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Joe Allen presents: The Package King: A Rank and File History of UPS

Join Open University of the Left on Saturday August 20 at 2:30 pm at the Lincoln Park Public Library (corner Racine)
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Open University of the Left welcomes back Joe Allen. Nineteen years ago (August 3, 1997) UPS/Teamsters with pilots and machinists began a successful three week strike that has been virtually erased from the public memory.

Major biographies of the era, make no mention of the UPS strike. This deliberate act of political amnesia extends to the Teamster leadership of today who while celebrating the strike on appropriate occasions, fail to even mention Ron Carey who led it. Yet, the contract campaign and strike live on in other surprising ways. Looking back two decades now, it is not difficult to see that it was one of the parents of today’s Fight for $15 movement as well as other campaigns for social justice up and down the logistics supply chain. It’s time for this generation to bring those struggles back to UPS.

Joe Allen worked for nearly a decade at UPS. Starting out as a part-time loader, he worked his way through a series of part-time sorting and driving jobs until in his final year at UPS he was a package car driver in Chicago’s Loop. Allen’s work life has largely revolved around different sections of the freight and logistics industry. He has been a member of several Teamster local unions and a member of Teamsters for a Democratic Union. He campaigned for Ron Carey’s reelection in 1996. He has lived in Chicago for two decades.

His previous books, Vietnam:The (Last) War the U.S. Lost and ‘People Wasn’t Made to Burn’: A True Story of Race, Murder, and Justice in Chicago were both published by Haymarket Books. Joe Allen has been a socialist since he was in high School. He studied for several years at U-Mass Boston. Allen has written over the years for Socialist Worker (U.S.), Counterpunch, In These Times and other publications.

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Now Up on YouTube, Jerry Harris, “Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy”

Now Up on YouTube, Jerry Harris, “Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy”

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Jerry Harris: Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy

Saturday July 9 at 2:30 pm
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Jerry Harris: Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Democracy
Open University of the Left welcomes back Jerry Harris. Democracy is in crisis. Throughout the world millions suffer under neo-liberalism and austerity but are unable to force their governments to address their needs. This book undertakes the examination of capitalist democracy, globalization and of the emergence of a transnational capitalist class and what is needed to develop a strategy for implementing democracy beyond the current impasse.
Worker ownership and cooperatives may be the first step in constructing such a society alongside sustainable economics and governmental public financing.
Harris’ book will spark productive controversy among theorists and activists precisely as to what is required if we are to find progressive non-capitalist alternatives. He makes a critical contribution to understanding the times in which we live and possible solutions to the increasingly acute crisis of global capitalism. His ideas should be widely studied and debated.
Jerry Harris is the National Secretary of the Global Studies Association and on the International Executive Board of the Network for Critical Studies of Global Capitalism. He is the author of The Dialectics of Globalization: Economic and Political Struggle in a Transnational Era. His research on globalization has been translated into several languages.
He is a former professor of History at DeVry University in Chicago.

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Now Up on YouTube, Dr. William Pelz, ” A People’s History of Moder n Europe”

Now Up on YouTube, Dr. William Pelz, ” A People’s History of Modern Europe”

The YouTube video of Saturday, June 18, 2016, is now available for viewing on the YouTube channel of the Open University of the Left.

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Dr. William Pelz presents: A People’s History of Modern Europe

Join Open University of the Left on Saturday June 18 at 2:30 pm at the Lincoln Park Public Library 1150 W. Fullerton Ave. (corner Racine) Chicago, free parking, (Red Line: Fullerton)


Open University of the Left welcomes back Dr. William Pelz. From the monarchical terror of the Middle Ages to the mangled Europe of the twenty-first century, A People’s History of Modern Europe tracks the history of the continent through the deeds of those whom mainstream history tries to forget. Europe provided the perfect conditions for a great number of political revolutions from below.


The German peasant wars of Thomas Muntzer, the Bourgeois revolutions of the eighteenth century, the rise of the industrial worker in England, the turbulent journey of the Russian Soviets, the role of the European working class throughout the Cold War, the student protests in 1968 and through to the present day where we continue to fight to forge an alternative to the barbaric economic system. With a focus on the role of women, we sweep away the tired platitudes of the privileged and provide an opportunity to see our history differently.


William Pelz is the Director of the Institute of Working Class History in Chicago and a Professor of History at Elgin Community College. His recent works include Wilhelm Liebknecht and German Social Democracy (Haymarket Books, 2016), Karl Marx: A World to Win (Pearson, 2012) and Against Capitalism: The European Left on the March (Peter Lang Publishing, 2007).


(A People’s History of Modern Europe) — “Presents a challenging alternative to the conventional narratives of European history, putting the sufferings and the resistance of working women (often written out of history) and men at the centre of the story.” – Ian Birchall, author of The Spectre of Babeuf.


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OUL Open University of the Left goes to the Left Forum 2016

This past weekend, May 20th through May 22nd saw  the reconvening of the Left Forum. 
The event was held at the John Jay College, the City University of New York, CUNY, in New York City. This event is the largest annual gathering in North America of the US and international Left. Around 4,000 people were in attendance. The Left Forum was founded in 1981 and was originally called the Socialist Scholars Conference. 
In brief, the Left Forum brings together activists, academics and intellectuals whose purpose is, among other things, to share their perspectives, experiences, strategies and visions.
 
Below are links to our YouTube page with seven sessions and the Closing Plenary out of 
over 380 scheduled events.
These sessions represent a small sample yet also a very broad perspective of current left political thinking. The thoughts and ideas heard and seen here will serve not only as a critique of neoliberalism but, by extension, promote radical alternatives to capitalism itself.   

You Tube Channel info
 
 https://www.youtube.com/user/OpenUnivoftheLeft/videos?shelf_id=1&sort=dd&view=0
Short URL: https://goo.gl/Kkjr6o
Individual links:
Saturday – 5/21/2016
Session 1: How Universal Sovereignty Threatens World Peace – URL: https://youtu.be/KZXKWQ7eLbI

Session 2: A Dialogue on Israel and Palestine With Tariq Ali and Norman Finkelstein – URL: https://youtu.be/C3AYLGyr908


Session 3: Forging the Radical and Principled Black Movement of the 21st Century – URL: https://youtu.be/F8XFDb2tsCw


Session 4: Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century – URL: https://youtu.be/Ku92kdTRjEI


Sunday – 5/22/2016

Session 5: Neoliberalism and its Discontents: Political Parties, Social Movements and  Organized Labor In France and the US in the Neoliberal Era – URL: https://youtu.be/JrEea37tXHU


Session 6: Marxist Laws of Motion and Today’s Economic Collapse – URL: https://youtu.be/AtQTLmK6lnQ


Session 7: Is Sanders the Answer to Building Left and Black Power? –  URL: https://youtu.be/JvAJ2WrJm3Q


Closing Plenary: Rage, Rebellion, Organizing New Power: A Hegelian Triad Slavoj Zizek, Amy Goodman URL: https://youtu.be/IZlM8uV_lRk


Dr. Kim Scipes, “Building Workers Power in the Philippines”

 

The YouTube video of Saturday, March 19, 2016, is now available for viewing here and on the YouTube channel of the Open University of the Left.

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On Saturday, March 19 at 2:30 pm at the Lincoln Park Public Library 1150 W. Fullerton Ave. Chicago, Open University of the Left welcomed back Dr. Kim Scipes, former Chair of the National Writers Union, UAW local #1981 and Associate Professor of Sociology at Purdue University North Central who has been studying the KMU Labor Center for over 30 years. The May First Labor Movement or KMU is an independent labor body that promotes militant unionism in the Philippines. Dr. Scipes argues that the KMU is one of the most dynamic and developed labor organizations in the World. He attended the KMU’s annual International Solidarity Affair last May Day and afterwards, traveled to rural Mindanao and Negros regions to update his studies on the KMU. He will share from his latest trip and will argue that there are things the US labor movement could and should learn from the KMU.

 Dr.Scipes’ latest book Building Global Labor Solidarity in a Timeof Accelerating Globalization will be published by Haymarket Books and will be available at the end of March.
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Paul Street,”Murder in the Streets: Laquan McDonald, Rahm Emmanuel…”Sat. Dec. 12th, 2:30 pm

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On December 12, 2015 at the Open University of the Left, the noted left political commentator Paul Street will speak on  “Murder in the Streets: Laquan McDonald, Rahm Emmanuel, and the Racist Political Economy of the U.S. Mass Arrest and Incarceration State.”

Street is the former Vice President for Research and Planning and Director of Research at The Chicago Urban League (from 2000 through 2005), where he published numerous grant-funded studies including The Vicious Circle: Race, Prison, Jobs and Community in Chicago, Illinois, and the Nation (October 2002) and Still Separate, Unequal: Race, Place, Policy and the State of Black Chicago (2005).

 Street is an independent radical-democratic policy researcher, journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois.  Street is a regular political commentator at teleSur English and has been heard and seen in more than 70 radio and television interviews. He is the author of seven books to date: Empire and Inequality: America and the World Since 9/11 (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2004); Segregated Schools: Educational Apartheid in the Post-Civil Rights Era(New York: Routledge, 2005); Racial Oppression in the Global Metropolis: a Living Black Chicago History (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007); Barack Obama and the Future of American Politics (Boulder, CO: Paradigm, 2008); The Empire’s New Clothes: Barack Obama in the Real World of Power (Paradigm, 2010); (with Anthony DiMaggio) Crashing the Tea Party: Mass Media and the Campaign to Remake American Politics (Paradigm, 2011); and They Rule: The 1% v. Democracy (Paradigm, 2014)

Street’s essays, articles, reviews, interviews, and commentaries have appeared in numerous outlets, including Counterpunch, Truthout, the Chicago Tribune, Capital City Times, In These Times, Chicago History, Critical Sociology, Journal of American Ethnic History, Social History, Temas (Cuba),  Review of Educational, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, Dissent, Black Agenda Report, Economic & Political Weekly (India), Tinanbantu (South Africa), New Left Project (United Kingdom), Press TV (Iran), The Times of India (India),  Morning Star (England), Al-Alkhbar (The News in Beirut, Lebanon), Dissident Voice, Black Commentator, Monthly Review, History News Network, TomDispatch, AlterNet., the Capital City Times (Madison, WI), the Iowa City Press Citizen, and (above all) ZNet and Z Magazine. .  Street’s writings, research findings, and commentary have been featured in a large number and wide variety of media venues, including The New York Times, CNN, Al Jazeera, the Chicago Tribune, WGN (Chicago/national), WLS (ABC-Chicago), Fox News, and the Chicago Sun Times.

Street has taught various aspects of U.S. history at a large number of Chicago-area colleges and universities.

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Anthony DiMaggio, Post-2008 Neoliberalism and Social Change

Join Open University of the Left on Saturday, Nov., 14th at 2:30 pm

Audio here:  http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/83783

Anthony DiMaggio discusses The Neoliberal System, Post-2008: What are the Impediments to Social Change?

 In this talk, Anthony DiMaggio discusses his recent research seeking to understand under what conditions the American populace might rise up in opposition to neoliberal politics. DiMaggio argues that declining economic prospects for the average American are associated with growing rejection of the corporate dominated political-economic system. However, as it stands, the public is nowhere near achieving a sustained movement for rejecting neoliberalism. He will also discuss the importance of Occupy Wall Street and service worker protests as representative of growing economic insecurity and anger. His discussion will also draw on Marx and his contemporary relevance to our economic beliefs and the lack of class consciousness among most Americans.

Anthony DiMaggio earned his PhD in political science at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is the author of numerous books, including Mass Media, Mass Propaganda (Lexington Books, 2008), When Media Goes to War (Monthly Review Press, 2010, The Rise of the Tea Party (Monthly Review Press, 2011), Crashing the Tea Party (Paradigm Publishers, 2011), and Selling the War, Selling Hope (SUNY Press, 2015). He has also written for numerous progressive publications, including Counterpunch, Truthout and Z Magazine.

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Open University of the Left
Lincoln Park Public Library
1150 W. Fullerton Ave, Chicago (corner Racine)
across from DePaul University
free parking, (Red Line: Fullerton)