[act-ma] Center for Marxist Education - October Events

Casey Doyle cdoyle1477 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 2 12:04:41 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*
*Communist Resistance in Nazi Germany*
Saturday, October 4th - 3-5pm

As part of the Red History Lecture Series Communist historian Doug Enaa
Greene will present on Communist Resistance in Nazi Germany. The German CP
offered the most sustained resistance to the Third Reich, ranging from
anti-fascist propaganda to espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union and
engaging Nazi soldiers in battle during the Spanish Civil War. As part of
the struggle against fascism, approximately, nearly half of the party
members passed through Nazi concentration camps and at least 25,000 were
Red Lecture History Series Facebook page

*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

*China Discussion Group*
*China's perspective on US-China Relations and Current Events*
Thursday, October 9th - 7pm

The China Discussion Group will mark the 65th anniversary of the victory of
the Chinese Revolution by launching a year long series of programs on the
major issues concerning China today. We will publish a pamphlet next year
aimed at a facts based, open discussion of the socialist transition in
China. On Oct. 9 we will look at China's perspective on US-China relations
and current events, and define basic issues in the Left's understanding of

*Sunday Film & Discussion*

*SICKOHosted by Sandy Eaton, RN*
Sunday, October 12th - 6pm

Michael Moore's hilarious and tragic 2007 documentary dissects the wiles of
the US health insurance industry, examines healthcare delivery in four
other countries and allows us to see what we still need to do to make
health care a right instead of a commodity. This movie will be shown in two
parts to allow time for discussion.
Seachange Bulletin (Sandy's blog) <http://seachange.wbumpus.com/>

*Sixties Cafe*
*Grappling with Stokely Carmichael:  Peniel Joseph on the Legacies of Black
Wednesday, October 15th - 7-9pm

Peniel Joseph will share a lecture and help lead a discussion focused on
Stokley Carmichael, and the Black Power Movement, and their relevance to
politics in the world today. How so do the thought and action of Stokely
and the Black Power movement still resonate in 2014? In the age of Trayvon
Martin, Michael Brown, and Ferguson...

Professor Joseph is Professor of History at Tufts University and the author
of the award-winning Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of
Black Power in America and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to
Barack Obama as well as editor of The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the
Civil Rights-Black Power Era and Neighborhood Rebels: Black Power at the
Local Level.

*Sixties Cafe*
*Roberta Salper presents...DOMESTIC SUBVERSIVE: A Feminist Take of the Left
Friday, October 17th 7pm

Join us at the CME as we welcome long-time feminist scholar and left
activist Roberta Salper, author of the newly released memoir, "Domestic
Subversive: a feminist take on the Left (1960-1976)."

A resident scholar of Women's Studies at Brandeis University, Salper will
share with us selections from her acclaimed memoir, and help to spark a
discussion about key aspects of the Sixties Left movements: from Feminism,
and the movement against the Vietnam War, to Puerto Rican Independence.

*Sixties Cafe*
*A. Shahid Stover and Tony Van der Meer: **Martin, Malcolm, The Black
Panther Party & the Global Scope of Black Liberation*
Wednesday, October 22 - 7pm

How might revisiting the radical legacy of the late Martin Luther King Jr.,
Malcolm X, and the Black Panther Party reveal new insurgent potentialities
for our contemporary struggle against Empire-as-western imperialist power?
Join A. Shahid Stover (editor of the Brotherwise Dispatch newsletter) and
Tony Van Der Meer (professor of Africana Studies at UMass Boston and editor
of The Black Activist) for what promises to be an intense and stimulating

*Red Poets Society*
Friday, October 24th 8pm

Our first event was a great success. Join us as we continue to celebrate
the power of art as a weapon.
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*
*Let The Fire Burn*
Sunday, October 26th - 6pm

Let the Fire Burn is a 2013 documentary film about the events leading up to
and climaxing in a 1985 stand-off between the black liberation group MOVE
and the Philadelphia Police Department. The film is directed and produced
by Jason Osder and is being distributed by Zeitgeist Films

The MOVE organization was originally established as a "back to nature"
movement that practiced "green" methods. When their methods became more
radical, featuring profane bullhorn speeches, unsanitary conditions, and
questionable child raising, the group began to draw the attention of the
community at large and the police alike. The conviction of nine members for
the third degree murder of a policeman after a shoot-out in 1978 further
cemented the group's belief that the police were corrupt and determined to
bring the movement down.

In 1985, after countless complaints from neighbors about obscene broadcasts
and health hazards, the police department decided to take action to evict
the group from their row house on Osage Avenue. When gun fire broke out and
tear gas was not enough to pull the MOVE members out of the house, the
police decided to drop an explosive device on the house.

A fire soon began to blaze, endangering the several children now trapped
inside the house. In a controversial decision, the police made the decision
to "let the fire burn", resulting in the destruction of over 60 homes and
the deaths of five children and six adults. The investigation commission
that followed found that city leaders and law enforcement had acted
negligently, but no criminal charges were filed. 95 minutes.

*Women & Marxism*
*Discussion of Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the
State by Frederick Engels*
Tuesday, October 28th 7-9pm

Join members of the CP Boston to discuss how capitalism impacts women
directly and who some of the great women were who fought back. This group
will kick off with a reading group centered on Engels's work Origin of the
Family, Private Property, and the State.

*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!

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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