Saturday, April 11, 2015

Black Liberation and Socialism Study Group

Join us for an in-depth discussion on the relationship between racism and capitalism.
We'll read Ahmed Shawki’s book "Black Liberation and Socialism"


The study group will start with a kickoff meeting on April 21 @7pm 
followed by four evenings of discussion.
Topics to be discussed include:
  • What role did slavery play in the rise of capitalism? 
  • The politics of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Malcolm X 
  • The Black Panthers

WHEN: Tuesday April 21 + four evenings (4/28 - 5/19) @ 7 pm
WHERE: Panera Bread Conf. Room (Forbes Ave. in Oakland)
Books are available for $12

Saturday, March 28, 2015

How to Study Marx Today?


Since the beginning of the global economic crisis of 2008, the ideas of Karl Marx have been back with a vengeance! But for those who are new to his ideas, studying this 19th century revolutionary thinker can be challenging.
Pepijn Brandon is a historian from Amsterdam who is now a researcher at Pitt. He'll introduce how to study Marx today, appealing to those in need of a "beginner's guide" as well as those already familiar with Marx's writings.

Thursday April 2nd 
7pm
Friends Meeting House
4836 Ellsworth Avenue

Admission is free (of course).

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

MARX in SOHO - March 21st - Frick Fine Arts auditorium

In this time of economic crisis, racist violence, growing inequality, war, 
and disappointed hopes, Karl Marx comes back for a visit.
Saturday, March 21st
7:30pm

A One-Act Play by HOWARD ZINN
(author of A People's History of the United States)

Karl Marx played by Brian Jones
(actor, teacher, union activist, recent Green Party candidate for NY Lt. Governor)

The performance will be followed by a panel discussion

It's time for fundamental change!
Rule by the people!
Equal rights for all!
Economic justice!

Join us for the evening on the Pitt campus at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Admission is FREE!

Co-sponsors:
University of Pittsburgh History Department
Pittsburgh Working-Class Studies Collaborative
Pittsburgh Student Solidarity Coalition
Thomas Merton Center Economic Justice Committee

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Conflict Kitchen cooks again

The Conflict Kitchen in Pittsburgh serves up justice with a side of community support, explain Josh Cascone and Alex Wood.
AFTER A death threat temporarily closed the Conflict Kitchen on November 8, the take-out eatery/art project reopened on November 12 after an outpouring of support from the community. 
Read more...

The struggle for justice in Palestine is continuing to build in Pittsburgh. The Conflict Kitchen's reopening represents a victory for the local Palestine solidarity struggle and was only possible due to the hard work of local activists speaking out against the injustice of U.S. government support for Israel's occupation of Palestine. As Dr. Martin Luther King once said, the United States is "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." Justice must therefore begin with Palestinian solidarity and opposition to U.S. aid for occupation and apartheid.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hugo Chavez: Socialist of the 21st Century?

A Forum with Mike Gonzalez

Visiting Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Author, Hugo Chavez: Socialist of the Twenty-First Century


How did Hugo Chavez help the working class of Venezuela? 
What was the role of the working class in the revolutionary struggle? 
What is the state of the “revolution” after Chavez? 
What is “socialism of the 21st century?” 

COME JOIN THE DISCUSSION!
Thursday, November 20
7:30pm
Thomas Merton Center
5129 Penn Avenue


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

Here's an article based on a radio interview with Paul LeBlanc on WESA-FM
http://wesa.fm/post/iso-wants-school-you-socialism