May 102018
 

Saturday, May 12, 5pm

5920 2nd Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

This class will discuss Karl Marx’s Wage, Labor and Capital. This basic work on Marxist economics explains the mechanism of exploitation of the workers’ labor by the capitalists. We will be reading the text together.

Dinner will be served.

Here is a link to the text. https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/download/Marx_Wage_Labour_and_Capital.pdf

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May 042018
 

RUSSIA IS NOT THE ENEMY: THE U.S. DRIVE FOR WAR AND “FAKE NEWS”

Saturday, May 5th, 5pm

5920 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

Anytime you turn on the TV or open social media, you’re bombarded with propaganda about Russia. The media portray Russian president Vladimir Putin as a mastermind who has committed crimes of every variety, from hacking Hillary Clinton’s emails and subverting the democratic process across the Western world, to poisoning his enemies abroad and invading Russia’s neighbors. Every US war starts with a lie to convince the world that an “enemy” is threatening freedom and democracy. This is no exception.

What’s the agenda behind this? Why are our government and media pushing so hard for war with Russia?

Please join us for a community dinner and discussion on these questions and more. With presentations on the role of Russia in the world today and the propaganda machine fueling this war drive, we will work together to answer these questions and oppose war.

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Apr 212018
 

May Day Demonstration

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

3:30 PM

Clark Park
Clark Street and Vernor, Detroit, MI 48209

3:30 PM – Rally
4:30 PM – March
5:15 PM – Closing Rally
6:00 PM – End

Each of us – no matter our identity or the place of our birth – deserves clean & affordable water, housing, good iobs, & education, not jails, deportations, and war.

  • Disband ICE! No raids, no deportations!
  • No to lslamophobia!
  • No to racism, sexism, ableism, and LGBTQ oppression!
  • Money for iobs, housing, and education, not war!
  • No to imperialism, colonialism, and imperialist wars!
  • No more gentrification!
  • End police brutality!
  • Demilitarize police to demilitarize society!
  • Housing is a human right!
  • Water is a human right! Fix the pipes, end the water shut-offs!
  • No Union Busting! $15 Minimum Wage and a Union!
  • End right-to-work laws!
  • Equal Pay for Equal Work!
  • Abortion on demand, without apology!
  • Sex work is work!
  • Stop the Trump-Pence agenda!
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Mar 052018
 

Saturday, March 10, 5 PM

5920 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

All women invited to speak out!

Women are in the forefront of every struggle for justice and liberation. The last year has seen the rising tide of women speaking out against sexual violence and harassment in the workplace and everyday life. The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have empowered women to speak truth and demand justice at every level.

Join us to commemorate International Working Women’s Day at a Detroit speakout for women in the struggle. YOUR voice counts!

Smash Trump ~ Stop racism, sexism & fascism ~ Fight gender oppression ~ Reproductive justice for all women ~ No anti-LGBTQ bigotry ~ Stop attacks on Muslims & immigrants ~ Free national health care for all ~ Overturn capitalism ~ For socialist revolution!

Dinner served at 5 p.m. (donation, no one turned away) with speakout following.
Call 313-378-2369 for more information.

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Feb 282018
 

Friday, March 2

5 PM

Hart Plaza

Woodward Ave. at Jefferson, Detroit, 48226

Demonstrate to demand Wall Street and the Pentagon stop the threats of war against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea!

Koreans have existed as a distinct ethnic and linguistic people for thousands of years. But in 1945, Dean Rusk, then a U.S. Army colonel, split the Korean nation into two parts, drawing a line on a map at the 38th parallel. Ever since, the U.S. military has occupied the southern half of the Korean Peninsula.

For three years, 1950-53, the U.S. carried out a brutal war of annihilation against the socialist north, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. At least two million Koreans were killed and every building over one story in the north was destroyed. The U.S. dropped more bombs on North Korea than it had during the entire war in the Pacific against Japan.

At great cost, the Koreans held out and the U.S. finally agreed to a ceasefire in 1953. But, despite repeated requests by the north, the U.S. has refused to even discuss a peace treaty. Instead, it has tried to destroy the country with economic sanctions and international isolation, intensified after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Despite this, the people of the DPRK have built up from the ashes a society that reflects their desire for self-determination. The DPRK has 100% literacy and is among the most advanced countries in maternal health and survival.

In the southern half of Korea, a broad popular movement that toppled the last president for corruption is pressing for better relations with the north. This was clearly seen at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, when South Koreans joyfully applauded a joint north-south team. But the U.S. is completely hostile to these efforts. On the contrary, it openly threatens the DPRK with nuclear annihilation.

With all the troubles affecting us here in the U.S. — underemployment, racism, state repression, lack of healthcare and affordable housing — we oppose giving the generals in the Pentagon more money. Trump has already broken records on Pentagon spending — proposing $719 billion for 2019 — while 50% of children in the United States require some form of food assistance and the infrastructure falls apart.

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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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