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

Casey Doyle cdoyle1477 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 1 19:17:51 PST 2016

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

*Calling All Comrades!*
The Center needs you! We are facing a rent hike and are asking our comrades
and friends to help keep our space open and growing. We hope you will
considering contributing what you can to our campaign here: Help The Center
For Marxist Education

*Event Schedule:*

*Red History Lecture Series*
*The Left Hook: The Marxism if Sidney Hook*
Saturday, March 5th 3-5pm
Sidney Hook's Marxism is overlooked and misunderstood today due to his
later political trajectory. During the Great Depression, Hook made a
worthwhile effort to understand Marxism as a revolutionary method of
practice. Hook's Marxism was unique not only for engaging with the “Western
Marxists” Georg Lukacs and Karl Korsch, but for incorporating the
pragmatism of John Dewey.

*Committee for International Labor Defense*
*Sacco and Vanzetti and the Rise of International Labor Defense*
Wednesday, March 9th 7:00pm
The Committee for International Labor Defense now meets the 2nd Wednesday of
every month at the Center for Marxist Education, 550 Mass Ave. 2nd Fl.,
Cambridge, near the Central Square T-stop.
The business meetings, which you are welcome to attend, are at 6:30 p.m. The
educational presentations are at 7 p.m..
The next meeting is: Wed. March 9, 2015
The educational will be on “Sacco and Vanzetti and the Rise of
International Labor Defense”. Al Johnson of the C-ILD, a long-time Veterans
for Peace and political prisoner defense activist will speak.

*International Women's Day*
*On Demand and without Apology: Socialist Perspectives on Reproductive
Thursday, March 10th - 7:00pm
In 2016 we are facing attacks on reproductive rights from both right wing
and liberal forces . Join members of the CP Boston to discuss the current
war on reproductive rights at home and abroad. Questions we will discuss
include: Is abortion a class issue? Why do Marxists call for free abortion
on demand? How do reproductive rights extend beyond women to trans,
nonbinary, and intersex people? How have past struggles been rolled back
and what remains of them today?

*Sunday Film Night*
Sunday, March 13th - 5:00pm
*NOTE: This film is being shown at 5:00pm, one hour earlier than the usual
time of Sunday Films.*
The final film from African cinema's founding father, Ousmane Sembene,
MOOLAADE is a potent polemic directed against the still-common practice of
female circumcision. Though the subject matter may seem weighty, this
buoyant film is anything but - Sembene places the action amid a colorful,
vibrant tapestry of village life, employing an imaginative array of
emblematic metaphors, mythic overtones, and spirited songs. MOOLAADE
reinforces the strong feminist consciousness that marked his earlier
classics FAAT KINE, BLACK GIRL, and CEDDO. In a small village, four young
girls facing ritual 'purification' flee to the household of Collé Ardo
Gallo Sy, a strong-willed woman who has managed to shield her own teenage
daughter from mutilation. Collé invokes the time-honored custom of moolaadé
(sanctuary) to protect the fugitives. Tension mounts as the ensuing
stand-off pits Collé against village traditionalists (both male and female)
endangering her daughter's prospective marriage to the heir-apparent to the
tribal throne.
A sharp critic of the internal problems of modern Africa, but also a
passionate advocate of African pride and autonomy, Sembene's fiery spirit
will live on beyond the stand-up-and-cheer finale. In French and Bambara
with English subtitles, 124 minutes.

Susan McLucas, an activist against female genital mutilation who has spent
time in Africa, will facilitate the showing of the film.

*Changes in the Condition and Consciousness of Migrant Workers in China*
Thursday, March 17th 7-9pm
One of the greatest waves of migration in human history was of hundreds of
millions moving from farms to factories in China over the past three
decades. Today, many of these workers are living in cities, but often
facing layoffs as mounting economic problems in capitalist countries dry up
exports. Our speaker, Luo Xiaoping of the Academy of Marxism in Beijing,
has long studied migrant workers. She is a good friend of the Center,
having spent last year in Boston, and spoke at the Center most recently in
August 2015.

*Meditations on Frantz Fanon's Wretched of the Earth - A Discussion*
Saturday, March 20th 5:00pm
James Yaki Sayles' book "Meditations on Frantz Fanon's Wretched of the
Earth" is an application of the concepts laid out in Frantz Fanon's work on
colonialism in the modern day Algeria, with regards to the struggle for
national liberation among the colonized people in the "united states." He
addresses the strategic considerations of creating a revolutionary national
consciousness among the colonized people, and the struggle within the heart
of the empire. This book both contemporary and necessary for any communist
who wishes to gain a better understanding of the colonial situation in
North America today, though he can explain it for himself:
"This exercise is about more than our desire to read and understand
[Wretched of the Earth] (as if it were about some abstract world, and not
our own); it's about more than our need to understand (the failures of) the
anti-colonial struggles on the African continent. This exercise is also
about us, and about some of the things that We need to understand and to
change in ourselves and our world."

*Introduction to Marxist Economics - Wage-Labour and Capital/Value, Price
and Profit*
Thursday, March 24th 7-8:30pm
Please join members of the Communist Party of Boston for discussion of the
economic teachings in Wage-Labour and Capital/Value, Price and Profit, 2
short essays by Karl Marx.

*Center for Marxist Education 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 page <http://facebook.com/CenterForMarxistEducation> to
see which other days we will be open
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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