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  • NYS Writers Institute

Event: "How do we talk about the situation in Ukraine in the post-October 7th political landscape?"

A talk by Bill Fletcher, Jr., interviewed by Barbara Smith. Presented by Ukraine Solidarity Capital District.


11 a.m. Saturday, November 18

Albany Public Library

161 Washington Avenue

Albany, NY 12210

Free and open to the public.

No registration required.

Bill Fletcher, Jr.,is the co-author (with Peter Agard) of The Indispensable Ally: Black Workers and the Formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1934-1941, co-author (with Dr. Fernando Gapasin) of Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path Toward Social Justice, and the author of 'They're Bankrupting Us' and Twenty Other Myths About Unions. He has been an activist since his teen years and has worked for several labor unions in addition to serving as a senior staff person in the national AFL-CIO.

Fletcher is the former president of TransAfrica Forum; a Senior Scholar with the Institute of Policy Studies; co-chair of the Campaign to End the Moroccan Occupation of Western Sahara; and in the leadership of other projects. He is active in the Ukraine Solidarity Network. Fletcher is a syndicated columnist and a regular media commentator on television, radio and the web.

Activist, author and academic Barbara Smith has worked since the 1960s for change through causes as diverse as racial justice, anti-imperialism, opposition to the death penalty, feminism, the LGTBQI+ movement and workers rights. She was a co-founder of Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, and was named as a Public Service Professor at the University at Albany; she served two terms (2006-2013) as a member of the City of Albany’s Common Council. Her books include The Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender, and Freedom (1998, Rutgers University Press), and her career is the subject of Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Forty Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith, published by SUNY Press.


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