Race

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In this presentation, we will explore the philosophical and political affinities between the composer Richard Wagner and the militant philosopher Mikhail Bakunin, beginning with their joint action on the barricades of revolutionary Dresden in 1849. We consider Wagner’s Ring cycle as depicting the Proudhonian idea of theft and the figures of Siegfried and Brünnhilde as Bakuninist-Feuerbachian heroes. By examining Wagner and Bakunin’s common anti-Semitism, feminism and anti-feminism, and revolutionism, we discuss how anarchism and anti-theism influenced the creation of The Ring as an epic opera that depicts the rise and fall of capitalism.

Nevertheless, in light of the anti-Semitism that drives The Ring, we cannot overlook the undeniable Aryanist, national-anarchist, and proto-fascist aspects of Wagner’s approach, which represent disturbing lines that connect typically left-wing notions of anti-statist and anti-capitalist upheaval with ultranationalist myth. To delve into these matters, we will consider how the fascist creep applies to Wagner and Bakunin and compare the “dangerous minds” of Friedrich Nietzsche and Martin Heidegger to those of the pair in question.

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In Los Angeles today, transit and climate racism demand racial and environmental justice. The Labor/Community Strategy Center is carrying out a Free Public Transportation/Stop MTA Attacks on Black Passengers Campaign but there is virtually no white or progressive support as the racial (racist) divide In Los Angeles continues as Black and Latino communities struggle alone while most white people talk about Trump, Bernie, Wall Street, but do not challenge their own or societal racism. This is a chance to change those dynamics. We are demanding Free Public Transportation/No Cars in L.A., No Police on MTA Buses and Trains, No Police in L.A. Schools, Stop MTA Attacks on Black Passengers/Stop U.S.

Genocide Against Black people. This panel will feature lead organizers Channing Martinez, Barbara Lott-Holland, India Tate, and Elmo Gomez in conversation with Strategy Director Eric Mann and the audience about how we can work together to actually win those demands over the next 2, 5, and 10 years—starting now. The discussion will focus on how all of us can get involved, through pressure on MTA board members Mayor Garcetti, Supervisors Mark Ridley Thomas, Sheila Kuehl, Janice Hahn, and Hilda Solis. Raise funds, hold house parties, go door to door, do social media, show up at MTA board meetings, really get involved in this historic movement and historic struggle.

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LA
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Race in the United States was invented to keep poor white indentured servants from finding common ground with enslaved Africans. Today, that legacy continues to hinder attempts by white activists to build healthy and sustained solidarity relationships with people of color in movements for racial and economic justice. This workshop seeks to increase participants’ awareness of how behaviors rooted in unexamined white privilege can impact multiracial activist spaces and explore ways to develop mutually accountable and healthy relationships with people of color. This workshop will also address how to respond to other white people who, with their behavior and decisions, may be impacting people of color in harmful ways. Moving away from guilt and shame, the focus will be on strategies and practices for calling others in to relationship and learning.

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LA
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Students will debate the internal colonialism paradigms of race in the United States, starting from Omi and Winant's Racial Formation in the United States.

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LA
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Women in countries of the Asia Pacific are profoundly affected by the presence of military bases, both foreign and domestic, embedded in their countries. The shameful history of the Japanese army’s practice of providing “comfort” stations where women were used for sex by men in the military camps is an illustration of the cruelty and systematic rape of women in wartime. It is a history that Korean, Filipino, Chinese and Japanese women fought to bring to light many years after the end of World War II. There is some success in this struggle with a growing international recognition of the sexual slavery that created “comfort women.” However, there is a danger that the experience and demands of the comfort women fight are being treated as purely historical. In current time, the practice of “conscripting” Asian women into prostitution to serve the demands of military forces continues unabated with the tacit approval and complicity of local and foreign governments. It is not enough to simply understand that the presence of a military force will create a demand for women to provide sex to the soldiers. It is necessary to expose and challenge the complicity of governments in building, normalizing, and entrenching the culture of profound sexism and racism that is integrated into military intervention activities.

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Monopoly capitalism creates the export of capital and modern imperialism, the subjugation of nations. The struggle of oppressed nations for liberation and national equality against imperialism is a direct struggle against monopoly capitalism and aligns with the fight of the working class against exploitation. Workers in imperialist nations must support liberation struggles of oppressed nations in their own interests. The struggle against national oppression and imperialism connects to issues of racism, war, refugees, immigration, trade, manufacturing, wages, etc.

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NYC
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Black Kids in Outer Space is a live and online talkshow that discusses urban planning, bicycles, public transit, and afrofuturism. The concept of freedom is one of the most precious values in the United States, but the freedom of movement in space is a freedom that has eluded African Americans, Native Americans,and other marginalized communities for much of the United States? history. Our conversation will be an attempt to trace the history of this country?s denial of marginalized communities the freedom of the open road and home, through housing policies, police enforcement, and the deliberate removal of funding and capital from those communities.

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For at least five hundred years of global colonial occupation and imperial plunder, the devaluation, abuse, and exploitation of womxn has gone hand-in-hand with the depletion and degradation of the Earth. By the same token, however, Indigenous, peasant, racially marginalized, and other womxn targeted by cishteropatriarchy and anthropocentrism have been on the frontlines of mobilizations for broad-based autonomy, dignity, equity, justice, and sustainability, from the Chipko movement of India to the neo-Zapatista uprising of southwestern Mexico. As interlocking global crises intensify, the ecofeminist alternatives articulated by these womxn become more important than ever to the fight for another world. This panel will feature reportbacks on ecofeminist interventions from the Americas and South Asia. Its presenters will discuss how community gardens and urban farms, permaculture and agroecology projects, biodiversity farms, traditional medical practices, and counter-hegemonic learning initiatives across these parts of the world are recentering multiply marginalized womxn at the same time as they address pressing threats to land, food, and water sovereignty.