AUSTIN, TEXAS — On March 12, 2022, the Center for Political Innovation convened its first public conference entitled – “Free America From Neoliberal Empire.” Various anti-imperialists from different groups across the country spoke at the conference including Jackson Hinkle of The Dive web broadcast, Peter Coffin and Ms. ACD of the PACD podcast, Haz of the Infrared Collective, Daniel Burke from the Schiller Institute, David Cedillo of San Angelo Solidarity, and Muhammad Hani Mirza of the Freedom Politics podcast. Many members of the Center for Political Innovation itself also spoke, including Lily Goldklang, Keaten Mansfield, Charlotte Forrester, and Caleb Maupin, who opened and served as MC for the conference. The conference was attended by over one hundred people.
The conference was greeted with video messages from George Galloway of the Workers Party of Britain, Joti Brar of the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist), Tara Reade of the Politics of Survival podcast, Max Blumenthal of Grayzone Project, and Chris Helali, Vermont congressional candidate of the Party of Communists USA.
Amidst a sea of anti-Russian hysteria from the mainstream media, the CPI Austin conference offered a breath of fresh air. Over one hundred people gathered to stand in solidarity with the peoples of Donetsk and Lugansk against US-NATO propaganda and lies. The conference opened with a beautiful ceremony, including both the Internationale and the Star Spangled Banner. Video of the event will be up shortly.