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Session : Socialists and the Labor Movement

Session 6: Socialists and the Labor Movement

Recording of “Labor Movement” session:

Suggested Readings

No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age by Jane F. McAlevey

Strike! by Jeremy Brecher

Civil Rights Unionism: Tobacco Workers and the Struggle for Democracy in the Mid-twentieth-century South by Robert Rodgers Korstad

Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists during the Great Depression by Robin D. G. Kelley

Detroit: I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution by Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin

Wobblies of the World: A Global History of the IWW, edited by Peter Cole, David Struthers, Kenyon Zimmer

Knocking on Labor’s Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Roots of a New Economic Divide by Lane Windham

New Forms of Worker Organization: The Syndicalist and Autonomist Restoration of Class-Struggle Unionism edited by Immanuel Ness

Session 5: Rent Strike

Suggested Reading List

Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital by Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove

“Creating a Commons in the Capital: The Emergency of Limited-Equity Cooperatives in Washington, D.C.” by Amanda Huron, Washington History

Poor People’s Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail by Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward

This is Parkdale - documentary about rent strikes in Toronto

Session 4: Social Reproduction

Suggested Reading List

“What is Social Reproduction Theory,” by Tithi Bhattacharya, Socialist Worker

Social Reproduction Theory: Remapping Class, Recentering Oppression, by Tithi Bhattacharya, ed.

“Women and Capitalism: Dialectics of Oppression and Liberation,”, by Angela Davis

Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle by Silvia Federici

“Social Reproduction: What’s the Big Idea?” by Susan Ferguson.

Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis by Nancy Fraser

“Contradictions of Capitalism and Care,” by Nancy Fraser, New Left Review

“Coming Full Circle: the Intersection of Gender Justice and the Solidarity Economy,” by Sacajawea Hall, in Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi by Ajamu Nangwaya, Kali Akuno

“Vagabond Capitalism and the Necessity of Social Reproduction,” by Cindi Katz, Antipode

Session 3: Sanctions As A Weapon of War

Recording of “Sanctions” session:

Suggested Reading List:

US Sanctions Are Designed to Kill by Cavan Kharrazian and Kevin Cashman

U.S. Sanctions on Iran Are Increasing Coronavirus Deaths by Sarah Lazare

When Iraq Was Clinton’s War by Chip Gibbons

Session 2: What is Marxism? Resources

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Session 1: What is Socialism? Resources

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Suggested Reading List

Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto by Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, and Nancy Fraser.

Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis.

“Socialists Think” by Asad Haider, Viewpoint Magazine

“Capitalism and Disability” by Marta Russel and Ravi Malhotra, Socialist Register

Historical Capitalism with Capitalist Civilization by Immanuel Wallerstein

The Origin of Capitalism by Ellen Meiksins Wood

How to be an Anti-Capitalist in the 21st Century by Erik Olin Wright