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(en) US, NYC, The New SPACE presents: IMMIGRANT WORKERS’ HISTORY IN THE UNITED STATES, 1877 TO THE PRESENT

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Date Wed, 6 Apr 2005 10:14:25 +0200 (CEST)


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Jeannette Gabriel Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 pm 6 classes, April 7 - May 19
(except no class April 28) Tuition: $66 - $86, sliding scale
This class will study the impact that immigrant workers have had on the
history of the American working class. We will analyze six historical
moments when immigrant workers made significant contributions to workers
rights. We will study the ways in which the community-workplace model, which
immigrant workers have embraced more readily than craft or industrial
unionism, has promoted women's activism. This course will examine how
immigrant workers have been a central radicalizing force throughout recent
labor history.

Course Requirements:
Because we are meeting for only six intensive sessions, there is a good
amount of reading expected. Please do the reading ahead of time so we can
have a discussion-based class.

These are very exciting books that you will want to go back and refer to
time and time again. I strongly encourage you to go on-line at a website
like abe.com and buy cheap, used copies. However, if you would like to take
the class but cannot afford all the books, contact me directly and we will
try to work something out.

As part of the first session, we will discuss how to read a history book,
what to focus on and how not to get lost in the details.

For the first reading --Beyond the Martyrs by Bruce Nelson-- read the
introduction, and focus on the sections on the social structure of the
anarchist movement and the struggle for the 8-hour day. In particular, I am
interested in discussing the tensions between immigrant and nativist
sections of the working class that intensified during the 8-hour day
movement.

Reading List:
Beyond the Martyrs: A Social History of Chicago’s Anarchists, 1870-1900 by
Bruce Nelson

Radicals of the Worst Sort: Laboring Women in Lawrence, Massachusetts,
1860-1912 by Ardis Cameron

Women of the Depression: Caste and Culture in San Antonio, 1929-1939 by
Julia Kirk Blackwelder

Rainbow at Midnight: Labor and Culture in the 1940s by George Lipsitz

The Suppression of Salt of the Earth by James J. Lorence

Holding up More than Half the Sky: Chinese Women Garment Workers in New York
City, 1948-92 by Xiaolan Bao


Jeannette Gabriel is an activist and student of American working class
history at the CUNY Graduate Center. She currently organizes with immigrant
workers in New Jersey around issues of worker and civil rights. She has been
fighting against illegal detention and torture of immigrants since 9/11. Her
primary research focus is on feminist and radical currents within worker and
unemployment movements.


This courses will meet at

FUSION ARTS MUSEUM
57 Stanton Street, Lower East Side, New York City
(near corner of Eldridge & Stanton Streets, one block south of Houston and
one block south of the 2nd Ave. stop on the F and V trains. See our website
for map)

Contact us at

http://new-space.mahost.org
new-space@mutualaid.org
telephone (800) 377-6183
P.O. Box 19, Planetarium Station, New York, NY 10024-0019

See website for registration and pluralism policies




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UPCOMING COURSES

ART LIFE
Alan W. Moore
Saturdays, 12 – 2 pm
8 classes beginning April 2
This class may meet off-site.
Please contact us, if you
are interested in attending.

TAXATION AND FINANCE
Howard F. Seligman
Tuesdays, 7:45 - 9:45 pm
8 classes beginning May 3

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PARTIAL LIST OF UPCOMING TALKS
(Donation: $7-10, sliding scale)

THE MARXIST CRITIQUE OF IDEOLOGY: WHAT IT IS, HOW IT WORKS,
AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT - ESPECIALLY NOW
Bertell Ollman
Wednesday April 27, 7 pm

FIGHTING FOR REFORMS WITHOUT BECOMING REFORMIST
Robin Hahnel, based on his new book, "Economic Justice and Democracy"
Wednesday May 25, 7 pm

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Ongoing classes:
“CAPITAL,” VOL. I
Andrew Kliman

FINANCE CAPITAL, FICTITIOUS CAPITAL, AND U.S. ECONOMIC DECLINE
Loren Goldner

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The New SPACE teachers, speakers, and organizers include:
Stanley Aronowitz, Jack Z. Bratich, Stephen Eric Bronner, Andrea Fishman,
Jeannette Gabriel, Loren Goldner, David Graeber, Robin Hahnel, Jesse Heiwa,
Charles Herr, Joshua Howard, Anne Jaclard, Andrew Kliman, Louis Kontos, Joel
Kovel, Raymond Lampe, Alan W. Moore, Bertell Ollman, Howard Seligman,
Stevphen Shukaitis, Bill Weinberg, Seth G. Weiss

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The New SPACE is a new anti-capitalist educational project dedicated to
developing and advancing ideas for liberatory social change. Together with
the new movements for global justice, we believe that "another world is
possible" - a world free from the domination of capital and free for the
flowering of human powers and talents.

The New SPACE holds that free dialogue and the protection of dissenting
views are essential for the development of liberatory ideas and for forging
real unity among those struggling for liberation. We reject the suppression
of dissenting views and individuals in the name of "unity," convinced that
such suppression is antithetical to the working out of real unity.
"Freedom," as Rosa Luxemburg reminds us, "is always and exclusively freedom
for the one who thinks differently." Accordingly, one distinguishing aspect
of our mission is to create an educational space - not existent at present -
in which pluralistic dialogue and dissident perspectives are respected and
encouraged.

The New SPACE will be a place for exploring challenging questions that
today's movements confront, such as: How do we build non-hierarchical
movements that can sustain themselves? How can such movements safeguard
grass-roots democracy? How do consciousness and ideas relate to movements
for social transformation?

Resolutely anti-authoritarian and non-sectarian, the New SPACE brings
together anarchists, humanist Marxists, and others. All those who share our
mission and goals are invited to join us as students, teachers, and partners
in the development of this project. In particular, we will encourage and
facilitate the participation of women, people of color, GLBT people and
others who face exclusion and discrimination. We also envision a new space
that young people, without ties to the old Left, will find welcoming. We
seek, though our classes and other activities, to create an environment in
which youth, working people from diverse backgrounds, intellectuals, and
activists can dialogue and collaborate in order to make sense of, and
transform, our world.

New York City
November 8, 2004


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