Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

May 28, 2010

ALTO ARIZONA! National Day of Action Against SB 1070

Filed under: Articles, Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 11:43 am

Last week in Harlem, we hosted a meeting entitled “Immigrant Rights are Civil Rights” with radical sportswriter Dave Zirin and civil rights activist Yusef Salaam. Although we didn’t get to post it here on the blog, rest assured we’ll soon be helping to put on a meeting for anyone who wants to do local actions that help the campaign to BOYCOTT ARIZONA!

In the meantime, this Saturday is a National Day of Action against SB 1070. Although there isn’t a big protest or action planned for NYC, tens of thousands of people are converging on Arizona to protest the racist law as I write this. Socialist Worker online published a series of articles about the boycott movement and some of the questions that have come up already in the struggle. Check it out!

Alto Arizona | May 29, 2010

National Day of Action Against SB 1070

Column: Sharon Smith
LAWS THAT NEED BREAKING
There is a new civil rights movement emerging today, with the goal of preventing a return to racist tyranny–this time on the backs of Mexican immigrants.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/28/laws-need-breaking

Comment: Eric Ruder
THE BATTLE HEATS UP IN ARIZONA
Tens of thousands of people are making their way to Phoenix for a march to condemn the state’s racial profiling law.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/28/battle-heats-arizona

Interview: Joel Olson
ORGANIZING AT GROUND ZERO
An Arizona activist explains how people and organizations are coming together across the state in the fight against the anti-immigrant law SB 1070.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/28/organizing-at-ground-zero

Statement: Nativo López
THE DREAM ACT FRONT AND CENTER
A prominent activist considers the recent protests by undocumented students fighting for the DREAM Act–and the legislation itself.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/28/dream-act-front-and-center
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You’re invited…
SOCIALISM 2010
Ideas for changing the world
http://www.socialismconference.org/

Chicago | June 17-20 | Palmer House Hilton
Oakland | July 1-4 | Oakland Marriott

These conferences will feature several meetings on the fight for immigrant rights and against Arizona SB 1070 and will bring together activists organizing on the front lines of these struggles.

Meetings include:
Arizona and the Fight for Immigrant Rights | Youths Organizing for Immigrants’ Justice | Capitalism, Borders and Migration | Here Come Los Suns: Sports and Resistance to Arizona’s SB 1070

Find out more, register today:
http://www.socialismconference.org/
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More SocialistWorker.org coverage of Arizona SB 1070 and the struggle for immigrant rights

Editorials
THIS IS A FIGHT FOR ALL OF US
A revived immigrant rights movement has the potential to turn back Arizona’s racist law, renew the push for genuine reform and inspire other struggles.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/26/fight-all-us

Comment: Jesse Hagopian
ARIZONA TEACHES THE FOUR R’S
With a new law that bans ethnic studies, Arizona schools will get back to the basics–Reading, ‘Righting, ‘Rithmatic and Racism.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/26/arizona-teaches-the-four-rs

Comment: Elizabeth Schulte
IMMIGRATION: COUNTERING THE RIGHT’S LIES
SocialistWorker.org examines the right wing’s myths and lies about immigration–and provides the facts you need to expose them.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/12/countering-anti-immigrant-lies

Column: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
ARIZONA’S “JUAN CROW”
Arizona’s draconian anti-immigrant law will create fear and intimidation–but it is also sparking resistance in the state and beyond.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/04/30/juan-crow

Comment: Dahr Jamail
DYING IN OUR BACKYARD
Even before the latest set of anti-immigrant laws, Arizona was ground zero for the federal government’s deadly war on the undocumented.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/20/dying-our-backyard

Column: Dave Zirin
ANOTHER REASON TO PROTEST ARIZONA
Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill that outlaws the Tucson school district’s academically successful ethnic studies program.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/14/reason-to-protest-arizona
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May 19, 2010

Sat 4/22: NYC Harvey Milk Day of Action

Filed under: ISO Events, Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 12:24 pm

Join a Nationwide Effort to Demand Full Federal Equality!

Harvey Milk Day of Action
May 22, 2010 @ 12 p.m.
LGBT Community Center
208 W. 13th Street
New York, NY 10011

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On May 22, cities all across America will pay respects to Harvey Milk on his birthday.  Remembering Harvey’s numerous achievements in a push for LGBT equality, thousands of activists, allies and community members are organizing local actions to demand full federal equality.  International Week Against Homophobia anchors the event. Join the march for full equality in NYC today!

The march begins at the LGBT Center in Manhattan with rallies along the way, including Washington Square Park, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Marriage Bureau, and finally ending at City Hall.  See the full route here.

The aim is to highlight the many ways that LGBTQI people are oppressed, targeted and exploited in society. From hate crimes to discrimination. In the words of Harvey Milk, “We don’t want special rights, we want equal rights!”

How You Can Help

Donate
There are several costs associated with organizing demonstrations in New York City, including permit fees!  This event is coordinated by unpaid volunteers.  Please help by making a small donation!  No amount is too small.  Every little bit counts!

Volunteer
Join the planning committee!  We are looking for motivated individuals who don’t mind rolling up their sleeves and helping make REAL change in our community!  Check out the calendar page for a list of events where we currently need help.  Visit the volunteer page for information about joining the planning committee.

March
We need to make a HUGE impact on Saturday, May 22.  The biggest way we can do that is to assemble as many supporters as possible.  Whether you identify yourself as LGBTQI or you are a straight ally, we are “here to recruit you!”  Download pre-made signs on the signs page or make your own!  Bring your signage, charisma and voice on Saturday, May 22 and be prepared to make some noise!  RSVP for the event on our Facebook page!

Sat 4/22: Harvey Milk Day Rooftop Fundraiser Party!

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 12:23 pm


MAY 22 | HARVEY MILK DAY
**ROOF-TOP CELEBRATION**

ROOF OPENS AT 7PM
BROOKLYN – 185 South 4th #3B
L to Bedford or J to Marcy

Extravagant Outfits Encouraged!

$20 – All the beer & wine you can drink!

Drag Show!
Dancers
Live D.J.
Yummy Food
Fun for all ages
Bring a blanket

Face & Body Painting
Chess Lessons

Live Screen Printing – bring a T-shirt

Proceeds go to the Socialism 2010 Scholarship Fund
Hosted by the International Socialist Organization

More great articles – check out the new International Socialist Review!

Filed under: Articles — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 12:15 pm

Here’s what’s new in Socialist Worker and the International Socialist Review

http://socialistworker.org
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Editorials
A TEA-PARTY INSURGENCY?
The right-wing Tea Partiers are making their presence felt within the Republican Party, but they don’t speak for the majority of people in the U.S.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/19/tea-party-insurgency

Comment: Giles Ji Ungpakorn
THAI ARMY PREPARES ITS ASSAULT
Soldiers and armored personnel carriers were massed outside the encampment of pro-democracy protesters in Bangkok by midday on May 19.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/19/thai-army-prepares-to-crush-protests

Comment: Nicole Colson
EVERYONE GETS A SAY EXCEPT WOMEN
A series of state-level anti-abortion laws is making control over women’s reproductive lives the business of everyone but women themselves.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/18/everyone-gets-say-except-women

Comment: Sherry Wolf
TURNING POINT IN THE UPR STRIKE
Students on strike at the University of Puerto Rico will get support from unions planning a one-day general strike on May 18.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/18/turning-point-in-upr-strike

Analysis: Andy Libson
WE NEED TO TAKE A STAND IN SF
After telling members to prepare to strike, leaders of the San Francisco teachers’ union now appear ready to accept a lousy deal.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/19/we-need-to-take-a-stand-in-sf

Interview: Jonathan Neale
CONFRONTING THE CLIMATE CRISIS
In the aftermath of a people’s climate summit in Cochabamba, Bolivia, two activists discuss the prospects for the movement for environmental justice.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/18/confronting-the-climate-crisis

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New International Socialist Review out now
ISSUE 71: May-June 2010
http://www.isreview.org/

Features include:

Gillian Russom
OBAMA’S NEOLIBERAL AGENDA FOR EDUCATION
http://www.isreview.org/issues/71/feat-neoliberaleducation.shtml

Lance Selfa
RIGHT ON THE DEFENSIVE
http://www.isreview.org/issues/71/rep-demsnewlegs.shtml

Adam Sanchez
DISASTER SCHOOLING: HOW THE “SHOCK DOCTRINE” IS PLAYING OUT IN THREE CITIES
http://www.isreview.org/issues/71/feat-disasterschooling.shtml

Danny Lucia
BRINGING MISERY OUT OF HIDING: THE UNEMPLOYED MOVEMENT OF THE 1930S
http://www.isreview.org/issues/71/feat-unemployed.shtml

Also in the new ISR: Arundhati Roy on Bhumkal: Walking with the Comrades • Phil Gasper’s “Critical Thinking” column on The Imperial War in Afghanistan • Gillian Russom on The Case Against Charter Schools • and more.

May 18, 2010

Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, struggle in Puerto Rico, Thailand, Arizona…

Filed under: Articles — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 9:59 pm

SocialistWorker.org posts new articles online every weekday – check out below to get a taste of the some of the best left-wing and socialist analysis you can read today. From Thailand to the University of Puerto Rico to an interview w/Chuck D, do yourself a favor and click on some of the links…

Here’s what’s new at Socialist Worker

http://socialistworker.org
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Analysis: Eric Ruder
A NIGHTMARE THAT ONLY GROWS WORSE
The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may be far larger and its ecological toll far greater than corporate giant BP or the government will admit.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/17/nightmare-only-grows-worse

Comment: Giles Ji Ungpakorn
THAILAND’S MURDEROUS CRACKDOWN
Thailand’s army and right-wing regime are responsible for a bloodbath in Bangkok after days of repression against pro-democracy demonstrators.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/17/thailands-murderous-crackdown

Statement
SOLIDARITY WITH THE STUDENT STRIKERS
Students at the main campus of the University of Puerto Rico are asking for international support against a crackdown by the government.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/17/solidarity-with-upr-strikers

Comment: Nate Goldbaum
WILL THE CTU OUST ITS LEADERS?
With incumbent officials failing to resist new attacks, reformers are running a strong race in Chicago Teachers Union elections.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/17/will-the-ctu-oust-its-leaders
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Don’t miss these articles from last week’s SocialistWorker.org

Analysis: Lee Sustar
RESCUING GREECE OR THE BANKS?
A $1 trillion bailout from the European Union will prop up the euro and big banks–while workers in Greece and beyond suffer huge cuts in living standards.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/11/rescuing-greece-or-the-banks

Comment: Elizabeth Schulte
IMMIGRATION: COUNTERING THE RIGHT’S LIES
SocialistWorker.org examines the right wing’s myths and lies about immigration–and provides the facts you need to expose them.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/12/countering-anti-immigrant-lies

Editorials
IT’S TIME TO TALK SOCIALISM
Building the struggles of today and the struggle for a future society is what the annual Socialism conference is about.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/12/its-time-talk-socialism

Analysis: Nicole Colson
COMPROMISING JUSTICE
The right wing is up in arms over the nomination of Elena Kagan–but like the man who chose her, she fits in squarely with the Washington status quo._
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/14/compromising-justice

Interview: Chuck D
TEARING DOWN THE WALLS
One of the greats of hip-hop explains why he took a stand in the battle against Arizona’s anti-immigrant law SB 1070.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/13/tearing-down-the-walls

Analysis: James Illingworth
AFTER THE TORY VICTORY IN BRITAIN
Britain’s Conservative Party won big in the general election, but its success had most to do with disillusionment with New Labour.
http://socialistworker.org/2010/05/13/after-the-tory-victory
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