Saturday, March 31, 2018

April 22 meeting in Detroit: The resurgence of class struggle and the fight against Internet censorship

From WSWS:

Two updates.

First, we would like to call your attention to a very important statement and seriesof articles by Patrick Martin posted on the WSWS on the CIA and the Democratic Party. They document an unprecedented influx of intelligence and military operatives into the Democratic Party. More than 50 such military-intelligence candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination in the 102 districts identified by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as its targets for 2018.

Second, on Sunday, April 22, the World Socialist Web Site, Socialist Equality Party (SEP) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) are holding a public conference in Detroit, Michigan to mobilize the working class against Internet censorship.

The first three months of 2018 have seen an immense intensification of social tensions and an escalation of class conflict around the world. In the United States, the West Virginia teachers strike is being followed by demands from teachers in other cities and states for strike action. Frontier telecommunications workers in West Virginia and Virginia are on strike. In the UK, 40,000 lectures have walked off the job. Protests and strikes have erupted in Kenya, Argentina, Germany, France, Iran, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and many other countries.

In the capitalist media, there are worried comments about the role of social media in allowing workers to organize independently of the corporatist trade unions. There are increasingly explicit calls for the suppression of “radicalizing” and “divisive” views. Google’s move last April to manipulate its search results to blacklist left-wing, socialist and antiwar sites has been followed by changes to Facebook’s news feed aimed at prioritizing “authoritative content” and similar acts of censorship by YouTube, Twitter and other social media companies.

The World Socialist Web Site has been a principal target of the government and corporate censors. As it marks the 20th anniversary of continual daily publication, the WSWS is leading the fight against the greatest attack on free speech since the Second World War. The defense of Internet freedom must be connected to a struggle to organize and mobilize the entire working class against social inequality, war and the capitalist system.

We call on all our readers and supporters to attend public meetings (full list below) being held throughout the US and to make plans to attend the April 22 conference.

Meeting Details:
Sunday, April 22, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Student Center Ballroom
5221 Gullen Mall
Wayne State University
Detroit, Michigan
Organizing Resistance to Internet Censorship: Public Meetings

More meetings are being scheduled. Contact us to help organize one in your area

Detroit, Michigan
Sunday, April 22, 11:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Wayne State University
Student Center Ballroom
5221 Gullen Mall
San Diego State University
Tuesday, March 13, 7:00 p.m.
Storm Hall West Room 011
San Diego, California

University of California - Berkeley
Wednesday, March 14, 7:00 p.m.
Barrows Room 20
Berkeley, California

University of California San Diego
Thursday, March 15, 7:30 p.m.
Social Sciences Building Room 101
San Diego, California

Eastern Michigan University
Monday, March 19, 7:00 p.m.
EMU Student Center Room 330
Ypsilanti, Michigan

University of Florida
Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 p.m.
Reitz Student Union Room G320
Gainesville, Florida

Wayne State University
Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 p.m.
Student Center Room 384
Detroit, Michigan
New York University
Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m.
Kimmel Center Room 905/907
New York City, New York

Western Michigan University
Thursday, March 29, 7:00 p.m.
Bernhard Center Room 212
Kalamazoo, Michigan

University of Michigan
Tuesday, April 3, 7:00 p.m.
Michigan League Hussey Room
Ann Arbor, Michigan

SUNY Geneseo
Tuesday, April 3, 6:00 p.m.
Newton 209
Geneseo, New York
Northern Virginia Community College
Wednesday, April 4, 3:00 p.m.

CC Room 237
Annandale, Virginia
Portland State University
Wednesday, April 11, 7:00 p.m.
Urban Building, Parson's Room
Portland, Oregon

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