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"James P. Cannon: a Native Son's Revolutionary Road" - in Seattle, May 9

Portland radicals and activists are invited to a special public forum and May Day celebration with biographer Bryan Palmer, distinguished historian and Canadian Research Chair, whose new book, James P. Cannon and the Origins of the American Revolutionary Left, 1890-1928, covers the early communist movement in this country. The forum will be held Saturday, May 9, 7:30pm at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S. and is hosted by the Freedom Socialist Party. A leaflet is attached.
May 5, 2009

Dear Portland Activists,

I am writing to invite Portland radicals and activists to a special public forum and May Day celebration with biographer Bryan Palmer, distinguished historian and Canadian Research Chair, whose new book, James P. Cannon and the Origins of the American Revolutionary Left, 1890-1928, covers the early communist movement in this country. The forum will be held Saturday, May 9, 7:30pm at New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S. and is hosted by the Freedom Socialist Party. A leaflet is attached.

Brian's talk is entitled, "James P. Cannon: a Native Son's Revolutionary Road" and is based on his well-researched biography of this pivotal figure in U.S. radicalism. Palmer's book examines Cannon's small-town roots in Kansas and his introduction to the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Trained by Wobbly agitator "Big Bill" Haywood, Cannon developed into a dynamic soapbox orator and labor leader who rode the rails, hobo-style, across the Midwest to organize strikes and build unions. He took a very public antiwar stance during World War I and went on to become the founder of U.S. Trotskyism.

Last fall, Brian spoke in New York City at a forum on Cannon's life that drew people from various Left groups and parties including Socialist Action, the Spartacist League, the Socialist Equity Party and the FSP. We are fortunate he is able to come to Seattle.

Today international capitalism is wreaking havoc on the working class. Anarchists and socialists are leading fight backs against budget cuts, foreclosures, layoffs and everything else that's being thrown at working folk. In this critical time, it is more important than ever that we work together.

While Brian's talk is an opportunity for Portland activists to learn more about the roots of our movement and the role that Cannon played, it is also a chance for us to continue exploring how we can work together constructively despite our differences. I hope members of your organization will be able to attend this event. We will have a table for community literature where folks are welcome to put out information and announcements about upcoming events will be made after discussion.

If I can be of any help, please call me at 503-240-4462 or email me at  jsardo60@hotmail.com.

In solidarity,


Jordana Sardo
Portland FSP Organizer

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