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:

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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):

Information About Fifth Gathering

When/Where: Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 6PM at The Commons Brooklyn (388 Atlantic Ave 2nd Floor)

We will be discussing urban farming as direct action.We will be viewing the documentary Urban Roots by Tree Media.

Suggested Readings:

  • John Gallagher, “Shrinking Cities,” in Reimagining Detroit: Opportunities for Redefining an American City (pp. 5-20) (2010)
  • Peter Kropotkin, “Chapter Five: Food,” in The Conquest of Bread (pp. 44-62) (1906)

Information About Fourth Gathering

When/Where: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 6:00 PM at The Commons Brooklyn (388 Atlantic Ave., 2nd floor)

For our fourth gathering, we will be focusing on direct action as it relates to the Young Lords Party (Puerto Rican Revolutionary Party). We will be viewing ¡Palante, Siempre Palante!: The Young Lords (1996) by Iris Morales.

Suggested Readings:

Additional Suggested Readings (if you have the time):

  • Johanna L. del C. Fernández, Radicals in the Late 1960s: A History of the Young Lords Party in New York City, 1969-1974 (2004)

Readings about Sunset Park Rent Strike:

Information About Third Gathering

When/Where: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 6:00 PM at The Commons Brooklyn (388 Atlantic Ave., 2nd floor)

For our third gathering, we will be focusing on direct action as it relates to the Zapatistas (EZLN) in Chiapas, Mexico. We will be viewing A Place Called Chiapas (1998) by Nettie Wild.

Suggested Readings:

Additional Suggested Readings (if you have the time):

 

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):

Alter-Globalization

 Anarchism

  • 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)

Anti-Colonialism

Algeria

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

Nigeria

Palestine

 Anti-Nukes

  • 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)

 Anti-War

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

 Anti-White Supremacy

AIM

    • 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

Abortion

    • 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)

Dumpstering

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

Media

Squatting

    • 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)

 Ecology

 Indigenous Resistance

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

 Bolivia

    • Film: Jim Burroughs, Water Wars (2009)

Canada

Mexico

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

 Labor

 IWW

    • 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

Attica

    • Film: Cinda Firestone, Attica (1974)

 Queer

ACT UP

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

Students

Italy

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

Urban Guerrilla Warfare

Detroit

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

London

West Germany

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