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.

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Readings for September 2018

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

The readings this month center on the wide variety of Socialists and what they believe.

Socialism is Sharing

Articles to Discuss

What Is Democratic Socialism? BY NEAL MEYER – Everybody’s talking about democratic socialism these days. Here’s what you need to know about it.

What Do Socialists Mean By Socialism? BY TODD CHRETIEN – Conservatives are hopelessly confused by the revival of an old enemy: socialism. Not surprisingly, socialists are better at explaining what’s going on.

Readings for August 2018

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

The readings this month center on what to do about elections, and what sort of party we should build. What does it do? How does an organization committed to revolution, not reform, compete within the framework of a system that is reformist by its very nature? What is the role of the party right here and now? What should be its organizing principles?

Voting Sticker

Articles to Discuss

The Ballot and the Break BY ERIC BLANC – Minnesota’s Farmer-Labor Party, the most successful labor party in US history, is rich in lessons for challenging the two-party system.

From Realignment to Reinforcement BY KIM MOODY – Leftists looking to take over the Democratic Party will confront even more roadblocks than in the past.

Revolutionaries, Elections and the Democrats BY TODD CHRETIEN – What Will Build a Revolutionary Socialist Movement?

Supplemental Reading

The U.S. Left in Transition BY JOE ALLEN

The Two Souls of Democratic Socialism BY KIM MOODY

Marxists and Elections BY PAUL D’AMATO

What Do We Do About Elections? BY BRIAN NOE

Readings for June 2018

Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on June 20th at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.

The Topic Is Palestine

Great March of Return

Read These Articles:

https://electronicintifada.net/content/future-nakba/24236

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/05/nakba-day-great-return-march-palestinian-liberation

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/05/great-return-march-nakba-palestine-resistance

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/12/jerusalem-israel-palestine-trump-saudi-arabia

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/09/carlos-rosa-chicago-bds-democratic-party

Readings for May 2018

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

Health Care is the subject.

X-Ray Cartoon

Here are our readings for this month.

Summoning the Future – RONAN BURTENSHAW – The story of the British National Health Service, one of the twentieth century’s great working-class achievements.

A Brief History of American Health Reform – COLIN GORDON – In order to win universal health care, we have to understand what — and who — we’re up against.

Cuba and Healthcare (PDF)

Readings for March 2018

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

West Virginia Teachers

West Virginia!

The Strike Is On – AN INTERVIEW WITH JAY O’NEAL- “We’re not going back to work until there’s solid proof that our demands are going to be met,” a teacher unionist on strike in West Virginia tells Jacobin.

Do-It-Yourself Class Struggle – BY KEVIN PROSEN – One lesson from the West Virginia teachers’ strike is clear: nobody is coming to save us. We’ll have to do it ourselves.

“It Was About the Insurance Fix” – BY MEAGAN DAY – West Virginia teachers are engaged in an inspiring illegal strike. They’re also showing why we desperately need Medicare for All.

West Virginia’s Militant Minority – BY ERIC BLANC – Without the bold initiative of a core of deeply rooted, radical teachers, there would have been no strike in West Virginia.

“There Is No Illegal Strike, Just an Unsuccessful One” – BY JOE BURNS – The West Virginia teacher strike represents a return to public worker unionism’s radical roots.

Readings for February 2018

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

Mean Girls Loser Meme

To Read For February (Postponed from January)

This month we’ll be discussing the second best selling book of all time.

The Communist Manifesto – KARL MARX and FRIEDRICH ENGELS
The Manifesto of the Communist Party was first published in February of 1848.

Here’s the PDF Version.

Additional Readings

The Principles of Communism – FRIEDRICH ENGELS
Marx drew inspiration and ideas for the Manifesto from this paper written by Engels in 1847.

Socialist Classics Series: The Communist Manifesto – TODD CHRETIEN
In this first installment in a series on the classics of the socialist tradition, offers you a bet about the Communist Manifesto you shouldn’t refuse.

Karl Marx, Yesterday and Today – LOUIS MENAND
The nineteenth-century philosopher’s ideas may help us to understand the economic and political inequality of our time.

Why Marxism is on the rise again. – STUART JEFFRIES
Capitalism is in crisis across the globe – but what on earth is the alternative? Well, what about the musings of a certain 19th-century German philosopher?