Join Akilah S. Richards, author of Raising Free People: Unschooling as Liberation and Healing Work, and others for “(Re)Parenting and Belonging, the eighth in our ongoing series
Join Akilah S. Richards, author of Raising Free People: Unschooling as Liberation and Healing Work, and others for “(Re)Parenting and Belonging, the eighth in our ongoing series Conversations on Transformation,” a free online webinar on Wednesday, September 23rd at 2pm EST. Register and learn more here and at the link below.
“This is an insightful, brilliant book by one of today’s most inspiring leaders in the realm of Self-Directed Education. We see here how respecting children, listening to them, and learning from them can revolutionize our manner of parenting and remove the blinders imposed by the forced schooling that we nearly all experienced. I recommend it to everyone who cares about children, freedom, and the future of humanity.”
—Peter Gray, research professor of psychology at Boston College, author of Free to Learn
Akilah S. Richards is a public speaker and the founder of Raising Free People Network, a social enterprise focused on resolving the ways that unexamined experiences with bias and oppression disrupt families’ and organizations’ capacity to sustain cultures of belonging.
(Wednesday) 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Occult Features of Anarchism – With Attention to the Conspiracy of Kings and Conspiracy of the Peoples Presented by Erica Lagalisse,
Presented by Erica Lagalisse, part of the 2020 Virgual NYC Anarchist Book Fair, “Parallel Worlds: Creating Autonomous Communities”
On Friday 9/25, 11am to 12:15pm EDT, Erica Lagalisse presents Occult Features of Anarchism – With Attention to the Conspiracy of Kings and the Conspiracy of the Peoples (2019, PM Press), a historical study that explores the gendered cosmology of the modern Left to build an anti-colonial critique of anarchism, commenting on the cultural production of “conspiracy theory” in the process.
The event will begin with Erica sharing an audio recording of her lecture at Freedom Bookshop in London, February 7th 2020, which you can also listen to here at any time during the duration of the NYC ABF. Participants at the live event are invited to join in the zoom text chat with comments and questions during the playing of the audio lecture , which she will monitor before hosting a live discussion afterwards. Erica’s book at PM Press.
(Friday) 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Creating Autonomous Communities Presented by Silvia Federici, part of the 2020 Virtual NYC Anarchist Book Fair September 25, 2020 1:00 pm ‐ 2:30 pm EDT Learn more. See all of Silvia's work here. Please
Creating Autonomous Communities
Presented by Silvia Federici, part of the 2020 Virtual NYC Anarchist Book Fair
September 25, 2020
1:00 pm ‐ 2:30 pm EDT
See all of Silvia’s work here.
Please join Silvia Federici for a brief talk followed by discussion.
Silvia Federici is a feminist activist, writer, and a teacher. In 1972 she was one of the cofounders of the International Feminist Collective, the organization that launched the Wages For Housework campaign internationally. In the 1990s, after a period of teaching and research in Nigeria, she was active in the anti-globalization movement and the U.S. anti–death penalty movement. She is one of the co-founders of the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa, an organization dedicated to generating support for the struggles of students and teachers in Africa against the structural adjustment of African economies and educational systems. From 1987 to 2005 she taught international studies, women studies, and political philosophy courses at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. All through these years she has written books and essays on philosophy and feminist theory, women’s history, education and culture, and more recently the worldwide struggle against capitalist globalization and for a feminist reconstruction of the commons.
(Friday) 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Facing the Crisis of the Earth: The Role of Communities of Liberation and Solidarity in Social and Ecological Regeneration Presented by John P. Clark and Quincy Saul, part of the 2020
Facing the Crisis of the Earth: The Role of Communities of Liberation and Solidarity in Social and Ecological Regeneration
Presented by John P. Clark and Quincy Saul, part of the 2020 Virtual NYC Anarchist Book Fair
September 26, 2020
10:00 am ‐ 11:15 am EDT
This presentation will focus on the importance of primary communities of liberation and solidarity, awakening and care, in the process of revolutionary social ecological transformation. Its premise is that we are in a new period of geohistory that goes under various names, but might best be called the Necrocene, the new era of death on Earth. It is argued that the imminent collapse of the biosphere can only be avoided, and social and ecological regeneration be achieved, if there is a simultaneous transformation of the social institutional structure, the social imaginary, the social ideology, and the social ethos. It is argued further that although this will require a multitude of complementary strategies and tactics, the most promising pathway to confronting these spheres of social determination on both personal and collective levels is through the formation of liberatory primary communities, and through the proliferation of large federations of such communities. The presentation will begin with a conversation between John Clark and Quincy Saul about these ideas, as expressed in John’s books Between Earth and Empire: From the Necrocene to the Beloved Community (PM Press, 2019), and The Impossible Community: Realizing Communitarian Anarchism (PM Press, revised edition forthcoming). Quincy is editor of Maroon Comix: Origins and Destinies (PM Press) and coeditor of Maroon the Implacable: The Collected Writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz (PM Press).
(Saturday) 10:00 am - 11:15 am
Join Matthew N. Lyons, author of Insurgent Supremacists: The U.S. Far Right’s Challenge to State and Empire, with Rachel Herzing and Hilary Moore for a webinar, What Are the Threats We Face in This Time?, on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 5:30pm PST 8:30pm EST. Organized by SURJ. Register at the link below.
The context for the 2020 Presidential elections includes a global COVID-19 pandemic, mass rebellion against racism and police violence, and gains of the far-right in elected office and in the streets.
Within that, SURJ is all in to defeat Trump with campaigns to mobilize our base to defend the election and swing Georgia left. We’re also supporting over 150 chapters around sustained anti-racist action in the face of political repression, among other on-going racial justice work.
This webinar is part of our on-going commitment to Political Education, a critical component informing strategy and movement building. Our hope is that this webinar supports our base to increase understanding of the threats we face at this time — from how they emerged to the range of dynamics that sustain them, inside and outside government structures; identify key aspects of struggles in relationship to those threats; and empower folks to take strategic action, despite the threats.
Rachel Herzing lives and works in Oakland, California, where she fights the violence of policing and imprisonment. She is the executive director of Center for Political Education, a resource for political organizations and movements on the left, the working class and people of color.
Matthew N. Lyons has been writing about right-wing politics for over 25 years. His work focuses on the interplay between right-wing movements and systems of oppression, and responses to these movements by leftists, liberals, and the state. He writes regularly for the radical antifascist blog Three Way Fight, and his work has also appeared in the Guardian, New Politics, Socialism and Democracy, teleSUR, Upping the Anti, and other publications. Lyons is author of Insurgent Supremacists: The U.S. Far Right’s Challenge to State and Empire (PM Press and Kersplebedeb Publishing, 2018).
Hilary Moore is a political educator and has written on the topics of anti-racism and social movements for the last ten years. Her work focuses on the far right, climate change, state structures, and systems of oppression, as well as liberal and left forms of resistance. She teaches with generative somatics and volunteers on the Leadership Team of Showing Up for Racial Justice. She is the author of “Burning Earth, Changing Europe: How the Racist Right Exploits the Climate Crisis–And What We Can Do About It” (Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, 2020). She co-authored of No Fascist USA! The John Brown Anti-Klan Committee and Lessons for Today’s Movements (City Lights/Open Media, 2020) and Organizing Cools the Planet: Tools and Reflections to Navigate the Climate Crisis (PM Press, 2011).
(Tuesday) 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm