Eyes on the Prize Film Showing January 27

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Tuesday, January 27
7:00 p.m
Common Good Cafe
(Downstairs at the University Temple United Methodist Church)
1415 NE 43rd St.
Seattle, WA 98105
As part of a series of educational meetings dealing with the history of Black liberation movements and their lessons for activists today, we will be showing Episode 9 of “Eyes on the Prize”, a PBS documentary series on the Civil Rights movement. This episode documents the growing Black Power movement during the years 1966-1968.

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From Black Power to Black Lives Matter: A Forum with 1968 Olympic medalist John Carlos

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The chant “BLACK LIVES MATTER” has echoed across America and inspired a new generation of activists to take to the streets in defense of black people who are murdered daily by a racist injustice system. This community panel will connect the current struggle and the youth leading that struggle to the Black Power movement of the 1960s-1970s. After the panel there will be group breakouts for people to talk about next steps and to get involved in the movement.

Panel:

ARETHA BASU: Community Activist in the Black Lives Matter movement, Women of Color for Systemic Change

JOHN CARLOS: 1968 Olympic Bronze medalist who raised his black gloved fist in a statement of struggle and resistance on the medal stand and became a global icon in the fight against racism, co-author of “The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed The World”, Black Power icon

JESSE HAGOPIAN: Member of SEE: Social Equality Educators, Advisor for the Garfield High School Black Student Union, editor and contributing author of “More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing”

GERALD HANKERSON: President of the Seattle-King County NAACP

MARISSA JENAE: Community Activist in the Black Lives Matter movement, Outside Agitators 206

DAVE ZIRIN: Host of Edge of Sports, co-author of “The John Carlos Story: The Sports Movement That Changed The World”, Sports writer for The Nation Magazine

Thursday, January 22nd
7:00 p.m.
Garfield High School, Quincy Jones Auditorium
400 23rd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

Sponsored by the Seattle International Socialist Organization, Outside Agitators 206, Social Equality Educators (SEE), and Women of Color for Systemic Change

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Upcoming Know Your Rights Workshop, Selma viewing, and a forum featuring John Carlos

January 6: Know Your Rights Activist Training

Tuesday, January 6
7:00 p.m.
Common Good Cafe
(Downstairs at the University Temple United Methodist Church)
1415 NE 43rd St.
Seattle, WA 98105
In recent months, Black Lives Matter protests have been met by police repression around the country. Dozens of Seattle activists, primarily activists of color, have already been arrested while exercising their right to dissent.

Lisa Dugard and Patricia Sully of the Public Defenders Association will be presenting a ‘Know Your Rights’ training. This meeting is geared towards activists and is a primer on laws regarding protest, police and arrests. This informational meeting will help advice protesters of the rights when dealing with the police, what happens when you are arrested, and a basic primer on jail support.

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January 9: Selma in Seattle

Friday, January 9
6:30 p.m
Regal Meridian 16
1501 7th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
The new film Selma brings to life an important chapter of history and upends many mainstream truisms about the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King. This film could not have come out at a better time as a new generation of activists in the Black Lives Matter movement begin to carry forward the struggle and uncover lessons from the past to guide us in the present.

Join us for a group outing to see Selma and Seattle and discuss afterwards with fellow activists. Meet up in the lobby of Regal Meridian 16 (1501 Seventh Ave downtown) at 6:30pmfor the 6:50 showing. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the link below.

After the movie we will go out for food, drinks and discussion, location TBA.


January 10: Protest for Police Accountability

Saturday, January 10
12:00 p.m.
2200 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South
Seattle, WA 98144
Sponsored by Women of Color for Systemic Change.

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January 22: From Black Power to Black Lives Matter: Organizing in the Struggle

 

Thursday, January 22
7:00 p.m
Quincy Jones Auditorium
Garfield High School
400 23rd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

The chant “BLACK LIVES MATTER” has echoed across America and inspired a new generation of activists to take to the streets in defense of black people who are murdered daily by a racist injustice system. This community panel will connect the current struggle and the youth leading that struggle to the Black Power movement of the 1960s-1970s. After the panel there will be group breakouts for people to talk about next steps and to get involved in the movement.

Speakers:

  • John Carlos: 1968 Olympic Bronze medalist whose raised fist in the Black Power salute on the medal stand made him a global icon in fight against racism, co-author of The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed The World, Black Power Icon
  • Jesse Hagopian: Member of SEE: Social Equality Educators, Advisor for the Garfield High School Black Student Union, author of More Than A Score: The New Uprising Against High Stakes Testing Gerald Hankerson: President of the Seattle-King County NAACP
  • Dave Zirin: Host of Edge of Sports, co-author of The John Carlos Story: The Sports Movement That Changed The World, Sports writer for The Nation Magazine
Other speakers forthcoming.

Books will be for sale after event and authors will be available for signing.

Sponsored by the Seattle International Socialist Organization & SEE: Social Equality Educators


Other Important Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, January 7, 12:30pm: No New Youth Jail Weekly Vigil, King County Executive Dow Constantine’s building, 401 Fifth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104, Sponsored by No New Jim Crow Seattle Campaign (Facebook)
  • Thursday, January 8, 6:30pm: On the Brink: Israel and Palestine on the Eve of the 2014 Gaza Invasion, UW Savery Hall 264, Sponsored by SUPER UW (Facebook)
  • Saturday, January 10, 5pm: Black Lives Matter Community Potluck and Open Mic, Pipsqueak, 173 16th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122, Sponsored by Outside Agitators 206
  • Thursday, January 15, 5:30pm: #BlackLivesMatter – Examining American Identity in 21st Century, Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S Massachusetts St., Seattle, WA 98144 (Website)

Holiday Activist Events in Seattle

The Seattle International Socialist Organization will not be meeting on Tuesday December 23 or Tuesday December 30th. We will resume our normal meetings at the Common Good Cafe on January 6th.

See below for information about other activist events happening in the next two weeks. Also, follow local coalition Outside Agitators 206 on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date on #BlackLivesMatter organizing in Seattle.

 

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Accion Global #Ayotzinapa
December 26
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Consulado de México en Seattle
2132 3rd Ave., Seattle, WA 98121
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New Years Noise Demo
December 31
9:30 p.m.
King County Juvenile Detention Center
1211 East Alder St., Seattle, WA 98122
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More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing

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Tuesday, December 2nd
7:00 p.m.
Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

A Seattle book launch event with Jesse Hagopian, Wayne Au, Mallory Clarke, and Falmata Said for More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing

 

About the Book:

“Exceptional” –Publishers Weekly

“Exciting” –Truthout

“Arguments to win over even the most skeptical school reformer.” –Kirkus

For too long so-called education reformers, mostly billionaires, politicians, and others with little or no background in teaching, have gotten away with using standardized testing to punish our nation’s youth and educators.

Now, across the country, students are walking out, parents are opting their children out, and teachers are refusing to administer these detrimental exams. In fact, the “reformers” today find themselves facing the largest revolt in US history against high-stakes, standardized testing.

More Than a Score is a collection of essays, poems, speeches, and interviews—accounts of personal courage and trenchant insights—from frontline fighters who are defying the corporate education reformers, often at great personal and professional risk, and fueling a national movement to reclaim and transform public education.

Along with the voices of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and grassroots education activists, the book features renowned education researchers and advocates, including Diane Ravitch, Alfie Kohn, Wayne Au, Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Karen Lewis, Carol Burris, and Mark Naison.

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About the Speakers:

  • Jesse Hagopian teaches history and is the Black Stu- dent Union adviser at Garfield High School, the site of the historic boycott of the MAP test in 2013. He is an associate editor of Rethinking Schools, a founding mem- ber of Social Equality Educators, and winner of the 2013 “Secondary School Teacher of Year” award from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. He is a contributing author to Education and Capitalism: Strug- gles for Learning and Liberation and 101 Changemakers: Rebels and Radicals Who Changed US History, and writes regularly for Truthout, Common Dreams, Socialist Worker, Black Agenda Report, and the Seattle Times op-ed page.
  • Wayne Au, a former public high school social studies and language arts teacher, is an assistant professor in the Education Program at the University of Washing- ton, Bothell Campus. He is editor of Rethinking Multi- cultural Education: Teaching for Racial and Cultural Justice, coeditor of Rethinking Our Classrooms, volume 1, and writes regularly for Rethinking Schools. Wayne is also author and editor of many academic articles and books, the most recent book of which is Critical Curriculum Studies: Curriculum, Consciousness, and the Politics of Knowing (Routledge, 2011).
  • Mallory Clarke is a reading specialist at Garfield High in Seattle. Her roles have included high school teacher, political activist, wildlife tracker, college pro- fessor, ABE teacher, and parent. In her classroom, stu- dents have advanced as much as nine grade levels in reading in only two semesters. She is coauthor of Di- mensions of Change: An Authentic Assessment Guidebook with Melody Schneider (Peppercorn Press).
  • Falmata Said was a Black Student Union Senator at Garfield High School and a student leader in the MAP test boycott. He wrote the poem “Modern Day Slavery” during the MAP test boycott and has performed it press conferences, college campuses, and conferences around the Northwest. Falmata is currently attending Washington State University.

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Northwest Marxism Conference November 8

Socialists from Seattle, Olympia, and Tacoma will be carpooling down to this event in Portland.  Check it out and send us an email if you would like to join a carpool!

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Northwest Marxism Conference

Saturday, November 8

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Portland State University

Neuberger Hall Rooms 375, 381

 

Register at the conference website

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Millions of people have come to the understanding that capitalism is no longer working. And millions of people around the world are fighting back—from the struggle against police violence in Ferguson, to the Occupation of Gaza, to the struggle against climate change.

Marxism provides a revolutionary understanding and strategy for ridding society of exploitation and oppression once and for all. We want more than just resistance, we want to win. Join people from Portland, Seattle, Olympia, Eugene, and elsewhere to discuss core Marixst ideas and how they apply to changing the world today.

Registration required – recordings will not be allowed. This is to protect those in attendance from right-wing harassment.

Schedule:

Session 1- 10:15 A.M.
Why the working class can change society

Session 2- 12:15 P.M.
Reform or Revolution?

Session 3 – 2:45 P.M.
Marxism and Women’s Liberation

Session 4- 4:30 P.M.
Marxism, Imperialism, and War

 

Suggested Readings:

Session 1 – Why the Working Class is Central to Changing Society

Supplementary reading:

  • Kyle Brown, Neoliberalism and the Changing Working Class
  • David McNally, Global Slump, Chapter 6

 

Session 2 – Reform or Revolution

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Session 3 – Marxism and Women’s Liberation

Supplementary Reading

 

Session 4 – Marxism, Imperialism, and War

ISIS, Islamophobia, & the Current Drive to War: Constructing the Terrorist Enemy

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Common Good Cafe
1415 NE 43rd St.
Seattle, WA 98105
(Downstairs at the University Temple United Methodist Church)

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Once again, U.S. bombs are falling on Iraq. President Obama, who ran for office on the promise to finally end the war in Iraq, has now expanded the scope of American military operations in the region, targeting Syria as well. Meanwhile, on the home front, this campaign has led to a new round of Islamophobic scaremongering. What’s behind the latest drive to war?

The location is downstairs at the University Temple United Methodist Church. To get in, use the Common Good Cafe entrance, between 15th Ave. and University Way, across from the entrance to the University Bookstore parking lot.