Mar 132017
 

Online conference registration has closed. Please register at the conference.

Sponsored by Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at Wayne State University and endorsed by Workers World Party

Childcare will be available. Please register online and specify that you need childcare. We must know your childcare needs in advance.

Saturday, March 25 10 AM – 7 PM
State Hall, Room 101
Wayne State University
5143 Cass, Detroit, MI  48202

Sunday, March 26, 10 AM – Noon
McGregor Memorial Conference Center
Wayne State University

Agenda

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 March 13, 2017  Uncategorized No Responses »
Mar 052017
 

In celebration of International Working Women’s Day

5920 Second Ave. at Antoinette, Detroit 48202

Sat., March 11, 5:00-8:00 pm

Women are in the forefront of every struggle for justice and liberation these days, and there are many of them! Join us to commemorate International Working Women’s Day at a Detroit speakout for women in the struggle. YOUR VOICE COUNTS!!

Stop Trump! Smash patriarchy! Reproductive justice for all women! Fight racism, sexism & fascism! No anti-LGBTQ bigotry! Stop attacks on Muslims & immigrants! Free national health care for all! Stop the pipelines! Defend Standing Rock! Overturn capitalism! For socialist revolution!

Dinner served at 5 p.m. (donation, no one turned away) with speakout following.

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Feb 192017
 

WWP Forum: African American History Month 2017

The Detroit Rebellion of 1967 and Its Global Significance

5920 Second Ave. at Antoinette, Detroit 48202

Sat. Feb. 25, 2017, 5:00-8:00pm

Sponsor: Workers World Party – Detroit Branch
Contact: (313) 671-3715

Lesson of the 1967 Rebellions From Detroit and Beyond

Speakers Include:

  • Debbie Johnson, Chair–Workers World Party Detroit on “The Need for a Revolutionary Party Today”
  • Comrade Mond Toussaint Louverture–Workers World Party Youth Organizer and Spoken Word Artist on “The Role of National Culture in the Revolutionary Struggle”: Perspectives on Frantz Fanon’s “The Wretched of the Earth”
  • Abayomi Azikiwe–Editor of the Pan-African News Wire, Contributing Editor to Workers World Newspaper on “The Lessons of the 1967 Rebellions for the 21st Century”

On July 23, 1967, the largest urban rebellion in United States history began in the city of Detroit at the corner of Clairmount and 12th (now Rosa Parks Blvd). This year represents the 50th anniversary of this historic event which transformed the character of the African American liberation struggle in the U.S.

During 1967, urban rebellions took place in over 160 cities throughout the country. These events coincided with the rise of the antiwar movement in the U.S. and the advances of national liberation struggles around the world from Vietnam to Southern Africa.

Our African American History Month program this year will initiate a series of discussions not only commemorating these developments of 1967 but their significance in the reemerging peoples’ movements in 2017. Today we are facing the rise of neo-fascism and renewed institutional racism designed to force the African American people, other oppressed nations and the working class as a whole back into extreme economic exploitation and state repression.

We need to assess the gains which emerged from the movements of the 1960s through the conclusion of the 20th century and the need to refurbish our analysis, fighting spirit and organizational capacity. In the city of Detroit we have been at the cutting edge of the mass and ideological struggles that have impacted both the U.S. and the world in the recent period.

Also registration information, palm cards and posters for the March 25-26 Midwest Conference on Socialism and National Liberation will be available at this forum. This conference is being sponsored by the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) at Wayne State University with the co-sponsorship of Workers World Party Detroit branch.

Please join us at this important political meeting. In addition to these talks there will be substantial time for audience participation.

meeting will be streamed on Facebook at Workers World Party – Michigan

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Feb 082017
 

Workers World Party Class and Discussion

Capitalism at a Dead End

Saturday, Feb. 11, 5 PM

5920 2nd Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

Join Workers World Party for a discussion of Fred Goldstein’s 2012 work, “Capitalism at a Dead End”.
As more people begin to collectively struggle against low wages, hunger, homelessness, national and gender oppression, war, and deteriorating conditions in general, we begin to question the existing order and where to go from here.

“Capitalism at a Dead End” analyzes the system of capitalism as a whole and its inherent mechanisms built into it. Capitalism is not just an idea or a simple widespread practice, but a system with objective rules beyond any one individual’s control.

Robotics, 3D printers, the internet, and other such technological advancements have absolutely revolutionized production in ways thought to be unimaginable in the past. Long gone are the days of tens of thousands of workers crammed into factories working with rudimentary equiptment as the norm; now, global chains of production utilizing automation and as few workers as possible are producing more than ever at cheaper costs.

Labor is becoming ever cheaper for capitalists to buy. Production is becoming ever more efficient. The flip side of this is that while jobs for workers become more scarce while at the same time more products are created at cheaper cost, a crisis arises where the workers with no jobs are unable to purchase the glut of products produced. This is where we are, and this crisis only deepens exponentially.

Reading material will be supplied at the class.  The material may also be accessed at Capitalism at a Dead End

Free and open to the public.

Dinner will be served.

More information: 313.680.5508

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Jan 262017
 

2017 – Centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia

Workers World Party Class and Discussion

National Liberation & the Weapon of Theory

Saturday, Jan. 28, 5pm

Meeting will be streamed from facebook.com/WWP.michigan/

Title: “The Utopian Karl Marx and the Practical Rosa Luxemburg” by V.I. Lenin
One of many fundamental lessons to be found within scientific socialist thought as developed by Karl Marx and Frederich Engels are the polemics with other tendencies within the revolutionary movements over the right of oppressed nations to self-determination, up to the point of independence. Marx maintained this view in regard to the political situations involving Poland and Ireland during the late 19th century.

V.I. Lenin, who along with the Bolshevik Party in the November (October) 1917 Revolution, applied the correct Marxist viewpoint in not only carrying out the first socialist seizure of state power but also the creation of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1922. We will examine Lenin’s views on these questions from an article written in 1914, three years prior to the triumph of the Russian Revolution.

 

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Title: “The Weapon of Theory” by Amilcar Cabral
Later in 1966, at the Tricontinental Congress held in Havana, Cuba, Amilcar Cabral, the co-founder of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), delivered an historic address on the need for revolutionary theory within the national liberation movements sweeping the continent and the world.

Facilitator: Abayomi Azikwe, Editor Pan-African News Wire; Contributing Editor, Workers World Newspaper

Reading materials will be supplied at the class. Please come out and join us in these very important discussions which can serve to guide our organizing work during this period.

Free and open to the public.

Dinner will be served.

More information: 313.680.5508

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Dec 142016
 

Imperialist Militarism from Syria to Africa at the Dawn of Trump

Saturday, Dec. 17, 5 pm

5920 second Ave., Detroit

(near Antoinette, 2 blocks north of Wayne State U.)

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Imperialist propagandists have worked tirelessly since the collapse of the Ottoman empire, and division of the Middle East and North Africa, to obscure their grandiose plans to divide, conquer and exploit that region. Nearly 100 years after the British and French divided that part of the world among themselves, this deceptive obscurantism has become infinitely more widespread and sophisticated. This has left most people in this country unaware of how never ending war came to engulf such a wide territory, from Syria to the Horn of Africa.

The election of Donald Trump, with his conflicting statements regarding the situation in the Middle East, has added to the confusion. But if his cabinet appointments are any indication we should expect four more years of “endless war.”

Join Workers World Party for a meal, in depth analysis, and a fruitful discussion that will go far beyond what passes for discourse in most media. Our program includes speakers on Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, the horn of Africa, and a report back from the World Federation of Trade Unions conference held in South Africa recently. We must unite the struggles at home and abroad against colonialist oppression and capitalist exploitation if we are to achieve liberation.

Free and open to the public.

Dinner will be served.

More information: 313.680.5508

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Dec 082016
 

What’s Ahead for the War on Syria- Eyewitness Report from Aleppo

Join the Moratorium NOW! Coalition and the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI) for a special meeting to discuss the US/NATO war against Syria, featuring Eva Bartlett. Eva Bartlett is an independent journalist who recently spent time in Syria, covering one of the hottest points in the war, the battle for Aleppo. Our panel will expose the NATO role, make the connection to militarism in the horn of Africa, link domestic struggles with the war, and of course talk about the meaning of Trump in regards to Syria.

hands-off-syria-coalitionSpeakers:

  • Joe Mshahwar – Syrian American activist with Workers World Party and Detroit Fight Imperialism Stand Together
  • Abayomi Azikiwe – Editor of the Pan-African News Wire, organizer with Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice, and a member of the United Antiwar Coalition administrative committee.
  • Eva Bartlett – Independent Journalist

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Dec 042016
 

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Call for the formation of a Detroit Anti-Fascist Defense Committee

November 29, 2016

Dear Friends,

You may be as alarmed as we are by the way the Trump election has embolden the most right-wing, racist elements. Reports around the country and here in Michigan indicate an upsurge in threats and attacks against many sectors of our population among whom are African Americans, Latinos/as, Muslims, the LGBTQ communities, immigrants, people with disabilities, women and others. We need to respond with more than messages of unity and solidarity.

We think it is necessary in the coming period to be prepared to come out in physical defense of anyone under attack by racists and fascists. We need to let the public know that we will physically defend any victim of such threats and attacks. That may mean defending a mosque, church, synagogue, home, organization or individuals who asks for our help and solidarity – with our voices and our bodies.

The formation of an Anti-Fascist Defense Committee is serious work, requiring careful organization, planning and coordination. If you are willing to participate in such work, please attend an initial meeting on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 1 PM at 5920 Second Avenue (just north of Wayne State U at Antoinette St.). For further information please feel free to call 313-680-5508.

Sincerely,

The initiating committee for an anti-fascist defense committee:

Abayomi Azikiwe – Moratorium NOW Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs
William Davis – Detroit Active & Retired Employees Association
Elena Herrada – Detroit School Board in Exile
David Sole – Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice
Debbie Johnson – Workers World Party – Detroit
Joe Mchahwar – Fight Imperialism/Stand Together (FIST) – Detroit
Carlos Topp- President Black Student Union, Henry Ford Comm. College

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Oct 122016
 

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Building people’s power’ – a community conversation with

LAMONT LILLY

WWP vice-presidential candidate

Saturday, Oct. 29
5 PM

5920 Second Ave., Detroit, MI

Join us for a conversation with Lamont Lilly, Workers World Party candidate for U.S. Vice President, who will present a socialist view of organizing society that sharply contrasts with views of the ruling class candidates of the Democratic and Republican parties. Lilly will report on his recent visit to the Indigenous encampments at Standing Rock, North Dakota, as part of a solidarity delegation from Workers World Party. Lilly, who hails from North Carolina, will also report on developments in the struggle against police brutality and state repression in Charlotte.

Lilly will explain why Workers World Party views these elections as fraudulent and why the abolition of capitalism is the only way to end racism, sexism, homophobia, attacks on immigrants, police brutality, mass incarceration, poverty, unemployment, environmental destruction, war, and the many other ills of the capitalist system founded upon genocide and white supremacy.

Free and open to the public.

Dinner will be served.

More information: 313.680.5508

vote4socialism.org

facebook.com/WorkersWorldParty/

facebook.com/WWP.michigan/

twitter: @wwp2016

email: wwp2016@workers.org

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Oct 022016
 

Demonstrate in Support of the Charlotte Uprising

Tuesday,     Oct. 4,       4 PM

Bank of America – Guardian Building

500 Griswold St, Detroit, MI

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Responding to an urgent call from organizers on the front lines against police murder, Detroit will be standing in solidarity with the Charlotte Uprising! These courageous North Carolina activists and community members have been struggling against police murder for nearly two weeks, and are facing increased arrests and police repression. Now is the time to show our solidarity!

Call to Action from Charlotte Uprising

charlotte_uprising-logoOn September 20th, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police killed Keith Lamont Scott, a disabled Black father who deserved to live. People have taken to the streets of Charlotte every day and every night to demand an end to the war on Black lives and Black communities. People on the ground continue to be met with police repression from the police murder of Justin Carr in the protests to the use of tear gas in crowds to the issuing of warrants for the arrests of people who have livestreamed from the frontlines.

Led by Black, queer & trans organizers & accomplices, the Charlotte Uprising has tirelessly inspired people to resist state violence and dream of new possibilities beyond the current conditions we live in. Freedom fighters in Charlotte are now calling on freedom fighters everywhere to host coordinated actions on Tuesday, October 4, which will mark two weeks since Keith’s murder.

Eleven days into the Uprising and Charlotte is still bubbling with righteous rage and energy. We see this rage and energy connecting cities across the country–from Tulsa, OK to San Diego, CA where communities are lifting up the names of Terrence Crutcher and Alfred Olango, both Black men killed by police. Black people are being criminalized, killed, and abused by the police state everywhere. We raise Charlotte’s struggle and demands alongside those of Black communities across the country fighting against the structure whose murderous shootings are what we deem modern day lynchings. Let our actions show solidarity with the resistance in Charlotte, as well as demanding an end to the anti-Black, classist, gender-policing system of police and prisons that holds so much power over our lives everywhere.

While recent uprisings have immediately followed the murders of Black men, it must not be lost on us that our resistance is in response to the same system that is killing Black women and femmes via police violence, criminalization of Black motherhood & self-defense, and the perpetuation of sexual violence. We must say the names of Korryn Gaines, Sandra Bland, Mya Hall, and the countless Black women and femmes whose deaths must invoke outrage and responsibility.

For folks in North Carolina, come to Charlotte! For folks elsewhere, organize an action–whether it be a rally, march, street theater performance, or turn up–to pull out your communities in solidarity with Charlotte, with Tulsa, with San Diego, with every city where Black folks are rising up and demanding strange fruit no more!

#CharlotteUprising

Follow the Facebook event page for specific details for Charlotte and actions in other cities. Submit information about your city’s action on www.charlotteuprising.com

Endorsed by Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Detroit Active & Retired Employees Association, Workers World Party

For more info, please call: (313)671-3715

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