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


Thursday, May 15, 2014


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  

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


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

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

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)

Monday, March 3, 2014


Thursday March 6th 8:15 pm at the Thomas Merton Center

Focus on Gaza:
Eyewitness Account from Gaza Under Siege

A look at agriculture, fishing, health, and all facets of life under siege.

Eva Bartlett is a Canadian journalist and human rights activist.
She has spent 3 of the last 5 years living in Gaza under siege.

Admission is free and open to the public

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Learning from the past, preparing for the future...

Three discussion sessions - Thursdays 7:30 - 8:30pm
February 27th readings:
 * Why NOT to Read Lenin (3 pages)
 * Lenin: A Succinct Biography (15 pages)

March 6th readings:
 * Brief Writings by Lenin

March 13th readings:
 * Towards a Revolutionary Socialist Party by Duncan Hallas
copies of readings provided at no cost

Join us in discussing how we can bring about a socialist democracy...
at the Thomas Merton Center
5129 Penn Ave                     @isopittsburgh

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Weekly Meetings are now on Thursdays!

This change will begin on January 23rd.

Meetings will continue to be held at the Thomas Merton Center, 5129 Penn Avenue.

All meetings are open to the public.