[act-ma] Center for Marxist Education - September Events and Hours
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*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*
Matzpen: Revolutionary Anti-Zionism in Israel
Saturday, September 6th - 3-5pm
As part of the Red History Lecture Series, Communist historian, Doug Enaa
Greene, author of the upcoming book Specters of Communism on French
Communist Louis-Auguste Blanqui, will discuss the history and perspectives
of the Israeli Socialist Organization (Matzpen). Matzpen was a
revolutionary socialist and anti-Zionist organization founded in 1962.
Matzpen viewed Zionism as a colonization project, was considered a security
threat by the Israeli state, opposed Israel's wars, and worked closely with
Red Lecture History Series Facebook page
*Single-payer Health Series*
Hosted by Sandy Eaton, RN
*Healthcare Disparities in Massachusetts*
Wednesday, September 10th - 7-9pm
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/>
*Sunday Film & Discussion*
Hosted by Richard Pendleton
Sunday, September, 14th - 6pm
The rebuilding Ground Zero is the most architecturally, politically, and
emotionally complex construction project in recent American history. The
struggle to develop these 16 acres of 'sacred' land has encompassed 12
years, 19 government agencies, and over $20 billion. Aside from the
engineering challenges, various constituencies politicians, developers,
architects, insurers, local residents, and relatives of 9/11 victims
profess conflicting claims to the site.
There is no discussion of conspiracy theories originating in the Middle
East or via western sources. Neither is there horrifying footage of
burning, collapsing towers. The politics swirling about the debate over how
to rebuild on the land in question will raise many sobering suspicions for
years to come.
16 Acres is the inside story of how and why this historic project got
built. At the heart of the story is the dramatic tension between noblest
intentions, the desire of everyone involved to "get it right," and the
politics, hubris, ego and ideology that is the bedrock of New York City.
2014. 95 min.
*The Fire Last Time: A Round-table Discussion to Kick Off - The Sixties
Wednesday, September 24th 7-9pm
What are the most important legacies, lessons, and impacts of the sixties
social movements for us today? What do those who were shaped by (and who
worked to shape) that decade of social change and rebellion have to teach
us as we work to understand and change the world in 2014?
This event is the first in an exciting Fall speaker and discussion series
being held at the CME: The Sixties Cafe.
Round-table speakers will include: Richard Pendleton, Victor Wallis, Sandra
Rosen, and Gerry Scoppettuolo, among others.
Each of these speakers will give a short 5-minute talk focusing on their
own experiences and summation of 1960s lessons. We will then open the
discussion to the floor, for all present to participate. We thus especially
welcome the attendance of all those with 1960s stories, lessons, and
reflections to contribute.
*Red Poets Society*
An explicitly political open mic on the last Friday of every month hosted
by the Center for Marxist Education. Bring your own poems, songs, and class
*Sunday Film & Discussion*
Hosted by Richard Pendleton
Sunday, September, 28th - 6pm
*China Rises - Party Games*
With preparations for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games already underway, the
people of Beijing seem eager to invite the world to witness their country's
social and political progress. But with a peasant population of over 900
million and a growing disparity between rich and poor, the Chinese are
hoping that Olympic fever will translate into an economic boom. There is
footage demonstrating differences of opinion over the nature of China’s
economic growth. Insurgent artist, Ai Wei Wei gets a chance to voice his
sentiments. 2008. 65 min.
*Lenin's What Is to Be Done? Presentation & Discussion*
Monday, October 8th 7-9 pm
Written at the turn of the 20th Century, Lenin’s classic “What Is to Be
Done” outlines a plan for communists, or “revolutionary social democrats”
as they were called back then, to organize and participate in the growing
class struggles of those times. It is remarkable that so much of what he
proposed for organization and action back then is so widely applicable
today. To the surprise of many, this small grouping was able to carry
forward these ideas and plans to their culmination in a socialist
revolution in Russia in 1917. During his times Lenin came to play the
pivotal role in bringing communist politics to the forefront of history and
his influence continues even to this day.
Presentation by John Harris – Former organizer in basic industrial unions,
Coordinator of the “Iraq War Veterans Tour”, National Coordinator of the
fall 2008 protest actions against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,
Co-founder of the Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition, Co-founder of the
Boston May Day Coalition
*Center for Marxist Education Fall 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 other days we will be open this fall!
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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
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