Years of the “war on terror”
Million people killed
Million people displaced
Trillion dollars spent
A socialist conference against WAR
The fight against war is the fight for socialism!
About the conference
On November 5, the Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality will hold a conference, “Socialism vs. Capitalism & War,” at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
This emergency conference has been called to mobilize workers, students and youth all over the world against this immense threat to the very survival of the planet.
Since declaring the “war on terror” fifteen years ago, the United States has invaded or bombed Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and countless other countries. More than a million people have been killed, and hundreds of thousands turned into refugees. Entire countries have been laid to waste, while trillions of dollars have been squandered on death and destruction.
Now, the wars in the Middle East and Central Asia are more and more intertwined with the global confrontation of American imperialism with Russia and China, two nuclear armed powers. Not since the eve of World War II has the danger of a global conflagration been so great. Yet the issue of war has been all but excluded from the 2016 election campaigns of Clinton and Trump.
The foreign policy of American imperialism is determined by the banks, major corporations and the arms industry. The fight against war is the fight against capitalism. All the great issues confronting the working class–including inequality, poverty and the drive to dictatorship–are inseparable from the struggle against war.
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Find out more about the conference
- Wayne State University
- General Lectures 100
- 5045 Anthony Wayne Drive, Detroit, MI
- November 5
- 11:00AM - 6:00PM
- (313) 307-6708
Directions & Accommodations
The General Lectures building is located on the northwest corner of West Warren Ave. and Anthony Wayne Drive (3rd Ave) on the Wayne State University campus in Detroit.
Wayne State University campus is 20 minutes by car or taxi from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW).
Wayne State University campus is within walking distance of stops on the 14, 53, 16, 23 ad 498 (RefleX) bus lines. Bus schedules can be found here. Public transportation in Detroit is not frequent, so make sure to allow sufficient time.
Bus services such as Mega Bus have routes from other cities to Detroit. The Mega Bus from Chicago to Detroit drops off at the Wayne State University campus. The Greyhound Bus Station is located at 1001 Howard Street, a 5 minute taxi ride or 30 minute bus ride to Wayne State.
For exact driving directions, use Google Maps. The General Lectures building is located near the Interstate 94 and Route 10 (the Lodge).
If you are driving, we recommend you park in Parking Structure 2, which is located very close to the General Lectures Building. To access the structure, take the John C. Lodge Service Drive north off of Warren Avenue to Kirby Street, and then turn right into the parking structure. There is a $7 flat cost for parking for non-students.
There are several hotels available in the Detroit Metropolitan Area, and a discounted rate is available for conference attendees. For more information, contact us at (313) 307-6708.
WSWS reporters and SEP Candidates
What workers are saying
Speaking on the conditions facing autoworkers, Eboni observed, “We have a ridiculous two-tier system here. We do the same work but get paid half as much as other workers. It’s not right.”
She concluded, “The corporations are making record profits, and CEOs are making millions in bonuses. And we can’t even afford the cars we make.”
“Over the summer we had highways that turned into rivers because of some rain: they have plenty of money to drop bombs on other countries, but they won’t put money into infrastructure. War means the people are losing.”
“The clip shown early in the interview where the ‘bigwigs’ are blabbering on about needing to secure hegemony is nauseating. We – the working class? The billions of people who keep society running? We don’t even exist to these people, except as potential cannon fodder or sources of labor to exploit.”
“It’s absolutely true that there is a far too large percentage of the population that has absolutely no idea that a new world war with devastating consequences is coming. I’m grateful that there is an organization that is doing whatever it can to warn the working class of the dangers, and is fighting to unite the working class in a struggle against this drive to worldwide slaughter.”
“I was talking to this child, who had lost a leg in an explosion, telling him things were going to be alright and that he would survive. In his own language, this 11-year old kid turned to me and said, ‘I’m going to go to God and tell him what people down here are doing.’
“Terrorists are formed,” he added. “What happens is you have drone strikes, ordered by the Obama administration, they completely shatter families. Maybe one person is left alive from an entire family. With that one person, [the US] has just created a terrorist.”
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