Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Thurs, 6/21, Jamaica Plain | "Greece: Understanding the Rise of SYRIZA"

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

Understanding the Rise of SYRIZA:
What it means for rebuilding global resistance to austerity
&
Preparing for the Socialism 2012 Conference

IN Greece millions of workers took to the polls to vote for SYRIZA (The Coalition of the Radical Left), allowing a party that existed on the political margins only several years ago to capture second place. Although SYRIZA was a few percentage points shy of coming in first, Greece is the first country since the Great Recession where a radical leftist, anti-austerity party has gained such tremendous political influence.

In the present period of global crisis and resistance -- from the U.S., to Egypt, to Chile -- SYRIZA's victory is historic. SYRIZA's electoral success demonstrates the growing desire on behalf of the "99%" to build a movement that can challenge the 1%'s agenda of austerity, and fight for a world based on human need not corporate greed.

Join the Jamaica Plain Branch of the International Socialist Organization (ISO) for a discussion on these developments in Greece and its significance for activists in the U.S. committed to rebuilding a working class left that can challenge the 1%'s agenda of austerity, war, and racism.

In preparation for the discussion on the elections in Greece, please read the following articles from SocialistWorker.org.

Voting for Resistance in Greece
SYRIZA's Struggle Continues
The Making of SYRIZA

Also, we will be talking about politically preparing for the ISO's upcoming Socialism 2012 Conference in Chicago -- the biggest yearly gathering of the revolutionary left in the US. If you haven't already registered, consider doing so!

Proposed Agenda
1) Understanding the Rise of SYRIZA (60 min)
2) Politically Preparing for the Socialism 2012 Conference (30 min)