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Save the date for Socialism 2017!
This year’s conference, Socialism 2017, will be held July 6th-July 9th at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place hotel, in Chicago, IL. Save the date now, and visit SocialismConference.org to sign up for at for our mailing list and “like” the Socialism Conference Facebook page to stay informed about the latest updates about the conference.
To get a sense of what you can expect at Socialism 2017, please visit the audio/video archive of talks from Socialism 2016 at WeAreMany.org.
Resist Trump, Fight the Right, and Join the Socialists!
We have a lot to do.
The American political establishment says:
“Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.” — Hillary Clinton
“We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country.” — Barack Obama
“President-elect Trump promised to rebuild our economy for working people, and I offer to put aside our differences and work with him on that task.” — Elizabeth Warren
That an “orderly transition” to an era of reactionary attacks on workers and women, Muslims and LGBTQI people, immigrants and refugees, and Blacks and Latinos, is the last thing we need. We will not “give Trump a chance” or “root for him to succeed”—we will join with others to mobilize as many people as possible to stop his attacks.
We stand together with all those who were shocked and horrified at Trump’s victory, with workers and the oppressed who will bear the brunt of the assaults to come, and with the tens of thousands of people who immediately took to the streets to resist Trump’s agenda. We agree with Assata Shakur when she said—in what is now a popular cry in the Black Lives Matter movement that ends with a line from The Communist Manifesto, “It is our duty to fight. It is our duty to win. We must love and protect one another. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”—To which, we would add the next line: “We have a world to win.”
If you came to our website because you want to join a fighting socialist alternative and stand together to defend everyone who will come under attack during a Trump presidency, then you’ve come to the right place. Below are resources for how to resist Trump, fight the Right, and join the socialists. Please contact us to learn how you can get involved.
We need to study to prepare for the struggle ahead
We need to study, educate, and train ourselves. How did Trump win? How can we fight the Right? What can we learn from the successess and setbacks of past movements in order to build the widest possible movement to defend all those who will come under increasing attack during Trump’s presidency? What can be done to build a socialist movement today?
Here are some resources to get you started:
Socialist Worker’s Election 2016 Supplement: “Don’t let this creep have his way” (downloadable PDF)
To help understand the results of the election, we’ve produced a special, post-election supplement of Socialist Worker with coverage about what happened and who is (and isn’t) to blame for Trump’s impending rise to power.
SW Editorial, “How could this monster win?”
ISO Statement, “The election of Trump and the struggle ahead”
SW Roundtable, “The resistance starts now”
You should also read Socialist Worker’s pre-election issue and subscribe to the electronic and print editions for on-going coverage of fallout of Election 2016 and the fight against Trump and the system who spawned him.
“What's next after the Trump election” perspectives video
Across the United States, the International Socialist Organization is hosting a series of Fall Marxism Day Schools (there are ones in Austin TX, Columbus, OH, and San Diego, CA this Saturday, November 19th). The evening meetings at each day school—which have been attended by hundreds of people across the country— were on the topic “What’s next after the Trump election?” Click here to view a recording of the presentation ISO member Jennifer Roesch gave at the NYC Marxism Day School, which was held at Columbia University.
Arm yourself to fight the Right with the International Socialist Review
In order to help arm activists with the ideas they need to fight the Right in the coming period, our partners at the International Socialist Review—a quarterly journal of Marxist theory—are offering a 50% discount on all new subscriptions! That's $14.50 for a 1-year subscription or $24.50 for a 2-year subscription. Add the subscription you want to your cart and then use coupon code “FTR 2016” at checkout. Already have a subscription? Now is a great time to buy a subscription for a friend. If you have any questions or difficulties, just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We need to build movements
The Democrats’ role as custodians of an increasingly intolerable status quo and their policies to undercut the remnants of the New Deal and Great Society programs—alongside their support for expansive wars of aggressition, mass incarceration, and repression of social movements—helped set the stage for the disasterous result in the U.S. presidential election. As we saw during the whole election season—and as has been confirmed by Clinton and Obama's call for unity with Trump in its aftermath—we cannot rely on the Democratic Party to stop Trump, to say nothing of the even more nefarious forces to the right of him. Only solidarity and struggle from below can stop an aggressive right-wing program from being implemented and reverse the renewed confidence of the even harder Right.
Whether its building solidarity with Standing Rock and fighting to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline; mobilizing to defend immigrants, Muslims, and refugees who come under attack; organizing meetings on the socialist alternative to capitalism; supporting workers who go on strike; opposing all wars of aggression, no matter who wages them; building the anti-Trump protests across the country; or preparing ourselves to counter every instance of bigotry on our campus—if a bigot so much as squeaks, we’ll be there—We cannot wait, the resistance starts now.
Like thousands of people across the country, the International Socialist Organization will be mobilizing to go to Washington, D.C. to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration. As we noted in our statement on the election, “this election does not represent an overwhelming turn to the right in U.S. society. Instead we see a political polarization, in which both right and left are growing.” Find an ISO branch near you and help us organize to dispel any notion that Trump will be president because he received a popular mandate to implement his agenda—and to get organized for the struggle ahead.
We need organization and politics to win
To resist attacks by the ruling class, its two political parties, and the American state in the years ahead, we will need to mobilize as many people as possible to stand together in solidarity against the bigotry and violence they will use to attempt to divide us. We think a key part of that fight is building permanent organizations to defending the vital interests of the working class and oppressed, including an independent organization of dedicated, principled socialists, rooted in workplaces, schools, and neighborhoods that, in fighting today's struggles, also wins larger numbers to socialism.
The ISO is contributing to that goal. We are building a socialist alternative in a world of poverty, oppression, and war. Our organization participates in many different struggles for justice and liberation today, while working toward a future socialist society, free of all exploitation and oppression, and built on the principles of solidarity and democracy.
Some great first steps for getting involved include:
- Joining our mailing list in the right-hand sidebar of the frontpage of this website;
- Signing up for Daily News from SocialistWorker.org;
- Contacting a local branch of the ISO to find out upcoming meetings, organizing activities, and demosntrations you can attend (scroll to the bottom of this post for a list of branches);
- Reading through our Where We Stand document, which outlines the basic politics of the ISO; our series of What We Do articles, which detail the various areas of our organizing; and The Meaning of Marxism, by Paul D’Amato, which goes through the politics of international socialism at length; and
- Reading through some of our organizers’ pamphlets, like the Members’ Toolkit, the New Members’ Study Packet, and the Campus Toolkit for student organizers. These detail our theory of organization and the logistics of how we run our organization (and why we do things certain ways). To whet your appetite, check out the following articles from the New Members’ Study Packet (they’re all short), which explain how we use Socialist Worker newspaper to build the “scaffolding” of revolutionary socialist organization. This is essential for new branches!
- “Why We Need to Build a “Vanguard” Party” by Paul D’Amato (p. 22)
- “Why We Sell Socialist Worker Newspaper” by Nicole Colson (pp. 27-28)
- “Speaking for the Oppressed” by Lee Sustar (pp. 29-30)
- “Lenin and the Socialist Paper” by Paul D'Amato (pp. 31-32)
- If you find the arguments convincing, contact us to find out how you can use the paper as an organizing tool on your campus, at your workplace, or in your community.
We’re socialists, and we’re recruiting. We need you as much as you need us—and we’ll be stronger together than we are apart. Join us.
Find a local branch near you
We are a U.S. organization with branches and members in about 40 cities and connections to other socialists around the world. Contact us today to get involved. If there isn’t an ISO branch near you and would like more information about joining the organization and building one, please get in touch for more information.
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News and opinion published by the ISO—monthly in print and daily on the Web at SocialistWorker.org.
Thursday, December 8th
Comment: Danny Katch
Trump's Carrier deal shows how he will pose as a defender of jobs--unless unions offer a way forward by fighting the bosses instead of bribing them.
Wednesday, December 7th
Comment: Leonard Klein
Tuesday, December 6th
Comment: Elizabeth Schulte
The Trump campaign gave voice to some of the most backward ideas in society--but the truth is there wasn't a voice for our side in November.
Monday, December 5th
SW contributors describe what they saw on a trip to Standing Rock as an announcement is made about the future of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Friday, December 2nd
Interview: Garett Reppenhagen
Thursday, December 1st
Comment: Nicole Colson
The president's inaction in the face of brutality against the Standing Rock protesters shows the true priorities of his administration all along.
The largest bourgeois newspapers in Greece have not hidden their shameless joy with the profound transformation that Syriza has undergone. The party they ardently fought—because in the eyes of the popular majority, it had represented a radical opposition to austerity and supported every resistance of the masses, even resistance deemed too “extra-parliamentary”—no longer exists. In its place we see the formation of a party with one leader—Alexis Tsipras. This party has swung in the direction of rabid anti-worker and anti-social policies, imposing the Third Memorandum (the first two dating from May 2010 and February 2012), justified in the name of a continued participation within the Eurozone.Read more