July 4 – 6 Educational Weekend of Marxist-Leninist Theory and Practice
Attend the Workers World Party Educational Weekend of Marxist-Leninist Theory and Practice
July 4-6 at Solidarity Center in New York
Overview of the Weekend
“Without revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement.” – Vladimir Lenin
We invite activists and revolutionaries to attend a weekend of political education hosted by Workers World Party, which will help participants to:
- Gain a greater understanding of how revolutionary theory guides us in interpreting today’s issues and to prosecute struggles, including the low-wage workers struggle, the fight against austerity, the migrant struggle, the struggle against imperialism and racism, along with building class unity and solidarity.
- Learn about the theoretical and practical contributions of Workers World Party founding members, including Sam Marcy, Vince Copeland, Dorothy Ballan, and more.
This weekend of political education is devoted to training our cadre of activists in the important theoretical contributions and perspectives of our Party.
Classes and political discussion groups will include the following topics (but are not limited to):
- Materialist view of history from primitive communalism to the development of class society; the role of the working class and its changing character and its revolutionary potential; dialectical materialism
- Basic Marxist economics including what is a community; labor power; surplus value and more
- Role of the repressive state apparatus — what conditions gave rise to the state; what are the various forms of the state including fascism
- What is Socialism and communism? What do we mean by revolution?
- What is Imperialism? Why we defend workers states as well as bourgeois nationalist countries vs imperialism? Why we defend these countries with internationalism and how they are different from capitalist countries?
- Understanding the Leninist view of National Oppression and the right of oppressed peoples to the right to self-determination
- The origins of women and LGBTQ oppression
- What is the role of Marxist-Leninist Party? What is the history of Workers World Party?
The classes will take place in New York City at the Solidarity Center, 147 W. 24th St., 2nd floor in Manhattan (between 6th and 7th Aves).
Registration will begin at 3 pm on Friday, July 4 followed by dinner at the Center at 6 pm and then welcoming and opening session from 7:00 – 9:00pm.
On July 5, registration along with a light breakfast will be served at 9 am followed 3-4 sets of classes from 10:00am – 6:00pm. Lunch will be provided as well.
On July 6, registration along a light breakfast will be served at 9 am followed by classes until 2pm. A more detailed schedule of the classes/political education will be made available next week on this website.
There is a sliding scale for registration for the whole weekend and/or individual days from $5 – $20. Please let us know if you need housing for July 4 and July 5. Please let us know by July 1 if you plan to attend the classes.
We will also be videotaping the presentations of the classes for future use which will be posted on this website.
Tentative Class Schedule
(as of June 26, 2014)
Schedule is subject to change
FRIDAY, JULY 4
3:00pm – Registration at the Solidarity Center
6:00pm – Dinner
7:00 – 9:00pm – Opening session — Why we study Marxism & Leninism; the role of ideology in the class struggle; theoretical contributions of Sam Marcy, late chairperson of WWP (followed by discussion)
SATURDAY, JULY 5
9:00am – Office opens, registration, light breakfast, coffee & tea
10:00 – 11:45am – Historical and Dialectical Materialism, and Scientific Socialism including centrality and changing character of the working class; significance of low-wage and migrant workers global struggle, etc.
12:00 – 1:30pm – Basic Marxist Economics – Understanding the inner workings of capitalism including what is a commodity, surplus value, profits and more; The Role of the State – What is its repressive nature, its different forms including fascism under class society
1:30 – 2:15pm – Lunch (inside the hall)
2:15 – 4:00pm – How Class Distinctions gave rise to Women and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer oppression
4:15 – 6:00pm – National Question and the Right of Oppressed Nations to Self-Determination
6:00 – 6:30PM – Orientation for Sunday schedule & adjournment for dinner
SUNDAY, JULY 6
9:00am – Office opens, light breakfast, coffee and tea
9:45 – 11:00am – Leninist View of Imperialism
11:15 – 12:45pm – Why we defend workers states regardless of their class character vs Imperialism? How they are different than capitalist countries? Why is Internationalism key to building Class Solidarity?
12:45 – 1:30pm – Lunch (inside the hall)
1:30- 3:00pm – Need for a Revolutionary Party & Origins of Workers World Party
3:00- 3:30pm – Formal adjournment followed by question and answer discussion on how to join Workers World Party
Interested in Attending?
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