Wednesday, January 7, 2015

1/15, Black Liberation study group

Black Liberation and Socialism:
The revolutionary answer to the question of racial oppression in the U.S.

7pm, Thursday, Jan 15th
358 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA
(Short walk from Fields Corner T stop, or Bus 23 from Ruggles)

As we've seen, the movement against police brutality has very quickly raised fundamental questions about the functioning of capitalism, from its justice system, to the role of its ruling class parties and political organization that supports them, to the power of ordinary people to shut down the system. Because anti-black racism has been a necessary tool of the US ruling class since its inception, our political tradition looks to Black struggle in this country as a particular force that can open up a broader working class challenge to capitalism, which is the vehicle for overthrowing the system.

This study group, hosted by the International Socialist Organization - Boston, will be based upon a discussion of the following texts.

Required reading:
  • C.L.R. James, "The revolutionary answer to the Negro problem in the United States" (available here). 
    - A report delivered by the pioneering Black Marxist C. L. R. James in presenting the draft resolution on the Negro Question to the Thirteenth Convention of the Socialist Workers Party (US), 1948.
  • Ahmed Shawki, Black Liberation and Socialism, Chapter 8: "Roots of the Civil Rights Movement" (available here). 
    - An historical overview of the radicalization of the civil rights movement over the course of the 1950s and 1960s, from reform to revolution.
Supplemental reading:
  • Black Liberation and Socialism, Chapter 10, "Black Power"
  • Black Liberation and Socialism, Conclusion, "Black Liberation and Socialism"
Black Liberation and Socialism can be purchased in its entirety directly from the ISO - Boston branch or from