The University of Memphis Marxist Student Union exists to educate the campus community about Marxism, promote the study of Marxist theory and thought, and advocate social and political action from a Marxist perspective.
at our next meeting, Friday Nov 18, we will be joined by the Occupy Memphis Anti-Capitalist Caucus. If you would like to learn more about the local Occupy movement, this is an excellent opportunity to do so without having to even leave campus. If you have any friends who are curious about Marxism, revolutionary theories, activism, and/or the Occupy movement bring them with you to room 208 in the University Center this Friday. We have a very tightly scheduled agenda and will have the room open at 5:30, get started at 6pm sharp, and be wrapped up by 9 pm. In keeping with the tradition of the anti-Capitalist caucus, we will sing "The Internationale" at the end of our joint meeting. The music and lyrics for the Internationale will be posted immediately so anyone who does not know the song can at least get familiar with the tune before Friday night.
the next meeting of the Marxist Student Union is Friday Nov 18 at 6pm in UC 208. Come out and learn about the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and the Spanish Civil War. Following a screening of "The Good Fight" we will discuss similarities between the conditions that led to the formation of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and the conditions that have led to the global Occupy movement.
Join the Marxist Student Union November 18 at 6pm for some concrete analysis of concrete conditions!
The Marxist Student Union was out in support of Lee Harris this morning for one simple reason, as a member of the United Campus Workers / Communication Workers of America he is in the same union as the editor and every union member at the University of Memphis. Despite the hype, things are very simple when it comes to elections like this one.
1. Vote for the candidate who belongs to a union.
2. If the candidate belongs to your union work for their campaign.
We, our comrades, and fellow travelers of varied associations and alignments at Occupy Memphis have come together under the banner of anti-Capitalism. Fully aware that over half a century of propaganda has leveled its lies against us, the caucus decided that it should create a pamphlet to counter some of the more overt falsehoods perpetuated by the opponents of liberty and equality.
Here is a draft the editor is submitting to the caucus for approval before it is placed at the information booth and distributed generally. The eight points as well as many of the ideas countering them arose in last week's caucus meeting. Furthermore, the collective editorial process of review and revision ensures that this document is not the product of one person or point of view. Rather, this is a manifestation of the caucus' militant readiness to confront the lies of Capitalism.
There is less than a week left in the run-off election between Lee Harris (a union member, resident of district 7 and son of an air-conditioning repair man) and Kemba Ford (want-to-be actress and scion of the corrupt political machine that has been keeping Memphis one of the poorest cities in the nation for far too long). Tomorrow, join the Marxist Student Union at the Harris campaign headquarters from 1-3 pm as we lend our support to Lee Harris' ongoing effort to improve the city of Memphis by being an advocate for the working class!
Last weekend, the Labor Agenda broadcast from Occupy Memphis and helped educate the Occupiers on the history and current concerns of the labor movement in Memphis. The editor was particularly glad that Chad Johnson from AFSCME stuck around after the show and broke it down for us. I am sure everyone at AFSCME knows how lucky they are to have him.
Below I have included a few pictures from the event.