Thursday, October 25, 2012

Breaking the Chains: a public forum on the Presidential Election

The system is rigged - can it be changed?

Please join us this Tuesday evening and share your thoughts as we discuss the Presidential Election 
and the limits of electoral politics. We will begin with the debate between “progressives” Michael Eric Dyson and Glenn Ford on Democracy Now, followed by an extended open conversation on Obama, the Democrats, and party politics.

Are these our only options?  What about third parties?  
Is it better to vote for the lesser evil? Does my vote matter?

Tuesday October 30th
7:30 – 9:00pm

Thomas Merton Center
5129 Penn Avenue
(Free Admission)                                                @isopittsburgh

Monday, October 8, 2012


Ohio State University
in The Ohio Union
Saturday, December 1 
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Speakers includeAhmed Shawkey, Shaun Harkin, Haley Swenson, Bill Mullen, Tithi Bhattacharya, Paul Le Blanc, Pranav Jani, Tom Alter 

Opening Plenary: 9-9:45 a.m. "World in Crisis, World in Struggle"
Breakout session #1: 10:00-11:30 
Lunch time session: How to Build Strong Branches 11:45-1:15
Breakout session #2: 1:30-3:00
Breakout session #3: 3:15-4:45


  • Marxist Theory of Crisis
  • Why the Working Class?
    • Race and Class
    • Is Marxism Reductive?
    • Lenin and the Revolutionary Party
  • Movement Building and the United Front

Closing Plenary: 5-6 The Need for Revolutionary Organization (panel discussion)

Sliding-scale donation for participation in conference: $5 - $20
(Lunch provided by Ohio University -- $10 . . . or bring your own)

TRANSPORTATION: Pittsburgh is about 3.5 hours from Columbus, Ohio -- which means we will have to drive in on Friday (ideally at 5:00 or 6:00 p.m.) in order to participate in the full conference.  Sleeping arrangements for Friday night and Saturday night are being made, though some of us may wish to drive back on Saturday, at 6:00 p.m. in order to get home by 9:30 Saturday night.