Monday, July 14, 2014

7/17 Public Meeting: Stop Israeli Terror! Free Palestine!

Stop Israeli Terror! Free Palestine!
Public Meeting
Hosted by the Boston International Socialist Organization
More co-sponsors TBA

The Boston ISO presents an education meeting: Marx, Lenin Luxemburg - Party, Organization, and Revolution
Thursday July 17th, 7:00 PM
358 Washington Street, Dorchester
(Fields Corner Station or #23 from Ruggles station)
Directions // RSVP on Facebook
In the U.S., thousands of people have mobilized for demonstrations in solidarity with Palestine and against Israel's most recent brutal assault -- many people coming to a protest for the first time in their lives. With every protest (and every Israeli attack), Israel is more and more being exposed as the terrorist state that it is.

But big questions remain, for new and old activists alike:
What can we do in the U.S. to stop Israel's bombs?
Why does the U.S. give so much money & support to Israel?
What is "BDS" (Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions), and why is it important?
How can justice in Palestine be achieved?

Join the International Socialist Organization - Boston and other activists & groups TBA at this public meeting to discuss the politics of Palestinian liberation.


SPEAKERS:
Sean Hansen - Northeastern University, Students for Justice in Palestine
Alpana Mehta - International Socialist Organization
Tali Ruskin - Jewish Voices for Peace, Boston

For more information or any questions, please e-mail contact@bostonsocialism.org!


If you get lost, call (617) 506-3762!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

7/13 Meaning of Marxism Summer Discussion Series

Meaning of Marxism by Paul D'Amato 
Summer Discussion Series
Chapters: Intro- Chapter 1

Date: Sunday, July 13th1pm 

Location: Boston Common Coffee Co. 
515 Washington St, Boston Ma
Downtown Crossing Station

          
Hosted by the Boston International Socialist Organization


It is fashionable for pundits to declare every so often that Marxism is dead. Their aim “is to doom as impossible a radical, fundamental transformation of existing society.” But you can’t keep a good theory down. The poverty, class inequality, war and environmental degradation that today’s globalized capitalist system creates on an ever-expanding scale raises questions for which Marxism still offers fresh and relevant answers.
The Meaning of Marxism by Paul D'Amato is a lively and accessible introduction to the ideas of Karl Marx, as well as other key Marxists, with historical and contemporary examples. The Meaning of Marxism shows that a “radical, fundamental transformation of existing society” is indeed not only possible, but urgently necessary.
Coming out of the Socialism 2014 Conference, a layer of activists and radicals in Boston have expressed interest in learning and discussing the relevance of Marxist politics today, and the urgency of ISO's revolutionary project.  So come join the Boston ISO for a regular, on going book discussion of the Meaning of Marxism this summer. See you there!

For more information or any questions, please e-mail contact@bostonsocialism.org!




Wednesday, May 14, 2014

6/7, Marxism day school: Women's Liberation and the Socialist Movement

Saturday, June 7 - Details TBA
“If women’s liberation is unthinkable without communism, then communism is unthinkable without women’s liberation.” 
- Russian revolutionary Inessa Armand 

The Marxist tradition has always stood for the liberation of women.  Far from seeing the oppression of women as subordinated to the economic exploitation of workers, the Marxist movement has seen the fight against women's oppression as central to the struggle for socialism. At the same time, the various Socialist movements have had different and sometimes contradictory relationships to feminist politics.What has the tradition of the socialist movement looked like, including in the ISO? What has it's relationship been to Black Feminism - a largely ignored but significant contribution to the politics of women's liberation? And what about the debates taking place today - around post-structuralism (or post-modernism), identity and the politics of privilege?

Join the Boston ISO at this Day School to read and discuss these questions with guest speaker Sharon Smith, author of Haymarket Books publications Subterranean Fire and the soon to be re-published Women and Socialism: Essays on Women's Liberation. 

Today, as the gains of the women's rights movement of the 60's and 70's is eroded more and more, we need to look to the politics and the theories - including the debates - that can help us chart a course for the struggles today and in the future towards socialism and full equality.


Session 1 - Women's Liberation and the Socialist Movement
  • Required reading - The Marxist tradition on women’s liberation
Session 2 - Black Feminism versus Privilege Politics
  • Required reading  - Intersectionality, Oppression, and Marxism
For more information and reading material: contact@bostonsocialism.org, 617-902-0476

5/22, Protect and Serve? Racism, inequality, and the role of the police under capitalism

The Boston ISO presents a public forum
Protect and Serve? 
Racism, inequality, and the role of the 
police under capitalism
Thursday May 22, 7 PM
358 Washington Street, Dorchester
(Fields Corner Station or #23 from Ruggles station)

Monday, May 5, 2014

5/10, Boston Education for Social Justice Conference


Recommended workshop:

Education and Capitalism: The Fight for Public Education

This workshop will lay out the role of education under capitalism, and attempt to understand the attacks on public schools through that lens. 


In the first decade of the twenty-first century, a conservative, bipartisan consensus dominates the conversation about what's wrong with our schools and how to fix them. In each case, those solutions scapegoat teachers, vilify our unions, and promise more private control and market mentality as the answer. In each case, students lose--especially students of color and the children of the working class and the poor.


The workshop will put forward a different kind of understanding of what's wrong with our schools--the neoliberal attack and move towards privatization. Furthermore, it will lay out a vision for how we can fight to win back our schools, through organizing teachers, students, families, and community members. 


Peter Lamphere--New York City public school teacher, union activist, and member of the Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE)

For registration and more information visit http://besj.weebly.com/