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November 2020

Social Reproduction and the City

Wed, November 18, 2020 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

Feminist political economy and feminist welfare state scholarship have not focused on the urban as a scale of analysis, and critical approaches to urban neoliberalism often fail to address questions of social reproduction. To address these unexplored areas, Black unpacks the urban as a contested site of welfare state restructuring and examines the escalating crisis in social reproduction. He lays bare the aftermath of the welfare-to-work agenda of the Giuliani and Bloomberg administrations.

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January 2021

Marina Sitrin on Pandemic Solidarity with Colectiva Sembrar

Sat, January 23 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
$7.00 – $25.00

Pandemic Solidarity collects first-hand experiences of people creating their own narratives of solidarity and mutual aid in the time of the global crisis of COVID-19. In times of crisis institutions of power are laid bare and people turn to one another. Underneath the media’s narrative of selfish individualism and runs on supermarkets, we find an opposing story of community and self-sacrifice.

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February 2021

The Sinking Middle Class with David Roediger

Wed, February 17 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

Roediger demonstrates that an obsession with a “middle class” is relatively new in US politics, starting with Bill Clinton's attempt to win back the so-called Reagan Democrats. The efforts by the corporatist wing of the Democratic Party remain marked by covert appeals to white racism and the avoidance of wealth redistribution.

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April 2021

Reinventing the Welfare State: Book + talk special

Sun, April 18 @ 2:05 PM - 4:00 PM
$25.00 – $31.00

With positivity and rigor, Ursula Huws will outline a ‘digital welfare state’ for the 21st century, which would involve a repurposing of online platform technologies under public control to modernise and expand public services, and improve accessibility.

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Health Care, Technology, and Socialized Medicine with Pratyush and Pritha Chandra

Sun, April 25 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

For the ecological crisis to become a ground to rethink structural transformation, it is not enough to locate it in the wreckage that capitalism accumulates. It must be understood as constitutive to capitalist social relations, having an intimate connection to the robbery of labor. It is in this sense that the particularization of these crises in the form of pathogens and impending diseases becomes crucial. This helps us to understand the ecological rift as central to everyday life and struggle in capitalism, and also to imagine a transformational class politics.

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Socialist Register 2021: Life After the Pandemic with Christoph Hermann

Tue, April 27 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

While debt is essential in a profit-driven economy, it is pointless in a needs-based economy. When the goal is that everybody receives what she/he needs, there is no need to go into debt. In this presentation Christoph will present some ideas for a needs-based economy.

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May 2021

Socialist Register 2021: Beyond Digital Capitalism (the entire series)

Sun, May 2 @ 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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One event on Sun, May 2, 2021 at 2:00 PM

$7.00 – $29.00

Beyond Digital Capitalism: New Ways of Living Continues on April 27 with another final session on May 2 There are tickets for each session for those who are unable to be present for this series. The series tickets provide entrance to the remaining 6 presentations with discussions. “In addressing how far digital technology has become integral to the capitalist market dystopia of the first decades the 21st century, we were deliberately seeking to counter so much facile futurist ‘cyber-utopian’ thinking…

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Socialist Practice: Histories and Theories

Sun, May 23 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

The level of popular discontent—in the United States as elsewhere—has shown a dramatic increase in recent years, but has yet to crystallize into a cohesive anti-capitalist political force. Socialist Practice aims to contribute to a popular movement for socialism.

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June 2021

Amakomiti: Grassroots Democracy in South African Shack Settlements

Sat, June 12 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

Can people who live in shantytowns, shacks and favelas teach us anything about democracy? About how to govern society in a way that is inclusive, participatory and addresses popular needs? This book argues that they can. In a study conducted in dozens of South Africa's shack settlements, where more than 9 million people live, Trevor Ngwane finds thriving shack dwellers' committees that govern local life, are responsive to popular needs and provide a voice for the community.

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September 2021

Urban Displacements and Contemporary Capitalism

Sat, September 25 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

Susanne Soederberg argues that historical and geographical configurations of monetized governance, including landlords, employers and inter-scalar state practices, have served to reproduce urban displacements and obfuscate their gendered, class and racialized underpinnings. The outcome is the everyday facilitation and normalization of urban poverty and social marginalization on one side, and capital accumulation on the other.

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October 2021

Catastrophe and Systemic Change: Learning from the Grenfell Tower Fire and Other Disasters

Sat, October 16 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7.00 – $11.00

Author Gill Kernick will present her powerful analysis of the Grenfell disaster and its aftermath. The recent fire of a tower block is a sharp reminder that many residential structures will fail—witness the Miami collapse and the recent apartment collapses In Milano, Italy.

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November 2021

The MEP Bookstore, Fall 2021/Winter 2022 (inclusive of shipping—US and Puerto Rico only)

Mon, November 8 @ 6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, November 8, 2021

$5.00 – $95.00

Books that will be used during the Winter of 2021 sessions—good for a lifetime of learning. There are Socialist Registers for 2020 and 2021, Pluto's Wildcat and FireWorks series. The any four, five or six books offers do include shipping.

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New York City and the Experience of Modernity, Fall session

Tue, November 16 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, repeating until Tue, November 16, 2021

$10.00 – $70.00

In the year 1877, the signals were given for the rest of the century; the black would be put back; the strikes of white workers would not be tolerated; the industrial and political elites of North and South would take hold of the country and organize the greatest march of economic growth in human history. They would do it with the aid of, and at the expense of, black labor, white labor, Chinese labor, European immigrant labor, female labor, rewarding them differently by race, sex, national origin, and social class, in such a way as to create separate levels of oppression – a skillful terracing to stabilize the pyramid of wealth.” —Howard Zinn

This is a seminar about New York City and its people. It is not a study of architectural styles and objects, - although the physical stuff of cities does play a role—but it is a course about the experience of the way in which modernity builds and destroys cities.

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NEW! Year-long (12 months) Pass : Now through November 30 2022

Fri, November 19 @ 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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An event every month that begins at 8:00 AM on day 19 of the month, repeating until Thu, June 30, 2022

$75.00 – $350.00

12 Month Pass — good until November 30, 2022. Single person at sliding scale. Each additional person with same-time purchase for $75 for the same year—adding as many people as you would like is allowed and encouraged.

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Six Month Pass to May 31, 2022

Mon, November 22 @ 2:30 PM - 11:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 2:30 PM on Saturday, repeating until Mon, March 28, 2022

$70.00 – $250.00

We are now offering a six month pass for the prices of the previous 4 month passes. If you are paying for yourself and any additional person, you are now able to have two people attend all events, classes or film showings (post-pandemic) that The MEP offers. Any purchases between now and mid-November make these effectively passes for more than six months and well into 2022.

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