Café de Cleyre is a direct action reading group and film series based in New York City. In striving to develop consistency between our principles and interactions with one another, this group offers a horizontal approach to learning. Drawing from personal experiences as well as films and readings, Café de Cleyre is an opportunity to engage in a participatory model in which everyone has something to offer and everyone has something to learn. We place emphasis on asking questions over assuming answers.

We wish to explore questions such as:

  • What is direct action and what forms can it take?
  • What distinguishes direct action from other types of action?
  • When and where has direct action been used through history?
  • How does direct action enable autonomy from the state and capital?
  • How does direct action “get the goods”?
  • What does direct action look like in an age of austerity?
  • What does direct action look like as an act of solidarity?
  • How does direct action work to dismantle all systems of oppression, such as white supremacy, patriarchy, colonialism, heterosexism, transphobia, ableism, and ageism?

For more information, please contact us at cafedecleyre (at) riseup (dot) net.

“[D]irect action is more than an effective means of resistance; it can be a potentially effective research practice and pedagogy as well.” -AK Thompson, Black Block, White Riot

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