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Attend a socialist meeting in October

Join the Fight for a Socialist Future (image of poster)Are you fet up with the world as it is and interested in how socialists understand the world in order to change it? Attend an ISO meeting this month to find out more about socialism and how you can help fight for a socialist future. 

In the coming weeks we will be updating this page with information about meetings our branches will be hosting. In November, we will also be hosting a series of regional Fall Day Schools in cities across the country. Visit this page to find the date for the day school nearst you. 

If you are not near a branch and would like bring an ISO speaker to your campus, please send us a message through our online contact form and an organizer will get in touch with you to talk about setting up a meeting.

 
 

BAY AREA DISTRICT

San Francisco State University, San Francisco Mission Branch

October meetings to be announced.

 

University of California-Berkeley Branch

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7:00pm
Meeting Topic: Reportback from Standing Rock
Meeting Location: University of California-Berkeley (UCB), Barrows Hall, Room 54
Links: Click here to view the event page on the Bay Area District website.

 

CALIFORNIA BRANCHES

Join the Fight for a Socialist Future (image of poster)Los Angeles, California

October meetings to be announced.

 

San Diego, California

Thursday, October 6, 6pm
Meeting Topic: From Black Lives Matter to Standing Rock: The Fight Against Oppression and the Socialist Perspective
Meeting Location: City College, MS-421

 

CHICAGO DISTRICT

DePaul University Branch, Chicago, IL

Wednesday, September 21, 7pm
Meeting Topic: The Fight for a Socialist Future
Meeting Location: DePaul University, Lincoln Park campus, SAC Room 154
 

Rogers Park Branch and Loyola University, Chicago, IL

October meetings to be announced.

 

University of Chicago Branch, Chicago, IL

Wednesday, October 5th, 7pm
Meeting Topic: The Fight for a Socialist Future
Meeting Location: University Church, 5655 South University Avenue, Chicago, IL

 

CONNECTICUT BRANCHES

Connecticut College, New London, CT

October meetings to be announced.
 

Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT

Wednesday, October 5, 7:30pm
Meeting Topic: The Struggle for Socialism
Meeting Location: Southern Connecticut State University, Engleman Hall, B218
 

MASSACHUSETTS BRANCHES

Northeastern University, Boston, MA

October meetings to be announced.
 

University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Amherst, MA

October meetings to be announced.

 

MICHIGAN BRANCHES

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

October meetings to be announced.

 

NEW YORK CITY DISTRICT

Brooklyn College, New York City

October meetings to be announced.

 

Columbia University/Barnard College, New York City

October meetings to be announced.
 

October 2016 Public Meetings

Lehman College Branch

Wednesdau, October 26, 6:30pm
Meeting Topic: “Anybody but Trump”? The Socialist Case Against the Two-Party System
Meeting Location: Lehman College, Carman Hall, Room 245

In an election with the two most disliked candidates in the history of presidential elections, Americans are looking at third party candidates with renewed interest. But with the two party system making it nearly impossible for Third party candidates to win, let alone get a wide hearing, the pressure of the" lesser evil" will weigh heavy on Americans as they make their decision in the voting booth.

But as polls show that a large majority of Americans are clamoring for a third party, the question of how we get there looms large in the imagination of many who are fed up with the Republican and Democratic Party.

As election day approaches, the International Socialist Organization is making the case for voting for Green Party presidential candidate, Jill Stein, as a way to weaken and break the two-party system.
 

Queens Branch

Wednesdau, October 19, 6-8pm
Meeting Topic: Socialism...Seriously:  A Brief Guide to Human Liberation
Meeting Location: Hunter College, 68th St & Lexington Ave, New York, NY Room TBA (CUNY ID needed to enter building).
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Wednesdau, October 26, 7-9pm
Meeting Topic:  The Socialist Case for Jill Stein
Meeting Location: The Queens Pride House, 76-11 37th Ave, 2nd floor, Jackson Heights, Queens, NY
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New York University Branch

Wednesdau, October 29, 6:30pm
Meeting Topic: How to do we escape the two-party system?: Socialists and the elections in the U.S.
Meeting Location: Kimmel Center, Room 906, 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY

 

Uptown Branch

October meetings to be announced.

 

UPSTATE NEW YORK BRANCHES

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, N.Y.

Saturday, October 29
Meeting Topic: “Report Back from Standing Rock,” with a member of the Onondaga Nation and Brian W. from the ISO

Thursday, November 17
Meeting Topic: “How to Fight Clinton/Trump”

Thursday, December 1
Meeting Topic: “Women’s Liberation and Socialism”

 

SUNY Potsdam, Potsdam, N.Y.

Weekly Meetings for the Syracuse University branch
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm, Syracuse University, Barrington Student Union, Room 219.

Specific October meetings to be announced.

 

Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.

Weekly Meetings for the Syracuse University branch
Thursdays, 7:00pm, Syracuse University, Sims Hall, Room 129.

Specific October meetings to be announced.

 

OHIO BRANCHES

Schedule of ISO meetings in Columbus, OH for September 2016

Ohio University, Athens, OH

October meetings to be announced.

 

Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Weekly Meetings for the ISO Columbus branch at Ohio State University
Thursdays, 7:00pm, St. Stephen’s Episopal Church, 30 W. Woodruff Ave.
 
Specific October meetings to be announced.

 

MAINE

University of Southern Maine, Portland Campus

October meetings to be announced.
 
 

NORTH CAROLINA BRANCHES

University of North Carolina at Asheville, Asheville, NC

Wednesday, October 5, 6:30-8pm
Meeting Topic: How to talk to your friends about the Green Party
Meeting Location: University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA), Highsmith Student Union, Room 102.
 
Wednesday, October 26, 6:30-8pm
Meeting Topic: What's next for the Left?
Meeting Location: University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA), Highsmith Student Union, Room 102.
 
Wednesday, November 12, Time TBA
Meeting Topic: Southeast Regional Day School
Meeting Location: TBA.
 
 
 

OREGON

Portland State University, Portland, OR

Thursday, November 3, 7pm
Meeting Topic: Imperialism, War, and the Fight for a Socialist Future
Meeting Location: Portland State University, Smith Building, Room 338
Meeting Speaker: Phil Gasper is a philosophy professor in Madison, Wisconsin and the editor of The Communist Manifesto: A Road Map to History’s Most Important Political Document.

The capitalist system has from its beginning driven nation states to war for profit and empire. Today capitalist powers and their states compete with each other to divide the world into spheres of influence. This inter-imperial rivalry is the root cause of the wars that have wracked the system from the First World War to Bush’s Iraq War and Obama’s drone war to the horror being visited on the Syria people today by international powers and the Syrian State.

Marxists believe that international solidarity against war and national oppression is the duty of all genuine revolutionaries. It is part of the struggle to unite the global working class against our common exploiters and oppressors.

Wednesday, October 6, 7pm
Meeting Topic: Why You Should Join the Socialists!
Meeting Location: Portland State University, Smith in the Cafeteria
 
 

VERMONT

University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

October meetings to be announced.

 

WASHINGTON STATE

University of Washington-Seattle

Tuesday, October 4, 7pm
Meeting Topic: The Fight for a Socialist Future
Meeting Location: Common Good Cafe (Downstairs at the University Temple United Methodist Church), 1415 NE 43rd St, Seattle WA 98105
 
Tuesday, October 11, 7pm
Meeting Topic: What Kind of Revolution Do We Need?
Meeting Location: Common Good Cafe (Downstairs at the University Temple United Methodist Church), 1415 NE 43rd St, Seattle WA 98105
 
Tuesday, October 25, 7pm
Meeting Topic: Our Enemies in Blue: Can the Police Be Reformed?
Meeting Location: Common Good Cafe (Downstairs at the University Temple United Methodist Church), 1415 NE 43rd St, Seattle WA 98105
 
 

WASHINGTON, D.C.

University of Maryland, College Park

October meetings to be announced.

 

WISCONSIN

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Thursday, October 20, 7pm-8:30pm
Meeting Topic: Socialists and Elections: Beyond the Two-Party System
Meeting Location: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sterling Hall, Room 1313, Madison, Wisconsin 53706
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The 2016 presidential election has become a contest between two of the most unpopular candidates in US history—a racist, sexist, billionaire bigot vs. a warmonger in the pocket of Wall St. We desperately need an alternative to the two-party system, but how do we build that? And what role should elections play in the fight for a better world? Come to a talk and discussion with Elizabeth Schulte, deputy editor of Socialist Worker newspaper, about the 2016 election and beyond.

Saturday, October 22, 2pm-3pm
Meeting Topic: Socialist Coffee Hour
Meeting Location: Espressor Royale (Lower), 650 State Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53703
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Join the Madison Branch of the International Socialist Organization as we discuss politics and the way forward in the fight for justice and true liberation. Our discussion will be focused on two articles from the newspaper Socialist Worker: “Reaching out for freedom with their own hands” by Paul D’Amato, and “Voting for what we want in 2016” (available in the print edition of Socialist Worker Print newspaper).

Thursday, November 17pm, 7-8:30pm
Meeting Topic: Defending Abortion Rights
Meeting Location: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sterling Hall, Room 1313, Madison, Wisconsin 53706
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From Poland to Wisconsin, reproductive rights are under attack. The war on women is widespread and has many fronts - what is the state of resistance? How can we understand sexism, rape culture and sexual assault under the next president, who will presumably be the first woman president in U.S. history? Are the mainstream liberal women's rights organizations capable of leading a fight back? 

The socialist demand is “Free Abortion On Demand!
No apologies, No Regrets!” ISO member and women's rights activist Dayna Long will present the socialist case for defending abortion rights, provide analysis on the abysmal state of affairs for working class women, and share information on how to get involved in the fight to stop attacks on abortion rights in Wisconsin. 

Thursdayday, December 8, 7pm-9pm
Meeting Topic: The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx
Meeting Location: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sterling Hall, Room 1313, Madison, Wisconsin 53706
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Massive inequality, oppression, police violence, poverty, health crisis, low wages, unemployment, the shredding of the last remnants of the social safety net, unending war and ongoing economic devastation, environmental destruction and climate change and yet somehow our political leaders are saying things are great! 

Most people know the system is broken and is in need of fixing but now more people than ever know that it just straight up needs to go. But how can we understand capitalism in order for us to change it and who has the power to change it?

Karl Marx explains how capitalism works, why an alternative society is possible, and, crucially, why the working class has the social power to change the world.

Our speaker Phil Gasper is a professor of philosophy in Madison, Wisconsion, he is a on the editorial board of International Socialist Review and writes the bimonthly "Critical Thinking" column as well as a regular contributor to Socialist Worker. He is a longtime member of the ISO and editor of The Communist Manifest: A Road Map to History's Most Important Political Document, available through Haymarket Books.