10/27 Organizing Meeting

 Join us this Wed at 7pm in Savery Hall room 139

We'll be discussing and organizing for Fall campaigns & meetings

1. I-1098 Assessment & What's Next
We will assess our work so far in the I-1098 campaign (Tax the rich for education and health care) The elections are only a week away - so we'll discuss how our work in the campaign has gone - and what's left to do in the homestretch.  

Then we'll open it up to a bigger brainstorm and discussion of what we want to focus on after the elections. We'll discuss possibilities for anti-budget cuts work, LGBT rights work (SOLE is spearheading a campaign for gender neural housing that we could get involved in) and other possibilities for activism & eduction on campus. Join the discussion and bring your ideas!!
2. Talk Preview: "Reform or Revolution, Can Capitalism be Fixed?" Chris will give a brief outline of what he's thinking about for our 11/17 meeting "Reform or Revolution, Can Capitalism be Fixed?" we'll discuss the presentation and what we want to get out of the meeting - bring ideas and questions to help us shape this upcoming meeting.

3. "The Case for Socialist Revolution Teach-In" Kick-Off
Our Teach-in is less than a month away! (check out all the details here)  the outreach committee will do a short kick-off explaining the initial plan and getting folks geared up to make this a successful event.

Next Week Nov 3rd:

A Marxist Primer on the Great Recession 

We are facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. But while billions of our tax dollars have been used to bail out the same Wall Street bankers who caused the crisis in the first place, funding for schools and badly needed social services is on the chopping block, while millions are losing their jobs and homes. Capitalism–our current economic and political system–looks out for the profits of the few at the expense of the needs of the many. How does capitalism work, or rather why does it NOT work?

Join the ISO for a discussion on Marxist economics, which explains why exploitation, greed, competition, and economic crisis are at the heart of a system that devastates our lives, and why socialism is the only humane and viable alternative.

Food for Thought: Changing Education Paradigms RSA Animate

This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benjamin Franklin award.


10/20 - Combating the Rightward Shift in Mainstream Politics

This Wed we are bringing a special guest speaker to campus, NYC activist Jennifer Roesch, for a meeting to discuss why the Right-wing has made political gains in this country, debunk the idea that they represent some silenced majority, and most importantly discuss how we can fight back, rebuild the left and win true justice.

The right-wing attack machine—from Fox News to the crusaders of the Christian Right—is on the warpath, supremely confident that they can get away with anything, from blocking the construction of a religious center in New York City to appropriating the iconic image of Martin Luther King speaking at the Lincoln Memorial for a right-wing circus presided over by Glenn Beck.

And if this wasn't enough, we've seen a recent spate gay teen suicides and increase in violent attacks against gay people  due in large part to the Anti-LGBT bigotry coming from voices of authority.
Carl Paladino, the Tea Party, and even the Democrats are creating hate filled environment where people feel justified in victimizing people suspected of being gay and teens feel they have noting to live for. Read more on this issue in the follow Socialistworker.org articles

Causes of a horrifying crime The nightmarish assault committed against four men in New York City earlier this month follows several other recent anti-gay attacks, reports Jake Kornegay.

Coming out and ending bigotry
I am coming out completely today because I am one of the lucky ones. I'm still here, and it got better.

Vigils commemorate LGBT youth
Across the U.S., candlelight vigils drew hundreds to mourn the suicides of LGBT youth subjected to harassment and bullying.
If people in positions of power want to honor Tyler Clementi, let them start by passing legislation guaranteeing full federal equality for all LGBT people.

This meeting coincides with two other great events to show solidarity against bigotry -- opportunities for the left to stand united in solidarity against the bigoted hate that has lead to teen suicides, and the inaction of the democrats in actually granting meaningful rights to gay people (more info on all events below).

UW: It Gets Better Vigil to commemorate the gay teen suicide victims 
Die-in at President Obama's Speech

So if you're frustrated that there is no voice in mainstream political discourse for those who stand against homophobia, war, racism, and all of the injustices in this country - then come discuss how we can rebuild the left with Jennifer Roesch, then put those idea immediately into action with the UW: It Gets Better Vigil to commemorate the gay teen suicide victims immediately after the meeting at 8pm, and the Die-in to protest President Obama and Senator Patty Murray on Thursday.

WED 6:30 pm, Savery 139
Jennifer Rosche: The Right Turn in U.S. Politics, How it Happened and What We Can Do About It
Come discuss how we can fight the right and build a real left-wing alternative with Special Guest speaker Jennifer Roesch, a longtime activist and member of the ISO in New York City. She is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review. Her articles have been featured in the ISR as well as CounterPunch and Socialist Worker.

WED 8:00 pm, Red Square
UW's It Gets Better Vigil
to commemorate LGBTQ youth suicide victims
SOLE (Students Organizing for LGBTQ Equality) is organizing a candlelight vigil with an "it gets better" photo slide show. LGBTQ youth are four times as likely to commit suicide as their straight peers because of the harassment and rejection they face. Join the thousands of people wearing purple and attend the vigil to remember and mourn for Tyler Clementi, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase and Billy Lucas, gay youths who committed suicide because of the bullying and outing they suffered.

THUSDAY 12pm, Outside the Hec Edmundson Pavilion
Die-in for Gay Rights outside President Obama's speech
President Obama is coming to Seattle on October 21st to campaign for Senator Patty Murray. Both Obama and Murray have been supportive, however neither of them have shown leadership or courage on queer rights issues. Patty Murray didn't have a statement released on Don't Ask Don't Tell until a couple days before the vote in the House. This is a 17 year-old issue and she's campaigning for her 4th term. While she's voted the right way (at least lately, she voted in favor of DOMA a while back) her lack of courage to stand up for such an important issue is shameful. Likewise, Obama has promised to be a "fierce advocate" while continuing to sit there and twiddle his thumbs while queer rights legislation stumbles through Congress.

We need to hold these two politicians, these two people that we elected and are supposed to represent our interests, we need to hold them accountable. We need to show them the dangerous consequences that come from their inaction, lack of leadership, and lack of courage. Because they allow discrimination and hateful laws to continue, they're perpetuating a hateful attitude across the country. And it's this unaccepting atmosphere, this second class citizenship, this feeling of being less-than that has contributed to the recent youth suicides. To show Obama and Murray the consequences of their inaction, we're having a die-in outside the pavilion.


SAT 10/16 Fight the Right PARTY with the Left!

Saturday 10/16
Fight the Right PARTY with the Left!

Music (Dance?!?), Drinks, and Casual Political Discussion with UW socialists and friends.

8pm on...
4725 5th Ave NE

RSVP on facebook

$5-10 suggested donation, fundraiser for the the UW ISO

Then check out part one of our...
Study Series: The Meaning of Marxism

What is Marxism? What relevance does it have today? What differentiates the International Socialist Organization from other socialist groups in Seattle? Starting Sun, Oct 17, we will be discussing these topics and more in a new round of our 6-week study group based on The Meaning of Marxism by Paul D’Amato (available online from Haymarket Books, or at any ISO meeting or event)

PART ONE: Socialism Not Capitalism
Sunday, October 17th, 1pm
Cafe Solstice, 4115 University Way
Click for a full schedule of readings


Where Do We Go From Here: Assessing Budget Cuts Activism at UW

In the interest of building the most effective movement on campus to stop the budget cuts and fight for social justice at the UW, we thought it would be helpful to assess the lessons learned from the organizing that took place against the budget cuts last spring.

We think that ideally the most effective method for stopping the budget cuts would be radical mass action in the form of strikes, protests and civil disobedience that would demand taxing the rich and re-distributing that wealth towards social programs including higher education. The struggle can take on many forms, but it is clear that a strategy that relies on lobbying state politicians and campus administrators has not worked and is largely ineffectual. The only power we have to influence the powers that be is our power to mobilize, protest, and engage in militant struggle. History has proven this point over and over again.

That is where we want to end up, but getting from here to there is a complex problem that we don’t have all of the answers for. We want an open dialogue on how to effectively build for the types of social justice struggles that can be successful in the near future.

The Budget Crisis in Context

The economic crisis has had an especially devastating effect on the lives of working class people and students. The Washington State budget, like budgets across the country, is being devastated by the recession. Underlying this has been a commitment to a free market orthodoxy that has led to tax cuts for the rich while poor and working class people were expected to pay an ever increasing share of government budgets, through increases in regressive sales and property taxes, increased fees for government services, and ballooning tuition costs.

At the University of Washington (UW) tuition has increased by over 28% over the last two years, on top of tuition increases every year in the last decade.  Recent comments from interim UW President Phyliss Wise indicate that the Husky Promise, which helps pay tuition for low income students, may face a severe budgetcrisis itself, just as the need for this program has never been higher.  UW staff have not been spared from thebudget chopping block either.  Night custodians, for example, have reported that they are now doing the work of two to three people at night, cleaning an average of 42,000 square feet per person compared with 25,000 square feet for the daytime custodians.

More cuts are yet to come as well. Governor Christine Gregoire recently announced an across the board 6.3% cut to all state departments in response to the latest state revenue forecast that predicts a $1.4 billion shortfall in the next biennial budget. This is on top of cuts to critical services after the legislature dealt with the $12 Billion shortfall in the last budget.

It’s clear that the forecast for the economy is not getting any better. Recent reports on key indicators like government revenue, unemployment, home sales, and the standard of living for most people all point to either a coming double dip recession, or at best years of economic stagnation that could lead to a “lost decade” for young people. This means that activists will be grappling with how to best fight back against cuts to our standard of living and for a quality education for years to come. It also points to the fact that the level and intensity of this struggle must be higher in order for it to succeed.

First Attempts at Organizing & Fight-Back

 The fight that started in California over a proposed 32% increase in tuition within the UC and State university system soon spread to many universities and community colleges across the country. This fight reached its height last year during the March 4th national day of action, which saw tens of thousands of students and workers protest at every level of the state’s education system.  

At the UW, the Student Worker Coalition (SWC) was able to tap into the anger over the proposed cuts by organizing a successful action where nearly 1,000 people mobilized. This demonstration didn’t directly lead to growth within the SWC. The General Assembly the next day was only able to draw a few new individuals, but the majority of people in attendance were representatives of the campus left.

A consensus emerged that budget cuts organizing should seek to link with the UAW-represented academic employees in their fight for a fair contract to replace their old one that was set to expire April 30th. It was predicted that there could potentially be a strike starting May 3rd, the following Monday. SWC debated through the different proposals on which action to take, and in the end a student strike in conjunction with the UAW strike was voted by the majority as the form the May 3rd action should take.

In the lead up to the contract deadline, it became unclear whether the UAW would actually go on strike. Within the coalition, however, the discussion still centered on an approach of shutting down the campus on that day through either a workers’ strike, or students engaging in peaceful civil disobedience (skipping class and mobilizing around key entrances). Another tactic that was argued for was setting up pickets at different clock-in stations of the janitorial staff, potentially allowing them to invoke a clause in their contract stating they can choose not to cross a picket line. This obviously carried a certain amount of risk for the workers involved as these pickets were unlikely to be sanctioned as part of a union work stoppage, but instead made up of individual workers and students.

As May 3rd approached, it also became clear that we didn’t have firm commitments from various campus groups or from unions that represented campus workers. A spontaneous outpouring of students was seen as the best hope that the May 3rd action would be a success.

The action on May 3rd drew a core of approximately 70 individuals, while several others filtered in and out throughout the day. Attendance peaked during the midday rally/luncheon, when a handful of campus workers came out during their lunch break and the crowd grew to about 150. After several hours of picketing at a main entrance to campus, a group of approximately 50 marched through campus, temporarily blocking some entrances. UWPD took a very hands-off approach to the protest due to a recent incidence of police spying being revealed and reported on by local media. It was clear throughout the protest that UWPD was attempting to avoid creating further controversies. After marching through campus the protest eventually dispersed.

Evaluating our Successes and Challenges

It is clear that the March 4th action was significantly more successful in mobilizing students, workers, and organizations than the strike on May 3rd. It is important to evaluate why this was the case by looking at the state of and changes in the movement between those two dates, both on a local and a national level.

Some of the objective reasons that account for these differences include the fact that March 4th was a national day of action and therefore attracted more attention. Another factor was that the UAW did not call a strike but instead extended its contract, creating two problems: the academic employees were not on the picket lines, and there was also confusion about whether the student strike would go forward. Additionally, because the state legislative session had ended between March 4th and May 3rd, many may have felt there was no longer an audience for their protests. Another factor was that, nationally, activists were trying to figure out the next steps after the success of March 4th. It was apparent that the movement could successfully mobilize large numbers of people who opposed the cuts, yet it wasn’t clear what it would actually take to roll back the attack and make gains. This led to many debates that are still ongoing, not only nationally, but locally as well. 

Despite these circumstances, however, May 3rd still had the potential to be a much larger action had certain key strategic choices been made differently. We think these strategic mistakes contributed to the small size:

1) Presenting the May 3rd action as a strike created confusion because many on campus don’t concretely understand what that means

2) Having the action early in the day in a far away corner of campus as opposed to a more prominent location

3) Requiring a day-long commitment to picket lines and marches by participants; it would have been better to have a shorter event

These decisions were made largely as a result of misreading where the political mood of the campus was at. To participate in the type of student strike that was called for on May 3rd requires a much higher level of political understanding about why mass organizing and militant struggle are necessary and can be successful. Several SWC members argued that the campus community was ready for a strike and tired of rallies, but the actual participation on May 3rd – where fewer people participated in the “striking” portion and more in the rally portion – seems to prove otherwise. The significantly larger turnout at the March 4th rally also supports this notion.

There is clearly a large amount of awareness on campus that the budget cuts are negatively impacting the university: hundreds of people turned out to Town Hall meetings with campus administration to voice concerns about the budget; when doing outreach for the May 3rd action, many students articulated that they were upset about the budget cuts and rising tuition; towards the end of the year, professors threatened to begin organizing after unilateral wage freezes were proposed by former president Mark Emmert; The Daily’s coverage reflected that the campus as a whole was unhappy with the way the budget was being prepared and carried out; the administration itself encouraged students to get involved in lobbying efforts; and the UWPD felt that enough people on campus would be responsive to anti-budget cuts organizing to necessitate police spying on the SWC.

This illustrates that there was widespread anger on campus, but the fact that there was a small number involved in organizing was an indication that, amongst the campus population, there was a lack of political understanding on what could be done about the situation. Many students and staff felt that there was simply nothing that could be done about the cuts, that the money just wasn’t there, and that the best we could hope for was to soften the blow.

A more effective strategy that would have reached a broader base would have employed tactics more suited to where people’s ideas actually were at the time with an eye toward using the momentum around those tactics to increase militancy over time. Leaping way over where current ideas are at doesn’t work. We need to work with current consciousness and try to move it over time. A certain level of political development on a broad scale must happen before more radical tactics will be find a larger base and therefore be successful.

Building a Broad-based Student Movement

Moving forward, it is clear that there is a large base of support around social justice issues that has not yet been organized at the UW. We believe that any struggle will only be successful if we can build a widespread political coalition that includes a broad base of political ideas but also encourages open debate. Through testing and assessing different strategies and tactics, we believe that people can be won to more militant and radical ideas through the course of struggle.

To this end, we have involved ourselves in organizing on campus around Initiative 1098, a measure to impose an income tax on the wealthiest citizens in Washington. Despite our belief that the initiative could go further in bringing about economic justice, we also think that the initiative has already proven to be a useful tool in bringing out large numbers of students to political organizing. This base of support creates the potential for both short-term organizing around the initiative and also long-term organizing around broader issues. The initiative itself provides a concrete way to get more funding for education, and also a motivation to stay involved in political organizing as students can see the tangible effects of their efforts. We would encourage the involvement of more students and groups as a way to help broaden the politics of the campaign and make the campaign as effective as possible in building a base for political organizing on campus.

In Solidarity,
Amy Smith and Chris Mobley
University of Washington chapter of the International Socialist Organization


10/6 - Fall Kick Off Meeting: Why You Should Be a Socialist

Are you fed up with endless war? 
Racism? Homophobia? Sexism?
Environmental destruction? Islamophobia? Corporate greed? 

All of the above?
Come to Wednesdays' meeting on

Why You Should Be a Socialist:
What is Socialism and How do we get there?
Wed 10/6 at 7pm
UW Savery Hall Room 139 

We live in a world of poverty, war and environmental devastation. A world where living standards for working people plummet while an elite few enjoy lives of unbelievable wealth and power. An alternative to capitalism is desperately needed. The word "socialism" has returned to the mainstream of American political debate. But there are widespread misconceptions about what socialism is—and what it isn't. Socialism is really about the struggle to oppose discrimination in all its forms and to put the needs of working people before corporate profits. Come discuss the idea of socialism—and socialist strategies for changing the world.

Next week:
10/13 - Intro to the ISO Organizing Meeting

Come find out more about the ISO--the politics of the national organization, as well as what we're up to at UW. Meet members of our group and hear about our campaigns on campus and how you can get involved. There will be a short presentation and lots of time for questions -- so if you want to know more about us, what we think about political issues, how we organize, why we organize the way we do, and how to get involved come check this meeting out!

Saturday 10/16
Fight the Right
PARTY with the Left!

Music (Dance?!?), Drinks, and Casual Political Discussion with UW socialists and friends.

8pm on...
4725 5th Ave NE

RSVP on facebook

$5-10 suggested donation, fundraiser for the the UW ISO


Journal: A socialist society

What would a future socialist society look like?
Leela Yellesetty
looks at what the Marxist tradition has said about the question--as well as what the experience of past struggles and movements can tell us about the answer. This three-part series was published in on socialistworker.org in July 2010
  • Capitalism has no answers for the vast majority of people who don't enjoy its tremendous wealth. But what would an alternative look like?
  • The best way to see the potential of a future society is to look at the mass movements of the past that have shaken capitalism.
  • Imagine growing up in a world where you've never known war or poverty or exploitation, and where people's needs, not profits, have always come first. 

"One Nation" rally - Socialist Contingent

Today we rally in Seattle at the ONE NATION WORKING TOGETHER  rally in solidarity with today's national march on Washington DC. 

Below is the statement of the Socialist contingent of the DC march, the Seattle ISO rallies today in this spirit! (
Saturday, October 2, 10am to 1 Federal Bldg -- 915 2nd Avenue)

Join the socialist contingent

Socialist groups and progressives are coming together for a socialist contingent in Washington at the "One Nation" rally on October 2--to put forward the demands of working people. Here is the unity call.
A recent rally calls for jobs for the millions of unemployed in the U.S.A recent rally calls for jobs for the millions of unemployed in the U.S.
We March for Jobs, Peace, Justice and the Socialist Alternative That Can Win Them
Hundreds of thousands of Americans organized by labor and civil rights organizations will gather in Washington, D.C., on October 2 to demand a change in the direction that our nation is heading.
We are proud to join this march to demand jobs, to demand an end to the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and for a society that is fairer, more equal and more just. We believe it important to be in the capital on that date to help create a counterweight to Glenn Beck, the Tea Party and Republicans, their reactionary politics, ruthless economics and their racism.
We do not, however, share the goals of the AFL-CIO, the NAACP and other organizations which hope to achieve jobs and justice by supporting Barack Obama and the Democratic Party in the national elections on November 2.
We believe that it has become quite clear now that neither Democrats nor the Republicans are capable of solving the country's three great crises--the economy, the environment and the wars--in a way that will be good for the American people. The goals of a full-employment economy, real environmental sustainability and peace cannot be achieved by our capitalist system and the corporations motivated only by profit. We need a new direction toward a new system.
The two major parties have failed us. During the past two years, the Democrats and Republicans have failed to represent us, but they have done a fine job of representing the banks, insurance companies and corporations. They saved the banks for the bankers--not those whose homes are still threatened with foreclosure or collapsing value. They saved the auto industry for the auto CEOs--not for the workers whose plants have been closed, whose health insurance contributions have been raised and whose wages have been lowered. They have saved the health insurance companies by forcing millions of Americans to buy their policies, while denying us a single-payer plan and leaving prices remain uncontrolled. They have saved them, but they have not saved us.
We join the movement for this march, excited and enthused to see the labor unions, the African American and Latino populations, the women's, gay and lesbian and environmental movements taking to the streets. But we know that change can only be brought about as it has been in every period of American history by independent social movements. And such independent movements must find political expression first in independent candidates and then in a party of working people and all in our society who suffer exploitation, discrimination and oppression.
The organizers of this march have called it "One Nation." The truth is we are two nations. One nation of corporate CEOs and Bankers and their legions of high level executives, the very wealthy of our country, and another nation of working people, many of them now jobless. We are two nations: the corporations who run this country and the working people who make this country run. We will be marching with the working class to end a system dominated by corporations. We march because we believe that those working people who make the country run should run the country.
We know from American history and the history of the world that great and progressive changes come about only from below. We know that in modern times working people, who stand at the center of our economy and represent the majority of our population, represent the crucial force capable of making the changes we need. We also know that if we only organize movements and fail to create an independent political force, the Democrats will harvest all of our organizing. The fruits of our labor will be turned against us in Congress.
So we march. We march for jobs. We march for single-payer health care. We march for free public education from K to Ph.D. We march for an end to our racist and class-biased injustice system, and for equal justice for all. We march for women's rights. We march for legalization of all the undocumented. We march for LGBT rights. We march for an end to the destruction of our environment. We march for an end to the U.S. wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. We march for an end to US support for Israel's occupation of Palestine and blockade of Gaza. We march knowing that the things we march for can only be achieved by abolishing capitalism and creating a democratic socialist society. We invite you to march with us. Join the Socialist Contingent on October 2 in Washington, D.C.
Dan La Botz, Socialist Party campaign for U.S. Senate, Ohio
International Socialist Organization (ISO)
Solidarity: a democratic, revolutionary socialist, feminist, anti-racist organization
Socialist Alternative
Socialist Action
Socialist Party of New York City
Socialist Party of Central Virginia
Action for a Progressive Pakistan
for a list of individual endorsers please see socialistworker.org  


Video: A People's history of UW

Woo hoo talkingsticktv just posted a video of our panel from last May "A People's History of UW" check out the video to learn about the creation of the BSU, Seattle Black Panther Party, MECHA, SDS and the evolution of the anti-war movement on campus.  Check out the article below the video for more info about the history and Panel.

The event was organized by the UW International Socialist Organization, UW Black Student Union, UW Campus Antiwar Network, UW Students Organizing for LGBT Equality (SOLE), UW College Greens, The Q Center, ASUW, MEChA de UW, First Nations, UW Student-Worker Coalition.

A people's history of UW

FORTY YEARS ago, students at the University of Washington (UW) organized a student strike in response to the killing of students at Kent State and Jackson State and in protest of the U.S. escalation of the war in Vietnam and the bombing of Cambodia. The strike was part of a national week of student strikes at colleges and university's across the country.

After the murder of students at Kent State on May 4, a mass rally was held on the UW campus, with an impromptu march that took over Interstate 5 from UW to downtown Seattle.

By May 10, thousands of students had voted to strike. The students were successful in shutting down large portions of the campus for the entire week. The strike committee published a newsletter and lists of daily activities on campus in support of the strike.

The students took steps to create the "New University" complete with seminars on topics like "How Imperialism Works," "Women's Liberation" and "ROTC History and Current Status."

Steve Ludwig, a leader of Students for a Democratic Society on campus at the time and also the student strike, commented, "It really changes your self-concept to be part of something like that. And to realize that what you do can make a difference. I've always kept that with me."

Two years earlier, the groundwork for this upheaval was laid by the Black Student Union (BSU) at UW when it occupied administration buildings in a successful campaign to increase opportunities for minority students.

In an interview describing the struggle, current King County Council member Larry Gossett reflected, "We did some research and found that of the 2,400 course offerings at this big school, there was not one class that used a book written by an African American person, nor was there one class that even had an article, much less a chapter or book, that talked about the Black experience in America."
Similarly, Aaron Dixon noted that with only 35 Black students on the UW campus, they needed a Black Student Union.

After working in the BSU with Gossett, Dixon went on to found the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party, the first outside of Oakland. From his involvement in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee through his 2006 Green Party Senatorial run against Maria Cantwell, Dixon has been a grassroots fighter for justice in Seattle.

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TO COMMEMORATE this radical history and to hear the experiences of activists from this era, a number of student groups are bringing together a panel of alumni to discuss this radical chapter in UW history.

The panel, featuringLarry Gossett, Aaron Dixon, Steve Ludwig and Dean Paton, among others, will bring this history to life for a new generation and discuss lessons for today. The event will be held on Wednesday, May 26, at 7 p.m., at the University of Washington in Seattle, Bagley Room 131.

The event is sponsored by the International Socialist Organization, College Greens, Students Organizing for LGBT Equality, the Q Center at UW, Black Student Union, and Associated Students of UW. Photo displays and documents as well as oral history's from participants in all of these struggles can also be found on the Pacific Northwest Labor and Civil Rights Projects Web site.

Today, students at the University of Washington are fighting a battle to maintain funding for financial aid, to keep classes open, and to retain the number of faculty and teaching assistant's to keep class sizes from exploding.

In this effort, students held a day of action on March 4 that drew out nearly 1,000 students, staff and faculty for a picket and march through campus and the community. More recently, the Student Worker Coalition called for a student strike on May 3 that was significantly smaller. The question of next steps is being discussed and debated all over campus.

The People's History of the University of Washington event will provide an opportunity to hear some of this important history and, hopefully, learn some lessons that can be used to go out and make some new history.