10/21-10/25 National Lawyers Guild 78th Convention in Oakland CA

Oct 18, 2015 by

Greetings:

On behalf of the NLG Cuba Subcommittee, we invite you to join us in the Oct. 21-25, 2015 National Lawyers Guild 78th Convention in Oakland CA. See www.nlg.org.

We are thrilled to be hosting Miguel Fraga, the First Secretary of the new Cuban Embassy in Washington, and we also expect to welcome Atty. Guillermo Ferriol, who has hosted over a dozen NLG Labor study delegations to Cuba, as former top lawyer to the Cuban trade unions (CTC), We will also have top international guests from Venezuela and many other nations in Latin America and the world, including Venezuelan Supreme Court Justice Fernando Vegas, and Dr. Francisco Iturraspe. professor at the Universidad Central de Venezuela who also represents Venezuelan labor unions, has written over 20 books and coordinates international relations for the Venezuelan Labour Lawyers Association.

Aside from some important presentations at the plenary sessions, such as from Sr. Fraga from the Cuban Embassy on Saturday,see some of the highlights below.

On Thursday we invite you to the CLEs (below), immediately followed by the meetings of the Task Force on the Americas and the Cuba Subcommittee, from 5 – 7pm.

On Friday evening join us at 5:45-7:15 pm for the International Committee reception and the Debra Evenson Venceremos award ceremony honoring decades of the NLG’s Cuba work.
[If you are interested in being part of a dinner following that with some of our guests, please contact me immediately & I will check on the status.]

A partial list of Overall Events include:

Thurs Oct 22:

1:30 pm – 3 pm International Committee CLE— Challenging Colonialism
3 pm – 5 pm Int’l Committee CLE—UN Charter

5 pm – 6:15 pm Task Force on the Americas meeting, merged with or followed by
6:15 – 7pm Cuba Subcommittee meeting

7 pm – 8:45 pm KEYNOTE by Alicia Garza, the Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and co-founder of ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬
8:45 pm – ? Labor+Employment C’tee party

Fri Oct 23:

7:30 am – 8:55 am International Labor Justice Working Group Meeting
9 am – 10:15 am Waging a Battle for Immigrants’ Rights in the South
10:30 am – 11:45 am Wade in the Water: Detroit, Neoliberalism, and the Future of Cities
10:30 am – 11:45 am Street Vending: Challenging the Criminalization of Workers
5:45 pm – 7:15 pm International Committee reception and award ceremony honoring Art Heitzer & the NLG’s Cuba work
7:30pm dinner with guests from Cuba and Venezuela (by invitation, room for 25 only, contact me ASAP if interested!)

Sat Oct 24:

9 am – 10:30 am From “Right to Work” to “Fight for 15”
10:45 am – 12:15 pm Advocating for Economic and Social Rights throughout the Americas: A Transnational Dialogue
3 pm – 6 pm Anti-Racism and TUPOCC programming
6:45 pm – 7:30 pm Pre-banquet reception (no cost —open to all)
7:30 pm – 10 pm Banquet + Awards (ticket required)

Sun Oct 25:
11 am – 12:15 am Local Hire Policies and Job Creation for Environmental Justice Communities
11 am – 12:15 am Hot Topic: Fighting the Neoliberal Corporate Agenda by Defeating the TPP and TTIP
1 pm – 2:30 pm Workshops IV
Art Heitzer
artheitzer@gmail.com
633 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1410
Milwaukee, WI 53203 USA
414-273-1040, ex. 12; fax 414-273-4859

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