A national wave of organizing by low wage workers under the banners of Fight for $15 and OUR Walmart is making itself felt in Oakland in workplace organizing and election campaigns. Join us to discuss the way forward for this movement and hear from featured speakers including rank-and-file worker organizers Pamela Davis and Trish Kahle.
San Francisco public school teacher Matt Bello describes the kinds of demands that can help strengthen educators’ campaign for a fair union contract.
Join the ISO at APIICON, the Asian Pacific Islanders Issues Conference, for a talk on the contribution of Asian American revolutionaries to the movements of the 1960s and 70s.
In the 60′s and 70′s, Asian Pacific Islanders played a key role in building solidarity across movements for social justice and among all people of color. In these movements, Asian American revolutionaries established themselves as anti-imperialist, anti-racist and internationalist. Based on the principle of solidarity with all oppressed peoples, they created a pan-Asian identity and coined the idea of “Asian American.” This inclusive concept allowed them to build broad struggles within their communities and campuses.
On Monday March 3rd, over 100 activists gathered in downtown San Francisco to demand the Keystone XL pipeline not be built. The pipeline would carry oil from the Alberta Tar Sands, the development of which would mean “game over” for the climate, according to NASA climate scientist James Hansen. The ISO participated in the action alongside students from Fossil Free Cal at UC Berkeley.
Join us to read and discuss The Meaning of Marxism, by Paul D’Amato. As Paul writes, “It is fashionable for pundits to declare every so often that Marxism is dead. As the late socialist author Daniel Singer aptly put it, their aim ‘is to doom as impossible a radical, fundamental transformation of existing society.’ But you can’t keep a good theory down. The poverty, class inequality, war and environmental degradation that today’s globalized capitalist systems creates on an ever-expanding scale raises questions for which Marxism still offers fresh and relevant answers.”
We’ll plan for a tent at March First Friday, and break out into working groups. Loading Map…. First Christian Church111 Fairmount Ave. – OaklandEvents 37.8166031 -122.26068150000003 When Monday, March 36:30 pm – 8:30 pm Where First Christian Church 111 Fairmount Ave. Oakland
Hear from a public school teacher about the fight to defend public education from corporate-led education “reform” and privatization.
Many radicals and revolutionaries agree that capitalism is a disaster for humanity, and that we should build a political movement for a new kind of society. The ISO believes that a socialist society would be the alternative to capitalism – but the term socialism means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, even among those who agree that Stalinism and Scandinavia have nothing to do with revolutionary socialism. Take part in a discussion that aims to address common questions – what it would look like, how it would be organized, who would make decisions
San Francisco is in the midst of a profound transformation. One of the most devastating dynamics is the runaway rent and housing prices, which is in effect expelling workers, the poor, and people of color, particularly black people, from the city. Homeowners have led a courageous and often successful fight against foreclosures, and tenants are organizing right now to fight evictions and rent increases. Join a discussion about the movement for housing justice in SF.
Learn about the movements of low-wage workers against austerity and poverty wages.