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What Three Midnight Notes Students Learned in the Zapatistas’ “Little School House”
George Caffentzis, Dan Coughlin, Peter Linebaugh
Date: February 8, 2014
Venue: The Base, 1302 Myrtle Ave. Brooklyn, NY
Closest subway station: Central Avenue on the “M” train
Twenty years ago the Zapatistas emerged from the forests and mountains of Chiapas to occupy the major cities of that Mexican state and to recuperate for the landless hundreds of thousands of acres of land from the big landowners. During the 1990s the Zapatistas became known as the most effective example of the claim that “another world is possible.” Since then the Zapatistas have worked to turn that claim into a reality. Starting in August, 2013, they have invited thousands of people from all over the world to a program called “escuelita” allowing these visitors to learn from rank-and-file Zapatistas what freedom and autonomy mean to them in practice. To do this they have turned the state of Chiapas into a “little school house” or "escuelita" in Spanish.
Come to listen to and discuss what three students (George Caffentzis, Dan Coughlin and Peter Linebaugh of the Midnight Notes Collective), who went to the forests and mountains of Chiapas with thousands of others to be part of the experience, learned.
Los Angeles Poverty Department Events
Queens Museum, New York City, Jan. 31–May 11, 2014
The Queens Museum is pleased to announce Do you want the cosmetic version or do you want the real deal? Los Angeles Poverty Department, 1985-2014, the first museum survey of the Los Angeles-based performance group Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD). Founded in 1985 on Los Angeles’s Skid Row by performance artist, director, and activist John Malpede, LAPD is made up principally of homeless or formerly homeless people and has been an uncompromising force in performance and urban advocacy for almost 30 years. The exhibition at the Queens Museum will include documentation of works since their first in 1986 and live performances of two critically acclaimed works: State of Incarceration (2010-ongoing) in its East Coast premiere and Agentes & Activos, the North American premiere of the Spanish language version of Agents and Assets (2001-ongoing). In addition, during a five-week residency starting in January 2014, LAPD will engage Drogadictos Anonimos (DA), a Corona, Queens-based recovery group, in a unique partnership in which DA will perform in Agentes & Activos, and LAPD will serve as artistic mentors for the group’s street theater initiatives.
Exhibition & performance series connected w/ Queens Museum:
Do you want the cosmetic version or do you want the real deal? Los Angeles Poverty Department, 1985-2014
Jan 31 2014 – May 11 2014
. Exhibition opening celebration: Sunday February 2 fr/ 3:00 - 6:00 pm
. State of Incarceration
Fri. Jan. 31 & Sat. Feb. 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm; Sun. Feb. 2 at 5 pm
Location: Queens Museum
. Agentes & Activos (Agents & Assets): Spanish-language performance with English Supratitles
Sat. Mar. 1, 2:30 pm: Langston Hughes Library, 10001 Northern Blvd, Corona, NY 11368
Fri. Feb. 28 & Sun. Mar. 2: locations to be announced. There will be at least one performance at the Queens Museum.
Open A.I.R Professional Development Workshops
. Fri. Feb. 7 fr/ 4:30 - 7:00pm: Educator Workshop
. Sun. Feb. 23, 2:00 - 6:00pm: Artists & Advocates Workshop
"Assault on the Impossible" Book Party
Bluestockings, 172 Allen Street, New York City
7 PM, January 23, 2014
On Thursday 23 January 2014 at 7 pm
Autonomedia and Bluestockings invite you to Jordan Zinovich’s
(profusely illustrated) NYC Launch of
Assault on the Impossible: Dutch Collective Imagination in the Sixties and Seventies
Assault on the Impossible is the second Autonomedia title to examine the Provo transformation of the Netherlands. The Provo movement is unique in the modern era for having radically reshaped the political foundations of an important Western nation virtually without violence and continues to be a source of inspirational ideas and impulses. While our first title (Provo: Amsterdam’s Anarchist Revolt) focused on the birth, fluorescence, and decline of the movement’s political trajectory, Assault on the Impossible investigates the aesthetic and ludic interventions that generated the group mind underlying the politics.
2014 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints
Radical Heroes for the New Millennium!
James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective
Autonomedia's Jubilee Saints Calendar for 2014!
Our 22nd annual wall calendar, with artwork by James Koehnline, and text by the Autonomedia Collective.
Hundreds of radical cultural and political heroes are celebrated here, along with the animating ideas that continue to guide this project — a reprieve from the 500-year-long sentence to life-at-hard-labor that the European colonization of the "New World" and the ensuing devastations of the rest of the world has represented. It is increasingly clear — at the dawn of this new millennium — that the Planetary Work Machine will not rule forever!
Celebrate with this calendar on which every day is a holiday!
32 pages, 12 x 16 inches, saddle stitched
ISBN 978-1-57027-280-6 : price $9.95 : 32 pages
Get two, and we will send a third calendar for free!
Social Struggles in South Arica
CUNY Grad Center, 34th and 5th Avenue, New York City
4PM, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2014
Insurgent Notes (http://insurgentnotes.com) is sponsoring a talk by Zach Levenson on recent struggles in South Africa’s townships, in which he was involved, both as a participant and an observer, for six months earlier this year.
He will speak on state and private land grabs and relocations, ethnic divisions, stratification within the casualized and unemployed work force, and some attempts by the township populations to self-organize. He will also discuss
the false dichotomy between “social democratic” and “neo-liberal” policies
at containment by the ruling African National Congress (ANC).
The talk will take place at the CUNY Graduate Center, at Fifth Avenue and 34th St., Manhattan, Room 5414, on Sunday Dec. 8th at 4 PM. Please bring photo ID to show at the main entrance.
Zachary Levenson is writing a dissertation on urban dispossession in South African cities after apartheid in UC Berkeley's Department of Sociology. He has been active in the student-worker movement at Berkeley, anti-austerity struggles in Oakland, and housing organizing in Cape Town. He returned last month from 6 months in South Africa, his second such stint in the past 2 years.
Tools and Analysis for a Post-PRISM Internet
Saturday, November 30th
Doors open 10.30 / Start 11am sharp
New Academic Building
Goldsmiths, New Cross
Free, all welcome
What happens to the internet after the Snowden revelations?
Do we just sit tight and let the most important cultural and economic force of the last two decades get turned into a giant surveillance honeytrap? London CryptoFestival is the biggest public and academic manifestation in the UK after the spy-network has been exposed. The unique day-long festival is aimed at showing paths beyond the logic of fear and coercion offered by the state on the one hand, and business models based on surveillance on the other.
London CryptoFestival brings together leading security engineers, computer scientists, civil rights groups, hackers, activists and artists to evaluate the current situation and to show ways forward.
Accelerationism: A Symposium on Tendencies in Capitalism
December 14, 2013, 10-20hr, Berlin Alexanderplatz
Contemporary capitalism is an object of high abstraction. The symposium is an invitation to discuss and disclose the anonymous and inner tendencies of capitalism, to study its monetary, algorithmic and energetic viscera. How can one grasp the living drives of financial markets and technological innovation? And more importantly: who really produces and controls those drives and how could any alternative political subject emerge without such a complex knowledge?
The recent debate on accelerationism and the philosophical scene of Speculative Realism just reminded of an old question posed by Deleuze and Guattari: Which is the real revolutionary path? To withdraw from the world market or, on the opposite, to go further and "accelerate the process", as Nietzsche already suggested long before the current Stillstand? For example today Germany finds itself in the eye of the storm: a mild social democracy at the center of Europe watching neoliberalism freely devastating the rest of the world.
"States of Exception" Film Screenings, New York City, Nov. 12, 2013
Tuesday, November 12, 7:00pm @ Anthology Film Archives
States of Exception, Exceptional States: The Iron Grip of Nationalism
Filmmaker and author Ariella Azoulay and writer, activist and scholar Joel Kovel will be present for a post-screening discussion moderated by Benj Gerdes, political artist, writer and activist.
The Food Chain
The Food Chain
Israel, Palestine, Syria: the unending crisis in the Middle East, unstable states caught up in a state of exception…. These films militate against the militarized state and its ideology.
"The Dream of Anarchy and the Anarchy of Dreams:
Urgent Communiques From the Crossroads of Anarchy and Surrealism"
Friday, October 18th @ 7 pm
Bluestockings, 172 Allen, NYC
Ron Sakolsky will read from his twenty-first century anarcho-surrealist trilogy: Creating Anarchy (Fifth Estate, 2005/Ardent, 2013), Swift Winds (Eberhardt, 2012), and Scratching the Tiger's Belly (Eberhardt, 2012). Together these books comprise a radical mixtape of outrageous ideas-in-action, hidden histories, mutinous rants, rebel poems, razor sharp polemics, incendiary broadsides, slyly subversive stories, rollicking manifestos, impossible demands, utopian adventures, and provocative parables.
Sakolsky is the editor or co-editor of the Autonomedia anthologies Surrealist Subversions: Rants, Writings & Images by the Surrealist Movement in the United States; Sounding Off: Music as Resistance / Rebellion / Revolution; and Gone to Croatan: Origins of North American Dropout Culture.
Protest at South African Consulate in New York,
in Solidarity with the Shackdwellers Movement!
Date: Monday October 14th
Where: South African Consulate, 333 E 38th St NYC
On Monday, members of New York City's social justice community led by Picture the Homeless will hold a solidarity rally in front of the South African Embassy to show support for our brothers and sisters facing state violence & repression in Durban. We hope you can join us. Please spread the word!
Our purpose is to show solidarity with the Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement in Durban and include messaging about World Zero Eviction Days.