Wednesday, January 7, 2015

1/15, Black Liberation study group

Black Liberation and Socialism:
The revolutionary answer to the question of racial oppression in the U.S.

7pm, Thursday, Jan 15th
358 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA
(Short walk from Fields Corner T stop, or Bus 23 from Ruggles)

As we've seen, the movement against police brutality has very quickly raised fundamental questions about the functioning of capitalism, from its justice system, to the role of its ruling class parties and political organization that supports them, to the power of ordinary people to shut down the system. Because anti-black racism has been a necessary tool of the US ruling class since its inception, our political tradition looks to Black struggle in this country as a particular force that can open up a broader working class challenge to capitalism, which is the vehicle for overthrowing the system.

This study group, hosted by the International Socialist Organization - Boston, will be based upon a discussion of the following texts.

Required reading:
  • C.L.R. James, "The revolutionary answer to the Negro problem in the United States" (available here). 
    - A report delivered by the pioneering Black Marxist C. L. R. James in presenting the draft resolution on the Negro Question to the Thirteenth Convention of the Socialist Workers Party (US), 1948.
  • Ahmed Shawki, Black Liberation and Socialism, Chapter 8: "Roots of the Civil Rights Movement" (available here). 
    - An historical overview of the radicalization of the civil rights movement over the course of the 1950s and 1960s, from reform to revolution.
Supplemental reading:
  • Black Liberation and Socialism, Chapter 10, "Black Power"
  • Black Liberation and Socialism, Conclusion, "Black Liberation and Socialism"
Black Liberation and Socialism can be purchased in its entirety directly from the ISO - Boston branch or from www.haymarketbooks.org

Thursday, December 4, 2014

12/11, Justice denied in Ferguson: How can we stop legal lynching?

Thursday, December 11, 7pm
358 Washington St, Dorchester, MA
Fields Corner or #23 from Ruggles Station

The grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the August 9 murder of Ferguson resident Mike Brown Is simultaneously shocking and predictable. The global spotlight on Ferguson makes the decision to let Wilson walk all the more surprising, but the ugly reality is that police routinely murder Black and Brown people across the U.S. without facing consequences. The number of people killed by police last year was the highest number in 20 years, according to the FBI itself.

Come to this meeting to discuss why the police are so out of control and what we can do to demand justice.

12,4 Protest: #EnoughIsEnough: We Are The Ones, Justice For Eric Garner

Thursday December 4, 7pm
Boston Common


In response to the no indictment verdict of the police officer who murdered Eric Garner. We will be standing in solidarity at the Boston Common Tree Lighting! Bring your signage, energy, and a friend!


We will be meeting at the Boylston St. entrance across from the Lowes Move theater.


For background read: http://socialistworker.org/2014/12/04/how-is-this-not-murder

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

12/11, Justice denied in Ferguson: How can we stop legal lynching?

Thursday, December 11, 7pm
358 Washington St, Dorchester, MA
Fields Corner or #23 from Ruggles Station

The grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the August 9 murder of Ferguson resident Mike Brown Is simultaneously shocking and predictable. The global spotlight on Ferguson makes the decision to let Wilson walk all the more surprising, but the ugly reality is that police routinely murder Black and Brown people across the U.S. without facing consequences. The number of people killed by police last year was the highest number in 20 years, according to the FBI itself.

Come to this meeting to discuss why the police are so out of control and what we can do to demand justice.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

11/1: Halloween Party

A Dance Party to Stop...


The Monsters of the Market




Saturday November 1st, 8:00 PM

Facebook Message for the Address
(In Jamaica Plain on the Orange Line)
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They walk among us as normal humans, but nestled in the husk of the capitalist system they reside -- the monsters of the market!

Like zombies, these creatures of the 1% live off our flesh, blood, and sweat -- while imposing vicious cuts and ghastly treatments upon the poor and working-class.

But another Halloween, and another world, is possible. Join the International Socialist Organization for a radical celebration of the season, with costumes, a cash bar, and other holiday frights.

$3-5 Cover Donation to Benefit the Boston ISO (no one turned away from lack of funds).