Socialist Night School is a rolling open course that provides opportunities for East Bay DSA members to ground their political work in the rich theoretical and historical traditions of the socialist left.
Classes are down-to-earth, inclusive spaces that give East Bay comrades a chance to grow their politics together, regardless of background knowledge, affiliation, or whether you've attended a class before. You don't even have to be a member of East Bay DSA — everyone is welcome!
Night School : The Richmond Progressive Alliance
October 4, 2022
East Bay DSA has endorsed Eduardo Martinez and Jamin Pursell from the Richmond Progressive Alliance this election cycle. RPA is a community-based political organization in Richmond CA. During the 2000s and 2010s, it altered the balance of power in the city and reduced the representation of Chevron-backed candidates. The alliance fought to make Chevron pay its fair share in taxes, extracting a total of $204 million from the company to fund social programs.
Steve Early, the author of the book Refinery Town, will be joining us for this night school and speaking on the history of the RPA. Shiva Mishek will also speak on how the current campaigns tie into that history and how we can help build power in Richmond to keep up the fight against Chevron.
We're hosting this event as a hybrid Night School!
- You're welcome to join us on zoom at 6:30 PM at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82331222487?pwd=a2tVQ3U4UkRiM0lZK2dqMjJJRW82UT09
- Alternatively, we're also meeting in-person at the East Bay Community Space 507 55th St, Oakland, CA, 94609 --> vaccines will be checked at the door
Finally, all levels of political education and familiarity with these topics are welcome. Completing the readings is encouraged but not required to participate in discussion. Please come as you are!
When: October 4, 2022, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Where: East Bay Community Space and Zoom 507 55th St, Oakland, CA, 94609
Night School on YouTube
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See other socialist readings our Night School classes have recommended. You don't need to read everything here before joining a class, but we believe these readings will provide a useful foundation for better understanding socialism.
Find relevant readings on the political campaigns our chapter is currently fighting for.
What Is Democratic Socialism?
Want to know more about democratic socialism? Get to understand the basics of what democratic socialism is and why it's the only hope for the working class.
Critique of Capitalism
We all live under the exploitative economic system known as capitalism, but what are its internal contradictions and how can we overcome it?
Capitalism and the State
How do capitalism and the state interact? What support does the state lend to capitalism, and how does capitalism rely on this support to reproduce itself?
Capitalism is an inherently unsustainable economic system, yet past socialist movements have are always met with fierce resistance from capital. These readings offer a historical and material analysis of how we can learn from these outcomes and persevere.
Neoliberalism and Imperialism
What exactly are neoliberalism and imperialism? Are they different from capitalism? What are their origins and effects? These readings provide a definition of neoliberalism and imperialism through historical insight and examples of these ideologies at work.
Class, Race, and Gender
These readings example how class intersects with racial and gender oppression, how these divisions benefit capital, and how socialists have fought against these oppressions through the years.
Any analysis of socialism would be incomplete without a history of labor. Labor struggles in previous years, both successes and failures, provide valuable lessons for future struggles.