Time to Deal with Haiti

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The Cuban Revolution Turned 50. Now What?

The Cuban Revolution Turned 50. Now What?

The Institute for Policy Studies celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution and the prospects for U.S.-Cuban Relations under the Obama Administration with a screening of IPS Fellow, Cuba expert and film-maker Saul Landau’s film, "Fidel" (shot in 1968). Traveling in a Jeep with Fidel Castro, Landau’s documentary offers a personal profile of El Jefe and snapshots of the Revolution’s first 10 years, including rare footage of the Bay of Pigs invasion and of Fidel and Che Guevera in the Sierra Maestra mountains.

“The great quality of this remarkable film,” wrote Ralph Gleason in the Rolling Stone, “is that it is educational in the best possible sense. It gives you a feeling for what revolution — any revolution — is actually about, what it means in all its implications and how it affects the lives of the people.” Landau’s film remains just as relevant and insightful today as it was 40 years ago, with the advent of progressive governments in Latin America inspired by the Cuban Revolution.

Following the screening of the film, Landau will take Q&A from the audience and special invited guests.

Seating is limited, so please RSVP to Farrah Hassen at farrah@ips-dc.org or call (202) 234-9382, ext. 255.

Public Forum: Obama and the Left

After Barack Obama’s historic election victory, will the new administration deliver change we can believe in or business as usual?

How do we organize and fight for the change we want with a democrat in the White House?

The panel includes:

Dedrick Muhammad
John Nichols
Laila Al-Arian
Dave Zirin

This event is a part of White Privilege Week.

How Progressives are Engaging the Obama Administration

The right-wing journal Human Events recently wrote that "Obama is a shadow puppet for the Institute for Policy Studies." Flattering and a bit of a stretch. Yet IPS is at the center of the key policy debates taking place in and around the Obama administration on the economic meltdown, on responsible exits from Iraq and Afghanistan, on the environment and many other issues of national consequence.

John Cavanagh and Sarah Anderson have led the Institute in its work to make the economic stimulus bigger and greener, cap CEO pay, fund the arts, address extreme wealth concentration, cut the military budget, and start a larger debate about non-military solutions in Afghanistan. Both are also key liaisons with the 77-member Congressional Progressive Caucus.

As cable talking heads fixate on the partisan posturing in Washington, IPS is seizing this unprecedented opportunity for progressives to forge inside strategies with the Obama administration and the new Congress. At the same time, IPS leaders know organizing from the outside will be indispensable to victories on health care, worker rights, tax justice, foreign policy and many other issues. IPS is helping progressives understand and coalesce around bold strategies for this new time. It is a time ripe with opportunity, a moment in history when fundamental societal shifts can be realized.

This is a ticketed event. You can purchase tickets here.

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