12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
For the next ISO Columbus study group, we will be reading and discussing two of the most famous essays of the revolutionary Marxist Rosa Luxemburg, "Reform or Revolution?" and "The Mass Strike."
The two essays offer a Marxist analysis on the decisive questions of Luxemburg's -- and our -- era: Can capitalism ever be refined into a just system, or must it be replaced root and branch? And what kind of struggle from below is needed to achieve such a transformation?
The two essays are published, along with an introduction from Helen Scott, in the "Essential Rosa Luxemburg." Copies of the book are available for purchase or borrowing from ISO Columbus.
Alternatively, you can access the essays on the Marxist Internet Archive:
Reform or Revolution?:
The Mass Strike:
For this organizing meeting, we are planning to read and discuss Trotsky's pamphlet "Fascism: What it is and how to fight it." We will also finalize upcoming plans for the new year.
Fascism: What it is and how to fight it by Leon Trotsky
From Standing Rock to Syria, from Cuba to Palestine, from South Africa to Kashmir, Marxists have expressed solidarity with the people against colonial occupation and imperialist aggression – and also repression from “their own” ruling classes.
As our panelists, Dr. Pranav Jani of the English Department and Dr. David Crawford Jones of the African-American and African Studies Department, will discuss, Marxists see colonialism and imperialism as closely tied to capitalism from its very origins, grabbing land, resources, and people and turning them into profit. Racism and Islamophobia grease the wheels of empire.
And yet debates emerge on the left about how to assess states like Cuba and Syria, that have opposed US and Western European imperialism and aligned themselves with Soviet and Russian power. Join us in discussing the theory of imperialism, its complex forms during the Cold War, and how we can build solidarity across national borders.
Thursday, December 8th, 2:00-4:00 PM
Schottenstein Center, at the corner of Lane Ave. and Olentangy River Rd.
Donald Trump will be meeting privately with victims of last Monday's campus attack this Thursday at the Schottenstein. Let's gather to protest his presence and show that Donald Trump is NOT welcome in our state, let alone so close to campus.
We reject the exploitation of a tragic event on our campus and the disrespect of our fellow students' pain for Trump's racist political purposes.
Trump's visit to campus has nothing to do with honoring the victims of last week's attacks or the brave paramedics and others who responded quickly and bravely to save injured people.
His visit is a cynical attempt to exploit a tragedy to push the racist, xenophobic, and Islamophobic politics that he has peddled since he launched his presidential campaign -- calling Mexican immigrants "rapists," calling for a ban on Muslim immigrants, and mass deportations of undocumented immigrants.
We stand in complete solidarity with both the victims of last week's attacks at OSU and all refugees and immigrants. We reject any attempt to use racism or xenophobia to divide us.
We welcome all other groups and individuals who share this commitment to join us to oppose Trump's bigotry.
Saturday, December 3rd, 11:00 AM
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church
30 W. Woodruff Ave.
ISO Columbus is hosting a reading and discussion group on Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's book "From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation."
Taylor, a scholar at Princeton University and member of the International Socialist Organization, has dubbed by Dr. Cornel West as "the most sophisticated and courageous radical intellecual of her generation." In her book, she offers an analysis of the #BlackLivesMatter movement against police violence and its potential to reignite a broader push for Black Liberation.
"Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's searching examination of the social, political and economic dimensions of the prevailing racial order offers important context for understanding the necessity of the emerging movement for black liberation."
—Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow
"With political eloquence, intellectual rigor, and an unapologetically left analysis,the brilliant scholar-activist Keeanga Taylor has provided a powerful contribution to our collective understanding of the current stage of the Black freedom struggle in the United States, how we arrived at this point, and what battles we need to fight in order to truly achieve liberation. From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation is a must read for everyone who is serious about the ongoing praxis of freedom."
—Barbara Ransby, author of Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision
Saturday, November 19th, 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Registration begins at 10 AM
Location: Independence Hall, 1923 Neil Ave.
Capitalism is in crisis. Socialism is the alternative.
Join us for a day-long conference on the politics of revolutionary Marxism and the fight for a socialist future, co-hosted by the Athens and Columbus branches of the International Socialist Organization!
Sessions topics include:
Race, Class, & Capitalism
Marxism & Women's Liberation
Reform or Revolution?
Student Power & the Neoliberal University
Why the Working Class Can Change the World
Toward a Revolutionary Socialist Party
Tickets are $15 general and $10 student, with a limited number of no cost registrations available.
Registration costs will be used to cover lunch and parking.
Please check out the Facebook event for more updates.
This week, our branch meeting will be an organizing meeting. We will be discussing the current state of our work as the semester ends. All are welcome to attend and join in the discussion!
Thursday, November 3rd, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Denny Hall, Room 214
Ohio State University
Over the last months, an historic Native-led resistance has confronted giant energy corporations, as thousands of water protectors have sought to halt the the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project that threatens further environmental destruction and theft of Native lands. Solidarity with this struggle has been building for months and both the Obama administration and federal courts have had to respond to the pressure.
But the struggle to stop the pipeline is far from over. On October 28, hundreds of police from surrounding states violently attacked the newly formed Treaty of 1851 camp, which was established directly in the path of DAPL. Police assaulted water protectors, many of whom were engaged in prayers, and arrested over a hundred people -- desecrating the site.
On November 3rd, come hear a report-back from Brian Ward and Sara Rougeau, who attended an ISO solidarity delegation to Standing Rock, who will discuss their experiences and the state of the resistance today.
In 1848, Marx and Engels declared in the Communist Manifesto that the aim of Communists was the abolition of "the status of women as mere instruments of production."
Today, over 150 years later, that reality of women's oppression has only intensified, as women continue to be oppressed, exploited, and treated as products to be consumed.
How do Marxists understand women's oppression and the fight for women's liberation? For this meeting, we'll read the article "Explaining Gender Violence in the Neoliberal Era," by the Marxist-Feminist and ISO Member Tithi Bhattacharya.
Bhattacharya situates the rise in gender violence over the last years in the context of austerity to explain how gender and class oppression are fundamentally linked.
"Explaining Gender Violence in the Neoliberal Era," Tithi Bhattacharya
(Note: the reading includes discusion of sexual assault and domesic violence)
"Women's Liberation: The Marxist Tradition," Sharon Smith
Thursdays at 7:00 PM*