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. 
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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

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