Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library

At NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA 94609

Info: contact Gene Ruyle: Ph: 510-332-3865. 



(NOTE: These are all tentative and may be changed.
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NOTE: Many of our programs are being recorded and placed on the "icss marxist" channel on YouTube:

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 including as many voices as practical.

Sun, Nov 10, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Open Mic/Political Karaoke

What’s bugging you, politics-wise? Here’s your chance to talk about any and every thing from the PG&E Power Shutdown to Brexit, from Nancy Pelosi to Greta Thunberg, maybe even the riots in Chile. Sign up for 5 minute slots!

Sun, Nov 17, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter.
Representatives of the Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality and State Repression have been invited to discuss their position on this matter.
Awaiting better blurb..

Sun, Nov 24, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Women and War
Women have a long association with violent intergroup conflict and war going back to early human times.  This presentation will survey women in the highly genderized institutions of war and the military in various periods and types of societies.  Although women have been impacted in multiple ways and played many roles, the focus of this talk is on women's role as fighter/combatant and direct supporters of this activity.  Also covered are women in some of the revolutionary wars and militaries in the past two centuries.  The fighter/combatant perspective on women is usually omitted or "hidden" in accounts by both conventional and feminist analysts who stress women as victims, survivors, peacemakers and supporters of men who fight.  Women as fighters not only redresses this imbalance but indicates a role whose impact is as significant as the other roles that are more widely promulgated. 
Presented by Al Sargis, Founder/Director of the Friedrich Engels Institute of Marxist War and Military Analysis (FEIMWAMA).

Sun, Dec 1, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Open (After Thanksgiving)

Sun, Dec 8, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Bitcoin and crypto currencies
We have invited Josh, one of our new members, to do a presentation about the history and fundamental value of Bitcoin and crypto currencie.  Blurb soon.

Sun, Dec 15, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Protests in Chile and elsewhere
We’ve invited our comrade Ricardo to put something together on this. Awaiting a blurb.

Sun, Dec 22, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Open (befoe Christmas)

Sun, Dec 29, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Open (after Christmas)


What Is Socialism and What Good Is It.
ICSS member, Professor Eugene E Ruyle, will discuss his forthcoming book, Socialism for Americans: A scientific Introduction to the Global Struggle for Socialism.

What Do We Mean, “Democracy?”
What did Marx, Engels, and Lenin have to say about democracy? We will invite participants to bring quotes from Marx, Engels, and Lenin and have a round-table discussion.
TENTATIVE This is a “filler,” in case no one else suggests a proper program.

Sun, Jan 5, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Open (After New Year’s Day)

Sun, Jan 12, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Jan 19, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Beyond Vietnam: MLK’s Finest Speech
. This is the greatest speech of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. It was also the one that signed his death warrant. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. - April 4, 1967 - Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence [Full Speech]

Sun, Jan 26, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Feb 2, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Feb 9, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Feb 16, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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. NOTE: This may be moved to a later date.

Sun, Jan 23, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Mar 1, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Mar 8, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
In the Spirit of Alexandra Kollentai. TENTATIVE.
A repeat of a slide presentation previously given at the Starry Plough Pub.

Sun, Mar 15, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm