Thursday, September 17, 2009

Socialism in the USA

Socialism: What it is and why we need it

Public forums around the country this fall

The word "socialism" has returned to the mainstream of American political debate. But there are widespread misconceptions about what socialism is--and what it isn't.

Republicans fret that the U.S. is fast becoming a socialist country--with government spending on bank bailouts and Barack Obama's proposed health care reform. But the genuine tradition of "socialism from below" means more than state intervention in the economy.

Socialism is really about the struggle to oppose discrimination in all its forms and to put the needs of working people before corporate profits.

Come to a meeting sponsored by the International Socialist Organization to discuss the idea of socialism--and socialist strategies for changing the world.

Below is a list meetings in cities and towns around the U.S. Check back here for updated information and more listings.


Albany, N.Y. | September 17, 7:30 p.m.
University of Albany Uptown Campus, Campus Center. Contact or 518-677-1046 for more information.

Amherst, Mass. | October 1, 7:30 p.m.
UMass Campus Center. Contact for more information.

Baltimore, Md. | September 30, 7 p.m.
First Unitarian Church, Charles and Franklin Streets. Contact for more information.

College Park, Md. | September 22, 7 p.m.
University of
Maryland-College Park. Contact or 202-903-6906 for more information.

Burlington, Vt. | September 9, 7 p.m.
University of Vermont, Lafayette 302. Contact 914-434-2484 for more information.

Ithaca, N.Y. | September 10, 7:30 p.m.
Cornell University Campus, Willard Straight Hall Music Room. for more information.

New Haven, Ct. | September 9, 7:30 p.m.
Connecticut State University, Engelman Hall, Room A120. Contact 203-645-9473 for more information.

New York City-Barnard/Columbia | September 17, 7:30 p.m.
Columbia University, Hamilton Hall. Contact for more information.

New York City-Hunter College | September 9, 7:15 p.m.
Hunter College, Thomas Hunter 305B. Contact for more information.

New York City-Jackson Heights/Queens | September 23, 7 p.m.
The Diversity Center, 76-11 37th Ave., 2nd Floor. Contact for more information.

New York City-Uptown/CCNY | September 10, 7 p.m.
La Pregunta Cafe, 1528 Amsterdam Ave. Contact for more information.

Providence, R.I. | September 14, 7 p.m.
Rhode Island College, Gaige Hall Room 209. Contact or 401-525-1957 for more information.

Rochester, N.Y. | September 17, 7:30 p.m.
Rochester Institute of Technology Library. Contact or 585-857-4732 for more information.

Washington, D.C. | September 24, 7 p.m.
Location TBD. Contact or 202-903-6906 for more information.


Champaign, Ill. | September 28, 6 p.m.
University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Greg Hall, Room 307. Contact or 217 649-8830 for more information.

Chicago-Loop | September 16, 7 p.m.
DePaul University, Downtown Campus, 1 E. Jackson, 11th Floor, Room 11013 . Contact or 312-771-5699 for more information.

Madison, Wis.-University of Wisconsin | September 10, 7:30 p.m.
University of
Wisconsin, check "Today in the Union" board at Memorial Union for location. Contact 608-358-6822 for more information.

Madison, Wis.-MATC | September 10, 12:30 p.m.
Madison Area Technical College, Truax Campus, Student Lounge. Contact for more information.

Toledo, Ohio | September 3, 7 p.m.
University of
Toledo Student Union, Room 2591. Contact or 330-571-5072 for more information.


Atlanta | September 2, 8 p.m.
Georgia State University, 503 General Classroom Building. Contact or 404-838-7127 for more information.

Austin, Texas | September 10, 7 p.m.
University of Texas, Parlin Hall, Room 201. Contact for more information.

Charlotte, N.C. | September 17, 7:30 p.m.
University of North Carolina, Fretwell Building, Room 121. For more information, go to or call 704-909-9276.

Denton, Texas | September 9, 7 p.m.
University of North Texas, Wooten Hall, Room 121. Contact for more information.

Gainesville, Fla. | September 10, 7 p.m.
University of Florida, Anderson Hall, Room 34. Contact or 352-246-2240 for more information.

Greensboro, N.C. | September 3, 7 p.m.
University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Graham Building, 3rd floor. Contact or 336-312-2918 for more information.

Houston, Texas | September 16, 8 p.m.
University of Houston-Main, University Center, Baltic Room. Contact or 713-560-7227 for more information.


Berkeley, Calif. | September 3, 7 p.m.
University of California-Berkeley, 251 Dwinelle Hall. Contact or 510-316-2781 for more information.

Los Angeles | September 9, 7 p.m.
University of Southern California, Leavey Library Auditorium. Contact or 213-309-2713 for more information.

Oakland, Calif. | September 15, 6 p.m.
Laney College, Student Center, Room TBA. Contact or 510-325-0599 for more information.

Portland, Ore. | September 24, 7 p.m.
Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union Room 236. For more information, go to

San Diego | September 25, 6 p.m.
City Heights Recreation Center,
4380 Landis Street (NE Corner of Fairmount and Landis). Contact or 619-865-0621 for more information.

San Francisco-CCSF | September 10, 11 a.m.
City College of
San Francisco, Cloud 122. Contact for more information.

San Francisco-SFSU | September 2, 7 p.m.
State University, Cesar Chavez Student Center, Richard Oakes Multicultural Center. Contact for more information.

Seattle | October 7, 7 p.m.
University of Washington, Gowen Hall, Room 201. For more information, go to

If you'd like to list a fall Socialism meeting or add more information, e-mail

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