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Friday, July 5 • 9:30am - 11:00am
Are you a Settler?: Settler-Colonialism, Capitalism and Marxism in North America

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The development of U.S. capitalism was only made possible through slavery and the settler-colonialism. There are debates on the left around the definition of settler-colonialism and its relationship to capitalism. With the rise of the Idle No More movement in Canada and the struggle at Standing Rock, the question of who is and is not a settler has come up in the movement. Is the U.S. still a settler-colony? If not, when was it no longer a settler-colony? What was and is the driving force of the stealing of indigenous land? What are the real lived experiences of Indigenous people in North America. This talk attempts to open up the debate and discussion on what Socialists should and should not say about settler-colonialism in North America.

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Brian Ward

Brian Ward is an educator, socialist and indigenous rights activist. His writing has appeared in The Nation, Truth-Out.org and more. He contributed to the book 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals who Changed US History (Haymarket, 2012). Brian lives in Madison, Wisconsin and has... Read More →

Friday July 5, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am CDT
Grant Park C/D