First, there will be an L.A. Local membership meeting.
When: November 30th, 1pm
Where: The L.A. Local office, 2617 Hauser Blvd., L.A.
What’s up?: THIS MEETING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. We’ll be setting the stage for the next two editions of the Freedom School, as well as putting the pieces together for the State Assembly campaign. We’ll also review and discuss the resolutions passed at the National Convention, paying close attention to the Plan of Action strategy, collectively analyzing the Local’s contribution to the strategy’s implementation. Perhaps we start considering a street art plan? We’ll also party.
In December, we will have the next installation of our Freedom School!
When: December 14th, 6pm
Where: The L.A. Local office, 2617 Hauser Blvd., L.A.
What’s going on? This will be a history of the Socialist Party of America. Gabe Gabrielsky will present a history of the American Socialist Party from its origins in 1901 until the 1973 Party crisis. Gabe will also have brief remarks about the roots of social justice in the Old Testament and social justice and utopian movements in Ancient Society and the Middle Ages and the origins of the idea of socialism during the French Revolution.
His emphasis will be on socialism in America from the Puritan idea of “A City on a Hill” and the various religious utopias to the rise of early… protest movements, including the labor movement and the earliest manifestations of Marxian socialism in the United States especially as a consequence of the wave of German immigration in the wake of the failed 1848 revolution.
The concluding remarks will consider the problem of sectism and the appropriate and probable organizational forms both for the working class in America today, including its radical intellectual elements and allies. An extensive discussion period will follow.
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By Larry Gross Originally published on Truthdig.com
Doorstop. That’s what publishers call 400-page books like Max Blumenthal’s “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.” But as I read it the term that came to mind was heart stopper. The book is hard to read, despite its short chapters and accessible prose, because of its relentless parade of facts—details, names, places, events—that add up to a portrait of pain and despair and injustice.
I don’t need to be told that the book is one-sided, that the author fails to acknowledge the many exceptions to the patterns and policies he reports, or that he doesn’t give equal, or much attention, really, to the aggressive and even murderous acts committed by the enemies of Israel. That’s really not the point. Because, if Blumenthal’s account is accurate—and even his most visible critic so far, Eric Alterman, notes that he is “mostly technically accurate”—then it is a damning and depressing portrait of a society that has been accustomed to presenting itself to the world as a righteous actor, the “Middle East’s only democracy,” surrounded by implacable enemies and forced to defend itself by any means necessary.
I have previously recounted on this site my own experience living in Israel and my disillusionment as I came to see the hollowness of much of the idealism I was taught. So, like so many others, I remain torn between sentiment and love for a landscape and a dream, and anger at the immorality and stupidity of its leaders as well as much of its people.
You know who should be angry about Obamacare? Real socialists. The tea party opponents of the Affordable Care Act promised them a government incursion that the new law does not deliver.
Think back to the rallies of 2009 and 2010. All those signs mocking President Obama with the word socialist emblazoned upon them were as common as Gadsden (“Don’t Tread on Me”) flags. But the health-care exchanges that launched Tuesday bear no resemblance to what Merriam-Webster defines as “a way of organizing a society in which major industries are owned and controlled by the government rather than by individual people and companies.”
And actual socialists have noticed.
“Obamacare cannot be considered socialist in any way,” according to Greg Pason, the national secretary for Socialist Party USA.
“The ACA program relies on private health insurance companies to manage health services,” Pason said. “A socialized system would not include ‘health insurance,’ but would be an actual national health-care system which would be publicly funded through progressive taxation and controlled by democratically elected assemblies of health-care workers and patients.”
We’ve been pretty busy lately with campaigns, orientation, the Freedom School and the Ecosocialist Conference. It’s time to get together and plan the winter! Next Freedom School subject? Next step with our issue campaigns? Organizing road trips? Meeting and greeting new members and folks who are interested in joining? Let’s do it!
The conference drew roughly 300 people from the left to listen, learn and interact. Our beloved member, Scott Tucker, gave an inspiring and brilliant speech on the history of the Green Left. Members of the Socialist Party L.A. & Ventura Locals helped organize the event alongside members of the ISO, the DSA, the Green Party, Occupy and Solidarity, as well as independents and local anarchists. Connections were made and friendships were solidified on this day of unity, when the left demonstrated its ability to come together in solidarity and in support of System Change, Not Climate Change.
Expect to see this movement develop in California — and for the SP of California to continue making a valuable contribution to the process.
The L.A. Local has decided to begin an educational program that will cover a variety of subjects. Please join us for the first lesson, which will focus on the history of the Left in the U.S. More details about class specifics will be posted as the date approaches.