[act-ma] May 2019 CME Events Schedule
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Sun Apr 28 13:57:49 PDT 2019
Hello friends of the CME!
The May 2019 CME Events Schedule is available at
*Coming up this weekend... *
*Saturday, May 4 | 12:00 - 2:00 PMRoots of Revolution in China: The
Student-led May 4th Movement of 1919 and its Impact Today*
A film segment on the history of the period will be followed by a
presentation by Charles Zhengyang Xiao, a local high school student
inspired by the May Fourth Movement. Commentary by Emily Dong, who aims to
apply lessons of the movement to today’s world, especially African-Asia
relations inspired by WEB DuBois, Paul Robeson and the Chinese Revolution.
The May Fourth Movement of 1919 is one of the most important events in
China's 20th century history of modernization and revolution. Mass
student-led demonstrations in Beijing and nationwide protested the
imperialist machinations at Versailles after World War I, which awarded
German concessions in Shandong Province to Japan -- even though China
fought on the side of the victorious allies. Despite helping win the war,
China was treated as a loser!
The protests soon targeted the weak Chinese government which acquiesced in
the decision, not standing up for its basic rights at the international
conference. The students called for modernization of science and
technology, democracy and radical change in semi-feudal and semi-colonial
China. Soon the movement united students, patriotic merchants and
workers. The movement was a major contributor to the founding of the
Communist Party of China in 1921 and the advance of the Chinese revolution,
which would soon incorporate peasants and one day shake the world. There
will be important commemorations across the country this year.
Today, China is concerned with many of the same issues: 1) resisting
imperialist pressure, but now with strength; 2) advancing to the forefront
of modern science and technology, such as the cutting edge China 2025
program; 3) improving socialist governance and democracy, such as the
anti-corruption campaign. The most important current campaign is the
elimination of poverty before 2021, the 100th anniversary of the founding
of the CCP.
Co-sponsored by US-China Peoples Friendship Association of New England
*Saturday, May 4 | 4:00 – 6:00 PMThe Deepening Crisis of Capitalism and the
Growing Fight Back*
Rick Nagan is the Ohio District Organizer of the Communist Party USA and
the author of "Adtter World In Birth: Principles of Scientific Socialism/A
Handbook for Revolutionary Change.“
Rick joined the Party in 1970 after getting a Ph.D. in biology from The
Rockefeller University. He worked as a reporter for the Daily World and as
the Party's National Steel Coordinator before becoming the Ohio District
Organizer. He helped elect Cleveland's first Latino member of City Council
and then served as his Executive Assistant for over seven years. He ran
for public office on a number of occasions and got 45% of the vote the last
time he ran for City Council. He is a member of the News Guild CWA Local
34071 and a delegate to the North Shore AFL-CIO Federation of Labor. He is
an elected member of the Central and Executive Committees of the Cuyahoga
County Democratic Party and Deputy Democratic Ward Leader to my current
City Councilwoman. He was a neighborhood team leader for the 2016
campaigns of Bernie Sanders and then Hillary Clinton. He is also
co-convenor of the Tamir Rice Justice Committee.
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