Forum: Labor & Popular Struggles in the Middle East & North Africa

Tuesday June 2, 2020, at 7pm ET/6pm CT/5pm MT/4pm PT

Please join DSA’s International Committee and the Global African Worker for this critical dialogue about the role of labor movements in current popular struggles in the Middle East and North Africa.

The point of departure for this event is Joel Beinin’s recent Jacobin article “Arab Workers and the Struggle for Democracy,” which examines the current state of labor movements and their role in popular struggles from Egypt and Tunisia to Algeria and Sudan and beyond. While there is no required reading for this event, Beinin’s article provides an excellent framework and context for the discussion and is highly recommended.

This event is co-sponsored by DSA’s International Committee and the Global African Worker. It is free and open to all.


Joel Beinin: Author of Workers and Thieves: Labor Movements and Popular Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt (2016) and The Struggle for Worker Rights in Egypt (2010), member of the Middle East & Africa working group of DSA’s International Committee & of the Portland, Oregon, DSA chapter

Bill Fletcher: Executive Editor of the Global African Worker, former president of the TransAfrica Forum, co-author of Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path toward Social Justice (2009)

Brahim Rouabah: Algerian activist, co-founder and former head of the UK Algeria Solidarity campaign, PhD candidate in Political Science at CUNY and a graduate teaching fellow at Brooklyn College

Rabab Elnaiem: Sudanese activist, member of the Sudanese Workers Alliance for the Restoration of Trade Unions (SWAFRTU), PhD candidate in statistics, University of Maryland, Baltimore County