Thursday, April 17, 2014

4/22 A World to Win: Public Forum feat. Shaun Harkin


A World to Win:
The Revolutionary Ideas of Marxism
A public forum hosted by the Boston ISO
Tuesday April 22, 3:30 PM
UMass Boston - Wheatley Hall 4th Floor
Room 141 (CPCS Conference Room)
Directions

(JFK/UMass stop)
You can’t keep a good idea down. As much as pundits try to declare Marxism dead, it's coming back again. Why? Because it is the best way to understand the insanity of a world governed by an unrelenting drive to profit, and it is a roadmap to fight for a better world. We know that if we let capitalism run its course, it will lead to ruin. The only alternative is to take back the immense wealth accumulated by a tiny minority at the expense of the majority, and use it to democratically serve human need rather than corporate greed.

We call that alternative socialism. Join us for a discussion of the problems we face today and the sort of movement we need to solve them.

Featured speaker: Shaun Harkin, an activist in Chicago and frequent contributor to the International Socialist Review

Hosted by the International Socialist Organization   
 

4/17 Organizing Meeting


Boston ISO Organizing Meeting
Thursday April 17, 7 PM
358 Washington Street, Dorchester
(Fields Corner Station or #23 from Ruggles station)

Directions
Proposed Agenda:
1) Report-back from Labor Notes conference, 45m
    Suggested reading: How will labor be revived
                               Organizing for a union comeback
 
 
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Organizing for a union comeback | SocialistWorker...
This year's Labor Notes conference will highlight the strategies of reformers for overcoming the crisis facing labor.
 
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How will labor be revived? | SocialistWorker.org
A leading writer and labor historian talks about the shape of the labor movement today--and how to rebuild fighting unions.
 
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2) Urban Shield organizing, 60m
    Suggested reading: Urban shield isn't security
                               Gives us your rights and no one gets hurt
 
 
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Defenders of the Big Brother surveillance state think we should accept it when our rights have been violated because the world is a safer ...
 
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Urban Shield isn't security | SocialistWorker.org
An activist coalition in Oakland mobilized people from around the Bay Area to protest the annual Urban Shield conference.
 
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As Boston goes through the one year anniversary of the tragic marathon bombings, the Urban Shield convention is planned to happen here on the first weekend in May. This is the conference for law enforcement that is being credited with giving Boston police the training needed to lockdown the city in the days following the bombing. In fact, it's recognized internationally for preparing police to crush protest and providing them with the latest, best weaponry. Daily, we are being bombarded with the legitimacy of hyper surveillance and a militarized police-- in a moment where more people are disaffected with the inequality and oppression that pervade this society. It's a challenge for the left to meet the openness to radical politics in this moment, to connect people more-so rejecting the status quo with politics that immediately reject the racism and attack on civil liberties that come along with the narrative of the need for "safety."
 
The anti-racist working group in the branch has been a part of an ad hoc coalition of activists that is organizing a meeting to oppose the Urban Shield convention. In this week's meeting, the branch committee is proposing we take time to figure out what kind of contribution our branch should make to the organizing. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

4/3, Public forum: Why we need a revolution

April 3 at 7pm
358 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA
Fields Corner Station or #23 Bus from Ruggles

Criticizing exploitation and oppression is not enough. The point is to change it. But there are big questions today about how to do that. How can mass numbers of people come to radical ideas, and rebuild society on a democratic basis? Can white workers unite with black and brown workers to eliminate racism? What’s the role of activists today? What would a revolution need to look like? Can capitalism be overthrown?

Join the Boston ISO as we discuss what Marxists mean by revolution and why we need one.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

4/1, The Battle for Justice in Palestine with Ali Abunimah at Northeastern University

Tuesday, April 1 at 5pm
ROOM 444, Curry Student Center
Northeastern University


Join the Progressive Student Alliance, the Northeastern Palestine Underground, and the International Socialist Organization - Boston on Tuesday, April 1st at 5:00pm as we host prolific author and activist Ali Abunimah. He will be discussing his most recent book, The Battle for Justice in Palestine, which documents the struggle on campus for Palestinian liberation and the BDS movement. Abunimah has also dedicated the last few stops of his tour to raising awareness about the Northeastern administration's censorship of SJP, along with the censorship of Columbia SJP at Barnard and of Prof. Iymen Chehade at Columbia College in Chicago. We are honored to have such a distinguished speaker advocate for our struggle on campus, and that of all students concerned with justice in Palestine.

Ali Abunimah is the author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli Palestinian Impasse, and co-founder and director of the widely acclaimed publication The Electronic Intifada. Based in the United States, he has written hundreds of articles and been an active part of the movement for justice in Palestine for 20 years. He is the recipient of a 2013 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship.

The Battle for Justice in Palestine has been praised by Alice Walker, Joseph Massad, Rebecca Vilkomerson, Omar Barghouti, and many others. The fascinating new book can be purchased at the event, or online via Haymarket Books:

CO-SPONSORS:
Progressive Student Alliance 
The Northeastern Palestine Underground
International Socialist Organization - Boston 
Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee 
Boston University Students for Justice in Palestine
Boston College Students for Justice in Palestine
The American Friends Service Committee Peace & Economic Security Program
Jewish Voice for Peace - Boston 

 

THIS EVENT WILL BE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Monday, March 24, 2014

4/1, The Battle for Justice in Palestine with Ali Abunimah at UMass Boston

April 1, 2014 at 12:30pm
Campus Center Ballroom - Section A
University of Massachusetts Boston

Efforts to achieve a “two-state solution” have finally collapsed; the struggle for justice in Palestine is at a crossroads. As Israel and its advocates lurch toward greater extremism, many ask where the struggle is headed. Ali Abunimah will offer a clear analysis of this crossroads moment and looks forward with urgency down the path to a more hopeful future.



ALI ABUNIMAH is the author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli Palestinian Impasse, and co-founder and director of the widely acclaimed publication The Electronic Intifada. Based in the United States, he has written hundreds of articles and been an active part of the movement for justice in Palestine for 20 years. He is the recipient of a 2013 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship.



Event hosted by UMB International Socialist Organization and Haymarket Books; Sponsored by Casa Latina (More TBA)