Saturday, March 10, 2018

3/15 Meeting: Lessons of the West Virginia Teachers' Strike

ISO-Boston presents
Lessons of the West Virginia Teachers' Strike
Thursday, March 5
7:00 - 9:00 pm

After a nine-day wildcat strike of over 20,000 people, West Virginia teachers won a huge victory: a 5% increase in wages not only for themselves, but for all state employees. In the process of forcing the legislature to meet their core demands, they built wide popular support and galvanized teachers, nurses, and other workers around the country to consider and plan strikes of their own. The strike has been one of the most major victories of the U.S. labor movement in recent history, as well as of the Trump era.

What the West Virginia strike demonstrates is the immense power of working-class people in making huge gains toward the just, equitable world we want and need. As the Supreme Court nears a ruling on the Janus v. AFSCME case, West Virginia has proven what's possible for labor if we put up a fight. Join the Boston ISO to discuss the lessons of this victory and what it means for our side.

This event will feature the following speakers (more to come as confirmed):

--Khury Petersen-Smith: ISO member bringing an eyewitness account of the strike

--Max McCullough: DSA member and socialist educator

Check out the following articles for more information and background on the strike:

"The teachers united couldn't be defeated" by Khury Petersen-Smith & Dana Blanchard
"Will Jersey City teachers be the next to strike?" by Karl Schwartz
"A working-class revolt in 'Trump country'" by the SW Editorial Board
"Inside the West Virginia teachers' rebellion" by Tyler Barton and Lori Boegershausen
"How teachers resisted a disappointing deal" by Michael Mochaidean

Friday, March 9, 2018

4/5 Speaking Event: No Ban, No Wall - The Fight for Immigrant Rights Under Trump

ISO-Boston presents:
No Ban, No Wall: The Fight for Immigrant Rights Under Trump
Thursday, April 5 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm

ICE terror. The Muslim Ban. The border wall. The attack on Dreamers. The overhaul of the visa system. No matter where you look, the Trump administration is waging another brutal war on immigrant communities. Yet in cities across the country, people are fighting back, demanding sanctuary, amnesty, equality, and justice. Join us for a meeting on what it will take to defend all immigrants from Trump’s attacks, and what the movements of the past have to teach us about building resistance today.

This talk is part of the Socialism Tour 2018, bringing experienced activists and thinkers to cities across the country in the lead-up to this year’s Socialism Conference in Chicago. Register for the conference today!

Monday, March 5, 2018

3/8 Meeting: Socialist Strategy to End Gun Violence

ISO-Boston presents:
Socialist Strategy to End Gun Violence
Thursday, March 8 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Emerson Hall, Room 305 | Harvard University
Cambridge, MA | 02138

Another school shooting. Another killer with white supremacist motives. The NRA rejoices as gun sales go up.

But high school students nationwide are building resistance from tragedy.

Join the Boston Socialists at Harvard University for a discussion on the new movement against gun violence and what socialists say about ending gun violence and fundamentalism.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

2/22 Speaking Event: The Revolutionary Legacy of the Black Panther Party with Khury Petersen-Smith

ISO-Boston presents:
The Revolutionary Legacy of the Black Panther Party
Featuring activist & geographer Khury Petersen-Smith
Thursday, February 22 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm

***This talk will be given by activist and geographer Khury Petersen-Smith, whose activism and scholarship has focused on opposing U.S. empire, resisting racism, and solidarity with Palestine. He is the co-author of the 2015 Black Solidarity Statement With Palestine, which was signed by over 1,100 Black activists, artists, and scholars.***

As the 1960s' Black freedom struggle moved from the South to the North and shifted its goals from reform to revolution, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense became its most prominent icon. The Panthers were known the country and the world over for their militant commitment to self-defense, their self-sacrificing dedication to the cause of liberation and their revolutionary politics.

Within a few short years, the party had an active membership numbering in the thousands, and a following that was many times larger. The weekly Black Panther newspaper had a circulation of a quarter-million copies at its high point. All this occurred in a country where we're told socialism could never be popular enough to win.

The left today needs to understand and champion the legacy of the Panthers. All the questions that the Panthers faced--not only the conditions of racist police violence, poverty and oppression, but the question of how to organize to change these conditions--are still with us.

Join the Boston branch of the International Socialist Organization for a public meeting discussing this history and how it can animate the struggle for a better world today.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

2/27 Reading Group: "No Is Not Enough" by Naomi Klein (Part 4)

ISO-Boston & Boston Democratic Socialists for America present:
No Is Not Enough (Part 4): A Reading Group
Tuesday, February 27 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Knafel Building @ Harvard | 1737 Cambridge St | Cambridge, MA | 02139

ISO-Boston & Boston Democratic Socialists of America are teaming up to read acclaimed journalist Naomi Klein's latest book No Is Not Enough. This book is an important work which pinpoints Trump not as a deviation from the norm of U.S. politics, but a logical extension of the most dangerous trends of the past half-century. In reading & discussing the book, the ISO & DSA seek to better understand a way forward toward the world we need.

From the publisher (Haymarket Books):

Donald Trump’s takeover of the White House is a dangerous escalation in a world of cascading crises. His reckless agenda—including a corporate coup in government, aggressive scapegoating and warmongering, and sweeping aside climate science to set off a fossil fuel frenzy—will generate waves of disasters and shocks to the economy, national security, and the environment. Acclaimed journalist, activist, and bestselling author Naomi Klein has spent two decades studying political shocks, climate change, and “brand bullies.” From this unique perspective, she argues that Trump is not an aberration but a logical extension of the worst, most dangerous trends of the past half-century—the very conditions that have unleashed a rising tide of white nationalism the world over. It is not enough, she tells us, to merely resist, to say “no.” Our historical moment demands more: a credible and inspiring “yes,” a roadmap to reclaiming the populist ground from those who would divide us—one that sets a bold course for winning the fair and caring world we want and need."

Feb. 19 will be the fourth and final installment of our study group; we'll be reading Part 4 of the book. You're more than welcome to join us even if you were not able to attend the first three sessions. Visit Haymarket Books to purchase your own copy of the book, or contact the ISO/DSA for one.

The Democracy Center is partially wheelchair accessible, no accessible bathroom on site. The Mandela, Parks, and Chavez rooms are accessible, but the Library is not. Wheelchair users are welcome to use the accessible restroom at Daedalus while we plan our improvements for bathroom accessibility, exit the ramp and turn left on Bow St, at the next building (Daedalus) use their accessible entrance and their restroom will be on the right. More information at: Contact or 617-492-8855 as needed.