Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

February 11, 2011

Saturday 2/12: Columbia Stands with Egypt!

Filed under: ISO Events, Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 8:58 pm

Greetings from the Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization:

As I’m sure most of you know, 18 days of mass protest in Egypt have finally brought the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak to an end. This is a huge victory for the people of Egypt, people across North Africa and the Middle East, and a significant blow to US imperialism. Mubarak has been one of the United States and Israel’s staunchest allies, and the US government provides him with over one billion dollars of aid per year, most of it, military.

Socialist Worker has been providing daily and even hourly reports from Cairo – keep checking back all weekend!

We’re happy to be celebrating Mubarak’s downfall tomorrow on campus at 2pm and we hope you’ll join us!

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=199916810023037

COLUMBIA STANDS WITH EGYPT
Saturday, February 12 · 2:00pm – 4:00pm
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Location: Columbia University
Low Plaza, 116th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam

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Created By
Turath: The Arab Students’ Organization at Columbia University, Rhonda Shafei

THE DICTATOR IS OUT!!!!We will be rallying for Egypt, to celebrate the victory of Egyptians over Mubarak’s regime, and in support of its people’s unwavering hope. This party is the culmination of our heartfelt happiness and aspirations for a better future in Egypt.

Come speak out and share your thoughts at Columbia’s historic campus. The PARTY will take place AFTER the protest(?) scheduled by Amnesty International at the UN.

January 28, 2011

Revolt across North Africa and the Middle East: Discussions and Solidarity Events this week!

Filed under: Articles, ISO Events, Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 1:32 pm

Starting with the popular uprising against the Tunisian dictator Ben Ali, a wave of rebellion has swept across a number of predominantly Arab countries. Tens of thousands of Egyptians have taken to the streets and clashed with security forces in a fight against the Mubarak dictatorship. US client states are on the defensive and the cracks in US empire are being revealed.  Join the NYC International Socialist Organization at several important events this week to analyze recent events and to stand in solidarity with the struggle for democracy.

On Friday, January 28th we will be hosting an informal discussion on the revolt in the Arab world with Matt Swagler and Mostafa Omar.

On Saturday, January 29th we will be taking part in a critical solidarity demonstration at the United Nations.  We will be demanding that the US end its support for the Mubarak dictatorship.

Later on Saturday we will also have an informal discussion at Brad’s cafe on campus about the basics of what is happening in Palestine.

On Saturday, February 5th we have organized a teach-in on the Wikileaks, and now the Palestine Papers, that will put the inspiring events of recent weeks in the broader context of the cracks in US empire.

Full details for each event are posted below.  Please spread the word.  For more info, you can check out the NYC ISO website at http://www.nycsocialist.org, email columbia.iso@gmail.com

 

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Revolt in the Arab World:

what happened, where could it lead?

Friday, Jan. 28 | 7-9pm | Puck Building (295 Lafayette), 4th Floor


As rebellion has spread from Tunisia to Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East and Africa, understanding these events is critical for the Left here in the U.S. Please bring questions and comments to an exciting discussion this Friday.


Discussion will be kicked off by presentations from:

Matt Swagler, PhD candidate in African History at Columbia, contributing author on Africa to SocialistWorker.org, member of Students for Justice in Palestine.

Mostafa Omar, Egyptian-American activist and contributing author in “The Struggle for Palestine.”


Please RSVP on Facebook! To learn more in advance of the discussion, check out the articles and videos below.


Articles


A revolution unfolds in TunisiaMatt Swagler looks at the dynamics of the mass movement inTunisia that toppled a dictator–and what could come next there and in surrounding countries.

Tunisia and the global crisisCanadian socialist David McNally, author of Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance, sets the revolution in Tunisia in the context of a global economic crisis–and the growing resistance to it around the globe.


Egypt reaches the boiling point: International Socialist Review editor Ahmed Shawki, recently returned from Cairo, and Egyptian-American activist Mostafa Omar spoke to Lee Sustar about the significance of the protests, and the social and political forces that gave rise to them.


Mubarek Faces Historic ChallengeAn article providing a sense of the breadth of protests in Egypt, as well as the role of women protesters.

Videos


Capturing Tunisia protests on video

Tunisia police joint anti-government protests

Protests in Egypt

Day of Anger in Egypt


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Stand In Solidarity with the Struggle for Democracy in Egypt

Saturday, January 29th

1pm

United Nations
47th Street and 1st Avenue

Inspired by the successful ouster of the tyrant of Tunisia and the continued mobilizations in that country for justice, the masses in Egypt have engaged in huge rallies for two days straight, fighting off vicious police attacks and mass arrests. They have shown they will not give up – even in the face of guns, tear gas and other weapons supplied and paid for by the United States.A free Egypt is key to justice throughout the Arab world.  Come stand in solidarity with the brave people of Egypt.  Tell the US government to end its support for the Mubarak dictatorship.


*****************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************Saturday, 5pm, Brad’s Cafe – join the Barnard-Columbia Branch for an informal discussion about the events of the last two years in Palestine. Here are some starting places for background:

The attack on Gaza in 2008
The convoy/flotilla movement and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions:

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Wikileaks, the Palestine Papers and the Revolt in the Arab World:
The Cracks in US Empire


Saturday, February 5
6:30pm – 9:30pm
304 Barnard Hall
Barnard College
117th and Broadway

Morningside Heights, Manhattan

*US Imperialism in the Middle East * The Secret War in Pakistan * The Occupation of Afghanistan * The Rise of the US Security State * The US Government’s War on Democracy * The Rise of Resistance in the Arab World


FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Sponsored by the International Socialist Organization
contact:
nyciso@gmail.com | 646.421.2035

Also endorsed by Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine, NYU Students for Justice in Palestine, NY-Al Awda: The Palestine Right of Return Coalition and Haymarket Books

Featuring:

*MICHAEL SCHWARTZ on US Imperialism in the Middle East
(Author of “War Without End” and Professor of Sociology at SUNY Stonybrook)

*ARUN GUPTA on the US Government’s Profound Hatred of Democracy and the War on Dissent
(Founding Editor of The Indypendent)

*ADANER USMANI on the Secret War in Pakistan
(Student Activist based in NYC. Works with the Action for a Progressive Pakistan and Labour Party (LPP))

*ANAND GOPAL on the Occupation of Afghanistan
(Has reported on Afghanistan for the Christian Science Monitor and the Wall Street Journal)

*LAMIS DEEK on Israel’s War Plans
(Al-Awda NY: The Palestine Right of Return Coalition)

*MOSTAFA OMAR on The Revolt in the Arab World
(Egyptian-American Activist and member of the International Socialist Organization)

January 25, 2011

Thurs 7:30pm: ‘Never Again for Anyone’ tour – the Holocaust and the expulsion of Palestinians

Filed under: ISO Events, Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 2:22 pm

On Thursday, the ISO will be hosting the ‘Never Again for Anyone’ tour at Barnard. (Details below again) The event features Hajo Meyer, a survivor of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, and Hatem Bazian, a Palestinian-American professor at UC Berkeley. They are touring to bring Jews and Muslims together in speaking out against the expulsion of Palestinians from their land and the ongoing oppression they face at the hands of the Israeli and US governments. Professor Bazian will also be speaking about the rise in islamophobia in the US today.

Our tour stop falls on Holocaust Remembrance Day – an important reminder that all those who face and have faced oppression deserve our solidarity. Unfortunately, supporters of the daily violence used by Israel and the US against Palestinians often invoke the Holocaust to justify those actions. As Meyer and others will argue on Thursday, the horrors of the Holocaust should not be used to now justify the ethnic cleansing of another group of people, but should remind us of the importance of struggling against all forms of institutional oppression.

Hope to see you on Thursday – the ISO will have a table outside the meeting – come and introduce yourself!
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NEVER AGAIN FOR ANYONE

NYC Tour Stop
Thursday, January 27th
7:30pm, Barnard College, 304 Barnard Hall
Broadway & 117th St (1 train to 116th St)

During the 2011 international Holocaust Remembrance Day, join Dr. Hajo Meyer in sharing the lesson of his experience in Auschwitz: Never Again for Anyone. Dr. Meyer will be joined by Dr. Hatem Bazian and other social justice and Palestinian activists to discuss the urgency of this message in the US and Canada.

In the face of the on-going ethnic cleansing of Palestine, attacks and persecution of Muslim and Arab communities in the US and Canada, and on-going attacks against the rights of other communities and immigrants, we assert a commitment to collective humanity against the application of “never again” to only a few.

Speakers: Hajo Meyer, Hatem Bazian, Hedy Epstein, Dawud Assad

Cost: $5-$20, No one turned away for lack of funds.

Tour sponsored by: American Muslims for Palestine, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Middle East Children’s Alliance

Local Endorsers: New York City Labor Against the War, Al-Awda NY, Columbia SJP, International Socialist Organization, Siegebusters, Existence is Resistance, CAAAV – Organizing Asian Communities

National Endorsers: US Palestinian Community Network, Sabeel – North America, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Israeli Coalition on House Demolitions – US, Tree of Life, Haymarket Books

For updated information and more tour locations: www.neveragainforanyone.com

Dr. Hajo G. Meyer was born in Bielefeld, Germany, in 1924. In 1939, at the age of 14, he fled alone to Holland to escape the Nazi regime. After the Germans occupied that country, he was captured by the Gestapo in 1944, and survived ten months in Auschwitz. After the war, he studied theoretical physics and became a researcher at Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven. He received his Ph.D. in 1956, and in 1974 became managing director of the lab. Retiring in 1984, he became a maker of violins, selling his instruments to professional musicians. He has devoted himself full-time to his work as an activist and essayist.

Dr. Hatem Bazian received his Ph.D in Philosophy and Islamic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, he is a senior lecturer in the departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies. He served as an adjunct professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Bazian is a visiting professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California and adviser to the Religion, Politics, and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley as well as Academic Affairs at Zaytuna College of California. Dr. Bazian founded at Berkeley the Center for the Study and Documentation of Islamaphobia.

Calendar of upcoming Barnard-Columbia ISO events!

Filed under: ISO Events, Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 1:52 pm

We’ve come up with quite a busy organizing calendar for the first half of the semester. Below you’ll find a list of major events that we have planned for the next couple weeks – and if they look good to you please come get involved and help us organize even more.

With the exception of this week, our regular meetings will take place every THURSDAY at 7:30pm in Hamilton Hall, room 603.

This Thursday, we are hosting a special event about Jewish and Muslim solidarity with the Palestinian struggle at Barnard. Details will follow this email.

TH 1/27 : ‘Never Again for Anyone’ tour stop at Barnard. Come hear Auschwitz survivor
Hajo Meyer and Palestinian-American professor Hatem Bazian speak about the Jewish and Muslim solidarity with the people of Palestine. The ISO is hosting this event! 7:30pm, Barnard Hall 304.

FRI 1/28: Friday night informal discussion: The revolt in Tunisia. 7pm, Puck Building at NYU. One of our Columbia members will be kicking off this discussion of the inspiring events in North Africa. Here is the facebook event page.

SAT 1/29: Socialist Worker article discussion series: Palestine. Afternoon time TBA, Brad’s Cafe on campus. At Columbia, we’re part of organizing with Students for Justice in Palestine – and this week we’ll be discussing some of the history and politics around the Palestinian struggle. Come join in – all are welcome.

SA 2/5 : ‘A Profound Hatred of Democracy’: What Wikileaks Exposes about the US Empire. 6:30pm, Barnard Hall 304. We have speakers lined up to talk about what the Wikileaks cables reveal about the US government’s actions in Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine – and about repression here in the US. Here is the facebook event page.

TH 2/10 : ‘A Radical History of Columbia.’ Come to a public meeting we are hosting on the rich legacy of activism, organizing and occupations that have taken place at Columbia – or in response to the university’s behavior in the city. 7:30pm, Hamilton Hall 603.

TH 2/24 : ‘Marx in Soho’ – fundraiser performance for the Center for Economic Research and Social Change. Don’t miss original performer Brian Jones in Howard Zinn’s political sharp and humorous play about Karl Marx brought back to present-day New York. Stay tuned for details!

More generally, we’re active in Palestine solidarity organzing on campus, and are interested in organizing to keep ROTC off of campus. There are many other movements we’ve been involved in during past semesters – from abortion clinic defense to restaurant workers organizing campaigns. Come join us if you’d like to help open up new opportunities for activism on and off campus…

See you Thursday!

January 6, 2011

Sunday 1/9: NYC March and Rally for Gaza

Filed under: ISO Events, Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 2:31 pm

Join the ISO contingent for a March and Rally for Gaza

Sunday, 9 January 2011, 1:00pm

33rd and 6th Avenue, Manhattan, NY

ISO meet up: 12:00pm at Seattle’s Best Coffee, 100 West 33rd Street (6th Avenue)

We are mobilizing with Palestinian solidarity activitsts to remember the December 27, 2008  Zionist military savagely attacked Gaza. They used weapons paid for by the US to kill hundreds in the first day, and by the end of the three-week assault murdering at least 1,400 and wounding thousands more.

In the years before and since the massacres, Israel has imposed a siege on Gaza leading to malnutrition, stunted growth, and death — and a recent human rights report found that the announced “easing” of the siege never occurred. Murder by Israeli snipers of Gaza farmers trying to work their land is an everyday occurrence.

Meanwhile Israel’s main sponsor, the US, continues to block international legal bodies from pursuing the findings of war crimes during the attacks laid out in the Goldstone Report. Nor has justice been brought against the murderers of the Turkish and American citizens on the Mavi Marmara.

Within occupied ’48 Palestine, the Zionist government passes ever more explicitly racist laws against its Palestinian “citizens.” And on the diplomatic front, the US has dropped its farcical “direct talks” between unelected officials in favor of equally farcical “indirect talks,” all with the goal of imposing a final apartheid solution — one which will above all deny the right of return, a right cherished by the overwhelming majority of Gazans who came from ’48 Palestine.

The two years since the massacres have been years of mushrooming mobilization against Zionism’s crimes, and an unprecedented degree of isolation for the Israeli regime. But this has brought with it retaliation against Palestinians and their supporters, from harassment by campus officials to raids and grand jury subpoenas by the FBI.

This repression is a sign that the Zionists and their sponsors in Washington are worried — not only that further crimes will be met with equally fierce resistance, but also because they know Palestinians are more determined than ever to fight on until total liberation, until every refugee can return, until the land of Palestine is free from the river to the sea!

The demands include:

End the Siege!

No US Aid to Zionist Racism and Murder!

Bring Zionist War Criminals to Justice!

Free Palestine!

We need as many supporters as possible to show their solidarity with the international movement to support Palestinian freedom. We hope you can stand with us on January 9th. Please spread the word!

Sponsored by: Al-Awda NY -The Palestine Right to Return Coalition, US Palestinian Community Network-NY, International Action Center, Hunter Students for Justice in Palestine, American Muslims for Palestine-NJ, American Muslims for Palestine-NY, Existence is Resistance, Palestinian Club – Brooklyn College, Columbia U. Students for Justice in Palestine, FiRE-Gabriela USA, Siege Busters Working Group, United National Antiwar Committee-NY, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, BAYAN USA, New York City Labor Against the War, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Labor for Palestine, International Socialist Organization, Socialist Action, ANSWER-NY, WESPAC

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December 24, 2010

Mon 12/27, 5pm: Rally & March Marking the Two Year Anniversary of the Gaza Massacre

Filed under: Articles, ISO Events, Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 11:38 am

Greetings from the Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization:

We hope everyone has finally wrapped up all their finals and is taking a much-deserved break. If you’re in New York, please join us at a protest on Monday marking the two year anniversary of Israel’s attack on Gaza. Israel’s massacre levelled many parts of the Gaza strip, destroyed major infrastructure (including 32 UN-run schools and Gaza’s only power plant), decimated agricultural production and ultimately killed nearly 1400 Palestinians.

Two years ago we were in the streets of New York many times as this horror unfolded. Students in the UK and US occupied their campuses to demand that their schools break ties with Israel, and at Columbia we restarted a Palestine solidarity group which has now evolved into Students for Justice in Palestine. Help us keep that spirit of activism and resistance alive on this anniversary.

For more on Israel’s attack, read here:
http://www.isreview.org/issues/64/feat-gaza.shtml

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Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=174399205925174&ref=ts To show your support and endorse, please contact info@al-awdany.org
Rally & March on the Two Year Anniversary of the Attack on Gaza

Monday, 27 December 2010 ~ 5:00pm
Between 33rd & 34th Street & 6th Avenue, NY, NY
R   E   M   E   M   B   E   R      G   A   Z   A
Come stand in solidarity with the people of Gaza and show them that we remember!
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Join us December 27th to demand:
Halt US Aid to Israel
End the Siege and illegal Blockade
Free Palestine
Hold Israel Accountable for War Crimes
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Sponsored by: Al-Awda NY: the Palestine Right to Return Coalition,  Hunter-SJP, Columbia SJP, American Muslims for Palestine-NJ, American Muslims for Palestine-NY, US Palestinian Community Network-NY, Palestinian Club-Brooklyn College, Siege Busters Working Group, International Action Center, United National Antiwar Committee-NY, New York City Labor Against the War, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Labor for Palestine, International Socialist Organization, Socialist Action.
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November 15, 2010

Calendar of all upcoming Barnard-Columbia ISO events!

Filed under: Articles, ISO Events, Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 9:00 pm

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 EyeHard 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.

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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.

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* 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.

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* 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.

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* 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.

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* 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

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* 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.

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* 12/2, Thursday: ISO branch meeting, 7:30pm, Hamilton Hall 602.

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* 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 columbia.iso@gmail.com if you are interested in participating.

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* 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

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* 12/16: Study break ISO meeting – last of the semester! Details TBA.

November 9, 2010

Wed 11/10, 7pm: Living As a Muslim in the United States

Filed under: Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 12:59 pm

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=146744228705085
http://www.stopislamophobia.org/?p=352

Living As a Muslim in the United States

Wednesday, November 10 · 7:00pm – 9:00pm
West End Theater 263 West 86th Street New York, NY
NYC Coalition To Stop Islamophobia
Living As a Muslim in the United States: 2010 & Beyond
A Forum and Discussion
Wednesday, November 10th
7 pm – 9 pm
West End Theater
…in the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew
263 West 86th Street (off West End Ave.)

Join the NYC Coalition to Stop Islamophobia on Wednesday, November 10th for an eye-opening panel presentation and open discussion about living as a Muslim in the US. Hear speakers who will present different perspectives, from educator to activist.

Nima Shirazi is a political commentator from New York City. He is a contributing columnist for Foreign Policy Journal and Palestine Think Tank. His analysis of United States policy and Middle East issues, particularly with reference to current events in Iran, Israel, and Palestine, can also be found in numerous other online and print publications, as well as his website, WideAsleepInAmerica.com.

Muntasir Sattar worked with Dr. Louis Cristillo for four years at Teachers College, Columbia University, on the major “Muslims in New York City” study, funded by the Ford Foundation (publications forthcoming). He also is a coordinator for South Asian Youth Action. He will introduce the book “This is Where I Need to Be: Oral Histories of Muslim Youth in NYC”–two dozen real-life stories–and accompanying curriculum units with full lesson plans suitable for grades 6-12.

Faisal Alam is a gay Pakistani American who founded the Al-Fatiha (“The Opening”) Foundation, an international advocacy group for gay, lesbian, and transgender Muslims. The youngest member of the National Religious Leaders Roundtable convened by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, he also was honored as one of 40 Heroes Under 40 for his human-rights and HIV/AIDS-prevention work.

October 11, 2010

Wed 10/13: ISLAMOPHOBIA: CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES, AND THE FIGHT TO END IT

Filed under: ISO Events, Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 12:05 pm

ISLAMOPHOBIA:

CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES, AND THE FIGHT TO END IT

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

Non-Columbia ID holders should email columbia.iso@gmail.com 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:
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Sponsored by the Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization, Lucha, Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine, Turath and the Muslim Student Association.

For more info: columbia.iso@gmail.com
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October 10, 2010

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

Filed under: ISO Events, Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 4:27 pm

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

Map: http://www.barnard.edu/visitors/bc_map.html

RSVP on Facebook Recommended: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=121787404541092&ref=ts

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:

FRANCISCO TORRES

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

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

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

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Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition – NY
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