Our keynote speaker will be Michael with Tatort Kurdistan from Berlin, Germany. He is a co-author of the books Democratic Autonomy in Northern Kurdistan and Revolution in Rojava. He will be discussing democratic autonomy as it is being developed in the Kurdish movement, including models for gender equality and autonomous democracy. Michael is doing his Ph.D. work on the revolution in Rojava in depth us about that.
That couldn’t happen because of the then quieter travel ban on anyone who has visited Syria (ever practically) that isn’t a US citizen. The US government canceled Michael’s trip after we had bought his ticket. Luckily the refund was relatively quick. We considered video chatting him in, we just couldn’t work it out at that time. We may do it in the future. In the mean time go read the book! http://new-compass.net/publications/democratic-autonomy-north-kurdistan
Borders really get in the way of social progress! Just another reason these states and borders have to go! They are in the way of the work that needs to be done to heal this world and make it better!