Jun 142017
 

WWP Contingent – 2017 Motor City Pride

 

Queer Liberation and Socialism

Saturday, June 17, 5 PM

5920 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

In our age of neo-fascist reaction and imperialist destruction, queer lives and communities are facing a renewed assault by the most reactionary elements of our society. The president and vice president are arch-bigots, and the VP in particular believes in “gay conversion therapy.” The rights of trans individuals to public space, represented by the right to gender-neutral bathrooms, are coming under attack as well. 11 trans individuals of color have been murdered so far in 2017.

As capitalism proves that it is incapable of providing the means of living to the vast majority of people on earth, the problems facing the queer community are becoming more acute. LGBTQ youth homelessness and lack of access to health care services are a facet of capitalism that cannot be resolved under this system.

Please join the Queer Liberation Contingent of Workers World Party at our follow-up forum to Pride to discuss how only socialism is capable of providing the queer community with the means to determine our own bodies and livelihoods, how queer oppression is intertwined with capitalism, and how socialism has historically responded to queer oppression.

Dinner followed by program

For more info call 313-680-5508

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Apr 282017
 

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

First Class – The February Revolution of 1917 which overthrew the Tsar

Saturday, April 29, 2017, 5:00 pm

5920 Second Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202

Dinner served at 5:00 – Class and discussion follows dinner

Reading Material – 5 Days in February from Trotsky’s History of the Russian Revolution

This great work describes the February insurrection that began on International Women’s Day and which led to the overthrow of the Tsar. The material gives tremendous insight into how a demonstration matures into an insurrection, with a vivid description of the tensions and dynamics at play during the decisive moments.

Attached is the chapter from which we will read segments which will also be provided at the class. We read and discuss the material together.

For more information call: 313-319-0870.

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Apr 172017
 

Saturday, April 22, 5 PM

5920 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
(at Antoinette, north of WSU)

Join Workers World Party Detroit for a discussion on the growing threat of imperialism in the age of Trump. The program will include talks on how the new U.S. regime’s policies are accelerating the deadly wars in countries like Syria and Afghanistan, as well as placing other countries and regions on the kill list such as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Africa. We will also discuss how these new policies harm the most vulnerable populations within the empire itself by taking money away from those most in need and giving it to the massive war machine via new budgets for the Pentagon and intelligence agencies.

Free and open to the public.

Dinner will be served.

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Apr 152017
 

RALLY and MARCH

Monday – May 1, 2017 – 5 P.M.

Grand Circus Park – Detroit
(corner Woodward Ave. & W. Adams St.)

  • Stop the raids! Stop the deportations! Hands off Immigrants!
  • Stop the U.S. war against Syria.
  • Hands off People’s Korea.
  • Stop police terror.
  • Water is a right, from Standing Rock to Flint and Detroit! No pipelines – No shutoffs.
  • $15 and a union! Jobs, health care, housing and education are human rights.
  • Defend Planned Parenthood! Reproductive rights now. No to Trump’s rape culture.
  • No anti-trans bathroom bills or presidential decrees! Stop attacks on the LGBTQ community.
  • Stop foreclosures, evictions and utility shutoffs.
  • Money for jobs, education, housing – not war.

The recent roundups of migrants under the Trump directive have shocked the world, drawing parallels to internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. But like the racist, anti-Muslim travel bans these attacks are meeting resistance. Large numbers stayed off work during “a Day Without Immigrants” and huge numbers of migrants are expected to skip work and school on May Day.

The scapegoating of migrants, as well as attacks on Muslims, people of color, women and the LGBTQ community, are all designed to fracture the working class and destroy any possibility of unity. Unity is desperately needed to fight mass layoffs, poverty wages, cutbacks in social programs and a myriad of economic attacks by the capitalist class.

More than a dozen calls have been issued for a general strike in the U.S. on May 1, International Workers Day. These have come from a wide range of organizations of migrant workers, women, prisoners, socialist revolutionaries and others. IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT A GLOBAL GENERAL STRIKE – NO WORK, NO SCHOOL, NO SHOPPING, NO RETALIATION!

Initiated by: Moratorium Now Coalition; Michigan People’s Defense Network; Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice; Detroit Active & Retired Employees Association; Workers World Party

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Apr 072017
 

Friday, April 7, 5 PM

Campus Martius Park

800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48226


The Trump administration and their imperialist allies are demanding NATO take “unilateral action” in Syria including removing Assad. This would put the US in direct conflict with Russian forces and Iran. We cannot allow Syria to become another Libya or Iraq. Join us in saying ‘no’ to NATO’s destruction of Syria and imperialism in the Middle East.

Updates on Facebook at: Emergency Rally: Stop US Invasion Of Syria

 

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Mar 292017
 

2017 – Centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia

Detroit WWP Marxism Class on V.I. Lenin and Amilcar Cabral

Self Determination and National Culture

5920 Second Avenue (at Antoinette), Detroit

Sat. April 1, 5:00 PM

This event represents the second in a series of classes on Leninism and its application to the contemporary situation.

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 triump of the Russian Revolution.

Title: “The 1903 Program and Its Liquidators”

Later in 1970, at Syracuse University in New York state, 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 in approaching the role of culture in the national liberation struggles leading to socialist construction.

Reading materials:

“The 1903 Program and Its Liquidators”
“National Liberation and Culture”

These 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.

Facilitator:  Abayomi Azikwe, Editor Pan-African News Wire; Contributing Editor, Workers World Newspaper
Contact: 313-671-3715

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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

In the news:

Midwest Conference builds socialism: Power to the people!

Midwest WWP conference to link theory and practice

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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.

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