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March 27, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The People’s Forum is convening a recurring online space to hear and discuss current analysis and reports from leaders of people’s movements and organizations in the US and across the world.

As the spread of COVID-19 exposes the dysfunction and illegitimacy of capitalist and imperialist system, we need to maintain an internationalist and working class analysis. This panel will bring together leaders, thinkers, and organizers in the struggle for the human right of healthcare, against xenophobia, and against imperialism to help us understand the COVID-19 crisis in the current moment.

Speakers include Nijmie Dzurinko, Ben Wilkins, Shany Ebadi, Sheila Xiao, and members of the Qiao Collective

Nijmie Dzurinko is co-founder and co-coordinator of Put People First! PA, a grassroots human rights organization in Pennsylvania waging a campaign for Healthcare as a Human Right for all. She is also co-chair of the PA Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and a member of the National Steering Committee.

Ben Wilkins is a labor organizer based in North Carolina, and a member of the Steering Committee of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.

Shany Ebadi is a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation with years of political and community organizing experience, coordinating advocacy campaigns for immigrant rights, education, and women’s empowerment at local and state levels. As an Iranian immigrant, she is actively dedicated to building a powerful anti-war movement to stop the U.S. war machine and end military occupations around the world. As a labor organizer, she is currently working closely with gig workers and childcare providers as they fight for crucial benefits and essential services like health insurance and paid sick leave during the COVID-19 global crisis.

Sheila Xiao is an organizer with the ANSWER Coalition Los Angeles, daughter of Chinese immigrants and a public education worker

Qiao (pronouned “chee-ow”) is a collective of Chinese leftists living in the diaspora. We aim to challenge U.S. aggression towards the People’s Republic of China and serve as a bridge between the U.S. left, particularly the Chinese diaspora left, and China’s rich Marxist, anti-imperialist historical and contemporary political work and thought.

RSVP below and join us online via Zoom!


March 27, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The People’s Forum
320 West 37th Street
New York, NY 10018 United States
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