Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

February 26, 2010

TUES 3/2: Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 10:49 am

Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide


Date: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 at 7:30pm
Location: Room 417, Altschul Auditorium, International Affairs Building (Enter on Broadway at 117th st)
RSVP on facebook here.
with Ben White, author of Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide
and Anjali Kamat, producer for Democracy Now!,
and Andrew El-Kadi, human rights activist with Adalah-NY.

As part of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), an international effort in over 40 cities around the world, come hear why Israel’s treatment of Palestinians is, and should be acknowledged as, apartheid. In addition, come learn about the nature of Israeli’s apartheid system. We’ll also discuss what we can do to help stop this abuse of human rights.

Israel's apartheid wall at Qalqilya

Speaker Information:

BEN WHITE is a freelance journalist and writer specialising in Palestine/Israel. He also writes on the broader Middle East, Islam and Christianity, and the ‘war on terror’.

His articles have appeared in a variety of international publications, including the Guardian online’s ‘Comment is free’, the New Statesman, Electronic Intifada, Christian Science Monitor, Palestine Chronicle, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, Middle East International, Church Times, Church of England Newspaper, Third Way, and Palestine-Israel Journal.

ANJALI KAMAT is a news producer for Democracy Now! She traveled to Gaza last year shortly after Israel’s “Operation Cast Lead.”

Hosted by: Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine (C-SJP), the Arab Students Association at SIPA, Turath, International Socialist Organization, CCAW, Students for a Democratic Society, Adalah-NY, and Al-Awda NY, among many others.

Click here for more information on events for Israeli Apartheid Week in NYC.

For more information on inernational Israeli Apartheid Week please visit: http://apartheidweek.org/

cancelled due to weather – FRI 2/26: Protest Homophobic Hate Crime near Columbia

Filed under: ISO Events, Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 1:41 am

UPDATE: THE PROTEST HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER, BUT MAY BE RESCHEDULED.

PROTEST AGAINST HOMOPHOBIC HATE CRIME NEAR COLUMBIA

FRIDAY JANUARY 26th, 9:45pm
101st and Broadway
outside Dive Bar
Take 1,2, or 3 to 96th street stop

Last Friday night (the 19th) me and my friends went out for some drinks at a place called Dive Bar on the Upper West Side. After me and my other friend left, the three of my female friends stayed behind. Apparently after we left two of them went to the bathroom together. On the way to the bathroom they were attacked by a group of men calling them Dykes and telling them they weren’t allowed in the bathroom together. One of them was held down by force and harrased, while the other was taken into the bathroom. In the bathroom one of the men choked my friend and told her that he would kill her and threatened her life. After pleading with them my friends were finally let go. Everyone in the bar saw this and someone called the police. The bartenders didn’t do anything only apologized, and the men weren’t even kicked out of the bar.

When the police came they accused my friends of being too rowdy and of being drunk and that nothing actually happened. When my friends pleaded with them the cops just ignored.

Neither the bartenders nor the cops DID ANYTHING!!!!
We all need to stand up to this criminal neglect and say no to this violent homophobia and sexism! please join us!!!
for more info please contact Kate E. 516-319-0815 or Frankie C. 631-398-4332

ALL INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS, and ORGANIZATIONS ARE ENCOURAGED AND WELCOME TO ENDORSE AND MOBILIZE!

February 21, 2010

Thurs 2/25 * When the Walls of Segregation Toppled: Fifty Years Since the Civil Rights Sit-Ins

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When the Walls of Segregation Toppled:
Fifty Years Since the Civil Rights Sit-Ins

Thursday, 2/25 at 7:30pm
Hamilton Hall 304

Facebook RSVP here.

February 1, 1960- When four students from A&T College sat down at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, they had no idea that their action would initiate the largest mass movement for civil rights in the twentieth century. The sit-in movement kicked off a wave of civil rights actions that led to the destruction of Jim Crow segregation. In doing so, young people challenged not only white racists, but also established civil rights leaders and organizations.

More than a year has passed since the country’s first Black president was elected into office. Many years have passed since the Civil Rights movement. Yet we still live in a racially segregated society. Public Education is under attack, as demonstrated by the decision to close 19 NYC schools with large Black and Latino populations, and the decision to raise tuition at CUNY schools and implement wage freezes for CUNY faculty. Come to a discussion about the history of the civil rights sit-ins, and the lessons we can draw and apply to our struggle today.

SPEAKER: Brian Jones is a NYC public school teacher, actor and activist. He is a columnist for SocialistWorker.org and is the author of a number of articles on the Civil Rights Movement, including:

When the Walls of Segregation Toppled: http://zz.gd/3c7f8c
Martin Luther King’s Last Fight: http://zz.gd/d24bcc
The King They Won’t Celebrate: http://zz.gd/3a0e26


Sponsored by the Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

For more information: columbia.iso@gmail.com

February 20, 2010

March 4th: National Day of Action to Defend Public Education

Filed under: ISO Events, Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 11:28 pm

Rally to Defend Public Education!

Rally at Governor Paterson’s Office!


Stop privatization of public education!
Stop cuts to K – 12 and higher education!
Preserve the free student Metrocard!

Thursday, March 4
4 pm
630 Third Ave & East 40th Street
Midtown, Manhattan

On January 21, the State Education Commissioner announced that 34 schools in NYC would be closed, turned into charter schools, or radically restructured. This followed an already unprecedented number of school closings announced by the NYC Department of Education.

Organized by (List in Formation):
National Day of Action to Defend Education
(Conact @: March4NY @ gmail.com)

Teachers for a Just Contract
(Contact @: JustContractUFT @ aol.com)

February 19, 2010

Sat 3/6: Free Performance of Howard Zinn’s play ‘Marx in Soho’

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 12:18 pm

Come to a free performance of Howard Zinn’s play

‘MARX IN SOHO’


A special tribute performance
by Brian Jones

Hosted by Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! and New York Times best-selling author, most recently of Breaking the Sound Barrier (Haymarket Books)

Saturday * March 6, 2010* 7:30 pm

doors open at 7 pm

FREE

New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street
New York, NY 10023

Howard Zinn and Brian Jones

Presented by the New York Society for Ethical Culture and Haymarket Books.

Co-sponsored by Voices of a People’s History of the United States, The Brecht Forum, the Indypendent, and Beacon Press. (Co-sponsor list in formation.)

Please join us at this special tribute performance for the great radical historian Howard Zinn (1922-2010). Best known for his book, A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn’s writing and activism has left an indelible mark on our understanding of U.S. history. His most recent work is the acclaimed documentary The People Speak.

Zinn’s play MARX IN SOHO is a witty and insightful answer to the question, “If Karl Marx could see the world today, what would he say?” Teacher, actor, and activist, Brian Jones has been performing this play all over the country since 1999. An audiobook of his performance, introduced by Howard Zinn, will be released soon by Haymarket Books.

For more information: http://www.marxinsoho.com/

February 9, 2010

Thurs 2/11: From ‘Yes we can’ to ‘No we won’t’ : What Happened to Obama’s Promise of Change?

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 2:26 am

Join the Barnard/Columbia Branch of the ISO for this important discussion:

From “Yes we can” To “No we won’t”

What happened to Obama’s Promise of CHANGE?
One year ago, millions of people arrived in Washington DC to celebrate the election of Obama. Hope and “change we can believe in” was on the agenda. However, fast-forward today, and the situation feels very different. Amidst  expanding wars, growing unemployment, and few improvements, more and more people are wondering what happened to “change.”

It’s time to ask the questions:

Why hasn’t the Obama administration delivered on any of its promises? Why does Obama “reach out” to a vocal right wing that gets more confident by the day? Join us for a discussion and debate on what it’s going to take to win change in the Obama era.

Thursday, February 11th, 7:30pm

Columbia University, 405 Kent



For background reading check out these articles from socialistworker.org:

THE YEAR OF FRUSTRATED HOPES
The failure of Barack Obama to accomplish anything that was expected of him is feeding demoralization and anger among his most enthusiastic supporters.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/01/27/year-of-frustrated-hopes

Column: Lance Selfa
HOW THE DEMOCRATS BLEW IT
Last year, the Democrats were celebrating the biggest governing majority in a generation. This year, they’re worried about getting crushed in the next election.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/01/29/how-democrats-blew-it

Sponsored by: The International Socialist Organization

socialistworker.org | columbia.iso@gmail.com


The “Shock Doctrine” for Haiti & more new articles from Socialist Worker

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 2:18 am

Here’s what’s new at SocialistWorker.org…
http://socialistworker.org
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Hillary Clinton in Haiti

Analysis: Ashley Smith
THE “SHOCK DOCTRINE” FOR HAITI
Amid the catastrophe of the earthquake in Haiti, imperial powers and corporate vultures are circling, eyeing the profits to be made from reconstruction.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/02/08/shock-doctrine-for-haiti

Analysis: Kevin Chojczak
READY TO FIGHT S.F. SCHOOL CUTS
San Francisco schools are being hit with devastating cuts–but educators and their allies are preparing to fight back on California’s March 4 day of action.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/02/08/fighting-sf-school-cuts

Column: Mark Steel
WHO DO YOU CHOOSE?
In the past, a vote for Labour would at least have been a protest against greed, even if the party didn’t do much about it.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/02/08/who-do-you-choose

Spc. Alexis Hutchinson with her son Kimani

Analysis: Dahr Jamail
PROSECUTED FOR BEING A PARENT
Soldiers who face unexpected parenting hardships and are unable to deploy are being slapped with criminal charges by the U.S. military.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/02/08/prosecuted-for-being-a-parent

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Don’t miss these articles from last week’s SocialistWorker.org

Analysis: Lee Sustar and Alan Maass
A BUDGET THAT ONLY REPUBLICANS COULD LOVE
Barack Obama’s proposed budget for 2011 does little to create jobs, freezes spending on key social services–and lavishes yet more money on the Pentagon.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/02/03/budget-only-republicans-could-

Comment: Danny Lucia
DUNCAN’S TWISTED VISION FOR OUR SCHOOLS
Education Secretary Arne Duncan stooped to a new low when he declared that Hurricane Katrina was “the best thing that happened” to New Orleans schools.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/02/04/duncans-twisted-vision

Analysis: Adrienne Johnstone
PUSHING KIDS AND TEACHERS TO THE BOTTOM
Barack Obama’s Race to the Top program offers cash-strapped state governments federal money–as long as they agree to attack teachers’ unions.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/02/02/pushing-schools-to-the-bottom

Comment: Helen Scott
HOW THE U.S. COULD HELP HAITI
Two measures would immediately help Haitians–cancellation of the foreign debt and overhauling an immigration system that discriminates against them.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/02/05/how-the-us-could-help-haiti

Analysis: Anand Gopal
AFGHANISTAN’S SECRET JAILS
In the U.S. detention process, suspects are usually nabbed in the darkness and sent to one of a number of detention areas, often on the slightest suspicion.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/02/05/afghanistans-secret-jails

Comment: Brian Jones
THE SIT-INS THAT IGNITED THE MOVEMENT
The civil rights movement’s lunch counter sit-ins–direct action protests against a hated symbol of Jim Crow segregation–began 50 years ago today.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/02/01/sit-ins-that-ignited-a-movement

February 5, 2010

New Articles and Howard Zinn Tributes from Socialist Worker

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 12:21 pm

Here’s what’s new at SocialistWorker.org

http://socialistworker.org
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Analysis: Anand Gopal
AFGHANISTAN’S SECRET JAILS
In the U.S. detention process, suspects are usually nabbed in the darkness and sent to one of a number of detention areas, often on the slightest suspicion.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/02/05/afghanistans-secret-jails

Comment: Danny Lucia
DUNCAN’S TWISTED VISION FOR OUR SCHOOLS
Education Secretary Arne Duncan stooped to a new low when he declared that Hurricane Katrina was “the best thing that happened” to New Orleans schools.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/02/04/duncans-twisted-vision

Column: Dave Zirin
SUPER BOWL AD HYPOCRISY
CBS has long claimed to have Super Bowl rules against “advocacy ads.” So why are they running an anti-abortion commercial?
http://socialistworker.org/2010/02/05/super-bowl-ad-hypocrisy

Comment: Helen Scott
HOW THE U.S. COULD HELP HAITI
Two measures would immediately help Haitians–cancellation of the foreign debt and overhauling an immigration system that discriminates against them.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/02/05/how-the-us-could-help-haiti

Analysis: Eric Toussaint
THE UNRULY U.S. “BACKYARD”
U.S. aggressiveness towards Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador has increased in response to diminishing U.S. influence over Latin America.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/02/04/the-unruly-us-backyard
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Special tribute to Howard Zinn, the people’s historian


Column: Brian Jones
A REBEL FOR A BETTER WORLD
Anyone who spent any time with Howard Zinn knows of his tremendous generosity of spirit, and of course, his legendary humor.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/02/05/rebel-for-a-better-world

Comment: Marlene Martin
HE TAUGHT US TO USE OUR VOICE
To know that Howard Zinn was a part of our struggle made people stand a little taller and feel a little more committed and confident about our fight.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/02/05/taught-us-to-use-our-voice

THE PEOPLE’S HISTORY READING LIST
Howard Zinn came up with some recommendations if you really want to know what happened in U.S. history.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/02/05/peoples-history-reading-list

Obituary: Howard Zinn
THE PEOPLE’S HISTORIAN
He taught millions about the hidden history of resistance in America–and he was a fixture of countless struggles for justice and equality.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/01/28/the-peoples-historian

February 1, 2010

Campus meeting this week on Haiti & new articles at Socialist Worker

Filed under: Articles, ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 12:00 pm

Greetings from the Barnard-Columbia ISO:

Today is the 50th anniversary of the lunch counter sit-ins of the civil rights movement! See the article below for more on that amazing history. It is at moments like this that we already miss the presence of Howard Zinn.

This Thursday 2/4, at 7:30pm, we will be having a meeting on the legacy of US imperialism in Haiti over the past 200 years, how it exacerbated the destruction of the earthquake there, and why the current US military occupation of Haiti is hurting relief efforts instead of helping them. We will meet in Kent, room 405 – everyone’s invited!

Here is a great article on the subject if you’d like to read it before the meeting: http://www.isreview.org/issues/35/haiti_under_siege.shtml

Thanks! See you thursday!

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Here’s what’s new at SocialistWorker.org…

http://socialistworker.org
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Comment: Brian Jones
THE SIT-INS THAT IGNITED THE MOVEMENT
The civil rights movement’s lunch counter sit-ins–direct action protests against a hated symbol of Jim Crow segregation–began 50 years ago today.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/02/01/sit-ins-that-ignited-a-movement

Column: John Pilger
THE KIDNAPPING OF HAITI
In Haiti, power rules in the form of an American naval blockade and tens of thousands of Marines and mercenaries, none with humanitarian training.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/02/01/kidnapping-of-haiti

Comment: John Green
SCHWARZENEGGER’S BITTER BUDGET
The California governor’s claim that he would protect education in the latest round of cuts is belied by his budget proposal.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/02/01/schwarzeneggers-bitter-budget
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Don’t miss these articles from last week’s SocialistWorker.org

Editorials
THE YEAR OF FRUSTRATED HOPES
The failure of Barack Obama to accomplish anything that was expected of him is feeding demoralization and anger among his most enthusiastic supporters.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/01/27/year-of-frustrated-hopes

Obituary: Howard Zinn
THE PEOPLE’S HISTORIAN
He taught millions about the hidden history of resistance in America–and he was a fixture of countless struggles for justice and equality.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/01/28/the-peoples-historian

Column: Lance Selfa
HOW THE DEMOCRATS BLEW IT
Last year, the Democrats were celebrating the biggest governing majority in a generation. This year, they’re worried about getting crushed in the next election.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/01/29/how-democrats-blew-it

Analysis: Nicole Colson
MURDER AT GUANTÁNAMO BAY?
A media report has revealed that three prisoners who allegedly committed suicide at Guantánamo may have been killed by their captors.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/01/28/murder-at-guantánamo

Analysis: Lee Sustar
SPEAKING TRUTH TO DAVOS
As political and business leaders gather for their annual meeting at the ultra-exclusive Swiss ski resort of Davos, the left is holding a gathering of its own.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/01/29/speaking-truth-to-davos
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