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October 2017

Whose Cities? Our Cities!

Tue, October 3 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$85 - $115

The class that built and continues to build New York City can no longer afford to live here. Meanwhile, the international bourgeoisie with hyper capital accumulation, perch themselves in luxurious multi-roomed lofty palaces as occasional residences. Our aim is to gain the historical and theoretical understanding that can inform our fight to wrest control of our cities from the capitalist class, and to discuss how cities can be reorganized to meet our human needs with a sustainable urban ecology.

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Highlights of Marx’s Capital, Volume One

Wed, October 4 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$75 - $105

Many of us have less time to study it because, as Marx predicted, we have to work longer hours— and often more than one job—in order to survive. Fortunately, even a basic familiarity with the key concepts of the first Volume of Capital offers many tools for understanding capitalism’s dynamics.

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Institute For Radical Imagination Fall Term Begins

Sat, October 7 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Begins October 7 The Institute can be reached via: Email: info@radicalimagination.institute Phone: 718–687-0864 https://radicalimagination.institute/events-directory/  

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Political Writings of Marx and Engels

Sat, October 7 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$75 - $95

This reading group will delve into a selection of Marx and Engels’ political writings to gain both a better understanding of the history of working-class and socialist struggles of their times, and explore lessons for our political organizing now. This tasks takes on a special urgency in light of the events in Charlottesville and the increased visibility of racist, anti-Semitic and white supremacist ideologies.

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Caribbean Literature: Breaking bonds before and after betrayed revolutions

Thu, October 12 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$85 - $115

“And I say that between colonization and civilization there is an infinite distance; that out of all the colonial expeditions that have been undertaken, out of all the colonial statutes that have been drawn up, out of all the memoranda that have been dispatched by all the ministries, there could not come a single human value.”
` —Aimé Césaire
Following our discourse on his groundbreaking discourse we will consider three novels on the colonized Caribbean, long engaged in revolutionary struggle.

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Paradoxes of Exchange Society

Sat, October 14 @ 3:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Verso Books, 20 Jay Street #1010
Brooklyn, 112101
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$6 - $15

“Paradoxes of Exchange Society,” inquires into the social contract that is both presupposed and reproduced in all human exchange. As the title of Kluge’s film indicates, the exposition of Nachrichten aus der ideologischen Antike (News from Ideological Antiquity) seeks to constitute an antiquity appropriate to today’s challenges.

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Trumping Trump: The New Wave of Resistance

Fri, October 20 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$6 - $15

Charlie, Janet and Jodeen will offer a different vision of a universalizing resistance based on our diversity and opposition to an intersectional system of domination—militarized capitalism.

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November 2017

Kent State: Death and Dissent in the Long Sixties

Sun, November 5 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
New Perspectives Theatre, 456-458 West 37th Street
New York, NY United States
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$6 - $15

Thomas M. Grace details how the National Guard killings of antiwar students at Kent State University on May 4, 1970, were not a mere tragic anomaly. Rather they were grounded in a tradition of student political activism that extended back to Ohio’s labor battles of the 1960s.

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A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things

Fri, November 10 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$6 - $15

Bringing the latest ecological research together with histories of colonialism, indigenous struggles, slave revolts, and other rebellions and uprisings, Moore and Patel demonstrate that throughout the history of capitalism, crises have always prompted fresh efforts to restore the seven cheap things.

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Let’s Party Like It’s 1917!

Sun, November 12 @ 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$6 - $20

Poetry Paraphernalia Pageant
Dancing to the Music
co sponsored by The MEP and Radical Poets

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The October Revolution of 1917

Mon, November 20 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Monday, repeating until Mon, November 20, 2017

Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn,
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$55 - $75

,,,since the collapse of the USSR in 1991, defenders of the capitalist order, including respectable academic scholars, have attempted to portray it as a coup d’état by a small minority of revolutionary zealots, bent on imposing an authoritarian regime. These falsehoods have the aim of discrediting not only this revolution and its leaders, but the idea of revolution in general.

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December 2017

Extreme Cities

Sun, December 3 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
New Perspectives Theatre, 456-458 West 37th Street
New York, NY United States
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$6 - $15

Ashley Dawson argues that cities are ground zero for climate change, contributing the lion’s share of carbon to the atmosphere, while also lying on the frontlines of rising sea levels. He offers an alarming portrait of the future of our cities.

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Is Another World Really Possible?

Sun, December 10 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Sunday, repeating until Sun, December 10, 2017

New Perspectives Theatre, 456-458 West 37th Street
New York, NY United States
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$95 - $125

We need a positive vision of a better world and the roads leading to it. So let’s imagine we are future historians living in a peaceful, egalitarian, democratic society on a damaged, but stabilized, planet in the year 2117.

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Counter-cartographies of the global supply chain

Sun, December 10 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
New Perspectives Theatre, 456-458 West 37th Street
New York, NY United States
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$6 - $15

We will explore the potential for our own insurgent mapping projects, seeking to understand how supply chains are resilient yet vulnerable and fragile—and to identify where working-class solidarity has the greatest possibility to spread up and down the chain, across sectors, borders–and even oceans.

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Fridays As In Murder: Women, Violence & Genre Formulas

Fri, December 15 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Friday, repeating until Fri, January 26, 2018

Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn,
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$95 - $125

Drawing upon the potentials of film noir’s formula of restlessness, dread, and discontent within social corruption, women novelists wrote of threats to the domestic sphere and American society emerging as the global hegemon. Women writers explored crime and violence resulting from the racism and class exploitation while some male authors began writing of more complicated women.

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