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April 2021

Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly with Editor Peter Cole

Sun, April 11 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$7 – $27

In the early twentieth century, when many US unions disgracefully excluded black and Asian workers, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) warmly welcomed people of color, in keeping with their emphasis on class solidarity and their bold motto: “An Injury to One Is an Injury to All!” Ben Fletcher: The Life and Times of a Black Wobbly tells the story of one of the greatest heroes of the American working class. A brilliant union organizer and a humorous orator, Benjamin Fletcher…

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4 Month Pass Offering Through August 15

Mon, April 12 @ 12:00 AM - 11:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 AM on Monday, repeating until Mon, August 16, 2021

$50 – $200

The four month pass is now $50 less than it was in 2020. All events, classes and more for stated sliding scale fees until end of day, July 31.

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Capitalism and the Sea

Mon, April 12 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 PM on Monday, repeating until Mon, June 7, 2021

$40 – $60

While sea beds are drilled for their fossil fuels and minerals, and coastlines developed for real estate and leisure, the oceans continue to absorb the toxic discharges of carbon civilization – warming, expanding, and acidifying the blue water part of the planet in ways that will bring unpredictable but irreversible consequences for the rest of the biosphere.

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Towards a Revolution in Labor History: White Supremacism and Bourgeois Social Control

Thu, April 15 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, May 6, 2021

An event every week that begins at 6:30 PM on Thursday, repeating until Thu, May 27, 2021

$35 – $65

Why is the US working class unorganized and suffering to a far greater extent than in other advanced capitalist societies?

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Victor Serge: Notebooks 1936 to 1947 a close reading

Sat, April 17 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 AM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, July 3, 2021

$55 – $85

In this session, we will read Notebooks 1936-1947 written during the last ten years of Serge’s life while in exile in Mexico.  The Notebooks document not only the personal and political costs of Serge’s commitment to the truth of the 1917 Revolution, but the deep and rewarding insights of Serge’s intellect that had been freed by creative and radical political thought.

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Creolizing Rosa Luxemburg: Five More Sessions

Sat, April 17 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 PM on Saturday, repeating until Sat, May 15, 2021

$40 – $60

The remaining five sessions of this seminar series explore some of her signal contributions—her argument that imperialism and primitive accumulation are endemic to capitalism; her prescient attention to racist super-exploitation in southern Africa; her insistence that socialism had to be created in and through the widest form of participatory democracy, including the mass strike; her reflections, with attention to the other-than-human world and incarceration, on transformative subjectivities—through putting them in conversation with Global Southern thinkers past and present.

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Reinventing the Welfare State: Book + talk special

Sun, April 18 @ 2:05 PM - 4:00 PM
$25 – $31 38 tickets left

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

Tue, April 20 @ 6:05 PM - 8:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 6:05 PM on Sunday, repeating until Sun, May 2, 2021

$30 – $69

Beyond Digital Capitalism: New Ways of Living Continues on April 20, with 4 more (and maybe 5 more) sessions after that on Sundays or Tuesdays until 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…

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New York City and the Experience of Modernity (8 week session)

Fri, April 23 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 PM on Friday, repeating until Fri, June 18, 2021

The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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$45 – $75

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.

Modernity is a historical force. It is messy. In architecture history modernity is usually narrated as an interplay between the combined forces of the Industrial Revolution and capital, with social upheaval, explosive population growth and immigration as its result...

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Health Care, Technology, and Socialized Medicine

Sun, April 25 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
$7 – $11

While the immediate task of controlling the current pandemic determines the actions of states, medical institutions, and research laboratories, several critical microbiologists, virologists, and political economists have done well to ask the structural question about the metabolic and ecological rifts that have unleashed new dangers for humanity. But 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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