Culture and Everyday Life

Location: 
NYC
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Disagreement is common in movement work as in all aspects of life. It has the potential to dig us in and cement disunity. But it can also help us to arrive at our best thinking and move us forward to stronger consensus and more effective strategy and action.

Our personal, cultural, and historical experiences set us up to have intense feelings when we disagree that make it very difficult to sift through what is emotion and what is thinking. It can make us lose our human connection with those we disagree with.

In this hands-on workshop we will consider and try out tools for listening more effectively when we disagree. By practicing these tools with fellow organizers we can listen better to those we want to organize. These include:
1) Decisions and agreements we can make about how we listen to each other, such as taking equal turns to speak.
2) Agreements we can make about our inherent goodness and humanity that will help us listen.
3) Listening practices we can use to support each other to recognize the tense emotional feelings attached to our early experiences around disagreement and heal from them.

In this workshop we will practice these tools in the context of care of the environment. We are part of Sustaining All Life (SAL), an international grass-roots organization dedicated to ending human-caused destruction of the environment and the exploitation and oppression of people that cause these destructive processes. SAL does this work in the context of ending all divisions between people. SAL uses the tools of Re-evaluation Counseling to provide sustained mutual support that people use to free themselves from the discouragement, isolation, and other internal struggles resulting from oppression. When we free ourselves from the effects of oppression we can listen better to arrive at more effective and united strategies.

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The 2018 SUM STRATAGEM Vis an integral approach to art, activism and fundamental social change through a Nonviolent General Strike of social, political and economic noncooperation that the recent school teachers strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Colorado and Arizona have shown the way by demonstrating its effectiveness to a new generation of activists. It would begin on Monday, November 5, 2018 (right after the weekend of the November 3-4, Million Mask March to Washington D.C., and one day before the November 6th U.S. Congressional elections). This would be made possible by the Metamodernists (Integral Neo-Transcendentalists) unifying the 80 million New Progressives in America during a Cultural Creatives’ Convergence of the recent emergence of multiple movements like: 1) “Pencils Down” Wildcat Teachers’ Strikes, 2) Never Again Movement (NAM), 3) the DACA Immigrant Rights/Sanctuary Movement, 4) the Women’s March (MeToo/Times Up) Movement, 5) The Resistance Movement, 6) The Anti-Fascist Movement (ANTIFA), 7) Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement, 8) Community Rights Movement (CRM), 9) Moral Revival Mondays Movement and 10) the new Poor People’s Campaign derived from the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s shift from civil rights to the Economic Justice Movement begun in 1968. All leading many of us to conclude—the Rebels are on the Rise and the Establishment is on the Ropes!
Much like the solar eclipse that Nat Turner’s supposedly saw as sign to commence the 1831 slave revolt in Virginia during August, so it began with Zevin Cruz’s witnessing the communal experience of the “2017 Great American Eclipse,” on August 21st that led to the announcement to create a “Community Convergence Institute (CCI)” to depolarize the nation. Months later Cruz’s unveiling of the 2018 SUM STRATAGEM V coincided with the Dec 29, 2017 to January 1, 2018, Integral “What Now?” Confer-ence in Denver, Colorado. Over the next six months work with the stakeholders and supporters of current social movements to unite most political third parties to form a “Grand Unified Alliance (GUA)” by signing the “Lead… Or Leave II” political pledge and ratifying a “Grand Unified Platform (GUP)”—a synthesis of overlapping Left-Right issues like getting money out of politics. Integration of proposed policies from the We The People’s 2009 Continental Congress’ “Articles of Freedom,” and the “99% Continental Congress’ 2.0 Declaration” to synthesize a final “Redress of Grievances Synthesis (RGS)” and convene a crowdsourced Constitutional Convention to draft and ratify new amendments to create “Crowdocracy” (www.crowd.ngo) / (www.everyoneintheworld.org), the next evolutionary leap of human governance.

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Law enforcement surveillance, targeting of undocumented members of our communities, Congress' repeal of Internet Privacy laws, and breaches of information held by major corporations - these have been seemingly non-stop reminders of the risks to our information and personal privacy. Quite often, it is the least empowered within our communities that have the least protections and face the greatest potential harm from these threats. If it ever was, it is no longer enough to simply offer assistance. Sustainable community defense requires a commitment to empowerment. Using EFF's Security Education Companion, and digital security training as one example, this workshop for activists, educators and technologists will explore how we can move beyond the service model of aid and commit to supporting the development of new skills and superhero teams from within affected communities.

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How do peace activists stay in the fight? The antiwar movement today is demoralized and directionless, and the entire planet seems to be sleepwalking towards disaster. Our panelists include writers, journalists and organizers who have kept their spirits up in the face of apathy, derision and misunderstanding. What have they learned about the human and psychological side of our world’s addiction to war? How can activists dig deeper into the heart of the most brutal problem our planet has ever known? What will we find there? This panel aims to stir up new ideas and new avenues for hope, cooperation and agitation for change.

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This panel consists of four science fiction writers reading their works about Resistance. All the writers believe that parody is powerful. Science fiction's thought experiments offer a viable means to generate Resistance to Trumpism.

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The continuing crisis that haunts the global capitalist system has made the intimations of a post-capitalist society that are implicit in Marx’s critique of political economy newly relevant. This panel will explore new developments in Marxist value theory that shed new illumination on the social forms and relations needed to surmount existing society.

Presenters: Stephan Hammel, "A Matter of Communal Design: Overcoming the Value Form"; Sam, Salour, "Marx's Critique of the Bourgeois World"; David Norman Smith, "For A World Without Commodities: Sharing vs. System Entropy"; Peter Hudis, "Envisioning the Abolition of Value Production"

Location: 
NYC
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To the extent that the left still has a future oriented utopian project it is an accelerationist project. This panel discussion will cross examine the accelerationist tendency and attempt to interpret the culture and subcultures that have risen up to meet our current level of technological development.

Questions that will be covered will include:

Can we imagine technological progress that isn't in the service of capital?
Is Vaporwave a Capitalist Realist musical genre?
Was the Pokemon Go fad prefigurative?
Are video games inherently right-wing?

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Radical, transformative social movements face two major challenges: They must present a compelling and viable vision of an alternative social order; and they need a strategy to attract widespread public support for that system. Building such support appears all but impossible in today’s polarized political climate. The left appears as divided as ever, and many working class voters and small business owners all too often vote under the influence of identity politics for Republican Party candidates and their big business allies. These voters need to come to the realization that big business and competition for survival is the problem, not government itself.

In this panel, we take on the twin issues of radical vision and strategy. Inspired by the Zeitgeist movement’s goal of a post-scarcity economy, we sketch the key facets of a workable political-economic model beyond capitalism. We discuss why Zeitgeist’s appeal for this alternative system – like other radical calls for social transformation – often fall on deaf ears in the public arena. We contend that this has to do with social-psychological differences between the left and right that are exploited by elites and exacerbate social divisions. We hope that attention to vision and psychologically-informed strategy will provide clues regarding our short-term strategic priorities (e.g., campaign financing, banking and monopoly regulations, etc.) as we seek serious systemic change. We invite discussion on these key issues and encourage your participation.

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Donald Trump is a threat to the sexual health of the nation. This panel will consider the politics of sex under the growing tyranny of the religious right, a force that now controls the Trump administration as well as many state and local legislations. Trump and his supporters promote a false notion of masculinity – and, thus, femininity. They seek to rationalize abuse, prohibit a woman’s right to an abortion and restrict young-people’s access to contraceptives. Their goal is to deny a woman’s ownership of her own body. Trump and the religious right are being challenged by activists who champion a sexual value system anchored in a belief in the pleasures of age-appropriate, informed consent; they believe in the equality, mutuality, of both participants. It’s the moral order that distinguishes 21st century sexuality. The shift in sexual values is occurring as the “sexual wellness” marketplace – covering everything from sex toys, porn and prostitution to sex-enhancement drugs and medical procedures -- has become a $70-plus billion enterprise.

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Society is sickening! Panelists will explore how neo-liberalism,capitalism's most recent incarnation,shapes personal and group development and,how we are organizing alternatives. We will discuss contemporary educational institutions, psychotherapeutic theories,practices and Big Pharma;bullying,and the push to conform. We will describe the "lost connections" to self and others, as well as the "neo-liberal personality"-the ultimate "cool" capitalist. We will end with a discussion of "radical hope" and the need for a new imaginary that advances a new concept of selfhood within the construct of connection to others and groups.