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The NYC Political Forum™ (www.nycpoliticalforum.org) is a nonpartisan, all-inclusive civic organization. We welcome all New Yorkers to join, gather and exchange their passionate views and ideas on various public policy matters and foreign affairs. While we don't shy away from controversial, hot-button issues, we always maintain civility and strive for an intellectual discourse at the highest level.

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Upcoming events (3)

Letter from Birmingham Jail

Bread and Butter

As we mark the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we'll read and discuss the "Letter from Birmingham Jail" (circa April 1963). It can be accessed from various sources online, including at the following link below: https://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html This meeting is intended to be a small group discussion to allow a robust exchange of views and ideas. The discussion will be focused on a close textual analysis of philosophical insights from this historically-significant document. *************** Some questions worthy of further exploration or consideration: - Do any universal themes emerge from the text? - Who is the intended recipient of the letter and has he pursued the reader or the audience? - Do you find the moral, philosophical, and religious references to be relevant and persuasive? - Is this document still relevant in today's society? If so, how? *************** IMPORTANT: the reading assignment is mandatory, if you wish to attend.

Book Club: "The Fountainhead" -- by Ayn Rand (Part One)

This is a three-part book club series reading and discussing the 1943 novel "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand. This is a 700-page book. For this meeting, we'll cover Chapters 1 to 5, which is about one-third of the book. PLEASE NOTE: reading assignments are mandatory, if you wish to attend. This meeting is intended to be a small group discussion to allow robust exchange of views and ideas. The meeting will be announced in early January 2019, to ensure that those who wish to attend can purchase the book and complete the reading assignment. More details to follow.

Law, History & Politics: Founding of UN + Universal Declaration of Human Rights

For this meeting, we'll discuss: 1) the founding of the United Nations; and 2) the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (circa Dec. 1948) To that end, we'll discuss and analyze each of its three distinct components: Law, History and Politics. The Premise: In the previous episode of LHP, World War II had just ended (https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/252817478/). Various international tribunals were formed, adjudicating the "crimes against humanity" of the recently-defeated Axis powers. The rise and fall of "nationalism" during the early part of the Twentieth Century -- giving rise to the bloodiest conflict in human history -- has now given way to grand reconstruction efforts, by way of the Marshal Plan and the formation of the United Nations. Here are the discussion topics: I. Law The Charter of the United Nations https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charter_of_the_United_Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/ II. History A very brief historical summary of the end of WWII. III. Politics Various treaties leading up to the founding of the U.N. The purported objectives and missions, and any institutional failures. The practicality (or lack thereof) of a global international institution in attempting to address various conflicts and issues. More details to follow. ***************** More about LHP: The LHP series explore the intersections of its namesake -- an in-depth study of a particular law, court decision, or a legal precedent that shaped the political forces and its historical ramifications. Last year, the LHP series covered subject matters that directly related to the U.S. We read and discussed landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions, particular Constitutional Amendments, or an influential legislative body of work. For Season Two, the advanced LHP series will explore international and comparative law from a historic perspective. These may include: Magna Carta, the Code of Justinian, the Code of Hammurabi -- to more recent selections, such as the Treaty of Versailles, the U.N. Declaration on Human Rights and the Geneva Convention. ***************** LHP series (Season Two): • Nuremberg and Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal (c. [masked]) (Oct. 2018): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/252817478/ • The French Revolution (July 2018) (https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/251616786/) • The Russian Revolution (c. 1917) (June 2018): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/251231269/ • The "Beer Hall Putsch" -- Munich, Bavaria (c. 1923) (May 2018): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/249570392/ • The Treaty of Versailles (March 2018): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/247933278/ • Magna Carta (Jan. 2018): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/246064951/ ***************** LHP series (Season One): • Loving v. Virginia and Obergefell v. Hodges (December 2017): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/244020216/ • Brown v. Board of Ed. (Sept. 2017): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/242699442/ • The Chinese Exclusion Act and Korematsu v. U.S. (July 2017): (https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/239229088/ ) • Plessy v. Ferguson, (April 2017) -- a reading and critical discussion of the "Separate But Equal" doctrine: https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/237488367/ • Federalist Papers Nos. 2 and 68, and the Dred Scott Decision (Feb. 2017): https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/236391106/?eventId=236391106s

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