International Institute

Location

111 E. Kirby
Detroit
,
MI
48202
,
US

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Past Events

Sunday
Oct
20
2019
with
The SPARK
Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 5-7:30pm
5-7:30pm
**U.S. capitalism developed in a territory blessed with productive land and a vast amount of raw materials. What it did not have was labor power--people to do the work. **For most of its history, American capital filled that hole with slaves, tens of millions of people robbed from Africa. **When it could no longer get enough slaves, capital turned to immigrants to fill its workplaces. Tens of millions more people, billions in profit. **Dumped into a strange land, they had no choice but to work for low pay, under terrible conditions. And capital used them as a battering ram to keep down the wages and conditions of other workers. **Generation after generation, the working class often found itself divided into hostile camps: native born versus recent immigrants -- with black workers usually kept on the lowest rungs of the ladder. **But there were times when workers fought their way out of these divisions, times we never hear about. These are the times we need to build on.
Sunday
Sep
22
2019
with
The SPARK
Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 5-7:30pm
5-7:30pm
**April 20, 1537, Spanish "explorers" set out with 50 kidnapped Africans to settle in Florida, then a Spanish colony. The Africans came in chains. **August 20, 1619, 20 kidnapped Africans arrived in Virginia, part of English North America. They were sold as slaves to a tobacco planter. **For almost 332 years, slavery was a legal fact, dominating every aspect of human life, North and South. **The phenomenal wealth produced in the slave trade and from slave labor provided the basis on which American capitalism grew up and spread. **The peculiar form under which all labor is exploited today in this country traces back to the way slave labor was organized. **The legacy of slavery lives with us still -- how could it not? Legal emancipation happened only 154 years ago.
Sunday
May
5
2019
with
The SPARK
Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 5-7pm
5-7pm
**Trump says he wants to go to war against Venezuela. He wants Venezuela's oil for U.S. corporations. **In fact, the U.S. is already carrying out an economic war on Venezuela, preventing it from selling its oil in world markets, threatening other countries to keep them from trading from Venezuela. **Venezuela's economy revolves around oil -- when oil exports are blocked, the whole economy shuts down; life becomes impossible for people. **In this desperate situation, the U.S. has been funneling in money and agents, attempting to bring down the Venezuelan government. **This is only the most recent instance of U.S. aggression against Venezuela, a country whose only "sin" has been trying to use its own resources to develop its own economy. **It is only the most recent example of U.S. aggression against any country trying to build its own independent life. In a world dominated by U.S. imperialism, the struggle cannot stay within one country's borders.
Sunday
Apr
7
2019
with
The SPARK
Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 5-7pm
5-7pm
Crisis of Migration Made in the USA. **Calling the migrants every vile name he can think of, Trump demands a wall to stop people from crossing into the U.S. from Central America. **In fact, the migrants who try to find their way up to the U.S. border are working people driven there by the greed of U.S. companies. **For decades, U.S. agricultural companies and mining companies plundered the land in Central America. Sweat shops producing clothing for U.S. companies took over cities. **U.S. companies organized heavily armed gangs to impose their control. **Land was destroyed, villages wiped out, and life became intolerable. **Yes, people organized themselves to migrate -- it was a matter of survival. **The migrants who come this way have courage and determination. They can strengthen our fights -- if we welcome them as part of our class. **It's not up to Trump what happens, it's up to us -- and the migrants.
Sunday
Feb
10
2019
with
The SPARK
Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 5-7:30pm
5-7:30pm
--In 2000, Sears had 5670 stores, and over 500,000 workers. Today there are fewer than 1,000 stores and 50,000 workers. And Sears is in bankruptcy. --Some pretend Amazon and on-line shopping are the cause. No, it's pure old capitalist greed that did in Sears. --As the economic crisis developed, Wall Street searched for companies to plunder. The "hedge fund" ESL grabbed Sears, put it deeply in debt. Sears' well-known brands were sold off. Stores were closed, workers cut, workers' wages cut, retirees stripped of their benefits. --It was a disaster for those who worked at Sears or retired from it. It was a big problem for all those working people who depended on Sears for household items, appliances, paint, tools and car batteries and tires. --But it meant big bucks for the Wall Street buzzards who turned themselves into billionaires scavenging the last bit of meat from a company's carcass. --What happened to Sears has been happening across the whole economy. Capitalism, in the midst of crisis, chews up and spits out what it once built.
Sunday
Jan
13
2019
with
The SPARK
Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 5-7pm
5-7pm
Without organization, we face the bosses one by one. It's why workers fought to build the unions -- 80 years ago -- and it's why Spark militants work in the unions today. Without a political voice, we have only parties who act for our class enemies. That's why Spark militants helped to get a working class party on the ballot in Michigan. But unions and elections aren't enough -- even if we defend ourselves, the capitalists still control society, and they run it for the benefit of their own class, at our expense. The working class could throw out the capitalists and all the parasites. Working together, we could build a new society. It seems far away -- but it's necessary, and it could happen!
Sunday
Apr
22
2018
with
The SPARK
Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 5-7pm
5-7pm
Every woman has faced sexual harassment -- on the job, in the market, in the streets. Every woman knows of a boss who offers you a better job -- a bargain for sexual favors. And women know it's a vicious bargain. Today, some women have begun to speak out. But there are many more -- working class women -- who would lose their jobs if they did. The fight for their rights goes through the fight of the whole working class against a society run by all kinds of predators. That fight may have started -- in West Virginia and Oklahoma -- where teachers have been fighting for better wages, better schools and their dignity.
Saturday
Feb
24
2018
Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 1-4pm
1-4pm
No matter how we consider ourselves different based on our country of origin and cultural background, the world sees us all as black. We need to embrace our similarity and support each other to be our best. Acculturate without assimilation Panelists talk about their personal story and perception of the black experience from his/her vantage point
Sunday
Feb
18
2018
with
The SPARK
Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 5-7pm
5-7pm
The world is a whole today --and it's been that way ever since a new capitalist class set out to conquer the world in the 1500s. Stealing gold & spice from Asia and the Americas; stealing human beings from Africa; stealing raw materials from all over the earth; impoverishing other lands, driving people to migrate to escape poverty. Capitalism's voracious thirst for wealth ties the whole world together. But to keep its hands on the wealth it steals, capitalism tries to set us against each other. Divide and rule is a very old, rotten fraud.
Sunday
Jan
21
2018
with
The SPARK
Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 5-7pm
5-7pm
The politicians, commentators, and businessmen dare to say, "Detroit is coming back." Whose Detroit? Downtown & stadiums, sure. But what about OUR schools, cheated for funds? What about OUR homes, stolen from us by fraudulent mortgages and tax foreclosures? What about real estate taxes, water rates and car insurance that everyday people pay? Highest in the country! Ordinary neighborhoods are being emptied out -- so the rich can fatten themselves.