Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 10:00pm
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The film chronicles the "Oka Crisis" where the Mohawk stood in resistance and defiance of Canadian local police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Canadian military in 1990. In an era of much talk of resistance and in the heels of "Standing Rock", this look back at the most significant Native resistance of our time that most know little about is a must...
Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 7:30pm

50 Years Since Summer of Love

As the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love floods the media with debates and celebrations of music, political movements, “flower power,” “acid rock,” and “hippies”; The Explosion of Deferred Dreams offers a critical re-examination of the interwoven political and musical happenings in San Francisco in the Sixties. Author, musician, and native San Franciscan Mat Callahan explores the dynamic links between the Black Panthers and Sly and the Family Stone, the United Farm Workers and Santana, the Indian Occupation of Alcatraz and the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and the New Left and the counterculture....

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 7:30pm

9 Session Class

Organized with the Indigenous People’s History and Literature Group

“Real misfortune is not just a matter of being hungry and thirsty; it is a matter of knowing that there are people who want you to be hungry and thirsty.”Ousmane Sembène 

During this term we will begin with Egypt with Mahfouz, visit West Africa with Chris Abani then travel south to South Africa with Zakes Mda then conclude in June with NoViolet Bulawayo in Zimbabwe.  Again we examine four different areas of Africa as the peoples there emerge first...

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 7:30pm

JP Howard, curator and nurturer of Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon (WWBPS) invites you to the Salon's Six Year Anniversary Celebration. Help us celebrate National Poetry Month and join our Anniversary event featuring and celebrating our dynamic Salon members. Our fierce featured writers are: r. erica doyle, Sherese Francis, Cynthia Hilts, Safia Jama, Cynthia Manick, Allia Matta, Yesenia Montilla, and Ed Toney!

This event is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). JP Howard will be catering food for the event.

Attendees are encouraged to support The Commons Cafe by purchasing food and drink.

Eventbrite registration is required to...

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 3:00pm

Poetry & Jazz Benefit for WBAI

Resist Blitzkrieg: first 100 daze of boss tweet / $cammany haul

Celebrate National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month.

Raymond Nat Turner poetry

Zigi Lowenberg poetry

Lee Odom saxaphones

Angelica Sanchez piano

Ken Filliano bass

Lou Grassi drums

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 6:00pm

Part 1 of 2

Towards a revolutionary transformation

Why Capitalism Must Go to Save the Earth
Capitalism is the problem and creating a new society is both possible and essential.

With Fred Magdoff —the first of two events featuring authors of new book Creating an Ecological Society, which assesses how capitalism is destabilizing Earth’s climate and envisions a society that is genuinely democratic, equitable, and ecologically sustainable. 

Fred Magdoff is Professor Emeritus of Plant and Soil Science at the University of Vermont. Among his recent...

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 7:30pm

May 2, a reading and discussion of Marat/Sade. Watch the film if you have the opportunity
May 9 and 16, RD Laing, counter-psychiatric / anti-psychiatria. The Politics of Experience and more. A presentation and discussion with Michael Pelias on May 9.
May 23 and 30. Paris. May, 1968. These talks will investigate the events May 68 in France through an analysis of the writings of Daniel Cohn-Bendit, one of the most important and interesting of its leaders, as well as the experiences of rank and file militants interviewed by Mitch Abidor for his forthcoming oral history, May Made Me.
Mitchell...

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 6:00pm

The Ecoiogy Series

Our ability to address urgent threats to our existence like climate change and nuclear weapons is hampered and undermined by questionable assumptions about "human nature" that underlie much political thought and action. In the book Revolutionary Mothering, an anthology by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, China Martens, Mai’a Williams, and Loretta J. Ross, women of color start from the interdependence of the child and the mothering person to propose a very different perspective on human experience and the interface between individuals and institutions. Mothering and revolution are messy – there are no pat formulas or...

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 7:30pm

Postscript: 1924-1933

The German Revolution: False Hope or Missed Chance?
Postscript, 1924-1933

In November 1923, with the Weimar Republic reeling from the French occupation of the Rhineland and the destruction of its economy by the Great Inflation, the Communist Party of Germany failed in its third attempt since 1919 to lead a workers revolution. Over the next nine years, while the German Left became more bitterly divided than ever, the extreme nationalist and revanchist element in Germany was coalescing around a new mass party, the Nazis, who found increasing numbers of powerful supporters in the army and...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 7:30pm

Community Roundtable

Friends of the MEP and the Left community at large are invited to discuss the meaning and signficance of fascism and how to recognize it and struggle against it in world politics today. We hope to debate questions such as: What is the nature of fascism in relation to nationalism/racism, misogyny, social/community dissolution? Is or is not the Trump phenomenon an example or at least a precursor of fascism in the USA? Are there important political movements in other countries that could be called fascist? Is the social psychology of fascism the same today as it was in the 20th century? Are theAre there other...

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 6:00pm

Five Week Session

by Frederick Engels

Everywhere barbarous indifference, hard egotism on one hand, and nameless misery on the other, everywhere social warfare, every... house in a state of siege, everywhere reciprocal plundering under the protection of the law, and all so shameless, so openly avowed that one shrinks before the consequences of our social state as they manifest themselves here undisguised, and can only wonder that the whole crazy fabric still hangs together.

This sounds like a description of our contemporary moment, when so many communities around the globe are reeling from the havoc...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 6:00pm

A six-week reading group

We will read and discuss the just-published book by Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams, Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation. Sickened by the contamination of water, air, and the Earth itself, more and more people are coming to realize that it is capitalism that is, quite literally, killing us - and indeed, degrading the Earth’s very ability to support all forms of life. The authors identify the root causes of the global environmental crisis in capitalism’s imperative to make profits at all costs and expand without end. They lay out a program for building a...