Saturday, October 15, 2011


Capitalism is not working. Socialism is the alternative—a world organized for human need, not profit & greed; where resources are controlled by and for the vast majority, instead of by a tiny, rich minority.

Millions of people are fighting back against the ills that this broken capitalist system has created. From Egypt to Wisconsin to Athens to Boston -- people are standing up and fighting back. People are taking to the streets, occupying public squares and capital buildings, and saying enough to the attack on ordinary working class people.

Marxism provides a revolutionary understanding of society and provides the strategy for ridding society of exploitation and oppression once and for all. This conference will give activists a chance to discuss the burning questions that are surfacing during this current rise in struggle. People from around New England will have the opportunity to participate in core political discussions on Marxism, the importance of the working class, and that not only is revolution needed, but that it is very much possible.

If you fought against the criminal injustice system to save the life of Troy Davis; if you are energized and excited about the Occupy movement and the struggles from around the world; or if you are just sick and tired of this unjust society, a society with rampant unemployment, poverty, war, oppression, exploitation, and environmental degradation -- then this conference is for you!

10am, Saturday, November 12th

@ the Science Center
1 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA, 02138
(See Map)

Conference Schedule:

10 Registration
11 Opening Plenary
Why Marx was right [Ashley Smith]
12 Lunch
1-2:45 Session 1:
No power greater: Marxism and the centrality of class [Shaun Harkin]
Slavery and the origins of racism [Jonah Birch]
Theories of women's oppression [Leia Petty]
3-4:45 Session 2:
The Minneapolis Teamster Strike of 1934: a case study in working class power [Tristin Aidie]
The Black freedom struggle from Martin to the Black Panthers [Brian Jones]
The roots of racial oppression [Jonah Birch]
5-6:45 Session 3:
The changing working class and the future of the labor movement [Ashley Smith]
Black liberation and socialism [Khury Petersen-Smith]
Can the working class liberate the oppressed? [Sherry Wolf]
7 Dinner
8 Evening Plenary
Is revolution possible in the US? [Sherry Wolf]

11-12:45 Workshop Session 1:
How to build an ISO branch [Shaun Harkin]
The United Front: Socialists and movements [Hadas Their]
1 Lunch
2 - 3:45 Workshop Session 2:
Why we need a revolutionary party [D. Rory]
What is the real Marxist tradition? [Kyle Brown]


Registration: $5-$20 sliding scale, $5 low income

See or visit the Facebook event page for more details, or call 617-651-0762.

Sponsored by the International Socialist Organization and Socialist Worker.


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