Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

April 29, 2010

MAY DAY MARCH and PARTY

Filed under: Articles, ISO Events, Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 9:37 pm

Join the Barnard/Columbia Branch of the International Socialist Organization (ISO) for these two important May Day Events. We will be meeting at 11am Saturday morning at the Gates (116th and Broadway) and will be traveling to the demonstration together. Later in the evening, we will be meeting up at a roof-top party to fund raise for Socialism 2010 Conference!

MAY DAY MARCH and PARTY!

Beat Back the Arizona Attack!
ALL OUT for May Day – Union Square, 14th St – Noon

Being at Union Square on May 1st will be an important part of overturning racist, anti-immigrant legislation just passed in Arizona. We have the ability to send a powerful message of outrage and solidarity. For background info, check out these articles from Socialistworker.org:

“Arizona bill is the real crime”
http://socialistworker.org/2010/04/21/arizona-bill-is-the-crime

“Anger builds over Arizona law”
http://socialistworker.org/2010/04/26/anger-builds-over-arizona-law

Join thousands of workers and immigrants demanding:

FULL RIGHTS NOW!
NO TO THE GUEST WORKER PROGRAM!
LEGALIZATION OF IMMIGRANTS!
JOBS, HOUSING, & SERVICES FOR ALL!

May 1 is widely recognized as International Workers Day throughout the world, commemorating the historic struggle for an eight-hour workday and workers rights. Since 2006, when millions in this country marched against proposed anti-immigrant legislation, May 1st has also become a symbolic day for the struggle of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. This year in 2010, students are stepping in to claim May 1st as well, marching in solidarity with immigrants and workers as they demand an end to education cutbacks.

then…

CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WORKERS DAY
ROOFTOP PARTY & FUNDRAISER

FREE ADMISSION

DRINK SPECIALS | $20 BOTTOMLESS BEER (or individual drinks for less) | BEER & WINE

ALL AGES | FUN MUSIC | WILD DANCING | VIDEO SHOW AND MORE!

STARTS AT 7PM
145 W. 122ND ST.
BTWN 7TH AVE AND LENOX
2/3 TRAIN TO 125TH ST STOP

PRESENTED BY THE NYC INT’L SOCIALIST ORGANIZATION
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE SOCIALISM 2010 SCHOLARSHIP FUND

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April 28, 2010

tonight! Wed 4/28: Palestine: Colonialism as Peace w/Joseph Massad

Filed under: Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 1:30 am

Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine (C-SJP) invites you to a discussion with Professor Joseph Massad on the ongoing Nakba (catastrophe) against Palestine and Palestinians:

“Palestine: Colonialism as Peace”

Wednesday, April 28th at 7:45pm

Room 417, Altschul auditorium, International Affairs Building, Columbia University
420 West 118th Street, NY, NY 10027

RSVP (recommended): http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=120513111297364&ref=mf

“One of the most difficult things to grasp in the modern history of Palestine and the Palestinians is the meaning of the Nakba. Is the Nakba to be seen as a discrete event that took place and ended in 1948, or is it something else? What are the political stakes in reifying the Nakba as a past event, in commemorating it annually, in bowing before its awesome symbolism? What are the effects of making the Nakba a finite historical episode that one bemoans but must ultimately accept as a fact of history?”  -Joseph Massad

We hope that you can join us for this informative and important event to commemorate the Nakba and the ongoing catastrophe of the Palestinian people.

April 27, 2010

TONIGHT! Tues 4/27: The Case for Socialism!

Filed under: Articles, ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 12:48 am

Republican Senator Jim DeMint is warning people about…..

The Case for Socialism

a book by Alan Maass. Come hear Maass (also editor of socialistworker.org) speak tonight at Barnard!
Tuesday, April 27th 7:30pm

Barnard College at 117th & Broadway

Diana Center – Lower Level, Room 104


Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) thinks there’s a spectre of Socialism haunting America.  In his new book, DeMint, toast of the Tea Partiers, cites Alan Maass’ The Case for Socialism to explain the evils of using the wealth of society to ensure the well-being of us all. (http://socialistworker.org/2010/04/26/jim-demints-freedom-fraud)

Unfortunately for us, Senator DeMint is wrong.  The election of Obama has not ushered in Socialism.  The wealth of society, instead of being used to meet people’s needs,  is currently going to things like bailing out Wall Street and subsidising healthcare insurance companies.

We still live in a world of poverty, war, and environmental devastation. A world where living standards for working people plummet while an elite few enjoy lives of unbelievable wealth and power.  Something different—an alternative to capitalism—is desperately needed.

Come hear Maass make the case for real socialism:  a society built from the bottom up through the struggles of ordinary people against exploitation, oppression, and injustice—one in which people come before profit. A society based on the principles of equality, democracy, and freedom.

For more information, contact columbia.iso@gmail.com or 585.278.4855

More about the book:

The Case for Socialism, by SocialistWorker.org editor Alan Maass, proposes socialism. A society built from the bottom up through the struggles of ordinary people against exploitation, oppression, and injustice—one in which people come before profit. A society based on the principles of equality, democracy, and freedom.

“Is socialism an impossible, discredited dream or the only realistic path for human survival? If you’re not sure of the answer, or are just curious about what the left really believes in, you need to read Maass. He’s the Tom Paine of the contemporary American left.”
— Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums

“This is a vivid, fluent, and rare book about socialism for those uninterested in tracts and excited by new prospects.”
— John Pilger, author of Freedom Next Time: Resisting the Empire

April 26, 2010

Mon 4/26: Hip-Hop For Justice: Voices from the Underground

Filed under: ISO Events, Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 11:17 pm

The Barnard-Columbia ISO is happy as all hell to be sponsoring this excellent event: DAM will be joining us all the way from Palestine, Shadia and Lowkey will be coming from the UK. Don’t miss it.

Check a video of one of DAM’s new songs and information on discrimination against Palestinians in Israel.

Hip-Hop For Justice: Voices from the Underground


Monday, April 26th at 7:30pm

Held Auditorium (Room 304 Barnard Hall), Barnard College
3009 Broadway (between 116th and 117th Street)

Featuring artists: DAM, Hasan Salaam, Shadia Mansour, Lowkey, and Mazzi.

RSVP Here.

From Palestine to NY to the UK, this panel and performance will address the power of conscious hip-hop and hip-hop as a social movement.

How is/can hip-hop be used as a tool to mobilize, empower and raise awareness on the struggles of oppressed people? How powerful is hip-hop as a means of advocacy: speaking out against war, genocide, conditions in the ghetto and the life of poverty? How can this powerful art form transcend boundaries, break down walls and stereotypes, and provide understanding among marginalized communities throughout the globe? Does the rise of hip-hop among marginalized groups internationally demonstrate an important trend?

Hip-Hop emerged as an innovating artistic form in the late 1970s in New York City. Historically, it has been a way for marginalized communities, specifically Blacks and Latinos, to express the struggles of their people and to highlight local problems to a global scale. Now there is a growing hip-hop movement amongst Arabs, both domestically and internationally, who use it as a means to express the struggles of their people. This panel will discuss the importance of this global dialogue and how it can be used as a space for unheard voices to be recognized.

PERFORMANCES WILL FOLLOW THE PANEL

***Entrance fee: $5

Sponsored by the Arab Student Association at SIPA, Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine, TURATH, LUCHA, International Socialist Organization, the Black and Latino Student Caucus, NYU Students for Justice in Palestine.

April 19, 2010

Thurs 4/22: France 1968: Students, struggle, and revolt

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France 1968: Students, struggle, and revolt

Thursday, April 22nd, 730pm
Kent 405


Next month marks 42 years since the titanic struggles of May 1968 in France. What started with protests by students at a few universities set off a mass rebellion that paralyzed Paris and other cities–and the largest general strike in history to that point.

There are many crucial lessons in this history for activists, socialists and revolutionaries today: What are the roles of students and workers in social movements and revolutionary change? What does “worker’s power” actually look like? Why didn’t the mass strike and rebellion turn into a successful revolution? Join us for a presentation and discussion on these questions and more.

General Assembly of Renault workers during the general strike


Suggested background reading (not required):


The French May” by Joel Geier

The Struggle Goes On” By Tony Cliff and Ian Birchall

Prelude to Revolution: France in May 1968 by Daniel Singer

Sponsored by: the Barnard/Columbia Branch of the International Socialist Organization (ISO)
Socialistworker.org | isreview.org | Haymarketbooks.org

April 16, 2010

Tues 4/27: The Case for Socialism w/author Alan Maass

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 4:40 pm

Author Alan Maass will be speaking at Barnard on April 27th at 7:30pm!

The Case for Socialism

NYC Tour with Alan Maass, author of The Case for Socialism and editor of Socialist Worker

April 27-30 (exact locations and dates below)

We live in a world of poverty, war, and environmental devastation. A world where living standards for working people plummet while an elite few enjoy lives of unbelievable wealth and power.  Something different—an alternative to capitalism—is desperately needed.

But what should replace it?

This forum will make the case for socialism. A society built from the bottom up through the struggles of ordinary people against exploitation, oppression, and injustice—one in which people come before profit. A society based on the principles of equality, democracy, and freedom.

NYC Locations and Dates:

Tuesday, April 27th 7:30pm

Barnard College at 117th & Broadway

Diana Center – Lower Level, Room 104

Wednesday, April 28th 7pm

Hunter College at Lexington between 68th & 69th Street

Thomas Hunter Hall, Room 105

Thursday, April 29th 7pm

City College at 138th and Convent Avenue

North Academic Center (NAC Building) – Room 1/211

Friday, April 30th 7pm

NYU-Downtown

Judson Church Assembly Hall

239 Thompson Street at Washington Sq. South

More about the book:

“The Case for Socialism,” by SocialistWorker.org editor Alan Maass, proposes socialism. A society built from the bottom up through the struggles of ordinary people against exploitation, oppression, and injustice—one in which people come before profit. A society based on the principles of equality, democracy, and freedom.

“Is socialism an impossible, discredited dream or the only realistic path for human survival? If you’re not sure of the answer, or are just curious about what the left really believes in, you need to read Maass. He’s the Tom Paine of the contemporary American left.”
— Mike Davis, author of “Planet of Slums”

“This is a vivid, fluent, and rare book about socialism for those uninterested in tracts and excited by new prospects.”
— John Pilger, author of “Freedom Next Time: Resisting the Empire”

For more information, contact nyciso@gmail.com or 646-452-8662

www.nycsocialist.org

www.socialistworker.org

April 13, 2010

Tuesday 4/13: Bill Fletcher, Jr. on Apartheid and Resistance in Palestine

Filed under: ISO Events, Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 1:23 am

The Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization is proud to be sponsoring this event and we hope you’ll join us:

Where is the Palestinian Gandhi?
A conversation with Bill Fletcher, Jr.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 410, International Affairs Building, Columbia University
420 West 118th Street
RSVP on facebook HERE.
As part of the Global Week on Action for Palestinian Political Prisoners (April 11-April 17, 2010), Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine invite you to learn more about the Palestinian struggle in relation to other struggles for freedom, justice and equality.

Bill Fletcher, Jr. will discuss Israeli Apartheid and Palestinian peaceful resistance to Israeli’s occupation, blockade, and systematic discrimination. In addition,he will debunk the notion that there is a lack of peaceful Palestinian resistance and draw parallels between the Palestinian movement and other historical movements for underrepresented groups struggling for justice and equality.

According to Mr. Fletcher, there is a frequent tendency to misrepresent Palestinian activists as extremists who threaten life and property. “Recent arrests of Palestinian human rights activists Jamal Juma’, Abdallah Abu Rahma, Ibrahim Amirah and Mohammed Othman are prime examples. While the Israeli government claims that it has no partner with which it can discuss peace, thousands of Palestinian activists that have consciously and openly repudiated armed struggle are sidelined and arrested as political prisoners. The “partners” are in Palestine.”

Bill Fletcher Jr. is the executive editor of BlackCommentator.com. He is a senior scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, the immediate past President of TransAfrica Forum, and the co-author of “Solidarity Divided.”

Sponsored by Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine, with the Arab Student Association at SIPA, the Black and Latino Caucus at the School of Public Health, TURATH, the Muslim Student Association, LUCHA, the International Socialist Organization and Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel.

April 5, 2010

THURS 4/8: THE UNAPOLOGETIC CASE FOR ABORTION RIGHTS

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Join us at this week’s Barnard-Columbia ISO meeting:

THE UNAPOLOGETIC CASE FOR ABORTION RIGHTS


There is no doubt that the anti-choice movement has gained a ton of ideological ground while limiting access to vital abortion resources over the years. By chipping away at abortion rights bit by bit, the right wing has made the idea acceptable that women are somehow not capable of making choices regarding their own bodies and health.

Polls show that support for reproductive rights is reaching critically low levels. Gallup reported in May 2009 that for the first time since Roe v. Wade, people self-identifying as pro-choice are a minority in the U.S.

In the absence of a women’s liberation movement, too many people are bombarded with the right wing anti-choice ideology, lies, and pseudo-science but don’t know how to counter it confidently. This is why a meeting that unapologetically makes the case for abortion rights is long overdue. Join us for this important talk and discussion:

THURSDAY, APRIL 8TH, 730PM
KENT Hall, ROOM 405

Suggested background readings:
1. “What came before Roe v. Wade” by Elizabeth Schulte

2. “Why women need abortion rights” by Rachel Cohen

3. “The anti-abortionists’ cynical ploy” by Rachel Cohen

Sponsored by: The International Socialist Organization
Socialistworker.org | Columbia.iso@gmail.com

Mon 4/12: Black-Arab Solidarity, A Discussion on Coalition Building

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 10:02 pm

The Barnard-Columia ISO is excited to be cosponsoring this event:

Black-Arab Solidarity, A Discussion on Coalition Building


Date: Monday, April 12, 2010
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Held Auditorium, Barnard College (Barnard Hall, Room 304)
Street: 3009 Broadway

Come hear activists from the Black Panthers to Project South speak on the growing parallels between the Arab and African-American experiences, with a focus on how our groups can collaborate on community activism, both globally and locally, the struggles we face in common, and the overall strategic and moral value of solidarity. Hear activists speak on the growing parallels between the Arab and African-American experiences, with a focus on how our groups can collaborate on community activism, both globally and locally, the struggles we face in common, and the overall strategic and moral value of solidarity. We will attempt to develop a clear strategy for better uniting these two groups throughout the U.S. and globally. Potential points of contention within the coalition, tensions between immigrant communities and local communities and brown-on-black racism in particular, will be addressed. Come with creative energy to formulate strategies for coalition-building with these seasoned activists:

DHORUBA BIN WAHAD, co-founder of the Black Liberation Army and author of Still Black, Still Strong.

JAMAL JOSEPH, former Black Panther and Founder of the acclaimed Impact Repertory Youth Theater of Harlem.

EMERY WRIGHT of Project South, the Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide.

AISHA AL-ADAWIYA, Founder of Women in Islam, Inc. an organization of professional and social activist Muslim women.

BRANDON KING, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement representative on the July 2009 Viva Palestinina Convoy.


Co-sponsored by: Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, ASA-SIPA, Muslim Students Association, Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine, Al-Awda NY, International Socialist Organization

So many great new articles at Socialist Worker…

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Here’s what’s new at SocialistWorker.org…
http://socialistworker.org
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Analysis: Lee Sustar
THE CHICAGO SCHOOL REFORM FRAUD
Privatization, cutbacks and union busting are being called “school reform” by President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/04/05/chicago-school-reform-fraud

Comment: Renee Saucedo
NOT A STARTING POINT FOR REFORM
Some of the groups that organized the recent march in Washington for immigrant rights are supporting policies that would harm immigrant communities.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/04/05/not-a-starting-point

Analysis: Kim Ives
CONSUMMATING A U.S. TAKEOVER
The plan unveiled at the UN donors conference for Haiti boils down to one thing: Washington’s takeover of the “new” Haiti.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/04/05/consummating-a-takeover
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Don’t miss these articles from last week’s SocialistWorker.org

Interview: Dr. Steffie Woolhandler
THIS CURE LEAVES THE DISEASE UNTREATED
A leading advocate of single-payer health care explains what’s in the law that Barack Obama signed–and why it won’t end the health care crisis.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/03/29/cure-doesnt-treat-the-disease

Interview: Michael Schwartz
IS THE U.S. LOSING ITS GRIP IN IRAQ?
The media proclaimed Iraq’s recent election a vindication of the U.S. occupation, but U.S. officials now face some thorny problems.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/04/02/losing-the-grip-in-iraq

Interview: Frances Louis
“WHEN WE FIGHT, WE WIN”
An activist with the Boston housing rights group City Life/Vida Urbana explains how the organization reversed her eviction.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/04/02/when-we-fight-we-win

Comment: Elizabeth Schulte
WHY THE RIGHT WANTED TO DESTROY ACORN
The community organization ACORN helped thousands of people keep their homes and escape poverty, so the right wing took a hit out on it.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/04/01/why-the-right-wanted-to-destroy-acorn

Analysis: George Yorgos
THE STRUGGLE INTENSIFIES IN GREECE
As bankers and politicians debate a possible rescue for the debt-crippled Greek economy, workers are sending a message that they won’t pay for the crisis.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/03/31/struggle-intensifies-in-greece

Analysis: Sherry Wolf
MAKING THEM DO THE RIGHT THING
The fact remains that without continued mass pressure from movement activists, we aren’t going to see significant gains for LGBT people.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/03/30/making-them-do-the-right-thing
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The People Speak National Film Tour
http://socialistworker.org/the-people-speak-tour

Using dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries and speeches of everyday Americans, the documentary feature film The People Speak, produced and narrated by the late, great historian Howard Zinn, gives voice to those who fought for social change throughout U.S. history.

This national film tour going on throughout April is sponsored by the International Socialist Organization. Proceeds benefit the Socialism 2010 Conferences, on June 17-20 in Chicago and July 1-4 in Oakland, Calif. See the Socialism 2010 Web site for more information.
http://www.socialismconference.org/

Read a review of  The People Speak at SocialistWorker.org:
http://socialistworker.org/2009/12/11/revolution-will-be-televised

Check here for a screenings of The People Speak near you.
http://socialistworker.org/the-people-speak-tour
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