International Socialist Organization
We see ourselves as part of an international movement for social justice, and we aim to connect the struggles we engage in locally to the bigger international picture. At Hampshire, we hope to maintain an inclusive political culture on campus through consistent meetings and activities. We will organize film screenings, discussion groups on books and current political issues, and hope to bring in speakers. We also hope to work closely with pre-established political groups on campus and within the five colleges and community to co-sponsor events and build solidarity.
As international socialists, we see war, poverty, exploitation, oppression and worldwide environmental destruction as products of the capitalist system, a system in which a minority ruling class profits from the labor of the majority. Capitalism divides the working class, based on sexual, gender, racial, national and other distinctions. The specially oppressed groups within the working class suffer the most under capitalism. We stand against all forms of oppression, whether it is racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, or discrimination against people with disabilities, and support struggles for liberation of all oppressed peoples.
The alternative to capitalism is socialism, a society based on workers collectively owning and controlling the wealth their labor creates. Because socialism is working-class self-emancipation, only mass struggles of the workers themselves can put an end to the capitalist system of oppression and exploitation.