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Marxist School of Sacramento

Point of View Speaker Series:

Challenging Perspectives on Current Issues
Winter/Spring 2014

NOTE LOCATION: Our lectures are held generally on the third Thursday of the month at the Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th Street, Classroom 9, Sacramento, CA (between Castro Way and 4th Ave.)

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Songs of Freedom: Songbook by Irish revolutionary socialist James Connolly
First edited by James Connolly and published in 1907.  This new edition was edited by Mat Callahan and includes not only the original Songs of Freedom, but the 1919 Connolly Souvenir program published in Dublin for a concert commemorating Connolly’s birth. Both are reproduced exactly as they originally appeared. Also included is the james Connolly Songobook of 1972, with the most complete selection of Connolly’s lyrics and historical background essential to understanding the context in which the songs were written and performed. Connolly was executed by a British firing squad because of his leadership role in the Easter Rising of 1916.

February 20:  Clifton Ross and Marcy Rein, editors of Until The Rulers Obey: Voices from Latin American Social Movements.Their collection of interviews features five dozen leaders and grassroots activists from fifteen countries presenting their work and debating pressing questions of power, organizational forms, and relations with the state. More information:

March 20:  Peter Linebaugh: Stop, Thief! The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance. In this tour de force, celebrated historian Peter Linebaugh takes aim at the thieves of land, the polluters of the seas, the ravagers of the forests, the despoilers of rivers, and the removers of mountaintop. He traces the red thread from the great revolt of commoners in 1381 to the American commons, where European immigrants who had been expelled from their commons met the immense commons of the native peoples and the underground African-American urban commons. More:

Cazzarola book coverMarch 27:   Special event: Norman Nawrocki presents:  Cazzarola! a gripping, epic, political, historical, and romantic novel spanning 130 years in the life of the Discordias, a fictional family of Italian anarchists. It details the family's heroic, multigenerational resistance to fascism in Italy and their ongoing involvement in the anarchist movement. From early 20th-century factory strikes and occupations, armed anarchist militias, and attempts on Mussolini's life, to postwar student and labor protest, and confronting the newest wave of contemporary neofascist violence sweeping Europe, the Discordias navigate the decades of political, economic, and social turmoil. And, there’s a CD with a Musical Soundtrack for the book, and a free e-Book with purchase of either!

April 17:   Steve Early presents his new book, Save Our Unions: Dispatches from a Movement in Distress. How can we  save our unions? Find out at this  public forum and discussion of current labor struggles in California and other states.

May 15: Duane Campbell, professor emeritus of bilingual multicultural education, California State University, Sacramento. End this Depression Now! The nation, including California, suffered a severe economic crisis. Twenty six million were unemployed and under employed. This crisis was created by fraud and deception mostly in finance capital and banking and Wall Street. The rich and Wall Street have now recovered, but the 90% have not. The suffering continues. We need to understand this crisis in the economy and in our politics and to select strategies to get us out of this mess. If we don’t, it will all happen again and again.

Duane Campbell is also a union activist, chair of Sacramento Democratic Socialists of America and on the editorial board of Democratic Left. He has worked on labor and immigration reform issues for over 30 years. His most recent book is Choosing Democracy: a practical guide to multicultural education. 4th. edition. 2010. Allyn and Bacon. Duane blogs at and, among other places.