Marina Sitrin on Pandemic Solidarity with Colectiva Sembrar

Pandemic Solidarity:
Mutual Aid during the Covid-19 Crisis

edited by Marina Sitrin with Colectiva Sembrar

Marina Sitrin (editor) joins key contributors Eleanor Finley and Lais Gomes Duarte (Colectiva Sembrar) to speak on activist solidarity, horizontalism and autonomy expressed through the constitution of this riveting collection of real-life stories. Chaired by FireWorks series editor — Anitra Nelson (MSSI, University of Melbourne, Australia). Collective

Pandemic Solidarity collects first-hand experiences of people creating their own narratives of solidarity and mutual aid in the time of the global crisis of COVID-19. In times of crisis institutions of power are laid bare and people turn to one another. Underneath the media’s narrative of selfish individualism and runs on supermarkets, we find an opposing story of community and self-sacrifice. Looking at eighteen countries and regions, including India, Rojava, Taiwan, South Africa, Iraq and North America, the personal accounts in the book weave together to create a larger picture, revealing a universality of experience. Moving beyond the present, these stories reveal what an alternative society could look like, and reflect the existing skills and relationships to create it, challenging institutions of power in all their fragility.

This ticket is for admission to the event along with the book with shipping included (US and Puerto Rico only).

Tickets are sliding scale. We do not deny admission to events or classes for an inability to pay. Please write to info@marxedproject for the url of the zoom link to attend if you cannot afford to pay.

Is Another World Really Possible?

A Collaborative Reading and Writing Project
Convened with Richard Greeman
12 Weeks, September 24 through December 10
Stated admissions are for the entire course. Single admission are $10. No one is turned away for inability to pay.

New York participants should join us at New Perspectives Theatre (458 W. 37th St) at 10:45 am on Sunday, 9/24 (tomorrow). The theater is accessible from the 34th St/Hudson Yards stop on the #7 train, or from Penn Station. Coffee, tea and cakes will be available.

If you plan to watch online, the URL is
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7eHTpHxoTc

Prepare by reading Richard Greeman’s Then and Now at
http://futurehistorians.org/doku.php?id=then_and_now

and/or by watching Immanuel Wallerstein’s “Utopistics” lecture at

2017 taught us all that “No is not enough.” We need a positive vision of a better world and the roads leading to it. So let’s imagine we are future historians living in a peaceful, egalitarian, democratic society on a damaged, but stabilized, planet in the year 2117. Our project is to look backward a century to the year 2017 (the centenary of the unforeseen 1917 Soviet revolution) and reconstruct how our great-grandparents got us from here — today’s capitalist death-spiral to there — a livable, sustainable, global society free of oppression and exploitation. We will meet weekly, in-person at our New York studio and via teleconference with participants across several time zones (including philosopher Peter Hudis in Chicago and ecosocialist Michel Löwy in Paris) with the goal of collectively creating a popular future fiction of a realistically plausible better world – a vision that might go viral and become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

World-wide participants as of September 1: MAELLA DOQUIN, Paris, activist since 1968 • ALEXEI GUSEV, Moscow, Historian of Russian Oppositions, Chair of Praxis Center for Research and Eduction • JULIA GUSEVA, Moscow, translator of Victor Serge, anarcho-syndicalist, co-founder of Praxis Center • HARRY HALPIN, Paris, Internet revolutionary and activist, team member World Wide Web Consortium, author: Social Semantics: The Search for Meaning on the Web • JASON HICKS, NYC transit worker, union activist, DSA member, philosopher • PETER HUDIS, Chicago, Marxist-humanist philosopher and activist. Author: Marx’s Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism, Franz Fanon: Philosopher of the Barricades • GEORGE KATSIFIACAS, Athens/Seoul, revolutionary historian (‘the Eros Effect”) and lifelong activist. Author: Asia’s Unknown Uprisings • MAATI MONJIB, Rabat Morocco. Historian of Africa and press freedom activist, currently facing 5 years in prison on trumped-up treason charges • WAYNE PRICE, NYC, libertarian socialist writer and activist (theanarchistlibrary.org) • ANNA REBRIL, Ukraine/NYC, student and activist • GERARDO RENIQUE, Cuernavaca, Mexico/NYC, prof of Latin American Studies at CCNY and longtime activist • DAVID SCHWARTZMAN, Washington, D.C., geo-chemo-biologist, Green Party activist, author: Solar Communism, Life, Temperature, and the Earth • BRIAN TOKAR, Vermont, Institute of Social Ecology, activist, teacher in the movement, author: Toward Climate Justice • RAOUL VICTOR, Paris, veteran Marxist writer and activist • VICTOR WALLIS, Boston, Ecosocialist, activist, editor, Socialism and Democracy

Co-sponsored by The Marxist Education Project and Victor Serge Foundation

Richard Greeman, longtime internationalist, is best known for his studies and translations of novelist and revolutionary Victor Serge (1890-1947).