Peace, War, US Foreign Policy, and Climate Crisis

Democratic Socialists of America E Bay invites you to a report back and discussion about Peace, War, US Foreign Policy, and Climate Crisis

Saturday, October 11, 2014 9:45 Doors Open

10:00 – 11:00 DSA Business / Planning Meeting

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Michael Eisenscher, US Labor Against the War
Jackie Cabasso, Western States Legal Foundation,
United for Peace and Justice

Michael and Jackie work locally with the Bay Area New Priorities Campaign.

Both Michael and Jackie are back from New York where they attended
People’s Climate March, Sunday Sept 21
People’s Climate Convergence (on days prior to the march)
UFPJ leadership meeting (day after the march)

Niebyl Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph, Oakland

Photos of People’s Climate March in NY

Photos of People’s Climate Rally in Oakland

Monthly Meeting

Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to remind you all that we are meeting this Saturday, April 12. And Wilma, one of our members will be celebrating the beginning of her 90th red year!
As well, Susan Chacin and Shereen Rahman willbe talking about the feminist socialist experience and the challenges faced. It should be a great discussion.
As well there are lots of issues coming up: single-payer, focused taxes for those who have been able to take the cream off of the system for their benefit, and ways of helping to make them share it.
Meeting will be at Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Avenue, just North of Alcatraz in Oakland. Meeting goes from 10am -12pm.
Schmoozing beings at 9:45am.


The Alameda Public Affairs Forum

Saturday, February 8, 2014: 

“The Importance of a Free Press to a Democratic Society in an Age of Internet Journalism”

John Diaz, Editorial Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle

We are very proud that the Chronicle has taken a strong stand against government attacks on American freedom of the press and the intrusion of its international surveillance programs.

Forums are 7-9 PM in the library conference room

Come at 6:30 PM for a potluck of refreshments and snacks to share with friends 1550 Oak and Lincoln, Entrance and parking in the rear. Questions and discussion following the speaker’s presentation. Literature about Tibet and information about human rights in China will be available. Admission fee not required, but donations are welcome

J. Stitt Wilson Event

When:    Saturday, January 11, 2014, 2 – 3:30pm
Where:    2090 Kittredge St., Berkeley, CA 94704  (In the 3rd floor community meeting room.)
Event:    J. Stitt Wilson, Socialist Mayor of Berkeley
J. Stitt Wilson (1868 – 1942) made national news when he was elected Mayor of Berkeley in April 1911 becoming the 2nd Socialist Mayor in America. A former minister who preached the Social Gospel, his two years as Mayor were only a small part in a life dedicated to creating a cooperative society in which “every person in the world can attain to the highest development of his being”Presenter: Stephen Barton, Ph.D.
Stephen Barton is the author of articles on the history of progressive urban movements, social and economic justice and affordable housing. He is at work on a biography of Berkeley Mayor J. Stitt Wilson and has a forthcoming article on Wilson’s socialist feminism.

Monthly Meeting

Just a reminder that our next meeting will be January 11, 2014 at the Niebyll-Proctor Library at 6501 Telegraph Ave slightly north of Alcatraz
at 10 till noon.

Laura Wells, a Green Party member will also join us to talk about independent electoral action as part of progressive strategies.

I hope to see you soon. We have lots to talk about and get ready for!

Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library


Sunday, January 5, 2014 – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Class Struggle in 2014 and Beyond

Time to get together, talk about the future of ICSS, discuss our mission, and plan the schedule for our Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library forums. Please come with suggestions and concrete plans. Newcomers and Old Timers welcome.


Sunday, January 5, 2013 – about 12:30 to 1 pm

Planning Collective Meeting

The Planning Collective meets following the talk on the first Sunday of every month. This is an open meeting. Everyone is welcome to help plan our future sessions.


Sunday, January 12, 2014 – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

What Do We Mean, Socialism?

We have invited three panelists to introduce this important topic: Charles Andrews, author ofFrom Capitalism to Equality and No Rich, No PoorGary Hicks, researcher at the Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library, and Eugene Ruyle, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, CSULB. We will have an open discussion following their presentations.

Sunday, January 26, 2014 – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Syria, Iran, Iraq, WMDs, and U.S. Imperialism

WMDs in Syria and Iran today, and formerly in Iraq, have been pretexts for U.S. military intervention, not the motivation for intervention.  Uranium enrichment has thresholds that play into those pretexts.  The seemingly implacable opposition between the U.S. versus Syria and Iran, and formerly Libya as well, is not the result of any fundamental anti-imperialism in these Middle Eastern states, but rather the U.S. policy obsession for financial and military compliance.  Were it not for this U.S. obsession, the rulers of Syria and Iran would welcome foreign investment with open arms, though with protective limits, while they obliterate opposition of the left or right.  Nevertheless, U.S.-led military intervention must be unconditionally opposed, while support is given towards building a secular democratic socialist alternative in presently authoritarian states.

Dr. Sharat G. Lin writes on global political economy, the Middle East, South Asia, labor migration, and public health.  He is a contributing author to the book Studies in Inequality and Social Justice.   He spent two months in Tahrir Square during 2009-2012, including during the initial uprising that overthrew President Mubarak.   He is a research fellow at the San José Peace and Justice Center.

Location: NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA 94609

Ph: (510) 595-7417     Email:

Video of DSA event, Oct 25, 2013 Humanist Hall, Oakland, CA

VIDEO for this event has been divided into three parts.  Each part can be accessed by clicking on the “LINK”

This event featured three speakers and a rapper.

Part I:  John Nichols, author and Nation correspondent; LINK

Part II: Steve Williams of POWER,  LINK

Part III: Catherine Tactaquin of the National Movement for Immigrant and Refugee Rights,  and rapper Mario de Mira.  LINK

The MC is Maria Svart.


Monthly Meeting

Our monthly meeting is on this Saturday, October 12, 10am to noon at the Niebyll-Proctor Library 6501 Telegraph Avenue, slightly north of Alcatraz.

We will be two weeks away from the convention and there will be some tasks to finish up with that. As well, DSA has begun a process of reformulating the guiding principles of the organization, updating and thinking about goals, and strategies. We hope to be able to spend some time talking about that process. Also, updates on the CARA convention etc.

Please join us, Saturday.

Upcoming DSA National Convention in Emeryville, October 25th through October 27th

The DSA National Convention will be taking place in Emeryville this October 25th through October 27th.  There will also be a free outreach event on Friday, October 25th at the Humanist Hall in Oakland.  See the attached fliers for details:    Convention Brochure 2013         Outreach event     Convention banquet flyer