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Friday, July 7 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
SYRIZA, Podemos, and Beyond: Success and Failure of New Left Party Initiatives

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There have been a number of new left parties that have arisen around the world—the products of new social struggles and expressions of opposition to the politics of austerity and the failures of the old social democratic parties. Two that stand out in recent times are SYRIZA in Greece and Podemos in Spain. There was great hope that the Coalition of the Radical Left, or SYRIZA, would finally stand up to the European creditors that were bleeding the Greek working class. But in office Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras soon capitulated, signing a new debt Memorandum. In Spain, Podemos, though still seen as a radical left alternative to Spain’s traditional parties, combines strong plebeian rhetoric with moderate programmatic proposals aimed at gaining respectability. What are the lessons that the left can draw from these, and other efforts to create left electoral alternatives independent of the parties of the neoliberal consensus?

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Mick Armstrong

Mick Armstrong is a socialist activist and author based in Melbourne, Australia, and a founding member of Socialist Alternative.
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Brais Fernandez

Brais Fernandez is a member of the leadership of Anticapitalistas and the editorial committee of Viento Sur.
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Sotiris Martalis

Sotiris Martalis is an activist in Greece, where he is a member of International Workers Left. He also is a member of the political council of Popular Unity and the trade union META, and a member of the Institute of Historical, Economic, and Social Research "Commune."
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Antonello Zecca

Antonello Zecca is a member of the leadership of Sinistra Anticapitalista in Italy.

Friday July 7, 2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Grant Park C/D