Join Ali Abunimah and Max Blumenthal, two leading voices in the movement in solidarity with Palestine, as they discuss their acclaimed new books, recent developments in the Middle East and United States, and the future of Palestine.
With Ian Angus, founder and editor of Climate and Capitalism, an ecosocialist journal. Part of the Global Climate Convergence for People, Planet and Peace over Profit, ten days to change course from Earth Day to May Day. $5 admission (no one turned away for lack of funds).
The mood was hopeful at San Francisco City Hall on April 7 as various labor and community organizations submitted a minimum wage ballot initiative that would increase San Francisco’s minimum wage to $13 an hour in January 2015, and $15 an hour for larger employers by 2016. Under the proposal, employers with fewer than 100 workers would have until 2017 to raise their minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Part 3 of a series of discussions on The Meaning of Marxism, a book by Paul D’Amato.
We’ll break up into working groups for different campaigns.
You can’t keep a good idea down. As much as pundits try to declare Marxism dead, it’s coming back again. Why? Because it is the best way to understand the insanity of a world governed by an unrelenting drive to profit, and it is a roadmap to fight for a better world. We know that if we let capitalism run its course, it will lead to ruin. The only alternative is to take back the immense wealth accumulated by a tiny minority at the expense of the majority, and use it to democratically serve human need rather than corporate greed.
We call that alternative socialism. Join us for a discussion of the problems we face today and the sort of movement we need to solve them.
Michael Chase provides the background for understanding the large out-migration of African Americans from San Francisco and other cities of the Bay Area.
This rally is called by the AF Anti-Displacement Coalition to kick off to a campaign to get an anti-speculation ballot measure on the ballot in SF.
This ballot measure is designed to tax real estate transactions by “flippers” why buy property in order to quickly turn around and resell it at a profit.
In addition to the “invisible hand” of economics that displace people from their communities, developers and employers rely on old-fashioned overt racism to drive people away.
Such is the case with “Locals Corner”, which has been refusing service to Latino customers.
We cannot stand for this, and plan to rally in order to take action.
This is the second discussion we are holding on the book Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution by David Harvey. We will discuss the second part of the book.
Part 2 – Rebel Cities – Chapters 5 through 7 -Cities are central fronts in the fight against inequality, racism and much more. From the London student rebellion to Occupy and beyond, discuss the important struggles that are taking place in major cities today and what significance they have in the broader struggle against neoliberalism and capitalism. (for lighter reading focus on Chapter 5)
We will be holding two discussions on the book Rebel Cities by David Harvey. The first meeting on Wednesday, April 16 covers the first part of the book. We will discuss the second part on Wednesday, May 14.
Part 1 – Right To The City – Chapters 1 through 4 – Discuss the economic and historical backdrop to modern cities. This study group will focus on the links between urban development and the booms and busts of capitalism in the 20th century. Harvey argues that periods of suburbanization and struggles over urban space have been central to development of modern capitalism. Though the needs of Capital currently drive the process urban development, we need to be able to demand our own “right to the city.”
Jessica Hansen-Weaver looks at the political and social questions raised by prison mother-infant programs in an article originally produced for University of California Berkeley’s “Journalism for Social Change” class.