Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

April 10, 2009

Fri 4/17: Why We Need Socialist Organization, with Paul D’Amato

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 2:54 am

A PARTY FOR OUR SIDE:
WHY WE NEED SOCIALIST ORGANIZATION

Guest Speaker: Paul D’Amato
Paul D’Amato is the managing editor of the International Socialist Review and author of The Meaning of Marxism, a lively and accessible introduction to the ideas of Karl Marx and the tradition he founded.

From the workers’ occupation of the Republic Windows and Doors factory, to the rise of campus occupations by students at the New School, NYU and beyond, to the movement for same-sex marriage rights, to protests against municipal budget cuts, police brutality and racism, a new mood of struggle is growing. But the Left is coming out of a period of weakness and there is little in the way of organization that can generalize these struggles and put forward an alternative. Now, as the need for fundamental change becomes clearer every day, the need for a socialist organization is also more urgent.

Such an organization can become a place to compare lessons, not only to advance the struggle and win concessions, but to win wider layers of people to the socialist project – the fight for a world without exploitation and oppression. Come to a discussion about the need for socialist organization, and the prospects for building on in the United States today.

Friday, April 17th, 7pm
Columbia University
116th & Broadway (1 train to 116th street)
Pupin Hall, 329 * Signs will be posted directed people to Pupin Hall

RSVP at the facebook event page here.

Related Articles:
Paul D’Amato, “A party to organize our side” from SocialistWorker.org
Todd Chretien, “Lenin’s Theory of the Party” from the International Socialist Review

Sponsored by the Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization
email: columbia.iso@gmail.com

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