Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Thurs, 8/19, ISO Organizing Meeting

7pm, Haymarket People's Fund, 42 Seaverns Ave, JP (map)

From the struggles for immigrant rights, housing justice, and LGBT equality, there's a reality that the current states of various movements are uneven. Understanding the roots of this unevenness requires taking a big step back and assessing the contradictory nature of this political period.

For example, a recent poll showed that 68% of people oppose the building of the so-called "Ground-Zero Mosque"; however, some 66% also say they support the right of such mosques to be built.

Moreover, despite the recent crisis for the neoliberal system of financial capitalism, privatization & austerity remain at the heart of today's economic policies.

What does all of this mean for socialists who aim to understand the current state of popular consciousness, and play a significant role in the development of a Marxist Left? What is the ISO's role and what does that mean for our goals in the branch?

While this discussion aims to take a big step back in developing a broader perspective, we also hope to use this meeting to talk about concrete examples and questions from the local activity with which we are engaged here in Boston.

Finally, it would be helpful if people prepared for this meeting by reading the following articles from The return of austerity, Making hate respectable, & Myth of the greedy public-sector workers.

Proposed Agenda:

1. The state of struggle and the role of the ISO [90 minutes]
2. Announcements