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What is the New Jim Crow?

Socialism 2014

June 26, 2014

The United States is notoriously known as the “incarceration nation.” Michelle Alexander’s 2010 bombshell, The New Jim Crow, examined the explosive growth of America’s prison population in the past three decades—and how this growth relates to the racial disparity in imprisonment. There are now 2.3 million people behind bars, including one in nine young African American men. Although most drug users are white, three-quarters of those imprisoned on drug charges are Black or Latino. Rather than unintentional side effects, these racial disparities provide the key to understanding the prison boom. This talk explores the contradiction of an allegedly “color-blind” society whose justice system systematically and disproportionately targets people of color.


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The Crisis in Iraq

The Bitter Fruit of U.S. Imperialism

Socialism 2014

June 26, 2014

Iraq teeters on the brink of yet another sectarian civil war that threatens to engulf the entire region. The U.S., whose 2003 invasion and occupation triggered the sectarian conflict to begin with, has sent troops and naval vessels to bolster Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s Shia regime. Anti-imperialists must oppose U.S., Iranian, Saudi or any other intervention into the crisis because such actions will only make things worse; the hope amidst the horror is the rebuilding of the left regionally and renewing the struggle that united students, workers and peasants in class struggle against the regimes in the region.T


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The Legacy of Hugo Chavez
and the Struggle for Venezuela’s Future

Socialism 2014

June 26, 2014

Hugo Chávez coined the term “Socialism for the 21st Century” to describe the goal of Venezuela’s “Bolivarian Revolution.” What did Chávez mean by this term in theory, and how did he seek to put his ideas into practice? Now that Chávez is dead, what is his legacy? What are possible futures for the Bolivarian Revolution under current president Nicolás Maduro and in the face of angry, organized middle-class opposition?


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The Right to the City
Capitalism and Gentrification

Socialism 2014

June 26, 2014

As the city transforms into a playground for the rich, the gentrified—overwhelmingly Black and Latino—become rent-burdened and forced out of their neighborhoods. From New York to San Francisco, the dispossessed are fighting back and demanding that housing be a right, not a commodity. This session is a discussion about the Right to the City and how working people are organizing to achieve it.


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Do you live in the US?
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yes


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I'm glad you are back! I was worried! I thought something bad had happened to you! D:
Anonymous

haha. thanks for the sentiments. actually, i’ve been dealing lately with a bad bout of depression/anxiety (which i chronically get). still on the mend from that, so i’m limiting my social media time, as that tends to exacerbate my symptoms.

but really, thanks for the concern.


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"Wetlands" will probably get an NC-17 from the MPAA. They tend to do that a lot with homosexual themed films even if they are not explicit in any way. Just like "But I'm A Cheerleader".
Anonymous

i hear you on that. there’s no way it will get anything less than an “R” rating, unless they massively edit out the scenes that currently contain uncovered penises, vaginas, anuses, and the like. the American movie censors HATE full nudity about as much as they hate sex, and particularly, as you point out, same-gender sex.


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i genuinely feel torn as to whether i think this movie was utterly terrible or truly amazing. at one point near the end, i literally had to stop watching and run to the bathroom because i thought i was going to puke. and yet, despite the ample amounts of blood, semen, and feces in this movie, it does come across as quite original, honest, and even tenderhearted. but i would suggest watching this movie on an empty stomach.
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Wetlands (Feuchtgebiete)
Eighteen year-old Helen Memel (Carla Juri) likes to skateboard, masturbate with vegetables and thinks that body hygiene is greatly overrated. Struggling with her parents’ divorce, she spends her time experimenting and breaking one social taboo after the other with her best friend, Corinna (Marlen Kruse). When a shaving accident lands her in the hospital, she sees it as a way to reconcile her parents, but ends up forming an unlikely bond with her male nurse, Robin (Christoph Letkowski) in the  process. (C) Strand
Rating: Unrated
Genre:  Drama , Comedy 
Directed By:   David Wnendt  
In Theaters: Sep 5, 2014 Limited
Runtime:1 hr. 49 min.

i genuinely feel torn as to whether i think this movie was utterly terrible or truly amazing. at one point near the end, i literally had to stop watching and run to the bathroom because i thought i was going to puke. and yet, despite the ample amounts of blood, semen, and feces in this movie, it does come across as quite original, honest, and even tenderhearted. but i would suggest watching this movie on an empty stomach.

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Wetlands (Feuchtgebiete)

Eighteen year-old Helen Memel (Carla Juri) likes to skateboard, masturbate with vegetables and thinks that body hygiene is greatly overrated. Struggling with her parents’ divorce, she spends her time experimenting and breaking one social taboo after the other with her best friend, Corinna (Marlen Kruse). When a shaving accident lands her in the hospital, she sees it as a way to reconcile her parents, but ends up forming an unlikely bond with her male nurse, Robin (Christoph Letkowski) in the process. (C) Strand
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama , Comedy
Directed By: David Wnendt
In Theaters: Sep 5, 2014 Limited
Runtime:1 hr. 49 min.

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So Richard Dawkins has said that some rape is not as bad as other rape, one type of a woman getting fucked against her will is not as bad as another type, does this mean that atheists have as much capacity to be patriarchal misogynistic assholes as theists? He is a white, upper class Englishman, and they always seem to be right...
Anonymous

yes, belief in God has no bearing whatsoever on the existence of sexist and/or patriarchal attitudes or institutions within an individual or society.


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#WhyWeNeedRevolution #RedistributeWealth #SlaveryReparations

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Harvard University’s biggest-in-the-world endowment grew by 15.4 percent in the last year to $36.4 billion. That’s a lot of money.


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The first act of violence that patriarchy demands of males is not violence toward women. Instead patriarchy demands of all males that they engage in acts of psychic self-mutilation, that they kill off the emotional parts of themselves. If an individual is not successful in emotionally crippling himself, he can count on patriarchal men to enact rituals of power that will assault his self-esteem.
bell hooks

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haymarketbooks:

#Books #AaronDixon at #ColumbiaCollege 623 S Wabash starting at 7

haymarketbooks:

#Books #AaronDixon at #ColumbiaCollege 623 S Wabash starting at 7


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Hey, following your post about israel i'm curious as to what your stance is on Gaza firing over 2000 missiles at israel during the war including during cease fires... I guess it comes to the part of does a country have a right to defend itself? The USA does it all it can to keep illegal immigrants out, fences, guards, guns etc. If rockets were being shot at the USA how would they respond?
Anonymous

yes. the Palestinians have a right to defend themselves against Israel genocide, land theft, violence, occupation, and despotism.

also, since the US stole the border-states from Mexico and Native Americans, I think the US would react to any attempts by the indigenous population to retake their land (with rockets or otherwise) in precisely the same way that Israel reacts to Palestinians attempting to retake their land — with imperial arrogance, barbaric brute force, and the kind of justifications employed by all modern robber-states.

if one stronger nation (U.S., Israel) takes land or other possessions by violence from a weaker indigenous population (Native Americans, Palestinians), then that stronger nation can make no legitimate ethical claim to hold onto said land or possessions through the further use of violence.

it’s not a question of self-defense. it’s a question of oppression. it would be like supporting a bully’s “right to self-defense” after their victim finally gets the courage to resist their abuse and punches the bully in the face.


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