May 18, 2019: Detroit Marxism Class: The Historic Role of Trade Unions

Detroit Marxism Class: The Historic Role of Trade Unions

For Immediate Release
Public Notice

Event: Detroit Marxism Class on the Historic Role of Trade Unions, Part One
Date: Sat. May 18, 2019, 5:00-8:00pm
Location: 5920 Second Avenue at Antoinette, Detroit
Facilitator: Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor at Pan-African News Wire
Sponsor: Communist Workers League (CWL)
Admission: Free and Open to the Public
Dinner: Will be served. Voluntary donations requested

Join us for this examination and discussion on the role of trade unions from the times of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels during the 19th century to the post Civil War period in the United States, the Great Migration, the African American Liberation Movement and the contemporary struggles carried out by low-wage workers.

This will be the first installment of the series aimed at sharpening our analysis of the development of working class organization and its connection to mass and national questions. We look at the role of the Marxist-Leninist and workers’ formations from the period of the First International extending through the rise of imperialism and the global financial crises of the 21st century.

All reading materials will be available at the class. Our approach is to study and learn collectively so that we can enhance unity of purpose and action in the modern era.

Reading Materials Course Pack:
I. “Trade Unions: The Past, Present and Future,” by Karl Marx presented to the International Workingmen’s Association Provisional General Council, Aug. 1866.
https://www.marxists.org/history/international/iwma/documents/1866/instructions.htm#06

II. “Trade Unions”: Published in The Labor Standard, by Frederick Engels, May 20, 1881.
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1881/05/28.htm

III. “The Labor Movement in America” by Frederick Engels, January 26, 1887.
https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1887/01/26.htm

IV. “Capitalism and Agriculture in the United States of America: The Former Slave-Owning South” by V.I. Lenin, 1915.
https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1915/newdev/3.htm#v22zz99h-024

V. “Black Workers Congress Leader Looks at Past, Sees New Stage of Struggle”, an interview with Mike Hamlin, Feb, 28, 1973, Guardian Newspaper.
https://www.marxists.org/history/erol/ncm-1/bwc-hamlin.htm

VI. “The Black Liberation Struggle, the Black Workers Congress, and Proletarian Revolution,” pamphlet published in 1974.
https://www.marxists.org/history/erol/ncm-1/bwc-history.htm

VII. “Detroiters Striking and Fighting Back!, article from Fighting Words, Journal of the Communist Workers League, published Oct. 25, 2018.
https://fighting-words.net/2018/10/25/detroiters-striking-and-fighting-back/

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