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, Oct 20, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Marxism and the National Question - the Case of Kashmir
On August 5, 2019, the government of India, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of Hindu Nationalist BJP put Kashmir in a security lockdown and then moved in the Lok Sabha (“Peoples Assembly” – i.e. the Parliament, to revoke Articles 370 and 35A, which granted political autonomy to the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir and barred outsiders to purchase property in the state respectively. The upper house, known as Rajya Sabha (“States Assembly” - where representatives are elected from each state of India) ratified the new law. Mr. Modi’s Party has clear majority in the Parliament but not in the Rajya Sabha.
Kashmir has been a dispute between India and Pakistan ever since British colony of India was split into two sovereign politically independent countries on August 15-16, 1947. India and Pakistan have fought three wars over Kashmir, all three initiated by Pakistan, the first one of which in 1947-48 ended in a truce brokered by the UN, and which divided Kashmir ‘temporarily” between the two countries . The latest move of India has angered Pakistan, while India considers it as an internal matter.
Raj Sahai will present a historical outline and his analysis based on ‘Marxism and the National and Colonial Question’ developed by Joseph Stalin that helped successfully integrate the oppressed nationalities under the Tsarist rule in the socialist state of the USSR as partners and which success helped develop the backward nations and in turn also the USSR very rapidly and which helped vanquish the Nazi German invaders in 1945.
Raj Sahai has been associated with ICSS for the past 13 years and is a student of Marx’s ‘Capital’ as well as anti-war activist starting with the Vietnam War in 1968 to more recent wars imposed on small countries by developed Capitalist countries.

Sun, Oct 27, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Impeachment Now? Or Never?
This is being planned as a “Town Hall” style meeting, with full participation, with comments limited to 2-3 minutes. We may watch a short video to start discussion, like “ To Impeach or Not to Impeach? Chris Hedges & John Bonifaz Debate What Congress Should Do Next,” on Democracy Now, Oct 1, 2019, at

Sun, Nov 3, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm **FALL BACK, DST***
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, Nov 10, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Black Lives Matter, All Lives Mater.
Representitves of the Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality and State Repression have been invited to discuss their position on this matter.
TENTATIVE. Awaiting confirmation.

Sun, Nov 17, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Turkey, Syria, and the Kurds.
. We are hoping to line up a speaker or two to discuss this important topic..

Sun, Nov 24, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Women and War
This is seen as a world historical presentation, starting from the tribal era up to the present, covering all continents.  The focus would not be on women as victims, or supporters of men, but as fighters themselves.  I may provide some feminist perspectives as a context, but concentrate on examples...especially socialist ones when I get to the 1900s.  Al Sargis will provide a full description by early November.

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
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.

Sun, Dec 15, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Dec 22, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

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

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