Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Resist Trump, Fight the Right, and Join the Socialists!

Resist Trump, Fight the Right, and Join the Socialists!

We have a lot to do. 

The American political establishment says:

“Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.” — Hillary Clinton
“We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country.” — Barack Obama
“President-elect Trump promised to rebuild our economy for working people, and I offer to put aside our differences and work with him on that task.” — Elizabeth Warren

We say:

That an “orderly transition” to an era of reactionary attacks on workers and women, Muslims and LGBTQI people, immigrants and refugees, and Blacks and Latinos, is the last thing we need. We will not “give Trump a chance” or “root for him to succeed”—we will join with others to mobilize as many people as possible to stop his attacks.
We stand together with all those who were shocked and horrified at Trump’s victory, with workers and the oppressed who will bear the brunt of the assaults to come, and with the tens of thousands of people who immediately took to the streets to resist Trump’s agenda. We agree with Assata Shakur when she said—in what is now a popular cry in the Black Lives Matter movement that ends with a line from The Communist Manifesto, “It is our duty to fight. It is our duty to win. We must love and protect one another. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”—To which, we would add the next line: “We have a world to win.
If you came to our website because you want to join a fighting socialist alternative and stand together to defend everyone who will come under attack during a Trump presidency, then you’ve come to the right place. Below are resources for how to resist Trump, fight the Right, and join the socialistsPlease contact us to learn how you can get involved.

We need to study to prepare for the struggle ahead

ISO table with Socialist Worker newspaper and Marxist literatureWe need to study, educate, and train ourselves. How did Trump win? How can we fight the Right? What can we learn from the successess and setbacks of past movements in order to build the widest possible movement to defend all those who will come under increasing attack during Trump’s presidency? What can be done to build a socialist movement today?
Here are some resources to get you started:

Socialist Worker’s Election 2016 Supplement: “Don’t let this creep have his way (downloadable PDF)

To help understand the results of the election, we’ve produced a special, post-election supplement of Socialist Worker with coverage about what happened and who is (and isn’t) to blame for Trump’s impending rise to power.
SW EditorialHow could this monster win?
SW RoundtableThe resistance starts now
You should also read Socialist Worker’s pre-election issue and subscribe to the electronic and print editions for on-going coverage of fallout of Election 2016 and the fight against Trump and the system who spawned him.

What's next after the Trump election” perspectives video

Across the United States, the International Socialist Organization is hosting a series of Fall Marxism Day Schools (there are ones in Austin TX, Columbus, OH, and San Diego, CA this Saturday, November 19th). The evening meetings at each day school—which have been attended by hundreds of people across the country— were on the topic “What’s next after the Trump election?” Click here to view a recording of the presentation ISO member Jennifer Roesch gave at the NYC Marxism Day School, which was held at Columbia University.

Columbia University / Barnard College ISO says “The Resistance Starts Today! We Will Stop Trump”Arm yourself to fight the Right with the International Socialist Review

In order to help arm activists with the ideas they need to fight the Right in the coming period, our partners at the International Socialist Review—a quarterly journal of Marxist theory—are offering a 50% discount on all new subscriptions! That's $14.50 for a 1-year subscription or $24.50 for a 2-year subscription. Add the subscription you want to your cart and then use coupon code “FTR 2016” at checkout. Already have a subscription? Now is a great time to buy a subscription for a friend. If you have any questions or difficulties, just email circulation@isreview.org.
For a glimpse at the kind of analysis you’ll get with your subscription, read Lance Selfa’s “From "political revolution" to lesser-evilism” and Neil Davidson’s “After Brexit: Will the European Union crack up?

We need to build movements

Stand with Standing Rock placardThe Democrats’ role as custodians of an increasingly intolerable status quo and their policies to undercut the remnants of the New Deal and Great Society programs—alongside their support for expansive wars of aggressition, mass incarceration, and repression of social movements—helped set the stage for the disasterous result in the U.S. presidential election. As we saw during the whole election season—and as has been confirmed by Clinton and Obama's call for unity with Trump in its aftermath—we cannot rely on the Democratic Party to stop Trump, to say nothing of the even more nefarious forces to the right of him. Only solidarity and struggle from below can stop an aggressive right-wing program from being implemented and reverse the renewed confidence of the even harder Right. 
Whether its building solidarity with Standing Rock and fighting to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline; mobilizing to defend immigrants, Muslims, and refugees who come under attack; organizing meetings on the socialist alternative to capitalismsupporting workers who go on strikeopposing all wars of aggressionno matter who wages thembuilding the anti-Trump protests across the country; or preparing ourselves to counter every instance of bigotry on our campus—if a bigot so much as squeaks, we’ll be there—We cannot wait, the resistance starts now.

The Resistance Against Trump Starts Now, International Socialist Organization
Come to Washington, D.C. to protest Trump’s inauguration

Like thousands of people across the country, the International Socialist Organization will be mobilizing to go to Washington, D.C. to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration. As we noted in our statement on the election, “this election does not represent an overwhelming turn to the right in U.S. society. Instead we see a political polarization, in which both right and left are growing.” Find an ISO branch near you and help us organize to dispel any notion that Trump will be president because he received a popular mandate to implement his agenda—and to get organized for the struggle ahead.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

9/20, The System is Broken: Fight for a Socialist Future



The System is Broken: Fight for a Socialist Future
Thursday, Sept 20, 7pm
Shillman Hall, Room 415
Northeastern University

Socialism is at the center of U.S. politics after the campaign of Bernie Sanders. Capitalism has brought our world to the brink with inequality, racism, war and environmental devastation. It is clear to a new generation of people that the current system isn’t working, and we need an alternative. Come to this forum about what the fight for a socialist future might look like and how you can get involved.

Monday, July 25, 2016

7/28 The Marxist Tradition & Women's Liberation

The Marxist Tradition & Women's Liberation

Part One of a Study Series Hosted by the Boston International Socialist Organization

Thursday July 28, 7 PM
358 Washington St, Dorchester, MA 02124 (map link)

#23 Bus from Ruggles/Ashmont or Fields Corner Station on Ashmont Red Line
RSVP on Facebook
There are more female politicians than ever before, but women are still paid less, still bear most of the responsibilities of the home, and still subject to widespread sexual violence. Why?

Socialism has a long tradition in fighting for women's liberation -- like founding International Women's Day or the organizing by Black communist women in Harlem. Marxism provides a framework that can locate the origins of women's oppression, can explain how sexism can be ended, and had directly contributed to the politics of the 1960s and 1970s women's liberation movement.

Join the Boston ISO for part one of a study group on Sharon Smith's "Women & Socialism" to discuss the history of socialism and women's liberation.

Required Reading:
"Women & Socialism" (Updated Edition), Chapter One
or
"Women's Liberation and the Marxist Tradition"International Socialist Review

Thursday, July 14, 2016

7/21 Cops, Class & Race: How to Stop Police Violence

Cops, Class & Race: How to Stop Police Violence

A public forum hosted by the Boston International Socialist Organization

Thursday July 21, 7 PM
358 Washington St, Dorchester, MA 02124 (map link)

#23 Bus from Ruggles/Ashmont or Fields Corner Station on Ashmont Red Line
RSVP on Facebook
The murders of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Minneapolis have brought the Black Lives Matter movement on the streets once again. Once again our streets ring with the challenge "Who do you protect? Who do you serve?" as the movement raises the question of the police and their role in society.

How can we stop police violence? What's the role of cops in society? Join the Boston ISO for a discussion about the origins of the police and their relationship to racism, class and capitalism – and how we can win justice.
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Free childcare available if reserved before July 19. Please reserve childcare by emailing contact@bostonsocialism.org or calling 617-902-0476.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

6/23- Socialism: What it is and how do we get there?

The International Socialist Organization presents a public forum
Socialism:
What is it and how do we get there?

Thursday,  June 23, 7pm
Montserrat Aspirers Center
358 Washington Street, Dorchester

(A short walk from Fields Corner T stop on the Red Line, or the 23 Bus from Ruggles)
For more info - 617-902-0476 or https://www.facebook.com/bostonsocialism/ 


Socialism has been one of the most talked about words in the past year, it was even the most looked up word in the Webster dictionary in 2015. The popularity of Bernie Sanders’ campaign shows that many people are seeking out an alternative to capitalism and are for the first time embracing socialism. But what exactly does socialism mean? And how would we get there?

These are crucial questions for a generation of people facing a world of racist police violence, crippling student debt, a low wage job market, sexual violence, endless wars and environmental destruction. We desperately need an alternative to capitalism, a system driven by profit, but what would an alternative look like and how could we actually win another world?

Join the Boston ISO this week to discuss the different meanings of socialism and the case for why we need to look to the real Marxist tradition of “socialism from below”.

We will be discussing Two Souls of Socialism by Hal Draper. In his pamphlet The Two Souls of Socialism, Hal Draper makes the case that Karl Marx stood for "socialism from below" against other socialistcurrents.