Class Schedule for Spring 2014

BUILDING AN ECO-SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT

Presentation and Discussion with James Jordan, Coordinator of the Eco-Solidarity  Project, and Rosemary Tona-Aguirre, Executive Director, Yoemem Tekia Museum and Cultural Center from the Pascua Yaqui Reservation.
 
Saturday, February 1st                           2:00 pm
 
There is no solidarity wanted from us by the rest of the world more than ending the threats our country poses to the planet.  The US military is the world's largest single source of pollution.  It uses more petrochemicals than any other entity and the serial wars it wages, funds and/or advises rely on assaults against human populations as well as ecosystems.  We have seen in Iraq how the US military has intentionally targeted water purification and treatment plants and littered the country with radioactive waste from depleted uranium shells.  In turn, the US military acts as a kind of insurance agent for transnational corporation, ensuring access to natural resources, removing competition and opening up new markets.  The Alliance for Global Justice has created the Eco-Solidarity Project with the aim of linking anti-war, economic justice and international solidarity struggles with ecological justice struggles.
 


PAUL ROBESON: SPEAK TO ME AS I AM

Film and Discussion
 
Saturday, February 15th                           2:00 pm

In honor of Black History Month we're presenting this BBC produced documentary about one of America's foremost citizens and fighters for social justice.   Born in 1898, Robeson became an all star athlete, lawyer, star of stage and screen, singer and fighter for civil rights and the rights of working people here and abroad.  Robeson was subsequently blacklisted and persecuted during the 1950's for his political affiliations.   


ECONOMIC STAGNATION AND THE STRUGGLE OF LOW WAGE WORKERS
 
Presentation and Discussion with Sam Webb, National Chair, Communist Party USA
 
Saturday, March 1st                 2:00  pm
 
In spite of all the promises it's clear that there is little prospect of significant economic recovery any time soon.  Must we be content with a future of high unemployment, low wages, and unending military interventions?  How can we help build the kind of grass roots fightback that can help struggling working and poor people now, while laying the groundwork for a socialist tomorrow.


 

  


THE SUPPRESSION OF SALT OF THE EARTH
 
Presentation and Discussion with David Myers, retired history Professor and lifelong activist
 
Saturday, March 15th                2:00  pm
 
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Salt of the Earth.   A history of censorship and politics during the McCarthy period and the early Cold War.  How this great labor, feminist, and civil rights movie was suppressed by Hollywood, organized labor, and federal and local governments, and how blacklisted Hollywood artists and blackballed union activists managed to produce one of our country's most memorable films.
 


HOW ABOUT A SOCIALIST USA? 
 
Workshop/Panel with local activists Carolyn Trowbridge, Joe Bernick, and Dereka Rushbrook
 
 Saturday, March 22nd                2:00  pm
 
It's pretty clear US capitalism no longer works for most  Americans especially not for poor and working people.  Isn't it time we put socialism on the agenda as the logical alternative?  What would socialism be like in the US?  How do we get there?  Please come and share your views.
 


MADE IN DAGENHAM
 
Film and Discussion
 
Saturday, April 5th                2:00  pm
 
True story of the 1968 struggle for equal pay by 187 English women autoworkers out of a workforce of 55,000.  Their struggle against entrenched culture of male supremacy became a turning point in British labor history.  
 
 


 US INTERVENTION AND RESISTANCE IN LATIN AMERICA
 
Presentation and Discussion with Chuck Kaufman, National Coordinator, Alliance for Global Justice
 
Saturday, April 19th                2:00  pm
 
With years of Solidarity work with democratic movements in Latin America, including a recent trip to Honduras, Brother Kaufman is a strong voice for a change in US foreign policy.  He has been calling for an end to the unholy alliance between the Pentagon and big corporations which ravage the region keeping the overwhelming majority of the population in dire poverty.   He will also celebrate the movements and governments which have increasingly freed Latin America from US hegemony.