Feb 172018
 


Workers World Party Annual African American History Month Forum

Saturday, February 24, 5 PM

5920 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

This year represents the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King,Jr., the Civil Rights, Social Justice and Antiwar leader killed in Memphis on April 4, 1968 while working in solidarity with an African American sanitation workers’ strike demanding recognition as a labor union. Dr. King was mobilizing for the Poor Peoples Campaign when he was assassinated. The manifestation was aimed at occupying Washington, D.C., acting on the urgency for jobs, a guaranteed annual income, food, universal healthcare, political empowerment and the end to institutional racism.

In honor of the valiant history of the African American people we will examine some of the important historical and contemporary issues facing activists in the present period.

Topics Include:

  • 1968: The Year of the Heroic Guerrilla
  • The Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Role of the Federal Government
  • Rebellions Erupt in 125 Cities After the Death of MLK
  • Counterintelligence Program Black Nationalist Hate Groups
  • Comparisons of the COINTELPRO Key Black Extremists of 1967-68 to the Black Identity Extremists FBI Memo of 2017
  • The Poor People’s Campaign from 1968 to 2018
  • Our Task Today in Building the African American Revolutionary Movement and Proletarian Internationalism

Also we will present film clips on the building of the Poor Peoples Campaign during the early months of 1968. In addition, we want to discuss some of the important Black historic sites in Detroit emphasizing the need to preserve the legacy of the Underground Railroad, Labor Movement, Civil Rights Movement, Rebellions and Political Empowerment efforts since the 19th century.

Contact: 313-671-3715

Dinner Served: African American Cuisine

This event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome.

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Feb 072018
 

Marxism Class on Walter Rodney’s ‘How Europe Underdeveloped Africa’

Saturday, February 10, 2018

5 PM

5920 2nd Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

Rodney’s Work Challenges Imperialism Both Past and Present

See Reading Materials at the Following Link from Pages 320-351: http://abahlali.org/files/3295358-walter-rodney.pdf

The Detroit Marxism Class series continues with the study of an important and relevant work on the significant role of Africa in world history. Walter Rodney, who taught for years at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, published this book in 1972.

We will read and discuss Chapter Six, Part 1, which deconstructs the notions that European colonialism and imperialism brought benefits to the African continent. This ideological approach is relevant to Detroit today with the ruling class propaganda suggesting an economic resurgence amid the reality of ethnic cleansing under the guise of gentrification, the subsidizing of “development” through poverty wages, property tax foreclosures, public tax captures, water shut-offs and environmental racism.

As the U.S. government and ruling class intensifies its intervention in Africa with wars of economic penetration, aggression and occupation in Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Zimbabwe, South Africa and other states, it is essential that activists and students of modern life be grounded in the actual historical evolution of the relationship between the African continent and world imperialism.

Walter Rodney born in the South American state of Guyana, was a pioneering historian and activist. He studied African history at the University of London during the mid-1960s.

He was assassinated by his own government on June 13, 1980, some 35 years ago. We will honor his life and legacy through the continuing study and application of his ideas.

Materials for the class on this groundbreaking study will be available at the session.

Admission is free and open to the general public.

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Jan 192018
 

ON THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF TRUMP’S INAUGURATION

DEMONSTRATE – FIGHT TRUMP AND THE CAPITALIST SYSTEM HE REPRESENTS

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, NOON

CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK,
800 WOODWARD, DOWNTOWN DETROIT

DEMAND:

  • Overturn the tax giveaway to the rich and corporations
  • Defend Medicaid, food stamps, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program — No cuts — Expand Social Programs for the Poor
  • No to U.S. Imperialist War and Aggression across the globe — Defend the DPRK, Yemen, and Iran. Solidarity with the Palestinian Uprising
  • Smash White Supremacy, sexism and LGBTQ oppression.
  • Defend Immigrant Rights — there are no borders in the workers’ struggle
  • Fight for 15 and a Union — Stop the robbery of servers’ tips
  • Jobs and Health Care are fundamental Human Rights and must be guaranteed to all
  • Stop the War on the Environment
  • Make the Banks pay for the Destruction they caused from Detroit to Puerto Rico
  • End the giveaway of our City to Detroit’s Trump — Dan “Robber Baron” Gilbert.
  • Stop all Foreclosures, Evictions and Water Shut-offs
  • DROP THE CHARGES AGAINST THE J20 2017 DEFENDANTS

Called by Moratorium Now! Coalition, Michigan People’s Defense Network & Workers World Party

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Nov 272017
 

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017

5 PM

5920 2nd Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

From October 1- 15, the “In the Footsteps of Che” International Brigade composed of people from Africa, Latin America, Europe and North America, visited revolutionary Cuba to participate in a commemoration of Ernesto Che Guevara on the 50th anniversary of his death and to assist in recovery efforts in the aftermath of hurricane Irma. At this forum, comrades Joe Mchawar and Mike Shane, Brigade participants from the Detroit branch of Workers World Party, will report on their experiences in socialist Cuba.

Dinner will be served prior to the reports and discussion.

Event is free and open to the public.

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Nov 112017
 

Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution

Saturday, Nov. 11, 5 PM

5920 Second Ave., Detroit, MI

Topics to be discussed:

  • How the Bolshevik Revolution Inspired Socialist Revolutions in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
  • How Young Revolutionaries View Socialism in the USSR — the gains achieved for the masses of people.
  • Special Analysis by Deirdre Griswold, editor of Workers World newspaper: What led to the
    counterrevolution that overthrew socialism in the USSR – Why we continue to be optimistic for a socialist future.

Dinner served.

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Sep 262017
 

Stop U.S. Imperialist Wars at Home and Abroad

Saturday, September 30 at 5 PM – 8 PM

5920 Second Ave., Detroit, MI

Join ​us​​ ​for ​presentations​ ​and​ ​discussion​ ​on​ ​recent ​​developments​ of ​resistance​ ​to​ ​​the ​​Pentagon’s ​​and ​​Wall​ ​Street’s​ ​wars ​​of ​​aggression. The​ ​Trump​ ​administration​ ​has​ ​proven ​​itself​ ​just​ as​ ​bloodthirsty​ ​​as​ ​any other ​seeking ​to​ ​expand​ ​and​ intensify​ ​​its ​​aggression ​across​ ​the​ globe.​ ​U.S. imperialism​ has​ its sights​ ​​on​ Venezuela​ ​and​ the​ ​​Democratic People’s​ Republic​ ​of​​ ​Korea,​ while​ ​it​ ​​continues​ destroying Afghanistan, ​​assaulting ​the​ ​Syrian Arab​ ​Republic,​ ​and​ ​facilitating​ ​the​ Saudi-led​ ​destruction​ ​​of ​​Yemen.

Dinner served at 5:00 PM – Forum follows dinner.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more info call 313-680-5508.

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Sep 162017
 

DO IT LIKE DURHAM

PUBLIC MEETING

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2017, 5:00 P.M.

5920 SECOND AVENUE, DETROIT (dinner served)

HEAR A FIRST-HAND REPORT FROM THE YOUNG DURHAM, N.C. FREEDOM FIGHTERS FACING FELONY CHARGES FOR TEARING DOWN THE CONFEDERATE MONUMENT IN DURHAM, NC.

The struggle against white supremacy in all its forms is just! The events in Charlottesville, followed by the action in Durham that toppled the Confederate monument, are part of a growing movement to combat some of the most heinous, racist sections of far right that have been emboldened by Trump. In response, cities across the country have preemptively taken down Confederate monuments — not because these politicians want to “do the right thing,” but because they fear rebellion and the strength of a united, multinational movement.

In spite of this, Trump’s bellicose attacks on our movement have continued — including the egregious pardoning of arch-racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the elimination of DACA, and a media onslaught equating anti-fascist fighters with Nazi and KKK scum. Discuss how to heighten the fight against racism and white supremacy in Michigan and across the U.S.

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Aug 152017
 

Teach-In on Venezuela

Thursday, August 17, 2017, 6:00 pm

5920 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
(at Antoinette, just north of Wayne State University)

Featuring Q&A with Jesus Espinosa Rodriguez, representative of the Venezuelan government, skyping in from Venezuela.

  • Introductions by Elena Herrada: Detroit School Board in Exile
  • Cuba Report Back from Tyler Vosgerchian & Kozmo Pappas: 2017 participants of Pastors for Peace and Venceremos Brigade, solidarity trips organized to Protest the U.S. Travel Ban
  • Q & A With Consul General of Venuzuela: Jesús Rodríguez-Espinoza

Sponsored by Moratorium Now! Coalition, Wayne State SDS, Workers World Party

Free admission — contact 313-680-5508 for more information.

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Aug 142017
 

NO WAR ON KOREA!

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 5 PM

Hart Plaza, Jefferson and Woodward, Detroit


Amid increased attacks against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea by Wall Street and the Pentagon, there is a looming threat of war hanging over us. President Trump’s comment on unleashing “fire and fury like the world has never seen” is a threat of nuclear conflict not only just for those living on the Korean peninsula, but a potential maelstrom that could engulf DPRK’s neighbors as well, such as Russia and China.
The drive for war most be opposed in whatever way possible and people of all countries must unite against it, in the name of peace. We encourage anyone from any organization or group opposed to imperialist war to speak out at the demonstration.

Sponsored by Workers World Party

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Aug 032017
 

Workers World Party Class Series commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution

Workers World Party Class
Lenin’s State and Revolution
Saturday, August 5, 5:00 PM

Dinner followed by reading and discussion.

Class leaders: Kayla Pauli and Jamie Smedley

Join us Saturday, August 5th for our class on State And Revolution written by V.I. Lenin just a few months before the successful worker revolution in 1917 and published in 1918. Come to a discussion on what is the capitalist state, and why socialist revolution is the only solution to police brutality, prisons and the U.S. court system of justice for the rich and enslavement for the workers and oppressed.

Lenin notes that the capitalist state “is a power which arose from society but places itself above it and alienates itself more and more from it. What does this power mainly consist of? It consists of special bodies of armed men having prisons, etc., at their command.”

To read ahead:
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1917/staterev/preface.htm
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1917/staterev/ch01.htm

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