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Announcement :: Organizing
Common Struggle events this month! (April/May)
by Common Struggle - Boston Local Union
Email: Boston (nospam) commonstruggle.org (verified)
15 Apr 2012
Greetings friends and comrades! With May Day (International Workers Day) fast approaching, we have a lot of great events coming up. We hope you can join us!
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*Common Struggle - Boston Spring events:*
-Monday, April 16: Panel Discussion - Reform, Resistance, or Revolution? 6:30 pm at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, Chinatown, Boston:
Common Struggle member Gayge to speak at a panel hosted by Platypus. Speakers:
Jeff Booth (Socialist Alternative)
Gayge (Common Struggle Libertarian Communist Federation)
Joe Ramsey (Kasama Project)
Laura Lee Schmidt (Platypus)
J. Phil Thompson (MIT)
This event concerns the forms of anticapitalist politics available today: reform or resistance or revolution or a combination of the three.
6:30pm At Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Avenue, 5th Floor, Boston, MA
-Thursday, April 19th: M.A. Bakunin and the Origins of Modern Anarchism 7pm at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, Chinatown, Boston:
A Corvid College course led by Common Struggle member Steve Kellerman. We will be reading the book "Bakunin: The Creative Passion" by Mark Leier. It was originally published by St. Martin's Press and is currently being published as a paperback by Seven Stories Press. Copies have been available at the Lucy Parsons Center and at Raven Books in either Boston or Cambridge or through the publisher or on-line book services. It would be good if people could have read the first 200 pages. If this is too much reading, you could skip to Chapter 7 which is the beginning of Bakunin's career as a revolutionary. The first class will focus on Bakunin's life with future classes on his thought, his conflict with Marx, his activity in the 1st International, his association with S.G. Nechayev, his racism, and his continuing significance. Contact Steve Kellerman at
bostonwob (at) gmail.com
-Friday, April 20, 6pm
Freedom Party! Come celebrate the release of Freedom/Libertad, Issue 7, with food and drinks. A social event to benefit Freedom/Libertad
Newsletter, at the Crow's Nest in Dorchester. Email
Boston (at) CommonStruggle.org for address and directions.
-Saturday, April 21: May Day dicussion! Common Struggle Reading Group 6pm at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, Chinatown, Boston:
Common Struggle will be reading and discussing articles relevant to the upcoming actions of May 1st. What has been a successful organizing strategy in the past? What lessons can be learned? Join us to discuss these 3 articles: 1. "The Lessons of 2011: Transcending the Old, Fostering the New, and Settling Outstanding Accounts" by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.
http://mxgm.org/the-lessons-of-2011-transcending-the-old-fostering-the-n/ 2. "Which way forward for the 99%? Build Power & Show Power through Mass Participatory Bold Action." A call for a May 1st General Strike.
3. "Longview, Occupy, and Beyond: Rank and File and the 89% Unite!" by the Black Orchid collective.
6pm at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, Chinatown, Boston. Contact
Boston (at) commonstruggle.org to get a photocopy of the readings.
-Tuesday, May 1st: May Day General Strike! Mark your calendars.
Join Common Struggle and march with us through International Workers Day's scheduled events!
11:00 am - Anticapitalist rally at Copley Square, march to City Hall 12:00 pm - May Day rally in front of City Hall (there will be a Common Struggle speaker) followed by Blue Line/march to Maverick Square and continuing to LoPresti Park in East Boston
2:00 pm - Rally at LoPresti Park followed by continued march northward to... 4:00 pm - Rally at Glendale Park in Everett
7:00 pm - Funeral march for capitalism beginning at Copley Square
-Saturday, May 5th: "Loyal to Humanity! : Traitors to Whiteness!" Discussion
6pm at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, Chinatown, Boston (location tentative! Check back!)
Join Common Struggle as we discuss confronting White Supremacy and Capitalism. "Loyal to Humanity! : Traitors to Whiteness!" In memory of Joel Olsen and Don Jennings. A tribute to two comrades who left us too soon this past April.
Anarchism and Confederate Flag Culture
http://theanarchistlibrary.org/HTML/Prole_Cat__Anarchism_and_Confederate Honkie America Redux: The Plight of the Latino Immigrant
How Do You Practice Intersectionalism? An Interview with bell hooks http://commonstruggle.org/bellhooks
"Whiteness and the 99%"
"Corruption and Class Struggle: What It's Like to Live in Arizona Right Now"
http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/01/13/what-it-s-like-to-live-in-arizona/ Joel Supplemental:
"The Problem With Infoshops and Insurrection: U.S. Anarchism, Movement Building, and the Racial Order"
-Saturday, May 19th: Caliban and the Witch! Common Struggle Reading Group 6pm at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, Chinatown, Boston (location
tentative! Check back!)
This is the first of a two part discussion of Caliban and the Witch, to be followed, in a third session, by a discussion of related readings on primitive accumulation/accumulation by dispossession and feminism. To be discussed:
Mariarosa Dalla Costa: Capitalism and Reproduction
(http://libcom.org/library/capitalism-reproduction-mariarosa-dalla-costa) EP Thompson, Preface to the Making of the English Working Class
(https://webspace.utexas.edu/hcleaver/www/357k/357kThompsonPreface.html) VERY SHORT!
Silvia Federici, Caliban and the Witch: Preface, Introduction, All the World Needs a Jolt, The Accumulation of Labor and the Degradation of Women, The Great Caliban (available here:
http://libcom.org/library/caliban-witch-silvia-federici or should be easily available through AK Press, as it is a quite popular book).
OPTIONAL RESOURCES FOR ALL THREE SESSIONS:
Capital Vol 1. by Karl Marx, ch 26-33
http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1867-c1/index.htm or Penguin Classics edition)
Reading Capital Politically Ch 2, the Commodity Form
http://libcom.org/library/reading-capital-politically-cleaver-commodity- Cleaver's Study Guide
David Harvey on accumulation by dispossession (VIDEO):
Contact us at Boston (at) commonstruggle.org.
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