Information About Second Gathering

When/Where: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 6:00 PM at 16 Beaver St. in Manhattan

At our first gathering last night, we decided for next week to reread the texts from yesterday. We also offered the option for people to read any relevant “case studies” to enhance our discussions.

Readings from the first gathering:

Additional readings from the first gathering:

Case studies: Other readings (and films) to draw from (if you really have the time):



  • April Carter, “Direct Action: Past and Present,” in Direct Action and Democracy Today (pp. 1-34) (2005)
  • George Katsiaficas, “The Autonomen in Unified Germany,” in The Subversion of Politics: Autonomous Social Movements and the Decolonization of Everyday Life (pp. 223-250) (1997)
  • Richard Kempton, Provo: Amsterdam’s Anarchist Revolt (2007)
  • Colin Ward, Anarchy in Action (1973)

Spanish Civil War

  • Michael Seidman, “Militancy,” in Republic of Egos: A Social History of the Spanish Civil War (pp. 14-73) (2002)



    • Frantz Fanon, “Concerning Violence,” in Wretched of the Earth (pp. 35-106) (1961)
    • Film: Gillo Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers (1966)




  • Barbara Epstein, “The Livermore Action Group: Direct Action and the Arms Race,” in Political Protest and Cultural Revolution: Nonviolent Direct Action in the 1970s and 1980s (pp. 125-156) (1991)


  • Film: Beca Lafore, Shutdown: The Rise and Fall of Direct Action Against the War (2008)

 Anti-White Supremacy


    • Film: Lucas Langworth, Taking AIM: The Story of the American Indian Movement (2010)

Black Panthers

    • Film: Göran Olsson, The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)

Weather Underground

    • Film: Sam Green and Bill Siegel, The Weather Underground (2002)

Young Lords

    • Film: Iris Morales, ¡Palante, Siempre Palante!: The Young Lords (1996)

 Dual Power


    • Kelly Nichols, “Taking Direct Action to Reclaim Health Care,” The Provider Project: Wellness Without Apology (2012)
    • Various, Jane Zine: Documents from Chicago’s Clandestine Abortion Service (1968-1973)
    • Film: Katie Kirtz and Nell Lundy, JANE: An Abortion Service (1998)


    • Film: Agnes Varda, The Gleaners and I (2000)



    • Various, “Christiania Guide” (2004)
    • Film: Hannah Dobbz, Shelter: A Squatumentary (2008)
    • Film: Nikolaj Viborg, 69, Ungdomshuset (2008)

Sustainable Living

    • Scott Kellogg and Stacy Pettigrew, “Introduction,” in Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-It-Ourselves Guide (pp. xi-xviii) (2008)


 Indigenous Resistance

  • Film: Rick Rowley, The Fourth World War (2003)


    • Film: Jim Burroughs, Water Wars (2009)



    • Film: Nettie Wild, A Place Called Chiapas (1998)



    • William Ernst Trautmann, “Direct Action and Sabotage,” in Direct Action and Sabotage: Three Classic IWW Pamphlets from the 1910s, edited by Salvatore Salerno (pp. 19-56) (1912/1997)
    • Film: Stewart Bird and Deborah Shaffer, The Wobblies (1979)
    • Film: John Sayles, Matewan (1987)

 Prison Abolition/Prisoners’ Revolt


    • Film: Cinda Firestone, Attica (1974)



    • Film: Jim Hubbard, United in Anger: A History of ACT UP (2012)



    • Robert Lumley, “The Student Movement,” in States of Emergency: Cultures of Revolt in Italy from 1968 to 1978 (1990)

Urban Guerrilla Warfare


    • Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin, Detroit: I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution (1998)


West Germany

    • Film: Ben Lewis, Baader Meinhof: In Love With Terror (2002)

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