[act-ma] Center for Marxist Education - February Events and Hours

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Mon Feb 10 07:36:59 PST 2014

*Events and Hours*

Center for Marxist Education | 550 Mass Ave, Cambridge

*Sunday Film & Discussion Night*

Hosted by Richard Pendleton

Please join us on the following Sundays for showing of various movies and
documentaries followed by a discussion on the evening's topic

*Sunday, February 23,  2014  6pm*

*Murder of Fred Hampton*

*THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON *began as a film portrait of Hampton and the
Illinois Black Panther Party, but halfway through the shoot, Hampton was
murdered by Chicago police. In an infamous moment in Chicago history and
politics, over a dozen policemen burst into Hampton's apartment while its
occupants were sleeping, killing Hampton and fellow Panther Mark Clark and
brutalizing the other occupants. Filmmakers Mike Gray and Howard Alk
arrived a few hours later to shoot film footage of the crime scene that was
later used to contradict news reports and police testimony.

Restored and reworked in 2006 by Gray, *THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON* is a
chilling slice of American history. (1971, b/w) 88 minutes

*Public Meeting: What is Socialism? *

Wednesday, February 12th - 7:30 PM

Hosted by the Boston CPUSA

A public meeting to explain what capitalism is, what socialism is, and what
socialism is not. After the presentation, we'll open the floor for comments
and question from the audience.


*China Discussion Group - Film Screening: Manufactured Landscapes*

Thursday, February 13th - 7-8:30 PM

Modern China is facing serious environmental problems created during the
drive for rapid industrialization.  The beautifully filmed*Manufactured
Landscapes* documents the industrial landscapes and environmental impacts
of the Three Gorges Dam, a shipyard, and the city of Shanghai in China as
well as oil tankers from Bangladesh. The documentary was made by renowned
filmmaker Edward Burtynsky. We will be following the film with a discussion
of changes in China's environmental policies, based on its commitment in
2007 to using environmentally as well as socially sustainable practices to
meet human needs.


*The Life of Hubert Harrison*

Sunday, February 16th - 3-5 PM

Jeffrey B. Perry returns to discuss the life of Hubert Harrison
(1883-1927). Harrison was an immensely skilled writer, orator, educator,
critic, and political activist who, more than any other political leader of
his era, combined class consciousness and anti-white-supremacist race
consciousness into a coherent political radicalism. The St. Croix, Virgin
Islands-born and Harlem-based Harrison profoundly influenced "New Negro"
militants, including A. Philip Randolph and Marcus Garvey, and his
synthesis of class and race issues is a key unifying link between the two
great trends of the Black Liberation Movement: the labor- and
civil-rights-based work of Martin Luther King Jr. and the race and
nationalist work associated with Malcolm X.


*ASSATA: "Woman in Struggle"*

Wednesday, February 19th - 6:30 PM

Joe Ramsey and The Center for Marxist Education will be hosting an evening
discussion on the case and the powerful autobiography of long-time (and
long-persecuted) revolutionary freedom fighter Assata Shakur.


*Gracchus Babeuf and the Conspiracy of Equals*

Saturday, March 1st - 3-5PM

Communist historian Doug Enaa Greene will be presenting a lecture on the
French communist revolutionary Gracchus Babeuf (1760-1797). Gracchus Babeuf
is known as the first modern communist; he was active during the French
Revolution of 1789 and sought to push the revolution beyond its bourgeois
limits. In doing so Babeuf developed innovative forms of political
organization and approaches to revolutionary agitation.


March Films:

*Women's Prison*

Sunday, March 9th - 6PM

This taboo-breaking film is based on Manijeh Hekmat's long fieldwork among
women prisoners in Iran. She depicts the lives of Iran's lost generation in
the two decades since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, using the claustrophobic
life of women behind bars as a metaphor for the entire society.

Her protagonist, Mitra, is in prison for killing her violent stepfather. On
the eve of a prison riot she confronts Tahereh, the new warden, whose
dogmatic views she challenges fearlessly. Over the course of the next 20
years, Tahereh's attitude toward her prisoners changes and softens, which
reflects the country's shifting political stance. Eventually Mitra, aged
and exhausted, is finally released, but Tahereh is now more like a prisoner
herself. (Farsi with English subtitles, 2013) 106 minutes.

*Winter Hours*

Monday - 4pm to 8pm

Tuesday - 4pm - 8pm

Wednesday 4pm - 8pm

Thursday 6pm - 8pm

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