We are very excited to announce that the Cornel West – Carl Dix dialogue, “In the Age of Obama - Police Terror; Incarceration; No Jobs; Mis-education: What Future for Our Youth” will take place December 2, at 7:00 PM at Pauley Ballroom. The event will be free and open to the public with an extensive Q&A.
Over a dozen campus organizations and many individuals are supporting this evening. We ask that you join us in hosting, funding, and building this unique event, and we encourage you to sign and circulate this letter to faculty and student groups.
This Dialogue is a spirited back-and-forth between two of the nation’s foremost thinkers -- one in the spirit of the Black church and liberation theology, and the other, Revolutionary Communist, as they dissect the multitude of unprecedented challenges facing youth today – from massive incarceration and police brutality, widespread joblessness and budget cuts, to the U.S.’s unending global wars, and the pervasive racism confronting youth of color at every turn. Though differing in perspective, they are joined by their profound respect for each other, their love for and commitment to today’s youth, and their shared desire
to crack open the national discourse and foster a spirit of critical engagement and daring to confront the dangerous situation faced by this new generation.
The evening comes at an especially significant time with struggles like Occupy! and the California prisoners hunger strikes erupting, battles both speakers have been deeply involved in. Cornel and Carl recently
launched a new initiative against mass incarceration, and were arrested in an action of civil disobedience protesting “Stop & Frisk” – New York City’s program in which 700,000 mostly Black and Latino youth are
illegally stopped, searched and harassed every year by police. (See, New York Times link, below)
This dialogue will stimulate further moral and political engagement at this time of awakening and activism. Help us make this happen.
For more information, email email@example.com <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>, or search “Dec. 2 UC Berkeley Cornel West Carl Dix” on Facebook. (Full speaker CV’s and a detailed budget are available.)
*CORNEL WEST * is one of America’s most provocative public intellectuals and has been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, speaking, and teaching weave together the traditions of the black
Baptist Church, progressive politics, and jazz. The New York Times has praised his “ferocious moral vision.” Dr. West currently teaches at Princeton University.
*CARL DIX * is a longtime revolutionary and a founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. In 1970 Carl was one of the Fort Lewis 6, six /GIs /who refused orders to go to Vietnam. He served 2
years in Leavenworth Military Penitentiary for his stand. In 1985 Carl initiated the Draw The Line statement, a powerful condemnation of the bombing of the MOVE house in Philadelphia. In 1996, Carl was a founder
of the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality. Carl coordinated the Katrina hearings of the 2006 Bush Crimes Commission. For more on the Dialogue and speakers, see:
“Protesters of Police Stop-and-Frisk Practice Are Arrested,” /New York
Times/, October 21, 2011,
Carl Dix, “Why I Am Getting Arrested Today,” /Huffington Post/, October 21, 2011,
Cornel West: “Dr. King Weeps From His Grave,”/New York Times/, August 25, 2011,
“Cornel West and Carl Dix in Dialogue at UCLA,”/Revolution #233, May 22, 2011,/_http://revcom.us/a/233/233Dix-West-dialogue-en.html___