Eyewitnesses to the Russian Revolution
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

Eyewitnesses to the Russian Revolution

Join us for a presentation and discussion with the editor of one of Haymarket Book's recent publications "Eyewitnesses to the Russian Revolution".

One hundred years ago, workers and peasants in Russia turned the world upside down when they overthrew their tsar, took over their factories, farms, and schools, and set out to build a new society. In this gripping reader, participants and firsthand observers of the revolution tell the inspiring, heroic, and sometimes tragic story of what happened over the course of 1917. Includes contributions from: Leon Trotsky, Rosa Luxemburg, Vladimir Lenin, John Reed, Louise Bryant, and others. 

Todd Chretien is a member of the International Socialist Organization, a frequent contributor to Socialist Worker and the International Socialist Review, and editor of Haymarket Books’ 2014 edition of Lenin’s State and Revolution.

Friday, Nov. 17th, 7pm - 9pm
PSU, Cramer Hall, Room 171

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The Athlete's Revolt Against Racism
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

The Athlete's Revolt Against Racism

Take a knee! Against police violence. Against racism. Against the brutality of this unjust system. Stand up for justice and dignity. From John Carlos to Colin Kaepernick to high schoolers all across the country, athletes have proven that player protests are not a spectator sport. Join us for a discussion on the Athlete's Revolt and how we on campus and in the city can stand in solidarity with them -- how we all must fight for a future in which oppression and exploitation are consigned to the dust bin of history!

Thursday, Nov. 9th, 7pm - 9pm
PSU, Smith Student Union, Room 296/8


Suggested readings:

https://socialistworker.org/2017/10/27/taking-a-knee-to-stand-with-the-struggle

https://socialistworker.org/2017/11/01/texans-show-the-power-of-black-labor

https://socialistworker.org/2017/10/18/player-protests-are-not-a-spectator-sport

Getting there early? Join us at 5:30pm to discuss the ISO's Where We Stand document -- a great primer on our organization's politics. We'll be gathering in the Smith Student Union 2nd Floor lobby right above the cafeteria. All are welcome!

Get your hands on the literature early:
Where We Stand
 

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Socialism or Barbarism: Pacific NW Marxism Conference
Nov
4
10:00 AM10:00

Socialism or Barbarism: Pacific NW Marxism Conference

Over the past 10 months of the Trump administration, we’ve seen a barrage of right-wing atrocities and social suffering–from the far-right carnival of hate in Charlottesville, to the unnatural disasters of Harvey and Irma, to Trump’s nuclear saber-rattling with North Korea, to the Trump administration ending DACA protections.

At the root of the crimes and outrages of this era are the priorities of a capitalist system controlled by a small elite of the wealthiest and most powerful people.

There are struggles for change in many different corners of society, each with their own histories and dynamics. But waging them most effectively requires an understanding of how they are connected and dependent on each other–and how, together, they can contribute to a broader struggle to change the rules of the game for good.

We need to build a left-wing resistance that doesn’t let the right go unopposed. We need to protest the reactionaries wherever they appear, and not go along with the liberal advice to ignore them and they will go away–because they won’t. We need to claim the right of free speech for ourselves to make our opposition heard.

But we need something else as well: a left that puts forward a political alternative to the right’s scapegoating and hate. This is the case for joining the struggle for socialism today. The disasters of capitalism are as numerous and obvious as they have ever been–and so is the need to do something now to achieve a socialist future.

The Pacific Northwest Marxism Conference will draw together hundreds of socialists and activists from region for workshops on Marxist theory, history and practice – and discussions about how to use those politics to build an urgently needed socialist movement today.

LOCATION: 
Smith Memorial Student Union
Rooms 026 and 338

RSVP on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1885917178392330/

Register for the conference online:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pacific-nw-marixism-conference-tickets-39264012719

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Marxism and Revolution
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Marxism and Revolution

“This revolution is necessary, therefore, not only because the ruling class cannot be overthrown in any other way, but also because the class overthrowing it can only in a revolution succeed in ridding itself of all the muck of ages and become fitted to found society anew.”  (Karl Marx, The German Ideology (1845))

Marxism is above all else a theory of proletarian revolution. But just what do we mean when we talk about revolution? What will it actually take to overthrow capitalist society? What makes a social revolution different from a purely political one? What does the process of revolution look like, and how does it change people? And what kind of organization do we need in order to have the best chance at a successful revolution? Come to this meeting to talk more about these questions and others!

Thursday, November 2nd at 7PM
Portland State University, FAB 10
(1900 SW 4th Ave, Room 10)

Getting there early? Join us at 5:30pm to discuss the ISO's Where We Stand document -- a great primer on our organization's politics. We'll be gathering in the Smith Student Union 2nd Floor lobby right above the cafeteria. All are welcome!

Get your hands on the literature early:
Where We Stand

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Why the Working Class Can Change Society
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Why the Working Class Can Change Society

Join us for a presentation and discussion on why the working class is at the center of the fight against sexism, racism, all other oppressions and exploitation. Another world is possible when workers stand together!

PSU, FAB Room 10, 1900 SW 4th Ave 

Readings:

Primary:
Hal Draper "Why the Working Class" 
https://socialistworker.org/2012/09/14/why-the-working-class

Additional:
Amy Auldoon "How do Workers become Revolutionary?"
https://wearemany.org/a/2012/06/how-workers-become-revolutionary

Sharon Smith "The Myth of Rust-best Reactionaries"
https://socialistworker.org/2017/07/20/the-myth-of-the-rust-belt-reactionaries

Paul D'amato "The Disappearing Working Class?"
https://socialistworker.org/2014/12/16/the-disappearing-working-class

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Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Stop the War on Women!

THE ELECTION of Donald Trump sent shock waves
across the country--especially for women.

Trump campaigned on defunding Planned Parent-
hood at the federal level as long as they perform abortions, and is now trying to make good on those promises. In April, Trump signed a law giving states the option to deny Title X funding to Planned Parenthood and other health care clinics that provide abortions.

Trump has emboldened Republican politicians to
wage state-level legislative attacks on women's
reproductive rights and has also given confidence to right-wing activists that target and harass women who use these clinics.

The contradiction we face is that there is a mass
desire to resist but without resistance organizations.
A key task for feminists today is to learn from this
history and build the type of organizations that can
pose a lasting challenge to the backlash and those
who benefit from its acceleration.

Come and join the Portland State International Socialist Organization in this discussion of the current war on women, the lessons of the history of the struggle for women’s rights and the lessons we can use today.

PSU, Cramer Hall, Room 171

RSVP on Facebook:
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Oct
14
4:30 PM16:30

Abortion Is Not Genocide: Rally and Speakout

Saturday, Oct. 14th
PSU, Smith Student Union
4:30pm Sign-making in the Cafeteria
5:00-7pm Rally in the Park Blocks

This week a sign promoting an event called "ABORTION IS GENOCIDE: FIND OUT WHY" disturbed the halls of Portland State University. 

Join us on October 14th in countering this sexist and racist claim and demanding that any person with a uterus has a right to decide what they do with it. 

We support reproductive justice for everyone, whether this looks like the right to have children and not be sterilized against your will, or the right to abort an unwanted fetus. We also recognize that while the right violently targets women in its effort to destroy all access to abortion, the fight for safe, accessible, and affordible abortions is not only a "women' issue." We know that medically sound and respectful abortions are especially unavailable for trans, intersex, bi-gendered, and gender non conforming people with uteruses, who are all seriously impacted by lack of access to abortion and so this also needs to be talked about and be part of our demand. 

Come out Saturday to show PSU and the community that bigotry and sexism will not be tolerated! My body, my choice! Their body, their choice! Reproductive justice for all! Everyone has a right to bodily-autonomy! and Abortion is NOT genocide!

We will be making signs in the cafeteria at 4:30pm.
The rally and speakout will begin at 5pm in the PSU Park Blocks!

RSVP on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/669440623259066/

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Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

Solidarity with the People of Puerto Rico! Against debt, floods and U.S. Colonialism!

The Socialist German playwright Bertolt Brecht once wrote that “famines do not simply occur; they are organized by the grain trade.”

A similar observation could be made about Puerto Rico today. Replace “famine” with “natural disaster,” and the “grain trade” with “U.S. colonialism,” and you have a succinct summation of the human disaster that is unfolding on the island today. Join us to discuss the current crisis and how to fight for real relief and full liberation. Find out what you can do to get involved.

Thursday, October 12th, 7:00pm
Portland State University
Fourth Avenue Building, Room 10
1900 SW 4th Ave

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Why You Should Join the ISO
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Why You Should Join the ISO

Want to join the fight against the far right? Want to build a better world? Join the ISO! It’ll take all of us to build the world we want to see and we can start right here at PSU! Find out where we stand and what it means to be a member.

What makes our socialism different? Why is our perspective revolutionary? Why do we look to the working class and why do we insist that the fight against oppression and exploitation be at the center of our struggle?

Join us and add your voice. We need you, whether you are an experienced activist or new to the struggle. We're seeking those who are like-minded, those who seek justice and liberation!

Thursday, Oct. 5th at 7PM
PSU, Smith Student Union
Room: Parkway North

RSVP on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/events/178569549369772/

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Fight the Right! Build the Left! Join the Socialists!
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Fight the Right! Build the Left! Join the Socialists!

The Trump administration's war on working people has emboldened the far right, leading to a rise in violent attacks by extremists and open rallies by the alt-right and the KKK in Berkeley, Portland, and Charlottesville. Democratic politicians have failed to pose a real alternative to Trump and the right, instead saying we need to hold back on demands that would alleviate the immiseration facing working people, like taxing the rich, single-payer healthcare, and a living wage.

At the same time, the opportunities to build the left and socialist organization are the best they've been in decades. We need to mobilize a mass movement to defeat the far right on the streets. And we must construct a left political alternative that raises people's hopes and builds solidarity against the right's attempt to scapegoat the poor, minorities, women, immigrants, and people of color for rising inequality and social despair.

Socialism - the politics of a democratic working class movement from below - is the revolutionary answer to right-wing populism and neoliberal centrism. Socialist organization must be a central component of this new left if we are to effectively challenge Trump and the far right and build a better future.

Join us for this vital discussion!

Thursday, September 28th at 7PM
PSU, Smith Student Union, Room 296/8

Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/130550400923962/

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Preparation for September 10th
Sep
7
7:00 PM19:00

Preparation for September 10th

The far-right is coming back to town and they're not welcome.

Join us for an organizational meeting on Thursday, September 7th as we prepare to demonstrate against Patriot Prayer and the far-right this Sunday, September 10th. The Portland branch of the ISO will be mobilizing as part of a socialist contingent for the demonstration and we hope to see you there beside us! All of us must stand together to fight the far-right!

Facebook event page for Sunday's demonstration:
https://www.facebook.com/events/341452812959450/

Suggested readings:

https://socialistworker.org/2017/08/24/our-alternative-to-the-rights-politics-of-hate

https://socialistworker.org/2017/08/28/bay-area-resistance-scares-away-the-alt-reich

Thursday, September 7th at 7PM

PSU, Smith Student Union, Room 238

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No More Charlottesvilles! How Can Socialists Fight the Right?
Aug
31
7:00 PM19:00

No More Charlottesvilles! How Can Socialists Fight the Right?

Join Portland State International Socialist Organization and the Portland branch of Democratic Socialists of America for a panel and discussion on socialist strategies for fighting the right.
 
On August 12th a mobilization of the far right held a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was a gathering of white nationalists, white supremacists, the alt-right, and neo-Nazis intended to intimidate and publicly affirm their racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny, and homophobia. All this was present in chants and slogans of “Blood and soil,” “White lives matter,” “You will not replace us,” “Jews will not replace us,” and the waving of confederate flags, Nazi flags, and other white supremacist symbols.
 
The murder of anti-racist activist Heather Heyer and the injury of several others by a fascist vigilante who drove his car into a section of counter-protesters on Saturday demonstrates the urgency for organized and mass response to mobilizations by the far right.
 
There are lessons to take away from the events in Charlottesville. As we move forward and continue the fight, we must continue to unite the broadest and largest layer of people committed to opposing bigotry, use the most effective strategies, and keep one another safe. That’s socialists, unions, liberals, students, worshippers, and more to defend every oppressed group and build the combativeness and confidence of our side in stopping the Right in its tracks.
 
The white supremacist group Patriot Prayer is planning an event in Portland in early September and will continue to hold their "Freedom Rallies" in our city. We must discuss strategies and tactics for fighting them now and for fighting the system that breeds their racist, homophobic, Islamophobic, sexist, ableist ideology.
 
Join the ISO and DSA in a discussion on socialist strategies to isolate the Right, create united coalitions against them, and the socialist strategy to win.

Thursday, Aug. 31st at 7PM
PSU, Smith Student Union
Room 238

Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1570643802980662/

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Lessons from Boston
Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

Lessons from Boston

Tens of thousands of people mobilized in Boston on August 19 in a magnificent display of solidarity against a rally that far-right and neo-Nazi forces had been organizing for weeks. This display of solidarity frightened the far-right off of Boston's streets and far-right groups have cancelled upcoming rallies in more than 36 cities. This is how we fight back against bigotry and fear-mongering, but what are the lessons we can learn from Boston's stand against hate and how do we apply them here in Portland? Join the ISO for this important discussion on continuing our struggle and confronting the far-right wherever they might emerge!

Thursday, Aug. 24th at 7PM
PSU, Smith Student Union
Room 296

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Solidarity with Charlottesville and the Necessity of Fighting the Right
Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

Solidarity with Charlottesville and the Necessity of Fighting the Right

Join us for an organizational meeting on the events in Charlottesville and the necessity of building movements that can fight the Right.

As one participant in the Charlottesville antifascist protests wrote on social media:

"In order to command the streets, we have to fill them. If we had had people covering every inch of downtown Charlottesville, we wouldn't have been so vulnerable.

In order to demobilize the fascist movement, they have to be physically outnumbered and driven out...Isolate them, demoralize them."

Suggested reading:

https://socialistworker.org/2017/08/14/charlottesville-is-a-call-to-action

Thusday, Aug. 17th at 7PM
Portland State University
Neuberger Hall, Room 227

Facebook event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/344081912710552

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Left-wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder
Aug
10
7:00 PM19:00

Left-wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder

"Left-wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder." What did Lenin mean when he wrote this small pamphlet in 1919? While the situation in which Lenin was writing was vastly different than the struggles and environment we face today, there are many lessons we can learn that are critical to winning a better world.

Lenin's pamphlet raises many important questions. What is ultra-leftism? What does it look like today? How does it impede our movements?

Join the ISO for a discussion on this important pamphlet.

Thursday, Aug. 10th at 7PM
PSU, Smith Student Union, Room 296

Suggested readings:

Primary:

Adam Turl - Disorders of the Left Kind
http://www.isreview.org/issues/37/infantile.shtml

Additional:

Lenin - Left Wing Communism, an Infantile Disorder
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1920/lwc/

Peter Camejo - Liberalism, Ultraleftism, or Mass Action?
https://www.marxists.org/archive/camejo/1970/ultraleftismormassaction.htm

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PORTLAND STANDS UNITED AGAINST HATE
Jun
4
12:30 PM12:30

PORTLAND STANDS UNITED AGAINST HATE

On Friday, May 26 on a MAX train in NE Portland, right-wing extremist Jeremy Christian attacked and killed two men and wounded another, for daring to challenge his racist, islamophobic attack on two young women. Jeremy’s act was not an isolated event. Rather, it represents an emboldening of the right-wing across this country, whose rhetoric and actions have been supported by an openly racist, misogynist, bigoted administration in the White House.

In solidarity with immigrant and Muslim communities who are under attack, and in honor of these heroic victims, the undersigned groups are calling on local labor unions, student groups, faith groups, community organizations, activists, students and concerned residents for a peaceful mass mobilization in front of City Hall on Sunday, June 4th at 12:30 pm. Now is the time to show these bigots, this country, and the world that Portland stands united and will not tolerate this hate. We must reclaim our city and repudiate the violence and hatred of the far-right. 

Jeremy Christian is a known white nationalist who has attended recent events hosted by local Far Right organizations. Similarly, these groups have organized a “free speech rally” on June 4th at Terry Schrunk Plaza. Their plan is to instill fear and spread messages of hatred to Portland’s Immigrant, Muslim, Jewish, Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ communities. 

We seek to mobilize the greatest number of people in front of City Hall; separate from, but adjacent to, the right-wing rally. This will be a peaceful event to show, through our numbers and our voices, that the vast majority of Portland will not stand for racism and bigotry. 

Sunday, June 4th

12:30pm-4pm

Portland City Hall

1221 Sw 4th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97204

This mass mobilization is endorsed by:

-Portland International Socialist Organization
-Council on American-Islamic Relations (Cair-Oregon)
-Veterans for Peace Chapter 72
-Voz Workers' Rights Education Project
-Students United for Palestinian Equal rights
-Portland Jewish Voice for Peace
-American Iranian Friendship Council
-Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights
-Solidarity a Socialist-Feminist organization
-Village Coalition
-Circle of the Living Earth-AIWP
- Buddhist Peace Fellowship
-Portland's UnShul
-Portland Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East
-Portland Peaceful Response Coalition
-Portland East Timor Action Network

Individuals:
-Arun Gupta, independent journalist, contributor The Nation and The Guardian
-Nick Caleb, Environmental attorney and former City Council candidate

Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/132908870603607/

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No Human Being Is Illegal: Community Panel
May
4
7:00 PM19:00

No Human Being Is Illegal: Community Panel

From the Muslim ban to the relentless ICE raids that have been terrorizing communities, it's vital that we come together and discuss how we stop these attacks and build a bigger movement to defend Immigrant rights overall. Join us for an evening of panelists on this important issue!

Panelists will include presenters from:

  • Milenio.org
  • Carpenter's Local 1503,
  • Voz Workers' Rights Education Project
  • International Socialist Organization

Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 294

Facebook event: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1213751838722251/?hc_location=ufi

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THE CASE FOR SOCIALISM: The Fight Against Trump and for a New Society
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

THE CASE FOR SOCIALISM: The Fight Against Trump and for a New Society

It’s time for an alternative for the exploited and oppressed. It’s time to fight back against those who pit us against each other and would destroy our planet for profit. It’s time to stand together, shoulder-to-shoulder, because that’s the only way we’ll win. Join us for a presentation and discussion on the tools we need to fight back and how we’ll build them.

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How We Won and Defended the Right to Choose
Mar
9
7:00 PM19:00

How We Won and Defended the Right to Choose

We do not yet know our history. 
We do not yet know what it took to win these rights.
We must learn that history.
This is not a new fight. 
There is a new generation in this fight.
We have been disarmed.
We must arm ourselves with our history, with our solidarity, with politics.
-Sherry Wolf, 
author of Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics and Theory of LGBT Liberation

Join Portland State ISO to review and discuss this history in preparation for the fight to defend reproductive justice rights for all.

Thursday, March 9th at 7pm
Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union
Room 298

Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/255575738222635/

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Why A Revolutionary Party?
Feb
16
7:00 PM19:00

Why A Revolutionary Party?

Talk of revolution is everywhere. People are becoming aware that capitalism doesn’t work and is, in fact, responsible for much of the suffering in the world. The few are profiting off the many and the many are fed up. Revolution seems like a possibility now more than ever. But history has taught us that without organization, revolutions cannot be sustained and society will fall back into patterns of exploitation.This talk and discussion will examine why a revolutionary party is necessary, how the ISO understands such a party as based on the Marxist tradition, and what steps we can start taking today to bring about a better world.

This is a public meeting. All are welcome!

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MISOGYNIST-IN-CHIEF AND THE FIGHT AHEAD
Feb
2
7:00 PM19:00

MISOGYNIST-IN-CHIEF AND THE FIGHT AHEAD

An open misogynist is the 45th President of the United States. Trump pledges to appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade, sign a ban on abortion after 20 weeks, and to turn the clock back on women’s rights and empower misogyny in other ways. 

But with increased oppression comes increased resistance. The Women's March on January 21st smashed expectations, with people taking to the streets in record numbers to resist Trump and his oppressive agendas. The resistance must not stop there. In order to be most effective in combatting women’s oppression, we need to understand where it comes from, the relationship of reproductive rights to the state and its economic structure, and what types of movements are most effective for defending women’s rights and ending women’s oppression altogether. This means mobilizing working class women of all races and rejecting corporate-friendly “power feminism” campaigns like Hillary Clinton’s. We are stronger when we fight together -- immigrant, Muslim, Black, white, LGBTQ, men, and women -- linking struggles that affect us all, so we can stand up to whatever the Republicans and Democrats throw our way.

Jessica Hansen-Weaver, a long-time ISO member from San Francisco will be presenting. There will be a discussion after the talk. All are welcome.

PSU, Smith Memorial Student Union Room 026

PLEASE NOTE: Childcare will be provided for this event in the Smith building by PSU's Little Vikings. Spots must be reserved in advance. Please contact Nikki at nikw2@pdx.edu by January 26th to reserve a spot!

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/634380810091856/

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Jan
12
7:00 PM19:00

Fight the Right: Build the Socialist Movement

Location: Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 338

The electoral "victory" of Donald Trump has come as a shock to many. And his incoming cabinet of hard-line, right-wing troglodytes should dispel any myths that Trump's overtures to the vilest of racists, corporate hacks, and warmongers were mere campaign posturing. In fact, Trump and the Right are poised to wage attacks on immigrants, Muslims, women, union workers, and others in the coming year, all the while lavishing big business with tax breaks and cutting essential services for the poor and working class. But the crisis in neoliberalism that created the conditions for the rise of Trump and his repulsive bigotry has also opened up large swaths of people to the ideas of socialism, especially around the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders. A socialist world based on human need and is certainly more desirable than the nightmare of scapegoating and jingoism that Trump would like us to live in. And the best way to fight Trump and the Right is to join the socialist movement and be a part of building a strong, independent Left. Come to discuss the prospects of fighting against Trump and the Right, while pointing to a socialist world free of the war, oppression, and destitution of capitalism.

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1701341973529031/

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Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

Panel: United We Stand Against Trump

PSU - Smith Student Union Building, Room 329
7:00 - 10:00 PM
FACEBOOK RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/215753388864016/

With Trump's election and the attacks against Muslims, immigrants, Black Lives Matter, Standing Rock and refugees are sure to rise. We know that together in solidarity our struggles are better and the week following Trump's election shows that many are disgusted by this turn in American politics and are ready to resist. This panel will bring various speakers involved in these struggles to discuss the threat Trump poses and how we can build a united fight back against Trump and for liberation.

Speakers:

Hanna Estephan Eid is a students at Portland State University, a member of Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (SUPER), active in the PSU Inauguration Day Action Committee, and a member of the International Socialist Organization. He will be introducing the event and our panelists.

Gregory Robert McKelvey is a law student and leader with Don't Shoot Portland and Portland Resistance who was recently arrested by Portland Police while participating in an anti-Trump protest.

Kunu Dittmer is a multimedia artist and storyteller. Kunu is Northern Cheyenne and an enrolled Ho-Chunk nation tribal member. He was recently at Standing Rock and participated in the #NoDapl resistance. To see some of his visual expression please visit this site vimeo.com/129983905

Romeo Sosa is an indigenous Mayan organizer born in Guatemala and the executive director of the Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition - PIRC. He has worked as a rural researcher and indigenous rights organizer, developing Popular Education materials in Guatemala’s rural communities. He also worked as an advocate for displaced survivors of war at la Organizacion de Servicios de Solidaridad in Mexico. Romeo will speak on the attacks facing immigrants today.

Fatmah Worfeley is an 18 years old Palestinian and Libyan student at Portland state. Currently working at Momentum Alliance, she is a member of Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights and ASPSU and has been involved with BLM PDX and Dont Shoot PDX protests. Fatmah will be speak about the attacks on refugees and immigrants.

Jose A. Padin is a Professor of Sociology at Portland State University. He is president of the PSU American Association of University Professors-AAUP. Professor Padin will be speaking on the attacks on labor and the economic policies of Trump.

Maxine Fookson from Jewish Voice for Peace will be reading a statement about the anti-semitic politics which have forcefully resurfaced during this election and are a central feature of the racist so called "alt-right" movement and the appointment of Bannon, an open anti-semite, as chief strategist in the white house as well as the Zionist right's celebration of Trump's election.

Eva María is a Venezuelan-born socialist, an adjunct professor of Spanish at PSU and a political activist of the International Socialist Organization. She has been involved in building movements as well as the left ever since she became a student at PSU in 2011. She will be talking about the need for solidarity, unity, and resistance in the face of the attacks by Trump and an emboldened far-right as well as the need for building a left-wing political alternative not just to Trump, but to the mainstream politicians whose policies laid the basis for Trump’s rise.

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Nov
15
3:00 PM15:00

National Day of Action against the Dakota Access Pipeline

Tuesday November 15th is a national day of action against the Dakota Access Pipeline. There are a couple of events  being organized in the city. The PortlandState University Branch of the International Socialist Organization will be gathering at PSU at 3pm in the SW park blocks next to Smith Student Union to show Portland State stands with the Standing Rock water defenders. There will be a brief rally and then we will march over to the Portland District office of the Army Corps of Engineers at 333 SW 1st ave. to join From PDX to Standing Rock: #NoDAPL Solidarity Rally organized by African + Indigenous Solidarity PDX at 4pm.

PSU Solidarity with Standing Rock #NoDAPL at 3pm
 From PDX to Standing Rock: #NoDAPL Solidarity Rally at 4pm

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Nov
12
11:00 AM11:00

Marxism Day School

There are 400 billionaires in this country. They are the reason why there are 47 million poor people. You cannot have untold, obscene wealth unless you have untold, obscene poverty. That is the law of capitalism. The alternative—socialism—was put at the center of U.S. politics by the campaign of Bernie Sanders, confirming again what people who protest for a living wage or stand up against police racism have been saying for years: The capitalist system isn't working, and we need an alternative. Whether or not the bigot Trump or the warmonger Clinton win the presidential election we are going to have to fight for a better world. 

Join the International Socialist Organization at our Northwest Marxism day school hosted at Portland State University to discuss and debate how we
can win that world.

Sessions:

  • Why the working class can change the world

  • Reform or Revolution: Can capitalism evolve towards Socialism?

  • What next for the Left after the election?

Location:
Portland State University
Smith Student Union Building
Room 296

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