Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

May 25, 2009

Tomorrow, Tues 5/26, Rally for Same-Sex Marriage!

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Tuesday 5/26:

Join the fight for LGBT Equality!

Read on for information about…

1) A Rally/Protest TOMORROW, Tuesday 5/26, for SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, following the California Supreme Court’s decision on Proposition 8

2) Upcoming Public Forums in New York City on How We Can Win the Fight for LGBT Equality!

1) “Decision Day” is TOMORROW!

The California Supreme Court just announced that it will release its decision on the fate of Proposition 8 on Tuesday, May 26.   This is a crucial moment in the struggle for gay marriage, in California and nation-wide.

We have won several recent victories in Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, and Washington, DC.  Let’s keep the momentum going!

Come out to a rally/protest on Tuesday, regardless of how the California court rules, and let’s make it clear that we want equality for our LGBT brothers and sisters from CA to NYC!

Meet at 6pm in Sheridan Square
7th Ave and Christopher Street (near Stonewall Bar in the West Village)
March to Union Square at 6:45 where we all will rally!

Join: Marriage Equality New York, Metropolitan Community Church, Lambda Legal, Civil Rights Front, Broadway Impact, Human Rights Campaign, Empire State Pride Agenda, International Socialist Organization, Assemblymember Danny O’Donnell, Senator Thomas Duane, several couples married in California (and who want to stay married!) and many more…

2) From Stonewall to Same-Sex Marriage: How Can We Win the Fight for LGBT Equality?

Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Vermont…will New York be next? With several recent victories, the same-sex marriage movement is on the move. Hundreds of thousands have protested across the country since Obama’s election and the passage of Proposition 8 that stripped Californians of their civil right to marry.

But how can we win it in New York? Why did California lose it? And what will it take to win and keep gay marriage — and full LGBT equality — in the U.S.? Come discuss the history of our struggle and help strategize how we can strengthen our fight today. Hosted by the International Socialist Organization.

Two different meeting locations:

Uptown:
Thursday, May 28
7pm
@ La Pregunta Cafe
1528 Amsterdam Avenue (between 135th & 136th Streets)
1 to 135th St

Queens:
Wednesday, June 10
7pm
@ Diversity Center of Queens
76-11 37th Ave
Jackson Heights (btwn 76th St & 77th St)
E/G/V/R/7 to Roosevelt/74th St Subway

for more upcoming ISO events in NYC, please visit: NYCSocialist.org

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May 19, 2009

NYC Rally Today for Troy Davis today: Stop the execution of an innocent man!

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Congrats to everyone graduating this week!

For those who are around, there is an important rally in Union Square today at 6pm for Troy Davis, an innocent man on Georgia’s death row. Because of activism and the overwhelming evidence in his favor, this past fall Troy won a stay of execution – but is now facing another possible execution date. Join us for an international day of action!

check out this rad VIDEO & and an updated article on Troy’s case in Socialist Worker

JUSTICE MATTERS!


RALLY FOR TROY DAVIS!

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TUESDAY, MAY 19TH 6PM -8PM

UNION SQUARE, NYC (Middle of the Park)

(14th St btw. Broadway & Park Ave. South)
Troy Davis is on death row in Georgia even though the case against him has completely fallen apart. 7 out of 9 witnesses have recanted or contradicted their testimony, no murder weapon was found and no physical evidence links Davis to the crime.

Troy Davis’ stay of execution just expired and he could then be executed at any time. On May 19, people all around the world will be organizing events to show the state of Georgia that the execution of Troy Davis would be an unacceptable travesty of justice.

We need you to be as visible and as loud as possible to stop the execution! Join us on May 19th to raise awareness to stop the execution of an innocent man!

7 OUT OF 9 WITNESSES HAVE RECANTED THEIR TESTIMONIES. NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE.  NO MURDER WEAPON. NO COURT WILLING TO HEAR THE NEW EVIDENCE. EXECUTION DATE COULD BE SET SOON!

for more info: troyanthonydavis.org or Amnestyusa.org/troy
contact: tmcharris@aiusa.org or 212-633-4215

CO SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDE: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL USA, NY NAACP, NATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BLACK LAWYERS, NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD – NY, CAMPAIGN TO END THE DEATH PENALTY, NEW YORKERS FOR AN ALTERNATIVE TO THE DEATH PENALTY, PEACE TASK FORCE & TASK FORCE AGAINST THE DEATH PENALTY OF ALL SOULS CHURCH, ETC.

May 15, 2009

Tonight: Fire the Boss! with Naomi Klein, workers from Argentina & Chicago

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Are you excited to be done with finals?! Congratulations to everyone who made it, or is about to. We’d like to invite you one of best possible ways to celebrate. Haymarket Books, the press that the ISO works with, is hosting a panel tonight at Cooper Union entitled “Fire the Boss” with Naomi Klein, Avi Lewis, members of lavaca, (a collective in Argentina documenting and supporting worker-run factories), and Armando Robles, one of the strikers who led a 6 day sit-in at the Republic Windows and Doors factory in Chicago in December.

Why is worker control important? How can it be organized? What does it mean to ‘Fire the Boss’? What are the connections that can be built between workers across the globe?
This is an important conversation to be having as the economy continues to squeeze working class people everywhere.

All the info is below, it’s at 7pm tonight! (Friday, 5/15). If you’re around campus and would like to take the train down together, just let us know: columbia.iso@gmail.com

thanks,  Barnard-Columbia ISO
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Haymarket Books presents:

FIRE THE BOSS
The Worker Control Solution from Buenos Aires to Chicago

with the authors and editors of

Sin Patrón: Stories from Argentina’s Worker-Run Factories: lavaca collective, foreword by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis (Haymarket Books)

7 pm * Friday, May 15, 2009
The Great Hall at Cooper Union
7 East 7th Street at Third Avenue
6 train to Astor Place * R, W to 8th Street – NYU
New York City, New York
FREE (seating is first come, first served)

with:

Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and No Logo, writer of The Take

Avi Lewis, director of The Take and host, Al Jazeera English “Fault Lines”

Claudia Acuña and Sergio Ciancaglini of lavaca collective in Argentina

Armando Robles, Republic Windows and Doors striker, President of UE Local 1110

Leah Fried, UE organizer

Brendan Martin, The Working World/La Base

Including a discussion, with clips of The Take by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis and selections from a documentary about The Republic workers’ struggle

Translation provided for Spanish speakers * Followed by a book signing

Co-sponsored by The Cooper Union, The Indypendent, UE (United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America), Nation Institute, The Nation magazine, The North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA), Global Exchange, and Labor Notes.

To find out more about the event, please visit
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/

May 6, 2009

Thurs, 5/7, 7pm: Party with the socialists for the Socialism 2009 conference

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Greetings from the Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization:
This summer, in Chicago and San Francisco, we are hosting two huge conferences for progressive activists, radicals, socialists, and lefties of all stripes and types. Go to talks by socialists from Venezuela, Amy Goodman from Democracy Now!, discussions of the history of LGBT liberation struggles and a lot more. just check out the speakers and the schedule here: socialismconference.org


The ISO here at Barnard and Columbia will all be going, and we encourage others to come too…To celebrate, we’re having a party at La Pregunta cafe, Amsterdam and 136th (it’s two stops on the 1 train from Columbia) tomorrow night at 7pm. Would anyone like to join us in going up there – music, poetry, raffles and lots of people who have been to the conference before, so if you’re interested you can learn a lot more about it.

Let us know if you’re intereste: columbia.iso@gmail.com

Here’s all the info for tomorrow night – hope you can join us:

PARTY WITH THE SOCIALISTS

Get on the bus to Socialism 2009 Conference

Find out more information about the most exciting political conference of the year!

Thursday May 7th * 7 PM

La Pregunta Arts Café *136th & Amsterdam

Featuring: Video clips of previous Socialism Conference talks / Radical games /Raffle for political art and books! /Red-hot music! /Poetry reading!

There has never been a better time for those who want to see fundamental change to get together to debate, discuss and organize for a new society.

Check out more info on the conference:

Building a New Left for a New Era
Revolutionary politics, debate and entertainment

You are invited to…
Socialism 2009
http://socialismconference.org/

In two locations
Chicago June 18-21
San Francisco July 2-5

Register online today
http://socialismconference.org/register.php

A few of the speakers who will be coming to Socialism: Journalist and filmmaker John PilgerPaul D’Amato, author of Meaning of Marxism | sportswriter Dave Zirin, author of A People’s History of SportsSharon Smith, author of Subterranean Fire: A History of Working Class Radicalism in the United States and Women and SocialismJeffrey St. Clair, editor of CounterPunch and author of Born Under a Bad Sky: Notes from the Dark Side of the EarthAhmed Shawki, editor of International Socialist Review and author of Black Liberation and SocialismSherry Wolf, author of Sexuality and SocialismLaura Flanders, host of GRITtv | Alan Maass, editor ofSocialist WorkerLance Selfa, author of The Democrats: A Critical History |David Bacon, author of Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Immigration and Criminalizes ImmigrantsCindy Sheehan, member of Gold Star Families for Peace | Anthony Arnove, author of Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal and editor of Voices of a People’s History of the U.S. Dahr Jamail, author ofBeyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq | South African anti-apartheid and globalization activist and poet Dennis Brutus

The world economic crisis has shattered the free-market consensus that has dominated politics for the last generation. Meanwhile, the end of the conservative era and the election of the first African American president have raised expectations among working people that long overdue change is at hand. With capitalism in crisis, even some in the mainstream media are admitting that Karl Marx was right.

There has never been a better time for those who want to see fundamental change to get together to debate, discuss and organize for a new society—a society based on the needs of the many instead of the whims of a few. We need to organize a new left to meet the challenge of this new era.

That’s the purpose that Socialism 2009—expanded to two sites this year—has set for itself. Gather with activists from around the world to take part in dozens of discussions about changing the world: How can we end racism? What kind of organization do we need? What would a future socialist society look like?

Yes we can organize for socialism in the 21st century! ¡Sí se puede!

Sponsored by Center for Economic Research and Social Change, publisher ofInternational Socialist Review and Haymarket Books, and the International Socialist Organization, publisher of Socialist Worker and Obrero Socialista.

Join us at Socialism 2009
http://socialismconference.org/

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