Trumping Trump: The New Wave of Resistance

The New Wave of Resistance in Our Time
Co-sponsored by encuentro5 and Universalizing Resistance

With the rise of the far right and its cynical exploitation of “class” as a mobilizing tool, the left has been forced onto the defensive. This event is a bold reassertion of a class politics that also validates the struggles and priorities of so-called “identity-based” groups. Public sociologist, Charles Derber draws on his new book, Welcome to the Revolution, to support a new wave of resistance to the intersectional system of militarized capitalism.

He is joined by Janet MacGillivray, an environmental lawyer, indigenous activist, a founder of Seeding Sovereignty, who will speak to her organizing with young people at Standing Rock. Leading the conversation will be movement strategist, Jodeen Olguin-Tayler, an organizer of many transformative labor and community campaigns involving super-exploited workers and cross-sector movements. Both Janet and Jodeen contributed short interludes—accounts and analyses of resistance—to Charles’ book.

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Ecological Imperialism, Settler Colonialism & Indigenous Resistance

A 10-Week Study Group led by Fred Murphy and Gerardo Renique
February 8 – April 12, 2017
9 Sessions Remain

The inspiring struggle at Standing Rock has united Native Americans across many tribes and countries against the Dakota Access Pipeline, in defense of water and life and for territorial sovereignty. Throughout the Americas, land grabs for massive energy and extractive projects are calling forth similar resistance from indigenous peoples, local farmers, and allies among urban working people. This study group will use materials from the #StandingRockSyllabus and other readings to deepen our understanding of ecological imperialism, settler colonialism, and indigenous resistance in both North and South America. We will also critically examine the varied approaches that Marxists have taken toward these questions.

Fred Murphy studied and taught historical sociology at The New School and has traveled extensively in Latin America as a journalist. He is currently translating the memoirs of Hugo Blanco, a leader and activist in Peru’s peasant, indigenous and environmental movements since the 1950s.

Gerardo Renique teaches history at the City College of the City University of New York is a frequent contributor to Socialism and Democracy and NACLA: Report on the Americas. His research looks at the political traditions of popular movements in Latin America; race, national identity and state formation in Mexico.

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