Panel on Russia at the Socialist Scholars Conference

The U.S. Friends of Soviet People will be hosting a panel entitled "The Workers' and Communist Movement in Russia Today," on Sunday, April 11, 1999, from 3-5 PM. The panel will feature two speakers who took part in USFSP's event in January. Bill Williams will be presenting a report on "The Class Struggle in the Former Soviet Union Today." There will be selections from an updated video including interviews with striking Russian workers, as well as scenes from last November 7th demonstration on the Anniversary of the October Socialist Revolution. Rasheed Atamalibevov, the editor of the New York Russian-language newspaper Russkiy Golos, will speak on how the restoration of capitalism has effected the relationship between the various nationalities of the former Soviet Union. There will also be new information on the ongoing strike of the workers in Yasnogorsk and other areas.

We also encourage those attending the conference to attend another panel, organized independently, called "Marxism-Leninism is Alive and Well Today," which will be held on Saturday, April 10, 1999 from 3-5 PM.

The Socialist Scholars Conference will take place from Friday evening, April 9, to Sunday, April 11, 1999 at Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St. (#1, 2, 3, 9, A, C or E trains to Chambers St.)

The Socialist Scholars Conference is organized by Democratic Socialists of America. We are taking this opportunity to reach out to new people who know little about the Soviet Union and socialism. Although the cost of admission to the conference is high ($45 for the full 3 days, $30 for low income, $20 for one day, but only $8 for undergraduates/high school students), those of you who missed our event in January may want to attend. We hope to get most of our attendance from other people taking part in the conference.

P.S. The forum was quite successful, with about 30 people, mostly new, attending.

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