With guest speakers Brian Jones and Jeralynn Blueford:
Brian Jones is a teacher, actor, and activist in New York. He has taught elementary grades for almost a decade in New York schools, and is pursuing a PhD in urban education at the City University of New York graduate center. He is a member of the Movement of Rank and File Educators, the social justice caucus of the United Federation of Teachers. Brian co-narrated the film, The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman, and contributed to the book Education and Capitalism: Struggles for Learning and Liberation.
Jeralynn Blueford is the mother of Alan Blueford, murdered by Oakland police, and is the co-founder of the Justice 4 Alan Blueford (JAB) coalition.
Racism and oppression are alive and well in the US. From the attempts of politicians to rob African-Americans of the right to vote in the latest elections, the millions trapped in the prison system, to the epidemic of police murders that have claimed the lives of Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, and Alan Blueford, the New Jim Crow is out of control.
In celebration of what would have been his 88th birthday, the International Socialist Organization will hold a discussion about the revolutionary ideas of Malcolm X. As revolt and struggles of the oppressed grow all around the globe, activists can learn many lessons from Malcolm X's ideas and struggles. From his legacy of struggle against racism, firm belief in the right of the oppressed to defend themselves, to his internationalism, Malcolm X still has much to offer a new generation of activists.