Tuesday, November 24, 2015

12/1, Mizzou: Black Lives Matter Rebellion on campus

Mizzou: the Black Lives Matter Rebellion on Campus
A Boston ISO public forum

Tuesday December 1st at 7pm
Northeastern University Social Justice Resource Center
106 St. Stephen Street, Boston, MA
A surge of anger and solidarity after months of organizing brought down the president and chancellor at the University of Missouri—sparking a wave of solidarity demonstrations on campuses around the country. What made the Mizzou Rebellion happen? How can we apply lessons from the events at Mizzou to advance anti-racist and other struggles at Northeastern today?

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Monday, November 16, 2015

11/19, Women & Socialism: Class, Race & Capital featuring Sharon Smith

Women & Socialism: 

Class, Race & Capital featuring Sharon Smith

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

Join a discussion with Sharon Smith that takes up issues of women’s oppression for a #Marxist perspective focusing on the centrality of race and class amid the stirrings of a new movement today.

More than forty years after the women’s liberation movement of the 1960s, women remain without equal rights. If anything, each decade that has passed without a fighting women’s movement has seen a rise in blatant sexism and further erosion of the gains that were won in the 1960s and 1970s. Just in the last few weeks, the concerted attack on Planned Parenthood has revealed the extent to which our reproductive rights are under attack.

This event will also celebrate the launch of Smith’s latest book, "Women and Socialism: Class, Race, and Capital".

Sharon Smith is the author of "Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States". Her writings appear regularly in Socialist Worker and the International Socialist Review (ISR).

Friday, October 23, 2015

10/26 - Miners Shot Down

Miners Shot Down
A film and panel discussion
Monday, October 26 at 7pm
YMCA of Greater Boston
316 Huntington Avenue

52 years after the world watched white apartheid police officers gun down Black people in the Sharpeville massacre, the world was once again shaken by another massacre: that of 34 Black mineworkers murdered by South African police under a government led by the African National Congress. Miners Shot Down follows the strike from day one, showing the courageous fight waged by a group of low-paid workers against the mining company Lonmin, the ANC government, and their allies in the National Union of Mineworkers.  With today’s Black Lives Matter Movement and the renewed international struggle for justice in Palestine, come for a discussion on the parallels and the lessons of this turning point in South African society, and the powerful struggle of these workers.


James Nichol, lawyer for the miners
Khury Petersen-Smith, co-author of the 2015 "Black Solidarity with Palestine" statement
Akunna Eneh, Boston Public Library, Professional Staff Association*

*affiliation listed for identification purposes only

Sponsored by the Boston International Socialist Organization and Northeastern Progressive Student Alliance

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Sat. 11/14 Day School on Russian Revolution

New England Marxism Day School
The Russian Revolution, the Bolshevik Party, & Leninism
Saturday, November 14th at 10am
135 Shillman Hall, Northeastern University

The International Socialist Organization will be hosting a New England wide day school on the Russian Revolution based on Paul LeBlanc's book "Lenin and the Revolutionary Party" on Saturday November 14th.


Lenin and the Revolutionary Party, Paul LeBlanc
(available from Haymarket Books or the ISO)

We've seen numerous struggles over the past year, from Black Lives Matter to the fight against austerity in Greece to the Seattle Teachers' strike. But our movements have also faced major political questions.

Genuine socialism can only come about through the actions of tens of millions of working-class people fighting in their own interest. Yet, the ruling ideas of any society are the ideas of the ruling class. Many working-class and oppressed people hold left wing ideas and right-wing, bourgeois ideas that can hold back struggle. 

How then can mass socialist revolution be possible?

This day school is designed to deepen our understanding of the Russian Revolution and the Bolshevik Party as a key example of successful working class revolution and organization. By studying Paul LeBlanc's "Lenin & the Revolutionary Party", we hope to take this history and it's lessons into the struggles & debates today in fighting for a world free of exploitation & oppression. Join us!

Session 1 - Building the Party: 1895-1914
A discussion on Lenin & the Rev. Party, Chapters 1-9

Session 2 - February to October: The Bolsheviks Come to Power
A discussion on Lenin & the Rev. Party, Chapters 10 & 11

If you are unable to read LeBlanc's book, please read: 

The Meaning of Marxism, Chapter 8: From Marx to Lenin: Marxism and Political Organization, Paul D'Amato

10/18 Meaning of Marxism Ch 7

Join the Meaning of Marxism discussion group

This Sunday 10/18 at 6 pmBoston Common Coffee Co.
115 Washington St.

To discuss Chapter 7 of Paul D'Amato's The Meaning of Marxism
Democracy, Reform, and Revolution
The 2016 election season has been a major focus of conversation. In the Democratic Party, Bernie Sanders is igniting masses of people around his call for a "political revolution". At the same time, the movement to jail killer cops and achieve a world where black lives matter continues to shape political conversations amongst ordinary people.

How do Marxists understand the Democratic Party & the government (what we call the state) under capitalism? What does a real revolution look like? What's the relationship between fighting for reforms today and winning a revolution?

Join the Boston ISO for our next installment of the ongoing "Meaning of Marxism" series -- a great way to deepen your understanding of Marxism as part of participating with the ISO. Books can be purchased from the Boston branch or at your local retailer.

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