Do you like socialism? How about scruffy-looking skinny boys in tight t-shirts with slogans denouncing genocide? Or women with really short haircuts? Then flock to Lerner, where the Center for Economic Research and Social Change and the International Socialist Organization are hosting the conference “Socialism 2006!” (build the left, fight the right).


he's pretty scruffy

Our beloved student center has exploded in body piercings and social justice as the conference takes over for three whole days! Programs and events stretch into Sunday evening; go and pick up a program for specifics on events such as “The Politics of Blame: Is Bill Cosby Right?” and “Are Prisons Necessary?” If you hurry, you can probably even catch the tail end of the “Party Without Borders: a Night of Beats, Rhymes and Resistance” and a guaranteed good time.


revolution comes cheap!

One highlight of the conference: Anarchist coffee mugs, on sale for $6 each at the Socialist bookshop set up in Lerner Party Space. That, and the sign requesting volunteers for the conference’s childcare center. Because, apparently, people bring their babies to socialism conferences, despite the fact that they are not welcome at the individual events. That would just be anarchy.