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The Battle For Justice In Palestine and the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement 

Friday March 7th, 7pm

66 West 12th Street, Room 404

The New School

Ali Abunimah is a world renowned Palestinian journalist and writer. He is co-founder and editor of the Electronic Intifada, has written hundreds of articles on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, including his first book ‘One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’. His forthcoming book put out by Haymarket Books, ‘The Battle for Justice in Palestine” which has been endorsed by the likes of Joseph Mossad, and in the case of Alice Walker as:

“In The Battle for Justice in Palestine it is the voice of Ali Abunimah, fierce, wise - a warrior for justice and peace - someone whose large heart, one senses, beyond his calm, is constantly on fire. A pragmatist but also a poet. This is the book to read to understand the present bizarre and ongoing complexity of the Palestine/Israel tragedy.”

This event is part of NYC Israeli Apartheid Week and will be a stop on Ali Abunimah’s speaking tour for his latest book. In addition the event will be a chance to bring the growing discussion on the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions solidarity movement to The New School, through one of its most eloquent advocates. With the recent move by the American Studies Association to endorse the call for the Cultural and Academic Boycott of Israel, and the resulting backlash from as high up as the New York State legislature, the time to engage with these discussions is now.

https://www.facebook.com/events/522152761232508/?source=1

This event is co-sponsored by the University Student Senate and the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

TONIGHT!

mansplainedmarxist:

Remember that really nasty anti-BDS law they tried to push in New York?  Now, they’re trying to pre-empt support for the boycott in Illinois by passing a similar bill here.  PLEASE stand with us.  Let’s flood the IL State Senate offices today.  As an academic worker, I stand with the people of Palestine.  I support the academic boycott of Israel.  And I WILL NOT BE INTIMIDATED.

PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY, REBLOG, AND SHARE!

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ACTION ALERT - MAKE CALLS TO STOP THE ANTI-BDS BILL IN THE IL STATE SENATE!

Immediate Action Needed: Stop Passage of Bill in IL State Legislature to Defund Public Universities because of Faculty Political Speech

IL State Senator Ira Silverstein has introduced a bill - SB 3017- that would prohibit public universities and colleges from using any state funds on groups that have made statements in support of, or that participate in boycotts of Israeli academic institutions.  Universities that do so would lose all of their state funding for that year. For instance, state aid could not be used for travel, lodging or membership dues for a faculty member attending the conference of an academic association that made a statement in support of a boycott of Israel. This law will lay the groundwork for other attempts to silence debate and opposition on other controversial issues.

Legislation similar to this has been introduced in New York and Maryland and in the U.S. Congress, and in some states non-binding resolutions have also been brought to the legislative bodies. These are all part of an effort to target and punish the American Studies Association (ASA) because it recently passed a resolution endorsing an academic boycott of Israeli academic institutions. Wherever these bills are being introduced, they are being met with active campaigns challenging the constitutionality of the legislation. 

Things in the IL legislature are moving quickly. The Higher Education Committee of the State Senate will hold a hearing on this bill as early as TODAY, Tuesday March 4, 2014Even though time is short, we need to make sure the members of that committee hear from as many people as possible. 

Now is the time for action! This assault on free speech and academic freedom must be stopped today! 

WHAT CAN YOU DO?:

1) Contact your State Senators that are members of the Higher Education Committee. 

See a list of Committee members’ contact information and Talking Points below.

2)  If your State Senator is not in the Higher Education Committee, contact, in this order:

·         FIRST:  State Senate President, John Cullerton (D). CALL(217) 782-2728.

·         SECOND: Chairman of the Higher Education Committee, Senator Michael W. Frerichs (D).CALL(217) 782-2507.

3) Help spread the word.

·  Share this message as widely and as quickly as you can!

·  Try to get this information to people throughout the state…it important that this be a state-wide effort.

·  Send a letter to the editor in your local paper to express your opposition to this legislation.

TELL STATE SENATORS:

I am calling to oppose the Higher Education Committee Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 3017.

This amendment proposes that the legislature defund an Illinois state university which provides funds for membership, travel or lodging for any employee to attend activities of an academic entity which has issued a public resolution or statement supporting boycotting a country which is a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) or higher education institutions in that country.

  • This bill is unconstitutional because the Supreme Court has ruled that boycotts are protected First Amendment activities.
  • The State cannot deny funding to universities because certain legislators don’t like the views that faculty and staff are expressing through protected First Amendment activities like boycotts.
  • Legislative intrusion in academic decision-making undermines academics’ abilities to associate and exchange views with their colleagues.
  • It is fiscally irresponsible and unconstitutional to condition funding for the Illinois university system on the university’s censorship of academic associations’ political viewpoints.

MEMBERS OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION COMMITTEE AND THEIR CONTACT INFORMATION:

Illinois Senate Higher Education Committee: http://www.ilga.gov/senate/committees/members.asp?CommitteeID=1219

Chair: Senator Michael W. Frerichs (D) 52nd District  (note: former teacher)

CALL Springfield Office (217) 782-2507

District Office: 45 E. University Avenue, Suite 206 Champaign, IL  61820

Vice Chair: Senator Pat McGuire (D) 43rd District (note: former teacher and school board member)

CALL Springfield Office (217) 782-8800

District Office: 2200 Weber Road Crest Hill, IL  60403

Senator Daniel Biss (D) 9th District  (note: lives in Evanston – former U of C math professor)

CALL Springfield Office (217) 782-2119

District Office: 3706 Dempster Street Skokie, IL  60076

Senator Melinda Bush (D) 31st District

CALL Springfield Office (217) 782-7353

District Office: 10 North Lake Street, Suite 112, Grayslake, IL  60030

Senator Dan Kotowski (D) 28th District

CALL Springfield Office:  (217) 782-3875

District Office: 350 S. Northwest Highway, Suite 300 Park Ridge, IL  60068

Senator Kimberly A. Lightford (D) 4th District

CALL Springfield Office:  (217) 782-8505

District Office:  10001 West Roosevelt Rd Suite 202 Westchester, IL  60154

Senator Andy Manar (D) 48th District

CALL Springfield Office:  (217) 782-0228

District Office 103 West Main Street P.O. Box 33 Staunton, IL  62088

Senator John M. Sullivan (D) 47th District

CALL Springfield Office:  (217) 782-2479

District Office 926 Broadway, Suite 6 Quincy, IL  62301

Senator Chapin Rose (R) 51st District

CALL Springfield Office: (217) 558-1006

District Office 510 S. Staley Road, Suite D Champaign, IL  61822

Senator David S. Luechtefeld (R) 58th District (note: former teacher)

CALL Springfield Office:  (217) 782-8137

District Office 700 North Front Street Okawville, IL  62271

Senator Wm. Sam McCann (R) 50th District

CALL Springfield Office:  (217) 782-8206

District Office: 221 Dunlap Court Jacksonville, IL  62650

Senator Kyle McCarter (R) 54th District

CALL Springfield Office:  (217) 782-5755

District Office: 310 W. Gallatin Vandalia, IL  62471

dentonsocialists:

Wednesday, March 5
ISO will be hosting a discussion on
Socialism and LGBTQ issues and liberation
On the agenda:
- Marriage ban in Texas
- Anti-LGBT legislation in Arizona
- Capitalism and Gay Identity

redplebeian:

Aaron Dixon: My Life as a Black Panther

https://www.facebook.com/events/641091679259362/?source=1

Tuesday March 25th, 7pm

55 West 13th Street, Theresa Lang Center

Join S.O.A.D (Students of the African Diaspora) for an evening with Aaron Dixon.

In an era of stark racial injustice and decisive action, Aaron Dixon dedicated his life to the struggle for change, founding the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party in 1968 at age nineteen. Through his eyes - in a memoir that begins with the story of his enslaved ancestors and takes us on a journey throughout America - we see the courage of a generation, and the unforgettable legacy of Black Power.

“Aaron Dixon is a courageous, compassionate, and wise freedom fighter whose story of his pioneering work in the Black Panther Party is powerful and poignant. Don’t miss it!”

—Cornel West

“This book is a moving memoir e xperience: a must-read. The dr amatic life cycle rise of a youthful sixties political r evolutionary.”

—Bobby Seale, founding chairman and national organizer of the Black P anther Party, 1966 to 1974

There will be a Q&A period during the event!

Refreshments will be served.

redplebeian:

The Battle For Justice In Palestine and the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement 
Friday March 7th, 7pm
66 West 12th Street, Room 404
The New School
 
Ali Abunimah is a world renowned Palestinian journalist and writer. He is co-founder and editor of the Electronic Intifada, has written hundreds of articles on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, including his first book ‘One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict’. His forthcoming book put out by Haymarket Books, ‘The Battle for Justice in Palestine” which has been endorsed by the likes of Joseph Mossad, and in the case of Alice Walker as:

“In The Battle for Justice in Palestine it is the voice of Ali Abunimah, fierce, wise - a warrior for justice and peace - someone whose large heart, one senses, beyond his calm, is constantly on fire. A pragmatist but also a poet. This is the book to read to understand the present bizarre and ongoing complexity of the Palestine/Israel tragedy.”

This event is part of NYC Israeli Apartheid Week and will be a stop on Ali Abunimah’s speaking tour for his latest book. In addition the event will be a chance to bring the growing discussion on the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions solidarity movement to The New School, through one of its most eloquent advocates. With the recent move by the American Studies Association to endorse the call for the Cultural and Academic Boycott of Israel, and the resulting backlash from as high up as the New York State legislature, the time to engage with these discussions is now.

This event is co-sponsored by the University Student Senate and the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

The former members, grouped together in the “Renewal Faction,” cynically distorted an account of a case—written in a document meant to be for internal discussion about the process of dealing with such cases, given their rarity in our organization—in order to falsely equate a local situation in the ISO with the mishandling of rape charges against a leading member of the Socialist Workers Party-Britain that caused a profound crisis in that organization.

We wish to respect confidentiality in this case. But we do believe we can say that after a case of sexual assault, the accused was suspended from the ISO, pending an investigation; resigned before the investigation was completed; and was formally expelled to make sure the accused could not rejoin the organization at a future date in a different locality.

The Renewal Faction’s violation of confidentiality, with no concern for the facts nor the feelings of the survivor, displays a shocking disregard for those who survive sexual assault. This can only discourage any future survivors from coming forward if they feel that speaking up will lead to Internet gossip and speculation about the details of their lives

Low-Wage Organizing: Fight for $15!

From New York to Chicago, from Seattle to here in Vermont, workers are fed up with low pay, no benefits, and intimidation by bosses. While the richest in our society sit on a hoard of trillions of dollars, most of us don’t even have the right to take a day off if we’re sick. Enough is enough. The International Socialist Organization hosted an exciting discussion on what it’ll take to win democratic unions and a $15/hour minimum wage for workers in Vermont and around the country.

Speakers include:

Trish Kahle - Workers’ Organizing Committee of Chicago
Tom Kingston - (former) St. Michael’s College staff
Tina Escaja - UVM Professor / United Academics
Carly McAndrews - Vermont Fair Food Campaign
Mike Walker - Chief Steward Teamsters Local 597 (Speaking on behalf of CCTA Bus Drivers) 
Tristin Adie - Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals

2/12/14 - University of Vermont - Burlington

redplebeian:

The bulletins for the International Socialists (Precursor organization to the ISO-US) Gay Caucus from the ’70s are pretty amazing. And considering the fact that this came out when the entirety of the Stalinist, Maoist and most of the Trotskyist left was deeply homophobic, it makes this so much more important.

 Socialism at the Ballot Box

With Alan Akrivos (Socialist Alternative), Jen Roesch (International Socialist Organization), Bhaskar Sunkara (Jacobin magazine), John Halle (Green Party) 

Jan. 16, 2014 at the Brecht Forum in New York City.

Following the election of the Socialist Alternative candidate Kshama Sawant to Seattle City Council, the subject of the discussion was socialism and electoral politics.

Retro ISO photos from the 1970s-1990s http://www.internationalsocialist.org/

dentonsocialists:

Apparently someone didn’t like we’re for gay rights. Too fucking bad.

The Speech: The Story Behind Dr. Martin Luther King’s Dream

The countries that have masqueraded as socialist—from the former USSR to China and Cuba—turned Marxism upside down.

The old slogan of the Industrial Workers of the World, “An injury to one is an injury to all,” is crucial for the labor movement.