October at the Marxist School!
Fall Classes (2nd and 4th Tuesday, 7–9pm) at SMUD Customer Service Center, 6301 S Street, Sacramento.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
October Point of View Lecture, Sierra 2 Center, Room 9, 7-9PM 2791 24th St, Sacramento
John Curl, author of For All The People (the history of workers’ cooperatives in America), will chronicle these social justice systems.
Seeking to reclaim a history that has remained largely ignored by most historians, this dramatic and stirring account examines each of the definitive American cooperative movements for social change—farmer, union, consumer, and communalist—that have been all but erased from collective memory.
Focusing far beyond one particular era, organization, leader, or form of cooperation, For All the People documents the multigenerational struggle of the American working people for social justice. While the economic system was in its formative years, generation after generation of American working people challenged it by organizing visionary social movements aimed at liberating themselves from what they called wage slavery. Workers substituted a system based on cooperative work and constructed parallel institutions that would supersede the institutions of the wage system.
With an expansive sweep and breathtaking detail, this scholarly yet eminently readable chronicle follows the American worker from the colonial workshop to the modern mass-assembly line, from the family farm to the corporate hierarchy, ultimately painting a vivid panorama of those who built the United States and those who will shape its future.
About the Author: John Curl, with over forty years of experience as both an active member and scholar of cooperatives, masterfully melds theory, practice, knowledge and analysis, to present the definitive history from below of cooperative America. He is a longtime co-op participant, whose book will be available.
John Curl’s writings include history, memoir, translations of pre-Columbian poetry from indigenous languages, and seven books of poetry. He is a longtime board member of PEN Oakland, chair of West Berkeley Artisans and Industrial Companies, a social activist, and has served as a city planning commissioner. He has been a member of Heartwood Cooperative Woodshop in Berkeley for over thirty years, and has belonged to numerous other cooperatives and collectives. A professional woodworker, he resides in Berkeley, CA.
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