Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

October 28, 2010

SATURDAY 10/30: Conference on the Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx

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Hello from the Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization:

This is SATURDAY 10/30 the ISO is hosting a NYC-wide, one-day conference on the revolutionary ideas of Karl Marx. What do Marx’s ideas tell us about the world today? Are they still relevant? Can they help us understand the current economic crisis? Do they still offer the potential to organize society on the basis of human need instead of profit and inequality?

The conference is at NYU, so meet up with other Columbia students at 9:30am at the 116th and broadway gates to take the train downtown.

For our ISO meeting tonight, we’re going to put up fliers around campus and call people who said they were interested in the conference.  Come tonight at 7:30pm in Hamilton, room 602 to learn more about the conference and talk socialist politics.

Here’s the info for the conference:

The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx

Join us for a day of discussion: 

(Washington Sq. So. & LaGuardia Pl.)

***You can now register online at***

Wall Street was bailed out (with taxpayer money) after crashing the world economy and is now enjoying record profits while workers are facing continued austerity.

BP was put in charge of cleaning up the Gulf after creating one of the world’s most devastating environmental catastrophes. California public schools then contracted the company to develop environmental curriculum.

The same Democratic Party that came to power only two years ago on a tidal wave of “hope for change” has allowed Tea Party bigotry to set the terms of political discussion.

At this time, when massive numbers of people are rejecting corporate dominance and questioning the priorities of capitalism, the revolutionary ideas of Karl Marx are more relevant than ever. Marxism not only explains why capitalism doesn’t work, but also provides a revolutionary guide to action for those that want to fight for an alternative.


TRACK I: Marx’s Theory of Working Class Revolution
10:30am – 11am

11am – 12:30pm
The “Universal Class”: Marxism and the Working-Class with Sam Farber

1:30pm – 3pm
The Working Class Today: Is Class Still Relevant with Geoff Bailey

3:30pm – 5pm
Can the Working-Class Unite? with Jen Roesch

TRACK II: Marxist Economics
10:30am – 11am

11am – 12:30pm
Marx’s Theory of Value with Hadas Thier

1:30pm – 3pm
Marx’s Theory of Crisis with Joel Geier

3:30pm – 5pm
Dynamics of Modern Capitalism with Lee Sustar

Sponsored by the NYU Socialist Club and the NYC International Socialist
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$5 – $10 suggested donation. Free childcare available if reserved before October 23.  Please reserve childcare by emailing


October 11, 2010


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Wednesday, October 13th, 6:30pm
Columbia University, Lerner Hall 555

Non-Columbia ID holders should email to gain access to Lerner Hall

The battle over plans to build a Muslim Community Center in downtown Manhattan is being used by right-wing figureheads to stir up a wave of Islamophobic hate. This has resulted in the racist protesting of mosques around New York City and the country, a spike of terrifying hate crimes against Muslims, and even bigots trying to organize Koran burnings on September 11th.

But these Islamophobic attacks have not gone unopposed. Community groups and individuals in New York City and across the country have been organizing the fight against Islamophobia, racism, bigotry and hatred. Please join us for a discussion on what Islamophobia is, where it comes from, and how we can fight it with Deepa Kumar, Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University.

Deepa Kumar has written a number of articles on Islamophobia that have appeared in alternative media such as MR Zine, Common Dreams, Dissident Voice, Islamophobia-Watch, Socialist Worker, ISR, as well as scholarly journals such as the Journal of Communication Inquiry and Feminist Media Studies. She is the author of Outside the Box: Corporate Media, Globalization and the UPS Strike.

*Check out a  BBC interview with Dr. Kumar (around minute 8:30)*
*Also check out two of Dr. Kumar’s articles on Islamophobia:
The Challenge to Islamophobia
Islam and Islamophobia

Muslims and allies marching on 9/11/10 in NYC against Islamophobia:

Sponsored by the Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization, Lucha, Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine, Turath and the Muslim Student Association.

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October 10, 2010

Tomorrow: Monday 10/11: From Palestine to Oakland: The Fight to Free Political Prisoners

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the Barnard-Columbia ISO is happy to be sponsoring this event tomorrow – please join us!

From Palestine to Oakland: The Fight to Free Political Prisoners

Monday, October 11, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
405 Milbank Hall, Barnard College
3009 Broadway, New York


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As part of the Global Days of Action for Ahmad Sa’adat and all Palestinian Political Prisoners, Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine presents a talk featuring:


Born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City, Cisco is a Vietnam Veteran who fought for the grievances of Black and Latino soldiers upon his return to the states. A former Black Panther, he has been a community activist since his discharge from the military in 1969. He worked with troubled youth up to the day of his arrest. Freed on bail in September 2007, Cisco is the sole defendant to still face charges as part of the San Francisco 8, a group of Black Panthers arrested for their alleged involvement in the 1971 murder of Sgt. John V. Young.


Lamis Deek is a Palestinian organizer born in Nablus, Palestine and raised in New York. She is member and co-chair of Al-Awda New York. In her practice as a lawyer, she focuses primarily on criminal defense and FBI investigations. She has handled a number of political prisoner cases domestically and witnessed the trial of Ahmad Sa’adat in Palestine.


Michael Kennedy is currently a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University. His research explores the lived experiences of Palestinian political prisoners, focusing on alternative forms of visual and textual representation. He also serves as a photography instructor and Regional Coordinator for the Research Journalism Initiative, an educational media nonprofit that provides conceptual and technical training in media production to Palestinian journalism students.

Co-sponsored by: Al-Awda NY, Existence is Resistance, Black and Latino Student Caucus, ISO, Turath, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement


For more information, please contact or call 718-228-8636.
Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition – NY

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October 3, 2010

Thurs 10/7, 7:30pm: ISO meeting Marxist economics

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First off, we had a great experience this weekend in Washington, DC at the Rally for Jobs, Justice and Education, organized by the NAACP and a number of major unions. Over 200,000 came to refute the Tea Party logic of scapegoating and racism – and to push for jobs programs and funding for education. We marched with a broad socialist contingent with a few hundred others, with such great chants as “Obama isn’t a socialist! We are! We are!” In the morning, look for a report at In the meantime, you can read our take on the march and why we went here.

This week we’ll be meeting on Thursday 10/7 at 7:30pm again in Hamilton 602 (our new usual place).

We’ll be reading a short, classic work by Marx summarizing his understanding of where value, prices and profits come from under capitalism. Conveniently, the text is called “Value, Price and Profit.” You might be thinking, “yikes, economics is so abstract it makes my eyes gloss over” – but this isn’t the same stuff you’ve been subjected to in class. Marx actually broke down capitalism in an easy to understand way and explained how a small number of bosses make money through the exploitation of workers. Understanding this dynamic is central to the socialist critique of capitalism even today and it will help you convince yourself, or your friends, of why we need a different kind of economic system. So, read as much as you can (it’s only about 50 pages in print) and join in the conversation on Thursday.

It’s all online:

Lastly, we’re deeply saddened by the rise in suicides due to homophobic bullying – which last week included a Rutgers student and a 13 year old young man. This is something we can’t tolerate and we’re in solidarity with all the students who took part in the vigil tonight at NYU.

You can read LGBTQ author and activist Sherry Wolf’s writing on Tyler Clementi’s suicide here. She spoke at our kickoff meeting.

See you Thursday.

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