Sunday, October 12, 2014

SOCIALIST DAY SCHOOL - November 1st

ANOTHER WORLD IS NECESSARY

Getting Organized to Change the World

Saturday, November 1
 10:30am - 3:30pm

DEMOCRACY AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE: Global Struggle for Socialism
Speaker

Mike Gonzalez (author, Hugo Chavez: Socialist for the Twenty-First Century)

RACE, CLASS, GENDER: Connecting the Dots
Panelists include
Helen Gerhardt (Iraq war vet, social justice activist), Carl Redwood (Community Organizer), Danna Cascone (ISO) 

CAPITALISM AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Panelists include

Mel Packer (Marcellus Protest, Protect Our Parks), Russ Fedorka (ISO)

LOCATION: 
Pittsburgh Athletic Association (across from the Cathedral of Learning)
4215 Fifth Avenue
Rear entrance off of Lytton, downstairs in the Walnut Room


Admission is free, all welcome
Lunch is available for purchase onsite
JOIN THE DISCUSSION



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Social Gathering

Join us in welcoming revolutionary activists and scholars 
from The Netherlands and Britain who have just moved to the 'Burgh!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4 -- 7:00-9:00 p.m.

317 S. PACIFIC AVENUE in Bloomfield/Friendship
(home of Jonah McAllister-Erickson and Jessica Benner)

RSVP: isopgh@gmail.com or 412-760-9716

Snacks and libations will be served!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

War in the Middle East: Imperialism, Oppression and the Dynamics of Capitalism


Join the ISO to discuss the politics of imperialism and oppression in the Middle East with Ashley Smith, writer and co-editor of Socialist Worker and International Socialist Review.
Thursday, August 14
7:00PM

THOMAS MERTON CENTER
5129 PENN AVE

Admission is free!



Monday, July 14, 2014

THE MEANING OF MARXISM - a four session study group

MARXISM involves an approach to reality that was developed to help the working-class majority bring about a fundamental change from CAPITALISM (an economic dictatorship operating to maximize the profits of the wealthy) to SOCIALISM (an economic democracy in which “the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all”).

It is grounded in a sophisticated philosophical orientation, the social sciences, and an understanding of history. It developed in close interplay with workers’ struggles and the labor movements of the 19th and 20th centuries. If understood and utilized with intelligence and passion, it can be a powerful tool for understanding and changing the world.

We will be exploring the basics of Marxism by utilizing a fine introductory text by Paul D’Amato – The Meaning of Marxism.


July 31
Philosophy, History, Economics, pp 7-68

August 7
Workers, Revolution, Organization, pp 69-138

August 14
Imperialism, War, Oppression, Ecology pp 139-189

August 21
Arguments Against & For Socialism pp 190-221

The book is available for $14


All classes start at 7pm and run for one hour
at the Thomas Merton Center
5129 Penn Avenue

WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US IN THIS EXPLORATION!


Thursday, May 15, 2014

MARXISM & ANARCHISM


Readings & Discussion:

June 5: The Legacy of Albert Parsons and the contributions of the IWW
June 12: Emma Goldman, Victor Serge, and Trotskyist and Anarchist accounts of Russian and Spanish Revolutions
June 19: Anarchism in the 21st century

Thomas Merton Center
5129 Penn Avenue  
7:30pm

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

MARXISM AND NATIONAL SELF-DETERMINATION

A 3-part discussion on national self-determination from a Marxist perspective, Thursday nights, 7:30pm at: The Thomas Merton Center, 5129 Penn Avenue

Readings:
April 24: Lenin, “The Right to Self-Determination” and “The Question of Nationalities”
May 1: Trotsky, “The Question of Ukraine”
May 8: Paul D’Amato, “What Do We Say About the National Question” and excerpts from Ghassan Kanafani’s “Strategy for the Liberation of Palestine”

All of the readings can be found on SocialistWorker.org

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Socialist Day School

Democracy & Social Justice—Pittsburgh and Beyond

Another World is Possible . . . Sharing Ideas for Social Transformation

Humanity at the Crossroads
April 12th Schedule of Events
9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
          Registration (modestly-priced coffee, tea, fruit, bagels)
10:00 a.m. 
     Welcome – Kathy Cunningham
     Global Capitalism, Global Anti-Capitalism - Shaun Harkin
10:30 a.m.
     Capitalism, Socialism, and Ecology - Mike Pastorkovich and Harvey Holtz
12:00 noon – Lunch (modestly-priced)
 1:00-2:30 p.m.
     Class, Race, Gender, Sexuality and the Struggle for Liberation – Tithi Bhattacharya
 2:45-4:15 p.m.
     Changing the World: Reform or Revolution? - Molly Nichols, Carl Redwood, Paul Le Blanc

Saturday April 12th
AVA Lounge
304 N. Craig St.

$5.00 suggested donation (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)