[act-ma] Center for Marxist Education - July (and end of June!) Events and Hours

Casey Doyle cdoyle1477 at gmail.com
Wed Jun 25 12:53:03 PDT 2014

*Events and Hours*

Center for Marxist Education | 550 Mass Ave, Cambridge

All Events are free and open to the public

FYI Readings for Radicals was postponed tonight in order to accommodate this
event: www.facebook.com/events/1433263693601957 The next meeting will take
place in July. Details below.

*Film Showing*
*For Marx*
****First screening of this film in the United States****
Saturday, June 28th - 3-6pm

Svetlana Baskova’s For Marx (2012) deals with a group of foundry workers
struggling to set up an independent trade union in post-Soviet, capitalist
Russia while their boss tries to wring more profits from them in order to
add to his collection of modern art. With echoes of Eisenstein, Brecht, and
Godard, For Marx investigates the contemporary validity of the radical
political and aesthetic approaches that we have inherited from the past.
(106 Minutes, Russian with English Subtitles)

*Sunday Film & Discussion*
Hosted by Richard Pendleton
Sunday, June 29th - 6pm


Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book, this program tells the story of
two turbulent days in October, 1967. In Vietnam, a US battalion marched
into a Viet Cong trap killing sixty one young men. Half a world away, a
protest at the University of Wisconsin spiraled out of control. Told
almost-entirely by the people who took part in the events, this film offers
a window onto a moment that divided a nation and a war that continues to
haunt us. 90 minutes.

*Red History Lecture Series*
*Bukharin: The Favorite of the Whole Party*
Saturday, July 5th 3-5pm

Communist historian, Doug Enaa Greene will discuss Nikolai Bukharin
(1888-1938) who was one of leading theoreticians and political leaders of
the Bolshevik Party and the USSR. During the 1920s, he led one of the major
Party oppositions which opposed the line of Stalin and defended a
continuation of the New Economic Policy. In the 1930s, Bukharin was falsely
accused of being a spy, traitor and wrecker, and he was executed after a
public show trial. Bukharin has often been overshadowed by other major
communist party leaders and remains slandered to this day.
Red History Lecture Series facebook page

*Sunday Film & Discussion*
Hosted by Richard Pendleton
Sunday, July 13th - 6pm


>From acclaimed filmmakers Michael Winterbottom (The Trip, The Killer Inside
Me) and Mat Whitecross (The Road to Guantanamo), and based on Naomi Klein's
provocative bestselling book of the same name, The Shock Doctrine is a
gripping and incisive deconstruction of how radical free market policies
have come to dominate the world.

Using shock therapy as a metaphor, the film investigates Klein s central
idea of disaster capitalism. When countries are jolted by catastrophic
events such as war or natural disasters, they are often subjected to
totally un-regulated free market remedies that benefit corporations at
public expense. The film traces the doctrine s beginnings from the theories
of Milton Friedman and the Chicago School economists, through its
implementation over the past 40 years in Pinochet s Chile, Yeltsin's
Russia, Thatcher's Britain, and the American Neo-Con directed invasions of
Afghanistan and Iraq. 78 minutes. 2009.

*Readings for Radicals*
Wednesdays, July 9th and 23rd 7-9pm

A bi-monthly Wednesday night book discussion group, facilitated by Joe
Ramsey.  Join us to discuss some of the important written works in the
radical left tradition, from marxist classics to more contemporary texts,
from political theory, to fiction and poetry.

For July we will continue our focus  on Black Radical Writers: examining
the work of James Baldwin and Toni Cade Bambara (while continuing our
discussion Richard Wright and the Black Panther Party)
Recommended texts for the month:  James Baldwin's short book "The Fire Next
Time" and Toni Cade Bambara's story "The Lesson".

*Single-payer Health Series*
Hosted by Sandy Eaton, RN

*Session 4 (Note this series started out as 4 parts but due to interest and
Sandy's willingness to share his wealth of knowledge the CME will continue
this series indefinately. Participation in earlier sessions is NOT required
to attend future events. All are welcome to participate.)*

*Prospects: Labor's Role in Driving out Profiteers*
Monday, July 14th - 7 to 9 PM

>From the Vermont Workers’ Center to the Labor Campaign for Single Payer,
working people are giving increasing leadership to initiatives to create a
just healthcare system, one that addresses access, affordability, quality
and equality together: enhanced Medicare for all. Toward a national health
service and socialism. We have much to learn from other countries.
Seachange Bulletin (Sandy's blog) <http://seachange.wbumpus.com/>

*The Material Basis for Revolutionary Optimism Today*
A presentation and discussion led by Wadi'h Halabi
Saturday, July 19th 3-5pm

What is the material basis for revolutionary optimism today? Indeed, is
there such a basis?

It can be easy to fall into pessimism in this period -- the just cause of
socialism has suffered major setbacks with counter-revolutions in the
Soviet Union and eleven other states in the 1980s and early 1990s, and we
have not experienced any significant victories for workers' power since
Indochina in 1975. Problems are widespread with decomposition of the
working class in capitalist countries, and recomposition on unfavorable

False optimism, on the other hand, can lead to errors in action,
disappointments and inaction.

The approach of this presentation is to examine the relative strengths and
weaknesses of the two major class antagonists, the international working
class and the world capitalist class, and their respective organizations.
It concludes that there is reason for revolutionary optimism but little
room for serious errors, as capitalism in crisis accelerates the
destruction of both social and environmental foundations for human

Based on presentations and discussions at the Institute (now Academy) of
Marxism in Beijing, the Salt of the Earth Labor College in Tucson, Arizona,
and elsewhere.
July 9th facebook event <http://www.facebook.com/events/264667780392700>
July 25th facebook event <http://www.facebook.com/events/889442031073269>

*Sunday Film & Discussion*
Hosted by Richard Pendleton
Sunday, July 27th - 6pm


Experience the American Journey through our country's visual heritage in
this historical recording provided by the National Archives of the United
States. It includes testimony from the Senate Select Committee on Secret
Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan opposition. This historical
recording from the National Archives may contain variations in audio and
video quality based on the limitations of the original source material. The
content summary for this DVD is adapted from an historical description
provided by the government agency or donor at the time of production
release. 64 minutes. 2007.

*Center for Marxist Education Summer Hours*
Monday – 4-8
Tuesday – 4-9
Wednesday – 4-9
Check our Facebook to see which Saturdays we will be open this summer!

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