Cornel West & Carl Dix - a dialogue: What Future For Our Youth?


December 2, 2011 at 7pm
Pauley Ballroom on the UC Berkeley campus (Telegraph & Bancroft)


article from Revolution newspaper posted 12/12/11:
Thousands Turn Out For Unprecedented, Transformative Evening

Two of the country’s most outspoken and politically engaged Black intellectuals – Cornel West and Carl Dix – will be speaking at UC Berkeley, at a moment when the campus has become a national focus of student protest, the Occupy movement, and a public outcry over police brutality.

This event will address issues at the at the heart of the campus and Occupy protests, the racism and inequalities facing society’s most oppressed, as well as broader issues of moral responsibility, the roots of injustice, and the prospects and pathways for fundamental social change.  It is free and open to the pubic.

Mr. Dix and Dr. West have joined Occupy Wall Street and other Occupy protests, and have recently launched a new initiative against mass incarceration.  In October, they were arrested together with other supporters in an action of civil disobedience protesting “Stop & Frisk” – New York City’s program in which 700,000 mostly Black and Latino youth are illegally stopped, searched and harassed every year by police.   (See, New York Times link, below.)

Their dialogue is described by organizers as “a spirited back-and-forth between two of the nation’s foremost thinkers -- one in the spirit of the Black church and liberation theology, and the other, Revolutionary Communist.”

Some 22 student groups and faculty departments (see list below) are sponsoring the event.  The dialogue has also been announced at Occupy Cal's General Assembly.

A support letter signed by faculty and students, including History and African American Studies professors, and students from African Arts Society, Latin@Sociological Association, Kroeber Anthropological Society, Students for Hip Hop and other groups states:

 “Though differing in perspective, they are joined by their profound respect for each other, their love for and commitment to today’s youth, and their shared desire to crack open the national discourse and foster a spirit of critical engagement and daring to confront the dangerous situation faced by this new generation.....This dialogue will stimulate further moral and political engagement at this time of awakening and activism.”  

CORNEL WEST is one of America’s most provocative public intellectuals and has been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, speaking, and teaching weave together the traditions of the black Baptist Church, progressive politics, and jazz. The New York Times has praised his “ferocious moral vision.” Dr. West currently teaches at Princeton University.

CARL DIX is a longtime revolutionary and a founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA. In 1970 Carl was one of the Fort Lewis 6, six GIs who refused orders to go to Vietnam. He served 2 years in Leavenworth Military Penitentiary for his stand. In 1985 Carl initiated the Draw The Line statement, a powerful condemnation of the bombing of the MOVE house in Philadelphia. In 1996, Carl was a founder of the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality. Carl coordinated the Katrina hearings of the 2006 Bush Crimes Commission.

Sponsors include: • Black Student Union • Hermanos Unidos • Students for Justice in Palestine • 100 Black Men • African Arts Society • Students for Hip Hop • Latin@ Sociological Association • Kroeber Anthropological Society • A.G.O.R.A. • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity • African-American Studies Department • Department of English • Department of Ethnic Studies • Department of Gender and Women’s Studies • Department of Art Practice • African American Student Development Office • Cross-Cultural Student Development Office • Center for Race and Gender • Townsend Center for the Humanities • Ethnic Studies Fifth Account • Laney College Black Student Union • Department of History • Institute for the Study of Social Change • OccupyCAL General Assembly • Revolution Books Berkeley • Project Censored • Media Roots • Media Freedom Foundation

For more on the Dialogue, the speakers, see: 
 “Protesters of Police Stop-and-Frisk Practice Are Arrested,” New York Times, October 21, 2011,

Carl Dix, “Why I Am Getting Arrested Today,” Huffington Post, October 21, 2011,

Cornel West: “Dr. King Weeps From His Grave,” New York Times, August 25, 2011,

“Cornel West and Carl Dix in Dialogue at UCLA,” Revolution #233, May 22, 2011,