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ISO public meetings in August

Every month, ISO branches across the U.S. host public meetings around important political questions. Below is a list of ISO meetings that will take place throughout the month of August.

 

New York City District

Thursday, August 4, 7pm

Meeting location: Verso Loft - 20 Jay St, Suite 1010, F train to York

Against the backdrop of continuing state sanctioned police murder, the Democratic and Republican parties are gathering for celebration. Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump are the preferred candidates to manage a violent, racist and exploitative system, while the state refuses to indict police officers and the regime of mass incarceration and mass deportation continues. 

While the Black Lives Matter movement has begun to courageously link together networks of activists and family members to bring justice to all the Mike Browns and Philando Castiles, millions more were driven to support Sanders and his call for political revolution. 

The Black Lives Matter movement and the desire for Political Revolution both shine a light on the horrors of capitalism. Race and class are fundamentally intertwined in this country. This means that any movement that aims to transform the system will need to take up questions of racism as fundamental. To win this necessitates the patient building of a new mass Socialist movement that organizes independent of the two party system to mobilize around working class and anti-racist demands. There can be no political revolution without black liberation. 

Come discuss the future of the political revolution with the NYC District of the International Socialist Organization

 

Queens, New York

Thursday, August 10, 7pm

Meeting topic: Summer Study Series Part 2 - Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States

Meeting location: Queens Pride House, 76-11 37th Ave, Ste 206, Jackson Heights, New York 11372

 

Seattle, Washington

Tuesday, August 16, 7pm

Meeting topic: "Class, Race, and the Civil Rights Movement: A Discussion with Jack Bloom"

Meeting location: Common Good Cafe, (Downstairs at the University Temple United Methodist Church), 1415 NE 43rd St., Seattle, WA 98105

 

University of Vermont (UVM) / Burnington, Vermont

Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 7pm

Meeting Topic: The Democrats: A Critical History (study group)

Meeting Location: Lafayette 210, 94 University Place, UVM Campus

 

Oakland and UC Berkeley

Thursday, August 18, 6:30pm
 
 
Meeting location: Oakland Peace Center, 111 Fairmount Ave., Oakland CA 94611
 
Class and racism are inextricably connected, in particular in the U.S.  The oppression the flows from racism and the exploitation of the working class cannot be tackled separately.  When this reality isn't understood, our common oppressors win.
 
The ruling class tries to divide the working class along racial lines, using stereotypes meant to scapegoat people of color for social problems: "minorities" who are stealing you job, "welfare queens" who are milking the system...
 
Building anti-racist resistance throughout the working class is also the only way that the understandable distrust on the part of Black people, who face the daily experience of oppression and isolation, can be broken down.
 
Come to this public meeting to hear an argument for multi-racial organizing as being an essential part of winning full liberation for all oppressed groups.
 

San Francisco Mission Branch

Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 7:00pm