Greetings from the Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization:
First off thanks to everyone who came and helped us hand out fliers on Friday when the university launched its slick new attempt to sell the Manhattanville expansion. We see this land grab by the university as an outright profit-making scheme that will result in the displacement of the residents who live in the neighborhood. By the university’s own estimates, up to 3,300 residents will be affected. For more information please see the following website.
We’re also happy to see that the campus media has taken interest in what we’re doing! Check out this article in this week’s edition of the Eye: Hard Workers: bringing marx from the lecture hall to the streets, By Devin Briski
Most importantly, here is a tentative calendar of our upcoming events for the rest of the semester. For this week we’d like to draw your attention to a big NYC-wide meeting that the ISO is organizing on SATURDAY at the LGBT center. The topic will be how we can fight the rise of the right wing in the US. Don’t miss it…all the info below.
BARNARD-COLUMBIA ISO CALENDAR:
* 11/16, Tuesday: SJP Film and Panel on Palestinians’ Right to Education
The ISO is co-sponsoring, “Right to Education” week, being organized by Students for Justice in Palestine. The week of events aims to reveal the various ways that Israel restricts the ability of Palestinians to receive an education, from bombing elementary schools to restricting students ability to travel to get to their university. This event will include film screening of Shooting Muhammad followed by a panel students from Palestine. The event begins at 8pm, meet us at 7:45pm outside of Math 312.
* 11/18, Thursday: No branch meeting, protest downtown against local companies failing to pay immigrant workers in NYC. Workers from Mario Batali’s Del Posto Restaurant and Flaum Appetizing Corporation March to Stop Wage Theft! The action starts at 6 PM at Westside Market – 77 7th Avenue NYC (at 15th Street). Prayer Vigil for workers and just wages at Westside Market from 6 – 6:30 PM. Then we will be marching loud and proud along 14th Street to Del Posto Restaurant – 85 10th Avenue (at 16th Street)
Join Interfaith Worker Justice, the Labor and Religion Coalition of Greater New York, The Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York, and Brandworkers International. We’ll be meeting at 5:30pm at the Broadway & 116th st gates to take the train down to 14th st together.
* 11/20, Saturday: NYC-wide ISO meeting on Fighting the Right. The midterm elections brought gains for the Republicans and the Tea Party. With even more politicians from both parties now spouting homophobic, anti-immigrant and racist rhetoric, while pushing for further cuts to social services and jobs, its clear that we have little choice but to organize resistance. Come hear writer Sherry Wolf, author of Sexuality and Socialism (and the speaker at our first meeting of the semester) present on the possibilities of confronting the crazy bigot-party that is US politics right now. This meeting is downtown at the LGBT Center, West 13th St off of 7th Ave, Room 101, 7pm-10pm. Meet at the Broadway and 116th st gates at 6:10pm sharp to take the train together.
* 11/23, Monday: Tabling at the Jeffrey Sachs meeting on the economic crisis
Jeffrey Sachs, who runs the Columbia Earth Institute is giving a presentation to students on “America’s Economic Crisis: Where Do We Go from Here?” and the ISO has been invited to table outside the meeting. Sachs isn’t a socialist, but he is critical of the world we live in now, and many people will come to the speech looking for alternatives to the current state of capitalism. Tabling will be a good chance for us to raise socialist ideas as just such an alternative. Time and location, TBA.
* 11/25, Thursday: No ISO branch meeting, cuz it’s Thanksgiving break. For the real story of Thanksgiving, check this: http://socialistworker.org/2009/11/25/day-to-give-thanks
* 11/30, Tuesday: Students for Justice in Palestine event on Home Demolitions in Palestine, and the need to boycott companies that aid Israel in these home demolitions. Details TBA.
* 12/2, Thursday: ISO branch meeting, 7:30pm, Hamilton Hall 602.
* 12/4, Saturday: ISO day school at Columbia on Black liberation. This all-day educational discussion is primarily for members and those considering joining the ISO, and includes required readings. One of the main texts, is Black Liberation and Socialism by Ahmed Shawki. Please contact us at email@example.com if you are interested in participating.
* 12/7, Tuesday, 7:30pm: ISO meeting at Columbia on “The Black Power Revolt of the 1960s” w/ Keeanga Yahmatta-Taylor, historian and commentator on the African-American struggle and other movements against racism, you can read her regular columns for Socialist Worker. You do *not* want to miss this! Click here to watch Yahmatta-Taylor speak on this subject this past summer. Room TBA
* 12/16: Study break ISO meeting – last of the semester! Details TBA.