Chris Knight, Hillel Ticktin and William Dixon debate: THE (IM)POSSIBILITY OF REVOLUTION Thursday 21 January, 7.15pm, Room B102, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, Thornaugh St. WC1 (Russell Sq. tube). At the next election millions will vote for pro-capitalist political parties that offer little except cutbacks and austerity. Despite economic crisis, climate chaos and disastrous wars, people see no alternative to capitalism - and revolution seems, at best, an impossible dream.
Beneath the University, the Commons A conference at the University of Minnesota April 8-11, 2010 // Antioch 05.08 // Rome 10.08 // Athens 12.08 // New York City 12.08 // Helsinki 03.09 // Zagreb 05.09 // Heidelberg 06.09 // London 06.09 //Santa Cruz 09.09// Seemingly discrete struggles over the conditions of university life have erupted around the world within the past year. These struggles share certain commonalities: outrage over precarious and exploitative conditions, the occupation of university spaces, and goals of reclaiming education from state and corporate interests. It is becoming increasingly apparent that recent struggles over the university are not merely discrete events. They express a wider collective desire for direct control over the means of production and forms of life; a desire to create relationships of learning, collaboration, and innovation beyond the university’s attempts to quantify and discipline them. Although the modern university has served the interests of the state and capital since its inception, the past thirty years have witnessed tightened ties with corporate, financial, and geopolitical interests. The subsumption of higher education under capital-driven business models has intensified the expropriation of the products of cooperative labor. With the proliferation of student-consumer and scholar-manager subjectivities, we increasingly find ourselves uncomfortably and often unwittingly occupying the role of active participants in these trends. As the global struggles over the past year have illustrated, however, opposition to these mechanisms of capture is mounting, as are creative strategies for alternatives and exodus. Struggles against the corporate university are linking up across borders; the slogan of the International Student Movement, “One World – One Struggle : Education is Not for Sale,” and the slogan of the Anomalous Wave, “We Won’t Pay for Your Crisis,” appear in actions across Europe, the Americas, and South Asia.
‘Talk to us not about us’ Abahlali baseMjondolo in Hackney, London 4 & 5 September 2009 Posted on | August 22, 2009 | Abahlali baseMjondolo the shack dwellers movement from South Africa visit Hackney BENEFIT Fri 4 Sept 7.30pm-2am@ the Belgrade Social Centre, 2a Belgrade Rd, London N16 8DJ Films and discussion with representatives from the South African shack dwellers’ movement, followed by uplifting African music from Jally Kebba Susso (kora master), Kodjovi Kush from the Soothsayers, Jah Warrior and Bubble-Wap featuring Isa GT.
“A slow revolution from below fought day by day across the country.” - S’bu Zikode, President of the Shack Dwellers Movement
2nd Southern California Anarchist Conference and Cultural Fair The Second Southern California Anarchist Conference and Cultural Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 1 and 2, 2009 at the Southern California Library for Social Studies & Research, 6120 South Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90044 (Saturday) and the UCLA Downtown Labor Center, 675 S Park View St, Los Angeles, California 90057 (Sunday).
Loren Goldner and Howie Seligman, NYC Summer Study Group on Capitalist Crisis Howie Seligman and I will be doing a 9-week study group in the New York City area on Marxian theory and the current crisis. If you are interested, read on. As the group is limited to 15 people, we will give priority to "advanced beginners" rather than to the pros who tend to predominate on Meltdown. But all applicants are welcome. SUMMER STUDY GROUP ON MARX’S CAPITAL AND THE CURRENT CRISIS Loren Goldner and Howie Seligman will be organizing a weekly study group in July and August for New York City-area people on Marx’s Capital (and other writings), linking Marx’s critique of political economy to the current crisis of the world capitalist system. The group will meet every Tuesday in from July 7 through September 1, 7-10 PM, in an East Village location. For purposes of both space and group viability, the group will be limited to 15 people. If you are interested in participating, please contact Loren Goldner asap at Participants should be committed to regular weekly attendance and to keeping up with 50-100 pages per week of reading. Barring a need to change venues, the meetings will be free of charge, except for occasional contributions for photocopy expenses, refreshments, etc. Readings will consist of selections from Marx’s Capital, and articles (to be decided in consultation with the group) on contemporary developments.
Reclaim the Heights! Bury the G8! Bring Your Shovels! The Diggers 2.0 APPEAL TO THE GLOBAL MULTITUDES: Seize this chance to build sustainable autonomous community structures! Capital merely engineers destruction and myths of future prosperity. Its crisis should be met with the shock and awe of the full energies of the multitude. Break your backs creating a post-industrious commons! A call to the global multitude to descend upon Abruzzo for July 7-11, and help rebuild it in the image of the future! We've negotiated, we've demanded, we've blockaded, we've gone global, we've tried being glocal. We've smashed -- now it's time to build the commons -- our future. Ten years after Seattle what we build is what matters. Let's ignore the spectacle of the summit. Let them see how it's done. A sustainable form of life, where solidarity issues out of the rubble like bluebells in the spring. Build a self-renewing power.
San Francisco Women Against Rape Walk Against Rape April 25th, 2009 Come walk with us for a great cause! San Francisco Women Against Rape invites you to participate in our 4th annual Walk Against Rape. As part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Walk Against Rape will be held on April 25th, 2009. The walk is a celebration that empowers survivors, their friends, families and supporters, and serves to break the silence by walking together on the streets against rape, and declare that San Francisco will not tolerate sexual violence.
Hamilton, Ontario's Second Annual Anarchist Book Fair, June 6, 2009 Common Cause is proud to present, Hamilton's 2nd Annual Anarchist Bookfair Date: June 6, 2009 Time: 10am - 4pm Place: Westdale High School 700 Main St. West Hamilton, ON After last year's success, Common Cause is once again organizing the Hamilton Anarchist Book Fair. In a city with a vibrant history of struggle and in a time of deep political and economic crisis, the Book Fair presents a unique opportunity for people coming together to network, learn and build community. Don't miss this opportunity!
Call for "House Magic" Show to Consider Social Centers, NYC, 4/17-5/10/09 1. Basic CALL FOR MATERIALS For “House Magic: Bureau of Foreign Correspondence,” a project exhibition on squatted social centers at ABC No Rio in New York City April 17th until May 10th, 2009, we seek self-representations of social centers worldwide, past and present. ”House Magic” is an attempt to show this vital and inspiring movement to an audience in the U.S. We welcome pictures, texts, videos (any format), zines, posters, stencil designs, and other media that express the special experiences of collective work to open, build and sustain these centers. We would love to receive objects -- but electronic files are okay. We will print them out and display them, and execute your stencil designs. In addition to pictures, posters and texts, the weeks of “House Magic” will see continuous conversations at ABC No Rio about social centers, their work and possibilities for the future. If you have been involved in an SC and are in town during this show, please come by to visit and share your experiences. (Travel venue presentation late April in Chicago for Version Fest 09.) Send files to: with a cc to: -- and packages to “House Magic” ABC No Rio 156 Rivington Street New York, NY, 10002=2441 USA an organizer is blogging the show set-up at:
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