Greetings from the Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization:
Thanks to everyone who came out to our kickoff meeting last week with Sherry Wolf. Be sure to read the latest article from Sherry today at socialistworker.org, and follow her blog.
This week we’ll be discussing and planning some of the activism we’re involved in on campus and in the city. Everyone is invited to participate.
To get to the room tonight, enter Barnard and walk toward the entrance of the Diana Center. Instead of turning right into the Diana, turn left into Altschul. Then take a right into the room. We will start at 7pm instead of our usualy time, 7:30pm.
Here’s our agenda:
1. Palestine solidarity activism and the recent momentum of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
We’re active in Palestine solidarity at Columbia and also off campus, and we’ll be discussing what we’ve been doing and what to do next. Everyone is encouraged to read this article on what the divestment movement is all about and why it is so important to the struggle for the liberation of the Palestinian people.
Also, if anyone is interest, some of us will be going to a fundraiser tonight in Brooklyn to support an effort to sent a ship full of aid supplies from New York to Gaza, to break Israel’s siege and blockade. See the facebook event here and write us back if you’re like to come with.
2. The October 2nd March on Washington for Jobs, Justice and Peace
In less than two weeks thousands of trade unionists, civil rights activists and students will descend on Washington, DC, for a much needed march against the right-wing initiatives which have been gaining ground lately in Washington. We’d like to have as many people attend the march as possible and we’ll be discussing the plan to get there. We suggest reading this article to learn more about the importance of the march.
3. Our new readings groups on The Case for Socialism and The Communist Manifesto
In the next week, we’d like to start meetings for two reading groups on these books – both of which are excellent introductions to socialist and marxist ideas. Many people have already signed up to participate in one of the reading groups. If you need a copy of either book, you can pick it up from us at the meeting. The Case for Socialism is only $8 and the fully annotated Communist Manifesto is only $12. (Way cheaper than our books for class!)
See you Thursday!