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Session 3: Saturday June 29th, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
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When the yellow vests movement began in November 2018 following the Macron government’s decision to raise the tax on diesel, it was characterized by many, including those on the far left, as being a movement of the extreme right - anti-immigrant and anti-ecological. It was a movement that existed outside the major urban centers. And it was outside the unions and political parties that would usually be associated with any significant mobilization. But far from being a minority movement, it is made up of a significant portion of the French population: the poorer sections of the working class, retirees and women. The movement gained widespread support as it demonstrated on the exclusive Champs de Elysees in Paris and battled the police for the right to put forward its grievances. It was made up of hundreds of local “headquarters” with people meeting on the “roundabouts.” Recently General Assemblies, grouping members or representatives into broader regional bodies have been formed to discuss the direction of their movement. This panel will discuss the political developments within this movement and how the extreme left can engage this new movement that has the possibility to challenge the mechanisms of power.


Branden is a high school history teacher, a co-founder of a left caucus in his teachers' union, and has been an activist for over twenty years. He is active in Speak Out Now in the New York area.

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Kris Miclos is involved in the movement in Paris mostly organized around Saturday protests and extending the movement to the high school and university students. Kris is a student and a militant of the Fraction l’Etincelle in the NPA (New Anticapitalist Party),

Laura Muba, lives in Strasbourg, France. and joined the Yellow Vests Movement during the third Act (the third week of the Saturday demonstrations). Strasbourg was the site of the first General Assembly (GA) where people in the movement came together to decide whether to join the demonstration...

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