International Institute

Location

111 E. Kirby
Detroit
,
MI
48202
,
US

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Future Events

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Past Events

Sunday
Feb
10
2019
with
The SPARK
Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 5-7:30pm
5-7:30pm
--In 2000, Sears had 5670 stores, and over 500,000 workers. Today there are fewer than 1,000 stores and 50,000 workers. And Sears is in bankruptcy. --Some pretend Amazon and on-line shopping are the cause. No, it's pure old capitalist greed that did in Sears. --As the economic crisis developed, Wall Street searched for companies to plunder. The "hedge fund" ESL grabbed Sears, put it deeply in debt. Sears' well-known brands were sold off. Stores were closed, workers cut, workers' wages cut, retirees stripped of their benefits. --It was a disaster for those who worked at Sears or retired from it. It was a big problem for all those working people who depended on Sears for household items, appliances, paint, tools and car batteries and tires. --But it meant big bucks for the Wall Street buzzards who turned themselves into billionaires scavenging the last bit of meat from a company's carcass. --What happened to Sears has been happening across the whole economy. Capitalism, in the midst of crisis, chews up and spits out what it once built.
Sunday
Jan
13
2019
with
The SPARK
Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 5-7pm
5-7pm
Without organization, we face the bosses one by one. It's why workers fought to build the unions -- 80 years ago -- and it's why Spark militants work in the unions today. Without a political voice, we have only parties who act for our class enemies. That's why Spark militants helped to get a working class party on the ballot in Michigan. But unions and elections aren't enough -- even if we defend ourselves, the capitalists still control society, and they run it for the benefit of their own class, at our expense. The working class could throw out the capitalists and all the parasites. Working together, we could build a new society. It seems far away -- but it's necessary, and it could happen!
Sunday
Apr
22
2018
with
The SPARK
Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 5-7pm
5-7pm
Every woman has faced sexual harassment -- on the job, in the market, in the streets. Every woman knows of a boss who offers you a better job -- a bargain for sexual favors. And women know it's a vicious bargain. Today, some women have begun to speak out. But there are many more -- working class women -- who would lose their jobs if they did. The fight for their rights goes through the fight of the whole working class against a society run by all kinds of predators. That fight may have started -- in West Virginia and Oklahoma -- where teachers have been fighting for better wages, better schools and their dignity.
Saturday
Feb
24
2018
Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 1-4pm
1-4pm
No matter how we consider ourselves different based on our country of origin and cultural background, the world sees us all as black. We need to embrace our similarity and support each other to be our best. Acculturate without assimilation Panelists talk about their personal story and perception of the black experience from his/her vantage point
Sunday
Feb
18
2018
with
The SPARK
Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 5-7pm
5-7pm
The world is a whole today --and it's been that way ever since a new capitalist class set out to conquer the world in the 1500s. Stealing gold & spice from Asia and the Americas; stealing human beings from Africa; stealing raw materials from all over the earth; impoverishing other lands, driving people to migrate to escape poverty. Capitalism's voracious thirst for wealth ties the whole world together. But to keep its hands on the wealth it steals, capitalism tries to set us against each other. Divide and rule is a very old, rotten fraud.
Sunday
Jan
21
2018
with
The SPARK
Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 5-7pm
5-7pm
The politicians, commentators, and businessmen dare to say, "Detroit is coming back." Whose Detroit? Downtown & stadiums, sure. But what about OUR schools, cheated for funds? What about OUR homes, stolen from us by fraudulent mortgages and tax foreclosures? What about real estate taxes, water rates and car insurance that everyday people pay? Highest in the country! Ordinary neighborhoods are being emptied out -- so the rich can fatten themselves.
Sunday
Nov
19
2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 5-7pm
5-7pm
In 1987, Blue Cross tried to force a contract on its unionized workforce that would have frozen wages, cut sick time, cut other benefits. 4,300 workers went out on strike. They demonstrated, they picketed, they went to other workplaces and showed up all over town. But above all, they led their own strike. They discussed together, they decided what to do. And that gave them the force they needed to win. What they proved in 1987 is still valid today: We can fight for ourselves, we can push back. We can determine our own future.
Sunday
Oct
22
2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 5-7pm
5-7pm
In October, Russian workers and peasants finished the work of throwing out the old regime, so they could begin to build their own society. But they were invaded, surrounded by armies from every power, including the United States. Even so, eventually they won. What were they able to do? What blocked them from building socialism? What does the experience of their revolution, 100 years ago, mean for us today? Today, with capitalism finally reasserting itself in Russia, Russia is going backwards. And what does this mean for us? Doors open at 4:30 pm. Event starts promptly at 5:00 pm.
Sunday
Sep
10
2017
with
The SPARK
Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 5-7pm
5-7pm
After World War I, England and France stole oil wealth from the Arabian Peninsula. After World War II, the U.S. went to war so U.S. corporations could put their hands on that oil. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed in Iraq, not to mention Afghanistan, Yemen and Somalia -- plus U.S. soldiers. There is a human price that must be paid for the capitalist thirst for profit. To put an end to war, we have to put an end to the system whose thirst for profit leads to war.
Sunday
Apr
23
2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 4:30-7pm
4:30-7pm
Doors open at 4:30 PM for coffee, event starts at 5:00 PM sharp.