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

Casey Doyle cdoyle1477 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 1 12:57:22 PDT 2014

*Events and Hours*

Center for Marxist Education | 550 Mass Ave, Cambridge | 2nd Floor

All Events are free and open to the public

*Red History Lecture Series*
*James Connolly: National Liberation and Socialism*
Saturday, August 2nd - 3-5pm

Communist historian Doug Enaa Greene, author of the upcoming book on
Specters of Communism: Blanqui and Marx, will speak on Irish Socialist
James Connolly as part of the ongoing Red History Lecture Series. Connolly
(1868-1916) was an Irish Revolutionary Republican and Socialist who was a
labor organizer in Scotland, the USA and Ireland who linked the struggle
for national liberation in Ireland to the struggle for socialism. Connolly
was one of the key organizers of the failed 1916 Easter Uprising that
sought to free Ireland from British Imperialism.
Red Lecture History Series Facebook page

Next month the talk will be "Matzpen: Revolutionary Anti-Zionism in Israel"

*Sunday Film & Discussion*
Hosted by Richard Pendleton

*A Death in St. Augustine*
Sunday, August 10th - 6pm

On the night she broke up with her boyfriend, a Florida deputy sheriff,
Michelle O Connell was found dead from a gunshot in the mouth. Next to her
was her boyfriend’s semi-automatic service pistol. The sheriff s office
called it suicide, but was it? FRONTLINE and The New York Times investigate
this death, and what can go wrong when the police are faced with domestic
violence allegations within their own ranks. 60 min. 2014.

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

*Session 5 (Note this series started out as 4 parts but due to interest and
Sandy's willingness to share his wealth of knowledge the CME has continued
this series to a 5th session. Participation in earlier sessions is NOT
required to attend this event. All are welcome to participate.)*

*Healthcare Disparities in Massachusetts*
Monday, August 11th - 7 to 9pm

Supporters of "universal" initiatives have been heard to claim that their
systems have eliminated inequalities. That clearly has not happened. What
disparities do patients, communities and healthcare workers themselves meet
up with, and how can we overcome them?
Seachange Bulletin (Sandy's blog) <http://seachange.wbumpus.com/>

*Readings for Radicals*
Wednesdays, August 13th and 27th - 7-9pm

Violence, Oppression, and Resistance:  Discussing the Anti-Colonial Thought
of Malcolm X and Frantz Fanon

In light of recent events (from Israeli massacre in Gaza to police
brutality on the streets of Brooklyn), the "Readings for Radicals" series
at the CME in August will turn to the crucial and influential anti-colonial
writings of Malcolm X and Frantz Fanon. We'll discuss Malcolm's
Autobiography of Malcolm X, as well as Fanon's Wretched of the Earth,
zooming in (for starters) on Malcolm's chapter on "Learning to Read" and
Fanon's essay "Concerning Violence," accompanied by Jean-Paul Sartre's
powerful preface to Wretched of the Earth. Join us Wednesdays,Aug. 13th AND
Aug. 27th at 7pm for a wide ranging discussion about these radical thinkers
and what they have to contribute to how we think about repression,
resistance, and revolution today, within the US and beyond.


*The Great Strikes of 1934 and the Lessons for Today*
Saturday, August 16th - 4-6pm

Presentation by Nick Giannone - Communist Party of Boston, Boilermakers
Local 29 Board of Trustees, and Center for Marxist Education Steering
Committee. Discussion to follow.

80 years ago, in the midst of the Great Depression, 3 strikes led by
communists and socialists launched a resurgent labor offensive that
radically improved living and working conditions for millions of people and
forced the ruling class to grant major concessions that they are still
attempting to roll back today. Join us for a discussion of these events and
how they relate to the struggles of today.


*Annual Center for Marxist Education Picnic!*
Sunday, August 17th - Noon-4pm
MDC Picnic Grounds, Soldiers Field Road, Brighton

All are invited join us as we gather once again as friends and comrades for
our annual picnic potluck!
Please bring your favorite summer food item, non-alcoholic drink, or paper
plates and cups and a healthy appetite for great conversation.
Camping/beach chairs and blankets are welcome as there are only so many
picnic tables.
Transportation from the CME can be provided for those who may need it.
Email Sanros8 at icloud.com or CDoyle1477 at gmail.com if you need to make
arrangements to get to Brighton.
Directions to the picnic grounds: We will be set up at the tables just
outside the entrance to the Artesani Playground & Wading Pool located at
1255 Soldiers Field Road. There is a large parking lot just before the park
(on the right since you will need to be heading westbound on Soldiers
It is our hope that we can keep the CME going strong for another 40 years
and beyond but we can't do that without your help. As we like to say - we
have no corporate sponsors! In addition to joining us for a day of summer
fun and solidarity we hope that you can also contribute to keeping the
Center open. For those not able to attend on the 17th who wish to send
donations our PO Box is 390459 Cambridge, MA 02139. Checks can be made
payable to Bookmarx.

*Sunday Film & Discussion*
Hosted by Richard Pendleton
Sunday, August 24th - 6pm

*Flashes of Hope: Hibakusha Traveling the World*

Japan-based international NGO Peace Boat has organised the "Global Voyage
for a Nuclear-Free World: Peace Boat Hibakusha Project" since 2008. This is
a documentary film of the first project following 103
Hibakusha (atomic bomb survivors) as they visited 23 ports in 20 countries
from September 7th 2008 to January 13th 2009. They traveled around the
world on board Peace Boat to share testimonies and their messages for
nuclear abolition to citizens and governments.

This film follows the journey of the Hibakusha, particularly Setsuko Thurlow
- who migrated to Canada after experiencing the bombing of Hiroshima. From
the perspective of a Costa Rican filmmaker Erika Bagnarello, the film
introduces the hopes folded into the orizuru - origami paper cranes -
through the original animation "Sadako (a girl who died of cancer as a
result of radiation)," and "flashes of hope" for a world free of nuclear
weapons. 61 min. 2011.

*Center for Marxist Education Summer Hours*
In addition to our event times we are open the following evenings:
Monday – 4-8
Tuesday – 4-8
Wednesday – 4-8
Check our Facebook to see which Saturdays we will be open this summer!

The Center has been made possible for over 4 decades by volunteer time and
contributions from you. If you wish to help us keep the Center going and
new books coming in, donations can be made by sending a check made out to
mailed to:
Center for Marxist Education
PO Box 390459
Cambridge, MA 02139

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