Thursday, October 1, 2015

10/4 Meaning of Marxism

Join the Meaning of Marxism discussion group

This Sunday 10/4 at 6 pmBoston Common Coffee Co.
115 Washington St.

To discuss Chapter 6 of Paul D'Amato's The Meaning of Marxism
No Power Greater: The Working Class
"Shut it down!" "No justice? No peace!" "Put your body on the gear of the machine"... in the course of any struggle for justice, there's always a struggle for power. Masses of people must contend with the massive power of the capitalist system and its governments in order to achieve any shred of reform.

For Marxists, the working class holds the key levers of power for not only fighting for reforms today, but for overthrowing capitalism and instituting a new, fully democratic society. Working class revolution is the cornerstone of Marxism, and understanding the working class is key to understanding so much of the theory and practice of socialists today.

Join the Boston ISO for our next installment of the ongoing "Meaning of Marxism" series -- a great way to deepen your understanding of Marxism as part of participating with the ISO. Books can be purchased from the Boston branch or at your local retailer.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

9/24, Why you should be a socialist featuring Danny Katch

September 24, 7pm
135 Shillman Hall
Northeastern University

The racism of police violence. Climate change. Sexism and homophobia. The injustices of American society stand exposed for everyone to see. Yet, the many apologists for capitalism claim that whatever its defects, there is no alternative to a system that puts corporate greed ahead of human need. We disagree! Come to this meeting to discuss what socialism is and how you can get involved today in the struggle to change the world!

Featured speaker:
Danny Katch is an activist and humorist often accused of not knowing the difference. He writes a regular column for and his articles have appeared in Truth-Out, ZNet, and the New York Daily News. He is the author of the recently published book, Socialism...Seriously: A Brief Guide to Human Liberation, America's Got Democracy! The Making of the World's Longest Running Reality Show and has contributed to Occupying Wall Street: The Inside Story of an Action that Changed America and 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History. Yes, he knows he has a problem with overly long titles and he's working on it.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

9/10 Education Meeting: Towards a Revolutionary Socialist Party

Boston ISO Education Meeting: 

Toward a Revolutionary Socialist Party
By Duncan Hallas

(23 Bus from Ruggles,  or a short walk from the Fields Corner T stop on the Red Line)
For more info call 617.902.0476
Socialists aim to change the world and have always sought to organize themselves as effectively as possible in order to achieve this goal.
But what sort of organization do we need? Revolutionaries today have come to many different conclusions on this question. The classic essay,Towards a Revolutionary Socialist Party, by  British Marxist Duncan Hallas shows why we need something more than single-issue organizations, movement coalitions, or reformist organizations if we are to over throw capitalism and replace it with a system based on working class democratic control.

It also dispels the myths about “democratic centralism” and demonstrate that the kind of socialist party that Lenin built, and the Russian Revolution that the Bolsheviks lead had nothing in common with the Stalinist despotism that replaced it.

Come join the ISO for a discussion of this important article. The reading is available for free online, just click here!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

8/27 Panel debate about Bernie Sanders

A panel debate sponsored by the International Socialist Organization 

Thursday, 8/27, 7pm
First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain
633 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130

Bernie Sanders' entry into the Democratic Primary for the party's presidential nomination has triggered a debate on the left. Some have enthusiastically rallied to his candidacy as a chance to transform the Democratic Party. Others have criticized his entry into the Democratic Party as following the precedent of Dennis Kucinich to corral radicals back into a capitalist party. And still others are building independent formations in solidarity with his campaign as a way to consolidate a larger organized left. This panel will offer various viewpoint to discuss and debate how the left should approach the Sanders campaign.

Howie Hawkins has been an organizer in movements for peace, justice, labor, and the environment since 1967. As the New York Green Party's candidate for Governor in 2010, he campaigned for progressive taxes and revenue sharing as the alternative to Andrew Cuomo's cuts to schools, cities, and public services. He received nearly 60,000 votes, which gave the Green Party a ballot line statewide for the next four years. Hawkins works at UPS unloading trucks, where he is a member of Teamsters Local 317 and active in Teamsters for a Democratic Union, US Labor Against the War, and the Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare. His articles have appeared in Against the Current, CounterPunch, Green Politics, International Socialist Review, Labor Notes, New Politics, Peace and Democracy News, Z Magazine, and other publications. He is the editor of Independent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate (Haymarket Books, 2006).

Ashley Smith is a member of the editorial board of the International Socialist Review, to which he is a frequent contributor. His writing has also appeared on ZNet, Dissident Voice, CounterPunch and Socialist Worker. He lives in Vermont and is a member of the National Writers Union.

Jason Lowenthal is a member of People for Bernie, the Boston Homeless Solidarity Committee, and the Green-Rainbow Party in Massachusetts.

Jake Altman serves on the executive board of the Boston local of the Democratic Socialists of America. Jake is also a member and former officer of UE Local 896-COGS, a local union affiliated with the proudly independent United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: What Do Socialists Say About the Socialist Candidate?

Contact: Chris Morale                                                   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tel. (339) 203-9157
Date: 8/11/2015

Boston Activists to Debate Bernie Sanders’ Candidacy

Boston, MA - On Thursday, August 27, the Boston branch of the International Socialist Organization will hold a panel debate on Bernie Sanders’ Democratic candidacy for president at the Montserrat Aspirer’s Community Center, 358 Washington Street, Dorchester. (*8/21/15 Update -- Note: The event has moved to the First Baptist Church of JP at 633 Centre St in Jamaica Plain*) The public forum will begin at 7:00 PM and conclude at 9:00 PM.

The public forum is called “Should Socialists Support Bernie Sanders?” The event will include leading left-wing and socialist activists from across the Northeast region.

Independent U.S. Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders’ entry into the presidential race has sparked major debate among progressives and socialists of all stripes.

Bernie Sanders’ candidacy to be the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee has drawn thousands of progressives and liberals to hear him speak at campaign stops across the country. Many on the political Left are excited about Sanders’ call for a “political revolution” against the control of big business over the political process.

But not all progressives or leftists are following Bernie Sanders, whether into the Democratic Party or elsewhere. At a recent campaign stop in Seattle, Black Lives Matter protesters took the stage to protest Sanders’ “lack of support for the Black Lives Matter movement,” as their press release reads.

Ashley Smith, a board member of the International Socialist Review journal and a speaker on the August 27th panel, is another voice opposed to the socialist Left campaigning for Sanders.

“Sanders refused to consider an independent presidential campaign not because he had little chance of winning, but because he didn't want to compete for votes with the Democrats' eventual nominee,” Smith wrote in a May 5th article for Socialist Worker.

Though sympathetic to the excitement drawn around his campaign and some of Sanders’ rhetoric, Smith opposes the Left’s support for him. “By steering liberal and left supporters into a Democratic Party whose policies and politics he claims to disagree with, Sanders—no matter how critical he might be of Hillary Clinton—is acting as the opposite of an ‘alternative.’”

Sanders adopts the socialist title, but whether grassroots socialists and leftists will support his candidacy is still a live issue. Thursday’s panel will seek to open up political space for Boston’s progressive and left-wing community to debate this issue out in the open.

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