SATURDAY June 3rd Session 3: 3:30pm - 5:15pm
Turn your discontent into a plan of action! Join Cynthia Kaufman, author of the new book Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change, along with longtime activists and instructors Anneke Campbell, Matt Meyer, and John P. Clark. They will explore a wide range of political traditions—including Marxism, anarchism, anti-imperialism, postmodernism, feminism, critical race theory, and environmentalism, acknowledging the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of political movements and ideologies. The discussion will incorporate elements of their own activist experiences to present an analysis without pretending to offer “the final word” on complex issues. Join us for a glimpse of the excitement and rewards of serious intellectual engagement with political ideas. Now more than ever, we all need to break the chains of cynicism and lay a foundation for more effective organizing.
Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change, 2nd Ed. (PM Press, 2016)
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Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action
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Cynthia Kaufman is the director of the Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action, where she also teaches community organizing and philosophy. The author of Getting Past Capitalism: History, Vision, Hope (Lexington Books, 2012), she is a lifelong social change activist, having worked on issues such as tenants’ rights, police abuse, union organizing, international politics, and most recently climate change. Her most recent book is Ideas for Action: Relevant Theory for Radical Change, 2nd Ed. (PM Press, 2016).
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War Resisters International
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Matt Meyer is a New York City–based educator, organizer, and author who serves as War Resisters International Africa Support Network Coordinator, and who represents the International Peace Research Association at the United Nations Economic and Social Council. A former draft registration resister, Meyer’s extensive human rights work has included support for all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, solidarity with Puerto Rico and the Black Liberation Movement, and board membership on the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute.
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Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF)
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Anneke Campbell is a writer, editor, filmmaker, award winning poet and yoga teacher who has worked for many years to advance the causes of justice, peace and respect for all humanity and the natural world. Before turning full time to writing and activism, she worked as a nurse and midwife. She was born and raised in The Netherlands, has degrees from Barnard College and Indiana University and is currently a Ph'D candidate at the California Institute for Integral Studies. Recently Anneke co-wrote the script for the dramatic film "SHOT", directed by her husband, Jeremy Kagan, about what one bullet does to three lives. She is the author of many articles, scripts, a novel ( A Season of Miracles at Books B'Nimble,com), and co-author with Nina Simons, of the wonderful collection: Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart. Her most recent book is We the People: Stories from the Community Rights Movement in the United States (PM Press, 2016).
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La Terre Institute for Community and Ecology
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John P. Clark is an eco-communitarian anarchist theorist and activist. He lives and works in New Orleans, where his family has been for twelve generations. He is Director of La Terre Institute for Community and Ecology, located on Bayou La Terre in the Gulf Coastal forest. His recent books include The Impossible Community (2013), Anarchy, Geography Modernity (2013), The Tragedy of Common Sense (2016) and as alter ego Max Cafard, Surregional Explorations (2012) and Lightning Storm Mind (2017). Over 300 of his texts can be found at https://loyno.academia.edu/JohnClark.
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