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Monday - 11.28.11 -- What Makes a Movement Powerful -- A Conversation

What: A conversation organized with Brian Holmes
Where: 16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
When: 7pm
Who: Free and open to all

This Monday's discussion begins with the question: What Makes a Movement Powerful?

The evening is an open invitation to join in a discussion at a critical juncture of the contemporary global struggles against processes of privatization, dispossession, financialization, and destruction of the common(s) in the name of austerity, ‘sound monetary policy’, ‘fiscal responsibility’ or ‘the free market.’

"Occupations" Conference
Toronto, Canada, April 27-29, 2012

CFP for INTERSECTIONS / CROSS SECTIONS 2012: “OCCUPATIONS” (April 27-29, 2012)
11th Annual Communication and Culture Graduate Conference, York University/Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario

Abstracts due: February 1, 2012
Conference date: April 27-29, 2012.
Please email submissions and questions to: intersections.occupations@gmail.com

Occupare: (Latin.) To seize, capture

"Occupy but better yet, self manage…. The former option is basically passive—the latter is active and yields tasks and opportunities to contribute.… To occupy buildings, especially institutions like universities or media, isn’t just a matter of call it, or tweet it, and they will come. It is a matter of go get them, inform them, inspire them, enlist them, empower them, and they will come." – Michael Albert, “Occupy to Self Manage” (http://interactivist.autonomedia.org/node/33609)

"I think that our political structures are corrupt and we need to really think about what a democratic society would be like. People are learning how to do it now…. This is more than a protest, it’s a camp to debate an alternative civilization." – David Graeber, “The Man Behind Occupy Wall Street,” interviewed by Seth Fiegerman (http://interactivist.autonomedia.org/node/33897)

This is a critical moment, as “Occupy everywheres” present possibilities for new politics, and new forms of learning, engaging and living with each other. From the recurring occupations of the squares in Greece and Italy to the UK’s winter of discontent and the Arab Spring, to the summer of protest in Spain and the North American autumn—at general assemblies around the globe, people are running their own lives, influencing the media and discussing what is to be done without politicians. The recent occupations are an education in direct democracy and the solidarity necessary for action.

Occupy Wall Street, and the occupations around the world, are attempts to build the social compositions that are the precondition for action. They are the working-through of a problem that ‘politics-as-usual’ works to suppress—the massive exploitation that is capitalism, and the emergence of politics adequate to address it. At this stage, the occupations are the connection of people, ideas and machines—the cumulation of assemblages that might build something. What happens next depends on what is being built now.

Knowledge Against Financial Capitalism Conference
Barcelona, Spain, December 1-3, 2011

A Conference organized by MACBA (Museo del Arte Contemporaneo de Barcelona) & SCEPSI (Scuola Europea per l’immaginazione sociale)
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The conference is intended to elaborate the lessons of the first year of the European uprising against financial dictatorship, and to imagine a future free from the dogmas of capitalism.

December 1st Thursday

17.00: Myriam Rubio of MACBA introduces the Conference.

18.00: Franco Berardi: Right to insolvency, how to disentangle present potency of the general intellect from the dogma of financial capitalism

19.00: Mark Fisher & Alexandra Odette Kipriotaki sul tema: A different timestate zone of being

20.00: Francesco Salvini: Knowledge commons, notes for collective project of research on knowledges, conflict and crisis in Europe

21:00: Discussion.

December 2nd Friday

17.00: Federico Campagna: Recurring dreams: Debt and fascism.

18.00: Francesca Martinez Tagliavia:

19.00: Andrew McGettigan: The process of financialisation of higher education

20.00: Pedro Leytao:

21.00: Rock the Cradle, video by Ernie Larsen & Sherry Millner, Occupy Wall Street New York City

December 3rd, Saturday:

10.30: Valerio Monteventi.. Italian political catastrophe in the framework of the European crisis, and the emergence of a new movement.

11.30: Amador Fernandez Savater: 15-M: una política del cualquiera

12.30: Conclusion: What if Capitalism is dead?

Autonomy of knowledge self organization of the general intellect. The European School for Social Imagination (Scepsi): politics in the age of post-democratic governance and the creation of the institution of common knowledge.

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Who Bombed Judi Bari?
Darryl Cherney at the Libertarian Book Club, NYC
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 7:30pm, Brecht Forum

"The story behind the 1990 terror attack in Oakland on ecological defenders struggling to protect some of the last surviving old-growth redwoods from the timber barons"

The Libertarian Book Club,* New York City's oldest continuously active anarchist institution (founded 1946), kicks off the fall season of its Anarchist Forum series as legendary Northern California songster and activist Darryl Cherney returns to his native New York for a sneak-preview screening of his new film Who Bombed Judi Bari?—revealing the story behind the 1990 terror attack in Oakland on ecological defenders struggling to protect some of the last surviving old-growth redwoods from the timber barons. Director Mary Liz Thomson will also be on hand.

#occupybankitalia
Rome, October 12

Don’t pay their debt off, claim your social credit!

Every in the world people are taking the streets against the financial dictatorship of bankers and global speculators who are using the crisis to dismantle public services, welfare and education, rip people off their rights, put their hands on common goods.

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2011 Anarchist Bookfair
SATURDAY 22nd OCTOBER from 10am to 7pm
Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS.

Below are times and descriptions of all meetings with groups organising them where appropriate. All meetings, discussions, talks are 50 minutes unless stated.

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Oxcars and Free Culture Forum 2011
Networks for a R-evolution

27 to 29 of October 2011 - Barcelona*

**Three days to think about what the Internet has done for us, and what we
can now do for it ;-).*

http://whois--x.net/english/oxcars-and-freecultureforum-2011

2011 is the year when the consciousness of a global network has
emerged. The massive and strategic use of social and digital networks
has allowed the movement of citizen empowerment to step up a notch,
and has facilitated a viral uprising of civil society in many parts
of the world. The struggles to defend the Internet have shown to be a
fertile breeding ground for such uprisings.

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For a New Europe: University Struggles Against Austerity
Paris - Saint-Denis Meeting, 11-13 February 2011

Common Statement
We, the student and precarious workers of Europe, Tunisia, Japan, the US, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru and Argentina, met in Paris over the weekend of the 11th-13th of February, 2011 to discuss and organize a common network based on our common struggles. Students from Maghreb and Gambia tried to come but France refused them entry. We claim the free circulation of peoples as well as the free circulation of struggles.

In fact, over the last few years our movement has assumed Europe as the space of conflicts against the corporatization of the university and precariousness. This meeting in Paris and the revolutionary movements across the Mediterranean allow us to take an important step towards a new Europe against austerity and the revolts in Maghreb.

We are a generation who lives precariousness as a permanent condition: the university is no longer an elevator of upward social mobility but rather a factory of precariousness. Nor is the university a closed community: our struggles for welfare, work and the free circulation of knowledge and people don’t stop at its gates.

Our need for a common network is based on our struggles against the Bologna Process and against the education cuts Europe is using as a response to the crisis.

9th ELAOPA 9th Latin American Encounter of Popular Automous Organizations On January 22nd, 23rd and 24th the "9° Encontro Latino Americano de Organizações Populares" (9th Latin American Encounter of Popular Automous Organizations) will take place at the MST's Training Centre in Jarinú (State of São Paulo, Brazil). This Encounter was created in 2003 as an alternative space to the World Social Forum which was taken by groups (political parties, NGOs and even government officials) that differ from the reality and intentions of our autonomous organizations. The ELAOPA wants to join, find and articulate the struggle of popular organizations in Latin America.
Uninomade 2.0 Launched How is it possible to create a laboratory where the separation of theory and political practice is continually put into discussion? A space where research becomes the elaboration of programmatic points, that is to say, co-research? This is the question that gave life to Uninomade, a network of researchers and social movement activists who have developed this organization as a tool of self-education and collective reflection for new political categories able to interpret and transform the present. From here, from this common patrimony and the urgency of this question, a group of comrades has decided to start anew.
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