Events

  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 07:00 PM

    DC Socialism Study Group: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    In honor of the upcoming Martin Luther King Day of Service, this week's study group will be dedicated to the legacy of the late civil rights leader. We will be discussing who Dr. King was, and why the things he was fighting for are still relevant today.

    PSL Socialism Study Group is a chance for progressive people interested in socialism to come together to learn about world history and discuss current events with like-minded people. No prior reading is required to join the session!

  • Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 06:30 PM

    NHV Forum: Tech, Big Data & Mass Surveillance under Capitalism

    Facebook. Google. Apple. Microsoft. Yahoo. All of these companies - and more - spy on us every day, providing information to private advertising companies and government agencies alike. Join us for a discussion on capitalism, big data and the mass surveillance state - and how to protect yourself & fight back!

    Our featured speaker is organizer, web developer and technologist Chris Garaffa! Chris is a weekly contributor to Loud & Clear on Sputnik News with his radio segment Technology Rules, and is the creator of the resource Tech for the People.

    Plus: Did Russia hack the elections? A update on Russiagate, facts vs. fiction, and the current fight within the US political establishment.

    Free event! Refreshments served!
    Non-gendered single-occupancy restroom available in building.
    Free parking available in lot behind building and on street.

    More info: ct@pslweb.org

  • Friday, January 18, 2019 at 07:00 PM
    Justice Center en el Barrio in new york, NY

    NYC Lib Forum: Impact of the Government Shutdown & LA Teacher strike

    We are three weeks into the second-longest government shutdown in US history. Negotiations between Republicans and Democrats have yet to yield any results, now Trump is threatening to declare a national emergency that would allow him to build his border wall while completely bypassing Congress.

    Join us for a discussion on the legalities of not paying government workers during the shutdown, the Trump administration's long standing assault on workers, and the need for grassroots pressure to re-open the government and demand that Congress and the Trump admin make real moves to address the bread and butter issues impacting our communities.

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    Teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the second biggest public school district in the country, are set to strike in the next week. Some 33,000 educators and members of the United Teachers of Los Angeles union, consisting of teachers, counselors, nurses, librarians and other school workers are planning to picket line in defense of public education in LA against the privatization plans of millionaire LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner. LAUSD has a $2 billion surplus which Beutner is refusing to spend. He is hoarding money to fund his privatization plans, but teachers and the majority of working class people stand in the way of Beutner and his billionaire supporters.

    The struggle in LA is reflective of the fight for public education in major cities and districts across the country. Come through for a presentation on the LA strike and its implications for all public school teachers and students.

  • Friday, January 18, 2019 at 07:00 PM
    encuentro 5 in Boston, MA

    Liberation Forum: The Haitian Revolution & Reportback from India

    Kontan Jou Endepandans Ayisyan! Happy Haitian Independence Day! On January 1, Ayiti celebrated its 215th year of Independence from French colonial rule.

    Join the Boston Branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation as we commemorate the Haitian Revolution, which granted Haiti independence on the first day of 1804. As the first free Black republic in the world, Haiti served as a revolutionary inspiration, as well as a source of material support for other Latin American and Afro-diasporic nations across the globe in their own anti-colonial struggles. We will analyze the Revolution, from the perils of colonization and the impacts left on Haiti today, to the crucial role that women played, a narrative often left out. As we commemorate the victory of January 1, 1804, we’ll be enjoying some traditional Haitian food as well.

    PSL member Satya Mohapatra recently traveled to his home state of Odisha in India. Satya will be reporting back on his trip, providing some snapshots of those resistance struggles; their triumphs, contradictions, and impasses.

    India - the land of million mutinies is going through big changes. After decolonization the Indian government has given way to rapid capitalist transformation. Even with all that, the working class resistance still stands strong; so also the indigenous people's fight for survival; so also the civil society's resistance.

    *Note: Food and drink will be provided. Childcare will be available upon request (please message the PSL Boston facebook page). Unfortunately E5 is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Friday, January 18, 2019 at 06:30 PM

    Denver Study Group: The Real, Radical Legacy of Dr. King

    While many people in power today would have us believe we live in a “post-racial” United States, the reality of housing segregation proves otherwise. A half century after the hard-won Fair Housing Act, numerous studies show housing in America is nearly as segregated as it was when it was passed. Housing inequality, though, is not just a holdover from the past. Working-class Black families and communities are actively being displaced by developers in cities and towns all across the country.

    In Colorado, where renters have some of the worst protections in the country, renters--who are disproportionately Black due to historic discriminatory housing and banking policy--are subject to unsafe living conditions and retaliation for filing complaints or organizing against predatory landlords. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. understood that housing is a part of the fight for racial equality.

    Join the Party for Socialism and Liberation as we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by studying the real, radical legacy of Dr. King--a legacy of struggle against all the evils of racism including slums, racist redlining and discriminatory housing policy. We will read about and discuss Dr. King's work with the Chicago Freedom Movement--a campaign to confront the issues faced by African-Americans living in urban areas throughout the Northern US--and the lessons we draw from his work today.
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    JOIN THE FIGHT FOR RENTERS' RIGHTS! This event is part of a campaign to advance the struggle for housing justice in Colorado.

    January 11: Study Group - Housing is a Women's Issue https://www.facebook.com/events/1238946756260886/

    January 18: Study Group - The Real, Radical Legacy of Dr. King

    January 26: MARCH FOR HOUSING JUSTICE - RENTERS' RIGHTS NOW! https://www.facebook.com/events/383301219106813/

  • Friday, January 18, 2019 at 06:30 PM
    San Diego Justice Center in san diego, CA

    San Diego: ¡Solidaridad! A Workshop With The PSL

    Join us for an anti-imperialist workshop on building solidarity between nations, peoples, and members of our own communities.

  • Friday, January 18, 2019 at 07:00 PM
    PSL Office in San Francisco, CA

    SF Forum - The Fight for Women's Equality

    Women’s access to abortion and reproductive health services is continuing to be eroded throughout the country. This past mid-term election saw restriction to abortion access pass in Alabama, West Virginia and Oregon, along with right-wing gubernatorial victories in Florida, Iowa and Ohio. The women’s movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s won great victories, but we are now seeing those gains taken away. How can we build a new diverse working-class women’s movement to take back and further our rights? How is women’s equality addressed under a socialist system vs. capitalist?

    Join us for historical analysis of women in struggle with a look at the life of feminist labor organizer Lucy Parsons and discuss the present-day struggle. And join us in the streets for the Bay Area Women’s Marches the following day!

    $3-10 donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.
    Refreshments provided. Wheelchair accessible.


    Viernes, 18 de enero, 7pm
    2969 Calle Mission, SF

    Análisis Socialista y Discusión
    La Lucha por la Igualdad de las Mujeres

    El acceso de las mujeres al aborto y a los servicios de salud reproductiva continúa erosionándose en todo el país. Esta última elección de medio término vio cómo se restringía el acceso al aborto en Alabama, Virginia Occidental y Oregón, junto con las victorias de gobernador de derecha en Florida, Iowa y Ohio. El movimiento de mujeres de los años sesenta y setenta obtuvo grandes victorias, pero ahora estamos viendo cómo se quitan esos logros. ¿Cómo podemos construir un nuevo movimiento de mujeres de la clase trabajadora para recuperar nuestros derechos y promoverlos? ¿Cómo se aborda la igualdad de las mujeres en un sistema socialista vs. capitalista?

    Acompáñenos para el análisis histórico de las mujeres en lucha con una mirada a la vida de la organizadora laboral feminista Lucy Parsons y discuta la lucha actual. ¡Y acompáñenos en las calles para las marchas de mujeres del Área de la Bahía al día siguiente!

    Se solicita una donación de $3 a $10. Todos son bienvenidos con o sin fondos.
    Habrán antojitos. Acceso para silla de ruedas.

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  • Friday, January 18, 2019 at 07:30 PM

    LA Forum: Maduro’s Inauguration & Resistance to U.S. Imperialism

    On January 10th, Nicolás Maduro was sworn in as president for his second six-year term. This was met with opposition from the United States along with the Lima Group and the Organization of American States (OAS). However, there were over 90 countries represented at the inauguration ceremony along with several Venezuelan officials. What is the intention of the opposition in rejecting Maduro’s presidency as illegitimate? Why are imperialists interfering with the self-determination of a sovereign country? Join us for a presentation and discussion on the developments as we continue to stand in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution.

    The FBI is an instrument of state repression that aims to destroy any ideology that steers away from the status quo. The FBI has historically dismantled liberation movements and the people at the forefront of those movements. We’ll be discussing the real role of the FBI both historically and in present day, and how people like Martin Luther King Jr. and Angela Davis were affected by these types of state repression. Join us for an in-depth analysis on the FBI’s role then and now.

    Since the 1990’s, Sudan has been a target of U.S. imperialism - that is until the Bashir government began to collaborate with Western powers. Protests have begun due to the repression by the National Congress Party and the economic policies dictated by the IMF. The Sudanese Communist Party is responsible for some of the largest protests planned. The PSL stands in solidarity with the SCP and the people of Sudan. Please join us for a presentation and discussion about this ongoing struggle!

  • Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 01:00 PM

    Decatur Breaking The Chains Magazine event with Editor Nathalie Hrizi!

    Breaking The Chains Magazine event with Editor Nathalie Hrizi!

    1pm
    Saturday January 19
    North Decatur Presbyterian Church
    611 Medlock Rd, Decatur, GA 30033

    Join us for a Breaking The Chains magazine event with Editor Nathalie Hrizi!

    Breaking The Chains: A Socialist Perspective on Women's Liberation is a unique growing and popular publication bringing critical issues facing working-class families to the forefront of popular movements. As women around the country are today asking themselves: How can women best defend and expand their rights in the age of Trump? BTC has given serious thought to these questions, and provides an exciting perspective on how women can fight back and win.

    Past BTC magazine editions have included “No Borders in the Women's Liberation Struggle”, “Outrage and Optimism: Women Confront Imperialism”, “The Struggle for Healthcare” and “The Housing Issue.” BTC magazine has been used by women fighting back against patriarchy and who are organizing to build a society free from sexism, racism and anti-LGBTQ bigotry.

    BTC’s editor, Nathalie Hrizi, is a public school teacher librarian in San Francisco, where she lives with her two children. She has been a union and social justice activist for many years and twice ran for California Insurance Commissioner in 2018 winning more than 295,000 votes.

    To endorse this event or for more information please contact: PSL Atlanta at atlanta@pslweb.org or 470-509-4746.

  • Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 06:00 PM
    Cal Anderson Park

    Seattle Womxns March, Revolutionary Feminists Contingent

    Welcome to the Revolutionary Feminist Contingent!

    We aren’t just marching. We are building a movement of inclusive, revolutionary feminism that stands in solidarity with all oppressed people. We stand for a just, socialist world.

    WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
    We’re fighting for a world where ‘a woman’s choice’ doesn’t mean choosing between a rock and a hard place--where losing your job doesn’t mean losing your insulin, and leaving a violent partner doesn’t mean losing your home. We deserve better choices.

    We’re fighting for a world in which healthcare is free and high-quality, housing is a public right for everyone, where childcare is free, 24-hour, and rooted in your community, where you don’t clock out and go right back to work at home, and where you can walk down the street without holding your keys between your hands. All these issues are feminist issues--but they affect every one of us.

    Your choice, your body, your freedom of expression: it belongs to you, and it’s possible to live in a society that celebrates and defends it.

    We have the resources to make this happen, but instead of spending it on people, we’re spending it on endless war and padding the pockets of the rich. Capitalism relies on racism, sexism, and homophobia to keep us exhausted, afraid, and divided. We’re stronger together.

    HOW DO WE GET THERE?
    We’ve won in the past by working together. Today, women around the world are exerting their collective power, from women at Google who walked out together against sexual harassment, to the women in India who formed a hundreds of miles long human wall. We can kick out Trump and make a party of our own. We can fight not just to get to the top of the ladder, but to tear the ladder down and bring everyone up with us.

    We proudly endorse the Feminism for the 99% letter: https://www.viewpointmag.com/2018/12/31/march-for-a-feminism-for-the-99-on-january-19/

    We reject the anti-Semitism, transphobia and misogyny expressed by Rev. Louis Farrakhan and call on Women's March co-organizer Tamika Mallory to join with other march leaders in repudiating the divisive politics that have undermined women's marches nationally. In this time of a rising fascist movement, we have to stand together against all forms of bigotry.

    March with us to the Seattle Center at 9:00 AM, meeting up on the South side of Cal Anderson Park.

    To build this and more, we need each and every one of you. Come learn with us at LOCATION TBD the next day, January 20th from 11:30 - 1pm.

    OUR DEMANDS

    -Universal healthcare for everyone regardless of immigration status
    Free abortion on demand
    Free contraception
    Free, high quality, pregnancy care
    Free gender affirming care
    End violence and harassment for patients and providers at reproductive health clinics
    Full funding for reproductive health clinics Now.

    -Gender Equity and Reproductive Justice
    Free and accessible 24/7 childcare
    End forced sterilization
    Repeal the Hyde amendment
    End the racial gap in maternal mortality
    End sexual harassment in the workplace
    Strengthen and Enforce Title IX
    Decriminalize sex work and end SESTA/FOSTA
    Wages for housework
    Paid parental leave
    Restore full civil rights protection for all minority groups including trans people

    -Economic Justice
    Tax the Rich and Corporations to fully fund social programs
    No Union busting “Right to Work” laws
    Quality public education
    Free public transit
    End the ban on rent control

    -Equal Justice and End Racism
    Abolish Prisons
    End all detention: no children in cages, no family separation
    End to police brutality: indict killer cops
    Clear backlog of rape kits

    -End to US Imperialism
    No border walls
    Solidarity with all refugees, immigrants, and migrants
    Defund the US military
    Federal recognition of the Duwamish tribe
    Indigenous liberation
    Solidarity with Palestine

    -Climate Justice
    Pass the Green New Deal
    End environmental racism and acknowledge that the most marginalized people in society will endure the greatest harm caused by climate change

    -Inclusion
    End Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and trans/homophobia
    Disability rights + expand ADA

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