Saturday 3/18: The Tyranny of Structurelessness

When: Saturday 3/18, 3:00 pm
Where: Lupulo Beer House (233 Cathcart St.)
What: Discussing “The Tyranny of Structurelessness” by Jo Freeman
This week at Lupulo we discuss Jo Freeman’s classic article on the challenges and principles of effective organization:
During the years in which the women’s liberation movement has been taking shape, a great emphasis has been placed on what are called leaderless, structureless groups as the main – if not sole – organizational form of the movement. The source of this idea was a natural reaction against the over-structured society in which most of us found ourselves, and the inevitable control this gave others over our lives, and the continual elitism of the Left and similar groups among those who were supposedly fighting this overstructuredness.

Anti-Trump Reading Group – Silvia Federici Event

This week, we are encouraging people to attend an open event organized and hosted by the Public School Santa Cruz and will resume our reading group in following weeks.
When: Saturday 3/4, 12:00 pm
Where: Louden Nelson, Santa Cruz
What: Discussing Strikes and Social Reproduction with author and activist Silvia Federici
Suggested Reading: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons,” Silvia Federici
This weekend’s event with Silvia Federici will be an ideal opportunity to discuss the politics and possibilities of the upcoming International Women’s Day Strike on March 8. We thus invite reading group attendees to this event in lieu of our usual meeting, and we suggest the above reading with that in mind. 
Other Events of Note:
International Women’s Day Strike: Wednesday, March 8.
Cease work, school and domestic labor for “a new international feminist movement that organizes resistance not just against Trump and his misogynist policies, but also against the conditions that produced Trump.” In Santa Cruz: Louden Nelson, Brunch at 9:30, Rally at 11:30, Workshops 3:00-6:00pm
Additional Reading:
What the Women’s Strike Means,” Cinzia Arruzza & Tithi Bhattacharya
First Stutterings of ‘Precarias a la Deriva,'” Precarias a la Deriva

2/25 Meeting

Anti-Trump Reading Group
When: Saturday 2/25, 3:00 pm
Where: SubRosa (703 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz)
What: Discussing Geoff Eley’s “Fascism Then and Now
Join our ongoing discussion as we attempt to understand our present political context and discuss ways of defeating the Trump administration. The goal of this socialist reading group is to supplement the many important organizing projects going on in Santa Cruz with a site for collective theoretical and historical thinking.
Other Events of Note:
Santa Cruz General Assembly 
Sunday 2/26, 2:00 pm. At the Resource Center for Non-Violence.
Discussing, among other things, the March 8 Women’s Strike.
City Council Meeting on Sanctuary City Resolution
Tuesday, 2/28, 3:00 pm. Santa Cruz City Hall
Demand that the city council adopt an ordinance requiring non-cooperation with ICE and homeland security.
Other Readings of Interest:
One Step Back, Two Steps Forward: Trump and the Revolutionary Scenario” by Robert Cavooris (with inspiration from this reading group!)

Anti-Trump Reading Group: POSTPONED until 2/25

Anti-Trump Reading Group
Owing to scheduling conflicts, we will NOT be holding the reading group this coming Saturday 2/18. The group will meet again the following SaturdayFeb 25, at 3:00pm at Sub Rosa to discuss Geoff Eley’s “Fascism Then and Now”.
Note that we are meeting earlier than previous meetings, at 3:00pm.
We will send an additional notification next week.
In the meantime, consider for this evening the: 
It will have information and discussion about organizing in Santa Cruz, with lots of great organizations and ways to get involved.
Friday, Feb 17
4:00-7:00 PM 
Louden Nelson Community Center

2/14 Action: Make Santa Cruz a True Sanctuary City

Tell City Council: Make Santa Cruz a True Sanctuary City
Tuesday, 2/14
Meet at Clocktower at 2:00pm to march to City Council Council meeting
Following a week of intense ICE raids across the country, the Santa Cruz Police Department collaborated with the Department of Homeland Security on 2/13 to carry out several pre-dawn raids using flash grenades and helicopters in the Beach Flats Community, and arrested several people with alleged gang ties.
While authorities say there were no immigration related arrests during the raids, the ordeal, terrifying for many in the community, was a reminder that the SCPD is sharing information with the DHS, possibly including the Gang Enforcement Unit, which is part of ICE. 
Whatever the federal government’s stated intent behind these raids, SCPD collaboration puts people with undocumented status at risk of having their information shared with ICE, allows for broader ICE activity under the pretext of gang enforcement, and makes it impossible for undocumented community members to trust local law enforcement.
Tell City Council: We need a strong, binding Sanctuary City ordinance that will protect all residents of Santa Cruz. 
No collaboration with Trump: No loopholes, no exceptions

2/11 Meeting: The Committee Room and the Streets

Anti-Trump Reading Group
When: Saturday 2/11, 3:00-4:30pm
Where: SubRosa (703 Pacific Ave, Downtown Santa Cruz)
How should the Left organize in our present context? What guides does history offer? What is the relationship between political democracy and the goal of forging a post-capitalist society?
Join us to discuss these questions through this interview with historian Geoff Eley. Feel free to invite others!
Other Events of Interest:
  • Rally Against Muslim Ban, hosted by Sanctuary City Santa Cruz. Sunday 2/12, 12:00pm, Clocktower.
  • Homes Not Hotels: Regulate AirBnB. Demand protection for tenants at the meeting of the city council Short Term Rental Subcommittee, Wed 2/8, 7pm, SC Police Dept. Community Room.
  • Santa Cruz General Assembly, Sun 2/12, time and place TBA

2/4 Meeting: Ideas for the Struggle

Anti-Trump Reading Group
When: Saturday 2/4, 5:00-6:30pm
Where: Lupulo, 233 Cathcart St., Downtown SC (back room) 
What: Discussing Marta Harnecker’s Ideas for the Struggle
What are the next steps to stop Trump? How do we organize a lasting movement for change? Can we go beyond opposition and propose real alternatives to capitalism and the party electoral system?
Come discuss this and more with Ideas for the Struggle by Chilean activist Marta Harnecker. All are welcome!

Schedule Changes


After the general strike there is a great deal of debriefing to do, and many organizing efforts are underway. We are postponing the reading group by a week to get everything in order. The schedule and reading list will be slightly revised based on the conversations we have had so far.

On Saturday, February 4th, we will meet at 5pm (likely at SubRosa, to be confirmed) to discuss the following text:

Please note that this Sunday, January 29 there is a follow-up general assembly from 3:30-5:00pm in the Santa Cruz Public Library meeting room. All those who are interested in the formation of an anti-capitalist organization in Santa Cruz should attend.

2017: The General Strike 

When: Saturday, Jan 14, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Where: SubRosa (703 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz)
What: We will discuss “The Mass Strike” by Rosa Luxemburg
Among the blooming of many new organizing projects in Santa Cruz, our new socialist reading group hopes to be a place for analysis, strategy, and coordination in the dawning age of Trumpism. 
After a brief hiatus, we will meet in preparation for the
and discuss Rosa Luxemburg’s classic text on the strike as a political tactic. Check out the Santa Cruz General Strike facebook page for event details.
For more reading group information and a list of future dates/readings, visit: 

December 3 Meeting – Hall and Brenner

Reading Group – Second Session

Saturday, December 3, 5pm

SubRosa (703 Pacific Ave)


Last time space was tight (there were a lot of people!) and the session was truncated due to a scheduling mix-up. This time the scheduling is confirmed and we anticipate that things will go more smoothly. However, if there is continued difficulty with space, we invite suggestions on alternate locations.