ISO Event: Marxism and Black Liberation/SEA Strike Solidarity


When:
September 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2018-09-04T19:00:00+00:00
2018-09-04T21:00:00+00:00
Where:
Common Good Cafe (Downstairs at the University Temple United Methodist Church)
1415 NE 43rd St.
Seattle
WA
Contact:
Puget Sound Socialists (ISO)
ISO Event: Marxism and Black Liberation/SEA Strike Solidarity @ Common Good Cafe (Downstairs at the University Temple United Methodist Church) | Seattle | WA | US

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The fight against racism and for Black liberation is critical for socialists in the US. This discussion will examine the relationship between racism and capitalist society and also look at some of the debates on the left about how to best fight racism.

Recommended Readings:
* Ahmed Shawki, Black Liberation and Socialism, Chapters 1, 7, and Conclusion (Buy the book: https://www.haymarketbooks.org/books/825-black-liberation-and-socialism)
* Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor, “Trump’s victory and the necessity of solidarity” (https://isreview.org/issue/104/trumps-victory-and-necessity-solidarity)

Recommended Audio/Video Resources:
*Khury Petersen-Smith and brian bean, “What do Socialists say about White Privilege?” (https://wearemany.org/a/2018/07/what-do-socialists-say-about-white-privilege)
*Brian Jones, “Slavery and Capitalism” (https://wearemany.org/a/2018/07/slavery-and-capitalism)
*Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor, “The Political Economy of Racism” (http://wearemany.org/a/2013/06/political-economy-of-racism)

Study Questions:
1) What role did slavery play in the rise of capitalism?
2) Was slavery the cause of racism, or racism the cause of slavery?
3) Why did racism survive the end of slavery? Whose interests did it continue to serve?
4) How did Lenin and the Russian Revolution change the American Communists’ attitude to racial oppression?
5) Why did Trotsky call for our supporting self-determination for Blacks?Did he mean support for a separate Black nation?
6) What did CLR James right mean when he wrote, “the Negro struggle, the independent Negro struggle, has a vitality and a validity of its own?”
7) Do all white people benefit from racism? Is working class unity possible?

The second half of this meeting will be devoted to discussing the Seattle Education Association contract fight and potential upcoming strike.

This meeting is part of our Summer Education Series. To see the rest of the series, visit https://pugetsoundsocialists.org/2018/07/18/summer-education-series-2018/.