LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.
In 1975 James became the first spokeswoman of the English Collective of Prostitutes. She is a founding member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (2008). She has addressed the power relations within the working class movement, and organizing across sectors despite divisions of sex, race, age, etc., South and North. She spoke to packed audiences at Occupy in London, England, as well as Los Angeles, Oakland, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.
Since 2000 James has been international coordinator of the Global Women's Strike, a network of grassroots women, bringing together actions and initiatives in many countries. The Strike demands that society "Invest in Caring Not Killing", and that military budgets be returned to the community starting with women, the main caregivers everywhere. She has been working with the Venezuelan Revolution since 2002.
James lectures in the UK, U.S. and other countries on a wide range of topics including, "What the Marxists Never Told Us about Marx", "The Internationalist Jewish Tradition", "Rediscovering Nyerere's Tanzania", "CLR James as a political organizer", and "Sex, Race & Class". Her presentation at the Athenaeum is co-sponsored by Intercollegiate Womens Studies of the Claremont Colleges and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at CMC.