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[Chicago] Israel’s Murderous War on the Palestinians Exposes U.S. ‘Normalization” of the Middle East

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Challenges to Social Transformation

– A series of discussions on today’s freedom struggles


Session 3: Monday, May 31, at 6:30 pm (CST):

Israel’s Murderous War on the Palestinians Exposes U.S. ‘Normalization” of the Middle East

This meeting will discuss how the response by Palestinians and many others around the world to Israel’s attack on the Al Aqsa Mosque and bombardment of Gaza’s has undermined the persistent efforts of Israel, the U.S., and many Arab regimes to sideline the issue of Palestinian self-determination. What can we expect to unfold in the coming period, in light of this critical development?

Opening the discussion: Peter Hudis (U.S.) and Ali Reza (Iran)

Suggested readings: Statement of the International Marxist-Humanist Organization, by David Black, “Israel’s Murderous War on the Palestinians Exposes US ‘Normalization’ of the Middle East



Session 4: Monday, June 21, at 6:30 pm (CST):

The Debate Over Mutual Aid: Revolutionary Solidarity or “Social Work?

Is mutual aid, which has become integral today’s anti-racist movements, inseparable from abolishing police, militarism and capitalism, or is to a form of “social work” that does not challenge the state and capital?

Opening the discussion: Rehmah Sufi

Suggested readings: Alyssa Adamson, “Mutual Aid Beyond the Welfare State from a Decolonial Perspective”: and Gus Breslauer, “Mutual Aid: A Factor of Liberalism?”



Session 5: Monday, July 12, at 6:30 pm (CST):

Rojava: A Progress Report

The liberated zone of Rojava in northern Syria was hailed by many in recent years as a unique expression of grassroots democracy and self-determination. How is this experiment injected social transformation now faring?

Opening the discussion: Kristopher Gardner



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