Information About Gathering 14.5

When/Where: Tuesday, November 13, at 6:00 PM at The Commons Brooklyn (388 Atlantic Ave., 2nd floor)

We will continue our discussion from last week about permaculture as direct action. There will be a few different films to choose from on the topic. Readings from last week are below.

Suggested Readings:

Additional Suggested Readings (if you have the time):

Information About Fourteenth Gathering

When/Where: Tuesday, November 6, at 6:00 PM at The Commons Brooklyn (388 Atlantic Ave., 3rd floor)

For our fourteenth gathering, we will be talking about permaculture as direct action. We will have few different films to choose from.

Suggested Readings:

Additional Suggested Readings (if you have the time):

Information for Gathering 13

For our thirteenth gathering we will be discussing seed saving as a direct action and focusing on India.
We will watch Bitter Seeds by Micha Peled.

Where: The Commons Brooklyn (388 Atlantic Ave)
When: Tuesday, Oct 23 6-9pm

Suggested Reading:
http://faculty.washington.edu/bborn/Shiva%20Ch%201.pdf
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vandana-shiva/from-seeds-of-suicide-to_b_192419.html
http://civileats.com/2009/09/23/practicing-seedy-politics/
Additional Reading:
http://blog.seedalliance.org/2012/09/28/canola-in-the-willamette-valley-comment-by-oct-5/

Information for the Twelfth Gathering

For our twelfth gathering we will be discussing Dumpster Diving as direct action and screening the documentary DIVE by Jeremy Seifert.

Suggested Readings:

http://producer.csi.edu/cdraney/archive-courses/fall07/engl102/e-texts/eighner-dumpster.htm
http://daviswiki.org/dumpster_diving
http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/dumpster-diving
http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/07/feeding-your-family-from-a-dumpster/
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/hipster_grubbers_dine_la_dumpster_tyIKilZDk9TAPd3FTsrztK
http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/201109/dumpster-diving.aspx

Additional Readings:

Pierre Joseph Proudhon’s piece on property:
Errico Malaesta’s essay on Mutual Aid:

Information for the Eleventh Gathering

When/Where: Tuesday, October 9th at 6PM- The Commons Brooklyn 2nd Floor

For our eleventh gathering we will be focusing on the 15M movement in Spain. We will view The Square: The seed of occupy movement: https://vimeo.com/26024198#

Suggested Readings:

15M Manifesto http://www.democraciarealya.es/manifiesto-comun/manifesto-english/

Madrid Anarchists on the 15M movement: http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/anonymous-anarchists-and-the-may-15-movement#toc1

Losing Strength? An Alternative Vision of Spain’s Indignados Movement: http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/06/26-7

Recommended Readings:

Starhawk, “The Five-Fold Path of Productive Meetings,” in The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups (pp. 1-60) (2011)

Information About Tenth Gathering

When/Where: Tuesday, October 2, at 6:00 PM at The Commons Brooklyn (388 Atlantic Ave., 2nd floor)

For our tenth gathering, we will be talking about direct action against the Israeli Occupation of Palestine. We will be viewing Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi’s 5 Broken Cameras (2011).

Suggested Readings:

Additional Suggested Readings (if you have the time):

General Background Information on Palestine/Israel:

Information About Ninth Gathering

When/Where: Tuesday, September 25, at 6:00 PM at The Commons Brooklyn (388 Atlantic Ave., 2nd floor)

For our ninth gathering, we will be talking about radical mental health as direct action. We will be viewing Ken Paul Rosenthal’s Crooked Beauty (2010).

Suggested Readings:

Additional Suggested Readings (if you have the time):

Information About Eighth Gathering

When/Where: Tuesday, September 11 (or as the right wing anti-immigrant racists call it, Patriot Day), at 6:00 PM at The Commons Brooklyn (388 Atlantic Ave., 2nd floor)

For our eighth gathering, we will be talking about occupation as direct action, looking at the MST, the Landless Workers Movement of Brazil. Like us, they occupy the land as their primary form of direct action. We will be viewing The Landless Movement of Brazil by Edson Costa.

Suggested Readings:

Additional Suggested Readings (if you have the time):

Readings About Other Cases of Occupation as Direct Action in Brazil:

Information About Seventh Gathering

When/Where: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 6:00 PM at The Commons Brooklyn (388 Atlantic Ave., 2nd floor)

For our seventh gathering, we will be focusing on restorative justice (community accountability) as a form of direct action. We will be viewing a series of short videos detailing restorative justice practices.

Suggested Readings:

Additional Suggested Readings (if you have the time):

Information About Sixth Gathering

When/Where: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 6:00 PM at The Commons Brooklyn (388 Atlantic Ave., 2nd floor)

For our sixth gathering, we will be focusing on direct action and labor. We will be viewing At the River I Stand (1993) about the 1968 sanitation workers’ strike in Memphis.

Suggested Readings:

  • Georges Sorel, “The Political General Strike,” in Reflections on Violence (pp. 168-204) (1906/1916)
  • 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)

Additional Suggested Readings (if you have the time):