Wednesday, April 20, 2016

5/14, Book discussion: From #Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation

Saturday, May 14 12pm
Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library

This is the first in a series of discussions on From #Blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. We will be discussing the Introduction (Black Awakening in Obama’s America) and Chapter 1 (Culture of Racism).


Over the course of the past two years we’ve witnessed the emergence of Black Lives Matter, a movement that not only demands justice for victims of racist violence of the police, but also acts as a vehicle for redressing the broader systemic racial inequality that characterizes Black life in America. In “#BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation” Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor raises the question, why, in a nation founded on on a vicious and persisting racism, is a period of Black radicalization happening now? 


In an effort to answer this question Taylor examines the context in which the mass protests of the Black Lives Matter Movement have erupted and how these protests reveal the illusion of a post-racial America. 

In her in-depth look at the political landscape that gave birth to Black Lives Matter, Taylor offers profound insights into questions of why racism persists, how the predominant strategies for fighting inequality have failed, and argues for how the Black Lives Matter Movement has the potential to reignite a broader push for the ultimate goal: Black liberation.


If you need a copy of the book, contact contact@bostonsocialism.org

The author will be speaking at this year's annual Socialism Conference!
https://www.socialismconference.org/

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

4/16 Socialism Seriously Pt 2


Socialism ...Seriously
 
Saturday April 16, 3pm
Curry Student Center (across from UBurger)
Northeastern University


Join Us!
For more information, emailcontact@bostonsocialism.org

For more information about us, also see 
www.bostonsocialism.org/
www.socialistworker.org
 
A Brief Guide to Human Liberation

Reading and Discussion Group
Part 2 (pages 27-70)


Join us to discuss part 2 of Danny Katch's hilarious book! It's OK if you haven't made it to previous sessions - just email us for a copy of the book and hop right in!

Opinion polls show that many people in the U.S. prefer socialism to capitalism. But after being declared dead and buried for decades, socialism has come to mean little more than something vaguely less cruel and stupid than what we have now. That's not exactly going to inspire millions to storm the barricades.

Danny Katch brings together the two great Marxist traditions of Karl and Groucho to provide an entertaining and insightful introduction to what the socialist tradition has to say about democracy, economics and the potential of human beings to be something more than being bomb-dropping, planet-destroying racist fools.

"Danny Katch has done the impossible: he makes socialism sexy. Socialism... Seriously is eye-opening, inspiring, and funny. Warning to all Democrats, Republicans, and libertarians: this book might turn you into a closet socialist."
—Judah Friedlander, World Champion

"The most hilarious book about socialism since Karl Marx and his brother Harpo wrote their joke book.”
—Hari Kondabolu

 

 

4/14 Resisting the Rise of Trump

 

What do socialists say about:                                           RESISTING THE RISE OF DONALD TRUMP?

Thurs, April 11 @7pm
358 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
(Google Map Link)

(Take the 23 Bus from Ruggles, or a short walk from
the Fields Corner T stop on the Red Line)


*****Carpooling is available and will be leaving Ruggles Station (Forsyth Street) at6:30.

Join Us!
For more information, emailcontact@bostonsocialism.org

For more information about us, also see 
www.bostonsocialism.org/
www.socialistworker.org
 
Trump's presidential campaign has turned the whole of U.S. politics upside down. Trump has built his campaign on a platform of vile bigotry and racism - calling for more deportations, ramping up of of islamophobia, and violence against protestors. His ideas have opened up space for reactionary and right-wing ideas to take root and has contributed to the polarization to the right in U.S. society.

Trump's continued momentum raises many questions for our side, namely: How do we stop him?

But his rise has also left activists wondering: How did we get here? Is Trump a fascist? How exactly do we organize to shut him down? Is lesser-evilism a strategy to do so?

Join the Boston ISO for a rousing discussion of these questions and more!

Let us know if you are interested in a ride from Northeastern University. Carpooling is available and will be leaving Ruggles Station (Forsyth Street) at6:30.
   
Call us if you get lost: (617) 902-0476

 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Join our Socialism... Seriously Reading Group, Sat. April 2!

Socialism ...Seriously
A Brief Guide to Human Liberation

A book discussion hosted by the International Socialist Organization

 
Introduction & Part One (p. 1-27)
Saturday April 2 at 3pm
Curry Student Center Cafeteria
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115 (Google Map Link)
(Take the E Line to Northeastern or a short walk from
the Ruggles T stop on the Orange Line)


Opinion polls show that many people in the U.S. prefer socialism to capitalism. But after being declared dead and buried for decades, socialism has come to mean little more than something vaguely less cruel and stupid than what we have now. That's not exactly going to inspire millions to storm the barricades.

Danny Katch brings together the two great Marxist traditions of Karl and Groucho to provide an entertaining and insightful introduction to what the socialist tradition has to say about democracy, economics and the potential of human beings to be something more than being bomb-dropping, planet-destroying racist fools.

Join the Boston ISO for this reading series to learn more about socialism. To get a copy of the book, look for it at your local retailer, HaymarketBooks.org, or e-mail contact@bostonsocialism.org

RSVP on Facebook

"Danny Katch has done the impossible: he makes socialism sexy. Socialism... Seriously is eye-opening, inspiring, and funny. Warning to all Democrats, Republicans, and libertarians: this book might turn you into a closet socialist."
—Judah Friedlander, World Champion

"The most hilarious book about socialism since Karl Marx and his brother Harpo wrote their joke book.”
—Hari Kondabolu
Call us if you get lost: (617) 902-0476 or (339) 203-9157

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

2/20 Meaning of Marxism Discussion: "Imagine..."

"Imagine... the Socialist Future"
Ch. 13 Meaning of Marxism discussion hosted by the Boston ISO

 
Saturday February 20th at 2:30pm
Pho Hoa, 1370 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, MA 02124 (Google Map Link)
(A short walk from the Fields Corner T stop on the Red Line)

We live in a society where the main drive of all human activity is the pursuit of a higher rate of profit. That's why everything falls victim to being merchandise: education, health, electricity, transportation, nature, animals... people! But what if we can change this? What if we can use our labor to satisfy our needs and not the needs of the capitalistic market?

Remember these lyrics? It's from a beautiful communist song...

"Imagine there's no countries, nothing to kill or die for,
Imagine no possessions, no need for greed and hunger..." - 
John Lennon, "Imagine"

Join the International Socialist Organization in our study group the Meaning of Marxism, this Saturday the 20th at 2:30 p.m. at Pho Hoa (1370 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester). We will be discussing Chapter 13.


You can get the book here
Call us if you get lost: (617) 902-0476