April events for 2015
Discussions — April 7, 7pm
For our discussions and classes, formerly 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, we are will looking for a permanent home. Because of scheduling limitations, we can only meet once a month, on the FIRST TUESDAY, at the Colonial Heights Library, 4799 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95820, in the Community Room.
Tuesday, April 7, 7pm: For the first such meeting, we will be discussing the March 2015 Monthly Review agricultural resources article, "A Rational Agriculture Is Incompatible with Capitalism", by Fred Magdoff.
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Point of View Lectures — April 23 and April 30
We're moving to a yet another new room at the Sierra 2 Center for our Point of View lectures; still 2791 24th St., but starting in April we'll be in Room 12, at the opposite end of the building from the restrooms. In April there will be two events (and three speakers!), and because of that, we are starting our summer "lecture hiatus" with those April talks.
Thursday, April 23, 2015, Francis Depuis-Deri, author of Who's Afraid of the Black Blocs? and John Clark, editor and translator of Anarchy, Geography, Modernity: the writings of Elisée Reclus.
Sierra 2 Center 2791 24th Street, Sacramento — Room 12
Francis Dupuis-Deri from Montreal, author of Who's Afraid of the Black Blocs?: Anarchy in Action around the World; and John Clark, from New Orleans, editor, translator, and introducer of Anarchy, Geography, Modernity: the writings of Elisée Reclus. (both published by PM Press). In case you didn't know, Elisée Reclus (1830–1905) was a renowned French anarchist geographer. He produced his 19-volume masterwork La Nouvelle Géographie universelle, la terre et les hommes ("Universal Geography"), over a period of nearly 20 years (1875–1894). In 1892 he was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal of the Paris Geographical Society for this work, despite having been banished from France because of his political activism. The books will be available for purchase at the event.
Thursday, April 30, 2015: Immanuel Ness, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, editor of New Forms of Worker Organization: The Syndicalist and Autonomist Restoration of Class Struggle Unionism (PM Press).
Don't let the title scare you. This book is about rank-and-file struggles to build effective unions. As unions implode and weaken, workers are independently forming their own unions, drawing on the tradition of syndicalism and autonomism—a resurgence of self-directed action that augurs a new period of class struggle throughout the world. In Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe, workers are rejecting leaders and forming authentic class-struggle unions rooted in sabotage, direct action, and striking to achieve concrete gains.
This is the first book to compile workers’ struggles on a global basis, examining the formation and expansion of radical unions in the Global South and Global North. The case studies in this book serve as a handbook for understanding the formidable obstacles and concrete opportunities for workers challenging neoliberal capitalism.
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