In the past year, the world situation has once again been plagued by instability and social upheavals. From Ferguson, Missouri to Mexico, mass movements have arisen as youth and workers look for a way out of the dead end offered to us by capitalism. Closer to home, there is a developing mass movement in Quebec which has already seen a handful of mass demonstrations against the government's austerity program.
It is with this in mind that we announce the fifth annual Northeast Marxist Winter School. This will take place in Montreal, Quebec on the weekend of February 14-15. The aim of this school is to arm activists with Marxist ideas for the struggles to come.
SAT. FEB. 14
9:00am: Perspectives for World Revolution
1:30pm: Fight the Cuts! Fight Capitalism! Support the Workers! — A manifesto for the movement in Quebec
4:30pm: The Struggle for a Worker's Press
7:00pm: Social (at the Auberge Bishop Hostel, 1447 rue Bishop, Montréal QC)
SUN. FEB. 15
9:00am: The History of the Black Panther Party
1:30pm: Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 – Lessons for today
(All sessions will be conducted in both French and English with consecutive translation)
When: Sat. 14 Feb. and Sun. 15 Feb. 2015
Where: Concordia University, room TBD, Montreal
Fees: $25 Out of town; $40 Montreal (covers food, travel subsidies, and other costs)
We have negotiated a group discount rate at the Auberge Bishop Hostel, 1447 rue Bishop, Montréal QC, h4G 2E9. Call to reserve a room as soon as you confirm your attendance. The rate is $18 per person, per night, including tax. Smaller, 2-person rooms (either a queen bed or a bunk bed) are available at $50/night for the entire room ($25/person). To book, simply call or email and mention that you are with the group “Fightback”. You will need to provide credit card information. No deposit is required.
Deadline for Accommodation:
The hostel will not be able to guarantee us spots after January 31. Last year some people who tried to book at the last minute were not able to get a place at the hostel therefore it is important that you call AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to book your spot.
For those of you coming from out of town, we encourage you to book you transportation as soon as possible in order to avoid extra costs. Both Greyhound and Megabus are relatively cheap if booked in advance.
We look forward to seeing everybody!
The report from last year's school can be found here