Issues

Richmond: What Ever Happened to the RAF (Mar 30)

Come hear J. Smith, co-editor of the Red Army Faction Documentary
Histories volumes 1 and 2 (Projectiles for the People and Dancing with
Imperialism), talking about Europe’s most famous and controversial urban
guerilla organization from the 1970s and 80s, West Germay’s Red Army
Faction. Smith will also go over the history of the other main West
German guerillas from this period, the Revolutionary Cells and the 2nd
of June Movement.

We will be talking about the RAF from its prehistory in the firebombing
of two department stores in Frankfurt in 1968, its inception breaking
member Andreas Baader out of prison in 1970, the May 1972 Offensive,
subsequent attempts to free prisoners, its reorientation in the 1980s
with the rise and fall of the Front concept, and more.

Topics addressed will include:

* the similarities and differences between the West German armed
experience and similar phenomenon in Europe and North America
* the rise and fall of a certain kind of “anti-imperialism”, and its
ramifications in terms of the RAF’s practice
* the ways in which the RAF’s line evolved over time, from solidarity
with the struggle in Vietnam to an orientation around freeing political
prisoners, to opposition to NATO’s war plans under Reagan and Thatcher,
and beyond
* the group’s relationship to the prison struggle and the movement
against solitary confinement
* the primarily political character of urban guerilla organizations
* the consequences of these facts in terms of strategy and survival, and
why all of this matters today.

Attention will be paid to the political nature of the guerilla struggle,
its evolving context, and what challenges and opportunities this
presented to those determined to fight imperialism with pen and paper,
and guns and bombs too.

Event is jointly presented by Kersplebedeb a revolutionary left publisher based in Montreal and the Center for Marxist Leninist Maoist studies (CMLMS) a US based organization working to reconstitute the communist movement on the foundation of Maoism. Literature will be available from both organizations.

When: March 30th, 6pm

Where: William Byrd Community Center, 224 S. Cherry St. Richmond, Va.

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Baltimore: J. Smith on the RAF (Mar 29)

Come hear J. Smith, co-editor of the Red Army Faction Documentary Histories volumes 1 and 2 (Projectiles for the People and Dancing with Imperialism), talking about Europe’s most famous and controversial urban guerilla organization from the 1970s and 80s, West Germay’s Red Army Faction. Smith will also go over the history of the other main West German guerillas from this period, the Revolutionary Cells and the 2nd of June Movement.

Smith will be talking about the RAF from its prehistory in the firebombing of two department stores in Frankfurt in 1968, its inception breaking member Andreas Baader out of prison in 1970, the May 1972 Offensive, subsequent attempts to free prisoners, its reorientation in the 1980s with the rise and fall of the Front concept, and more.

Topics addressed will include:

the similarities and differences between the West German armed experience and similar phenomenon in Europe and North America

the rise and fall of a certain kind of “anti-imperialism”, and its ramifications in terms of the RAF’s practice

the ways in which the RAF’s line evolved over time, from solidarity with the struggle in Vietnam to an orientation around freeing political prisoners, to opposition to NATO’s war plans under Reagan and Thatcher, and beyond

the group’s relationship to the prison struggle and the movement against solitary confinement

the primarily political character of urban guerilla organizations

the consequences of these facts in terms of strategy and survival, and why all of this matters today.

Attention will be paid to the political nature of the guerilla struggle, its evolving context, and what challenges and opportunities this presented to those determined to fight imperialism with pen and paper, and guns and bombs too.

When: Saturday, March 29th 7:30pm

Where: Red Emma’s Coffeehouse Bookstore, 30 W North Avenue. Baltimore, Ma.

NYC: U.S. Out of Venezuela and Ukraine (Feb 27)

Protest US funded attacks

U.S. Out of Venezuela & Ukraine

Times Square
43rd St & 7th Ave

Thurs. FEB 27 – 5pm to 6pm

What do we hear? No money for unemployment insurance? The minimum wage can’t be raised? Health care, education must be cut. Bull!!

When the imperialist strategists want money, they get it. Billions of dollars have been made available for U.S.-backed crimes of sabotage, destabilization and aggressive intervention, including funds for the most reactionary fascist elements in Venezuela, pro-Nazis in the Ukraine, and for forces linked to al-Qaida in Syria.

U.S. Hands OFF Venezuela!

The death of Latin American hero Hugo Chávez last year was Washington’s signal to increase subversion in Venezuela against the Bolivarian revolution. 

The Venezuelan oligarchy — one percent of the 1% — has created false shortages in essential goods; they’ve manipulated prices, speculated in currency, and shipped money abroad in a frantic effort to destabilize Venezuelan government. 

Fascist-like forces killed Venezuelans in mid-February, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry immediately demanded the fascist leaders be freed from prison. It’s another attempt to seize Venezuela’s oil for the U.S. ruling class, using tax money that should be used for our social services. Chávez approved Bolivarian reforms that helped Venezuela’s poor climb out of abject poverty. Now the U.S. rich want to punish Venezuelans.

Let’s stop this crime against our sisters and brothers in South America! 

No to U.S.-funded takeover in Ukraine!

Unlike Occupy Wall Street, Ukraine’s “popular” movement is not fighting the 1%. Kiev’s occupiers are fighting for Wall Street, Brussels and Frankfort’s banks to take over their country. And for Ukrainian youth to serve NATO. In return they’ll get the same austerity that is choking Portugal, Spain and Greece.

Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland openly bragged that Washington had poured $5 billion in taking over Ukraine. The U.S. and EU established 40,000 non-governmental organizations – NGOs – in Ukraine before the 2004 “Orange Revolution.” They continue the sabotage.

The pro-Western Ukrainian nationalists are spearheaded by racist parties like Svoboda and the neo-Nazi Right Bloc who are allowed to beat people on the streets. The same Tea Party and right-wing zealots that declare war on immigrants, people of color, on women and LGBTQ people here in the U.S., operate with increasing U.S. support and organization to destabilize countries around the world.

Edward Snowden and Wikileak’s revelations are showing that U.S. destabilization campaigns have been used Haiti, Syria, Libya, Ecuador, Venezuela, throughout Eastern Europe and Balkans.

Say NO to ALL of Wall Street’s Wars!
No U.S. money to sabotage other countries!

Denver: The Crisis of Capitalism and the Socialist Alternative

Speaker: Bart Vandersteene, Socialist Alternative organizer in Seattle, Washington. 

Summary:

After Kshama Sawant’s historic electoral victory in Seattle, Washington, Socialist Alternative is a rapidly growing organization that recently launched a nationwide campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour. Join us for a discussion and learn how you can join Socialist Alternative to help build a chapter in Denver and bring the 15 Now! campaign to Colorado. 

In-depth:

Capitalism has created a world in constant crisis leaving the 99% majority in poverty with declining incomes while the richest 1% enjoy record breaking profits! According to a recent report by Economic Policy Institute (EPI), Colorado’s top 1% income earners accounted for ALL income growth between 2009 and 2011 while Colorado’s 99% incomes declined by 4%. Too many families are forced to live on near minimum wage while the cost of living continues to rise!

It’s no surprise that many are looking for a real alternative, and noticeable interest in socialism is growing fast. A 2011 poll showed that a majority between the ages of 18 and 29 view socialism favorably. In Seattle, Socialist Alternative ran Kshama Sawant as an openly socialist candidate who didn’t accept even one dime in corporate money for city council and won with nearly 100,000 votes! Since this groundbreaking victory Kshama Sawant and Socialist Alternative launched the 15 Now! campaign that is wildly popular nationwide. Come consider joining Socialist Alternative and help build a chapter in Denver that can strengthen movements for social and environmental justice!

When: Monday, February 24th, 5:30-9:30pm
Where: The Gypsy House Cafe, 1279 Marion St. Denver Co

NYC: Pack the court for CUNY 6 trial (Feb 18)

The CUNY6 are going to trial, after having been brutally assaulted by NYPD and CUNY safety officers while protesting war criminal David Petraeus. Come out and support these courageous young revolutionaries, and demand that CUNY drop the charges!

When: February 18th, 9am

Where: 100 Center Street, NYC

Philly: A Way Forward, Huey Newton Seminar 2014 (Feb 15)

A conversation with our Brother Comrade Tommy Joshua, leader of the Revolutionary Assembly.

With Special Guests:

Brother Mujahid Abd Azeez, Chiarman, Jr. LIFERs Committee

Brother Chaplain Mahdi El, Chief-Magistrate
International Interfaith Court

Special Performance by
Iam Victorious
Pili X Music
The Radicans
Skurban Vintro Music

3PM FREE
Donations Welcome

Sponsored by Dr. Huey P. Newton Ideological Institute , Revolutionary Assembly of Philadelphia and the Hip-hop The Hip Hop Party for the People

When: February 15th, 3pm

Where: The Peace Spot, 1652 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA

LA: Rally for Police Victim Tyler Woods (Feb 15th)

“Please help me, I have a daughter, they’re going to kill me!” were Tyler Woods’ last words as he tried to get away from Long Beach Police who were hunting him down. LBPD found Tyler on the roof of a three story building and fired dozens of rounds from a courtyard below, leaving him to die on the roof. Tyler had a warrant and instead of arresting him to stand trial racist LBPD acted as judge, jury, and executioner and reporting to the media constantly about his warrant as if it justified their killing.

Tyler was only one of the 21 people shot by LBPD in 2013, the highest number of police shootings in nearly five years! Join Tyler’s family, ANSWER Coalition and other community members for a rally and march on LBPD!

Justice for Tyler Woods and all victims of police brutality!

Jail all killer cops!

Community control over LBPD!

When: February 15th

Where: Nebraska Ave and 4th Street, Long Beach

NYC: Homecoming for Lynne Steward (Feb 14)

On Valentine’s Day-Come see and share love for recently released People’s Lawyer Lynne Stewart. This is a Fundraiser for Lynne’s immediate medical needs.

Send Lynne Stewart a Valentine and a donation at:
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/send-lynne-stewart-a-valentine

Because of a determined peoples movement Lynne is finally home with her family. But she has urgent medical needs and costs.

Lynne’s Stage 4 breast cancer spread a year ago to her lung, back, bones, & lymph nodes. Now 74, she has lost weight and has trouble breathing; doctors estimate her lifespan at 12 months. Lynne will soon begin new treatments requiring her to pay deductibles & co-payments.

To boost the odds, she’ll use a special diet, vitamins, and other healing methods – some costly and none covered by insurance. Lynne’s spirit is indomitable – help her fight to survive!

“I fought lions, I fought tigers, and I’m not going to let cancer get me,” Stewart said.
Lynne has always come to the aid of those who needed her. Now it’s our turn to stand by Lynne.

When: February 14th, 6pm

Where: St. Peter’s Church 619 Lexington Ave (54th St & Lexington Ave) NY, NY 10022

Denver: Colorado Marxism Conference (Mar 1)

“Millions of people have come to the understanding that capitalism is no longer working. And millions of people around the world – from World Cup protests in Brazil, the Gezi Park protests in Turkey, to the nationwide protests for a $15 minimum wage – are fighting back.

Marxism provides a revolutionary understanding and strategy for ridding society of exploitation and oppression once and for all. We want more than just resistance, we want to win. Please join the International Socialist Organization at the Colorado Marxism Conference for a day of discussion and debate about the issues facing our movements today–and the long-term fight for a better world.

REGISTER HERE:
http://denversocialists.org/conference/registration

TOPICS INCLUDE:
Marxism and Race: The Life and Work of C.L.R. James
Leninism, Trotskyism, and Other Socialisms
Environmentalism and Marxism
The Neoliberal Attack on Education

FEATURED SPEAKERS:
Ahmed Shawki, editor of the International Socialist Review and author of Black Liberation & Socialism
Doug Singsen, local activist and educator

SERVICES:
Complimentary lunch will be provided for attendees.
Complimentary child care is available upon request. To guarantee child care services, please contact Marie Cunningham at 303-949-2060 by February 19th.

AGENDA:
Sessions begin at 10:00AM with an hour lunch at 12PM and sessions will end around 4:30PM. A more detailed program will be posted soon.

With questions or concerns, please contact Marie Cunningham at marie.isodenver@gmail.com or 303-949-2060.”

Where: Auraria Campus. Denver, Co

Sacramento: Stop the TPP Protest (Feb 14)

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership n. 1. A “free trade” agreement that would set rules on non-trade matters such as food safety, internet freedom, medicine costs, financial regulation, and the environment. 2. A binding international governance system that would require the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and any other country that signs on to conform their domestic policies to its rules. 3. A secret trade negotiation that has included over 600 official corporate “trade advisors” while hiding the text from Members of Congress, governors, state legislators, the press, civil society, and the public.”

Where: Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, 1215 K Street

When: February 14th, 1-4pm

Florida: Stop the TPP/Trans-Pacific Partnership! (Jan 23)

If passed and implemented, the Trans Pacific Partnership will have devastating effects on the environment and on the people, especially the working class. Félix Aníbal Acuña Olivos will present information about how capitalists benefit from free trade agreements, and how the TPP in particular would further break down any remaining limits on exploitation and ecocide, allowing them to massively multiply their profits at the world’s expense. He will assert the need to build a strong anti-capitalist movement to combat this danger. The presentation will be followed by open discussion.

Free; donations welcome.

1480 SW 9th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33315-1375

CA: Mi’kmaq and Anishnabek Nationhood – Mi’Kmaq Warrior West Coast Speaking Tour (Jan 24- Feb 3)

Mi’kmaq Delegation from the Mi’kmaq Nation and Elsipogtog fracking land dispute on the east coast are touring BC to raise awareness about their struggle against fracking, their ongoing assertion and exercise of nationhood and the repression they face from police, courts, government and corporations.

Neskonlith event:

Giibwanisi Dizhnikaaz, will be speaking at Neskonith to raise awareness of ACTION (Anishnabek Confederacy To Invoke Our Nationhood) and Oshkimaadiziig Unity Camp, which is a land reclamation in their Anishnabek Nation in the so-called Awenda Ontario Provincial Park.
http://oshkimaadziig.org/

Everyone is Welcome to Attend. See you at this very informative event to learn and to honor some of our land defenders.

Monday, January 27, 2014 4:00pm until 8:00pm

Neskonlith, unceded Secwepemc Nation

Neskonlith Hall, 5 km west of Chase
Dinner will be served at 4 pm
Presentation by Guests
Honoring and Hand drumming

BACKGROUND:

Suzanne Patles speaks from Elsipogtog Anti-Fracking Blockade
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyewGdAlQNk

Elsipogtog: The Fire Over Water
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0N-lDcq1PQ

Mi’kmaq Blockade
http://www.submedia.tv/stimulator/2013/10/16/mikmaq_blockade/

Warriors Defence Fund:
http://www.gofundme.com/4v80u4

Sacred Fire: The People United Against Fracking
http://sacredfirenb.com/welcome-to-the-sacred-fire-website/

Guardian: New Brunswick fracking protests are the frontline of a democratic fight
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/oct/21/new-brunswick-fracking-protests

Other dates and events:

Members of the Mi’kmaq Warriors Society who have been arrested and incarcerated will be on a speaking tour in January and February to raise awareness about their struggle against fracking, their ongoing assertion and exercise of nationhood, and the repression they face from police and courts.

“Our warriors are still being mistreated in the system, justice for our political prisoners of war.” Suzanne Patles, member of the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society

PUBLIC EVENTS (more details still coming):

* Lower Mainland campus speaking events: Friday January 24:
– Capilano University, Library LB 322 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.
– SFU downtown campus (515 West Hastings), Strategy Seminar in Room 1415 from 2:30-4:30 pm
– more to be confirmed

* Community-wide public event on Friday January 24. Doors at 5:45 pm, start time at 6 pm. Room 1900, SFU Harbour Center, 515 West Hastings, Vancouver, unceded Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam & Sḵwx̱wú7mesh territories. FREE event. Wheel & scooter accessible, with accessible washrooms in the building. Child-friendly event with childminding support on-site.

* Sḵwx̱wú7mesh: Sunday January 26 from 10:30 am-noon. Pancakes Not Pipelines in the Squamish Nation to support Indigenous resistance to tar sands pipelines. Location: Chief Joe Mathias Centre 100 Capilano Road, West Vancouver. For more information:
https://www.facebook.com/events/200406563484543/

* Monday January 27 @ 4 pm. Dinner served. Event includes Honouring and Acknowledgement and Hand drumming. Location: Neskonlith Hall, Secwepemculucw, unsurrendered Secwepemc Nation

* Morricetown, Wet’suwet’en Territories. Saturday February 1 from 9 am – 1 pm. Location: Multiplex Mini Feast Hall, 205 Beaver Road.

* Unist’ot’en Camp: February 1 – February 3

* Victoria, WSANEC and Lekwungen Territories: Thursday February 6th at UVic, main public event on Friday February 7 evening (details tbc). For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1411543315750502/

This speaking tour is organized, hosted and/or sponsored by Native Youth Movement, Unist’ot’en Camp, No One Is Illegal, Streams of Justice, VIPIRG, IGOV, Skwomesh Action, Capilano University First Nations Student Services, Capilano Student Union First Nations Caucus, Capilano University Humanities, Capilano University Social Sciences, Earthworks, Rising Tide, Council of Canadians, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, SFU Institute for the Humanities, SFU First Nations Studies, Idle No More, Defenders of the Land, SFPIRG and other allies.

If you can support this tour please get in touch hwalia8 at gmail dot com. Thank you!

Ft. Lauderdale: Imperialism and the TPP (Jan 23)

Félix Aníbal Acuña Olivos will present information about imperialism and the Trans Pacific Partnership, followed by open discussion.

Free; donations welcome.”

Where: Sunshine Cathedral 1480 SW. 9th Ave. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
When: January 23rd, 7-9pm

Denver: Raza March With the MLK Jr. Day Marade! (Jan 20)

UMAS y MEChA’s de ColorAztlan, Aztlanista’s, La Raza Youth, Undocumend and (Im)Migrant rights groups, Cultural Nationalists, Danzante’s, Mexica’s, Chican@’s, Xican@’s, Mexican@’s, National Liberationists, and all Raza.

Join us as we march as an autonomous group in solidarity with Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s more progressive stances against the ongoing triplets of racism, militarism, and materialism in the quest for social justice and self-determination.

The country’s largest MLK Day celebration will kick off at 9 a.m., Monday, Jan. 20, 2013.

We will be meeting at the Thatcher Fountain closest to East High School a little away from the crowd off of 17th and Esplanade (Look for the MEChA banner!).

Let’s start this new year and ongoing struggle of over 500 years of resistance off on the path toward decolonial and liberatory direction.

‘La Union Hace La Fuerza’!

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De UMAS y de MEChA de ColorAztlan, Aztlanista’s, La Juventud de La Raza, Undocumendo y grupos de derechos de los migrantes, Los Nacionalistas Culturales, Danzante’s, Mexica’s, Chican@’s, Xican @’ s, Mexican@’s, Liberacionistas Nacionales de, y todo Raza.

Únase a nosotros para marchar como un grupo autónomo en solidaridad con las posturas más progresistas Dr. Martin Luther King de Junior contra los trillizos en curso de racismo, el militarismo y el materialismo en la búsqueda de la justicia social y la autodeterminación.

Mayor celebración del Día de MLK del país comenzará a las 9 am, Lunes, 20 de enero 2013.

Nos reuniremos en la Fuente Thatcher más cercana a la Escuela Secundaria del Este un poco lejos de la multitud fuera de 17 y Esplanade (Busque la bandera MEChA!).

Vamos a empezar este nuevo año y la lucha permanente de más de 500 años de resistencia fuera en el camino hacia la dirección decolonial y liberadora.

‘La Unión Hace La Fuerza’!

Boston: Benefit Show for Bangladeshi Workers and Families (Jan 19)

“The Bands:
Nuclear Special Forces, Chimp Attack, Porn Stars for Romney, Jake and the Infernal Machine, and Patrick O’Meara 

For a night of folk, noise and punk: Written and performed by I.W.W. union members! 

5-10 dollar donation, 21+ 

The donations from the show will be for the education fund supporting children of workers killed in Bangladesh by the Tazreen fire and Rana Plaza factory collapse.
A project of the:
Bangladesh Workers Solidarity Network – Boston

U.S. retailers that sold garments made in the factories where over 1,200 workers were killed, still refuse to provide aid to the families of workers who were torn apart by their negligence.

Since then hundreds of thousands of workers have taken to the streets, demanding the right to form a union, improvements in factory inspection and repair, and a minimum age of 100$ a month, half of the national living wage.

http://www.bangladeshworkerssolidaritynetwork.org/disasters/oneYearSinceTazreen.htm

As labor activists, it is crucial for us to do as much as we can to help our fellow workers over seas.

AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL”

Where: 3 Harvard Ave. Allston, Massachusetts
When: January 19th, 8-11pm

Olympia: Andrea Smith on Sexual Violence and Mass Incarceration (Jan 23)

Presentation Description: “Andrea Smith will explore the connections between sexual violence in our communities and state violence in the forms of policing and incarceration. Through her experience as co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, Smith will discuss alternative methods and examples of dealing with sexual violence and abuse without strengthening the Prison Industrial Complex and contributing to mass incarceration.”

Andrea Lee Smith is an intellectual, feminist, and anti-violence activist. Smith’s work focuses on issues of violence against women of color and their communities, specifically Native American women. A co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, the Boarding School Healing Project, and the Chicago chapter of Women of All Red Nations, Smith centers the experiences of women of color in both her activism and her scholarship. Formerly an assistant professor of American Culture and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Smith is currently an associate professor in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside.

*Members of the Coalition Against Sexual Violence (CASV) will in attendance as advocates for survivors or anyone who wishes to process and talk.*

Co-hosted by Abolish Cops And Prisons (ACAP), Feminists In Solitary Together (FIST!), and Coalition Against Sexual Violence (CASV). This event is a part of No One Wins In Patriarchy month.

Where: Lecture Hall 2 at Evergreen State College. Olympia, Washington.

When: January 23, 5:30-7:30pm

San Diego: White Solidarity or White Opportunism (Jan 24)

Oftentimes white people want to support the struggles of oppressed people, but do not know how to do so appropriately. This leads to opportunism and defeats the purpose of being an “ally”. This workshop discusses the time-tested methods developed by the African People’s Socialist Party through the creation of the Uhuru Solidarity Movement to provides solutions to these problems of opportunism and allow whites to work in solidarity with African and Indigenous struggles.

When: January 24th, 6-8pm

Where: Worldbeat Cultural Center – 2100 Park Blvd., San Diego, California

St. Petersburg: MLK and the Struggle Against War and Racial Injustice (Jan 20)

7pm, January 20th, Monday (MLK Day)
St Petersburg St. Pete Community Acupuncture 1624 Central Ave, St. Pete, FL

Join the Uhuru Solidarity Movement on Martin Luther King Day, January 20th, 2014 at 7pm at St. Pete Community Acupuncture for an evening of film clips and discussion about the legacy of Martin Luther King. We will be watching King’s powerful speech denouncing the US war on Vietnam and discussing how white people can take a stance of solidarity with the ongoing struggle of Africans and other oppressed peoples for social and economic justice.