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West Coast Reading Group: Racism, Oppression, and Revolution
June 12 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm EDT
As dozens of American cities rise in rebellion against murderous and racist police forces, calls for defunding or even abolishing the police are becoming louder. What does Marxism say about the role of the police under capitalism, and what would society look like with no police? Is this an attainable goal? What are the prospects for revolutionary change in our time?
Join the next Spring reading group to take part in this important discussion. This will be a continuation or our last reading group session on socialism from below and revolution in the 21st century, with an added focus on the current uprising against police violence in North America, and the chances of radical change from a system of oppression and violence to one based on meeting people’s real needs.
The recommended readings and resources are:
- Revolution in the 21st Century – Chris Harman (Chps. 5 – 6; https://www.marxists.org/archive/harman/2007/revolution/index.html)
- From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation – Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Chp. 1; https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ATfLUhbRhQ4VDzXs0lSZ9iKYnk9nZfR9?usp=sharing)
- Podcast – Abolish the Police: Liberal vs Revolutionary Perspectives.; (https://wearemany.org/a/2019/07/abolish-police)
- Angela Davis – Freedom is a Constant Struggle (YouTube; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5u1aHpEtWyA)
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