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.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

6/16 Fighting for the Schools We Deserve

Fighting for the Schools We Deserve

Budget Cuts and the Assault on Public Education


Thursday, June 16th | 7 PM
358 Washington St, Dorchester, MA
A public forum hosted by the International Socialist Organization


On March 7th thousands of Boston students walked out of classes to protest against proposed budget cuts of $50 million. Students, with the support of their parents, teachers, and community members carried signs reading "Black Students Matter" and "Cranes in the Sky: Cuts in Our Schools." And despite Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announcing that he was opposed to the cuts in education spending, there will still be a budgetary shortfall that will likely hit early childhood learners and students with disabilities the hardest. But this is not unique. Nationwide state governments are slashing school budgets, expanding public funding for private charter schools, and instituting a regime of test-and-punish on teachers and students alike. Now more than ever what is needed is a united resistance, of students, parents, teachers, and education activists against the austerity measures and neoliberal agenda.

Speakers:
JAHI SPALOSS is a Boston Public Schools student and student walkout organizer

AMANDA ACHIN is a higher education activist, staff employee at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and a member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA)

LAUREN NICKELL is a teacher, a member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), and an education justice activist

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

5/21 Socialism Seriously Pt 4

Socialism ...Seriously
 
Saturday May 21, 3pm
Black Seed Café N'Grill
131 Tremont St., Boston MA 02111


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 4 (pages 137-end)


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

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Thurs 5/19 "Let All Refugess In NOW!"



The Socialist Case for Open Borders:
Let All Refugees and Immigrants in NOW!
A public forum hosted by the Boston ISO

Thursday May 19th at 7pm
358 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02124
(Take the 23 Bus from Ruggles, or a short walk from
the Fields Corner T stop on the Red Line)

Contact us if you get lost: (617) 902-0476contact@bostonsocialism.org

Hundreds of thousands of children and adults are facing horrifying border restrictions from Europe to the United States. Hundreds drown in the sea or are forcibly deported when they flee US or Russian bombs in the Middle East, or economic starvation at the hands of American foreign policy.

President Obama has deported 2.6 million refugees -- more than any other president. Hillary Clinton says she would deport undocumented children immediately. Donald Trump wants to expand the already existing border wall with Mexico.


Socialists reject this barbarism. Let all the refugees and immigrants in NOW. Open all borders. That is the only real justice.

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/

RSVP on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1608519582803925/