F.I.S.T. at USSF 2010 in Detroit!‏

Dear Friends of F.I.S.T.,

We are very busy preparing for the United States Social Forum next week in Detroit! We have three great workshops planned, as well as a social event we wanted to let you know about. Here they are listed at a glance, and below you can find full descriptions of the events.

  • Wednesday June 23rd, 1pm-3pm workshop, Youth and Students to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal in Woodward Academy, room 1437
  • Wednesday June 23rd, 1pm-5:30pm workshop, Capitalism is Killing Us. Fight for Socialism! in Cobo Hall room O2-44
  • Friday June 25th, 1:00pm-3:00pm workshop, The Fight for Education Rights: March 4th and Beyond in in Cobo Hall room D3-18
  • Friday June 25th, 5:30pm-7:30pm Meet F.I.S.T. social, free dinner at 5920 Second Avenue, near Wayne State University

On Wednesday, June 23rd, F.I.S.T. is co-sponsoring a workshop with International Concerned Family & Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal called “Youth and Students to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal.” The workshop will take place from 1:00pm-3:00pm in Woodward Academy, room 1437.

In 1982, Mumia Abu-Jamal was convicted on framed-up charges for the killing of a Philadelphia police officer. Mumia, a former Black Panther Party member as well as activist, journalist, radio personality, news commentator and broadcaster, was convicted in a trial fraught with racism, suspicious evidence and witnesses that later recanted their testimonies.

Twenty-eight years later, Mumia is the most well-known political prisoner in the U.S. He has garnered international support. A columnist and the author of several books, Mumia continues the fight against injustice and U.S. imperialism from behind prison bars. Meanwhile, racist police and government officials have enacted roadblock after roadblock to prevent Mumia’s freedom.

Learn Mumia’s story and get an update on his legal case, as well as an analysis of the prison-industrial complex. Help us form strategies to build the youth and student struggle for Mumia.

Also on Wednesday the 23rd from 1:00pm-5:30pm, in Cobo Hall room O2-44, F.I.S.T. is co-sponsoring a workshop with Workers World Party and Moratorium NOW!Coalition to Stop Foreclosures Evictions and Utility Shutoffs called “Capitalism is Killing Us. Fight for Socialism!”: a collaborative conversation in 2 parts.

Pt. 1 – Recovery for bosses; Depression for workers; Strategies for Fighting the Capitalist Economic Crisis; Reform, Revolution and Socialism in the Era of Low-Wage Capitalism (including Abayomi Azikiwe, editor Pan-African Newswire, Moratorium NOW! Coalition; Berta Joubert, Women’s Fightback Network/Women’s International Democratic Federation; Fred Goldstein, author Low-Wage Capitalism, Workers World newspaper; militant youth representatives of FIST – Fight Imperialism, Stand Together)

Pt 2 – Discuss working together to revive the socialist movement right here in the U.S. Today the structural crisis of capitalism leads to permanent high unemployment, hunger, homelessness, environmental disaster, and healthcare for profit; racism, anti-immigrant terror and gender discrimination. An anti-capitalist perspective to challenge the system is critical to even win basic reforms. The working class struggle is held back because the traditional union and civil rights’ leaderships are tied to the system and the Democratic Party while the socialist and communist movement is divided and numerically small. Let’s discuss how we can put our differences aside and unite to rebuild the fight for socialism in the belly of the beast.

On Friday, June 25th from 1:00pm-5:30pm, in Cobo Hall room D3-18, F.I.S.T. is co-sponsoring a workshop with Students for a Democratic Society called “The Fight for Education Rights: March 4th and Beyond.”

This workshop will involved students from across the country that participated in the March 4th national day of action sharing their stories of struggles on their campus, as well as a discussion of how to move the struggle forward and next steps in the fight for free and quality education for all.

Directly following this workshop from 5:30-7:30pm, F.I.S.T. will be hosting a free dinner to get to know new friends and reconnect with old ones. This will be taking place at 5920 Second Avenue, near Wayne State University.

We hope to see you at these events!

In struggle,

Fight Imperialism Stand Together

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