Socialist Party L.A. Local November Membership Meeting

When: Saturday, November 8th, 2pm

Where: 2617 Hauser Boulevard, Los Angeles

What’s going on: Our working groups (Red Carpet, Community Gardens, Education, Anti-Imperialism) are moving forward. We’re one month away from the holiday party – planning time. We’re also close to electing new Local officers. Lots of work to do…

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Congratulations to the Socialist Party L.A. Local’s Scott Tucker and Larry Gross!

Tonight at the Professional Musicians Union in Hollywood, the Center for the Study of Political Graphics honored the work of the Socialist Party Los Angeles Local’s Scott Tucker and Larry Gross, along with Dr. Samella Lewis and Dolores Huerta. Scott and Larry were presented with the “Historians of the Lions” award for their “integrity, passion, and commitment to create a more sustainable and inclusive world by telling the stories of the lions.” It was an incredible thrill to hear how Scott and Larry have impacted the lives of their peers. We know they have impacted ours.

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Socialist Party L.A. Local Freedom School with Art Goldberg of the Working People’s Law Center

When: Saturday, October 18th, 6pm

Where: 2617 Hauser Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

What’s going on:

Please join us for this special event! Attorney Art Goldberg of the Working People’s Law Center will be giving a presentation on the Free Speech Movement and “Berkeley in the Sixties.”

About Art Goldberg:

Arthur L. Goldberg has been practicing law in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles since 1972. He grew up in Inglewood, California and attended U.C. Berkley in the 1960’s where he was one of the founders of the Free Speech Movement. He was dismissed from Berkley in 1965 and then attended Howard Law School in Washington, D.C. for two years until he was again dismissed because of his political activities. Art graduated from Rutgers Law School in 1968 and opened a neighborhood law center in 1972 in Echo Park. The law center was meant to provide high quality, low fee representation, primarily in the areas of criminal and family law, to residents of the predominantly working class community. For over forty years, the law center has been fulfilling this mission.

Art has been involved in many of the high-profile civil rights cases in Los Angeles. In the late 1970’s, Art was one of the main counsels for the Integration Project which sought to force integration of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Art was also involved in suing the Lynwood Sheriff’s Department which resulted in a settlement of a class action police abuse case, one of the first of its kind. He and the other attorneys in the case donated part of their fees to establish a computer system for tracking police abuse complaints. Most recently, Art was part of a team that successfully brought civil suits against abusive priests within the Los Angeles Diocese of the Catholic Church. In winning the suit, Art secured multimillion dollar settlements for his clients, who were made partially whole, although no amount of money can make up for the horrible abuse they experienced as children.

As a member of the Indigent Criminal Defense Association, Art is regularly appointed by the court to represent criminal defendants. He represents private clients as well and has tried dozens of murdered cases and hundreds of criminal cases in his many years of practice. Art represented one of the original defendants who implicated police officers and spawned the infamous Rampart scandal.

Art’s passion, though, is representing children. By virtue of his extensive experience in Family Law, having represented thousands of clients over the years, Art is now frequently appointed by the court as a Minor’s Counsel to represent children.

Art continues to live in the Echo Park area, within 15 miles of his four adult children and 5 grandchildren. The law center continues with its political activities, encouraging the struggle for social justice by representing at no cost people arrested for civil disobedience.

“Berkeley in the Sixties” –

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Socialist Party L.A. Local October Membership Meeting

When: Saturday, October 4th, 2pm

Where: 2617 Hauser Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

What’s going on: Working groups (community gardens, anti-imperialism, education, youtube programming) will continue to plan and implement. We’ll also be planning for our holiday party.

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Building Blocks Against Climate Change! A Southern California Climate Demonstration!

When: Saturday, September 20th, 1pm-5pm

Where: Wilshire Boulevard between Alvarado and Wilton (the Socialist Party L.A. Local contingent will be located at Wilshire and Vermont)

What’s going on:

Launched by the Converging Storms Action Network and Sponsored by All Participants

How you can participate: Pick a Corner! Pick a Block! Sign up for a location for you or your group at our website at:

1. View our website map and participant list!

2. Pick your location on WIlshire, fill out the form, and hit Select! You also can sign up for the same site as other groups, or create a zone (e.g.anti-fracking zone) or activity (e.g. bike against climate change caravan!)

3. Inform your members, make plans and materials, outreach to everyone you know, and meet up at your site on Sept20!

ALTERNATIVES: What if I Support the Action, But Can’t Commit to Time and Place, or Can’t Come?

If you can’t sign up for a specific location, you also can:

5 Just Come On Down Sept20 and join whoever is already there, without signing up in advance!

6. Just Endorse Us in Support! If you’re not sure you can come or can’t yet commit to a time and place, just endorse us by signing up on the form at the website!

7. Send me your willingness to participate or endorse, and I will sign you up for you!

8. Spread the word to every group and everyone you know!

Why this action is taking place: As global CO2 levels (driven by fossil fuel use) hit 400 ppm for the first time in millions of years, signs of earth’s disrupted biosphere abound, from rising temperatures and extreme weather to resource shortages and massive die-offs. All trajectories point to a dead planet if we do not bring radical change
now. On Sept20, Southern California will join tens of thousands demonstrating in New York, when the
United Nations meet to discuss the climate crisis. A broad array of organizations, groups, friends, families,
coworkers, and communities will meet on Wilshire, between Alvarado & Wilton, in a chain of interlinking
“Building Blocks” of protest against climate change.

In this new kind of collaborative demonstration, people will gather at a pre-selected corner, intersection, or block, creating their part of a network of protests — like overlapping neighborhood vigils or sidewalk picket lines — extending block after adjacent block. Since we need not agree on points of unity, slogans, or speakers, groups will retain their diverse autonomy, deciding where to gather and what to say, bringing their materials, signs, approach. And because – on sidewalks — we do not need permits or to divert traffic beyond barricades, protestors and public can interact. In this way, our efforts will create a non-virtual, face-to-face, simultaneous “sidewalk step-out,” raising our voices at the same time and place on the same
issue. Together, we will demand that world leaders at the UN implement the policies needed to effectively
Stop Climate Change Now!

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Socialist Party L.A. Local Freedom School: “Rethinking Socialist Humanism after Poststructuralism and Postmodernism”

When: Saturday, September 13th, 6pm

Where: 2617 Hauser Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA

What’s going on:

Presented by Professor Kevin Anderson

Since the 1970s, antihumanist and anti-Hegelian currents, from the structuralist Marxism of Althusser to non-Marxist critiques of radical humanism (Foucault, Bourdieu), have dominated radical philosophy and social theory. By the 1980s, the ascendancy of Foucauldian poststructuralism in particular was marked by identity politics, a rejection of global perspectives, and a theory of resistance rather than one of human emancipation. Over the past decade, the alterglobalization movement and the economic crisis have led to a greater emphasis on both Marxist thought and on universality, while the academic world has experienced a revival of Hegel studies. A humanist deficit remains, however, insofar as radical humanism continues to be ignored or even attacked. This paper revisits a number of strands of radical humanism, ranging from Marxist and socialist humanism (Fromm, Dunayevskaya, Kosík), to African socialism (Fanon), and to French existentialism (Sartre). While some of these strands exhibited an abstract form of universalism that left insufficient room for particular forms of consciousness based upon ethnicity or gender, leaving them open to the poststructuralist critique, other forms of humanism grounded themselves in more concrete forms of universality. This is important, for the left today needs a more than strategic form of universalism in order to ground a fully emancipatory opposition to the capitalist order. At the same time, a contemporary Marxist humanism has to appropriate critically the insights of the past several decades concerning issues like ethnicity, gender, and sexuality.

Kevin Anderson teaches Sociology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has written on Marx, Hegel, the Frankfurt School, Foucault, the Orientalism debate, and on social upheavals, particularly in the Middle East and Europe. Among his books are the Rosa Luxemburg Reader (coedited with Peter Hudis, 2004) Foucault and the Iranian Revolution: Gender and the Seductions of Islamism (with Janet Afary, 2005) and Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies (2010). He is a member of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization.

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