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Thanks to everyone who joined us last Saturday for the From BlackPower to BlackLivesMatter Conference.You helped to make this event the great success it was. We hope you will join us again to watch "Finally Got the News" a documentary about the League and its struggles for Black Liberation and workers' emancipation from capitalism.

Winter 2015 Vol:XV-2 Whole #: 58

ImageThe fate of the socialist left is tied to that of the working class movement—and the last four decades of one-sided class war have had dire consequences for both. The thread linking today’s generation of young workers to U.S. labor’s proud history of class struggle has been effectively broken and must be developed anew. This is a daunting but necessary task for rebuilding the working-class movement. 

The 2007 global financial meltdown was caused by neoliberal policies, yet these remain firmly in place and will continue to remain so until they are pushed back through struggle from below. The role of radicals in this process is no less important today than it was a century ago.

Perhaps most important, seven years after the start of the Great Recession the class struggle remains largely subdued. The conditions facing the U.S. working class and the left are therefore quite different than at the parallel stage in the Great Depression of the 1930s, when a strike wave was sweeping the nation.

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Here is an overview of the current work ISO members and allies are working on with the idea that you might want to get more involved.
If you'd like to know more, the best thing to do is to come to one of our meetings or email

As always, for up to date news and political analysis, read

Occupy Portland (general)
Occupy Calendar   or to stay connected with the many ongoing activities of the new movement for Economic Justice for the 99%'s two main areas of work currently include:
Occupy Portland Labor Outreach Committee: (email that or w/questions)
Occupy PSU:
and here's a good link that explains how to share or coordinate your events with Occupy Portland:

Anti-War/Anti-Imperialism  War and Peace  
In addition to participating in the Iraq and Afghanistan anniversary marches, we are heavily involved in the movement
against Israeli Apartheid and currently participate in 2 grouApril 26th-28thps: SUPER Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights (PSU)
Portland Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Coalition:
We are also happy to announce the recent win of Recruiter Watch PDX and others at successfully obtaining equal access to portland schools for counterrecruitment Oregonian Article

We work to defend the right to affordable, quality (preferrably free) public education, addressing both labor struggles and student issues:
The Portland Coalition to Defend Education
and Oregon Save Our Schools

Environmental Justice
We participate in the newly formed Climate Justice Coalition in Portland which unites around the need for systemic change.

Labor Movement
In addition to rank and file union work carried out by members in several local unions, we work in the following groups:
Occupy Portland Labor Outreach Committee (see above)
Unified Labor Committee (which holds the Unified Labor Strategy Meeting and recently passed a resolution through the Oregon AFL-CIO to Tax the Rich and End the Wars, among other things)
Cross-Trade Solidarity (focused on building trades union members)
Jobs with Justice
AND OF COURSE we are super involved and excited about the December 12th West Coast Port Shutdown in solidarity with Longview ILWU Local 21 against the multinational union busting corporation EGT. Email to get connected to this work.

Immigrants Rights
We support the Voz Workers Center and help to plan the May Day marches each year.

Housing Justice
This is a newly formed committee, so we are looking into existing work in the community, from demanding the right to housing for the homeless to keeping people in their homes and fighting foreclosures. Feel free to email us at if you know of people currently doing this work.

Other Movements
We continue to be involved with women's rights, single payer health care, anti-death penalty, anti-racism and LGBT liberation struggles as we can. We would love to have committees around these struggles (and sometimes do), but it's dependent on our capacity. So consider sitting down with a member of the ISO to discuss how to become active in quickly growing, principled, and committed revolutionary organizations.