Cliff Smith, Kokayi Kwa Jitahidi, and Ingrid Villeda
Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Monopoly capitalism creates the export of capital and modern imperialism, the subjugation of nations. The struggle of oppressed nations for liberation and national equality against imperialism is a direct struggle against monopoly capitalism and aligns with the fight of the working class against exploitation. Workers in imperialist nations must support liberation struggles of oppressed nations in their own interests. The struggle against national oppression and imperialism connects to issues of racism, war, refugees, immigration, trade, manufacturing, wages, etc.
Cliff Smith is business manager of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, Local 36. He served 2 terms as elected board member of the South Central Neighborhood Council. For 10 years he was editor of Amiri Baraka’s newspaper, “Unity & Struggle.” Cliff lives in South Central with his wife Keyanna and 3 children.
Kokayi Kwa Jitahidi is Policy Director, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Ingrid Villeda, a native of Guatemala, is an elementary teacher, mother and community activist, RAZA education committee Chair, CTA Civil Rights in Education Vice Chair, and Latino Caucus Chair.