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Group Discussion on the Future of our Sunday Morning Programs – sunday, January 2, 2022 – 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Group Discussion on the future of ourSunday Morning Programs - Sunday, January 2, 2022 HAPPY NEW YEAR! After a brief review of the history of the Marxist Library and the ICSS and the relationship between them, we will ask for input on our programs and suggestions for improvement. We are also seeking input on possible future programs ...

Group discussion: the communist manifesto

ICSS group discussion: the communist manifesto Sunday, July 11, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific  We will go through this foundational work of Marxism reading selective paragraphs  with ample opportunity for discussion after each selection. Be prepared to voice, and defend, your views!    Our discussion will be led by ICSS member Gene Ruyle. In preparation, please re-read the Manifesto itself, and if there are particular passages you want the group to consider, please send the full text of those passages to <cuylerluyle@mac.com> by Saturday morning so they can be included—and bring your own copy to our Zoom meeting (available on the Marx-Engels Internet ...
Haiti Demonstration

Haiti: An Anti-imperialist Perspective – Danny Shaw – Sunday, June 25, 2023 10:30 AM Pacific Time

 The US is spearheading an effort to reinvade and reoccupy Haiti, according to our speaker who last visited the island republic last month. Danny Shaw will report on the different ingredients in the neocolonial hybrid war in Port-au-Prince; the guns, the so-called gangs, and the neocolonial state. He has been working with the Haitian left both in Haiti and in the diaspora since 1998 and speaks Kreyòl. Our speaker, Danny Shaw,  teaches Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Race, Ethnicity, Class and Gender at the City University of New York. He holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. He has ...

Hands Off Uhuru! Hands Off Africa! The fight for free speech and reparations – Mwezi Odom and Penny Hess – Sunday, May 21, 2023 10:30 AM Pacific Time

July 29, 2022, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), raided the offices and homes of members of the Uhuru Movement. They broke down doors, broke windows, used flashbang devices and drones and threatened residents with automatic weapons. The US Govt has recently filed indictments against 3 Uhuru Movement leaders.This is a call to everyone to defend the right of African people and the Chairman of the African People's Socialist Party, Omali Yeshitela, to free speech. Speakers Mwezi (Michelle) Odom, Chair of the Hands Off Uhuru Committee and member of the African People's Socialist Party. Penny Hess, Chair of the ...

Herald of a New World Order: The Period of 1914-1945 – Mark Albertson – Sunday, Jan 16, 2022: 10:30 AM Pacific Time

There is no World War I or World War II, only the Great War, 1914-1922 (not 1918); 1931-1945. A period which marks the demise of the European colonial powers and domination of the globe, during Man's greatest industrialized war. Only two countries, in the end, could wage such a conflict, 1941-1945 and they will win same, the United States and the Soviet Union, hence the Cold War.  Speaker: Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine in Monroe, Connecticut; and, the historian for the Army Aviation Association of America. He has authored numerous books and has taught ...
Nazi Rally

Hitler’s Rise to Power – Mark Albertson – Sunday, Feb 5, 2023 10:30 AM Pacific Time

The Chancellor:  January 30, 2023 will mark the 90th anniversary of Adolf Hitler's ascension to the Chancellorship of Weimar Germany.  Yet, Hitler did not take power, it was offered to him.  Little more than three years after the start of the Great Depression, President Paul von Hindenburg was able to exercise Article 48 of the Weimar Constitution; thereby circumventing representative government to appoint Chancellors to run the government to get Germany out of a worsening economic morass.  Three candidates were chosen, all three failed to reverse the declining fortunes of the Fatherland.  With investments from the United States drying up and with the Right and ...

How the United States is Preparing for Imminent War with China – K.J. Noh – Sunday, Mar 26, 2023 10:30 AM Pacific Time

US aggression toward China is escalating and China is shedding its usual restraint to more clearly call out this aggression and warn the US not to overstep its red lines. K. J. Noh, an activist, journalist, and scholar on the geopolitics of the Asian continent, will discuss the renewed belligerence of South Korea under President Yoon Suk-yeol, the increasing militarization of Japan, shifting alliances in Western Asia, and how China, including Taiwan, is responding. Noh will also speak about efforts in the United States to prepare for a war against China and how that is increasing violence against Asian Americans, ...

How the US Instigated the Ukraine Crisis – Rick Sterling – Feb 27, 2022 10:30 AM PT

Sun, Feb 27, 2022: 10:30am-12:30pm How the US Instigated the Ukraine Crisis Russia recognized the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk, and sent troops into Ukraine this week. In a one hour address, President Putin said the goal was the "de-Nazification" of Ukraine. It is now clear the Russian statements and proposed peace treaty in December 2021 were deadly serious. At that time the Russians said the US and NATO were crossing red lines, they felt threatened and would not abide this endlessly. Now they have taken action. Join us at Sunday Mornings at the Marxist Library on zoom (link below) ...

How the World Order Is Shifting – BRICS or NATO – Radhika Desai – March 3, 2024 10:30 AM

Our program addresses the rapidly changing world order. This last year has been a time of summits: BRICS, G20, and G77 and the UN General Assembly. That these summits have been so hectic and have felt like such a whirlwind of events is because each marks the accelerated tempo of change on the international plane. At the NATO summit in July, Zelensky failed to get even a timetable to get into NATO. The BRICS summit in Johannesburg in August admitted six new members. Then Putin hosted the vitally important meeting of the Eastern Economic Forum to showcase Russia’s own pivot ...
Police

ICSS 20200830 – Policing in the US – Tony Platt

ICSS 20200830  The Past and future of US policing.  By: Tony Platt Sun, Aug 30, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pmThe past and future of U.S. policingNoted historian and criminologist Tony Platt will share his long research and insights into the carceral state known as the USA. Tony Platt has been involved since the 1960s in issues relating to criminal justice, race, inequality, and social justice in American history. He taught at the University of Chicago, Berkeley, and California state universities. He is currently a Distinguished Affiliated Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law & Society in Berkeley’s Law School. A founding ...
immigrantworker

ICSS 20200927 – Labor and immigration – David Bacon

ICSS 20200913 Sun, Sep 27, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Labor and Immigration David Bacon will talk about the struggles of farmworkers on the West Coast to organize, and the way it's affected by their work lives and status as immigrants. He'll include photographs and a description of his documentary work process. Our speaker, David Bacon is a photojournalist, author, political activist, and union organizer who has focused on labor issues, particularly those related to immigrant labor. He has written several books and numerous articles on the subject. Bacon's parents were strong supporter of unionism and his early interest ...

ICSS 20210110 – The story of the Year of the Covid – Michael Roberts

Sun, Jan 10, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Michael Roberts, The Story of the Year of the COVID: But What Now for 2021? 2020 will go down in history - a worldwide pandemic from a previously unknown virus deadly to humans, killing millions or leaving them with permanent health problems; forcing lockdowns across the world that destroyed the world economy in the worst slump in the history of capitalism; and driving millions globally into poverty and loss of livelihood. Where did all this come from? Can capitalism come out of this unscarred? With vaccines on the way is the ...

ICSS 20210117 – The Farmer’s Movement in India – G N Nagaraj

Sun, Jan 17, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm The Farmer’s Movement in India Present protests of farmers have grown with tens of thousands in opposition to the three farm laws government of India passed in the parliament where the ruling BJP has majority, taking advantage of the Covid pandemic lockdown period which restricted the movements and thus also protests. These 3 laws have the purpose of denying fair prices to farmers, to the advantage of big (capitalist) privately owned corporations both Indian and foreign. They will be allowed to take over agricultural land, to hoard agricultural produce and sell them ...

ICSS 20210124 – The US Capitol Building Riot – Roger Harris

Sun, Jan. 24, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm The US Capitol Building Riot and Its Blowback: The Only Thing Scarier than QAnon Is the Reaction to It The right-wing riot at the US Capitol on January 6 was a spectacle, complete with Confederate flags and a QAnon shaman in red-white-and-blue face paint. Some half of the active electorate sympathized with the belief that the 2020 presidential election was a steal. The other half of the active electorate was abhorrent, speaking with semi-religious reverence about the desecration of sacred institutions. The true blue had suspected that the Russians stole the ...

ICSS 20210131 – Master of Space – Bruce Gagnon

ICSS 20210131 Master of Space - Bruce Gagnon Sun, Jan 31, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Master of Space: Corporate plans for the militarization & privatization of space DESCRIPTION: Bruce Gagnon will reveal the deadly connections between the corporate drive to 'control and dominate' space as spelled out in the US Space Command's 1997 planning document called Vision for 2020. https://thecommunity.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Vision2020.pdf The gold rush is now underway as space technologies have matured to the point where mining the sky for precious resources becomes possible. Corporate forces intend to use the newly formed 'Space force' to guard the front gate ...

ICSS 20210207 – Dope + Capitalism = Genocide – Danny Shaw

Sun., Feb. 7, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Dope + Capitalism = Genocide The title of this program comes from a slogan by the Black Panther Party. Without a class analysis, we can never understand the epidemics of violence, addiction, and trauma that plague our communities. Join Danny Shaw, author of My Son Blazes within Me: So Many Contradictions, So Little Time for a discussion of the intergenerational trauma that is inherent to capitalism and imperialism and how we fight back, all day, every day. Our speaker, Danny Shaw, teaches Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the City University ...