Women, Capitalism, and the State: Occupy Philly w/ Selma James

Part 6 of Occupy Philly Education and Training Working Group’s
Dissecting Capitalism series
(co-sponsored by Mariposa Food Co-op):

Women, Capitalism, and the State
with Selma James

selma james

Selma James is a women’s rights and antiracist campaigner and author. Raised in a movement household, she joined CLR James’s Johnson-Forest Tendency at age fifteen, and from 1958 to 1962, she worked with him in the movement for Caribbean federation and independence. In 1972, she founded the International Wages for Housework Campaign, and in 2000 she helped launch the Global Women’s Strike, which she coordinates. She coined the word “unwaged” to describe the caring work women do, and it has since entered the English language to describe all who work without wages, on the land, in the home, in the community, and more. In 1975 she became the first spokeswoman of the English Collective of Prostitutes. She is a founding member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (2008). Selma has addressed the power relations within the working class movement, and how to organize across sectors despite divisions of sex, race, and class, South and North. She spoke recently at Tent City University at Occupy London on “Why Anticapitalism?” to a packed audience.

Selma is in the United States on a speaking tour for the publication of her new book, “Sex, Race and Class – The Perspective of Winning: A Selection of Writings, 1952-2011” (PM Press, March 2012).

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The Dissecting Capitalism series provides an introduction to capitalism, highlighting its historical, social, and political constructs as well as its systemic, global impact. Each session will feature speakers, open discussion, and for certain dates, short readings designed to facilitate participatory debate, dialogue, and popular education. We envision the series as forming a cohesive whole, and encourage participants to attend all ten sessions, if possible. The education series is free, as all education should be, but donations to West Philly’s collectively run LAVA (Lancaster Avenue Autonomous Zone; http://www.lavazone.org; 4134 Lancaster Ave Philadelphia, PA 19104), which is generously letting us use its space, are greatly appreciated.

The series’ themes and dates include:

Wed, Feb 1 at 7 p.m.
Part 1: What is Capitalism?
with George Caffentzis and Alex Knight

Wed, Feb 8 at 7 p.m.
Part 2: Financial Crisis
with Mark Kuperberg and Julie Maitrejean

Wed, Feb 15 at 7 p.m.
Part 3: The Historical Rise of Capitalism and Corporations
with Ariane Fischer and Jerry Krantman

Wed., Feb 22 at 7 p.m.
Part 4: Contemporary Labor and Workplace Struggles
with Salar Mohandesi and Sean West Wispy

Wed, Feb 29 at 7 p.m.
Part 5: Capitalism, Social Relations, and Power
with Ben Webster and Cindy Milstein

Wed, March 7 at 7 p.m.
Part 6: Women, Capitalism, and the State
with Selma James

Wed, March 14 at 7 p.m.
Part 7: Political Economy of the Environment
Amy Roe and E. Colin Ruggero

Wed, March 21 at 7 p.m.
Part 8: Capitalism and the State
Gabriel Rockhill and Avi Alpert

Wed, March 28 at 7 p.m.
Part 9: Capitalism and Racism
Josh Lukin and another presenter (to be announced soon)

Wed, April 4 at 7 p.m.
Part 10: Imagining a Postcapitalism (details will be announced)

Join us tonight!

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