Greetings from the Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization:
This summer, in Chicago and San Francisco, we are hosting two huge conferences for progressive activists, radicals, socialists, and lefties of all stripes and types. Go to talks by socialists from Venezuela, Amy Goodman from Democracy Now!, discussions of the history of LGBT liberation struggles and a lot more. just check out the speakers and the schedule here: socialismconference.org
The ISO here at Barnard and Columbia will all be going, and we encourage others to come too…To celebrate, we’re having a party at La Pregunta cafe, Amsterdam and 136th (it’s two stops on the 1 train from Columbia) tomorrow night at 7pm. Would anyone like to join us in going up there – music, poetry, raffles and lots of people who have been to the conference before, so if you’re interested you can learn a lot more about it.
Let us know if you’re intereste: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s all the info for tomorrow night – hope you can join us:
PARTY WITH THE SOCIALISTS
Get on the bus to Socialism 2009 Conference
Find out more information about the most exciting political conference of the year!
Thursday May 7th * 7 PM
La Pregunta Arts Café *136th & Amsterdam
Featuring: Video clips of previous Socialism Conference talks / Radical games /Raffle for political art and books! /Red-hot music! /Poetry reading!
There has never been a better time for those who want to see fundamental change to get together to debate, discuss and organize for a new society.
Check out more info on the conference:
Building a New Left for a New Era
Revolutionary politics, debate and entertainment
You are invited to…
In two locations
Chicago June 18-21
San Francisco July 2-5
Register online today
A few of the speakers who will be coming to Socialism: Journalist and filmmaker John Pilger | Paul D’Amato, author of Meaning of Marxism | sportswriter Dave Zirin, author of A People’s History of Sports | Sharon Smith, author of Subterranean Fire: A History of Working Class Radicalism in the United States and Women and Socialism | Jeffrey St. Clair, editor of CounterPunch and author of Born Under a Bad Sky: Notes from the Dark Side of the Earth | Ahmed Shawki, editor of International Socialist Review and author of Black Liberation and Socialism | Sherry Wolf, author of Sexuality and Socialism | Laura Flanders, host of GRITtv | Alan Maass, editor ofSocialist Worker | Lance Selfa, author of The Democrats: A Critical History |David Bacon, author of Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Immigration and Criminalizes Immigrants | Cindy Sheehan, member of Gold Star Families for Peace | Anthony Arnove, author of Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal and editor of Voices of a People’s History of the U.S. | Dahr Jamail, author ofBeyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq | South African anti-apartheid and globalization activist and poet Dennis Brutus
The world economic crisis has shattered the free-market consensus that has dominated politics for the last generation. Meanwhile, the end of the conservative era and the election of the first African American president have raised expectations among working people that long overdue change is at hand. With capitalism in crisis, even some in the mainstream media are admitting that Karl Marx was right.
There has never been a better time for those who want to see fundamental change to get together to debate, discuss and organize for a new society—a society based on the needs of the many instead of the whims of a few. We need to organize a new left to meet the challenge of this new era.
That’s the purpose that Socialism 2009—expanded to two sites this year—has set for itself. Gather with activists from around the world to take part in dozens of discussions about changing the world: How can we end racism? What kind of organization do we need? What would a future socialist society look like?
Yes we can organize for socialism in the 21st century! ¡Sí se puede!
Sponsored by Center for Economic Research and Social Change, publisher ofInternational Socialist Review and Haymarket Books, and the International Socialist Organization, publisher of Socialist Worker and Obrero Socialista.
Join us at Socialism 2009