From Formal to Real Democracy

November 12, 2008

Beyond Borders: Round table dialogues for a humanized North America
Do we use democracy like we call 911, only called upon in emergencies? We are facing an enormous crisis in many fronts: economically, energetically, environmentally. The violence, wars and fear are out of control. In front of these challenges, people saw the need to participate to the presidential electoral process in large numbers, but when the City Council and the Mayor overturn term limits for their own seats, the democratic process was forgotten.
Learn more about democracy in today’s world and find out about the humanist proposal for a real democracy.
Wednesday, November 19 at 7 PM
Panel Discussion:
Tom Robbins, is a longtime reporter and political columnist with the Village Voice.
Ron Hayduk, is Associate Professor of political science at the Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY). Hayduk has written about elections, social movements, immigration, and race and is the author of Democracy for All, Gatekeepers to the Franchise, and is co-editor of Democracy’s Moment and From ACT UP to the WTO, among other publications. He is on the Editorial Board of the journal Socialism and Democracy, and is the co-founder of the Immigrant Voting Project.
Pamela Tatz, is a 19-year-old student at Hunter College. She is a youth advocate at the Mental Health Association of New York City, and the Treasurer and Media Director of the National Youth Rights Association. She has been active in the youth rights movement since she was 15, which has led her to pursue studies in Political Science and Economics.
Chris Wells, is the North American Spokesperson for New Humanism. He has been active in the Humanist Movement, the concrete and organized expression of New Humanism, for 18 years. Chris’s organizing has included neighborhood work in his Hell’s Kitchen community (where he founded a community center and neighborhood newspaper) as well as work on many regional and international campaigns, such as opposition to the North American Security and Prosperity Partnership and support for the non-violent revolution that has been unfolding in Bolivia.
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue (@34th St.) Room 5414
Free and open to the public
Sponsored by: The Center of Cultures and World Without Wars/USA in association with the 2nd North American New Humanist Forum Mexico City, May 21?23, 2009

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