon Session

Celebrating the Lives of Howard Zinn and Dennis Brutus
UPitt, Public Health Auditorium

3:30pm – Late Afternoon Session
– Anti-Sweatshop Campaigns
– Fracking Quit it Already: Hydraulic Fracturing for Natural Gas and How to Beat It

5pm – Goodbyes!


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