Wed Aug 12, 7pm
Brooklyn Free School
372 Clinton Ave between Greene and Lafayette
In January of 2011, the Egyptian Revolution showed the world what mass struggle looks like. The people of Egypt toppled almost 30 years of Mubarak’s rule and fueled a wave of struggle across the globe from Occupy Wall Street in the U.S. to the movement of the squares in Europe.
Now, three years out, that high point feels like a world away. Every advance of the last three years has been followed by state repression and set backs as a new generation comes up against the forces of capitalism and the political limitations of the level of existing organization.
At the same time, struggle continues. In Greece SYRIZA, a new left-wing party, won the elections this winter and debates within the party about how to combat austerity are shaping Greek politics. Just this summer equal marriage rights were won in the U.S. after more than a decade of activism. This has sparked debates about whether this is a victory or not given how much more there is to fight for.
The list could go on…the dynamics of the moment lead to some big questions:
• How does change happen?
• Is there an alternative to capitalism?
• What would it look like?
• What’s the connection between struggles for reform and revolution?
Join the Brooklyn branch of the International Socialist Organization in a discussion of the system we are up against and the tasks ahead for socialists in the fight for reforms and revolution.