We live in a time where indigenous-led protests for clean water and preservation of indigenous lands against DAPL were met with state violence and repression at the hands of highly-militarized police forces. A time where #BlackLivesMatter protesters are accused of being terrorists—and recently threatened directly by Trump—for organizing against police officers killing Black and Brown people with impunity. A time where mainstream media took quickly to chastising protesters who formed a ‘Black Bloc’ and broke windows of a Starbucks at Trump’s inauguration.
This is a time where the use of violence comes into question. In a world ravaged of capitalism and the slew of oppression and exploitation flowing from it, what utility does violence have? Should violence be used as a tactic to fight against oppression and exploitation? Is violence necessary? The question of the state and use of violence is of importance to the life and success of mass movements today.
Come to the International Socialist Organization’s meeting to hear what socialists have to say in response to these questions and more!
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