Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Thurs, 9/23, ISO Meeting: "Preparing for the National March for Jobs in D.C. - Next Weekend!"

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

On Saturday, Oct. 2nd, 2010, hundreds of thousands of people will converge on Washington D.C. to demand a progressive agenda from the Obama administration. With the Tea Party bigots dominating the political debate in the recent past, it's about time for people to mobilize and project our agenda: money for jobs and education, not for wars; environmental justice; civil rights for all, and much more.

At the same time, the organizers of this demonstration have made their message clear -- to create change we need to go out and vote for the Democratic Party in November. As socialists, we disagree. We believe that the Democratic Party is part of the problem, not the solution. We believe that the Democrats are equally as committed as the Republicans to furthering the interests of Corporate America and U.S. imperialism, which is why the Obama administration has failed to deliver on the changes so many hoped for.

To fight for real social change we need to build a left based on working class solidarity, opposition to all forms of oppression, and class struggle. The Oct. 2nd protest will provide an excellent opportunity for socialists and radicals to talk with others who are frustrated with the status quo about becoming a part of that effort.

Join the Boston Branch of the ISO in discussing how as socialists we can mobilize for and participate in the Oct 2nd March, while also engaging in conversations with folks about what it will take to build a genuine left alternative that can actually win the change we want.

Please read these articles from SocialistWorker.org to help inform the discussion:

Hijacking the DREAM Act
Too High a Price for Our Rights
The Plot to Steal Our Future

Proposed Agenda:

1) Mobilizing for Oct 2nd- 45 min
2) Working Group Break Out - 1 hour *
3) Announcements- 5 min

* Working groups are the different areas of work that the ISO is involved in. In Boston we have the LGBT Rights, Immigrant Rights, Housing Justice, Haymarket Books, and U Mass Boston working groups.