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The Double Crisis of the University and Global Economy 28/11 London FRIDAY 28 November 2008 at 3pm QUEEN MARY University of London Physics 602 with: Paolo Do – Stephen Dunne – Matthew Fuller – Gerard Hanlon – Stefano Harney – Celia Lury – Noortje Marres – Matteo Pasquinelli – Nirmal Puwar – Gigi Roggero – Stevphen Shukaitis – Tiziana Terranova For a number of weeks in Italy the entire education system – from universities to elementary schools, from students to researchers and from parents to teachers – has been mobilizing. Marches, occupations, demonstrations, pickets and blockages of the metropolitan flow have replaced the dreary rhythm of school timetables and university courses. The protests are directed against the new budget cuts implemented by Berlusconi’s government last summer, which seriously undermine the public nature of education and research. The university movement – self-named the “Anomalous Wave” – acts within a specific context, such as the long crisis and decline of the Italian higher education system. However, it also critically underlines common trends in the transformations affecting the university at the European and transnational level: i.e. the Bologna process, the corporatization of education and the changes of the welfare system, the central role of knowledge in the mode of production, the rise of casualized labor, the emergence of a new type of student-worker figure.
Zapatistas Call for Worldwide Festival of Dignified Rage Mexico, September of 2008 To the adherents of the Sixth Declaration and the Other Campaign: To the adherents of the Zezta Internazional: To the People of Mexico: To the Peoples of the World: Compañeras and Compañeros: Brother and Sisters: Once again we send you our words. This is what we see, what we are looking at. This is what has come to our ears, to our brown heart. I. Above they intend to repeat history. They want to impose on us once again their calendar of death, their geography of destruction. When they are not trying to strip us of our roots, they are destroying them. They steal our work, our strength. They leave our world, our land, our water, and our treasures without people, without life. The cities pursue and expel us. The countryside both kills us and dies on us. Lies become governments and dispossession is the weapon of their armies and police. We are the illegal, the undocumented, the undesired of the world. We are pursued. Women, young people, children, the elderly die in death and die in life. And there above they preach to us resignation, defeat, surrender, and abandonment. Here below we are being left with nothing. Except rage. And dignity.
Opening the Doors to autonomy: Worried about the credit crisis, rising rents, food prices and mortgage repayments? Ever wondered about DIY alternatives this mayhem? On the 29th of November Bristol Space Invaders present a day of workshops, activities and artwork on urban survival – credit crunching strategies for getting through hard times - from the legalities and practicalities of squatting and resisting repossession/eviction, to urban foraging, radical recycling, a bike workshop, Tai-Chi & self defence, screenprinting and DIY wireless internet and much more - this will be a day of sharing skills and building the networks to not only survive the current economic crisis but to begin to collectively shape what may replace it. Food and kids area will be provided. Come along, learn and share skills. We've tried leaving it to the experts and 'authorities' - it didnt work - its time to rescue ourselves. Event Details: Where: The Red Factory, Cave Street, St Pauls. (Just off Portland Square) When: Saturday the 29th of November 2008, 11am - 6pm Cost: Free Children Welcome.
Subversive Action Films presents a documentary about the legacy of the military dictatorship in the territory known as Chile—from the student revolt and neighborhood conflict to the Mapuche resistance in Wallmapu. The collective tells a story about fallen combatants in struggle, a narrative about yesterday and today. People with an older system may need to turn HD off, but we recommend keeping it on if you can. The trailer SubversiveActionFilms.org
Hope in Common David Graeber We seem to have reached an impasse. Capitalism as we know it appears to be coming apart. But as financial institutions stagger and crumble, there is no obvious alternative. Organized resistance appears scattered and incoherent; the global justice movement a shadow of its former self. There is good reason to believe that, in a generation or so, capitalism will no longer exist: for the simple reason that it’s impossible to maintain an engine of perpetual growth forever on a finite planet. Faced with the prospect, the knee-jerk reaction—even of “progressives”—is, often, fear, to cling to capitalism because they simply can’t imagine an alternative that wouldn’t be even worse. The first question we should be asking is: How did this happen? Is it normal for human beings to be unable to imagine what a better world would even be like?
The city from below: call for participation March 27th-29th, 2009 Baltimore http://cityfrombelow.org The city has emerged in recent years as an indispensable concept for many of the struggles for social justice we are all engaged in - it's a place where theory meets practice, where the neighborhood organizes against global capitalism, where unequal divisions based on race and class can be mapped out block by block and contested, where the micropolitics of gender and sexual orientation are subject to metropolitan rearticulation, where every corner is a potential site of resistance and every vacant lot a commons to be reclaimed, and, most importantly, a place where all our diverse struggles and strategies have a chance of coming together into something greater. In cities everywhere, new social movements are coming into being, hidden histories are being uncovered, and unanticipated futures are being imagined and built - but so much of this knowledge remains, so to speak, at street-level. We need a space to gather and share our stories, our ideas and analysis, a space to come together and rethink the city from below. To that end, a group of activists and organizers, including Red Emma's, the Indypendent Reader, campbaltimore, and the Campaign for a Better Baltimore are calling for a conference called The City From Below, to take place in Baltimore during the weekend of March 27,28,29, 2009 at 2640, a grassroots community center and events venue.
What’s Left After Obama? Simon Critchley From Adbusters Obama’s victory marks a symbolically powerful moment in American history, defined as it is by the stain of slavery and the fact of racism. It will have hugely beneficial consequences for how the United States is seen throughout the world. His victory was also strategically brilliant and his campaign transformed those disillusioned with and disenfranchised by the Bush administration into a highly motivated and organized popular force. But I dispute that Obama’s victory is about change in any significant sense. Obama’s politics is governed by an anti-political fantasy. It is the call to find common ground, the put aside our differences and achieve union. Obama’s politics is governed by a longing for unity, for community, for communion and the common good. The remedy to the widespread disillusion with Bush’s partisan politics is a reaffirmation of the founding act of the United States, the hope of the more perfect union expressed in the opening sentence of the US Constitution. It is a powerful moral strategy whose appeal to the common good attempts to draw a veil over the agonism and power relations constitutive of political life. The great lie of moralism in politics is that it attempts to deny the fact of power by concealing it under an anti-political veneer. At the same time, moralism engages in the most brutal and bruising political activity. But the reality of this activity is always disavowed along with any and all forms of partisanship. Moralistic politics is essentially hypocritical.
Support the Strike at York University Starting Nov 6, 2008, CUPE 3903, the union representing contract faculty, teaching and research assistants at York University in Toronto, Canada, went on an all-out legal strike. Significant issues include wage increase corresponding with cost of living increase, funding guarantees for graduate students (who also form significant number of workers at York U), improved working conditions (which mean improved learning conditions for students), and job security for contract faculty (some of whom have been teaching for several years on a sessional basis, carrying 1.5-2 times the load of the permanent faculty at 50-75% of the cost for YorkU). Find a summary of all outstanding issues at http://cupe3903.tao.ca.
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"SPECIAL" NEW YORK TIMES BLANKETS CITIES WITH MESSAGE OF HOPE AND CHANGE Thousands of volunteers behind elaborate operation * PDF: http://www.nytimes-se.com/pdf * Ongoing video releases: http://www.nytimes-se.com/video * The New York Times responds: http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/12/pranksters-spoof-the-times/ Hundreds of independent writers, artists, and activists are claiming credit for an elaborate project, 6 months in the making, in which 1.2 million copies of a "special edition" of the New York Times were distributed in cities across the U.S. by thousands of volunteers. The papers, dated July 4th of next year, were headlined with long-awaited news: "IRAQ WAR ENDS". The edition, which bears the same look and feel as the real deal, includes stories describing what the future could hold: national health care, the abolition of corporate lobbying, a maximum wage for CEOs, etc. There was also a spoof site, at http://www.nytimes-se.com/.
Global day of action November 15th 2008 Call Resisting Capitalism and it ' Financial and Ecological ' crises during the G20 richest nations summit. Other worlds are possible - A Grassroots Anti-Capitalist call for action. On November 15, the G20 richest nations will convene in Washington to try to put the financial meltdown behind them and repair the international capitalist system. The factories continue to be closed, jobs cut, pensions destroyed, houses evicted, unemployment rises, uncertaintity, horrible anti-immigrant measures are pushed for by right-wingers, homelessness increase, relationships break down and food and basic housing spiral beyond the reach of the poor the world over while the environment around us collapses. We are living through a profound period of rapid and terrifying change, an intensification of the long crisis that is capitalism and this time the meltdown really is global. Even conservative media and staunch economic-rationalists are saying this could be the worst since the great depression... and they are trying to re-organise a Bretton Woods II project for a new capitalism. World over there is direct action and civil disobedience resistance taking many forms and proposals of many types circulating as always and now with new consideration given the cost we will be asked to pay to bail-out this rotten system - food riots, strikes for wage increases and backpay of stolen wages, price reduction campaigns, radical discussions on the crises, fuel protests,the sharing of radical everyday strategies for living in hard times, looting of supermarkets, as yet sporadic but hopefully growing resistance to evictions, sit-downs, protests at financial institutions and districts are spreading, thousands of the italian universities occupation movements saying " we will not pay for your crisis. " As the money and environmental crises intensify so too hopefully the struggles, with this as the stage we offer a humble proposal for this global day of action against capital, the G20 - hoping to see another thread of struggle emerge.
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