Both parts of this Annual Membership Gathering require paid registration, as well as a paid 2020 membership. Only members and their guests will be sent the information to join by Zoom. If you haven't yet contributed your 2020 CFPA membership, click here to do so NOW, so you will be eligible to register for either or both of this two-part event!
CFPAs's Membership Gathering (usually a sit-down dinner) will be taking place online via Zoom this year. Please plan to attend, from the comfort of your own home. (This year's gathering is split into two parts. On Sunday, June 14, Michael Klare will be our speaker. Click here for details.)
The first part of the gathering will be held on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m. with Noam Chomsky as our keynote speaker.
There will be a sponsor-only pre-webinar virtual reception with Chomsky from 6:30 to 7. The reception will include the opportunity to ask Prof. Chomsky questions and be seen and heard by each other and other reception attendees--which won't be the case with the webinar that follows. Sponsors will also be listed in the program.
Sponsors: Edward Aguilar, Carol Allen, John Braxton, Sivaram Chelluri, Kip Cherry, Libbie Counselman, Patricia Croisier, Ahmad Farzad, Christine Fogler, Irene Goldman, Carol Haag, Dosier Hammond, Sally Jones, Robert Karp, Meg Leone, Salim Lone, Kit & BJ Marlowe, Marco Palladino, Mark & Anne Pepper, Heide Ratliffe, Michael Robertson, Jane & George Schildge, Marc Tolo, and Kumar Vadaparty.
Noam Chomsky is a US political theorist and activist, and linguistics expert. Chomsky is internationally recognized as one of the most critically engaged public intellectuals alive today. Chomsky continues to be an unapologetic critic of both American foreign policy and its ambitions for geopolitical hegemony and the neoliberal turn of global capitalism, which he identifies in terms of class warfare waged from above against the needs and interests of the great majority.
Chomsky is also an incisive critic of the ideological role of the mainstream corporate mass media, which, he maintains, “manufactures consent” toward the desirability of capitalism and the political powers supportive of it.
Over the past five decades, Chomsky has offered a searing critical indictment of US foreign policy and its many military interventions across the globe, pointing out that the US’s continued support for undemocratic regimes, and hostility to popular or democratic movements, is at odds with its professed claim to be spreading democracy and freedom and support for tendencies aiming toward that end. Indeed, as Chomsky argues, the current concern from Washington with so-called “Rogue States,” as much as the stated goal of aiding democratic movements in other countries, is not supported by successive administrations’ support (either direct or indirect) for political and military dictatorships across Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia. As Chomsky stated: “As the most powerful state, the US makes its own laws, using force and conducting economic warfare at will.” It also threatens sanctions against countries that do not abide by its conveniently flexible notions of “free trade.”