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Marxist School of Sacramento

Point of View Speaker Series:

Challenging Perspectives on Current Issues
Spring 2015

NOTE LOCATION: Our lectures are held generally on the third Thursday of the month at the Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th Street, Garden Room, Sacramento, CA (between Castro Way and 4th Ave.) The Garden Room is at the north part of the building, opposite the restrooms, before you come to the theater.

Thursday, January 15, 2015:  Film showing (1 hour) and conversation with director Sam Mayfield.
Wisconsin Rising: A Documentary Film Directed and Produced by Sam Mayfield,Green Valley Media, and E.W. Stetson
Wisconsin Rising documents the largest sustained workers’ resistance movement in American history. Wisconsin was a testing ground for the nation in 2011 as big money attempted to undo basic workers’ rights when newly elected Republican Governor Scott Walker suddenly stripped collective bargaining power from the state’s public employees.

Thursday, February 19, 2015: William E. Myers, PhD, "Should Children Work?" Myers is retired from a career at the United Nations, where he worked with UNICEF and the International Labor Office on child protection policies and programs. He is an associate in the UC Davis Department of Human Ecology. His talk on examines the idea prevalent in most countries, that education and children's economic participation are incompatible, and that school-aged children should therefore be obliged to attend school and prohibited from engaging in work. However, a different policy, one seeking to reconcile children's work and education so that children can fit both into their lives, may ultimately be more beneficial for children and society, The fact that various models for combining education. and work are available in practice suggests that such a policy can be successfully implemented

Thursday, March 19, 2015: Dawn Paley, "Drug War Capitalism (AK Press). Image of Book CoverDawn Paley, author of Drug War Capitalism, just out from AK Press, lives in Mexico. Drug War Capitalism proposes that the war on drugs is a tool for social control, and outside of the United States, it tends to create social and political conditions which are beneficial for the expansion of global capitalism. In the U.S., social control linked to the drug war is exercised in large part through police and prisons, disproportionately affecting communities of color. In Mexico, Colombia, and Central America, social control linked to the war on drugs is exercised primarily through the use of terror.” (Dawn was recently interviewed for the Monthly Review. That interview is available here: Dawn is unable to come to the U.S. for this talk, so she will by present by Skype in an informal Q&A session.  We will provide good snacks for the people physically in attendance, and copies of her book will be available for purchase. This event is cosponsored by Sacramento Area Peace Action and Sacramento Action for Latin America.


please note, two events in April

Thursday, April 23: Francis Dupuis-Deri from Montreal, author of Who's Afraid of the Black Blocs; 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.

Thursday, April 30, 2015: Immanuel Ness, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, New Forms of Worker Organization (PM Press)    

Thursday, May 21, 2015: To be determined.

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