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Friday, July 7 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Socialist Worker-Sponsored Meeting: The Case for a Revolutionary Newspaper

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Socialists sometimes get flak, even on the left, for selling a newspaper—as if it’s a strange activity. But it remains a crucial way to connect the different strands of the struggle together, to relate socialist and Marxist politics to the key questions of the day, and to draw in a wider audience of potential socialists among fellow workers, students, and activists. Lenin once called the revolutionary newspaper “not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, it is also a collective organizer.” As a propagandist, the paper is able, unlike bourgeois papers, to link seemingly separate questions and separate struggles and present a total picture of the nature of capitalist society. As an agitator, it can help to move people into action around particular struggles and movements. As an organizer, Lenin likened it to “the scaffolding round a building under construction, which…facilitates communication between the builders, enabling them to distribute the work and to view the common results achieved by their organized labor.” This session will examine the role of the socialist newspaper. 

Speakers
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Alex Buckingham

Alex Buckingham is a socialist and union activist from Madison, Wisconsin.
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Amanda Michelle

Amanda is an activist and socialist in Chicago, IL. Amanda has experience serving as the Socialist Worker paper sale coordinator in both the Austin, TX branch of the ISO and currently in the DePaul branch of the Chicago district of the ISO.


Friday July 7, 2017 11:30am - 1:00pm
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