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Pakistan and the Crisis of the International Labor Movement

Sunday December 6th at 2pm
International House, University of Chicago 1414 E. 59th Street

A moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A bringing together three leading figures of the Pakistani labor movement to talk about workers rights, women’s rights, the struggle to organize in the shadow of the Taliban, and the impact of the ongoing war in Afghanistan on the workers of Pakistan. These topics will be explored in light of the increasingly pressing need to reconstitute an international Left.

Panelists:

Rubina Jamil, President of the Working Women Organization
Atiya Khan, Platypus, Phd candidate at the University of Chicago

Background reading:
The Failure of Pakistan: A Concise History of the Left
The Poverty of Pakistan's Politics

Audio recording.

Workers in a Time of War Poster

Co-sponsored by the International House Global Voices Program and the Center for International Studies.

The Platypus New York Chapter presents:

The Cradle Will Rock (1999), a film screening and discussion

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Friday, December 11th, 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

The New School, 66 W. 12th St., rm. 404.

There will be a short discussion following the film. If you wish to attend and are not a student at the New School, please contact Chris Mansour @ chris.d.mansour@gmail.com to get your name on the security list.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0150216/

Panel held on December 6th, 2009, at the University of Chicago.

A moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A bringing together three leading figures of the Pakistani labor movement to talk about workers rights, women’s rights, the struggle to organize in the shadow of the Taliban, and the impact of the ongoing war in Afghanistan on the workers of Pakistan. These topics will be explored in light of the increasingly pressing need to reconstitute an international Left.

Panelists:
Rubina Jamil
President, Working Women Organization; and Chair, All Pakistan Trade Union Federation

Atiya Khan
Platypus Affiliated Society; and PhD candidate in History at the University of Chicago

Introduced and moderated by Spencer Leonard, Platypus Affiliated Society; Editor-in-Chief, The Platypus Review; and Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences, University of Chicago

Background reading:
The Failure of Pakistan: A Concise History of the Left
The Poverty of Pakistan’s Politics

Red Channels and the Platypus Affiliated Society present:

The Poverty of Student Life, a film screening and discussion

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Monday, November 23, 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm @ The Brecht Forum, 451 West Street

San Francisco State: On Strike - Newsreel, 1969, 25 minutes
Community Control - Newsreel, 1969, 50 minutes
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 75 minutes | Digital Projection

Discussion with:

Pam C. Nogales C. of the Platypus Affiliated Society

Luz Schreiber of the Committee in Defense of the Children's Learning Center at Hunter College, and Ollin Imagination

Jitu Weusi - teacher, principal, member of the African American Teachers Association, co-founder of The East (1969-1985)

[more TBA]


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Platypus Review articles on student politics:

1. Politics of the contemporary student Left

2.  Violence at the RNC

3. The New School occupation and the direction of student politics: an interview with Atlee McFellin

4. Five questions to the student Left

Interested in attending the reading group? Have a question about one of the events Platypus is hosting? Interested in learning more about Platypus?

We are always looking for writers, speakers, anyone interested, ideas, etc. If you’re interested in getting involved, let us know.

New York contacts:

Pam C. Nogales C., East Coast Regional Coordinator: eastcoast@platypus1917.org
Jeremy Cohan, City-wide coordinator: newyork@platypus1917.org
Chris Mansour, Assistant City-wide coordinator: newyork@platypus1917.org
Brian Hioe, Chapter Head, New York University: nyu@platypus1917.org
Alex Gleason, Chapter Head, New School: newschool@platypus1917.org

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