Welcome to the Jacobin Reading Group for the South Suburbs

The Southland Jacobin reading group brings people together to engage with socialist ideas in a lively, open, and non-doctrinaire environment. There are no dues to pay and no formal membership requirements. Just bring your interest, your mind and your voice. The group provides an intellectual and social space that cuts across organizational boundaries.

Be you an organizer, a worker, a student activist, or someone who is new to the Left, come join us! The group is open to people thinking about socialist politics for the first time, as well as more seasoned friends.

We meet at 7 PM on the third Wednesday of each month at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee. Watch this site or our Facebook Group for information on articles.

Readings for August 2017

Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on August 16th at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.

Here are the articles for this month.

What It Means to Be on the Left – PETER FRASE – The socialist project is about more than just winning a nicer version of capitalism.

Social Democracy’s Last Rounds – AN INTERVIEW WITH WOLFGANG STREECK – When business isn’t intimidated enough to accept constraints on its power, capitalism suffocates democracy.

The Rise and Fall of the Second International – SEAN LARSON – On July 14, 1889, the Second International was born to unite the workers of the world. What happened to that dream?

Readings for July 2017

Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on July 19th at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.

The Speech Racists Didn’t Want You to Hear – KEEANGA-YAMAHTTA TAYLOR – Fox News tried to intimidate Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor from speaking. Now we’re printing her words in full.

We Need a Medicare for All March on Washington – DUSTIN GUASTELLA – Both parties aren’t addressing our health care needs — now is the time for socialists to lead a national Medicare for All campaign.

Why Corbyn Won – BHASKAR SUNKARA – I don’t care if he didn’t actually win — he won. Jeremy Corbyn has given us a blueprint to follow for years to come.

“Having America Care About You Is Not Necessarily a Good Thing” – A CONVERSATION WITH ANAND GOPAL and MAY JEONG – The war in Afghanistan is already the longest in US history. And now Trump is considering sending more troops.

Readings for June 2017

Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on June 21st at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.

Here are the readings for the month. The theme is SOLIDARITY.

The Panthers and the Patriots – MICHAEL MCCANNE – The story of how a group of poor whites in Chicago united with the Black Panthers to fight racism and capitalism.

A Politics of Solidarity – KARINA MORENO – Solidarity between Muslim and Latino communities is crucial to building the kind of movement that can defeat Trump.

Not Just Nuns – HILARY GOODFRIEND – Catholic activists like Maura Clarke, an American nun assassinated by a Salvadoran death squad in 1980, transformed missionary work into anti-imperialist solidarity.

Bonus Articles Not Related to Theme:

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_death_of_the_republic_20170521

https://jacobinmag.com/2017/05/russian-revolution-power-soviets-bolsheviks-lenin-provisional-government

Next Meeting Is June 21st, 2017

Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on June 21st at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.

There is no meeting in May.

Suggestions for articles for the June meeting are welcome.

Readings for April 2017

Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on April 19th at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.

Here’s what we’ll discuss this month.

Critique in the Age of Trump – Maximilian Alvarez at The Baffler identifies some arguments to avoid.

The Glory Days Are Over – Nicole M. Aschoff observes that Trump’s victory signals a deep crisis of neoliberalism.

Capital’s Hunger in Abundance – As long as food is produced for profit and not need, people will go hungry. Andrew Smolski writes.

Readings for March 2017

Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on March 15th at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.

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Here are links to the readings for this month.

What the Women’s Strike Means – By Cinzia Arruzza & Tithi Bhattacharya – The International Women’s Strike is about taking on the degradations of capitalism in all spheres of life.

The First Neoliberals – By Corey Robin – How free-market disciples and union busters became the prophets of American liberalism.

Revisiting The Party We Need – Imagine a different inauguration. If we had a working-class party, what would it fight for?

Readings for February 2017

Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on February 15th at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.

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The Rebel Girl – As we build a movement to thwart Trump and win genuine social change, the activist life of Elizabeth Gurley Flynn is instructive. By Mary Anne Trasciatti

A Blueprint for a New Party – With the rise of Donald Trump, we need to think seriously about what it would take to form a democratic organization rooted in the working class. By Seth Ackerman

A Lost History – Socialists have long championed the struggles of all oppressed peoples, not just the white male factory worker. By Eric Blanc