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In 1998 the Brecht Forum presented "Communist Manifestivity"

150th Anniversary of the Communist Manifesto to be held at Cooper Union's Great Hall

Friday, October 30 and Saturday, October 31

Third Avenue and East Seventh Street New York City.

Ghosts of Marx and Engels

  • Bread and Puppet Theater performance, day-long poetry jam, marathon film showings, economics panels, small-group discussions and workshops...and more!

"In place of the old bourgeois society." wrote the two young German revolutionists in 1848, "there will be an association in which the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all."

On Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31, the Great Hall at Cooper Union, 3rd Avenue and 7th Street in New York City, will be the site of a MANIFESTIVITY in which artists, scientists, activists, scholars, trade unionists and social justice activists will revisit the Communist Manifesto on its 150th Anniversary.

In a special opening program on Friday evening at 7:30 pm, poets, writers and performers including Amiri Baraka, Wallace Shawn, Tony Kushner, Vinie Burrows, Sandra Maria Esteves and Louis Reyes Rivera will combine music and poetry with dramatic readings from the Manifesto itself. The event will culminate in a Saturday evening roundtable in which theologian Cornel West, scientists Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Levins, Brazilian Workers Party founder Maria Helena Moreira Alves, Monthly Review editor Ellen Meiksins Wood, historian Barbara Fields, and Sam Gindin of the Canadian Auto Workers discuss our society's dilemmas on the eve of the 21st century and the epochal challengepresented by the Manifesto to go where we've never gonebefore.

The Manifestivity is one of many events taking place in over 60 countries this year and several anniversary editions of the persistent best-seller have drawn wide attention. Event organizer Eric Canepa notes that economic turbulence from Wall Street to East Asia seems to heighten interest in the book. "There is an eerie resonance in their treatment of what would now be called globalization." Even some staunch conservatives begin to wonder if Marx and Engels might have been right about capitalism after all, he said.

Throughout the day on Saturday, beginning at 10:00 am, an array of activities and discussions of culture and politics are planned: a performance by the Bread and Puppet Theater; a panel of economists looking at how the Manifesto's diagnosis ofcapitalism and it's crisis stands up today; a day-long poetry jam and filmshowing; and small-group discussions on the Manifestoin the light of New York City's labor conflicts andbattles over public education, medical services, workfare and housing.

This will not be the first time that the spirit of Karl Marx has been present at Cooper Union. At the time of his death in 1883, overflow crowds filled the Great Hall in what was at the time the largest memorial meeting in the world. The organizers of the meeting, the Central Labor Union of Greater New York and Vicinity, used the proceeds to publish an edition of the Communist Manifesto. Each union that had helped organize the event received 300 free copies for distribution to their members.

The Manifestivity is organized by the Brecht Forum in cooperation with numerous other New York area organizations and individuals. The Brecht Forum, home of the New York Marxist School since 1975, offers a regular program of political and cultural events and study groups, including long-term study of the writings of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels.[1]

Manifestivity Schedule

Friday, October 30, 1998

Opening cultural program: 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Multimedia presentation of "If You Want to Know Who We Are", a poem by Carlos Bulosa; Readers: Jodi Barias, Regie Cabico, Erna Hernandez, & Julman Tolentino, with musicians Willie Everich & Kali Ramirez

  • Music by Hot Pstromi
  • Friday, October 30, from 10:00 pm on ... The Manifestivities continue with a party at 137 Avenue B (between 8 and 9 streets).

Saturday, October 31 10:00 am to 11:30 am

11:45 am to 1:15 pm

2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

4:15 pm to 5:45 pm

Closing Program -- 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

  • Reading of excerpt from Bertolt Brecht's The Life of Galileo with Wallace Shawn

Individual endorsers

The Manifestivity was sponsored by TheBrecht Forum. Individual Endorsers included:

Maria Helena Alves; Samir Amin; Sam Anderson, NY Metro Black Radical Congress; Sylvia Aron, Adelphi University School of Social Work; Amiri Baraka; Rosalyn Baxandall; Annanya Bhattacharjee; Betsy Blackmar; Carl Bloice; Augusto Boal; Robert Boehm and Frances Boehm; Mary Boger; Ellen Braune; Stephen Brier; Dennis Brutus; Paul Buhle; Vinie Burrows; Joseph Buttigieg; Leslie Cagan; Eric Canepa; Luciana Castellina; Noam Chomsky; Julie Christie; Andrew Comer; Angela Davis; Ossie Davis; Ruby Dee; Martin Duberman; Mary Dugan; Ann Druyan; Terry Eagleton; Ghassan Fawzi; Rabbi Michael Feinberg, New York Labor Religion Coalition; Hector Figueroa; Eric Foner; Mike Fuller, Prensa Latina & Jose Marti International Institute of Journalism, Havana, Cuba; Eduardo Galeano; Neftali Garcia; Dan Georgakas; Sam Gindin; Norman Gottwald; Stephen Jay Gould; Joan Greenbaum; John Hanlon; Sandra Harding; David Harvey; Ron Hayduk; Bill Henning, CWA Local 1180; Cherrene Horazuk; Boris Kagarlitsky; Lisa Maya Knauer; Bill Koehnlein; Karen Kurenski; Tony Kushner; Maureen La Mar; Peter Laarman, Judson Memorial Church; David Laibman, Science and Society; Francette Lazard, EspacesMarx, Paris; Roger Leisner, Radio Free Maine; Jerry Lembcke; Diane Greene Lent; Hanna Lessinger and Les Lessinger; Richard Levins; Susan Lowes; Michael Lowy, EspacesMarx, Paris; Elizabeth Macklin; Harry Magdoff; Victoria Maldonado; Manning Marable; Peter Marcuse and Frances Marcuse; Samori Marksman, WBAI Radio; Esperanza Martell; Biju Mathew, Forum of Indian Leftists; David McReynolds; Alice Meaker, Lower East Side Collective; Eli Messinger; Liz Mestres; Gerald Meyer;Jakob Moneta; Vicente Navarro; Manny Ness; Ngo Thanh Nhan; Yusuf Nuruddin; Shivaun O'Casey; Bertell Ollman; John Pierre Page, Confederation Generale de Travail, France; Grace Paley; Leo Panitch, The Socialist Register; William Pelz Ph.D., Institute of Working Class History; Renee Pendergrass; Charles Post; Victor Quintana; Sofia Quintero; Tajudeen Abdul Raheem, Global Pan African Movement; Merle Ratner; Jeremy Raw; Colin Robinson; Mimi Rosenberg; Frank Rosengarten; Sheila Rowbotham; Nan Rubin, Community Media Services; Annette Rubinstein; Sungur Savran, Party of Peace and Solidarity, Turkey; Hermann Scheer, member, Bundestag, Social Democratic Party, Germany; Pete Seeger; Anwar Shaikh; Joel Shufro; Daniel Singer; Greg Smith; Hobart Spalding; Bill Tabb; Studs Terkel; Sheila Thimba; Rene Toback; Carmen Vazquez; Lise Vogel; Michael Wallace; Victor Wallis; Joel Washington; Paul Washington; Cornel West; Michael Yates; Ethan Young; Mike Zielinski.[3]

Organizational endorsers

Organizational Endorsers: Action for Community Empowerment; Catholic Worker; City College of New York SLAM (Student Liberation Action Movement); Coalition for a District Alternative (CODA); Committee Against Anti Asian Violence (CAAAV); Committee for Humanitarian Assistance to Iranian Refugees; Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES); Committees of Correspondence; Communist Party of the Philippines; Democratic Socialists of America (DSA); El Centro Salvadoreno; Freedom Road; Freedom Socialist Party; Guyanese American Workers United; Haiti Anti Intervention Committee; Immigrant Workers Association; International Federation of Iranian Refugees; Jews for Racial and Economic Justice; Left Business Observer; Lower East Side Community Labor Coalition; Monthly Review Press;National Lawyers Guild; National Nicaragua Network; New York Metro Black Radical Congress; North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA); Philippine Forum; Radical Women; Rethinking Marxism; Samar Magazine; Science and Society; Socialism and Democracy; Socialist Party USA; The Socialist Register; Solidarity; The Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory; Verso Press; War Resisters League; Workers Communist Party of Iran.[4]

Manifesto Commemoration Committee

Manifesto Commemoration Committee: Eric Canepa, coordinator;Sam Anderson, Sylvia Aron, Steve Brier, Mary Boger, Kira Brunner, Andrew Comer, Peggy Crane, Steve Duncombe, Peter Filardo, Rosa Garcia, Dan Georgakas, Joan Greenbaum, Ron Hayduk, Bill Henning, Diane Greene Lent, Danny Luce, Bill Koehnlein, Biju Mathew, Eli Messinger, Liz Mestres, Yusuf Nuruddin, Adele Oltman, Ed Ott, Leo Panitch, Renee Pendergrass, Merle Ratner, Colin Robinson, Rosina Rodriguez, Frank Rosengarten, Rob Saute, S Shankar, Sean Sweeney, Kit Wainer, Paul Washington, Juanita Webstern, Ethan Young.[5]


Very Special Thanks To: Larry Geddes and Ermena Vinluan for producing the opening cultural program; Sheena Calvert and Parlour Graphics for design services; and the many volunteers who worked behind the scenes tomake this event possible.[6]