Friday, March 16, 2018

Public conference in Detroit April 22: The resurgence of class struggle and the fight against Internet censorship – SEP Newsletter

From WSWS:

Public conference in Detroit April 22

The resurgence of class struggle and the fight against Internet censorship

The American government, Internet companies and capitalist states around the world are engaged in an aggressive campaign to censor the Internet, under the guise of combating “fake news” and “Russian meddling.” The real aim is to suppress and criminalize the growth of opposition in the working class to austerity, war and social inequality.
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.  Read more »
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
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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