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Introduction, Statement of Principles, Upcoming Events

March 2, 2011

So … Who Are We?

We’re a group of USC students who are dissatisfied with the status quo and who find existing campus publications to be lacking perspectives and quality content (a number of us are former writers for the Daily Trojan). We want this zine to be the voice of radicals at USC. When we say radical, we mean thinking outside the status quo, outside of mainstream political parties, looking at the roots and not merely the symptoms of problems.

Have you ever had the urge to write an article about something that you found offensive? Or needed to tell others about some great new organization or idea? We’re always looking for more students to contribute articles and art pieces. To submit an article or come to a meeting, please contact us at uscundercurrent@gmail.com. You can find all current and past zine content online at uscundercurrent.wordpress.com.

 

Statement of Principles

I. The Undercurrent is an outlet for non-mainstream views on politics and culture expressed through reasoned argument or in a creative manner. We define mainstream as standard partisan political views. We seek to provide alternative interpretations of world events and to bring attention to those stories that are under-reported.

II. We oppose all forms of oppression, domination, and alienation. We strive to promote social justice, human rights, and direct democracy in the USC community and anywhere else we can effect change.

III. Anyone can submit content. To be seriously considered for publication, all submissions must provide evidence, be consistent with The Undercurrent’s principles, and go through a group editing process. Nonfiction submissions should provide evidence and sources.

IV. We function as a non-hierarchical, non-commercial, democratically run cooperative. The Undercurrent is freely distributed and relies on donations for publication materials.

 

Upcoming Events

Malcolm X: Why Was it Necessary to Kill Him?, Tuesday, March 8th, 6:00-8:00, THH 102.

-The African American Studies program is sponsoring Pan-African scholar Marika Sherwood speak on the questions: Why did the US government want to silence Malcolm X? Was it his political analysis in the last year of his life?

 

Lethal Injustice: Standing Against the Death Penalty and Harsh Punishment, Wednesday, March 9th, 7:00-9:00, Leavey Library Auditorium

-“Lethal Injustice” speakers are organizing on the front lines of the fight against criminal injustice, taking a stand against the racist death penalty, and raising their voices about the increasingly harsh sentences meted out by US courts today.

-Mark Clements was 16 when he was sentenced to life without parole for a crime he was cleared of last August. He spent 27 years in prison.

-Paul Wright spent 17 years in prison for a crime he did not commit and is a co-founder and editor of the Prison Legal News.

 

Autonomous Social Movements in Southeastern Mexico: Historical Considerations and Possible Futures, Monday, April 4th, 7:00-9:00, VKC 151

-Javier Sethness, writer and activist, spent 2010 working in Chiapas, Mexico with the human rights organization SIPAZ. He will be speaking on the history, present, and future possibilities of the autonomous, anti-government, anti-NAFTA Zapatista movement there.

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