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This month we learn and talk about the Paris Commune: the first time in history that working class people took power!
In 1871, workers in Paris organized themselves, took political and economic power from the capitalists, and ran the city in their interests for two whole months. One of the first experiments in working class democracy, the workers set up their own government, limiting the salary of any employee of the Commune to a typical workers’ wage.
The Paris Commune was so important to socialists and revolutionaries of the time that Marx and Engels even revised part of the Communist Manifesto based on the lessons of the commune. What lessons did socialists and revolutionaries take from the commune after its defeat? What lessons does this history have for us today? And what role did women play in the creation and defense of the Commune?
Join the Queer and Feminist Caucus for our monthly Working Class History Happy Hour, featuring working class struggles led by women and queer people throughout history.
This is an online meeting. RSVP here to get the Zoom link!
Join us on the Queer & Feminist Slack channel if you have ideas, would like to help organize, or have any questions! Coming up in future months: the General Strike of Enslaved People & the Civil War & more!
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