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 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

Readings for January 2017

Our next meeting will be held at 7 PM on January 11th at Feed Arts Center, 259 S Schuyler Avenue in Downtown Kankakee.

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 What Did Bernie Do? – Looking back at the Sanders campaign and the struggles to come.

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

The Rise and Fall of the Socialist Party of America – Despite its ultimate demise, the Socialist Party shows us that the United States possesses no special immunity against socialist politics.

Readings for July 2016

Here are the articles for our next meeting which will be held at 7 PM on July 19th at Feed Arts & Cultural Center, 259 S. Schuyler in Kankakee.

Focus On Neoliberalism:

Bulletproof Neoliberalism – by Paul Heideman – To understand how a body of thought became an era of capitalism requires more than intellectual history.

Rhythm and Hues – The Effect of Neoliberalism in the Real World

The Zombie Doctrine

What Is Neoliberalism?

Focus on Venezuela:

Redeeming Chávez’s Dream – by Mike Gonzalez – The Chavista bureaucracy is betraying Chávez’s legacy. But the Bolivarian Revolution’s movements can carry on the fight.

The Lessons of Chavismo

See you on July 19th!

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Readings for June 2016

Here are the articles for our next meeting which will be held at 7 PM on June 21st at Feed Arts amd Cultural Center, 259 S. Schuyler in Kankakee.

Why They Won – by Alan Maass and Lee Sustar – The Verizon workers’ campaign for union democracy set the stage for a successful strike.

Degrees of Austerity – by Corey Robin – Inside the budget crisis affecting the largest urban university in the United States and the half million students it serves.

The Hidden History of Muhammad Ali – by Dave Zirin – Muhammad Ali’s resistance to racism and war belongs not only to the 1960s, but the common future of humanity.

Hope to see you on June 21st!

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Readings for May 2016

Here are the articles for our next meeting which will be held at 7 PM on May 17th at Feed Arts & Cultural Center, 259 S. Schuyler in Kankakee.

Lincoln and Marx – by Robin Blackburn – The transatlantic convergence of two revolutionaries.

The Prince Position – by Alexander Billet – It may be trite to say that Prince broke down boundaries, but that’s what made his music such a revelation.

The CTU’s War Against Austerity – by Davis Smith-Brecheisen – Workplace struggle has become the primary defense against cuts to public services.

Undeserving Capital – by Michael A. McCarthy – This Tax Day, make the wealthy pay. You made them rich to begin with.

Hope to see you on May 17th!

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Readings for March 2016

Here are the articles for our next meeting which will be held at 7 PM on March 15th at Feed Arts & Cultural Center, 259 S. Schuyler in Kankakee.

The Sound of the Small C – by Alexander Billet – Pete Seeger represented a musical tradition that can’t be divorced from American radicalism.

It’s Their Party – by Paul Heideman – A generation ago, socialists and civil rights activists tried to transform the Democratic Party. Why did they fail?

Feminism Against Capitalism – by Nicole M. Aschoff – Ultimately the goals of a radical feminism and socialism are the same — justice and equality for all people.

Hope to see you on March 15th!

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