Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

August 17, 2009

Thurs 8/20, 7pm: The Case for Universal, Single Payer Health Care

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 10:57 pm

The Case for Universal, Single-Payer Health Care

Everybody in. Nobody out.

-86.7 million people, or about one in three Americans under 65, were without health care insurance in 2007 and 2008.

-Health care related costs are the leading cause of personal bankruptcy in the US

–68% of people who go bankrupt due to health care expenses had insurance when they declared bankruptcy.
Why is our health care system so inadequate? The answer is simple: profit. We pay through the nose for substandard care, and executives reap the benefits. As Concress debates reform, they should be saying profiteering has o place in health care. But they’re not. Let’s talk about what universal health care would look like and how to get Congress to stop talking about band-aid reforms for a broken system.

We need universal, single-payer health care for all!

Come to a discussion featuring:
KATIE ROBBINS, Health Care NOW
DAWNING GREENSTREETt, International Socialist Organization

Thursday, August 20
7pm
St. Mary’s Church, Harlem
521 West 126th Street
Between Amsterdam and Broadway

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For more information: columbia.iso@gmail.com / nyciso@gmail.com
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August 11, 2009

Thurs, 8/13 in Harlem: A “post-racial” America?

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 1:50 pm

A Post-Racial America?

Come to a discussion on an article by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor!

Read the article: Are We Living in a “Post-Racial” America?

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Taylor’s article looks at what the arrest of African American scholar Henry Louis Gates–and the resulting uproar when he dared to protest that he was a victim of racial profiling–says about racism in the era of Obama.

Thursday, August 13
7pm
St. Mary’s Church
521 West 126th Street
TRAINS: A/B/C/D AND #1 to 125th St

Other recommended articles:

Beer and Sympathy by Gary Younge

Can Prejudice Be Justified? by Etan Thomas

Anger Has Its Place by Bob Herbert

Innocence Is No Defense by Bob Herbert

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Friday 8/14, 6:30pm: Incident at Oglala: The Leonard Peltier Story

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 1:02 am

Come to a showing of:
Incident at Oglala:  The Leonard Peltier Story

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Friday August 14 6:30 p.m.
145 W 122nd Street, Apt. #3.  Take the A/B/C/D to 125 or the 2/3 to 125.

Please RSVP to bill.linville@gmail.com or 608-852-6998
Bring drinks if you would like.  We can order food or pizza if people like.

Leonard Peltier has been a political prisoner since his arrest in 1976.  A member of the American Indian Movement (AIM), Peltier was the target of a blatant frame-up for the killing of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.  Everything from coercion, intimidation and even the suppression of the accounts of FBI agents was used to convict Peltier in front of an all-white jury.  The FBI was intent on destroying AIM because of its radical defense of native rights, including the occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs office in the lead up to the 1972 election.  This case makes a mockery of the so-called “justice” system in the U.S.

Incident at Oglala provides the stunning details of this case, including interviews of Peltier and other AIM activists, their defense team and FBI representatives (who fully display their blatant disregard for justice).  This excellent documentary is narrated by Robert Redford.

What Else You Can Do:
Peltier’s case was recently heard in front of a parole board, and Peltier is still awaiting the results.  Activists are calling on people to call the White House to demand that Obama take a stand for Peltier.  You can call the White House Comment Line at 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1112. Sign this petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/parole2008/

Read these recent socialistworker.org articles to find out more:

http://socialistworker.org/2009/07/15/why-is-peltier-in-prison

http://socialistworker.org/2009/07/28/fbi-war-on-indian-radicals

Also check out this article from the International Socialist Review by Joe Allen and Paul D’Amato:  http://www.isreview.org/issues/44/peltier.shtml

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