The CME has been educating revolutionists since 1975 by hosting events that are free and open to the public. Through the generosity of volunteers, we provide lectures, films, book talks, strategy meetings and discussion groups from global, national, and local socialists for anyone who believes that capitalism isn't working, and wants to find a better way.
Saturday, May 4 | 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Roots of Revolution in China: The Student-led May 4th Movement of 1919 and its Impact Today
A film segment on the history of the period will be followed by a presentation by Charles Zhengyang Xiao, a local high school student inspired by the May Fourth Movement. Commentary by Emily Dong, who aims to apply lessons of the movement to today’s world, especially African-Asia relations inspired by WEB DuBois, Paul Robeson and the Chinese Revolution.
The May Fourth Movement of 1919 is one of the most important events in China's 20th century history of modernization and revolution. Mass student-led demonstrations in Beijing and nationwide protested the imperialist machinations at Versailles after World War I, which awarded German concessions in Shandong Province to Japan -- even though China fought on the side of the victorious allies. Despite helping win the war, China was treated as a loser!
The protests soon targeted the weak Chinese government which acquiesced in the decision, not standing up for its basic rights at the international conference. The students called for modernization of science and technology, democracy and radical change in semi-feudal and semi-colonial China. Soon the movement united students, patriotic merchants and workers. The movement was a major contributor to the founding of the Communist Party of China in 1921 and the advance of the Chinese revolution, which would soon incorporate peasants and one day shake the world. There will be important commemorations across the country this year.
Today, China is concerned with many of the same issues: 1) resisting imperialist pressure, but now with strength; 2) advancing to the forefront of modern science and technology, such as the cutting edge China 2025 program; 3) improving socialist governance and democracy, such as the anti-corruption campaign. The most important current campaign is the elimination of poverty before 2021, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CCP.
Co-sponsored by US-China Peoples Friendship Association of New England
Saturday, May 4 | 4:00 – 6:00 PM
The Deepening Crisis of Capitalism and the Growing Fight Back
Rick Nagan is the Ohio District Organizer of the Communist Party USA and the author of "Adtter World In Birth: Principles of Scientific Socialism/A Handbook for Revolutionary Change.“ Rick joined the Party in 1970 after getting a Ph.D. in biology from The Rockefeller University. He worked as a reporter for the Daily World and as the Party's National Steel Coordinator before becoming the Ohio District Organizer. He helped elect Cleveland's first Latino member of City Council and then served as his Executive Assistant for over seven years. He ran for public office on a number of occasions and got 45% of the vote the last time he ran for City Council. He is a member of the News Guild CWA Local 34071 and a delegate to the North Shore AFL-CIO Federation of Labor. He is an elected member of the Central and Executive Committees of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party and Deputy Democratic Ward Leader to my current City Councilwoman. He was a neighborhood team leader for the 2016 campaigns of Bernie Sanders and then Hillary Clinton. He is also co-convenor of the Tamir Rice Justice Committee.
Sunday, May 26 | 6:00 PM
The Train to Pakistan
Richard Pendleton, CME Steering Committee
Train to Pakistan is a 1998 Indian Hindi film adapted from Khushwant Singh's 1956 classic novel by the same name set in the Partition of India of 1947 and directed by Pamela Rooks. The film is set in Mano Majra, which is a quiet village on the border of India and Pakistan, close to where the railway line crosses the Sutlej River. The film develops around the love affair of small-time dacoit Juggut Singh, with a local Muslim girl, Nooran. The villagers are a mix of Sikhs and Muslims, who live in harmony. The Sikhs own most of the land, and the Muslims work as laborer's. During the summer of 1947, when the Partition of India was taking place, the entire country was a hotbed of extremism and intolerance. The Muslims in India moved towards the newly formed Pakistan, and the Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan migrated to refugee camps in India. One day, a train arrives from Pakistan, which carries bodies of all the travelers who have been butchered while they tried to depart from Pakistan. That is when this quiet village is changed forever.
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