Monday, July 25, 2016

7/28 The Marxist Tradition & Women's Liberation

The Marxist Tradition & Women's Liberation

Part One of a Study Series Hosted by the Boston International Socialist Organization

Thursday July 28, 7 PM
358 Washington St, Dorchester, MA 02124 (map link)

#23 Bus from Ruggles/Ashmont or Fields Corner Station on Ashmont Red Line
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There are more female politicians than ever before, but women are still paid less, still bear most of the responsibilities of the home, and still subject to widespread sexual violence. Why?

Socialism has a long tradition in fighting for women's liberation -- like founding International Women's Day or the organizing by Black communist women in Harlem. Marxism provides a framework that can locate the origins of women's oppression, can explain how sexism can be ended, and had directly contributed to the politics of the 1960s and 1970s women's liberation movement.

Join the Boston ISO for part one of a study group on Sharon Smith's "Women & Socialism" to discuss the history of socialism and women's liberation.

Required Reading:
"Women & Socialism" (Updated Edition), Chapter One
"Women's Liberation and the Marxist Tradition"International Socialist Review

Thursday, July 14, 2016

7/21 Cops, Class & Race: How to Stop Police Violence

Cops, Class & Race: How to Stop Police Violence

A public forum hosted by the Boston International Socialist Organization

Thursday July 21, 7 PM
358 Washington St, Dorchester, MA 02124 (map link)

#23 Bus from Ruggles/Ashmont or Fields Corner Station on Ashmont Red Line
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The murders of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Minneapolis have brought the Black Lives Matter movement on the streets once again. Once again our streets ring with the challenge "Who do you protect? Who do you serve?" as the movement raises the question of the police and their role in society.

How can we stop police violence? What's the role of cops in society? Join the Boston ISO for a discussion about the origins of the police and their relationship to racism, class and capitalism – and how we can win justice.
Free childcare available if reserved before July 19. Please reserve childcare by emailing or calling 617-902-0476.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

6/23- Socialism: What it is and how do we get there?

The International Socialist Organization presents a public forum
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 

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.

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,

For more information about us, also see
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