Thursday, March 26, 2015

Thurs 3/26 Workers Power: What do we mean by revolution?‏

An International Socialist Organization public forum:
358 Washington St, Dorchester MA 
Thursday March. 26th, 7pm

(#23 Bus to Harvard St @ Washington St, or Fields Corner)

For the International Socialist Organization, we engage in the struggles today against all forms of oppression, inequality, and war. At the same time, we don't just want to fight -- we want to win, and get rid of oppression and the capitalist system that underpins it entirely. We think to do that the working class -- from fast food cashiers to teachers to oil workers -- can lead a mass revolution that smashes the system and reorganizes society democratically.

But what does a revolution like that look like? How is it different from a mass movement? Can workers lead a revolution and run society, when many working-class people have reactionary ideas today? What does a working-class revolution have to do with fighting all the other forms of oppression in society? How can we make sure a revolution wins and achieves real liberation?

Join the Boston ISO to discuss mass revolution, what it's looked like, and why we think the working class can run society.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

2/26 From Boston to Ferguson: Victims of Police Violence Speak Out

From Boston to Ferguson, Black Lives Matter: Victims of Police Violence Speak Out

An International Socialist Organization public forum:
358 Washington St, Dorchester MA (Near Fields Corner T Station)
Thursday Feb. 26th, 7pm

Police terrorism and violence is a growing epidemic in the United States. But resistance to it has grown as well, led by the families of people like Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and Trayvon Martin. The rebellion in Ferguson that ignited the Black Lives Matter movement began with Mike Brown's mother Leslie McSpadden's resolute fight for justice. While some claim Boston is "different" than New York or Ferguson when it comes to police violence, we know we need to wage a struggle here as well.

Join the International Socialist Organization -- and all those interested in fighting to make sure Black lives matter -- in a discussion of the struggles today to jail killer cops and what it will take to prevent these tragedies in the future.


Carla Sheffield - Mother of Burrell "Bo" Ramsey-White, a 26-year-old murdered by Boston police in 2012 during a random traffic stop in the South End.

Nikeeta Slade - Participant in the protests in Ferguson, MO; graduate student at Syracuse University; member of the International Socialist Organization.

Wayne Dozier - Grandfather of Danroy "DJ" Henry, a 20-year-old Pace University student murdered by police in Mount Pleasant, NY.

Sponsored by the International Socialist Organization - (617) 902-0476

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Monday, February 9, 2015

2/12 From Selma to Ferguson: The Radical Legacy of MLK

From Selma to Ferguson: The Radical Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
A public forum hosted by the International Socialist Organization - Boston

Thursday, February 12th, 7 PM
Northeastern University
The Cabral Center at the John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute
40 Leon St, Boston, MA (directions here)

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The Black Lives Matter movement and the uprising of Ferguson have renewed interest in Martin Luther King's life and legacy. Some have sought to portray Martin Luther King as a gradualist opponent to mass action -- who simply talked about his "dream". In reality, King was a radical who favored mass nonviolent direct action. While he didn't fully support the urban rebellions that ripped through the U.S. in the 1960s, he understood that the violence of the oppressed in reaction to their oppression and the violence of the oppressor are never the same thing. By the end of his life, he saw racism, capitalism, and militarism as all interlinked -- and sought to fight against all three.

What can Martin Luther King's work in the Civil Rights Movement teach us about building a new Black liberation movement? What might MLK say about #ShutItDown and civil disobedience in the movement today?

Join the International Socialist Organization - Boston in our public forum to reclaim MLK's life and legacy. Refreshments provided by the John D. O'Bryant African-American Institute.

Friday, January 30, 2015

2/4 The Hidden Radical Legacy of MLK

The Hidden Radical Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

An International Socialist Organization public forum
358 Washington St, Dorchester MA
Thursday, February 4th , 7pm

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Most people learn in school that Martin Luther King was a man who preached love and nonviolence. In truth, Dr. King's political ideas, while firmly rooted in Christian ideals, were far more radical than American textbooks let on. King supported reparations for slavery, opposed the idea that Blacks should pull themselves up "by their own bootstraps," and was highly critical of capitalism. "You can't talk about ending slums," he once told his staff, "without first saying profit must be taken out of slums."

In the last year of his life, King spoke, fought, and organized, not for peace and love in the abstract, but for the billions of dollars needed to solve the economic problems of African Americans. It was this orientation that brought him to Memphis, where he was assassinated on April 4, 1968. His death, and the nationwide riots that followed, highlighted the degree to which the problems of racism remained unsolved in America.

Join this discussion hosted by the Boston branch of the International Socialist Organization on the relevance of this hidden radical legacy today.

Discussion will be based on an article by teacher and activist Brian Jones in Issue 58 of the International Socialist Review, "Martin Luther King's last fight," available at

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

1/15, Black Liberation study group

Black Liberation and Socialism:
The revolutionary answer to the question of racial oppression in the U.S.

7pm, Thursday, Jan 15th
358 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA
(Short walk from Fields Corner T stop, or Bus 23 from Ruggles)

As we've seen, the movement against police brutality has very quickly raised fundamental questions about the functioning of capitalism, from its justice system, to the role of its ruling class parties and political organization that supports them, to the power of ordinary people to shut down the system. Because anti-black racism has been a necessary tool of the US ruling class since its inception, our political tradition looks to Black struggle in this country as a particular force that can open up a broader working class challenge to capitalism, which is the vehicle for overthrowing the system.

This study group, hosted by the International Socialist Organization - Boston, will be based upon a discussion of the following texts.

Required reading:
  • C.L.R. James, "The revolutionary answer to the Negro problem in the United States" (available here). 
    - A report delivered by the pioneering Black Marxist C. L. R. James in presenting the draft resolution on the Negro Question to the Thirteenth Convention of the Socialist Workers Party (US), 1948.
  • Ahmed Shawki, Black Liberation and Socialism, Chapter 8: "Roots of the Civil Rights Movement" (available here). 
    - An historical overview of the radicalization of the civil rights movement over the course of the 1950s and 1960s, from reform to revolution.
Supplemental reading:
  • Black Liberation and Socialism, Chapter 10, "Black Power"
  • Black Liberation and Socialism, Conclusion, "Black Liberation and Socialism"
Black Liberation and Socialism can be purchased in its entirety directly from the ISO - Boston branch or from