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Stop the War on Women: Why We Need a Marxist-Feminist Women’s Movement

From the NFL abuse scandal to the Isla Vista shootings to Columbia student, Emma Sulkowicz, carrying her dorm room mattress in protest of her rapist being allowed to remain on campus, attacks on women’s rights have been all over the news the last few months. Between the headlines, women’s rights activists have brought attention to the everyday violence women experience through catcalls, lack of access to reproductive healthcare, or employers denying maternity leave.

How can we understand why women are oppressed today? And, what can we do to end women’s oppression once and for all?

Join the International Socialist Organization for analysis of these issues and an open discussion:

Wednesday October 15, 7pm, UC Berkeley Wheeler Hall, Room 202, 2222 Bancroft Way
Monday October 20, 7pm, Oakland Peace Center, 111 Fairmount Ave
Wednesday October 22, 7pm, The Women’s Building, 3543 18th St, San Francisco
Tuesday November 4, 5:30pm, Stanford Women’s Community Center, 433 Santa Teresa St., Stanford

Is The San Francisco Left Dead?

Is The San Francisco Left Dead?

October has been a rough month for San Francisco(especially if you’re not a baseball fan). On the same day last week we learned of the untimely passing of tenant organizer Ted Gullicksen and the closure of SF Bay Guardian, the city’s left-leaning newspaper of record. Soon after we heard that the iconic lesbian bar, the Lexington Club, will soon close too. A few days earlier a Federal Judge threw out Supervisor Campos’ recent ordinance that increased the relocation fees that landlords are required to pay tenants after an eviction. Campos’ ordinance was the biggest recent victory for housing activists. Meanwhile  ...more

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A left-wing alternative for Oakland

Only one candidate has stood out against the blur of Democrats in the Mayor’s race in Oakland: civil rights attorney Dan Siegel, whose campaign has been built around promises for a $15 an hour minimum wage, universal pre-school for all Oakland children and policies to confront police brutality.

Siegel’s mayoral campaign represents one way to fight back against the many problems and injustices in Oakland. That’s why the Oakland International Socialist Organization has endorsed Siegel for mayor and is actively supporting his campaign.

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This won’t be another playground for the rich

In a matter of weeks, a YouTube video titled “Mission Playground Is Not For Sale” sparked outrage over gentrification in San Francisco, a protest over privatization of public parks, and a quick reversal of city policy–all thanks to the determination of a handful of young soccer players.

In the video, a group of white male adults, later identified as employees of the tech companies Dropbox and Airbnb, attempt to kick several youth of color off a soccer field in the heart of the Mission District, a historic Latino working-class neighborhood facing intense gentrification. When the youth resisted the bullying and insisted the two groups play together in a typical pick-up soccer format that has been tradition at the park for years, the now infamous “tech bros” respond with arrogance. One can be heard in the video sneering: “Who cares about the neighborhood?”

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Howard Zinn Bookfair 2014 – A celebration of people’s history, past, present and future

The Howard Zinn Bookfair is a celebration of the books that make us rethink our roles in the world and connect people with hidden histories. The event will feature over 100 authors and activists including Robin DG Kelly, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortize, Rebecca Solnit, Aaron Dixon, Jeralynn Blueford, Terry Bisson, Walidah Imarisha,  Aimee Suzara, Nora Barrows-Friedman, David Bacon, Bhaskar Sunkara,  and Jesse Hagopian. “To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.” – Howard Zinn www.howardzinnbookfair.com Visit  ...more

Block the Boat - End Israeli Apartheid - October 25, 2014

Block the Boat for Palestine

Take the wind out of Zim’s sails!
Zionism isn’t welcome on our coast!
Join the BDS movement to end Israeli apartheid!

Meet at West Oakland Bart and march to the Port of Oakland, Berth 57. Subscribe to text-alerts in order to receive updates: text “join” to (510) 346-5951.

Oakland ISO working meeting

Oakland ISO working meeting

We’ll discuss the Dan Siegel campaign for mayor, and plan for our upcoming public meeting, Stop the War on Women: Why We Need A Marxist Feminist Women’s Movement.

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Project Gentrify in Oakland

UPTOWN APARTMENTS. Buildings of glass and steel. Hipsters. Strollers. Artisanal lattes and cupcakes. Chic cafes littered with Apple laptops. These are some of the myriad images associated with gentrification in Oakland, but to see them as the end of the story would conceal the role of the 1 Percent in turning our city on its head so they can profit from displacement.

The West Oakland Specific Plan (WOSP) is the most recent scheme for gentrifying Oakland, pushing people of color and blue-collar workers out, and moving tech in. It labels large swaths of West Oakland “opportunity sites” for redevelopment and connects with other redevelopment schemes to cover a massive area, stretching from Interstate 880 to Adeline Street, and East 14th Street to Emeryville.

Plans to redevelop the Coliseum and Lake Merritt are also in the works. While WOSP’s authors promise “a healthy, vibrant West Oakland” and tout the input of “a wide range of community members [and] stakeholders,” in content, WOSP is a plan for “development with displacement,” in the words of Causa Justa :: Just Cause.

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The never-ending, ever-expanding war

THE U.S. has expanded its air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), adding another element to the deadly mix of conflicts that is inflicting a terrible toll across the region.

U.S. officials announced that their warplanes and drones–in a joint operation with five authoritarian Arab regimes–struck targets in eastern and northern Syria. This expands the war on the Sunni fundamentalists of ISIS beyond Iraq, where the U.S. has carried out nearly 200 attacks since launching air strikes six weeks ago.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, claimed the U.S. targeted ISIS “safe havens” in Syria. But the missiles were aimed at cities like Raqqa, with hundreds of thousands of inhabitants–where ISIS, like any insurgency, has established itself. Civilian casualties–including people who abhor ISIS and oppose its occupations of Syrian cities–are inevitable. According to a human rights monitoring group, eight civilians died in the first round of air strikes, along with “scores of ISIS fighters.”