Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library

At NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA 94609

Info: contact Gene Ruyle: Ph: 510-332-3865. 
Email: cuyleruyle@mac.com

 

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

(NOTE: These are all tentative and may be changed.
Please check back the week before, or sign up for our weekly reminders/updates at cuyleruyle@mac.com)

 

NOTE: Many of our programs are being recorded and placed on the "icss marxist" channel on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=icss+marxist+

Our Sunday morning programs are scheduled pretty much on a “first come, first served” basis and confirmed at our planning sessions. The opinions expressed are those of the speakers only and do not represent a group consensus on the issues by the members of ICSS. Our general practice is to allot at least half of the time to comradely discussion of the issues so that we include as many voices as practical

Sun, Jan 19, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Group Reading: Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.
In honor of Dr. King’s birthday, we will discuss what many believe is the greatest speech by America’s greatest spiritual leader, a speech that cost him his life. It is not widely recognized that Dr. King was an open socialist who stated that: "There must be a better distribution of wealth, and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism." Reading the speech will take about an hour, leaving time for open discussion.

 

Sun, Jan 26, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
India:  Modi in his Second Term takes a Hard Right Turn
Modi’s BJP won 303 seats in the Parliament of 545 seats in the 2019 General Elections, after completing his first term of 5 years, in which BJP did not have majority, so it was more dependent on its allied regional parties. Modi has undertaken bold move within the first year of his Second term: Removal of Article 370 of the Constitution, which granted Jammu & Kashmir state substantial autonomy; Outlawing of the Triple Talaq practice (thrice repeated word divorce by which men could divorce their wives) among Muslims; Threatened to carry out National Registration of Citizens (NRC); and enactment of Citizens Amendment Act (CAA), which permits granting of citizenship to refugees of Hindu, Christian & Sikh faiths from three countries, but not Muslims: Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Each of these moves go against the spirit of the staunchly secular Indian Constitution. Students and Muslims, joined by secular persons of Hindu, Christian and Sikh faiths, have begun strong opposition to these moves of the government, and now the Left Parties are organizing workers to oppose government’s Neo-Liberal policies. The latest incident of goons attacking and injuring Left Students and Faculty members at the prestigious Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU) has added to the tension in society already tense. What is in store for India the years ahead with Modi at the helm? Raj Sahai who closely monitors the political and economic affairs in India will present his views. Q/A will follow his 50 minute talk.

 

Sun, Feb 2, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Haitian Revolution of 1804.
Gerald Smith is organizing a presentation on the historical significance of Haiti.

Sun, Feb 2, 2020: 12:45-1:45 Pm
Planning Session
We get together after the morning session on the first Sunday of every month to discuss things in general and plan the schedule for our Sunday morning at the Marxist Library forums. This is an open meeting. Everyone is welcome to help plan our future sessions. Please come with suggestions and concrete plans. Also, please review our web site to familiarize yourself with our current proposals. Newcomers and old timers welcome.

Sun, Feb 9, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Revolt of the Dispossessed against Neoliberalism in Latin America and the Caribbean
With the Trump administration’s renewed emphasis on imposing the Monroe Doctrine to the Empire's so-called "backyard," the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean resist in a revolt of the dispossessed against neoliberalism. In this year in review, hear about the struggles in Venezuela, Colombia, Cuba, Bolivia, Haiti, and elsewhere along with the solidarity actions by North Americans in support of the social justice movements. The presenters are activists with the 34-year old human rights organization, Task Force on the Americas (https://taskforceamericas.org/).  The presenters are Alice Loaiza, Alicia Jrapko, David Paul, Marilyn Langlois, Bill Hackwell, Roger Harris.

Sun, Feb 16, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Rabelais & Renaissance

Humanist, proto-utopian socialist, proto-anarchist. ICSS member Lew Finzel will send a blurb soon.

Sun, Feb 23, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Al Sargis: Harriet Tubman as a Military Figure

The recent (2019) film, Harriet, left many aspects of Harriet Tubman’s life and work unexplored, but ICSS member Al Sargis has been researching Tubman's military exploits as head of military intelligence of the Army of the Potomac and her planning, organizing and leading the only amphibious assault by a woman in US (and possibly world) history.  I would place her skills and talents in the context of what she learned in the Underground Railroad and her collaboration with John Brown in the raid on Harper's Ferry.  Little known is both her co-planning of the raid and furnishing many of John Brown's troops.  I want to open a whole new perspective on Tubman, as one book describes her as "America's more unsung Civil War general." Why did General Grant regard Harriet Tubman as "worth many regiments in the Northern forces" and John Brown call her "General"? Tubman was the top military intelligence commander in the Department of the Potomac, the only woman to plan and lead an amphibious assault and a nurse in an army hospital.  She also collaborated with John Brown on his Harper's Ferry raid.  While known for her work in the Underground Railroad, little is mentioned about how this prepared her for her later activities with John Brown and during the Civil War. This lecture will cover how each phase of her life groomed her for the next one: from before and during the Underground Railroad, her relationship with John Brown and, finally, her little known Civil War exploits.  Tubman's turn to armed revolutionary struggle to abolish slavery in contrast to many, if not most, abolitionists and its political, moral and religious basis will be an underlying theme.
Gerald Smith may join us to say a few words from a Black HISTORICAL context.

Sun, Mar 1, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
TENTATIVE (FILLER) In the Spirit of Alexandra
Kollontai. A repeat of a slide presentation previously given in 2017 by Gene Ruyle in honor f the 100th Anniversary of the February Revolution.

Sun, Mar 1, 2019: 12:45-1:45 Pm
Planning Session
We get together after the morning session on the first Sunday of every month to discuss things in general and plan the schedule for our Sunday morning at the Marxist Library forums. This is an open meeting. Everyone is welcome to help plan our future sessions. Please come with suggestions and concrete plans. Also, please review our web site to familiarize yourself with our current proposals. Newcomers and old timers welcome.

Sun, Mar 8, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
TENTATIVE The Storm Before the Conflagration.
A Marxist view of the United States in the 1850s, and applicable lessons for today’s political struggles, with ICSS Member Gary Hicks. (May be moved to a later date.

Sun, Mar 15, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
TENTATIVE: Trump and the Disaster of Occupational Health.
Our comrade Nina is preparing a talk on this topic.

Sun, Mar 22, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Mar 29, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Apr 5, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
TENTATIVE: The Development of Caste in India.
Our comrade Raj is preparing a talk on this topic.

Sun, Apr 12, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Apr 19, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Apr 26, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, May 3, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, May 10, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, May 17, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, May 24, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, May 31, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
ELAZAR ON SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS OF STALINISM
(Elazar 87th Birthday celebration after:12:35-2:45)

Sun, Jun 7, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jun 14, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jun 21, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jun 28, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jul 5, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jul 12, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jul 19, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jul 26, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Aug 2, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Aug 9, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Aug 16, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Aug 23, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Aug 30, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Sep 6, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Sep 13, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Sep 20, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Sep 27, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Oct 4, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Oct 11, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Oct 18, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Oct 25, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Nov 1, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Nov 8, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Nov 15, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Nov 22, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Nov 29, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Dec 6, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Dec 13, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Dec 20, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Dec 27, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jan 3, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jan 10, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jan 17, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jan 24, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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