"People always say lefties complain too much," I complained to Stanley Aronowitz, one of the organizers of this weekend's Left Forum 2006, "instead of coming up with . . . " "Alternatives!" Aronowitz, the noted labor activist, finished the sentence. "You asked the right question." Examining the list of more than 70 panels to choose from in this three-day assemblage of activists, scholars, and artists, I felt my post-2004-election slump unslumping. Political rapper Immortal Technique and Nana Soul of Black Waxx Productions speak on the politics of music and the music of politics. Roger Toussaint of the Transport Workers Union (got to ask him about that strike) and social critic Frances Fox Piven are on board, as well as Leslie Cagan of United for Peace and Justice, Amy... More >>>