Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

April 29, 2008

Worker’s Revolt in Egypt!

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Worker’s Revolt in Egypt!
Eyewitness report by Mostafa Omar
Friday, May 2, 6:30pm
310 Fayerweather Hall, Columbia University

Textile Workers in the city of Mahalla Egypt are leading a mass movement against terrible economic conditions and brutal repression by U.S. ally, President Hosni Mubarak. Hundreds of workers and activists have been jailed and at least two have been shot down in the streets.

Egypt is one of the highest recipients of U.S. foreign aid along with Israel and Colombia.

Come celebrate International Workers Day by hearing an eyewitness report-back from Egypt, learn about the hidden history of the struggles of the Egyptian working class, peasants and students, and find out what the main stream media won’t tell you about today’s inspiring struggle for union rights and democracy.

  • Time: Friday, May 2, 6:30pm
  • Place: 310 Fayerweather Hall, Columbia University. 1 train to 116th & Broadway. Hamilton is on the southwest corner of 116th & Amsterdam.
  • Speaker: Mostafa Omar is an Egyptian socialist and activist, a contributor to The Struggle for Palestine, a participant in the Cairo Conference, and recently returned from Egypt during the Mahallah strikes.

Socialism 2008

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June 19-22, Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare
“A weekend of revolutionary politics, debate and entertainment.” <>

IN 1968, an unpopular war and opposition to a discredited political establishment led millions around the world to join the struggle for a socialist society. Forty years later, an unpopular war and a discredited political establishment have led millions to look for “change.” But the scale of the challenges we face today — from an economy that increasingly works only for the wealthy few to a military-industrial complex that entrenches itself more deeply every day — makes the socialist case even more important than it was in ’68.

That’s why the Socialism 2008 conference is so important in this election year. It offers a place where activists can come together to debate and discuss the kind of politics needed to build a Left that can win real social change.

Come to Socialism 2008 to learn about the hidden history of the international working-class struggle — from the Flint sit-down strikes of 1937 to the Russian Revolution of 1917 — and socialist analysis and theory.

Take part in more than 100 debates and discussions about changing the world: How can we end racism? What kind of organization do we need? Can the Democrats make a difference? How can we confront imperialism? What would a future socialist society look like?

Join us in Chicago on June 19-22, 2008, for Socialism 2008.

***SPEAKERS @ Socialism 2008 Include***

MOHAMMED OMER is an award-winning journalist living and working in Gaza, Palestine.

ANTHONY ARNOVE is the author of the acclaimed Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal.

CAMILO MEJIA was the first U.S. soldier to go public with his refusal to fight Bush’s war in Iraq,

JEREMY SCAHILL is a Polk Award-winning investigative journalist. His book, Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army is high on the New York Times bestseller list.

DAHR JAMAIL has spent a total of eight months in occupied Iraq as one of only a few independent US journalists in the country.

BARBARA BECNEL worked for 13 years with Stanley Tookie Williams, death row prisoner and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, to edit and publish his award-winning series of books for at-risk children.

YUSEF SALAAM was released from prison in 2002, after serving serving six and a half years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

DR. JOHN CARLOS. In 1968, John Carlos became one half of perhaps the most famous moment in Olympic history. After winning the bronze medal in the 200-meter dash, he and gold medalist Tommie Smith, raised their fists clad in black gloves in a display of “black power.”

SAMUEL FARBER is a long-time socialist and author born and raised in Cuba.

AHMED SHAWKI is the editor of the International Socialist Review and author of Black Liberation and Socialism.

LAURA FLANDERS is the host of “RadioNation” heard live, weekends, 7-10 pm ET on the national Air America Radio network and author of Blue Grit: Making Impossible, Improbable, and Inspirational Political Change in America.

SHARON SMITH writes a biweekly column Socialist Worker called “Which Side Are You On?”, and she is author of Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States and Women and Socialism.

MARK STEEL is a left-wing British comedian who has performed as a stand-up since 1983, and has written and performed four popular series for television and radio, and he writes a weekly column for the Independent. He is author of Vive la Revolution: A Standup History of the French Revolution.

DAVE ZIRIN is a radical sports editor, writer and columnist for, and a columnist for, the Progressive and other media. He is author of What’s My Name Fool?, The Muhammad Ali Handbook and Welcome to the Terrordome.

JEFFREY ST. CLAIR, co-editor of Counterpunch and author of Been Brown So Long it Looks Green to Me, and JOSHUA FRANK, co-editor of Dissident Voice and author of Left Out! How Liberals Helped Reelect George W. Bush speak on their new book, Green Scare.

For a full list of speakers and conference schedule visit <>

What you’ll find at Socialism 2008: MORE THAN 100 meetings, a bookfair, films, entertainment…..and parties

Sponsored by:
The Center for Economic Research and Social Change,
Publisher of International Socialist Review and Haymarket Books.

Co-sponsored by:
The International Socialist Organization,
Publisher of Socialist Worker and Obrero Socialista.

****Come meet other socialists and activists and help us start organizing for Socialism in the 21st century. For help with child care, housing, travel, directions to the conference or to ask any other question, please write us at or call 773-583-8665.

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