Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

June 27, 2009

March with the socialists in the NYC Pride Parade!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 7:16 pm
Greetings from the Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization:

We have a contingent in tomorrow’s (sunday) LGBT pride parade in NYC. If you’d like to join us all the details are below!

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Do you think that the time for marriage equality is NOW and that we need to bring the spirit of Stonewall back into the fight for LGBT civil rights?

Do you think that single-payer health care is absolutely an LGBT issue?

Do you think that our government should end “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” – and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Then come march with the socialists in this year’s NYC Pride march!

Forty years ago, the NYPD attempted to raid the Stonewall Inn and terrorize the lesbian, gay, bi and transgender patrons inside. However, the working class and multi-racial crowd fought back. Over the next five nights 2000 LGBT New Yorker’s (and supporters) took to the streets throughout the West Village and Greenwich Village. History would be changed forever. The Stonewall Rebellion sparked a national movement for LGBT equality that allowed many to come out of the closet for the first time.

After the passage of Proposition 8 in California, banning same-sex marriage, we were reminded that full equality is still something that will have to be struggled for. Because of activism and protest, more states are granting marriage equality, but we still have a long way to go – including here in New York state! Join us in a spirited contingent demanding full equality at this year’s NYC LGBT Pride Parade. Bring a sign to express the rights or changes you want to see – or just chant with us and help get the crowd excited in the spirit of Stonewall.

Meet up for the International Socialist Organization Pride contingent:

Sunday, June 28th, 11:45am
59th st and 7th Ave (along the southern edge of Central Park)

Facebook RSVP here.

Check out a great roundtable discussion between LGBT activists about next steps in the movement for sexual and gender equality, from SocialistWorker.org

For more information, contact 631-398-4332 or email nyciso@gmail.com

June 3, 2009

Tomorrow (Thurs): Author Jeffrey Perry on Harlem Radical Hubert Harrison

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 2:19 pm

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer! If you’re in NYC, the ISO is hosting historian/activist Jeffrey Perry, the foremost scholar of Hubert Harrison, a turn-of-the-century black radical who was born in St. Croix but lived and organized in Harlem. Harrison was also an active member of the Socialist Party, and for much of his life represented the best aspects of the socialist tradition in the United States. An inspiring organizer who sought to involve all working class people in the fight against racism, this talk is not to be missed!

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Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism

GUEST SPEAKER: JEFFREY PERRY
Author, Hubert Harrison: The Voice of Harlem Radicalism 1883-1918

Thursday, June 4, 7pm
La Pregunta Arts Cafe
1528 Amsterdam Ave
between 135 and 136th streets {1 train to 137}

During the 1910s and 1920s Hubert Harrison was either the creator, or among the founders, of “almost every important development originating in Negro Harlem — from the Negro Manhood Movement to political representation in public office, from collecting Negro books to speaking on the streets, from demanding Federal control over lynching to agitation for Negroes on the police force.” He was also a key figure in developing Caribbean radicalism; he exhibited a rare willingness to learn from the peoples and cultures of Africa; and his (often unattributed) ideas and writings from this period significantly shaped the contours of radical Black thought on matters of race and class in the twentieth century.

Harrison joined the Socialist Party and wrote several major articles on race and class for the International Socialist Review magazine. Harrison promoted Eugene Debs’ presidential campaign on the Socialist ticket, and was aligned with the radical, pro-IWW wing of the party, which eventually led to his break with the SP.

Harrison was not only a political radical, however. He was an immensely skilled and popular orator and educator who spoke or read six languages; a highly praised journalist, critic, and book reviewer (reportedly the first regular Black book reviewer in history); a pioneer Black activist in the freethought and birth-control movements; a bibliophile, library builder, and library popularizer who helped develop the 135th Street Public Library into an international center for research in Black culture.

Come to a discussion of the hidden history of radicalism and socialism in Harlem, and the role of Hubert Harrison.

sponsored by the International Socialist Organization
Uptown Branch
http://www.nycsocialist.org/
damelio.lichi@gmail.com for more info

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