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Monday
23
APR

Revolutionary Struggle at Columbia University 1968

19:00
21:30
The Brooklyn Commons
Event organized by The Brooklyn Commons

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THE BATTLE FOR HISTORICAL INTERPRETATION WITH LESSONS FOR TODAY’S MOVEMENT

A word from Eric and Channing of the Labor/Community Strategy Center:

Dear New York Friends of the Strategy Center.
We are excited to be coming to New York on April 23 for Eric Mann’s talk on the Columbia Strike of 1968 in which he played an active role as a national organizer for SDS. Channing Martinez and Komozi Woodard will be part of the conversation. Today, 50 years later, we are in South L.A. still fighting the U.S. government. In 1968 Columbia University was a slumlord and gentrifier in Harlem—building a racist gym, that the movement called Gym Crow. Columbia faculty were making weapons to be used against the people of Vietnam in a Defense Department Institute for Defense Analyses. The movement of the Black community, the Student Afro-American Society and Students for a Democratic Society forced Columbia to stop construction of the gym and withdraw from the IDA.

Today the Strategy Center is charging the Democratic Party ruling elite with a genocidal gentrification in South LA. We are fighting for Free Public Transportation, No Police on the trains and buses, and end to MTA attacks on Black Passengers. We call on the U.S. government to stop drone attacks and close down its 800 military bases all over the world. Columbia was a great workshop where The Movement challenged U.S. ruling circles and won a major struggle. We believe today’s movement needs to teach, learn, and make history. Please join us and purchase tickets below and please forward this to friends in New York. And please email us to let us know you can help! Our great appreciation to Michael Lardner of the Marxist Education Project for organizing this event.

Eric and Channing

How the Black Movement in Harlem, Student Afro-American Society and Students for a Democratic Society took on the Columbia ruling class representatives, Mayor Lindsay, The New York Times and the New York Police Department and Won.
Eric Mann, Director of the Labor/Community Strategy Center, Veteran of the Congress of Racial Equality, Newark Community Union Project, Students for a Democratic Society, the Columbia University Struggle and the United Auto Workers, author of Playbook for Progressives: The 16 Qualities of the Successful Organizer
In Conversation with
Komozi Woodard, author of Nation within a Nation: Amiri Baraka and Black Power Politics
and
Channing Martinez, lead organizer, Labor/Community Strategy Center, and Manager, Strategy and Soul Movement Center