On November 30th, a roomful of L.A. Local members, plus a few guests, met to discuss the course of action for December 2013. Committees were established for the State Assembly Campaign, street art, and a possible co-op effort. A preview of the next two editions of the Local's Freedom School was given, and members of the Ventura Local gave an update about what's going on in Ventura County.
Socialist Party members accross the country joined pickets in solidarity with Walmart workers. From Secaucus New Jersey to Los Angeles California members joined picket lines and tookpart in civil disobedience.
Check out the Black Friday gallery here
Today's anti-war demonstration outside of Fort Monmouth in Eatontown, NJ. We had about a dozen people total. Afterwards, most of us went out for an "activist's Thanksgiving" at a nearby restaurant.
Great times with great people!
The Memphis Socialist Party co-sponsored a series of events that featured Anna Lidia Vega Serova, an author of Russo-Cuban descent who lives in Havana. In addition to exploring the themes of marginalization in Anna Lidia's work, the Socialist Party was also able to engage her in discussion about socialized housing, transportation, and healthcare in Cuba. These events allowed the SP to connect with several local organizations, including the University of Memphis, who also sponsored the event. If you live in the Memphis area and are interested in joining the local chapter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
November the SoCal regional CASU group met to report back from committees such as Education and Outreach, and Media and Communications, offer each other support, and plan for the regional conference in February 2013. Northern California is doing the same, the end goal being a statewide conference later in the year to follow up the save CCSF conference that took place in San Francisco earlier this year. Next planning meeting will take place December 22!
A few SP members, also students, are participating in the effort to fight against things like AB955. Earvin Chavez, new to the gang, said, “I believe the California Student Union is a simple yet powerful idea. If this idea is transformed into concentrated action, it will produce tangible benefits for the California student body. This concentrated action is what I felt at the first meeting I attended. It is inspiring to witness mutual struggle; to see students who are organizing to combat injustice within education.
One example that displays the organizational skills of CASU is its committees. Students can join a colorful range of committees such as Outreach, Research, and Communications. I joined the Research committee since I enjoy conducting research. Furthermore, CASU frequently holds meetings to update members, and nonmembers alike on upcoming activities. Jose—a member of CASU— and I plan on distributing flyers to students at Cypress College for the purpose of raising awareness about CASU. This is just the first step towards making an impact on education for me, and I plan on taking more to realize this powerful idea.
On Saturday, November 2nd, Professor Daniel Olmos, from Cal State Channel islands, led a lively and informative discussion at the L.A. Local office about the transition to capitalism and the roles historical imagination, "witches" and "savages" played and continue to play. Members of the L.A. and Ventura Locals attended, as well as friends and new faces.