Spring Events in Boston!

Common Struggle - Boston Spring events

-Monday, April 16: Platypus Forum - Reform, Resistance, or Revolution?
6:30 pm
Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, Chinatown, Boston, MA

Common Struggle member Gayge to speak at a panel hosted by Platypus. Speakers:
Jeff Booth (Socialist Alternative)
Gayge (Common Struggle Libertarian Communist Federation)
Joe Ramsey (Kasama Project)
Laura Lee Schmidt (Platypus)
J. Phil Thompson (MIT)

This event concerns the forms of anticapitalist politics available today: reform or resistance or revolution or a combination of the three.

- Thursday, April 19th: M.A. Bakunin and the Origins of Modern Anarchism
7pm at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, Chinatown, Boston, MA
Info: bostonwob@gmail.com

A Corvid College course led by Common Struggle member Steve Kellerman. We will be reading the book "Bakunin: The Creative Passion" by Mark Leier. It was originally published by St. Martin's Press and is currently being published as a paperback by Seven Stories Press. Copies have been available at the Lucy Parsons Center and at Raven Books in either Boston or Cambridge or through the publisher or on-line book services. It would be good if people could have read the first 200 pages. If this is too much reading, you could skip to Chapter 7 which is the beginning of Bakunin's career as a revolutionary. The first class will focus on Bakunin's life with future classes on his thought, his conflict with Marx, his activity in the 1st International, his association with S.G. Nechayev, his racism, and his continuing significance.

-Friday, April 20th: Freedom/Libertad Release Party!
6pm. Email Boston@CommonStruggle.org for address and directions.

Come celebrate the release of issue 7 of Freedom/Libertad with food and drinks. A social event to benefit Freedom/Libertad
Newsletter, at the Crow's Nest in Dorchester.

-Saturday, April 21: May Day dicussion! Common Struggle Reading Group
6pm at Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, Chinatown, Boston, MA

We will be reading and discussing articles relevant to the upcoming actions of May 1st. What has been a successful organizing strategy in the past? What lessons can be learned?

Join us to discuss these three articles:
- The Lessons of 2011: Transcending the Old, Fostering the New, and Settling Outstanding Accounts" by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
- Which way forward for the 99%? Build Power & Show Power through Mass Participatory Bold Action by Occupy May 1st
- Longview, Occupy, and Beyond: Rank and File and the 89% Unite! by the Black Orchid Collective

-Tuesday, May 1st: May Day General Strike!

Join Common Struggle and march with us through International Workers Day's scheduled events!

11:00 am - Anti-capitalist rally at Copley Square
12:00 pm - May Day rally in front of Boston City Hall
2:00 pm - Rally at LoPresti Park. March northward to Chelsea.
4:00 pm - Rally at Glendale Park in Everett
5:00 pm - Pachanga Revolucionaria at Rumors Bar & Grill, 56 Ferry St., Everett, MA
7:00 pm - Funeral march for capitalism beginning at Copley Square

-Saturday, May 5th: "Loyal to Humanity! : Traitors to Whiteness!"
6pm at Encuentro 5
33 Harrison Ave, Chinatown, Boston, MA

Join Common Struggle as we discuss confronting White Supremacy and Capitalism. "Loyal to Humanity! : Traitors to Whiteness!" In memory of Joel Olsen and Don Jennings. A tribute to two comrades who left us too soon this past April.

Randy's Readings:
- Anarchism and Confederate Flag Culture
- Honkie America Redux: The Plight of the Latino Immigrant

Randy supplemental:
- How Do You Practice Intersectionalism? An Interview with bell hooks

Joel's Readings:
- Whiteness and the 99%

- Corruption and Class Struggle: What It's Like to Live in Arizona Right Now

Joel Supplemental:
- The Problem With Infoshops and Insurrection: U.S. Anarchism, Movement Building, and the Racial Order

-Saturday, June 2nd: Patriarchy and the Birth of Capitalism
Reading Group
6:00 pm
Encuentro 5, 33 Harrison Ave, Chinatown, Boston, MA

This is the first of a two part discussion of 'Caliban and the Witch' by Silvia Federici. It will be followed in a third session by a discussion of related readings on primitive accumulation, accumulation by dispossession and feminism.

To be discussed:
- Capitalism and Reproduction by Mariarosa Dalla Costa
- Preface to the Making of the English Working Class by E.P. Thompson (very short!)
Caliban and the Witch by Silvia Federeici
Preface, Introduction, All the World Needs a Jolt, The Accumulation of Labor and the Degradation of Women, The Great Caliban
It should be easily available through AK Press, as it is a quite popular book).

Optional Resources for all three sessions:

Capital Vol 1. by Karl Marx, ch 26-33
or Penguin Classics edition)

- Reading Capital Politically Ch 2, the Commodity Form
- Study Guide to Capital Volume I

Accumulation by Dispossession, with David Harvey (video)

Contact us at Boston@commonstruggle.org