For many students and workers in the United States the real story of May Day as a day to celebrate working class struggle has been deliberately obscured. Why is it so dangerous for us to know the true history of International Workers’ Day and the radical struggle, led by socialists and anarchists, that birthed May Day in America? The history of May 1st as a workers’ holiday is intimately tied to the generations-long movement for the eight-hour day, the fight for equality for immigrants, resistance to police brutality and repression of the labor movement, and to the rich tradition of radicalism and the movement for socialism in America. ...more
Socialism 2015 is a four-day conference bringing together hundreds of socialists and radical activists from around the country to take part in discussions about Marxism, working-class history, and the debates and strategies for organizing today.
We’ll discuss the role of a revolutionary newspaper and our street tablings.
Join the Stanford International Socialist Organization and guest Todd Chretien for a presentation and discussion on the role of the Democratic Party in upholding American capitalism and empire.
Speakers: Jonathan Nuñez-Babb – Service Employees International Union 1021* Shonda Roberts – Fast Food Worker, East Bay Organizing Committee* *Organizations listed for identification purposes only The retreat of radical political organization in the last 40 years has been matched by a retreat of organized labor, leaving more and more workers in precarious and low-wage jobs. Can we once again organize the unorganized, not only to fight for better benefits and wages, but ultimately against a system of explotation that now threatens the future of the planet? What is the role of radicals and revolutionaries in that struggle and what do ...more
We’ll discuss our work in the Black Lives Matter movement.
Join the Oakland branch of the International Socialist Organization as we continue into part 3 of our study group on Ahmed Shawki’s Black Liberation and Socialism, a sweeping study of the history of racism in the US and struggles against oppression from slavery and the civil war up to the Black Power movement. Part 3 of our reading group will discuss chapters 8-11, on The Roots of the Civil Rights Movement, The Politics of Malcolm X, Black Power, The Black Panthers and DRUM.
Yuvette Henderson, a 38 year old black woman and mother of two, was shot and killed by Emeryville police after an argument with Home Depot security guards over her allegedly shoplifting. Yuvette was unarmed and at the time had been desperately trying to wave down cars to help for fear of her life. According to multiple eyewitnesses she was shot in the head with an assault rifle. Since the murder city officials have yet to release any information on the investigation, including releasing or detailing information from the Home Depot and Extra Storage Space (where she was killed) security tapes. A march and ...more
Don’t study collective action alone.
Join the San Francisco Jacobin reading club:
Sunday April 12th
The Women’s Building, 3543 18th St.
Big money is flowing in and out of the Bay Area. But if SF is a gold mine for wealthy investors, local residents are the miners–underpaid, unprotected, overworked, suffocating. As rents rise, real wages decline and social services disappear, causing many to hope the current tech boom goes bust. Whether or not there is a crash, however, capitalist laws of motion ensure that matters will only get worse for all but the richest San Franciscans. Join us for a discussion of current dynamics and long-term trends.