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      ISO UPTOWN BRANCH NEWSLETTER 1/18-1/24

      Stay informed of upcoming NYC International Socialist Organization
      (ISO) events with this weekly newsletter. Visit our website for the
      latest updates.
      http://www.nycsocialist.org/ search/label/Branch%3A% 20Uptown

      Come to one of our weekly Uptown Branch meetings or many other events,
      just a few of which are described below. For more information, call us
      at (646) 452-8662 or write to:
      ISO.Uptown.Branch@...

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      EMERGENCY IN HAITI

      Donations and aid are desperately needed in Haiti. For information on
      grassroots organizations that need our solidarity and financial
      support, look for the orange box marked WHAT YOU CAN DO on this page:
      http://socialistworker.org/ 2010/01/15/where-is-the-aid- in-haiti

      See below for fund raising events and an analysis of why this catastrophe has been magnified by American intervention.

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      CITYWIDE RALLY FOR EDUCATION

      Stop Bloomberg's school closures and privatization!

      4-6:30pm Thursday, January 21
      in front of Mayor Bloomberg's home
      17 East 79th Street (between 5th Ave. and Madison Ave.)
      6 train to 77th Street
      Map: http://bit.ly/5nui0x

      Come join and support the students, parents, and teachers of the 22
      school communities affected by the proposed closings and charter
      takeovers. Let the mayor know that these closings are wrong and should
      not occur! Why at his residence? Bloomberg is closing our schools,
      which are the lifeblood of our communities--we need to bring this
      issue to where he lives. Our schools are remarkably succesful, given
      budget cuts, overcrowding, and the high-needs students they serve. We
      need more support and resources, not to be closed down and replaced by
      boutique or charter schools that exclude our neediest children.

      Sponsored by: The Emergency Coalition to Stop School Closings
      (including parents, teachers, and students at PS 15K, Jamaica HS,
      William H. Maxwell CTE…)

      For more information about the rally, call the coalition at (718)
      601-4901 or write to:
      GEMnyc@...

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      WEEKLY ISO BRANCH MEETING--CANCELED THIS WEEK!


      Why? To ensure everyone has enough time to read up for our Strategy &
      Tactics day school on January 24. Let's have the best discussion
      possible! See next event…

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      STRATEGY & TACTICS DAY SCHOOL

      The Bolsheviks Come to Power & The Comintern

      1-6pm Sunday, January 24
      LOCATION TBA

      The Russian Revolution of 1917 was the pinnacle of the struggle for
      workers power. The years that followed were full of potential for the
      working class victory in Russia to spread across Europe. What
      conditions led to the revolution? What were the "soviets"? How did
      they begin to take shape? Who led the revolution? What role did the
      Bolshevik Party play? And how did revolutionary socialist parties
      around the world try to solidify and spread the revolution?

      For more information about this study group, and to get books locally or the readings in PDF, write to:
      ISO.Uptown.Branch@...

      Background reading/listening:

      THE BOLSHEVIKS COME TO POWER
      http://www.haymarketbooks.org/ pb/Bolsheviks-Come-to-Power

      THE COMINTERN
      http://www.haymarketbooks.org/ pb/The-Comintern

      DUNCAN HALLAS SPEAKS ON THE COMINTERN (click on the play button at
      bottom left of window)
      http://www.NYCsocialist.org

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      SPECIAL CITYWIDE ISO EVENT ON HAITI

      Catastrophe in Haiti: An Unnatural Disaster

      7pm Thursday, January 28
      The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, Room 301
      208 West 13th Street (btw. 7th & 8th Ave.)
      1/2/3/A/C/E/F/V/PATH trains to 14th St. or L train to 8th Ave.
      Map: http://www.gaycenter.org/ contactus

      The worsening disaster in Haiti is almost indescribable. As many as
      100,000 are dead after a massive earthquake struck the island nation
      on January 12, with millions now homeless or seeking desperately
      needed emergency care. Yet a similar-sized San Francisco quake in 1989
      killed only 63. The mainstream media would have us believe it's simply
      a matter of poverty, or "culture," as if the Haitians did this to
      themselves. But Haiti's history of struggle proves that nothing could
      be further from the truth.

      The cause is rooted in 200 years of the worst racism, exploitation,
      and foreign military occupation—most recently at the hands of the
      Clinton and Bush administrations. Haiti's elected president,
      Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was overthrown twice with the support of the
      U.S., and international financial institutions have enslaved Haiti
      with a debt in the billions of dollars. Now the U.S. military is in
      Haiti once again, having sent 5,700 troops but only 300 doctors, and
      is actively interfering with aid delivery.

      Join a discussion of what produced this tragedy, how we can help
      today, and what it will take to win growing demands such as canceling
      Haiti's U.S. debt. Speakers will include Edna Bonhomme, Haitian
      American graduate student & activist at Columbia University, and
      Ashley Smith, long-time activist in solidarity with Haiti and member
      of the International Socialist Review editorial board.

      Background reading: Ashley Smith
      CATASTROPHE IN HAITI
      Ashley Smith describes the natural and not-so-natural factors that
      contributed to the devastation when Haiti was struck by a strong
      earthquake.
      http://socialistworker.org/ 2010/01/14/catastrophe-haiti

      HAITI PACKET DIRECT DOWNLOAD
      Natural and Unnatural Disasters—How U.S. Policy Has Impoverished and
      Devastated Haiti (a collection of articles from SocialistWorker.org
      and the International Socialist Review)
      http://audio.nycsocialist.org/ files/Haiti-Packet.pdf

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      HERE'S WHAT'S NEW AT SOCIALISTWORKER.ORG

      Analysis: Roger Annis
      WHERE IS THE AID IN HAITI?
      A coordinator of the Canada Haiti Action Network reports on the
      desperate conditions in Haiti and the failure of governments like the
      U.S. to respond.
      http://socialistworker.org/ 2010/01/15/where-is-the-aid- in-haiti

      Analysis: Ashley Smith
      CATASTROPHE IN HAITI
      Ashley Smith describes the natural and not-so-natural factors that
      contributed to the devastation when Haiti was struck by a strong
      earthquake.
      http://socialistworker.org/ 2010/01/14/catastrophe-haiti

      Editorials
      STATES OF EMERGENCY
      State and local governments are ramming through massive budget cuts
      that are wrecking lives--and the federal government is doing nothing.
      http://socialistworker.org/ 2010/01/12/states-emergency

      Analysis: Megan Behrent
      A FIGHT FOR OUR SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK
      Megan Behrent reports on the wave of protests that greeted New York
      City officials' plan to close 21 public schools--and the struggle
      still ahead.
      http://socialistworker.org/ 2010/01/15/a-fight-for-our- schools

      Analysis: Sherry Wolf
      PUTTING PROP 8 ON TRIAL
      What's at stake in a federal court case challenging the homophobic
      Proposition 8?
      http://socialistworker.org/ 2010/01/11/putting-prop-8-on- trial

      Get updates from SocialistWorker.org as a fan on Facebook, a follower
      on Twitter, or through our website--and help us by sharing our
      articles.
      Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ socialistworker
      Twitter: http://twitter.com/ SocialistViews
      Website: http://socialistworker.org/ subscribe/email

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      INTERNATIONAL SOCIALIST REVIEW (ISR)

      The latest ISR issue (#69, January–February 2010) is out now. Features include:

      Editorial
      THE OBAMA DOCTRINE
      The new war plan for Afghanistan
      http://www.isreview.org/ issues/69/editorial.shtml

      Lance Selfa
      CAN THE RIGHT STAGE A COMEBACK?
      http://www.isreview.org/ issues/69/rep-rightcomeback. shtml

      Sherry Wolf
      WHAT NEXT FOR THE LGBT STRUGGLE?
      http://www.isreview.org/ issues/69/feat-LGBTstruggle. shtml

      And look inside the magazine for much more, including Arundhati Roy on
      Mr. Chidambaram's war, John Riddell on Clara Zetkin's strugggle for
      the united front, Jeff Bale on The fight for bilingual education,
      Chris Harman on Classic of Marxism: How the Russian Revolution was
      lost, and David Whitehouse on Afghanistan: Sinking Deeper.

      Subscribe to the ISR today.
      https://secure.cnchost.com/ isreview.org/subscribe.shtml

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      AUDIO ARCHIVE

      NEW! Listen to audio recordings of dozens of workshops from last
      year's Socialism 2009 conferences in Chicago and San Francisco, right
      on our website. Dozens of topics are covered: Marxist Classics;
      Anti-War; LGBT Liberation; Culture, Society, and Science; Questions
      for Radicals; Anti-Racism; Women's Liberation; Education; Marxist
      Economics; Immigrant Rights; Labor Wars; Environment in Crisis...and
      more.

      Listen to MP3s online and/or download for your personal use. And
      spread the rich, political goodness with your coworkers, friends, and
      family--tell them about our Audio Archive today.
      http://www.nycsocialist.org/ 2008/05/audio-archive.html

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      GET INVOLVED

      Between movements for single-payer healthcare for all, LGBT rights,
      immigrant rights, stopping the budget cuts, saving our schools, labor
      struggles, abortion clinic defenses, an end to war and occupation, and
      more--there's plenty you can do to help make the world a better place.
      Come out to any of our events, join the conversation, and get
      involved.

      Tell your friends about NYCsocialist.org and this Uptown Branch
      Newsletter. They can request their own weekly copy by writing to:
      ISO.Uptown.Branch@...



      "I was born a slave, but nature gave me the soul of a free man…"
      -Toussaint L'Ouverture, a leader of the Haitian revolution, which led
      to the elimination of slavery and the establishment of Haiti as the
      first republic ruled by people of African ancestry
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