Monday, March 11, 2013

3/14 Branch Meeting

Who's to blame for violence in U.S. cities?:
Taking on racism, poverty & budget cuts

Thursday March 14, 2013, 5:00 PM
Campus Center, 2nd Floor, Room 2540, UMass Boston

Proposed Agenda:

1) Introductions/go-around -- 10 min
2) Political discussion: "The roots of violence in U.S. cities" -- 35 min

Please read "The not-so-random violence in U.S. cities" (

Recommended additional reading:
The crime of "saggy pants"? (
Rahm's scorched earth assault on our schools (

3) Organizing on campus for Palestinian liberation -- 35 min
4) Discussing a branch education plan -- 30 min
5) Updates on Parking Organizing -- 10 min
While the media has focused on the Sandy Hook shooting in white suburbia, communities of color have been devastated by continued violence. Since 2008, more than 530 young people have been killed in Chicago. When the issue of violence in black and brown communities does get raised, politicians blame "absent fathers", "saggy pants", or not enough police on the streets.

While politicians and the rich blame the victims of the system, socialists see violence as a product of the racism & poverty built into capitalism. We think we need to address the devastation of communities of color from racism and economic crises, not put more people in prison.

Join the International Socialist Organization to discuss the roots of violence in U.S. cities, and find out how you can get involved in the work we're doing on campus.